Bourbon Barrel Mayan Mocha Stout - Odd Side Ales
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3.25/5 rDev -21.3%
Reviewing the Bourbon Barrel Aged Mayan Mocha Stout from from Odd Side Ales out of Grand Haven, Michigan. This beer is a stout with coffee, cinnamon, nutmeg and habanero peppers that is aged in bourbon barrels.
2014 vintage bottle served in a Surly Darkness chalice and enjoyed on 02/10/14.
Appearance: Black bodied, opaque. Pours a finger-plus of khaki head that settles to a ring around the glass. Decent lacing and retention. 4/5
Smell: Huge on the cinnamon and nutmeg spice character, plus brown sugar and an accent of vanilla. There is also cocoa, habanero pepper and a hint of pineapple creeping in the background, but the nose is mostly about the spice. If you added some peppermint to the mix, then this beer would smell like Christmastime in the kitchen. No coffee character whatsoever. 4.25/5
Taste: The taste is a lot more mellow than the nose led on. My first impression is "nutmeg hot cocoa made with too much hot water (instead of milk) and allowed to sit out until fully cooled", followed by a touch of habanero flavor mixed with a dash of cinnamon towards the finish and a very mild warming sensation thereafter. No coffee in the taste either. The habanero pepper flavor and "warmth" (there is no prickly heat with this beer, like there is with Space Ghost or Mexican Cake, but it does have a little consistent liveliness on the top of the tongue) mildly layers, but as this happens the flavor profile disjoints somewhat -- which is to say the integration on this beer starts off mediocre and only gets worse from there. No bourbon barrel character to speak of whatsoever. 3/5
Mouthfeel: Thin bodied, minimal carbonation. Has a light creaminess to the mouthfeel, but it's mostly just watery. Decent pepper warmth, but no real kick or spiciness here. 2/5
Overall: I love barrel aged stouts where the stout is not overwhelmed by the barrel aging process (e.g., 1414 and the latest batch of Damon), but the bourbon barrel character on this beer is so practically non-existant that it might as well not be barrel aged at all. The nose led off with a lot of promise, but the taste is relatively bland, poorly integrated and the mouthfeel would make Satin Solstice feel like Bourbon County Brand Stout. Odd Side Ales makes some interesting beers that have caught my interest and intrigue, but they still need to do some serous tinkering on the recipe/cellaring process for this one in my opinion so that the taste and mouthfeel are worthy of the inviting aroma.
Cost: $12.99 for a four pack.
02-11-2014 03:33:07 | More by jegross2
3.31/5 rDev -19.9%
Kinda flat appearance. Nothing really stands out. Little to no head rises from the pitch black brew. No lacing. Kinda thin.
Tons of cinnamon, spice, ancho pepper, vanilla... Kinda a mixed bag. Slightly better than the next spiced stout. Too fake sugary.
Not an overwhelming amount of flavor, but still light and nothing takes over. A pretty relaxed drinker. Lots of spice, cinnamon, ancho pepper, milk chocolate, very mild pepper burn. Thin, airy, light, relaxed, a bit too watery and thin. Carbonation is fast and prickly. Sweetness is more dry than forward. Not picking up much barrel here...missing complexity.
All over the board with this brew...it has it's pluses and minuses. Aroma is to pungent and flavors are a bit underwhelming. Carbonation leads to further flavors, with truly rocks, but I feel front-end could be more blended. Recommended to take a flier.
04-29-2014 02:18:59 | More by chugalug06
3.43/5 rDev -16.9%
Pour is black with a small amount of tight brown head. Nose is heavily spiced like a Christmas ale but a bit larger and has some actual malt backbone. The habaneros seem fairly present but the bourbon barrel doesn't have much influence on the nose. A bit of sugary malt sweetness in back. This has a lot going on, really big flavors, the spice isn't overly strong, gives at a little kick on the back of the tongue and through the finish. Tons of Christmas spice to it, again not much bourbon, malts aren't really doing much and a bit of sugary mid palate through the finish. Fairly full body, thins a little in back, well carbonated.
06-04-2014 23:37:56 | More by cpetrone84
3.61/5 rDev -12.6%
No bottle date, poured into a snifter
A- pours pitch black with a small foamy and sudsy khaki-tan head that reduces quickly to a small layer floating on top, no lace
S- cinnamon and nutmeg is first noticeable, reminiscent of a pumpkin spiced ale. The habanero is definitely noticeable and adds a slight burn to the nostrils, underlying chocolate with a hint of smoky malt and coffee round it out
T- Cinnamon and nutmeg flavors up front mesh with slightly sweet chocolate, a touch of coffee and papery spice close it out, faint heat from the habanero on the linger.
M- medium body & light carbonation lead to a slightly foamy mouthfeel, foamy finish with habanero warmth on a dry linger
O- The combination of cinnamon, nutmeg and habanero worked well together, but I would never know that this was aged in bourbon barrels. Couldn't pick up and barrel or bourbon notes at all
05-18-2014 03:19:04 | More by Treyliff
3.74/5 rDev -9.4%
Poured into a snifter from a 12oz bottle
Appearance- Pours pith black with a 1/2 of thick mocha head that dissipates slowly
Smell- Smells of dark chocolate, cinnamon and nutmeg with a little bourbon sweetness. No coffee smell that I could find.
Taste- Follows the nose but more muted. Not very impressed with the lack of flavor. Thought they would be more pronounced. I only got a little heat from the habanero on the very back end of my throat. Little to no noticeable coffee flavor to be found.
Mouthfeel- Good amount of carbonation. Very thin mouthfeel. Almost tastes like it watered down. Its the thinnest barrel aged stout I've probably ever had.
Overall not a bad beer just tastes very muted for what I was hoping for.
04-06-2014 03:12:40 | More by earljones199
Bourbon Barrel Mayan Mocha Stout from Odd Side Ales
92 out of 100 based on 205 ratings.