Bourbon Barrel Mayan Mocha Stout - Odd Side Ales
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4/5 rDev -3.1%
12 ounce bottle into snifter; no bottle dating, but is a recent release. Pours fairly pitch black color with a 1 finger dense dark tan head with decent retention, that reduces to a thin lace cap that lingers. Light spotty lacing clings on the glass. Aromas of dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, cinnamon, nutmeg, toast, dark bread, vanilla, clove, oak, light bourbon, pepper, herbal, and roasted earthiness. Very nice aromas with good balance and complexity of dark/roasted malt, spice, and moderate barrel notes; with good strength. Taste of big dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, toast, dark bread, cinnamon, nutmeg, vanilla, clove, oak, light bourbon, pepper, herbal, and roasted earthiness. Slight spice/pepper heat on the finish; with lingering notes of dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, toast, dark bread, cinnamon, nutmeg, vanilla, clove, oak, light bourbon, pepper, and roasted earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Very nice complexity and robustness of dark/roasted malt, spice, and light-moderate barrel flavors; with a great malt/spice balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a creamy and lightly slick mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a light warming present after the finish. Overall this is a damn nice spiced stout. All around good balance and complexity of dark/roasted malt, spice, and light-moderate barrel flavors; and very smooth to sip on. A very enjoyable offering.
03-03-2014 01:23:38 | More by superspak
4.41/5 rDev +6.8%
On tap @ Hop Cat.
A - Black with a thin layer of cream coloured head
S - Chocolate, bourbon, oak and some cinnamon or chilli character.
T - Chocolate, chillies, bourbon, oak, vanilla. There is just the perfect amount of barrel here. Considering that this is only 6% ABV, the brewer did a remarkable job aging this one so that just enough barrel character came through while still maintaining the flavours of the base beer.
M - Medium body. Moderate carbonation.
04-01-2013 12:02:04 | More by TheSevenDuffs
4.11/5 rDev -0.5%
On tap at Hopcat in Grand Rapids during the 2013 Founders KBS release. I never hesitate to order a new Odd Side beer, especially one that's barrel-aged and only 6% ABV - how did they manage that? BB Mayan Mocha Stout pours a dark, black color with a very small hint of brown peeking through at only the very edges. The tan cap is pretty small and recedes rather quickly leaving no lace behind. The magnitude may have been due to the pour on this one.
It would be an understatement to say the aroma has "a lot" going on. There are a TON of different aromas clashing here, and it only grows at it gets warmer. Heavy and thick mocha up front; sweet and delicate, like handfuls of cocoa powder or a ton of melted baker's chocolate. Very sweet and almost creamy in character. Dense fudge becomes a more accurate description with a little bit of time.
The bourbon-barrel characters are light, but definitely there. Very light oak, a little bit of bourbon and some mild vanilla hints. I love the somewhat "light in comparison" addition of the bourbon-barrel characteristics. Oftentimes you find that the bourbon aging becomes too overpowering and conceals other flavors, but it's done quite well, here. Light chili powder in the finish, but it only becomes noticeable about halfway through the brew.
The mouth feel is a bit more thin than expected, especially considering this is a "bourbon barrel stout", but on the other hand, it's only 6% ABV, so where does the compromise lie? Lots of chocolate flavor up front, sweet cocoa beans, and a light fudge character. There's a solid oak backbone that pops out a bit more than it was in the aroma, but still isn't too strong or overbearing. The bourbon flavors start off small, but crescendo quite loudly into the aftertaste and provide a warm and fuzzy feeling in the finish.
Some syrupy molasses and "lightly roasted but mostly sweet" malts also open up a bit more halfway through. Vanilla from the barrel-aging is there, but a little bit lighter than I would have liked. Oh well. After the first few sips, I wasn't getting much chili powder or anything like that.... but by the end of the beer, the back of my throat and tongue were stinging. The chili powder doesn't become apparent until you're a good six or seven sips in, but then it becomes difficult to shake. I'll say that it's a bit too strong, but not enough make this delicious beer undrinkable. I just think it could be toned down a bit. Aftertaste actually includes a taste heavily reminiscent of spent coffee beans - something I wasn't getting in the aroma. The finish also contains some light cocoa and bourbon, along with the burn of the chilies.
Hot damn, took me almost 45 minutes to finish this one. Not because it's a "big" beer, because it's actually not - only 6% ABV, despite the barrel aging. But it had a shit-ton of things going on and I really wanted to let it warm up so the flavors would explode. And they did. Great flavor overall, and another solid brew from Odd Side Ales. Would've like to see a heavier or creamier mouth feel, and maybe a little less chili powder next time - the back of your throat will be burning by the end of this one. Still delicious. Definitely would like to try this again.
04-01-2013 21:30:54 | More by tectactoe
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
4.29/5 rDev +3.9%
$2.99 for a 12oz bottle @ BevCo. No specs per the website or bottle. "Stout with coffee, cinnamon, nutmeg and habaneros added then aged in bourbon barrels."
Pours out to a deep inky, but not oily black, forming a modest light brown head with ok retention and sparse lacing. Carbonation is mild to moderate, ~2.0 carbs or so. The nose is just like the regular mayan mocha stout to me...it reminds me of Cafe Vienna from International foods coffee. A nice touch of coffee with the cinnamon sitting in a harmonious balance. I don't pick up bourbon in the nose. The taste is subtly different than the regular mayan mocha...if you drink them back to back, you notice the bourbon, but it's subtle. Due to the slightly lower carbonation, the body feels a little richer and the mouthfeel a little smoother. The bourbon barrel aging adds a touch of subtle oak, vanilla, and I actually get mint in here too. This is interesting...the mint is not subtle. I wonder if they put their java mint chip beer in the same barrels or something, but there is a definite mint flavor going on, most noticeable in the aftertaste. The habaneros add a subtle and well balanced heat that sits nicely with everything else going on.
Another excellent and very unique beer from Oddside. Nobody else makes a beer quite like this. Definitely worth a try. Recommended.
02-28-2014 05:48:25 | More by Mitchster
4.33/5 rDev +4.8%
thanks to mattvandyk for this beer!
poured into tulip glass.
Appearance: black bodied beer with 2 fingers of khaki head that drops down to a thin cap.
Smell: Sweet bourbon and earthy pepper collide! Cinnimon and brown sugar. Hint of vanilla sweetness. Hint of spicey nutmeg. Nose is very well balanced, but when you look at the overall picture it a sweet nose.
Taste: Bourbon and marshmellows. Lots of earthy peppers to match the sweetness of the bourbon/marshmellow combo that the beer open up with. Mild heat from the peppers. Vanilla and nutmeg. Great balance just like the nose. Lots of complexities and depth found in the flavor profile of this beer!
Mouthfeel: Yep, its the achillies heel of this beer... it has a thin mouthfeel. medium bodied beer with low carbonation. Smooth drinking beer for sure, but it could be a little thicker.
Overall: A deeply complex and well balanced nose and flavor profile found in this beer. Dare i say a "sessionable barrel aged stout"? i could easily drinka few of this 12oz gems in a single setting without worry of a hangover the next morning. This beer is delicous and doesnt get boring at all. Oddsides makes a fantastic BA stout with adjuncts. Its very comparable to Prairie Bomb in both nose and flavor, but the mouthfeel is lacking. I would love a 6pk of this beer sitting in my fridge! Oddsides really shows some impressive finesse with barrel aging in this beer.
02-23-2014 10:07:29 | More by 4DAloveofSTOUT
Bourbon Barrel Mayan Mocha Stout from Odd Side Ales
92 out of 100 based on 205 ratings.