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Java Chip Mint Stout - Odd Side Ales

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Java Chip Mint StoutJava Chip Mint Stout

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very good

29 Reviews
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Reviews: 29
Hads: 204
Avg: 3.78
pDev: 30.69%
Wants: 13
Gots: 37 | FT: 3
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Michigan, United States

Style | ABV
American Stout |  6.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: tectactoe on 06-12-2013

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Reviews: 29 | Hads: 204
Reviews by Drk93TT:
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3.86/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A: Pours black/dark brown with a creamy carbonated sticky 2 finger head that fades quickly to a small bit of head that goes away fast. Leaves almost zero lacing on glass.

S: .... Thin mint cookies and coffee beans ! Chocolate milk (lol) !

T: Sticky crisp minty flavor with coffee and chocolate combined. Light bodied and crisp. Corbonated a little bit more than Id like it to be. Has an espresso like characteristic to it. The flavor hits quick and fades quick. Which is nice. The mint is not overpowering, in fact.. its just right !

M: Carbonated, thin thin thin.. yet crisp and albeit refreshing. An unusual and almost wrong(..?) characteristic of a stout... but it works well with these flavors

Really another interesting+great brew by Odd Side! Love em.

Is it a stout that drinks like a pilsner? What the huh>? I like it tho. and would recommend ... as a change of "stout-scenery"

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3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

Photo of tectactoe
4.02/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

On tap at Pete's Place. It's awesome to see Odd Side Ales pumping out so many different brews, I've really liked just about everything I've had from them so far. It comes out looking pitch black, and except for the very, very top of the brew, there is absolutely no light coming through. The frothy, creamy, espresso colored head transforms slowly into a skin and leaves only a few chunks of lacing behind.

I take a few whiffs, and I'm immediately reminded of a York Peppermint Patty - it smells almost exactly like them. Rounds of deep, dark chocolate, semi-sweet with a lightly roasted underbody. Light mint and peppermint aromas ride along the smooth wave of cocoa and give that huge peppermint candy vibe. Not getting much coffee on the nose, except for maybe a hint of roast; this one is otherwise dominated by the cocoa and the mint.

Contrary to what the aroma says, the first sip leads with a sizable heap of coffee beans; delectable roast and a large amount of coffee edges its way to the forefront of the flavor profile and attacks your taste buds before all else. It isn't until the middle onward when the dark chocolate and minty-York flavors pop out, revealing a nicely balanced, sweeter edge.

As this beer warms, the flavors seem to traverse a bit and the mint-chocolate gets stronger while the java-coffee takes a bit of a backseat. My least favorite thing about this beer is probably the body... It just doesn't feel as huge as I'd like it to; it's actually pretty thin. Carbonation is adequate, but the mouth feel falls just short of creamy and chewy, which is how I'd like a java mint stout to feel.

All in all, another great brew from Odd Side. They seem to have their own mini-market in the American Stout business and candy-like adjuncts (Peanut Butter Cup, Dutch Chocolate, Java Chip Mint, etc.) and it seems to be doing pretty well. Unique and tasty, this would be a nice beer to enjoy with a huge bowl of mint chocolate chip ice cream.

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3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

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4.25/5  rDev +12.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +12.4%

Photo of Brenden
3.94/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

This stout is thick, showing some good viscosity, and nearly black in color. A nice, big froth of brown head rests easily and strongly just taller than one finger. Solid patching in good quantity shows solid structure in the lacing.
The mint is strong on the nose, a leafy mint not quite as sugary-cool as spearmint, but definitely displaying a likeness, certainly more than a mint like peppermint. When the milk and dark chocolate come in, it's distinctively like chocolate chip slivers in the nose. Slightly more distinction would clarify things, but this beer hits the mark in smelling like mint chocolate, and the roast gives a note of coffee grounds that brings it all together.
The taste is similar, chocolaty and roasty with an undeniable mint flavor, but a bit of tang comes in and mars it some.
The feel is smooth. It's not as viscous by any means as it looks but it has a nice, full body with some richness to it.

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Photo of Shawner
4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of AliK
4.5/5  rDev +19%

Photo of king75
4.15/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance- Dark suede black syrupy color with a light chocolate color head that quickly recedes, little to no lacing. Not overly impressive but it is what it is.

S- DAMN! This one smells like an awesome desert beer. I am picking up heavy aromas of mint, along with coffee, milk chocolate, and a boozy alcohol smell.

T/M- This one taste great it first hits the palate with a chocolate mint sweetness and then mellows out with a coffee bitterness. The mouthfeel of this one is silky and smooth, a little on the lighter end but does have a medium body to it.

Overall, I really like this one and am loving the consistent product and number of beers that Oddside has been putting out lately. For what this beer lacks in body it makes up for in flavor and drinkability. This is a good one and definitely worth seeking out.

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3.25/5  rDev -14%

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4/5  rDev +5.8%

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3.25/5  rDev -14%

Photo of spacecake9
3.83/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Picked up a 6-pack after tasting one of these at Odd Side Ales in Grand Haven MI.
A - Dark brown or black with little or no head.
S - Fantastic aroma, smells like when you peel the foil off a York Peppermint Pattie.
T - Tastes like a Peppermint Pattie, dark chocolate and mint.
M - Thinner than I would like. Very little carbonation.
O - In a perfect world a beer like this pours with a thick head and has a chewy mouth feel like a milk shake. OK, so this is not that beer but it is pretty darn good. They nailed the peppermint chocolate flavor. You are probably not going to drink more than one of these at a time but it is a good desert beer.

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2.75/5  rDev -27.2%

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4/5  rDev +5.8%

Photo of Alieniloquium
4.07/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

12 oz. bottle poured into a snifter.

Appearance - Inky black body. Remarkably dark for a regular stout. Nice khaki head that settles quickly. Thin collar remains.

Smell - Mint. Enormous amount of peppermint. Coffee and dark chocolate.

Taste - Coffee is more assertive here, but peppermint still dominates. Hint of a soda-like flavor from the mint. Dark chocolate on the finish.

Mouthfeel - The peppermint is a sharp flavor in an otherwise rich stout. I think a slightly smaller dose would serve to balance it more than dominate it.

Overall - I really like the concept. Spot on mint java chip flavor.

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4.52/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of beergorrilla
3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

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3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

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4/5  rDev +5.8%

Photo of Flopjack
3.99/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle into tulip

Appearance - Black with an light brown head about 1/2 finger.

Smell - So mint chocolatey. It smells like mint chocolate chip ice cream. There is a slight underlying smell of coffee but not as much compared to the mint and chocolate. No getting any alcohol in the nose.

Taste - Defintiely an interesting flavor profile. Starts out with chocolate and mint. The mint carries it's flavor almost throughout the entire taste and after the intial chocolate you also get the coffee flavors. There is a mixture of dark roast, and spent coffee grounds, and bread, sweet and also slightly bitter.

Mouthfeel - Medium bodied, light/medium carbonation, refreshing and smooth.

Overall - Good beer. I wasn't sure what to expect but I defintely not dissapointed. For me this beer made me think of eating mint chocolate ice cream which I also like.

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3.37/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

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3.97/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a snifter

A- pours pitch black in color with a small fuzzy off-white head that disappears completely, leaving nothing behind

S- huge notes of coffee and dark chocolate mix with dark roasted malt. As it warms, notes of mint leaf & herbal tea come through

T- sweet chocolate malt with heavy roast up front gives way to some coffee roast. Flavors of fresh mint and bitter herbal tea kick in mid-palate, before finishing with a linger of mint chocolate ice cream

M- medium body with low carbonation leads to a slightly foamy mouthfeel and a bit of a slick finish

O- mint often gets overshadowed in beers, but it remains prevalent throughout with this one, high drinkability

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3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

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Java Chip Mint Stout from Odd Side Ales
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