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The Mayan (Chocolate Chipotle Stout) - Ilkley Brewery Co.

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The Mayan (Chocolate Chipotle Stout)The Mayan (Chocolate Chipotle Stout)

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87
very good

25 Reviews
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Reviews: 25
Hads: 83
rAvg: 3.93
pDev: 8.4%
Wants: 3
Gots: 17 | FT: 0
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Ilkley Brewery Co. visit their website
United Kingdom (England)

Style | ABV
English Stout |  6.50% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: wl0307 on 10-22-2013

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Reviews by jazzyjeff13:
Photo of jazzyjeff13
3.77/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A 500ml bottle with a BB of May 2014. Acquired some time back from Trembling Madness in York. Described on the label as a chocolate chipotle stout brewed with chocolate malt, real chocolate and chipotles. Montezuma's revenge awaits the unwary....

Poured into a tulip pint glass. A deep reddish-brown hue that appears black in the glass. Yields a large head of creamy beige foam that lasts for a few minutes before subsiding to a patchy surface layer. Slight lacing. Aroma of sweet chocolate - not unlike a milk chocolate bar. Underpinned by hints of sugar and roasted malt. Surprisingly one-dimensional but pleasant enough.

Tastes of roasted malt with a spicy chocolate character and a bitter finish. Notes of roasted grain, subtle burnt notes, chocolate, chilli spice, mild smoke, a hint of molasses, faint dried fruit and earthy yeast. Slightly sweet, with a warming spiciness and a slight hop kick in the background. A balanced, malt-driven bitterness upon swallowing. Mouthfeel is smooth and tingly, with soft carbonation and a somewhat insubstantial body for the strength. Spice notes stimulate the palate. Mildly astringent, followed by an aftertaste of chocolate, chillies and roasted malt.

Rather nice - Ilkley have taken a challenging style and made a good fist of it. Looks the part, while the aroma is deceptively sweet and chocolate-laden. The flavour is a superb blend of roasted malt, chocolate and chipotles that delivers a dark, spicy twang. Body is OK but could stand to be thicker and creamier. Overall this is a treat for the senses. If you like chillies and chocolate then this is the brew for you. (1,621 characters)

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Photo of DaveBar
3.72/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Purchased at the LCBO for $3.60 for a 500ml bottle. Pretty cost effective so I bought it. Served at 6deg C in a tulip.

A- Opens well and pours a tiny head that is gone fast

S- Lots of chocolate here. Good peppers but they subdued

T- Lots of coco/chocolate powder. Seems very artificial tasting though. A touch sweeter than expected for a stout. Good balance and a small hit on the back of the throat of heat from the peppers. Just a hint

M- Very creamy and lush. Super tongue coating which I like in a stout

O- Very good blend. The premise is nice of peppers but not a big amount. Would buy again.

Food Pairing

This pretty good stout went well with...... Cheese board with condiments such as pickles, honey and olives

Enjoy (731 characters)

Photo of cjgiant
4.04/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle, no discernible date:
Clear dark brown, appearing almost black. Large bubble head, some lacing in my rinsed glass. Nose dominated by chocolate, but an underlying lightly smokey roasted malt scent. Nicely done.

Taste has more depth to it than expected, but the actual flavors follow the muse quite well. The chipotle side almost sneaks in after you think the taste is done. As with many nicely spicy things, the "burn" builds with subsequent sips. "Burn" is an exaggeration, but I definitely feel a bite. Feel is just a tad thin in viscosity, and also a tad oily, but that little bite makes up for that a bit.

Really digging this beer. It's not exceptional, but an example of a well done, solid, as promised beer. (728 characters)

Photo of mick303
3.98/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Bottle from the lcbo, poured into a tulip glass came out a deep dark brown, with a really nice initial head and quite nice lacing.

S - aromas of cooking chocolate, subtle chipotle spicy heat, dry peppers, rich maltiness, with a dark roasty character, plums/cherries also, a chocolateyness that is so robust and earthy, yes there is sweetness but the chipotle notes give you a very nice counterbalance. This frankly smells amazing, so complex and rich, and to the point.

T - a similar theme here, as you are lulled in with rich dark cocoa and chocolate notes before the chipotle arrives with a growing gradual spiciness, that deliver a gutsy earthy character and a warming lingering smoky spice. Palate also has some of the rich dark fruits, coffee, dark malts, but the sumptuous chocolate and chipotle interplay is centre-stage.

M - not too heavy, retains some initial malty creaminess, but overall it is quite thin for a stout, might accentuate the chipotle spiciness, quite smooth, and grows bittersweet and spicy to the finish.

Deceptive indeed, as well as very tasty. Certainly played up the chipotle spice but the chocolate is revving at full force as well. I find this a tasty beer, but couldn't have it very often. As an interesting beer it really captures that mayan spiced hot chocolate feel, with a really satisfying spiciness to it, smoky, earthy, and bittersweet. Quite nice and enjoyable. (1,407 characters)

Photo of oberon
4.04/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours nearly pitch black except for a deep reddish brown tinge when held up to the light,a half finger beige colored head atop.Milk chocolate notes jump out in the nose with light nuttiness,although I don't get any smoky chipotle the aromas really stand out for me.Lightly carbonated wich is good just a tad thin but it doesn't take away from the flavor profile in any way.Mildly sweet chocolate at the onset of the palate with that hint of nuttiness,the chipotle comes in the finish and lingers in the back of the throat nicely.What a cool beer from a "new to my area" Yorkshire brewer,I will be trying other stuff from Ilkley in the future. (642 characters)

Photo of stephenlee
4.75/5  rDev +20.9%

Photo of Mantooth
4/5  rDev +1.8%

Photo of BGDrock
3.83/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: dark brown with touch of ruby, clear; bubbly head like chocolate milk, average retention

Aroma: milk chocolate, perfumy, sweet, lactose; mild overall

Taste & Mouthfeel: tastes like chocolate milk too! but with a distinctive heat from the chipotle, a burn that rises and falls off just before you're getting worried, pleasantly lingering through the finish; creamy texture compliments that sharp heat nicely, as does the syrupy/lactose sweetness accompanying it, although that sweetness becomes a bit much over time

Overall: pretty much what you'd expect a milk chocolate bar tinged with chipotle to taste like - great flavour, a bit too sweet, and balance leans to the pepper, don't expect subtly (711 characters)

Photo of chinchill
3.96/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500 ml bottle with a BB date of April 2015 served cool in a goblet.

Pours clear, near opaque, dark red-brown. Limited head and retention.

Aroma:chocolate; chocolate malts and a hint of coffee.

Flavor: intense and delicious dark chocolate; hints of coffee, toast, smoke and dark fruits. Light but fairly obvious chiptole pepper. Lingering, mildly bitter and smoky aftertaste of dark roasted grains and chipotle peppers with hints of coffee and hops.

Feel: smooth, full body with mildly lively carbonation. Very mild heat (pepper).

O: highly reccommended, especially for chocolate lovers. (595 characters)

Photo of tastybeer
3.91/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A: Color is dark woody brown and opaque topped by a tan, creamy, and fairly small head.

S: Loaded with melty 72% cocoa dark chocolate all sprinkled with zesty/spicy peppers. Creamy vanilla, tobacco, and caramel.

T: Taste is colorful. A bit of tartness, green spicy pepper flavors, and chocolate. The tartness fits in oddly to me however the spice and chocolate work great together.

M: Texture is smooth, easy going with soft pepper spice warmth and prickly, fine carbonation. Not a very heavy body...kind of along the lines of medium.

O: I like it. The smell beats its other qualitIes by far though. Definitely worth a try. (627 characters)

Photo of Sammy
3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

Photo of ordybill
3.87/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

This pitch black brew with a small tan head has a complex and interesting aroma. You can smell the chocolate and chipotle. The flavor is powerful and refreshing but this is not a style of beer that I am an aficionado of. If chocolate flavored beer is a must then this is a must. if you are feeling adventurous I would try it also. It isn't bad, in fact I enjoyed the more I drank of it (go figure) (402 characters)

Photo of woodchip
3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

Photo of aztraz
3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

Photo of djack8617
4.25/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Enjoyed on Mar 5 2015.

Look: Jet black with a very slight dark gold transparency. Minimal head which quickly dissipates for minimal head retention.

Smell: Overwhelmingly chocolate syrup in nature with a very slight spice touch at the end.

Taste: spice hits the palate first and is quickly chased by a chocolate flavor. Full and heavy like a stout should be. Spicy chipotle lingers on the palate well after consumption.

Feel: Very heavy and flat feel. The spice dominates preventing any sort of smooth drinking experience yet still makes the beer enjoyable.

Overall: Have enjoyed many chocolate stouts before and would say this one is average if not slightly above. Very good strong chocolate aroma but chipotle spice take over on the palate masking other potential flavors. (782 characters)

Photo of trevorpost
4.25/5  rDev +8.1%

Photo of MDHopster
3.74/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of n2185
3/5  rDev -23.7%

Photo of TiggerGTO
4.91/5  rDev +24.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Tastes exactly like you think it would from the description, like chocolate with pepper added. Sort of like a slightly spicy Young's Double Chocolate Stout. (156 characters)

Photo of wedge
3.77/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Best Before: 06/2015

Pours black under minimal creaminess coating the surface and leaving behind strings of lace here and there. Smell is immediately chocolaty followed by vanilla and a little pepper. Flavor follows suit with an increased chili pepper note, though it never gets spicy. Roasted malt, cocoa, nuts, and some fruity yeast. Less intensely chocolaty than the smell, closer to more of a standard stout with a pepper twist. Medium bodied with some tingly carbonation and lingering bitterness. Not bad. (517 characters)

Photo of WillAndSarah
3.84/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Immortale25
4.02/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured into a Dogfish traditional oversized snifter. Label says Best Before 11/15.

A- Pours a mostly opaque black color with a 1/4 inch light tan head that doesn't retain long before becoming a thin ring around the edge of the glass and some faint wisps of surface foam. Semi-resilient lacing leaves tiny specs behind.

S- Big milk chocolate aroma that's plenty sweet and brings along with it caramel and malted milk balls. Chipotle is there but not very apparent.

T- Chocolate at first and then the smokiness of the chipotle comes in pretty strong. Not as sweet as the aroma lets on. The spice starts to build but never becomes overbearing.

M- Only drawback to this beer is the feel is a bit thin. Medium-low carbonation and a fullish body.

O- A really good spicy chocolate stout though I remember the draft version being more sweet and less smoky. Still, quite tasty. (882 characters)

Photo of metter98
3.88/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A: The beer is essentially jet black in color—only slight traces of red are visible near the corner of the glass when it is held up to the light. It poured with a short tan head that quickly died down, leaving delicate lacing on the surface and a thin collar around the edge of the glass.
S: Moderate aromas of dark chocolate are present in the nose.
T: As in the smell, the taste starts off with rich flavors of chocolate and has a light amount of associated bitterness. Notes of chipotle become noticeable towards the finish and linger through the aftertaste.
M: It feels medium-bodied and smooth on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation. The chipotle lends a little heat to the finish.
O:The taste of this beer is rather interesting as it transitions to rich flavors of dark chocolate to spicy flavors of chipotle. (834 characters)

Photo of Chrisives
4.75/5  rDev +20.9%

Photo of spinrsx
3.68/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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The Mayan (Chocolate Chipotle Stout) from Ilkley Brewery Co.
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