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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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BA SCORE
87
very good

53 Ratings
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Ratings: 53
Reviews: 13
rAvg: 3.89
pDev: 10.28%
Wants: 1
Gots: 9 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Ilkley Brewery Co. visit their website
United Kingdom (England)

Style | ABV
English Stout |  6.50% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: wl0307 on 10-22-2013

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Photo of DonBowman
4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of TerryW
3.79/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Average looking pour, but really nice fine lace. Lots of chocolate on the nose and to taste. Charcoal and a bit of smoke. Nice roastiness, bittersweet. The chipolte is not big and in your face, but it gives the beer a wonderfully odd note that is quite enjoyable. Creamy, lingering finish and a tingle from the pepper as you go along. Fun and interesting, a tasty brew, but basically a one off I think.

Photo of thatoneguymike
3.75/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Molson2000
3.78/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of MDHopster
3.74/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of ajdemma
3.76/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of jopezu
4.25/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of biegaman
3.89/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Mayan culture was full of colour and intricate design - The Mayan (the chocolate chipotle stout) has neither. This black liquid and its brown edges are opaque enough to lack any flair and the absence of head means there's no possible chance of patterns of lace.

Cocoa beans (and, by extension, chocolates) take on many different qualities. The strain of bean, the region it's grown, the way and extent to which it's blended, the skill and taste of the producer doing so - chocolate is subject to the same variables as wine and can be every bit as complex and distinct.

This, however, has the ordinary and straightforwardly bittersweet smell of the chocolate extract with which it's brewed. That conventional and borderline syrupy, liqueur-like chocolatey quality is replayed on the palate, albeit with a modest introduction to the chipotles.

While there is a nice underlying heat, the beer is not "spicy" per se (I'd have guessed it was infused with ginger not peppers). This additional warmth aside, the beer quite closely resembles a traditional dry and roasty mild British Stout - and the easy drinkability associated with it.

A beer with these specs should explode right from first sip. This did not. I totally appreciate the caution this brewer has taken but the resulting stout is questionably understated. This is not a bad quality if you're new to this kind of thing, but it doesn't have the impressionable impact one might hope for.

The Mayan combines a Young's reminiscent brand of biscuity, vanilla-laden Cadbury-like chocolate with a restrained and pleasant level of spice. While I imagine a little cinnamon or coffee could enhance the depth, it's perfectly serviceable just the way it is. Be sure to circle your calendar for the next release.

Photo of outdoor7or24
3.86/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

500ml bottle had at the distillery in Savannah.

Photo of WillAndSarah
3.84/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Smoorebeer
4.6/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of bluestyle18
5/5  rDev +28.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Great beer, solid taste and consistency

Photo of BGDrock
3.83/5  rDev -1.5%
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

Photo of 2dogbrew
3.88/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Mr_Hoptimistic
3.25/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Photo of KrisDLSmith
3.36/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of bark
3.07/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

The brown head is compact and two fingers high, it sinks very slowly leaving some lacing. The liquid is pitch black (120 EBC).

The smell is sweet with distinct notes of milk chocolate bars, chocolate flavoured candles and hints of dried exotic fruits. It is a bit of a one trick pony...

The taste is very much the same: Milk chocolate bars and artificial chocolate aroma, but it is soon supplemented with a light yet noticeable chili flavour. It is quite sweet, but the sweetness is smooth and elegant. Medium body. The aftertaste got even mote hot chili, but doesn’t become too hot or overwhelming. The chocolate fades slowly leaving room for some dusty dark malt flavours some bitterness. The finish got insipid sweet flavours and some fruity flavours.

The carbonation is light: The few sharp bubbles are long lived. The liquid is semi-smooth.

I dig the chocolate in the beginning, and the balanced chili flavours, but it became insipid and dusty too fast.

Photo of liamt07
3.98/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of RedAleMan
4/5  rDev +2.8%

Photo of DaveBar
3.72/5  rDev -4.4%
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

Photo of Sammy
3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of valianes
3.4/5  rDev -12.6%

Photo of yancot
4/5  rDev +2.8%

Photo of Coronaeus
3.65/5  rDev -6.2%

Photo of sonic4482
3.25/5  rDev -16.5%

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The Mayan (Chocolate Chipotle Stout) from Ilkley Brewery Co.
87 out of 100 based on 53 ratings.