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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

66 Ratings
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Ratings: 66
Reviews: 19
rAvg: 3.89
pDev: 9.51%
Wants: 3
Gots: 12 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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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Photo of Burgieburg
4.33/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of peensteen
3.78/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Jet black with a ring of eggshell-tan head with good lace. Smell is a big chocolate and cocoa powder upfront, touch of peppery spice that gives a bit of a nostril tingle, not a ton going on but certainly delivers on being a chocolate-chipotle stout. Taste is all chocolate initially, milk chocolate and hershey syrup, chipotle is subtle initially but is a little more noticeable as it warms and shows up in the finish, roast and a touch of sweetness from all that chocolate. Medium-light carbonation, light-medium body. Not bad to have once in a while but not something I could drink on a regular basis, still quite drinkable.

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

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.

Photo of wedge
3.77/5  rDev -3.1%
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.

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

Photo of cjgiant
4.04/5  rDev +3.9%
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.

Photo of byronic
3.81/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of nmann08
4.05/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From a bottle, pours jet black with a thin wispy very white head.

The nose is heavy milk chocolate, a little earthy green pepper, lots of lactose and roasted malt. This smells amazing. The flavor is similar, lots of chocolate, earthy dryness, bitter hops and just a bit of heat. The heat from the pepper plays well with the chocolate. This is pretty balanced and the flavors pair well. Really enjoyable finish too.

Photo of Cycle69
3.9/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of RochefortChris
3.96/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of spinrsx
3.68/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of ordybill
3.87/5  rDev -0.5%
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)

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

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The Mayan (Chocolate Chipotle Stout) from Ilkley Brewery Co.
87 out of 100 based on 66 ratings.