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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

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 Sammy
3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

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 metter98
3.88/5  rDev -0.3%
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.

Photo of oberon
4.04/5  rDev +3.9%
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.

Photo of dbrauneis
3.91/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: Pours a clear and opaque jet black in color with moderate amounts of active visible carbonation along the edges of the glass and moderate amounts of cola brown highlights. The beer has a quarter finger tall foamy beige head that reduces to a medium sized patch of mottled extremely thin film and a thin ring at the edges of the glass. Light amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate to strong aromas of milk chocolate with lighter notes of cocoa and vanilla.

T: Upfront there is a light flavor of roasted malts which is followed by a moderate to strong flavor of rich milk chocolate and just a touch of cocoa powder with just a hint of sweetness. There are hints of vanilla and a light to moderate flavor of chipotle pepper spice that seems to intensify slightly as the beer warms up. Hints of bitterness in the finish which fades quickly.

M: Medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Smooth.

O: Really a very good authentic take on Mayan/Mexican Chocolate in a beer - easy to drink and enjoyable with a really nice but subtle presence of chipotle peppers. Definitely one I would grab again.

Photo of chinchill
3.96/5  rDev +1.8%
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.

Photo of wl0307
3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

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 sendbeer
3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

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

Photo of ZEB89
4/5  rDev +2.8%

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

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 Immortale25
4.25/5  rDev +9.3%

Photo of andrenaline
4.25/5  rDev +9.3%

Photo of aztraz
3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

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

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

Photo of jazzyjeff13
3.77/5  rDev -3.1%
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.

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 trevorpost
4.25/5  rDev +9.3%

Photo of kristougher
3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

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