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Bourbon Barrel Aged Imperial Mayan Mocha | Odd Side Ales

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Bourbon Barrel Aged Imperial Mayan MochaBourbon Barrel Aged Imperial Mayan Mocha

Brewed by:
Odd Side Ales
Michigan, United States

Style: American Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 11.00%

Availability: Fall

Notes / Commercial Description:
Stout with coffee, cinnamon, nutmeg, and habaneros added then aged in bourbon barrels.

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Ratings: 510 |  Reviews: 80
Photo of AuntBea
4/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of BarrelAgedG
4.35/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of briandgilbert
4/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Look - black
Smell-has sweeet and spice notes
Taste- starts off sweet with chocolate and sugar then turns fast to pepper spice, it’s a bold change. I’m not a fan of it but it’s different!
Feel - the spicy change to it is interesting and profound, again not for me but was a fun bottle to try.

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Photo of REVZEB
3.95/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

This was a tough one to evaluate for me because I love the first 75% of the taste, so rich, dark chocolate and coffee combination, good level of pepper, cinnamon, and nutmeg, with a solid backing of bourbon, wood, and slight molasses, but the finish quarter of the taste is straight hot pepper, taking over the palate crudely. This finishing pepper also bothers me because the body breaks down in a hurry, the feel going from dark viscosity to spicy airiness is jarring. The smell is intoxicating, like a mexican hot cocoa drink made by the mayans themselves.

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Photo of goblue30
4.25/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of NathanBeets
4.46/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

I like it. I like it a lot.

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Photo of Ben1313
4.23/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of ScottP
3.94/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of cd_beer_disapear
4.67/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Chuckdiesel24
3.87/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Photo of chrismattlin
3.49/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Photo of thinwhiteduke
2.75/5  rDev -35.1%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Photo of OhioBeerFan
4.45/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

L: Pours a thick dark brown.

S: Smells of nutmeg, oak from the barrel aging, cinnamon, vanilla, and dark malts.

T: The taste knocks you down with all of its vanilla, mocha, and spices. The pepper flavor comes out prominently and leaves a searing heat behind. I had to drink slow, not because of the high alcohol content, but because of the lovely heat.

F: The Mayan Mocha is thick, as an imperial barrel-aged beer should. If it were any thicker it would crawl out of the bottle.

O: This was bought as a single as my local beverage center. Not your everyday beer, but boy was it a thriller! So many flavors, textures, and spiciness that could not have possibly been followed by any other beer! Well done Oddside!

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Photo of Sparky44
4.15/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Wolvmar
4.49/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle poured into a tulip glass. Bottle 9/27/18.

Pour: deep dark black with a dark tan one finger head. Looks like heavily used motor oil. Head ends pretty quickly with a thin ring and some clouds. Slight bubble lacing.

Nose: huge cinnamon, bourbon with some habenaro spice.

Taste: heat from the get go but just right. Tingles the tongue, invades your nasal passages, warms your throat. Bourbon, cinnamon, coffee, dark chocolate with a hint of nutmeg. Really well balanced and absolutely enjoyable.

Mouthfeel: moderate carbonation but the habenaro heat dominates the feel. Pretty oily and coats your tongue and throut. Some after taste and after burn. All good.

Overall: this is a great beer. The only negative would be if you don’t like the cinnamon/nutmeg spice or don’t want some habenaro heat. The heat is real; made my nose run, throat tingle. The spice flavors are bold but well balanced. Will seek out more of this.

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Photo of Gaddabble
3.6/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of eppie82
3.93/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Photo of BenHoppy
5/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This beer is phenomenal as I pour it room temp into my snifter. The color is a slick, sticky, dark syrupy oil with smells of vanilla bourbon, pepper, nutmeg, cinnamon and chocolate coffee. The flavors are intense as it has a Christmas feel with nutmeg, cinnamon, chocolate, espresso, and sugar cookies with a very balanced mix of bourbon, vanilla, wood, tobacco, and oak. But the real winner here is the heat of the habanero peppers, a lot of beers have them but you wouldn't notice it whereas here the habanero shines through and burns the throat like a habanero should. This is the beer I wanted Prairie bomb/bourbon bomb to be like. Prairie have a glass and learn because if you're going to use habanero peppers make it count. I want my mouth and throat on fire and Oddsides you did a great job with this. Perhaps my new favorite beer.

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Photo of khargro2
4.44/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Phoodcritic
3.72/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of cryptichead
3.75/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of BB1313
3.9/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled on 9/27/18. 12oz bottle poured into a tulip. Pours almost black with a small khaki head that fades leaving decent retention and lacing. The aromas have a nice amount of peppermint along with some chocolate, cinnamon and some pepper skin. Subtle coffee notes. Malts are there. The flavors are very bold. It's definitely on the spicy side. The habaneros leave their mark. Lots of heat in the finish that lingers for a bit, but obviously not forever. More peppermint and cinnamon. More chocolate. The coffee is there without dominating. The bourbon gets lost due to the habaneros. Nice malt backbone. Some alcohol notes, but it's not boozy. Mouthfeel is full-bodied with moderate carbonation. This one makes for a perfect sipper due to the heat from the habaneros.

This is a nice stout. It has alot going on, but it all works. If you love hot and spicy beers, you will love this. If you don't like hot and spicy beers then I'd probably pass on this one. The heat might take away from enjoying the other flavors for me personally, but I still appreciate this one because habaneros are hot, so of course this will be hot. You obviously can't fault the brewer for that. The craftsmanship is on point.

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Photo of Pogwaddle
4.8/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

It came to the table served in a 4 oz glass. Rather than a foaming head, there was a light lacing of bubbles along the edge. The aroma hinted at a sweetness, a touch of oak, and coffee. I enjoyed the mouth feel very much, often I find darker beers rest too heavily on the palate. This one managed to be both rich and light. I also liked the after taste where the chocolate and spices came through for me. A couple of others commented on the heat. Take their word for it. I didn't get even a hint of heat but I'm not allowed to make chili for people we like. I could detect the bourbon barrel influence on the beer but I think a stronger presence would improve the flavor. Overall, I think it was nicely balanced and enjoyed it.

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Photo of needMIbeer
4.43/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of JamieDuncan
4.24/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

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