Bourbon Barrel Aged Imperial Mayan Mocha
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Stout - American Imperial
Ranked #343
Ranked #1,243
4.27 | pDev: 8.2%
Odd Side Ales
Michigan, United States
Bourbon Barrel Aged Imperial Mayan MochaBourbon Barrel Aged Imperial Mayan Mocha
Notes: Stout with coffee, cinnamon, nutmeg, and habaneros added then aged in bourbon barrels.
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FBarber from Illinois

3.3/5  rDev -22.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a dark, dark brown color bordering on black. Nice thick two finger mocha colored head lingers momentarily on the beer before dissipating. Ultimately no residual head remains. Nice looking beer.

Aroma is to die for - its like warm Mexican hot chocolate. Strong cinnamon aroma up front with notes of chocolate, hot roasted pepper, and a bit of coffee grounds. Now, this is a bourbon barrel aged beer but there is no bourbon or barrel character on the nose. Seems like the cinnamon dominates this one completely.

The taste is absolutely dominated by the spicy habaneros. Its insane that this was aged in bourbon barrels and bottled in September of 2018 and now two years later the habaneros are still this spicy. Beyond the absolutely dominating habaneros there are notes of cinnamon, nutmeg, chocolate, and some light ground coffee notes. Again, no barrel, no bourbon, no oak, nothing that would indicate this was barrel aged.

Feel is remarkably thin, lacking much of any body. Bright carbonation. Dry finish.

Overall, this was a tough one to finish - the habaneros are just too much for me. If you like spicy, spicy beers, you may like this one more than I did. I just found it lacking in any balance or nuance. Also, the complete lack of any bourbon barrel character was a miss for me.

Sep 03, 2020
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stortore from Illinois

4.15/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle into a snifter. Bottled 9/23/18, had 10/7/19.

Pours a very dark brown, mostly opaque, with a quarter inch foamy head and some light, soapy lacing. Strong aromas of cinnamon and nutmeg, followed by chocolate, cocoa, some coffee, malt, some char, light oak, light peppers, a little vanilla. Strong flavors of cinnamon and nutmeg, followed by a good amount of habanero heat that lingers, chocolate, cocoa, some coffee, some vanilla- more as it warms, a hint of bourbon. Smooth, a good full body, appropriately carbonated.

The cinnamon and nutmeg are great, the heat is a little on the higher side, but reasonable. The barrels are on the honor system and the coffee doesn’t show well. Very enjoyable overall.

Mar 29, 2020
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odement from Michigan

4.65/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Another great beer by OddSide who continues to push the boundaries of beer taste in the #1 great craft beer state of Michigan. Reviews by those timid of the habanero aspect-read the label,'s not overpowering but it's there. This beer delivers on all fronts...HUGE chocolate, nice clove/nutmeg/cinnamon background, and the pepper...I guess there's coffee in here but the habanero did it for me...slight bourbon taste but not overpowering. Chocolate and habenero, sweet...heaven. I'm a Founders devotee but this is a nice change of pace to CBS/KBS, just to keep them honest.

Jan 22, 2020
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TheGent from New Jersey

4/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Look: This beer pours opaque, pitch black with a light brown two finger head that settles to a thin layer across the top of the beer. Initially, a curtain of foam covers the edge of the glass. Some lacing in the end. No visible carbonation. An inviting stout.

Smell: Very creamy coffee, topped with nutmeg and cinnamon. It’s hard to decipher where the bourbon barrel treatment comes into play. You can smell the habanero oil through everything. It has an earthy green pepper aroma that comes across as leafy and vegetal.

Taste: Creamed coffee, along with the cinnamon and nutmeg, but this beer is dominated by the pepper flavor. Not the heat, but the flavor of the vegetable. Vegetal, green peppery, grassy. This is the hottest of the three I’ve had today but still quite tame. I put the heat at 6 / 10. It lingers on the palate for sure. Milk chocolate, cocoa and fudge brownie. These flavors really help add some complexity and depth to the beer.

Mouthfeel: Low carbonation. Semi sweet beer. Moderate to high habanero pepper heat that lingers.

Overall: An enjoyable stout, but I think I prefer the use of peppers that don’t impart as much heat. The spice is pleasant for me, as beer is concerned. It lingers, but remains bearable.

Note: This beer was bottled on 9/27/2018 and I’ve never consumed it fresh.

Aug 11, 2019
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beersampler6 from Michigan

4.42/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Holy mother of god this beer is rich and strong and unique and delicious. Tried this one on tap at Odd Side Ales. Looks incredible. Dark black oily opaque color, nice thin cap of mocha head and small sheets of lingering lacing. Smells richly of deep dark chocolate, dark roast coffee, caramel, vanilla, malt, oak, bourbon, Mexican spices and habanero peppers. Taste follows the nose and boy is it incredible. Lots of cinnamon and nutmeg. Deep, rich flavors, complex, well balanced. That hot pepper hits you and never lets go (but never overwhelms). I’ve had the Imperial Mayan Mocha and regular Mayan Mocha and this one just kicks their asses. Maybe the other ones were too old in the bottle. Maybe I had to sample them on tap at Odd Side Ales. This flavor is amazing. Smooth, thick, luscious, creamy mouthfeel with the perfect amount of carbonation. Well done!!!

Jul 09, 2019
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Ciocanelu from Romania

4.25/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Black color with mocha head. Aroma is strong on the cinnamon and peppers but there is also some chocolate fudge. Taste is quite spicy with intense, lingering chili heat. Full bodied with soft carbonation. If the chili heat would be tuned down a bit, it would be much more enjoyable.

Apr 16, 2019
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briandgilbert from Illinois

4/5  rDev -6.3%
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.

Feb 04, 2019
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REVZEB from Illinois

3.95/5  rDev -7.5%
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.

Jan 31, 2019
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OhioBeerFan from Ohio

4.45/5  rDev +4.2%
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!

Dec 09, 2018
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Wolvmar from Michigan

4.49/5  rDev +5.2%
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.

Dec 02, 2018
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BenHoppy from Michigan

5/5  rDev +17.1%
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.

Nov 24, 2018
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BB1313 from Ohio

3.9/5  rDev -8.7%
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.

Nov 11, 2018
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Pogwaddle from Michigan

4.8/5  rDev +12.4%
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.

Sep 05, 2018
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grover37 from District of Columbia

3.78/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12iz bottle at home.

Pretty good but wayyyy too hot, which really detracts and overwhelms the palatte. Very intense heat - should complement not overpower.

Apr 21, 2018
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Phil-Fresh from California

4.24/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

2014 Bottle

A: Milk chocolate, coupled with light cinnamon, light sweetness, followed by bourbon and very faint spice.

A: Black with a brownish hue, light brown head with quickly recedes into the glass.

T: chocolate like malts, coupled with milk like sweetness, followed by light cinnamon and bourbon with a mild roast bitterness and faint spice on the the finish.

M: Full bodied with moderately light carbonation.

O: Very tasty; the beer has a great milk chocolate character with light spice and bourbon notes, making it very easy to drink.

Feb 17, 2018
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Benish from Wisconsin

4.39/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: poured pitch black in color with very little head. No lacings around the glass.

Aroma: instant sweet milk chocolate hit the nose followed by a mocha flavoring with hints of caramel. There is just a subtle spiciness but no heat. Absolutely no detectable bourbon barrels which is surprising as their other BA beers have been exceptional at that.

Taste: starts sweet with milk chocolate and then the spiciness flows in aggressively. Not overwhelming heat (as opposed to Habanero Sculpin); it doesn't leave you screaming for water but leaves you appreciating it. The coffee is more subtle in the taste - actually more forward at the very finish. Bourbon was noticeable at room temp, its pretty well blended in the spices.

Mouthfeel: thick, full-bodied and rich. Absolutely perfect for a 11%.

Overall: outstanding beer. The aroma, taste and mouthfeel all came together well. It doesn't seem that far different from the non-barrel aged version.

Dec 22, 2017
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mjpolzin from Wisconsin

4.25/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I liked the base beer so was excited to try the barrel aged version. I haven't been lucky enough to have a lot of the BA versions of so many of the "Mexican Hot Chocolate" beers that I enjoy. As much as I like a beer with great barrel character, I was worried that the barrel would mask all of the adjuncts that make this beer good. That was not the case. The bourbon nose and taste was there but it complimented the other flavors in the beer. This was very well done.

Dec 03, 2017
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JohnnyHopps from Indiana

4.35/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance - The beer poured a black color with brownish hues.

Smell - cinnamon comes to the front with bourbon and chocolate also making an impression.

Taste - initially, I might suggest this is barely just cinnamon. However, there is a definite chocolate backbone. The cinnamon is well balanced, and does not scorch the esophagus. Suburban is a little warming, but is overall well-balanced.

Mouthfeel - The stout could use a little more viscosity, carbonation is muted.

Overall - This is another Odd Side winner.

Nov 14, 2017
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rodbeermunch from Nevada

4.33/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Here's a barrel aged gem that nobody talks about. Pours the usual black color and thickness for a 10% stout. Good tan head, 1/2" deep, solid retention. Aroma was nice and holiday breakfast with relatives driving you to drink, like, there was coffee, chocolate, cinnamon, bourbon and nutmeg.

Taste, wow, moderate sweetness helps cover up the alcohol. Still waves of chocolate, coffee and bourbon going on here. Amazing mouth feel. The habanero heat was barely warming, such a mild presence and appropriate given everything else going on. The barrel certainly isn't huge, but again, it is better for it not being that way. This beer is vastly superior to Mexican cake or any other beer that is in a similar realm. I seriously do not get why Odd Side ales aren't more highly regarded.

Nov 01, 2017
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GuyFawkes from Illinois

3/5  rDev -29.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottled 9/27/18; drank 4/7/19 @ the Yarchives.

Black/brown appearance.
A violent pour yielded a big dark tan head; nice, frothy lace.

Sharp cinnamon, chocolate syrup & mild cream notes in the nose.

Medium thick, sticky mouthfeel.

Hot habanero heat, cream & mild chocolate syrup flavors.

A tongue scorcher with no nuance; for habanero freaks only. Permanent pass.

Nov 01, 2017
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maximum12 from Minnesota

3.78/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. single sent long ago from docoman. I consumed the rest, but this one didn’t say “drink fresh” on the side so it must be OK to keep for my 80th birthday…just getting to it a bit early.

The pour is darker than mocha black, with the fizz retreating fearfully to the sides of the glass. The smell batters my follicles with habaneros - no beer can be detected.

Imperial Mayan Mocha - Bourbon Barrel Aged has aged just fine - please alert the press, Odd Side Ales, & that guy who’s wrote at least 36,000 words about the brewery’s issues. Even with time, the habaneros have more life than your average Kellyanne corpse (plenty, I mean). The spicing is hazily indistinct but present, while the coffee is a faint edge of bitterness. Nice finishing kick of chocolate; no bourbon or wood is evident, but it might have been chained & left for dead by the peppers. Thick. Tasty. Happy to have this mini bottle to myself.

A big pepper beer - but where’s the barrel? A stave or two would have cut the heat a bit & shot my score on this skyward. As is, a very good beer with enough heat that I may need a Kleenex soon.

Aug 05, 2017
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Sammy from Canada (ON)

3.96/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pretty well constructed IP as much as an IS, spicy more than chocolate but fine rich tasty. A bit on the sweet side even with some heat. Thanks Brian.

Jul 05, 2017
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SammyJaxxxx from New Jersey

4.19/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

A: Deep dark brown with a tan head. A thin layer of foam remains throughout
S: the nose is chocolate milk with cinnamon and nutmeg
T: the habenero eventually dominates so that all you taste is the heat. In the beginning there is chocolate nutmeg and cinnamon
MF: medium bodied. The mf is good unroll the habenero takes over and Just burns
O: Starts out great until the habenero burns your mouth.
I can tell it is well made but too much pepper for me.

Mar 06, 2017
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buschbeer from Ohio

4.23/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12 FL OZ. bottle
Served in a snifter
Bottled 10/19/15

This beer pours black in color and is topped with two inches of mocha head that leaves a little lacing.

I can smell milk chocolate and cinnamon. As it warms I get a little vanilla and caramel from the bourbon barrel and even the nutmeg.

The taste is rather complex with flavors of chocolate, cinnamon, nutmeg, and pepper intermingling with hints of coffee in the finish. The bourbon is very subtle, virtually nonexistent.

Full mouthfeel and very smooth with little carbonation

This is a very good beer, but if I was told that it was just an imperial Mayan Mocha I would not have questioned it. The bourbon barrel is very hard to pick out. If it was aged it could not have been more than a rinse in the barrel and straight to bottle.

Feb 19, 2017
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jeffreed61 from Indiana

4.25/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

9/12/16 bottle poured at about 60 degrees. Bourbon, cinnamon & cocoa all over the nose. Initial bourbon-barrel sweet is expected, then it gets habanero-jacked. The heat fades temporarily, then just seems to hang and build on the back of your tongue. It will be too much for some.

Jan 28, 2017
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