Bourbon Barrel Aged Imperial Mayan Mocha
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Bourbon Barrel Aged Imperial Mayan MochaBourbon Barrel Aged Imperial Mayan Mocha
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Odd Side Ales
Michigan, United States
American Imperial Stout
Ranked #832
Ranked #2,233
4.24 | pDev: 8.25%
Nov 13, 2022
Oct 30, 2014
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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Reviewed by ilikebeer03 from Texas

4.18/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
Pour is black with 2 fingers is dense, lasting head. Great retention and lacing. Beautiful beers
Nose is a mixture of cinnamon, habanero peppers, chocolate, roasted malt
Taste follows. Chocolate, cinnamon, coffee, hints of bourbon, oaky vanilla all overlayed on a low/moderately spicy pepper heat.
Nice thick body.
Nov 13, 2022
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Reviewed by snaotheus from Washington

3.77/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
12oz bottle poured into a WABL sample glass. Dated 09/27/18. Received from @superspak in NBS BIF #15.

Pours black with a roughly three millimeter head that collapses into a light dusting with a fairly thick ring. Smell is boozy, burnt caramel, vanilla, cinnamon.

Taste is cinnamon and spicy. Moderate to high sweetness, leaning toward vanilla / butterscotch. Some sweetened coffee character.

Mouthfeel is medium-ish. Smooth, maybe a little sticky. Overall...I'm always leery about a beer that says cinnamon on the label. I think with nearly four years on it and a habanero kick, the cinnamon is balanced out reasonably well.
Aug 01, 2022
Rated: 4.55 by SteveTheDog from Texas

Apr 06, 2022
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Reviewed by Coronaeus from Canada (ON)

4.09/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25
A vigorous pour reveals a deep mahogany brown with a thick, creamy latte head that dissipates slowly. Moderate lacing as the beer is consumed.

Milk chocolate jumps out with a little sweet milky coffee and vanilla following. I don’t notice the barrel or the hot pepper on the nose.

The hot pepper makes its presence known in the sip. The chocolate is there. A hint of cinnamon too. The heat from the chilli stays with you well after the sip is swallowed. The barrel is there, but quite mild.

The body is on the lighter side for the style, but not thin.

I really liked the chocolate quality in this beer. The peppers, generally not my favourite flavour addition, were just hot enough to be noticed, but not overpowering. Very good.
Mar 04, 2022
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Reviewed by zeff80 from Missouri

4.54/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5
12oz can. Poured out an opaque, oil black color with a good-sized, light brown head of fluffy foam. It left some sudsy lace on the glass. It smelled of bourbon, oak, vanilla, chocolate, coffee, nutmeg and cinnamon. Great bourbon taste with oak, vanilla, coffee, cinnamon and chocolate.
Jan 02, 2022
Rated: 4.24 by Blogjackets from Ohio

Nov 04, 2021
Rated: 4.25 by goleeoh from Michigan

Mar 04, 2021
Rated: 4 by jduprey007 from Michigan

Dec 20, 2020
Rated: 4.12 by HopBelT from Belgium

Dec 12, 2020
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Reviewed by FBarber from Illinois

3.3/5  rDev -22.2%
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
Rated: 4.49 by Can_if_you_can from Minnesota

Jul 23, 2020
Rated: 4.24 by Magery from Kentucky

Apr 03, 2020
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Reviewed by stortore from Illinois

4.15/5  rDev -2.1%
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
Rated: 4.26 by stanale from Illinois

Feb 24, 2020
Rated: 4.09 by SWChi from Illinois

Feb 19, 2020
Rated: 4.25 by Maillard from Ohio

Feb 04, 2020
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Reviewed by odement from Michigan

4.65/5  rDev +9.7%
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
Rated: 4.09 by blissfulNemo from Michigan

Jan 21, 2020
Rated: 3.98 by westcoastbeerlvr from California

Jan 02, 2020
Rated: 4.27 by Eric_T_07 from Illinois

Nov 24, 2019
Rated: 4.5 by admonster00 from Illinois

Nov 04, 2019
Rated: 4.35 by Ssitron from Michigan

Oct 25, 2019
Rated: 4.5 by imperialking from Illinois

Aug 27, 2019
Rated: 3.75 by Hayley_86 from Netherlands

Aug 19, 2019
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Reviewed by TheGent from New Jersey

4/5  rDev -5.7%
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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Reviewed by beersampler6 from Michigan

4.42/5  rDev +4.2%
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
Rated: 4.48 by bigpoppa67 from Wisconsin

May 26, 2019
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Reviewed by Ciocanelu from Romania

4.25/5  rDev +0.2%
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
Rated: 4.29 by eawolff99 from Minnesota

Apr 13, 2019
Rated: 4 by AuntBea from Illinois

Feb 15, 2019
Rated: 4.35 by BarrelAgedG from California

Feb 04, 2019
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Reviewed by briandgilbert from Illinois

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.
Feb 04, 2019
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Reviewed by REVZEB from Illinois

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.
Jan 31, 2019
Rated: 4.25 by goblue30 from Michigan

Jan 26, 2019
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Rated by NathanBeets from South Dakota

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.
Jan 17, 2019
Rated: 4.23 by Ben1313 from New Hampshire

Jan 01, 2019
Rated: 3.94 by ScottP from New Hampshire

Jan 01, 2019
Rated: 4.67 by CDBeerDisappear from Ohio

Dec 30, 2018
Rated: 3.87 by Chuckdiesel24 from Illinois

Dec 28, 2018
Rated: 3.49 by chrismattlin from Ohio

Dec 23, 2018
Bourbon Barrel Aged Imperial Mayan Mocha from Odd Side Ales
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