Mayan Mocha Stout | Odd Side Ales

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Mayan Mocha StoutMayan Mocha Stout

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Odd Side Ales
Michigan, United States

Style: American Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.00%

Availability: Rotating

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Reviews: 77 | Ratings: 519
Photo of MattGaskin
4.13/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

The main thing they got right on this beer was the prevalence of the peppers. Some say it is too spicy but i think it has just the right amount of heat.

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Photo of jzlyo
3.71/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Aroma is dark malts, cinnamon and definitely creeping chilies. The flavor is dark malts, cinnamon, dark fruit/fruit and a mix of chilies and acidity in the finish.

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Photo of zeff80
3.93/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a jet black color with a one finger, light brown head of foam. It smelled of cinnamon and habanero. Very spicy early on with a good dose of cinnamon and nutmeg. Just enough stout flavors for balance.

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Photo of beerguy04
4.3/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours very dark brown, almost jet black. Smells like chocolate milk at first, then the habanero spice shows up. Taste starts with cinnamon and nutmeg, and ends with a habanero aftertaste. Mouthfeel is light. Overall, a nice complex beer. Warms the mouth, however, doesn't make you sweat.

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Photo of FBarber
3.5/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Pours dark brown with a mocha colored head. Head dissipates quickly leaving a ring of tan foam along the outside of the beer. Beer appears a bit thin when poured.

Smell has a very strong aroma of cinnamon and nutmeg - lovely spice on the nose. There is also a lactose aroma - like sweet milk - that comes through. Not much heat is detectable through the nose. The coffee only really comes through as the beer warms up.

Taste is extremely Taste up front is Chocolate, lactose, roasted malts and spice. Then all the sudden you are punched in the throat with the cinnamon and habenero spice. Lingering spice stays in your throat well after the sip is done. Mellow roasted malts and chocolate not eh back end before that spice is all you are left with. The beer is heavy on cinnamon and habanero. If you don't like spice, you won't like this one. Touch of coffee is noted as the beer warms up.

Feel is thin, medium carbonation, smooth.

Overall its an interesting stout - certainly its quite spicy, and if you like heat, you'll love it, but if not, pass on this one.

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Photo of The_Snow_Bird
4.13/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer was very dark with no head on top. The smell was a very sweet Chocolate and vanilla. The taste blows you away. Can taste the chocolate along with peppers. It's a very hot Stout.

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Photo of gopens44
3.97/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Not too bad a start with appearance being pretty nice, as this jet black stout had about 2 fingers worth of frothy beige head that muted the nose for a few minutes, giving me reason to let it sit and warm up a bit more, and I'm glad I did. Nothing spicy in the smell, just hints of coffee and a little chocolate, maybe. After it sat a bit longer though, some spice started to join in. Taste was immediately complex as that same coffee dropped down to play bass as the old fashioned chocolate (maybe carob?) and hints of cinnamon swirled around as the spicy yet comfortably hot medium bodied beer made it's exit. Glad I gave this one a whirl finally, as it's certainly a decent spiced stout.

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Photo of FBGordon
4.33/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

A delicious, well-balanced stout with the flavors of Mexican hot chocolate. The heat from the habaneros compliment the coffee, chocolate, cinnamon and nutmeg peefectly, leaving heat on the palate without becoming heavy or overbearing. A fantastic winter beer, this stout was delicious and should be enjoyed at near room temperatures, in my opinion.

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Photo of Dolphinsmarlins1
3.48/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

LOTS of heat on this one. Very thin mouthfeel for a stout. Feels more like a porter. Decent flavor but I am glad that I only have one of these bottles.

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Photo of soze47
3.73/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Good flavors come out at times, but the too light body and not enough roast malt allow the heat to be too forward. The chocolate here washes out. I think they should keep the heat at the same level and make an imperial batch of this.

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Photo of LloydDobler
2.9/5  rDev -24.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz bottle poured into oversized snifter

Very dark with splotchy bubbles and no lacing. Looks thin. Almost nothing on the nose. Mild sweetness and spicieness. Very peppery taste that is unpleasant. Chocolate is there but the spice overwhelms everything that could be good about this beer.

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Photo of angelmonster
2.72/5  rDev -29.2%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.25

Review is of a beer bottled 06/10/15

Pours a 1/4 inch dark chocolate head that dissipated quickly, body was pitch black. Lacing and head retention were below average.

Smell is somewhat vegetal, lots of chili pepper. Coffee is very light, cinnamon and nutmeg are more apparent. Chocolate and caramel malt round out the aromas, hops and alcohol are almost non existent.

Taste is very flat, vegetal, spicy, soy sauce. Coffee was very faint, cinnamon and heat dominate the palate. There were no hops or alcohol taste.

Mouthfeel is very oily but thin at the same time. No head made things worse, heat tingled the roof of my mouth. Carbonation levels were alright.

Overall this was one of the worst beers I've had in awhile, missed the mark in all areas of taste. Almost had to drain pour this one but I refuse to waste beer.

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Photo of mschantz
3.9/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a very dark brown nearly black color with a fine beige head. Nose is dominated by mocha and cinnamon. Initial taste is similar to a couple of the better known spiced stouts but mid palate a cardboard flavor presents. The heat lingers on the finish a bit. Good but not great offering here.

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Photo of bgold86
3/5  rDev -21.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Was really looking forward to this, boy what a disappointment. Bottles poured into two snifters and there was a crap ton, and I mean a crap ton ofover flowing head. Beer was supremely thin with a nice habanero kick but not much else, let it warm to make sure, no coffee, no cinnamon..what a waste of what should have been a tasty treat of a beer.

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Photo of oberon
3.87/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours nearly jet black except for some brown/reddish hue when held to the light,a minimal head atop.Aromas of french roast coffee with a hint of caramel.A little sharp in the feel,alot of carbonation for the style.I like the combination of flavors,chocolate,.dark roasted coffee,earth,caramel,and a big hit of chili in the finish which really hits home let me tell ya.Not very sweet at all,a earthy,roasted,spicy beer.

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Photo of Raime
3.34/5  rDev -13%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

OddSide Ales Mayan Mocha Stout.

Been getting into these peppered beer more and more lately. Saw " Habaneros " on the list of ingredients so I'm hoping it has a good level of heat. More or leas I was curious to see how they balance the flavors in this beer. Picked up a single for $2.79 at Jake's Liquor in Monroe, Michigan as part of a mix a six. Enough chit chat shit shat, let's dive in.

Look - From the twelve ounce bottle into a pint glass. Pours a deep and impenetrable black with a finger and a half of moderately mocha colored head that doesn't stick around long, quickly dying down to a moderately thick cloud formation upon the top of the swill and a thicker ring around the glass. Carbonation is impossible to read due to how dark the beer is. No lacing remains after the beer is gone.

Smell - The cinnamon and nutmeg are HUGE in the nose. I really don't get much in the way of any stout qualities here at all. Smells a lot more like a winter warmer than a stout. The heat from the peppers cab be felt through the nostrils but it isn't enough to make you contemplate for a moment on taking a sip. aside from the heat there is no vegetative pepper smell that sometimes comes through in these types of beers.

Taste - Once again cinnamon and nutmeg dominant. The coffee becomes present though it isn't very pronounced. The heat comes through stronger than in the scent but it is a very quick shot and dies down almost immediately after the swallow though lingers around the mouth mildly. Once again this beer tastes more like a peppered winter warmer than any kind of stout I've ever had.

Feel - Body is somehow thick and coating or watery and thin seemingly depending on the sip you take. Once again the cinnamon dominates heavily in the mouth with the heat coming through upon the swallow but not being nearly habanero in strenght. Beer swallows with a lower amount of heavyness and the cinnamon sits around the mouth for what seems like an eternity.

Overall - They went way too heavy on the cinnamon with this beer. Not many stout qualities to be noticed. The heat wasn't as much as I had expected seeing as it was brewed with habanero peppers. Much closer to a winter warmer than a stout, and even then the cinnamon needs to be toned down. Not a bad beer overall, but not something I will return to. I'd like to see them drop the christmas spices and brew a more traditional stout with habaneroes and actually ensure they come through. Maybe it's just the fact I love ultra hot foods that makes these seem very tame to me. Who knows..

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Photo of morimech
3.68/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Dense black in the glass with a solid two finger head that was slow to settle. A thick cap remains and a lot of sticky lacing is left down the glass. Definitely smell cinnamon and nutmeg. Notes of smoke, roasted malt, and a faint trace of mocha. After the first sip you realize this is not subtly spiced. Blast of cinnamon and nutmeg. Not getting much of the coffee or mocha but I am getting some habanero heat in the finish. Pleasant but not the least bit punishing heat. Does not really taste like a very good stout is laying a very good foundation for the other flavors for it to get overpowered so easily. Pleasant body and carbonation gives a full, creamy mouthfeel. Maybe this example was a little old and the coffee faded but who is to know when there is no bottle date.

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Photo of NolaHopHead
3.48/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle. Pours dark root beer brown, thick tan head fades quickly. Aroma is cocoa and spice. Many different flavors in this stout, chocolate coffee, vanilla, burnt notes, but the pepper heat is what stands out to me the most. Mouthfeel is thin. Tasty Mexican stout, a bit too much heat I think. Still enjoyed it though.

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Photo of draheim
3.96/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12oz into a tulip. Pours a clear dark brown w/ a thin mocha head.

Aroma is bitter roasted malt, a little burnt, along w/ some vague spice notes, chocolate, vanilla.

Taste follows nose. Dark roasted bitter malt, cinnamon/nutmeg, and spicy heat. Hint of chocolate and more cinnamon as it warms.

Mouthfeel is clean and smooth, maybe a little thin.

Overall a really nice spicy Mexican stout. Chile peppers really bring it together, but I would like a little more rich malt to balance it out.

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Photo of alarmclock314
3.87/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle, no date. Pours black with a large sized tan head. Smells of coffee, chili peppers, and cinnamon; nice smell. Tastes like coffee and chili peppers, but it's pretty watered-down. It's got a nice spiciness though. Medium carbonation and thin body. Overall, it's got a nice smell, but the flavor is watered-down and it might to too spicy for some.

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Photo of ThickNStout
3.24/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

12oz bottle from LambicPentameter (thanks!). No apparent bottling date. Served in a Burnt Hickory snifter.

Pours blackish brown, like cola, with a finger and a half cap of khaki head. The bubbles shrink to a thin veil and a substantial collar that leaves swaths of chunky lace.

Smells of cinnamon, nutmeg, mocha and cola. A tad mild for all the great adjuncts that went into this but still smells alright.

Tastes of nutmeg, habaneros, cinnamon, coffee, cocoa powder and caramel. It goes down quite easily but, as in the nose, it is rather mild.

Fairly light body with moderate carbonation. Aftertaste of some chili heat and spiced mochacinno.

OddSide seems to have made a semi "sessionable" version of the increasingly popular Mexican chocolate stout. For my tastes this lacks the oomph and character I prefer but Mayan Mocha Stout is pretty darn flavorful considering it has about half the alcohol found in many Mexican chocolate stouts.

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Photo of richj1970
4/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 12 oz bottle into snifter.

A: Motor oil black with smallish one finger dark tan head. Fairly short retention and zero lacing.

S: Cinnamon, nutmeg, spicy chilies, and chocolate.

T: Nice punch of chilie heat, cinnamon, and nutmeg mixed with bitter dark chocolate.

M: Full bodied with some subtle heat lingering.

O: Very nice spiced stout. I need to seek out some more beers from Odd Side.

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Photo of Ri0
3.77/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

It has a dirty dark brown color with a tan colored head. Aromas of roasted malts, plenty of cinnamon, coffee, bitter chocolate, and a bit of pepper. Flavor has some earthy stout notes with a good amount of cinnamon and chocolate, coffee, and a touch of heat on the finish. The feel is a thin, medium body, good carbonation. I have only had a few pepper stouts and this was pleasant.

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Photo of stephenjmoore
4.2/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Pours with a cola colored body that settles into the glass as a near black. Thick, frothy mocha colored head that lingers around. Aroma has bit notes of coffee, cinnamon and roast, hints of chocolate as well, but no real noticeable pepper in the nose. Chocolate comes through more in the flavor, with cinnamon showing up heavily as well. Coffee is somewhat noticeable, but not at the forefront and the pepper add lots of heat towards the end. Flavor is pretty well rounded and no flavor over-dominates the rest. The feel is medium bodied, medium carbonation and lots of lingering heat from the peppers. All in all a really nice take on the style. Not the body of Abraxas, Huna, etc., but solid flavor.

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Photo of woodchip
3.64/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Has potential, nose and look are solid, but the taste and feel are disappointing. Drinks more like a porter than a stout, lacking viscosity. Like the touch of spice though.

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Mayan Mocha Stout from Odd Side Ales
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