Mayan Mocha Stout
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Stout - American
Ranked #341
Ranked #15,010
3.9 | pDev: 11.79%
Odd Side Ales
Michigan, United States
Very Good
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Davedrinkinbeer from Indiana

4.19/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Look is motor oil, with a 1/4" head. Scent is mostly yeast and coffee, with a hint of spices. Oddly enough, very similar to what a Belgian Quad might smell like.

Very interesting taste, the cinnamon and nutmeg blend very well with the habanero flavors to give it a pleasant spice at the end of the mouthful. The habanero lingers but is very mellow, so unless you cannot handle spicy foods this is easy to enjoy. I personally enjoy hot foods so this sits well with me.

Beer is medium weight, no stickiness, low carbonation, and leaves the mellow spicy aftertaste. I really like this beer overall, who knew habanero had a place in beer? Now I do.

Nov 26, 2020
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LunchMoney from Minnesota

3.94/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

It’s got a nice flavor, but the habaneros are coming on a little strong. The spice overpowers the rest. Most beers that have peppers if some kind have the flavor without the heat. This one brings the heat also. If you really like spicy foods, this one may be worth a try. If not, steer clear.

Nov 18, 2020
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puck1225 from Texas

4.04/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Had this on draft poured into a snifter - last beer for a nice lunch at Thistle Draftshop.

Very dark brown color with nice brown head and good lacing. Strong dark chocolate and coconut smell and taste. This is followed with a warm, slightly hot, spiciness. Pleasantly sweet. Enjoyed it!

Aug 10, 2020
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DDiFran from Ohio

4.29/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

L: Dark dark brown with a wispy tan head
S: coffee chocolate and pepper as advertised
T: all of the above. Nice balance of heat sweet and bitter
F: smooth and slick. About what you’d expect
O: good representation of the style. Balanced not overpowering

May 16, 2020
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jkblr from Indiana

3.91/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

12oz can stamped MFG 01/30/20 (about 11 weeks old) poured into a perfect pint glass at just above fridge temp 6% ABV. The beer pours dense black with enthusiastic mocha colored head. The head slowly settles to a thick ring and island leaving behind plenty of lacing. The aroma is faint with slight chocolate and habanero. The taste is semisweet chocolate for a second before the cinnamon and nutmeg jump out yielding to the peppers as the closure. Nice residual heat, but not enough to make you want to chase it with water. Minimal bitterness. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with average carbonation and a dry finish. Overall, very good. I don't get any coffee, per se, and there's just the slightest hint of a vegetable taste. You can get that from the peppers or the coffee. I would definitely drink this again, especially fresh.

Apr 25, 2020
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TheSixthRing from California

4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Canned 01/22/20

Appearance - Pours near black with cola brown edging. Tan, finger width head that displays fair retention before dying down to a thin, broken layer of surface suds. Good lacing, with webbing, broken lines and small spotting.

Smell - Chocolatey, roasty and spicy, with the cinnamon, nutmeg and habaneros and earthen undertones.

Taste - Follows the nose. Milk chocolatey sweetness before earthen roast, cinnamon and nutmeg kick in. Habanero heat develops in the finish, leaving an aftertaste that earthen, slightly sweet and with fair heat that lingers well.

Mouthfeel - Medium-bodied with fair carbonation. Smooth, slightly creamy texture with a slightly dry finish.

Overall - Really nice Mexican spiced stout. Good balance. This would be an occasional go-to if it were on Sacramento shelves.

Mar 13, 2020
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MonDak_Joe1953 from Minnesota

3.85/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle. No dating information found.
Black colored body, with medium brown back lit edge. One finger very light tan head, which quickly reduces to a partial island and ring. The reduction of the initial head leaves behind a ring and spots of lacing.
Aroma of spices along with dark roasted malts. Cinnamon, nutmeg, and a whiff of coffee. Habaneros not a big influence.
Taste is cola like, with dark roasted malts and coffee. The habaneros chile does show up as a slight mouth burn and as a vegetal flavor. Cinnamon and nutmeg appear all the way through the taste profile.
Slightly thin mouth feel. Good carbonation.
The coffee seems to be the dominant flavor here, with effects from the chiles and spices. Not really showing a lot of depth.

Nov 22, 2019
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tone77 from Pennsylvania

3.6/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a black color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is strong of chocolate, some habanero. Taste is strong of habanero, spices, light chocolate and plenty of heat. Feels full bodied in the mouth and overall is a decent beer, but could have been much better with a little less habanero present.

Aug 30, 2019
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GuyFawkes from Illinois

3.75/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottled 10/4/16; drank 10/23/16 @ the Yarchives.

Black appearance.

A rough pour yielded a nice dark tan head; nice lace.

Cream, cinnamon, milk chocolate & faint habenero heat notes in the nose.

Medium thick mouthfeel.

Milk chocolate & sweet cream flavors up front; cinnamon bite & mild habenero heat notes on the finish.

A bit too spicy for this timid soul; still enjoyable.

May 13, 2019
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josanguapo from Spain

1.95/5  rDev -50%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1.25

De Labirratorium. En copa Teku. Viendo The OA 2x07. Si bien aromaticamente prometia, en boca es un desastre. A alguien se le ha ido la mano con los habaneros. Quema la garganta. Imbebible. Al fregadero por miedo a que me siente mal

Apr 02, 2019
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Kjwjr from Michigan

1.89/5  rDev -51.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

All I can think is I got a bad batch. This beer looks gorgeous when poured into a glass, but taste's horrible. The habenero is so overpowering. I couldn't even finish this beer. This is the worst beer I've ever had. Maybe its my pallete, but I recommend you steer clear of this beer

Mar 31, 2019
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DrDemento456 from Pennsylvania

3.99/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Drinking this before I try the imperial version. Into a pint.
A - Fairly dark for a regular stout pitch black with a 1/2 inch of deep mocha froth.
S - Mostly chocolate and cinnamon which may also be the peppery heat.
T - Oh flavors are quite chocolaty and the cinnamon spice is perfect it literally tastes like a hot chocolate. Peppers are also balanced but the heat really clings to the back of the throat! Spicy!
M - Very smooth but again spicy so sip with caution!

Overall the peppers at least for mine are really strong which I knew I would get into being habaneros but its good. Would like to try a similar stout without them I bet it would be a banger!

Jan 10, 2019
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woodychandler from Pennsylvania

3.71/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I really can't say enough good things about The Beer & Beverage Shoppe here in Lancaster, PA! I walk in, hopeful of finding a few select items & leave with more beer than I can physically carry. The place simply never disappoints. This was part of a recent foray & haul.

From the Bottle: "Stout with Coffee, Cinnamon, Nutmeg and Habanero".

It seems a little busy to me, but the proof will be in the tasting. I began by Pop!ping the cap & performing a slow, gentle, C-Line pour. It rewarded me with not only a pseudo-cascade but also a load of foam that puffed up to just under three fingers of dense, foamy, rocky, deep-tan/light-brown head with decent retention that left nice lacing in its wake. Color was Very Dark Brown to Black/Opaque (SRM = > 37, < 44) allowing mahogany highlights to be seen at the edges. Nose was redolent with cinnamon & nutmeg. Mmm. Mouthfeel was medium, but kinda light for a Stout. The taste was kind of odd, as though the gears were not meshing properly. I did not taste anything like coffee & the spices were both overdone & clashing with each other. The habanero pepper gave it a slight burn on the tongue. Finish was very dry, which is to be expected when adding spices to beer, but it just did not quite satisfy. I may see about scoring another bottle & heating it in a double boiler. YMMV.

Dec 05, 2018
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damndirtyape from Ohio

4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle, MFG 09/12/18. Served in a snifter glass. Vigorous pour, but plenty of sediment left behind in the bottle.

Appearance: Pitch black letting no light through. Initial 1/3" thick than head died back to thin ring of foam. An occasional island and strand of lacing noted.

Smell: Cinnamon, nutmeg, coffee, and bit of peppers.

Taste: Mocha up front, followed by cinnamon, nutmeg, some underlying sweetness, and then the spicy burn from the habaneros.

Mouthfeel: Surprisingly thin. Light carbonation with a dry finish. Definite spicy burn on the tongue.

Overall / Drinkability: I find that I'm drinking a spicy Mexican hot chocolate, but in beer form. The flavors and aroma are quite good, but other parts of the beer don't quite hold up. The habeneros are quite potent in this beer, making this a slow sipping beer. I find that the spiciness is such that I want to pair this with something to cut the spiciness. Hard to say what though given all the other flavors. Might good well with a dessert or a burger. But it's quite the palate wrecker. Just one of these is enough for me per evening. I find this beer to be a spicier thinner version of Stone Xocoveza - good with its own character, but not as well balanced and rich as the other "Mexican hot chocolate" beer out there.

Nov 11, 2018
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AyatollahGold from Indiana

3.61/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Peppers are really prominent in the smell. Taste is chocolately with peppers present as well but something seems a little off. Not in an infected way, just in a blending of flavors not really working out way. Almost makes it taste like chili. Not bad but not the first I would grab from the style.

Oct 18, 2018
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BB1313 from Ohio

3.75/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle poured into a tulip. Pours almost black with a khaki head that fades leaving nice retention and solid lacing. The aromas have some pepper skin along with some vanilla and cocoa. Some mild hints of coffee. Malts are there. The flavors are pretty bold. Some coffee, peppermint and cinnamon. Some chocolate and vanilla. The habaneros really shine without dominating and diminishing everything else that's going on. It finishes spicy, but nothing over the top. Perfect amount of heat, in my opinion. Malts do their thing. Alcohol basically goes unnoticed. Mouthfeel is medium-bodied with moderate to active carbonation. It's pretty smooth.

This is a nice flavorful stout. It has alot going on, but everything works. I like it. They deliver on the cinnamon, coffee and habaneros.

Sep 28, 2018
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beersampler6 from Michigan

3.84/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A very interesting beer with a unique flavor profile - nice dark brown color with just some head and spotty lingering lacing. Smells of chocolate, coffee and a little malt. Tastes of dark chocolate, dark roast coffee, cinnamon, spices and malt. Just a little pleasant burn from the habanero peppers at the end. Smooth mild mouthfeel with some decent carbonation. I did expect a more full, rich flavor from a stout and for that reason I didn’t rate it more highly.

Aug 21, 2018
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Blackop555 from Michigan

3.92/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours Brown. Thick, short, light brown head that Fades slowly.

smells spice, Peppers, cinnamon, nutmeg and late chocolate.

Taste Roast malt, cinnamon, spices, peppery and earthy. Nicely warming. Finish is semi-sweet with spice and pepper linger. Medium body and creamy medium carbonation.

Dec 14, 2017
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mjpolzin from Wisconsin

4.19/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A notch below the best "Mexican Hot Chocolate" type of beers. But this is still very good. I do get a bit of the nutmeg which adds an interesting dimension. More cinnamon on the nose at first but some comes out in the taste as it warms. The pepper is just hot enough where you get some burn on the back end.

Dec 03, 2017
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FriedSlug from North Carolina

4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Opaque brown beer with a tan, dense head. The aroma is cocoa, cinnamon, nutmeg and a bit of peppers. There is an almost woody component in the aroma. Sweet malt, some dark fruits and a bit of nutmeg up front with cinnamon and a great pepper heat at the end. The nice spice of the pepper goes well with the chocolate and nutmeg. A tad thin for a stout but otherwise a nice beer.

Oct 07, 2017
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hoptheology from South Dakota

3.92/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pitch black body with a 1/2 finger of head, receding to a ring shortly after.

Very first whiff yielded nothing, but as i inhale deeper, I get the cornucopia of nutmeg, coffee, vanilla, and cinnamon. It's really awesome if a touch faint.

Flavor is by and large peppery cinnamon coffee. The heat comes on the back end, very much like red hots due to the cinnamon (rather than the jalapenos). Second sip brings more vanilla and nutmeg. Very much a cinnamon-coffee bomb.

Feel is watery, lightly carbonated, with a slight heat and roastiness. The heat never gets overwhelming.

Overall, this is a really interesting stout, I've not had anything like it (apart from the Barrel Aged version). The cinnamon and heat are what stands out, and if you like cinnamon in your coffee and a little tabasco with your breakfast in the morning, you'll definitely find this up your alley. The cinnamon/red hots thing is what keeps me sipping this; I could go without everything else.

Sep 26, 2017
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MattGaskin from Illinois

4.13/5  rDev +5.9%
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.

Apr 15, 2017
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jzlyo from Iowa

3.71/5  rDev -4.9%
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.

Apr 01, 2017
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zeff80 from Missouri

3.93/5  rDev +0.8%
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.

Mar 14, 2017
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beerguy04 from Illinois

4.3/5  rDev +10.3%
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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