Mayan Mocha Stout
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American Stout
Ranked #297
Ranked #12,016
3.91 | pDev: 11.76%
Odd Side Ales
Michigan, United States
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Reviews: 92 | Ratings: 557
Photo of tone77
3.6/5  rDev -7.9%
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.

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Photo of GuyFawkes
3.75/5  rDev -4.1%
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.

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Photo of josanguapo
1.95/5  rDev -50.1%
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

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Photo of Kjwjr
1.89/5  rDev -51.7%
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

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Photo of DrDemento456
3.99/5  rDev +2%
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!

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Photo of woodychandler
3.71/5  rDev -5.1%
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.

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Photo of damndirtyape
4/5  rDev +2.3%
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.

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Photo of AyatollahGold
3.61/5  rDev -7.7%
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.

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Photo of BB1313
3.75/5  rDev -4.1%
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.

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Photo of beersampler6
3.84/5  rDev -1.8%
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.

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Photo of Blackop555
3.92/5  rDev +0.3%
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.

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Photo of mjpolzin
4.19/5  rDev +7.2%
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.

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Photo of FriedSlug
4/5  rDev +2.3%
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.

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Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
3.92/5  rDev +0.3%
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.

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Photo of MattGaskin
4.13/5  rDev +5.6%
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 -5.1%
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 +0.5%
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 +10%
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 -10.5%
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 +5.6%
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 +1.5%
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 +10.7%
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 -11%
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 Sabtos
3.85/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Dull black with a thick tan foam that quickly settles to a thin ring.

Smell is milk chocolate with a hint of mint, vanilla banana skin and wafer.

Taste shocks with smokey roasted chilies, and lots of them, with bitter, slightly musty cocoa, red licorice, and a hint of mint. The pepper is like cayenne, tingling the bottom of the throat and not overpowering at...oh wait...actually, it stings, and, oh, it builds up a bit. Not to Mexican Cake levels, but it's a little strong here.

Having this for the second time in July 2017, unless this keg was old for some reason, the bottled BA version is markedly better in every way.

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Photo of soze47
3.73/5  rDev -4.6%
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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