Bourbon Barrel Mayan Mocha Stout | Odd Side Ales

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Bourbon Barrel Mayan Mocha StoutBourbon Barrel Mayan Mocha Stout

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Odd Side Ales
Michigan, United States

Style: American Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.00%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Added by TheSevenDuffs on 04-01-2013

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of superspak
4/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle into snifter; no bottle dating, but is a recent release. Pours fairly pitch black color with a 1 finger dense dark tan head with decent retention, that reduces to a thin lace cap that lingers. Light spotty lacing clings on the glass. Aromas of dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, cinnamon, nutmeg, toast, dark bread, vanilla, clove, oak, light bourbon, pepper, herbal, and roasted earthiness. Very nice aromas with good balance and complexity of dark/roasted malt, spice, and moderate barrel notes; with good strength. Taste of big dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, toast, dark bread, cinnamon, nutmeg, vanilla, clove, oak, light bourbon, pepper, herbal, and roasted earthiness. Slight spice/pepper heat on the finish; with lingering notes of dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, toast, dark bread, cinnamon, nutmeg, vanilla, clove, oak, light bourbon, pepper, and roasted earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Very nice complexity and robustness of dark/roasted malt, spice, and light-moderate barrel flavors; with a great malt/spice balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a creamy and lightly slick mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a light warming present after the finish. Overall this is a damn nice spiced stout. All around good balance and complexity of dark/roasted malt, spice, and light-moderate barrel flavors; and very smooth to sip on. A very enjoyable offering.

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Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Bottle received in a trade.

Pours a very dark brown, essentially black, with a small film on top that almost passes for a head, and a little bit of lacing.

Smells like chocolate, vanilla, cinnamon, roasted malt, and a slight bit of peppers.

Tastes similar. The cinnamon doesn't come through quite as strongly as it does in the aroma. There's a lot of flavor here for the lower ABV. I'm not really getting any coffee, but I am getting lots of chocolate, and more pepper than the aroma would tell you. The pepper flavor is pretty hot, and builds up slowly as you drink more of this. It never becomes overwhelming, luckily.

This is medium bodied, a bit thinner than I tend to like my stouts, but it is much lower ABV. It's got a lower amount of carbonation, and a creamy, smooth mouthfeel.

Always nice to try another Mexican-style stout. This isn't quite the hard hitter that some of the more Imperial versions are, but this is still well executed.

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Photo of TheSevenDuffs
4.4/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

On tap @ Hop Cat.

A - Black with a thin layer of cream coloured head

S - Chocolate, bourbon, oak and some cinnamon or chilli character.

T - Chocolate, chillies, bourbon, oak, vanilla. There is just the perfect amount of barrel here. Considering that this is only 6% ABV, the brewer did a remarkable job aging this one so that just enough barrel character came through while still maintaining the flavours of the base beer.

M - Medium body. Moderate carbonation.

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Photo of dar482
4.61/5  rDev +11.1%

A beer pours in a dark black, much like a bigger beer than the 6% it is

The aroma has everything. A huge burst of cinnamon, nutmeg, spicy fresh pepper, and mocha of roasted coffee and light chocolate. A touch of vanilla from the barrel, but not barrel bourbon.

The flavor follows with that huge spice in the front of cinnamon and nutmeg. Mocha balances the beer with roasted coffee and milk chocolate. Pepper pops at the back of the throat with heat.

Reminds me hugely of Xocoveza. This beer is one of the best 6% stouts I've ever had. Quite underrated.

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Photo of Davepoolesque
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours out pitch black with a very small khaki colored head. Smells awesome. Lots of cinnamon, vanilla and pepper skin. Like a slightly thinner Huna, but it tastes better. Great heat.

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Photo of rudzud
4.38/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Shared with JLindros.

A - Poured into a Kate the Great tulip a dark brown almost black hue with a wispy head that fades to leave thin bubbles.

S - Aromas of cinnamon, faint nutmeg, pepper heat is super faded. Nice bourbon and vanilla and chocolate. Excellent

T - Taste is similar to the nose...ungodly amount of barrel notes here, coconut, vanilla, bourbon galore. Nice cinnamon, mild heat, good chocolate. The heat builds some. The main taste here though is the barrel.

M - Mouthfeel is lightly carbonated, little creamy, pleasantly smooth.

O - Overall this beer was really tasty. Absolutely stellar barrel notes, I can see why people refer to this as poor man's Huna.

Serving type: bottle

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Photo of jbaker67
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Black beer with a tan brown head that quickly dissipates. Aroma is chocolate coffee and peppers upfront with cinnamon nutmeg. Heavy cinnamon and taste with lots of chocolate and peppers with just a little bit of heat. The finish has just a little bit of the oak in the barrel along with the chocolate coffee. It's a lightly oily medium heavy mouth feel.

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Photo of rodbeermunch
4.47/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours out mostly black, some dark brown to the outer edge. Great mix aroma wise of dark chocolate, cinnamon and maybe some ancho peppers.

Taste, more of the same, great mellow heat downbottle, that dark chocolate and cinnamon combination is never sweet, never more hot than comfortable. This is another gem from Odd Side, I really can't figure why these guys don't get more play, yes they make some weird stuff, but they also make some awesome stuff, and this beer is definitely one example of that. Would love to drink this again. Thanks for the beer MIlwaukee Nick!

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Photo of Immortale25
4.28/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a Funky Buddha Brewery snifter. No freshness date. Special thanks to mjshearer1 for this awesome surprise.

A- Pours a fully opaque black color with a 1/4 inch light brown head that retains briefly before becoming a thin ring around the edge of the glass and minimal surface foam. Non-resilient lacing leaves a broken ring behind.

S- A lot going on here. Initial rush of burnt sugar and vanilla creates a creme brulee type of sweetness. Then comes the cinnamon and nutmeg that amplifies that sweetness which adds a pumpkin pie sort of characteristic to the profile. Finally, on the backend, there's hints of chocolate, mint and some bourbon to round things out and add to the complexity. Brilliant.

T- I'm not surprised that the flavor doesn't quite live up to the aroma because that's a lot to match. More chocolate and dark roast than in the smell. Alcohol is there but integrated into the profile very well. The spices and sweetness are there also but aren't as pronounced as in the aroma. Bitter chocolate aftertaste as well as a little bit of heat that I also feel in my throat from the habaneros creeping in. The bourbon comes through every so often but is generally overpowered by the intensity of the other flavors.

M- Moderate viscosity for a stout plus a noticeable but restrained capsaicin burn from the habaneros. Medium carbonation and a full body.

O- What an interesting beer. I've had beers similar to this but not quite as layered. Every element, except maybe the coffee, stands out and shines in its own way while harmonizing together. This, along with Odd Side's Morningwood Stout, stand out as two of the most delicious lesser-known BBA stouts I've ever had.

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Photo of 4DAloveofSTOUT
4.32/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

thanks to mattvandyk for this beer!

poured into tulip glass.

Appearance: black bodied beer with 2 fingers of khaki head that drops down to a thin cap.

Smell: Sweet bourbon and earthy pepper collide! Cinnimon and brown sugar. Hint of vanilla sweetness. Hint of spicey nutmeg. Nose is very well balanced, but when you look at the overall picture it a sweet nose.

Taste: Bourbon and marshmellows. Lots of earthy peppers to match the sweetness of the bourbon/marshmellow combo that the beer open up with. Mild heat from the peppers. Vanilla and nutmeg. Great balance just like the nose. Lots of complexities and depth found in the flavor profile of this beer!

Mouthfeel: Yep, its the achillies heel of this beer... it has a thin mouthfeel. medium bodied beer with low carbonation. Smooth drinking beer for sure, but it could be a little thicker.

Overall: A deeply complex and well balanced nose and flavor profile found in this beer. Dare i say a "sessionable barrel aged stout"? i could easily drinka few of this 12oz gems in a single setting without worry of a hangover the next morning. This beer is delicous and doesnt get boring at all. Oddsides makes a fantastic BA stout with adjuncts. Its very comparable to Prairie Bomb in both nose and flavor, but the mouthfeel is lacking. I would love a 6pk of this beer sitting in my fridge! Oddsides really shows some impressive finesse with barrel aging in this beer.

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Photo of BMMillsy
4.48/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Bottle from an awesome trader. Pours black with a half finer mocha colored head. Big lucious aroma of cinnamon and habaneros, coffee, chocolate, light booze and vanilla. Beautiful smell here yum! Flavor is big chocolatey cinnamon, a pinch of pepper heat to finish, and a long beautiful chocolate cinnamon coffee finish with a hint of vanilla. Sweeter than the regular version, and in a good way. Mouthfeel is velvety smooth, medium plus body, with some prickly carbonation in there. While this could use a bit more bourbon character, what is there supplements the base beer beautifully. This is really good!

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Photo of StoutHunter
4.23/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

I picked up a four pack of Oddside Ales Bourbon Barrel Mayan Mocha Stout last week for $11.99 at The Lager Mill. I've never had this beer before, but i'm a fan of the non barrel aged version and I'm interested to see how this one turns out. so lets see how it goes. No visible bottling date, but I know it's fresh. Poured from a brown 12oz bottle into a snifter.

A- The label looks nice and similar to the non barrel aged version, but this time lava and fire is shooting out of a wooden barrel, I think it's a little eye catching. It poured a dark black color that didn't let any light come through and it had two fingers worth of slightly lighter mocha colored head that died down to a thin ring that stayed till the end and it left a good amount of spotty lacing behind. This was a very nice looking beer, I felt like it had better head retention then the non barrel aged version.

S- The aroma starts off with a higher amount of sweetness with the nutmeg and cinnamon being the first to show up and they seem to both stick out the most in this beer's aroma and there's some roasted malt, light coffee and chocolate like aromas in the back ground. up next comes a light habanero like aroma with a very light bourbon and oak aroma with a nice amount of noticeable vanilla. The aroma was very nice, it was very complex, but if the barrel showed up a little more it would be pretty close to perfect.

T- The taste seems to be pretty similar to the aroma and it starts off with a slightly higher amount of medium sweetness followed by the roasted malts being the first to show up along with some coffee and chocolate flavors. Up next comes the nutmeg and cinnamon, they still seem like they stick out the most, but they aren't as dominating as they were in the aroma and there's also a light bourbon barrel aspect with some light oak and vanilla like flavors coming through with a real slight bourbon taste. On the finish comes the habanero which tastes a little peppery but it also imparts a warming sensation that's a little similar to warming alcohol with a lower amount of medium bitterness and a chocolate, nutmeg, cinnamon and light habanero heat aftertaste. This was a very nice tasting beer, it was almost as complex as the aroma, but just like the aroma I wish the barrel stuck out a little more.

M- Smooth, a little silky, slightly crisp, on the slightly thicker side of being medium bodied with a medium amount of carbonation. The mouthfeel was pretty good, but I wish it was just a little thicker.

Overall I thought this was a very nice beer and very nice example of a spiced Stout, it's pretty far away from being my favorite barrel aged stout since the barrel aspect was pretty light. but it seemed like the barrel somehow made the base beer's flavors shine through better and it made for a pretty tasty beer. This beer had nice drinkability, it was smooth, a little silky, slightly crisp, not too filling and the taste did a good job at holding my attention, I think I could drink two of these, but the lingering pepper heat might start to wear on me after a while and I think it makes for a nice low alcohol stout that can still warm me up in the winter time. What I liked the most about this beer was the complexity, both the aroma and taste were pretty complex and I feel like the barrel helped that. What I liked the least about this beer was the mouthfeel, it's not bad at all I just wish it was a little thicker with slightly less carbonation. I would buy this beer again, in fact I already went back and got another four pack since I don't want to be left high and dry after I finish this four pack and I would for sure buy it again if they decided to release it again next year. I would recommend this to people who like spiced stouts and if you like the non barrel aged version then this one is for sure worth a try. All in all I was pretty happy with this beer, I think it would be pretty close to perfect if the barrel aspect stuck out a little more, but somehow that didn't hurt this beer as much as I thought it would and even though the barrel aspect was subtle it still added something different to this beer and I would like to try both versions side by side. I like this beer a little more than the non barrel aged version and so far it's one of the better Oddside Ales beers I've had. Good job guys, keep up the good and unique work.

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Photo of cpetrone84
3.42/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pour is black with a small amount of tight brown head. Nose is heavily spiced like a Christmas ale but a bit larger and has some actual malt backbone. The habaneros seem fairly present but the bourbon barrel doesn't have much influence on the nose. A bit of sugary malt sweetness in back. This has a lot going on, really big flavors, the spice isn't overly strong, gives at a little kick on the back of the tongue and through the finish. Tons of Christmas spice to it, again not much bourbon, malts aren't really doing much and a bit of sugary mid palate through the finish. Fairly full body, thins a little in back, well carbonated.

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Photo of tectactoe
4.14/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

On tap at Hopcat in Grand Rapids during the 2013 Founders KBS release. I never hesitate to order a new Odd Side beer, especially one that's barrel-aged and only 6% ABV - how did they manage that? BB Mayan Mocha Stout pours a dark, black color with a very small hint of brown peeking through at only the very edges. The tan cap is pretty small and recedes rather quickly leaving no lace behind. The magnitude may have been due to the pour on this one.

It would be an understatement to say the aroma has "a lot" going on. There are a TON of different aromas clashing here, and it only grows at it gets warmer. Heavy and thick mocha up front; sweet and delicate, like handfuls of cocoa powder or a ton of melted baker's chocolate. Very sweet and almost creamy in character. Dense fudge becomes a more accurate description with a little bit of time.

The bourbon-barrel characters are light, but definitely there. Very light oak, a little bit of bourbon and some mild vanilla hints. I love the somewhat "light in comparison" addition of the bourbon-barrel characteristics. Oftentimes you find that the bourbon aging becomes too overpowering and conceals other flavors, but it's done quite well, here. Light chili powder in the finish, but it only becomes noticeable about halfway through the brew.

The mouth feel is a bit more thin than expected, especially considering this is a "bourbon barrel stout", but on the other hand, it's only 6% ABV, so where does the compromise lie? Lots of chocolate flavor up front, sweet cocoa beans, and a light fudge character. There's a solid oak backbone that pops out a bit more than it was in the aroma, but still isn't too strong or overbearing. The bourbon flavors start off small, but crescendo quite loudly into the aftertaste and provide a warm and fuzzy feeling in the finish.

Some syrupy molasses and "lightly roasted but mostly sweet" malts also open up a bit more halfway through. Vanilla from the barrel-aging is there, but a little bit lighter than I would have liked. Oh well. After the first few sips, I wasn't getting much chili powder or anything like that.... but by the end of the beer, the back of my throat and tongue were stinging. The chili powder doesn't become apparent until you're a good six or seven sips in, but then it becomes difficult to shake. I'll say that it's a bit too strong, but not enough make this delicious beer undrinkable. I just think it could be toned down a bit. Aftertaste actually includes a taste heavily reminiscent of spent coffee beans - something I wasn't getting in the aroma. The finish also contains some light cocoa and bourbon, along with the burn of the chilies.

Hot damn, took me almost 45 minutes to finish this one. Not because it's a "big" beer, because it's actually not - only 6% ABV, despite the barrel aging. But it had a shit-ton of things going on and I really wanted to let it warm up so the flavors would explode. And they did. Great flavor overall, and another solid brew from Odd Side Ales. Would've like to see a heavier or creamier mouth feel, and maybe a little less chili powder next time - the back of your throat will be burning by the end of this one. Still delicious. Definitely would like to try this again.

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Photo of buschbeer
3.94/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12 FL. OZ. bottle
Served in a snifter

A - It looks like cola when poured. I'll just call this one black. When held to the light, none comes through. It is capped with three inches of dark mocha head that leaves little trace behind after a few minutes.

S - The spices really pop in this version. The aroma is filled with cinnamon, nutmeg, vanilla, and chocolate.

T - The spices stand out in the taste, too. The cinnamon and nutmeg make this taste like a chocolatey Christmas treat. The coffee is noticeable in the finish and aftertaste. The peppers are no where to be found. There is also a rather sweet building of vanilla after a few drinks. It is almost too sweet.

M - Full

O - This is one bourbon barrel beer that I prefer the non barrel aged version of better. The spices are much more distinct in this variant. The sweetness really comes through to almost be a hindrance rather than amplify the taste. I think I'll stick with the regular Mayan Mocha with I very much like.

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Photo of Treyliff
3.64/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

No bottle date, poured into a snifter

A- pours pitch black with a small foamy and sudsy khaki-tan head that reduces quickly to a small layer floating on top, no lace

S- cinnamon and nutmeg is first noticeable, reminiscent of a pumpkin spiced ale. The habanero is definitely noticeable and adds a slight burn to the nostrils, underlying chocolate with a hint of smoky malt and coffee round it out

T- Cinnamon and nutmeg flavors up front mesh with slightly sweet chocolate, a touch of coffee and papery spice close it out, faint heat from the habanero on the linger.

M- medium body & light carbonation lead to a slightly foamy mouthfeel, foamy finish with habanero warmth on a dry linger

O- The combination of cinnamon, nutmeg and habanero worked well together, but I would never know that this was aged in bourbon barrels. Couldn't pick up and barrel or bourbon notes at all

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Photo of KYGunner
4.42/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Everything I read says this is 6% ABV but it certainly doesn't feel like it. The pour is too thick and the flavors too strong. I've never tasted each and every adjunct so decisive. Lots of coffee, cinnamon, nutmeg and chilies with a bourbon barrel vanilla. Nice heat on the back end. Fantastic beer!

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Photo of Mitchster
4.29/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

$2.99 for a 12oz bottle @ BevCo. No specs per the website or bottle. "Stout with coffee, cinnamon, nutmeg and habaneros added then aged in bourbon barrels."

Pours out to a deep inky, but not oily black, forming a modest light brown head with ok retention and sparse lacing. Carbonation is mild to moderate, ~2.0 carbs or so. The nose is just like the regular mayan mocha stout to reminds me of Cafe Vienna from International foods coffee. A nice touch of coffee with the cinnamon sitting in a harmonious balance. I don't pick up bourbon in the nose. The taste is subtly different than the regular mayan mocha...if you drink them back to back, you notice the bourbon, but it's subtle. Due to the slightly lower carbonation, the body feels a little richer and the mouthfeel a little smoother. The bourbon barrel aging adds a touch of subtle oak, vanilla, and I actually get mint in here too. This is interesting...the mint is not subtle. I wonder if they put their java mint chip beer in the same barrels or something, but there is a definite mint flavor going on, most noticeable in the aftertaste. The habaneros add a subtle and well balanced heat that sits nicely with everything else going on.

Another excellent and very unique beer from Oddside. Nobody else makes a beer quite like this. Definitely worth a try. Recommended.

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Photo of Franziskaner
3.9/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Jet black in color and impenetrable to light. A wisp of khaki colored foam covers most of the top of the beer. Aroma of cinnamon and nutmeg dominates the nose. The front of the palate is an assault of spices including cinnamon and nutmeg. I barely get a whiff of coffee. I get some warmth from the habaneros that leaves a lasting but gentle burn. It's a bit sweet and there's a lot going on,but my palate enjoyed the ride.

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Photo of ThickNStout
3.86/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle from IAmJacksHopTongue (thanks Reid!). If the 0054 on the bottom is Julian dating this was bottled 1/5/14- otherwise no bottling date. Served in my Phish snifter.

Pours black with about one finger of deep tan head that fades quickly. A meager halo remains without lacing.

Smells nice with cinnamon, coffee, cocoa, a hint of nutmeg spice and some sugary sweetness.

Tastes follows the nose. Cinnamon, habenero pepper, creamed coffee, cocoa, nutmeg, caramel and vague oak with perhaps a hint of bourbon at the finish. A nice flavorful blend but I'm not convinced that this beer spent any significant time in a barrel.

Fairly light body with very little carbonation. Cinnamon, coffee and a little habenero heat in the finish.

This is a rich and flavorful stout that goes down easy. It takes a hit for the disparity between the labeling and it's lack of any notable barrel character and another slight hit for being dangerously close to flat. But this is about as sapid as you can expect a 6% stout to be. I'm glad to have tried it and would happily drink another if offerred.

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Photo of jegross2
3.31/5  rDev -20.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.25

Reviewing the Bourbon Barrel Aged Mayan Mocha Stout from from Odd Side Ales out of Grand Haven, Michigan. This beer is a stout with coffee, cinnamon, nutmeg and habanero peppers that is aged in bourbon barrels.

Score: 80

2014 vintage bottle served in a Surly Darkness chalice and enjoyed on 02/10/14.

Appearance: Black bodied, opaque. Pours a finger-plus of khaki head that settles to a ring around the glass. Decent lacing and retention. 4/5

Smell: Huge on the cinnamon and nutmeg spice character, plus brown sugar and an accent of vanilla. There is also cocoa, habanero pepper and a hint of pineapple creeping in the background, but the nose is mostly about the spice. If you added some peppermint to the mix, then this beer would smell like Christmastime in the kitchen. No coffee character whatsoever. 4.25/5

Taste: The taste is a lot more mellow than the nose led on. My first impression is "nutmeg hot cocoa made with too much hot water (instead of milk) and allowed to sit out until fully cooled", followed by a touch of habanero flavor mixed with a dash of cinnamon towards the finish and a very mild warming sensation thereafter. No coffee in the taste either. The habanero pepper flavor and "warmth" (there is no prickly heat with this beer, like there is with Space Ghost or Mexican Cake, but it does have a little consistent liveliness on the top of the tongue) mildly layers, but as this happens the flavor profile disjoints somewhat -- which is to say the integration on this beer starts off mediocre and only gets worse from there. No bourbon barrel character to speak of whatsoever. 3/5

Mouthfeel: Thin bodied, minimal carbonation. Has a light creaminess to the mouthfeel, but it's mostly just watery. Decent pepper warmth, but no real kick or spiciness here. 2/5

Overall: I love barrel aged stouts where the stout is not overwhelmed by the barrel aging process (e.g., 1414 and the latest batch of Damon), but the bourbon barrel character on this beer is so practically non-existant that it might as well not be barrel aged at all. The nose led off with a lot of promise, but the taste is relatively bland, poorly integrated and the mouthfeel would make Satin Solstice feel like Bourbon County Brand Stout. Odd Side Ales makes some interesting beers that have caught my interest and intrigue, but they still need to do some serous tinkering on the recipe/cellaring process for this one in my opinion so that the taste and mouthfeel are worthy of the inviting aroma.

Cost: $12.99 for a four pack.

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Photo of larryarms847
4/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a thin black in appearance, not the thickness I was hoping for.

Smells of cinnamon, peppers, and bourbon are well hidden and not overly abundant.

This is an interesting one! Starts off as a standard stout that quickly develops into a Mexican fiesta in the mouth. Chilis, spices, and bourbon are all very well balanced to give a Latin vibe to this brew.

Tastes just like hot chocolate, but the spices slightly degraded the overall score for mouthfeel on this one.

Overall a very nice dessert beer, this one sure warms the belly!

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Photo of rodmanfor3
4.23/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bourbon Barrel Mayan Mocha Stout is like an attempt at a Mexican Cake clone. It is a bit thin on the mouthfeel but the flavor is full of spices and alcohol heat. Overall, a good find.

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Photo of SerialTicker
4.11/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4.25

$3 single poured into Sam Adams Perfect Pint.

Appearance: Pours pitch black with a tan head than goes away quickly. Basically zero lacing. Looks decent. (3.5/5)

Smell: A lot like I remember the original smelling like, really, but a bit better. Quite a lot of cinnamon and nutmeg, but a lot of chocolate as well. Bits of coffee. I suppose there's a vanilla note as well, but the barrel isn't exactly obvious on the nose. (4.25/5)

Taste/feel: Better than the original Mayan Mocha, but not by a huge margin. What the barrels did to make this brew better was they made the habaneros a bit less hot, and added a soothing vanilla sort of flavor. COMPLEX. Cinnamon, nutmeg, chocolate, coffee, vanilla, a *slight* touch of habanero heat, and also a spruce tip sort of flavor as well. As it warms, a butterscotch aroma comes through. A peanut flavor on the aftertaste. Really just an insane sort of complexity for a 6% beer. I can't think of many beers that have a laundry list of flavors and aromas like this one. Mouth feel is a bummer, as BBAMM is much too thin. Carbonation is about medium. Nice overall. (4.25/5, 3.25/5)

I like the bourbon barrel version a good amount more than the original. It was 70 cents more, but that's nothing. I'd definitely get this beer again, I just wish the feel was better.


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Photo of earljones199
3.78/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a snifter from a 12oz bottle

Appearance- Pours pith black with a 1/2 of thick mocha head that dissipates slowly

Smell- Smells of dark chocolate, cinnamon and nutmeg with a little bourbon sweetness. No coffee smell that I could find.

Taste- Follows the nose but more muted. Not very impressed with the lack of flavor. Thought they would be more pronounced. I only got a little heat from the habanero on the very back end of my throat. Little to no noticeable coffee flavor to be found.

Mouthfeel- Good amount of carbonation. Very thin mouthfeel. Almost tastes like it watered down. Its the thinnest barrel aged stout I've probably ever had.

Overall not a bad beer just tastes very muted for what I was hoping for.

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Bourbon Barrel Mayan Mocha Stout from Odd Side Ales
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