Java Chip Mint Stout | Odd Side Ales

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Java Chip Mint StoutJava Chip Mint 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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Photo of stortore
3.81/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12 ounce bottle into a snifter. Bottled 10/29/15, had late January, 2016.

Pours a dark brown, mostly opaque, with about a one finger head and some lacing. Smell begins with lightly roasted malts, then mint, some chocolate and vanilla. A good aroma to start, but seems to fade. Taste is again lightly roasted malts, more vanilla than the nose, mint, some chocolate. Smooth, good body.

Pleasant and easy drinking, with a really nice mint flavor. Enjoyable.

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Photo of Davepoolesque
3.5/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Mint, bitter dark chocolate, espresso, coffee, peppermint and roasted malt. Light bodied. Good carb. Very short, slightly watery finish. Some odd medicinal flavors.

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Photo of Tripel_Threat
3.79/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured from bottle to nonic pint. Pours black and opaque, with a small finger of off white foam that settles quickly to a ring and a floating cap. The mint aroma is incredible coming out of the glass. Minty, and creamy. Not much roast on the nose. Expectations are somewhat high. I love mint chip ice cream, but I'm not expecting a spot on impression. Which turns out to be for the best. Taste is roaster that the aroma lets on, with a small amount of cocoa bean coming along with big coffee flavor. The mint is there, too, but so is the flavor of Earl Grey tea. I'm a little confused until I read the label closer: made with peppermint tea.

Decent Stout, drinkable enough for an occasional pickup.

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Photo of Huhzubendah
3.61/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Dark brown body with a small, broken tan head. Aromas of sweet chocolate candies. Andes candies all the way. Thin bodied with a light burn in the back. Fun. Best in small doses.

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Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
3.74/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Pours a milk chocolate brown-black with a beige 1 finger head.

Aroma of Andes mint chocolates, a little bit of lactose. Nice!

Flavor does not translate; it is mostly coffee, with a hint of peppermint at the end. Chocolate also swirls around in there somewhere, but it's hard to pinpoint. Finish is roasted and minty.

Feel is thin right off the bat, and doesn't really improve much from there. A little bit of carbonation swells up and peppers out at the end.

Overall I was not too impressed with this stout. I like the way they incorporated the mint into the aroma, but it's basically a coffee stout with some mint flecks added in. I'd pass next time.

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Photo of hardysf
3.61/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

The aroma is the best part about this beer. Lots of chocolate and mint on the nose. Smells like mint chocolate chip. The taste is a bit of a miss. Lots of mint tea flavor. Very little chocolate and very little malt base. This beer is super thin and could really benefit from more body.

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Photo of cjgiant
3.87/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottle, no date:
Pours a little watery, but dark brown in color - though looking black in the glass. A contrasting white head seems to build, though on further inspection, it is a decent tan color. Head resides thickly at the edges eventually.

For what it claims, this beer smells wonderful. Mint is in your fave, and the cocoa/chocolate notes support. Mint chocolate chip ice cream, for sure, including the carton with a cardboard or woody note getting in the action on a deep whiff.

Feel is very thin, and the beer washes over and off the palate with ease. Tea adds a light drawing of the tongue and cheeks in a drying sensation. It's not a great feel.

Taste appears to have a thin porter backbone. Roasted malts providing some chocolate notes, but also a certain level of bitterness. The tea brings notes of the leaves they are, with extra impressions of cardboard and light tobacco. The mint comes in from the nose on each sip, but also grows in force on the tongue starting early mid taste through the end. The mint tea is the lingering flavor (note even though it is peppermint, the sensations are mostly straight mint to me).

This grew on me a tad but is so much lighter than expected - more porter (by my definition). The coffee is integrated into the roasted malt flavor as to be indistinguishable as an extra adjunct. The mint is interesting, but somehow the tea leaves themselves end up as a bigger note than I expected.

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Photo of Treyliff
3.97/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a snifter

A- pours pitch black in color with a small fuzzy off-white head that disappears completely, leaving nothing behind

S- huge notes of coffee and dark chocolate mix with dark roasted malt. As it warms, notes of mint leaf & herbal tea come through

T- sweet chocolate malt with heavy roast up front gives way to some coffee roast. Flavors of fresh mint and bitter herbal tea kick in mid-palate, before finishing with a linger of mint chocolate ice cream

M- medium body with low carbonation leads to a slightly foamy mouthfeel and a bit of a slick finish

O- mint often gets overshadowed in beers, but it remains prevalent throughout with this one, high drinkability

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Photo of Raime
4.16/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

OddSide Java Chip Mint Stout.

Picked up a single of this at an out of the way shop on my way home from work. OddSide is...pretty hit or miss on a lot of their beers. Not sure of the freshness on this shop either, so I went with an imperial where it wouldn't male much of a difference anyway. Let us see what we get

Look - Pours about as black as motor oil with a half finger of deep brown head that quickly turns to a half passed ring formation around the top of the brew. Carbonation is impossible to get a read on due to the deep black abyss that is this beer and your girlfriends love hole. No lacing to be noted.4.

Smell - Well it is thus far living up to its name. Big ole fresh Andes mint over a coffee and cocoa backed body. Not much else to say. Not a complex nose, but you get what the bottle states. 4.25.

Taste - Yep the bottle goes through on its promise. Big peppermint dosage in the forefront and reinforces its dominance on the flavor profile. Followed by the usual stout like coffee flavors. But mostly straight up mint. Chocolate meets as well..confirming my Andes theory. 4.25.

Feel - Body is very well rounded and the carbonation levels on are on medium. Not particularly creamy, but cold and refreshing due to the cooling effect of the mints. 4.

Overall - Well I liked it. Something new to the table is always a welcome change. It does exactly what you would expect it to do, and it does it well without being overly sweet or overly cloying. Admittedly, I'm not the biggest fan of Andes mints, but this is still a solid brew I think you should try, especially if you find a $1.29 bottle like I did. If I had a complaint, it would be that the cooling effect tricks your taste buds into thinking you are drinking an ice cold beer, thus hindering flavor developments. But that is a small nag. Try it for yourself. If you like Andes you'd fall on love with it. 4

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Photo of Gear54
3.34/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

From a bottle into a snifter

Pour is pitch block with almost nothing for head, lace, or carbonation

Smell is exactly like mint chip ice cream.

Taste is standard oatmeal stout flavor profile with syrupy mint added in. I would go as far as calling it artificially flavored oatmeal stout. Interesting and the mint flavor is good but it doesn't mix as well as I had hoped.

Overall thick and creamy Brew that is very sweet. I would drink this unless I was in the mood for desert.

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Photo of jlindros
2.97/5  rDev -21.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.75

Thanks to chuckwax (Reddit) for this one, shared with rudzud.

dark colored small creamy head fades semi quickly, very dark color, no real light coming through, decent legs.

Nose is like chemical mint, peppermint city with menthol a mild mocha java in the background, candy cane.

Taste brings some oatmeal stout, dark but creamy malts, biscuit notes, little mild chocolate. Some chemical mint again, not as strong thankfully, peppermint candies found at a Chinese restaurant counter. Some phenolic chemical mint menthol oils in the background. Finish is dry but sticky , more mint and fake chocolate lingering.

Mouth is med bod, touch creamy, decent carb.

Overall bad. Too chemically mint and phenolic notes.

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Photo of mrn1ceguy
2.99/5  rDev -20.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

All I get is toothpaste, not what I look for in a beer. I have yet to taste a good mint stout, and this beer was no different. Very potent, very artificial mint taste.

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Photo of rudzud
2.27/5  rDev -39.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Thanks to JLindros for sharing.

A - Poured into a Kate the Great tulip a nice dark brown hue with a thin head that fades to leave light wisps.

S - Aromas of poor quality chocolate, scope mouthwash, light coffee. Yikes.

T - Taste is watery chocolate, weak coffee. Thankfully the mint is very faded, however, that doesn't help. What's left is a messy mint tea like flavour. Argh.

M - Mouthfeel is thin, weak, mildly carbonated.

O - Overall this beer was really a mess. Weak, watery coffee and chocolate, light mint. Really awful.

Serving type: bottle

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Photo of jcasper8
4.17/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a glass there's the usual disappointment with stouts from a bottle; the lacking of a frothy, foamy head. The awesomeness of this beer is in the taste. Odd Side does it again with this unique boquet of flavors that compares to nothing else. Thanks again, Odd Side! Another well-balanced, well-crafted "odd" invention!

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Photo of woodychandler
3.01/5  rDev -20.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I made an excursion out to MichiCAN in early February to visit a college buddy and attend a Belgian Beer Fest. It turned out to be one of those events that I was glad that I can say that I have been to, but I probably won't do it again. In the meantime, we did some beer shopping during my visit and this was an intriguing bottle score at Plum Market in Ann Arbor. Wait until I get to the CANs! For some reason, its name puts me in mind of an '80's SoCal skate punk band's signature song, "Donut Shop Rock" by Doggy Style. Donut Shop Rock, Java Chip Mint, it makes sense to me.

From the bottle: "Stout with coffee and peppermint tea added".

I Pop!ped off the cap and commenced an aggro pour which still only produced a brief finger of deep-tan/light-brown head with limited retention. Color was back in Black/Opaque (SRM = 44), allowing ZERO light penetration. Nose was minty and chocolaty, but somehow muted. I do not know what I was expecting, but this seemed to be below that threshold. I then decided to allow it to warm, in the hopes of bringing out more of its esters. Sadly, not much changed. Mouthfeel was medium. The taste was really understated, more like a vaguely minty stout, but the coffee seemed to have been wasted. Finish was semi-dry, slightly minty, but overall, a swing and a miss.

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Photo of RAFH
3.79/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Served in 10oz snifter at Coach's Bar & Grill in Stevensville, MI for $4.50. Taste not bad, but initial taste didn't have heavy flavor hit. At least that flavor held quite well on the pallet.

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Photo of spacecake9
3.83/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Picked up a 6-pack after tasting one of these at Odd Side Ales in Grand Haven MI.
A - Dark brown or black with little or no head.
S - Fantastic aroma, smells like when you peel the foil off a York Peppermint Pattie.
T - Tastes like a Peppermint Pattie, dark chocolate and mint.
M - Thinner than I would like. Very little carbonation.
O - In a perfect world a beer like this pours with a thick head and has a chewy mouth feel like a milk shake. OK, so this is not that beer but it is pretty darn good. They nailed the peppermint chocolate flavor. You are probably not going to drink more than one of these at a time but it is a good desert beer.

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

poured into snifter... not much head, not much carbonation, smells very minty, nice deep dark color... more peppermint as beer warms and coffee fades, very good as a desert beer, recommend if you like york peppermint patties you'd really like this one.

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Photo of Immortale25
3.47/5  rDev -8%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Poured into a New Belgium goblet. No freshness date.

A- Pours a fully opaque black color with a 1/2 inch light brown head that retains decently before turning into a paper-thin ring around the edge of the glass and no surface foam. Barely any lacing to speak of. Looks flat and lifeless.

S- Full-on peppermint patty-like mint chocolate sweetness with a touch of caramel.

T- Flavor follows suit but the dark roast makes things manageable (I don't like mint chocolate) providing a roasty bitterness to counteract the intense mint and sweetness. This might sound crazy, but I wish there was more alcohol flavor to offset the sweetness and make the mint taste more worthwhile.

M- Somewhat thick and dry with medium-low carbonation and a fullish body. Another problem with this beer is there's not enough carbonation to keep things lively.

O- I admit, I'm not a fan of mint chocolate beers but this one's not bad compared to others I've had. Just wish there was more carbonation and alcohol to make it more interesting.

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Photo of superspak
4/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle into pint glass, bottled on 1/20/2014. Pours moderately murky/cloudy pitch black color with a 1-2 finger dense dark tan head with good retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Light spotty soapy lacing clings on the glass. Aromas of big dark chocolate, mint, cocoa, roasted malt, coffee, toast, dark bread, herbal, and roasted earthiness. Very nice aromas with well balanced dark/roast malt, coffee, and mint notes; with good strength. Taste of dark chocolate, cocoa, roasted malt, mint, coffee, toast, dark bread, herbal, and roasted earthiness. Fair amount of roasted bitterness and cooling mint on the finish; with lingering notes of dark chocolate, cocoa, roast, mint, coffee, dark bread, and roasted earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Very nice robustness and balance of dark/roasted malt, coffee, and mint flavors; with zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a creamy, smooth, and lightly chalky/bready mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is a damn nice flavored stout. All around good balance and robustness of dark/roasted malt, coffee, and mint flavors; and very smooth to drink. A very enjoyable offering.

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Photo of Alieniloquium
4.07/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

12 oz. bottle poured into a snifter.

Appearance - Inky black body. Remarkably dark for a regular stout. Nice khaki head that settles quickly. Thin collar remains.

Smell - Mint. Enormous amount of peppermint. Coffee and dark chocolate.

Taste - Coffee is more assertive here, but peppermint still dominates. Hint of a soda-like flavor from the mint. Dark chocolate on the finish.

Mouthfeel - The peppermint is a sharp flavor in an otherwise rich stout. I think a slightly smaller dose would serve to balance it more than dominate it.

Overall - I really like the concept. Spot on mint java chip flavor.

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Photo of jbaker67
4.04/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

It’s pretty much as advertised. Aromas of roasted barley and coffee and cocoa and mint in pretty much that order. Certainly an interesting combination and the flavor remains true - a nice beer, and it would be very easy to turn this brew into a train wreck of flavor but oddside did a good job.

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Photo of buschbeer
4.19/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

12 FL. OZ. bottle
Served in a snifter

A - It is black as expected. It is topped with less than an inch of mocha head.

S - It kind of smells like a York Peppermint Patty. I get some dark chocolate and peppermint.

T - When I taste a Java Chip Mint Stout I get the sensation of cold, crisp mountain air against my face as I race towards liftoff at the Whole World Championship ski jump. Seriously, it is like drinking a York Peppermint Patty or a Junior Mint. It is very refreshing. The coffee shows itself in a slightly bitter black coffee finish.

M - Medium to full.

O - This is my second try of this beer, and my first mint stout. I like it a lot. I never would have guessed this would be so good. I like Odd Side Ales more with every beer I try.

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Photo of TreyIsWilson
3.98/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A - Pours a deep black with a one-finger foamy tan head. Head dissapates very quickly.

S - Lots of mint. Also hints of chocolate.

T - Lots of roasted malts and coffee upfront. The mint produces a nice sweetness throughout. Finish is subtle mint.

M - Medium bodied with medium carbonation. Mouthfeel is somewhat thin. Nice crisp dry finish.

O - Good beer and better than I expected. Would make a nice dessert beer.

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Photo of Brenden
3.94/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

This stout is thick, showing some good viscosity, and nearly black in color. A nice, big froth of brown head rests easily and strongly just taller than one finger. Solid patching in good quantity shows solid structure in the lacing.
The mint is strong on the nose, a leafy mint not quite as sugary-cool as spearmint, but definitely displaying a likeness, certainly more than a mint like peppermint. When the milk and dark chocolate come in, it's distinctively like chocolate chip slivers in the nose. Slightly more distinction would clarify things, but this beer hits the mark in smelling like mint chocolate, and the roast gives a note of coffee grounds that brings it all together.
The taste is similar, chocolaty and roasty with an undeniable mint flavor, but a bit of tang comes in and mars it some.
The feel is smooth. It's not as viscous by any means as it looks but it has a nice, full body with some richness to it.

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