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 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 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 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 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 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 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 CMUbrew
3.59/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Looks like your average stout, black with a thin brown head that sits for a short time.

S: The mint is apparent here, adding a cool, minty note to the coffee beer background. It's nearly approaching Thin Mint cookie levels of aromatic deliciousness. The nose definitely sets up high expectations.

T: Somewhat of a letdown here. The mint is much more subtle than the nose let on and gets lost in the typical coffee beer sharpness.

M: Feel is much too thin. This is the kind of body you shoot for with a passable porter. If you want to call it a proper American stout, you need a bigger body. No surprise from Odd Side in this department though.

O: It seems like every other release from Odd Side is a coffee beer, and I for one think it's played out. We get it, craft lovers like coffee and coffee beers, but there's no need for one brewery to beat it to death. Whatever coffee magic they employed to make their Chocolade Koffie stout was nowhere to be found here. Just your typical harsh beer coffee covering up a novel ingredient that had more potential without the java beans. Until these guys quit the barista act and make some full-bodied beers, I don't think I'll be giving them any more of my money. Admittedly though, this was a fair beer, and if you like coffee beers this is obviously for you.

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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 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 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 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 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 SerialTicker
3.81/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

$2.19 single (or $2.29) just poured into a shaker pint. Bottled 1/20/14, poured 2/4/14.

Appearance: Dark brown or a black sort of color with a little head that bubbles away basically before guessing the height. Floaters galore, as well as a good amount of yeast at the bottom.

Smell: You get what you pay for. Mint, chocolate, and a little bit of that coffee as well. I've also had their regular Mint Stout, and this smells similar, but with a bit less mint.

Taste/feel: Quite nice, if relatively mild. Mint is definitely there, then just a vague sort of roastiness. Not a big depth of flavor, but good. I feel like this drinks more like a porter than a stout, since it has a thin mouthfeel. For a stout, underwhelming feel. There's a fair amount of sweetness to this beer to make it drinkable along with the fairly thin mouthfeel.

Good beer. Highly drinkable. Nice flavor... I just wanted a little bit more, as it drinks fairly light. The mint flavor is fine, but a little more chocolate/java/roast on the finish or something would really spruce it up, especially if the beer was thickened up a bit in the process. Surprise, surprise -- another well done beer from Odd Side. I preferred the regular Mint Stout by a tick, but I had that one on tap. The java in this one is quite nice, but it's mild, and after a handful of sips, it didn't really stand out anymore.

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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 TurboBrew
3.86/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A: Pours black/dark brown with a creamy carbonated sticky 2 finger head that fades quickly to a small bit of head that goes away fast. Leaves almost zero lacing on glass.

S: .... Thin mint cookies and coffee beans ! Chocolate milk (lol) !

T: Sticky crisp minty flavor with coffee and chocolate combined. Light bodied and crisp. Corbonated a little bit more than Id like it to be. Has an espresso like characteristic to it. The flavor hits quick and fades quick. Which is nice. The mint is not overpowering, in fact.. its just right !

M: Carbonated, thin thin thin.. yet crisp and albeit refreshing. An unusual and almost wrong(..?) characteristic of a stout... but it works well with these flavors

Really another interesting+great brew by Odd Side! Love em.

Is it a stout that drinks like a pilsner? What the huh>? I like it tho. and would recommend ... as a change of "stout-scenery"

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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 brutusmuktuk
3.89/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Dark brown ale, no head. Has a strong chocolate aroma with a touch of mint. Taste is chocolate, roasted malts, and a nice dose of mint. The balance is very nice, and the mint doesn’t come off too strong. Has a medium body feel, with very little carbonation. I would drink this again.

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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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Photo of StoutHunter
3.95/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

I picked up a bottle of Oddside Ale's Java Chip Mint Stout last week for $2.19 at The Lager Mill. I've been looking forward to this one for a couple weeks, I've only had one other mint Stout and i enjoyed it and I'm interested to see what Oddsides can do with this style, so lets see how it goes. No visible bottling date, but I know it's fresh. Poured from a brown 12oz bottle into a into a imperial pint glass.

A- The label looks pretty good, it's got a nice design to it and I think it's fairly eye catching. It poured a very dark brown color that was on the border of being black and it didn't really let any light come through with a little over a fingers worth of darker tan head that died down to a thin ring that stayed till the end and it left some spotty lacing behind. This was a pretty nice looking beer, but I wish it had a little better head retention.

S- The aroma starts off with a medium amount of sweetness followed by the roasted malts being the first to show up and they impart a nice roasted and very chocolate heavy aroma with some lighter coffee aromas in the background. Up next comes the mint which shows up nicely and the combination of the mint and the chocolate aromas make for an aroma that this very similar to a thin mint cookie. This beer had a very nice aroma, it smells just like I hoped it would.

T- The taste seems to be similar to the aroma and it starts off with a slightly lower amount of medium sweetness with the roasted malts still being the first to show up and they impart all those roasted malt and chocolate aspects that I got in the aroma with the chocolate still sticking out the most and there's a light coffee flavor in the background along with a slight grainy flavor. Up next comes the mint that's a little lighter than it was it was the aroma, but it's still very noticeable and it works well with the chocolate flavors. On the finish there's a fairly low amount of bitterness with a chocolate, light coffee and mint like aftertaste. This was a pretty good tasting beer, but I wish that the coffee showed up just a little more.

M- Smooth, slightly watery, a little creamy, on the thicker side of being medium bodied with a lower amount of medium carbonation. The mouthfeel was nice, but I wish it was slightly thicker.

Overall I thought this was a pretty nice beer and nice example of a Mint Stout, the mint seemed to be at just at the right and level and when combined with the chocolate aspect it really did resemble a thin mint cookie. This beer had nice drinkability, it was smooth, a little watery, not filling, and the taste did a nice job at holding my attention, I think I could drink a couple of these but the mint might start to wear on me after that and I think this makes for a nice beer to enjoy in the winter time. What I like the most about this beer was the balance between the chocolate and mint aspects, it was very thin mint cookie like. What I liked the lest about this beer was that the mouthfeel, it was a little on the thin side for the style and I wish the coffee aspect showed up a little more. I would buy this again, but I don't think I'll get a six pack and it would make for a nice alternative to Naughty Girl Stout. I would recommend this to people who like mint stouts. All in all I thought this beer was pretty solid, when it comes down to it I enjoy Right Brains Naughty Girl Stout more, but this is still a pretty nice beer and i'm glad Oddsides decided to distribute it. Nice job guys, keep up the solid work.

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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 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 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 Flopjack
3.99/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle into tulip

Appearance - Black with an light brown head about 1/2 finger.

Smell - So mint chocolatey. It smells like mint chocolate chip ice cream. There is a slight underlying smell of coffee but not as much compared to the mint and chocolate. No getting any alcohol in the nose.

Taste - Defintiely an interesting flavor profile. Starts out with chocolate and mint. The mint carries it's flavor almost throughout the entire taste and after the intial chocolate you also get the coffee flavors. There is a mixture of dark roast, and spent coffee grounds, and bread, sweet and also slightly bitter.

Mouthfeel - Medium bodied, light/medium carbonation, refreshing and smooth.

Overall - Good beer. I wasn't sure what to expect but I defintely not dissapointed. For me this beer made me think of eating mint chocolate ice cream which I also like.

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