Java Chip Mint Stout | Odd Side Ales

Java Chip Mint StoutJava Chip Mint Stout
240 Ratings
Java Chip Mint StoutJava Chip Mint Stout

Brewed by:
Odd Side Ales
Michigan, United States

Style: American Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.00%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by tectactoe on 06-12-2013

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Photo of Sammy
3.25/5  rDev -15.4%

Photo of nmann08
3.58/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Photo of oline73
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of superspak
4/5  rDev +4.2%
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 jlindros
2.97/5  rDev -22.7%
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 mendvicdog
3.44/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of woodychandler
3.01/5  rDev -21.6%
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 duceswild
3.5/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Alieniloquium
4.07/5  rDev +6%
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 Zaphog
4/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of orangesol
3.98/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of PA-Michigander
4.25/5  rDev +10.7%

Photo of Huhzubendah
3.61/5  rDev -6%
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 dvmin98
3.91/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of imperialking
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

Photo of malfunxion
4.1/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Tone
3.82/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 2 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours a black color. 1/4 inch head of a tan color. Slight retention and slight lacing. Smells of strong mint, roasted malt, sweet malt, hint of chocolate, and a hint of pale malt. Fits the style of an American Stout. Mouth feel is sharp and crisp, with an average carbonation level. Tastes of sweet malt, pale malt, mint, chocolate, slight yeast, hint of hop, and a hint of coffee. Overall, weak appearance, but good aroma, better aroma and blend.

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Photo of BeerOps
4.18/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Gonzoillini
4/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of tommy5
4/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of Nichols33
3.25/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of AngusOg
4.25/5  rDev +10.7%

Photo of Whiskeydeez
4/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of lupercmda
4/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Davepoolesque
3.5/5  rDev -8.9%
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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Java Chip Mint Stout from Odd Side Ales
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