The Mayan (Chocolate Chipotle Stout)
Ilkley Brewery Co.

The Mayan (Chocolate Chipotle Stout)The Mayan (Chocolate Chipotle Stout)
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Ilkley Brewery Co.
England, United Kingdom
Stout - English
3.86 | pDev: 9.84%
Jun 19, 2017
Oct 22, 2013
Very Good
The Mayan (Chocolate Chipotle Stout)The Mayan (Chocolate Chipotle Stout)
Notes: Chocolate Chipotle Stout.

Designed to challenge the senses as well as perceptions, this is an easy-drinking, strong flavoured and spiced stout. This beer has captured the imagination and the fans across the UK and in America, even gaining an honourable mention in the 2013 Brussels Beer Challenge.

Taking you on a journey to South America, via Yorkshire, drinking this 6.5% Chipotle Chocolate Stout is a journey in itself. Rich heady chocolate on the nose, it’s all about deep luscious stouty goodness throughout with a soft mouthfeel. Just as a coffee bitterness develops, and you’re thinking that the party’s over, a subtle dry heat arrives that not only leaves your mouth tingling, but also thirsty and gasping for another taste. The Mayans smoked their chillis, and rather than brew with smoked malt, which can add to the bitterness, we used freshly smoked dried chipotle chillis to add an extra layer of flavour.
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4.16/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by Jtee from Canada (ON)

From a 330ml bottle served at room temperature (27 degrees Celsius - oh that summer heat!) into a snifter.

Look: The beer pours an opaque black with 3.5cm of brown, dense and rocky head that dissipates in 2+ minutes.

Smell: Malt-forward and medium intensity. Balance is sweet. Strong notes of milk chocolate and caramel with a roasted barley character and some vanilla.

Taste: Strong chili – I like it. Just like the aroma, the flavour is filled with roasted malts, milk chocolate, caramel, vanilla, and an additional layer of chili spiciness. The finish is long, strong, and full of smoky, chocolatey, chili-goodness.

Feel: Medium body with faint carbonation. There's a spicy kick from the chipotle that grows with the finish. Overall slick and velvety – so good.

Overall: The Mayan makes no apologies about the chipotle – it's hot and it grows with each sip. I love chocolate, smoke, and spice so this beer is a winner in my books. All of the elements have been balanced and work well together. Impressive.

Jun 19, 2017
3.74 by Glorithm from Canada (ON) on Feb 23, 2017
4.01 by NightINgale from Russian Federation on Feb 05, 2017
3.9 by OneTuffPony from Canada (ON) on Dec 21, 2016
4.09 by tyronegangsta from Canada (ON) on Oct 22, 2016
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4.03/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by thehyperduck from Canada (ON)

330 mL bottle from the LCBO; it says to check the neck, but I can't find a bottling date there (or anywhere else). Served slightly chilled.

Pours a deep, dark mahogany brown colour with reddish highlights; one finger of frothy, light tan-tinged head floats upon the surface, fading down to a bubbly, soapy collar over the next two minutes. The chipotle chile pepper heat is discernible on the nose, although certainly not too pungent - beyond that, I'm getting mostly baker's chocolate, roasted malts and molasses sweetness, with hints of milk chocolate and prune. Inviting aroma; thumbs up.

Good stuff - the chile spiciness is relatively muted, but the small amount of heat that is present integrates beautifully into this tasty stout. Roasted malts, sweet chocolate syrup and subtle hints of dark fruit characterise the front end of the sip; rich notes of bitter dark chocolate begin to shine through on the back. Finishes with spicy chipotle pepper and lingering cocoa flavours, as well as a touch of coffee ground earthiness. Medium in body, with middling carbonation levels that gently bite the palate, pairing nicely with the light chile heat. Reasonably well-balanced, as far as "chocolate chile pepper" beers go - still, it leans toward the rich side, which limits its drinkability somewhat.

Final Grade: 4.03, a worthy A-. I've always felt that chile beers can be a bit tricky - certainly to brew, but also to judge fairly, since it's obviously an acquired taste. Pairing chiles with chocolate can help matters a lot - the two flavours really complement each other nicely, at least IMO - but once you layer them on top of a good, solid sweet stout, you've got the makings of a damn fine beer. And I present Ilkley's The Mayan as exhibit A. I don't think this is a world-beater (for instance, I don't think I'd pick this over Mikkeller's Texas Ranger), but I still find this brew to be very well-harmonized and pretty enjoyable. Certainly worth the modest price tag; I'll probably get another bottle or two for short-term cellaring.

Oct 22, 2016
3.52 by Lucular from Maryland on Feb 14, 2016
3 by ChrisKayler from Virginia on Jan 22, 2016
4 by bigred89 from Maryland on Jan 10, 2016
3.5 by CharlesK from Pennsylvania on Dec 21, 2015
3.98 by curlybird from Pennsylvania on Nov 28, 2015
4.25 by ShepardCommander from Virginia on Nov 06, 2015
2.61 by 13tido from North Carolina on Oct 11, 2015
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4.04/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by egrapplesberg

My sales reps from United Distributing (GA) Claims this brewery is no longer distro'd in USA anymore and brought me a bottle before they DQ'd it. 22oz bbe 10/2015. Poured into a snifter that is pitch black with a bubbly two finger head. Not much lace but fat bubbles slide quickly down the glass. Nose is very chocolatey mixed with a hint of sweetness, maybe rasberry or cherry. Not getting a whole lot of chipotle in the smell. Taste is chocolate and roasted malt up front with an addicting punch in the face with heated chipotle in the back. I'm surprised with how spicy the finish is compared to the scent. Fantastic beer that I wish I could get again. Similar to Westbrooke Mexican Cake but I enjoyed this more because it wasn't overbearingly spicy.

Sep 22, 2015
3.35 by GetTheYayo from Pennsylvania on Aug 27, 2015
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3.11/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3
by BEER88 from Washington

IMO, it was sweet and very bitter, bottled on June 2015. Maybe I should have let it sit in the cellar a while!?

Jul 30, 2015
3.9 by DamienI from Washington on Jul 29, 2015
3.75 by NickyDee21 from Pennsylvania on Jul 24, 2015
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3.93/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by bluehende from Delaware

Very nice stout. Good chocolate very little pepper which is good.

Jun 22, 2015
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4.91/5  rDev +27.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75
by TiggerGTO from North Carolina

Tastes exactly like you think it would from the description, like chocolate with pepper added. Sort of like a slightly spicy Young's Double Chocolate Stout.

Jun 14, 2015
3.68 by halo3one from Georgia on Jun 07, 2015
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4.26/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
by Huhzubendah from District of Columbia

Dark brown body with a soapy tan head. Aromas of pepper, spice, heat, roast, chocolate. Mild sweetness with spicy heat emerging mid to late palate. Burning heat in the finish - I like it. Bold, assertive, well done.

Jun 05, 2015
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3.74/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75
by jspaner from Maryland

Look is very dark brown, almost opaque, as it should be. The smell is also very nice. Can definitely detect the bitter chocolate. Taste is chocolatey & malty in the front with some spiciness on the back end. Not overpowering, but smooth & tasty. Comes in a pint bottle. Very enjoyable brew.

May 25, 2015
3.74 by NumberNone from Maryland on May 22, 2015
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3.54/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5
by ThisWangsChung from Maryland

500ml bottle into a teku.

Appearance: Pours a very dark brown color. The head is a finger high and off-white in shade. Retention is quite lousy, unfortunately, and it leaves behind little lacing on the glass. (3)

Smell: You want some chocolate?! Here's some damn chocolate!! Seriously, the level of dark chocolate the nose provides is right up there with beers such as Choklat and Samuel Smith's Chocolate Stout. And yet, it's what lies underneath the massive chocolate aroma that makes this more interesting. Namely, some smoky pepper notes. If I have any complaint, it's that I don't seem to pick up much roasted malt. Otherwise, this brings the chocolate goodness beautifully (without seeming out of balance, either). (4)

Taste: Indeed, this is drier than the nose indicated. Though it starts off bringing some slight dark fruit and brown sugar notes, it's what happens after that makes it interesting. First, a wave of baker's cocoa envelops the palate, and then as the aftertaste continues, it becomes awash with notes of smoke, earth, and subtle heat. The chocolate and chili notes are layered well, offering this beer some nice depth. The only thing is that the two notes don't seem intrinsically twined together - they're just out there, sort of competing with each other on the palate. All told, it's a good chocolate stout, but it could have been even better. (3.5)

Mouthfeel: A good chocolate stout is normally dry, and this brings that in spades. It also brings surprisingly vibrant carbonation. The problem is, it feels too rough and ragged. While it slides down (very) easily, there's nothing about the texture that screams 'stout' to me. (3)

Overall: This is an interesting beer - even more than its label might have suggested. But like I said, it doesn't seem perfectly balanced. Whatever, I say it's worth a try. (3.5)

3.54/5: This one is Mayan! (get it? Mayan? Mine? ...I'll go)

May 19, 2015
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4.57/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5
by MECove from North Carolina

Tried this one on tap at the Irish Pub, recommended by the cool bartender with a red side ponytail and a tattoo of the Mexican Day of the Dead. I tasted more of the chipotle than the chocolate. I wonder if the flavor would reveal itself differently based on the meal. I had a Mexicale burger with it. The peppery spunk balances the chocolate sweetness so it isn't as thick or rich as most stouts. I enjoyed it as something different, but I wouldn't want to drink several of them because the joy of its uniqueness might wear off.

May 07, 2015
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3.75/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
by Extol from Georgia

Slightly spicy lots of chocolate.

Apr 30, 2015
3.58 by shivtim from Georgia on Apr 18, 2015
3.94 by Cpmitchno1 from Virginia on Apr 04, 2015
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3.98/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
by mick303 from Canada (ON)

Bottle from the lcbo, poured into a tulip glass came out a deep dark brown, with a really nice initial head and quite nice lacing.

S - aromas of cooking chocolate, subtle chipotle spicy heat, dry peppers, rich maltiness, with a dark roasty character, plums/cherries also, a chocolateyness that is so robust and earthy, yes there is sweetness but the chipotle notes give you a very nice counterbalance. This frankly smells amazing, so complex and rich, and to the point.

T - a similar theme here, as you are lulled in with rich dark cocoa and chocolate notes before the chipotle arrives with a growing gradual spiciness, that deliver a gutsy earthy character and a warming lingering smoky spice. Palate also has some of the rich dark fruits, coffee, dark malts, but the sumptuous chocolate and chipotle interplay is centre-stage.

M - not too heavy, retains some initial malty creaminess, but overall it is quite thin for a stout, might accentuate the chipotle spiciness, quite smooth, and grows bittersweet and spicy to the finish.

Deceptive indeed, as well as very tasty. Certainly played up the chipotle spice but the chocolate is revving at full force as well. I find this a tasty beer, but couldn't have it very often. As an interesting beer it really captures that mayan spiced hot chocolate feel, with a really satisfying spiciness to it, smoky, earthy, and bittersweet. Quite nice and enjoyable.

Mar 09, 2015
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4.25/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by djack8617 from Canada (ON)

Enjoyed on Mar 5 2015.

Look: Jet black with a very slight dark gold transparency. Minimal head which quickly dissipates for minimal head retention.

Smell: Overwhelmingly chocolate syrup in nature with a very slight spice touch at the end.

Taste: spice hits the palate first and is quickly chased by a chocolate flavor. Full and heavy like a stout should be. Spicy chipotle lingers on the palate well after consumption.

Feel: Very heavy and flat feel. The spice dominates preventing any sort of smooth drinking experience yet still makes the beer enjoyable.

Overall: Have enjoyed many chocolate stouts before and would say this one is average if not slightly above. Very good strong chocolate aroma but chipotle spice take over on the palate masking other potential flavors.

Mar 05, 2015
4.33 by Burgieburg from South Carolina on Feb 27, 2015
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3.78/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
by peensteen from Canada (ON)

Jet black with a ring of eggshell-tan head with good lace. Smell is a big chocolate and cocoa powder upfront, touch of peppery spice that gives a bit of a nostril tingle, not a ton going on but certainly delivers on being a chocolate-chipotle stout. Taste is all chocolate initially, milk chocolate and hershey syrup, chipotle is subtle initially but is a little more noticeable as it warms and shows up in the finish, roast and a touch of sweetness from all that chocolate. Medium-light carbonation, light-medium body. Not bad to have once in a while but not something I could drink on a regular basis, still quite drinkable.

Feb 25, 2015
3.84 by Drknight from Virginia on Feb 22, 2015
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3.91/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
by tastybeer from North Carolina

A: Color is dark woody brown and opaque topped by a tan, creamy, and fairly small head.

S: Loaded with melty 72% cocoa dark chocolate all sprinkled with zesty/spicy peppers. Creamy vanilla, tobacco, and caramel.

T: Taste is colorful. A bit of tartness, green spicy pepper flavors, and chocolate. The tartness fits in oddly to me however the spice and chocolate work great together.

M: Texture is smooth, easy going with soft pepper spice warmth and prickly, fine carbonation. Not a very heavy body...kind of along the lines of medium.

O: I like it. The smell beats its other qualitIes by far though. Definitely worth a try.

Feb 20, 2015
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3.77/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
by wedge from North Carolina

Best Before: 06/2015

Pours black under minimal creaminess coating the surface and leaving behind strings of lace here and there. Smell is immediately chocolaty followed by vanilla and a little pepper. Flavor follows suit with an increased chili pepper note, though it never gets spicy. Roasted malt, cocoa, nuts, and some fruity yeast. Less intensely chocolaty than the smell, closer to more of a standard stout with a pepper twist. Medium bodied with some tingly carbonation and lingering bitterness. Not bad.

Feb 20, 2015
3.88 by Brewski from Pennsylvania on Feb 15, 2015
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4.03/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25
by cjgiant from District of Columbia

Bottle, no discernible date:
Clear dark brown, appearing almost black. Large bubble head, some lacing in my rinsed glass. Nose dominated by chocolate, but an underlying lightly smokey roasted malt scent. Nicely done.

Taste has more depth to it than expected, but the actual flavors follow the muse quite well. The chipotle side almost sneaks in after you think the taste is done. As with many nicely spicy things, the "burn" builds with subsequent sips. "Burn" is an exaggeration, but I definitely feel a bite. Feel is just a tad thin in viscosity, and also a tad oily, but that little bite makes up for that a bit.

Really digging this beer. It's not exceptional, but an example of a well done, solid, as promised beer.

Feb 14, 2015
3.81 by byronic from Canada (ON) on Feb 12, 2015
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4.05/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by nmann08 from Virginia

From a bottle, pours jet black with a thin wispy very white head.

The nose is heavy milk chocolate, a little earthy green pepper, lots of lactose and roasted malt. This smells amazing. The flavor is similar, lots of chocolate, earthy dryness, bitter hops and just a bit of heat. The heat from the pepper plays well with the chocolate. This is pretty balanced and the flavors pair well. Really enjoyable finish too.

Feb 10, 2015
The Mayan (Chocolate Chipotle Stout) from Ilkley Brewery Co.
Beer rating: 87 out of 100 with 97 ratings