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The Mayan (Chocolate Chipotle Stout) | Ilkley Brewery Co.

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The Mayan (Chocolate Chipotle Stout)The Mayan (Chocolate Chipotle Stout)
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3.87/5
Very Good
98 Ratings
The Mayan (Chocolate Chipotle Stout)The Mayan (Chocolate Chipotle Stout)
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Ilkley Brewery Co.
England, United Kingdom
ilkleybrewery.co.uk

Style: English Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.50%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by wl0307 on 10-22-2013

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#12,298
Reviews:
28
Ratings:
98
pDev:
9.82%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
4
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Ratings: 98 |  Reviews: 28
Photo of bluestyle18
5/5  rDev +29.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Great beer, solid taste and consistency

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Photo of TiggerGTO
4.91/5  rDev +26.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

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.

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Photo of Chrisives
4.75/5  rDev +22.7%

Photo of Smoorebeer
4.6/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of MECove
4.57/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

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.

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Photo of Shatter
4.55/5  rDev +17.6%

Photo of Burgieburg
4.33/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of stephenlee
4.29/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of RavenForBeer
4.28/5  rDev +10.6%

Photo of Huhzubendah
4.26/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

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.

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Photo of djack8617
4.25/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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.

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Photo of trevorpost
4.25/5  rDev +9.8%

Photo of jopezu
4.25/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of ShepardCommander
4.25/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of andrenaline
4.25/5  rDev +9.8%

Photo of Jtee
4.16/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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.

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Photo of Goatdavemac
4.16/5  rDev +7.5%

Photo of Jaisell
4.13/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of tyronegangsta
4.09/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of nmann08
4.05/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of oberon
4.04/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours nearly pitch black except for a deep reddish brown tinge when held up to the light,a half finger beige colored head atop.Milk chocolate notes jump out in the nose with light nuttiness,although I don't get any smoky chipotle the aromas really stand out for me.Lightly carbonated wich is good just a tad thin but it doesn't take away from the flavor profile in any way.Mildly sweet chocolate at the onset of the palate with that hint of nuttiness,the chipotle comes in the finish and lingers in the back of the throat nicely.What a cool beer from a "new to my area" Yorkshire brewer,I will be trying other stuff from Ilkley in the future.

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Photo of egrapplesberg
4.04/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of thehyperduck
4.03/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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4.03/5  rDev +4.1%

Photo of cjgiant
4.03/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

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.

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The Mayan (Chocolate Chipotle Stout) from Ilkley Brewery Co.
Beer rating: 3.87 out of 5 with 98 ratings
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