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

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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:
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Added by wl0307 on 10-22-2013

BEER STATS
Ratings:
98
Reviews:
28
Avg:
3.89
pDev:
9.77%
 
 
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Ratings: 98 |  Reviews: 28
Photo of 13tido
2.61/5  rDev -32.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Photo of n2185
3/5  rDev -22.9%

Photo of ChrisKayler
3/5  rDev -22.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of ari32
3/5  rDev -22.9%

Photo of bark
3.07/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

The brown head is compact and two fingers high, it sinks very slowly leaving some lacing. The liquid is pitch black (120 EBC).

The smell is sweet with distinct notes of milk chocolate bars, chocolate flavoured candles and hints of dried exotic fruits. It is a bit of a one trick pony...

The taste is very much the same: Milk chocolate bars and artificial chocolate aroma, but it is soon supplemented with a light yet noticeable chili flavour. It is quite sweet, but the sweetness is smooth and elegant. Medium body. The aftertaste got even mote hot chili, but doesn’t become too hot or overwhelming. The chocolate fades slowly leaving room for some dusty dark malt flavours some bitterness. The finish got insipid sweet flavours and some fruity flavours.

The carbonation is light: The few sharp bubbles are long lived. The liquid is semi-smooth.

I dig the chocolate in the beginning, and the balanced chili flavours, but it became insipid and dusty too fast.

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Photo of BEER88
3.11/5  rDev -20.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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

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Photo of sonic4482
3.25/5  rDev -16.5%

Photo of Mr_Hoptimistic
3.25/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Photo of GetTheYayo
3.35/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of KrisDLSmith
3.36/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of valianes
3.4/5  rDev -12.6%

Photo of windypete
3.5/5  rDev -10%

Photo of CharlesK
3.5/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Lucular
3.52/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of ThisWangsChung
3.54/5  rDev -9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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)

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Photo of shivtim
3.58/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Coronaeus
3.65/5  rDev -6.2%

Photo of spinrsx
3.68/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of halo3one
3.68/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of DaveBar
3.72/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Purchased at the LCBO for $3.60 for a 500ml bottle. Pretty cost effective so I bought it. Served at 6deg C in a tulip.

A- Opens well and pours a tiny head that is gone fast

S- Lots of chocolate here. Good peppers but they subdued

T- Lots of coco/chocolate powder. Seems very artificial tasting though. A touch sweeter than expected for a stout. Good balance and a small hit on the back of the throat of heat from the peppers. Just a hint

M- Very creamy and lush. Super tongue coating which I like in a stout

O- Very good blend. The premise is nice of peppers but not a big amount. Would buy again.

Food Pairing

This pretty good stout went well with...... Cheese board with condiments such as pickles, honey and olives

Enjoy

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Photo of MDHopster
3.74/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of NumberNone
3.74/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of jspaner
3.74/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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.

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Photo of Glorithm
3.74/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Sammy
3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

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The Mayan (Chocolate Chipotle Stout) from Ilkley Brewery Co.
3.89 out of 5 based on 98 ratings.
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