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

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The Mayan (Chocolate Chipotle Stout)The Mayan (Chocolate Chipotle Stout)

Brewed by:
Ilkley Brewery Co.
England, United Kingdom

Style: English Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.50%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by wl0307 on 10-22-2013

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Photo of Sammy
3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of nmann08
4.05/5  rDev +4.1%
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 metter98
3.88/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A: The beer is essentially jet black in color—only slight traces of red are visible near the corner of the glass when it is held up to the light. It poured with a short tan head that quickly died down, leaving delicate lacing on the surface and a thin collar around the edge of the glass.
S: Moderate aromas of dark chocolate are present in the nose.
T: As in the smell, the taste starts off with rich flavors of chocolate and has a light amount of associated bitterness. Notes of chipotle become noticeable towards the finish and linger through the aftertaste.
M: It feels medium-bodied and smooth on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation. The chipotle lends a little heat to the finish.
O:The taste of this beer is rather interesting as it transitions to rich flavors of dark chocolate to spicy flavors of chipotle.

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Photo of chinchill
3.96/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500 ml bottle with a BB date of April 2015 served cool in a goblet.

Pours clear, near opaque, dark red-brown. Limited head and retention.

Aroma:chocolate; chocolate malts and a hint of coffee.

Flavor: intense and delicious dark chocolate; hints of coffee, toast, smoke and dark fruits. Light but fairly obvious chiptole pepper. Lingering, mildly bitter and smoky aftertaste of dark roasted grains and chipotle peppers with hints of coffee and hops.

Feel: smooth, full body with mildly lively carbonation. Very mild heat (pepper).

O: highly reccommended, especially for chocolate lovers.

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Photo of oberon
4.04/5  rDev +3.9%
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 dbrauneis
3.91/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: Pours a clear and opaque jet black in color with moderate amounts of active visible carbonation along the edges of the glass and moderate amounts of cola brown highlights. The beer has a quarter finger tall foamy beige head that reduces to a medium sized patch of mottled extremely thin film and a thin ring at the edges of the glass. Light amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate to strong aromas of milk chocolate with lighter notes of cocoa and vanilla.

T: Upfront there is a light flavor of roasted malts which is followed by a moderate to strong flavor of rich milk chocolate and just a touch of cocoa powder with just a hint of sweetness. There are hints of vanilla and a light to moderate flavor of chipotle pepper spice that seems to intensify slightly as the beer warms up. Hints of bitterness in the finish which fades quickly.

M: Medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Smooth.

O: Really a very good authentic take on Mayan/Mexican Chocolate in a beer - easy to drink and enjoyable with a really nice but subtle presence of chipotle peppers. Definitely one I would grab again.

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Photo of ZEB89
4/5  rDev +2.8%

Photo of thatoneguymike
3.75/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Huhzubendah
4.26/5  rDev +9.5%
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 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 sendbeer
3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of liamt07
3.98/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of biegaman
3.89/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Mayan culture was full of colour and intricate design - The Mayan (the chocolate chipotle stout) has neither. This black liquid and its brown edges are opaque enough to lack any flair and the absence of head means there's no possible chance of patterns of lace.

Cocoa beans (and, by extension, chocolates) take on many different qualities. The strain of bean, the region it's grown, the way and extent to which it's blended, the skill and taste of the producer doing so - chocolate is subject to the same variables as wine and can be every bit as complex and distinct.

This, however, has the ordinary and straightforwardly bittersweet smell of the chocolate extract with which it's brewed. That conventional and borderline syrupy, liqueur-like chocolatey quality is replayed on the palate, albeit with a modest introduction to the chipotles.

While there is a nice underlying heat, the beer is not "spicy" per se (I'd have guessed it was infused with ginger not peppers). This additional warmth aside, the beer quite closely resembles a traditional dry and roasty mild British Stout - and the easy drinkability associated with it.

A beer with these specs should explode right from first sip. This did not. I totally appreciate the caution this brewer has taken but the resulting stout is questionably understated. This is not a bad quality if you're new to this kind of thing, but it doesn't have the impressionable impact one might hope for.

The Mayan combines a Young's reminiscent brand of biscuity, vanilla-laden Cadbury-like chocolate with a restrained and pleasant level of spice. While I imagine a little cinnamon or coffee could enhance the depth, it's perfectly serviceable just the way it is. Be sure to circle your calendar for the next release.

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Photo of bigred89
4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

Photo of wl0307
3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of Immortale25
4.02/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured into a Dogfish traditional oversized snifter. Label says Best Before 11/15.

A- Pours a mostly opaque black color with a 1/4 inch light tan head that doesn't retain long before becoming a thin ring around the edge of the glass and some faint wisps of surface foam. Semi-resilient lacing leaves tiny specs behind.

S- Big milk chocolate aroma that's plenty sweet and brings along with it caramel and malted milk balls. Chipotle is there but not very apparent.

T- Chocolate at first and then the smokiness of the chipotle comes in pretty strong. Not as sweet as the aroma lets on. The spice starts to build but never becomes overbearing.

M- Only drawback to this beer is the feel is a bit thin. Medium-low carbonation and a fullish body.

O- A really good spicy chocolate stout though I remember the draft version being more sweet and less smoky. Still, quite tasty.

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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 n2185
3/5  rDev -22.9%

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 andrenaline
4.25/5  rDev +9.3%

Photo of aztraz
3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of 2dogbrew
3.88/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of cjgiant
4.03/5  rDev +3.6%
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.
3.89 out of 5 based on 98 ratings.
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