I wrote recently here at The Brewclub of my first encounter with Ilkley Brewery, when I first tasted their rather splendid ‘de Passie‘ white IPA collaboration.
‘The Mayan’ describes itself as a ‘Chocolate Chipotle Stout’ and is (allegedly) inspired by an ‘ancient Mayan recipe’.
It pours midnight black, pure ristretto coffee, with an espresso head that is seriously reluctant, it took a really ‘rough’ pour to raise any foam to photograph.
The nose is pure chocolate, as one might expect from a ‘Chocolate Chipotle Stout’, the chipotle chillies are hopefully lurking in the flavour.
The first few skips are pure chocolate, in a blind tasting I might have suggested that I was drinking chocolate milk. No sign of the chipotle yet…
Halfway down the glass, and maybe, just maybe there’s a hint of spice. Not much, certainly not enough to cause a tingle on the lips, and no hint of the smokiness that I would hope to get from chipotle chilli. Just dark chocolate.
As I get to the bottom of the glass, my feelings are of disappointment and some sadness. Nobody sets out to make a substandard beer, and clearly this brew was carefully thought out.
It just failed to hit its target, which is sad.
I’ve had some great chilli beers in recent years, this just wasn’t one of them.