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Rise Of Mayan Dog - Thirsty Dog Brewing Company

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86
very good

35 Reviews
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Reviews: 35
Hads: 162
rAvg: 3.86
pDev: 8.29%
Wants: 9
Gots: 26 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Thirsty Dog Brewing Company visit their website
Ohio, United States

Style | ABV
American Stout |  7.00% ABV

Availability: Winter

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Beer added by: SplashyFob on 01-04-2014

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Reviews: 35 | Hads: 162
Photo of Lordhelmit
4.64/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A - Typical dark stout. Decent half finger head tan colored fine lacing not much to speak of

S - Compelx smell. Very hard to explain. I smell coffee and chocolate, also typical of a sweet stout. I don't smell the honey. There is a noticeable brown liquor smell to it IMO. Some spices in there, but I can;t put my finger on what kinds of spices. Slight licorice notes.

T - All of the nose elements are present in the taste. Plus the honey. Tastes kind of like a dark chocolate ice cream syrup with honey and spices mixed in. FANTASTIC. Really warms your throat on the way down.

M - Thick. Very thick and full bodied. I would say low carbonation though. Or at least below average. Pretty creamy.

O - This is a GREAT stout. Absolutely will buy this again. (756 characters)

Photo of WVbeergeek
4.55/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Rare release draft only saw it's way into a four pack I see, I'll take some of those...Pours a pitch black color with mocha tan head fades slowly and evenly spread in the lacing department. Aroma dark astringent coffee roasts, beautiful nose in if you like coffee. Evidently I do my nose keeps dipping into the actual beer, that's how much I like nutty edged coffee and dark chocolate in beer...edit my last comment, after reading the label there are no coffee beans harmed in the brewing of this beer just honey and cacao (cocoa nibs). Either way I'm amped on the pseudo caffeine buzz I'm about to catch from drinking this stuff! Earthy, leather in the nose makes you want to cut it with a knife, big dark chocolate notes and no real honey tones because it's all been fermented out maybe a bit of perceived sweetness but no actual honey explosions happening here. Between this beer, Citra Dog, Wulver, and Siberian Night Bourbon Barreled I'm in heat for Thirsty Dog...what can I say their beers are getting better every day I may have to revisit some of the other offerings out there. (1,085 characters)

Photo of madelfonatree
4.31/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Look - Watery black body. Medium tan head and dissipated quickly. Little lacing.

Smell - Honey. Apples. Chocolate. Coffee.

Taste - It advertises honey but it reminded me of Mott's Apple Juice. This initial apple taste quickly transitioned to the traditional chocolate and coffee flavors. Bitter at the end. Faint tobacco in after taste. Higher score for uniqueness.

Feel - Watery yet creamy. Not as heavy as expected. Alcohol is apparent but not overpowering.

Overall - I like the apple juice taste. I know it sounds crazy but I didn't have a wrecked palate before drinking this. Found it aged and thoroughly discounted! (627 characters)

Photo of woodychandler
4.26/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

I was scoping the singles scene at Country Garden 6-Pack here in Lancaster, PA on Thursday when I spied this with my little eye. Sure, it's in a bottle, but people have gotten a mistaken impression of me - I will buy and drink beer from a bottle, but I steadfastly will NOT trade with or for bottles.

From the bottle: "Celebrate the new rise of civilization with this bittersweet, bold, black beer filled with old world and traditional Mayan spices, including honey and cocoa nibs."; "Chocolate Honey Stout"; "We Believe in Thirsty Dog!"; "Unleash the Flavor".

I Pop!ped the cap and initiated an aggro pour, causing it to foam up mightily. This resulted in two fingers of dense, deep-tan head with good retention. Nose smelled like bittersweet chocolate and black coffee with an underlying sweetness that I would not have identified on my own as "honey", but it was perceptible. Color was Black/Opaque (SRM = 44) with an impenetrable density that prevented light penetration. Mouthfeel was full, thick and creamy. Was I drinking pudding? The flavor was rich and chocolaty, but not sweet, more bitter but tempered with an underlying sweetness. Once more, I will cop to not being able to recognize it as honey, but something was keeping the utter roastiness of the malt in check. Finish was, as advertised - bittersweet, semi-dry, quite pleasant. Loads of lacing in the glass as I drank through it. Once more, as a self-avowed hop head, I would not want a steady diet of this, but it was a decent change of pace, especially at the price point. (1,544 characters)

Photo of DavoleBomb
4.25/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a snifter.

3.0 A: Black color. One and a half fingers of frothy light brown head. Retention is a touch below average and a short ring of lacing is left.

4.25 S: This smells pretty damn good. Cocoa nibs are most prominent. Supple roastiness, honey, caramel, and molasses. The nibs just smell so damn good. Can't smell this enough.

4.25 T: Taste is just as good as the nose. Again big cocoa flavor. Supple, soft roastiness. Honey isn't too pronounced, but does add a bit of complexity. Caramel, molasses, and neutral malty sweetness. Again, quite good.

4.5 M: Medium body. Good moderate carbonation. Nice creaminess and super smooth.

4.5 D: This is surprisingly a really good beer. I think I have to pick up some more of it. (739 characters)

Photo of tillmac62
4.23/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Pours pitch black. Normal head volume and retention, above normal lacing.

Light, but complex, nose of coffee, roast, cocoa and an underlying honey sweetness.

Medium bodied with a thick smooth body that approaches creamy. Superb carbonation with a nice prickly effervescence from the middle on.

The outstanding flavor profile is intense, complex and superbly balanced. It begins with a blend of flavors that separate into cocoa/roast over a very subtle coffee like aspect. The middle allows the underlying malt base to provide a balancing sweetness, with honey aspects, to a mild roast bitterness. The finish is where this stout really shines as a burst of effervescence separates the flavor components over a rich honey flavored sweetness and leaves you with a amazingly tart like residual that has
notes of spice. A fine beginner stout. (848 characters)

Photo of oberon
4.14/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours nearly jet black except for just a tinge of ruby when held in the light,a deep beige half finger head atop.Love the complexity of the aromas,milk chocolate,roasted nuts,bakers spice,french roast coffee,and some mild honey funk,smells like dessert and coffee.Somewhat sweet on the palate with honey and chocolate dominating at the onset with some nice roast to dry it out enough,as I drank more some alcohol induced sweetness came into play.What a cool beer with alot going on,again like a chocolate dessert laced with honey and coffee together in liquid form. (565 characters)

Photo of jasonpeckins32
4.02/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Great tasting beer. Looks, tastes, and feels like a legit stout. The honey added a mild sweetness, maybe a nutty character to the flavor. Enjoyed it. (152 characters)

Photo of GarthDanielson
4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a shaker pint, the beer is a dark, oily-black coloring with a tall, foamy, dense, light tan head. Nose of bitter dark-cocoa nibs, raw honey, and roasted coffee. Flavors are roasted heavily, with cocoa nib and coffee throughout. Heavy bitterness, with a rich, raw honey sweetness. Very balanced and rich. Smooth, velvety body, with a richly sweet and heavily bitter cocoa aftertaste. The finish is smooth and slick, with a decent linger. (462 characters)

Photo of schoolboy
3.99/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Woof. Another great brew from those dogs just south of here. It's a great one, but kind of over-priced at $3.25/bottle (and I see some paid more).

It pours like a stout, black, but headless and nearly flat. There is no lacing. The aroma is a nice blend of boozy (more than it should) and malty, yeasty, and a little hoppy. The taste is a balance of malty sweetness and roasty goodness. It seems more like a big porter.

It goes down real easy and has a beautiful aftertaste. It is not recommended strictly because it is a poor value, but it is a taste brew, though perhaps it didn't turn out as well as it could have. (619 characters)

Photo of barczar
3.99/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Floral honey notes and rich, sweet chocolate dominate the initial aroma, with roast malt and a slightly acrid/metallic note rounding things out. Nutty, toasted malt and cinnamon add warmth.

Flavor reveals rich chocolate and subtle cinnamon throughout, fairly sweet initially, but fading to roasty bitter malt at the finish. Earthy notes linger in the aftertaste. That metallic character emerges as it warms. Chili heat becomes evident, the more I sip.

The metallic notes detract, but this is still a great dessert beer. On the sweet side, and lacking a bit in body, but love the chocolate and honey sweetness, along with the toasted malt base. The chili heat makes this a great winter brew. A bit of a guilty pleasure. (720 characters)

Photo of Ozzylizard
3.99/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

$ 3.59/12 oz bottle at Lager Mill
Undated bottle at 50 degrees into Duvel snifter
Aroma of roasted malt and chocolate
Head small (2 cm), light brown, creamy, rapidly diminishing for 2-3 mm ring and 1 mm layer
Lacing poor, few small irregular islands
Body dark brown, opaque
Flavor begins with slightly sweet roasted malt and chocolate with a hint of honey. No alcohol, no diacetyl, no hops. Ends with a faint taste of bitter chocolate.
Palate medium, creamy, lively carbonation

This is a tasty stout. The appearance is decent despite the small head and poor lacing and the aroma is appealing. The flavor is subdued with the honey barely making an appearance (fortunately). The palate is enjoyable. (698 characters)

Photo of dbrauneis
3.98/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: Pours an opaque yet clear jet black in color with moderate to heavy amounts of active visible carbonation rising from the bottom along the edges of the glass and some faint dark cola brown highlights. The beer has a finger tall fizzy foamy tan head that quickly reduces to a small thick patch of medium sized bubble surrounded by a medium sized patch of very thin film and a medium thick ring at the edges of the glass. Light amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate to strong aromas of milk chocolate, freshly roasted coffee, and roasted malts with lighter aromas of honey and just a hint of chili spice.

T: Upfront there are light to moderate flavors of roasted malts with some light to moderate amounts of honey sweetness. That is followed by moderate to strong flavors of rich milk chocolate with some moderate flavors of coffee and just a hint of spice (chili). Lightly sweet overall with minimal amounts of bitterness which fades quickly.

M: Slightly heavier than medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Relatively creamy.

O: Rich and dessert-like with wonderfully complex flavors/aromas and a not overwhelming amount of sweetness. Alcohol is well hidden and it is relatively easy to drink. Definitely one I would grab again. (1,254 characters)

Photo of Brutaltruth
3.9/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Excellent stout from Thirsty Dog. Poured motor oil black with a thin tan head that remains on the brew. Smells of chocolate, coffee, and honey (!) the honey amazingly comes through on the nose. I am stunned at the taste of this beast; sweet honey, chocolate, and coffee up front and on the back with a bitter chocolate aftertaste that really plays nicely with the coffee and honey, which itself is not so pronounced that it is super sweet like a milk stout. Lingering coating aftertaste with a great mouthfeel that is light yet satisfying for a stout, good carbonation lends itself well to this brew. Would love to have this one on tap. A new favorite MINUS the price per four pack. YOW! (687 characters)

Photo of superspak
3.9/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle into tulip glass; no bottle dating, but is a recent release. Pours pitch black color with a 1-2 finger dense khaki head with great retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Spotty soapy lacing clings around the glass. Aromas of milk chocolate, cocoa, roasted malt, toast, coffee, honey, chile pepper, cinnamon, herbal, and roasted earthiness. Very nice aromas with good balance and complexity of dark/roasted malt, honey, and spice notes; with good strength. Taste of semisweet chocolate, cocoa, roasted malt, toast, coffee, light char, cinnamon, light chile pepper, light honey, herbal, and roasted earthiness. Light roast bitterness/chile spice on the finish; with lingering notes of semisweet chocolate, cocoa, roasted malt, toast, coffee, light char, cinnamon, toast, light chile pepper, and roasted earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Very nice balance, complexity, and robustness of dark/roasted malt and spice flavors; with a great malt/spice balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a very creamy and slightly slick mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a slight warming present after the finish. Overall this is a very nice spiced stout style! All around good balance, robustness, and complexity of dark/roasted malt and spice flavors; and very smooth to sip on. A very enjoyable offering. (1,397 characters)

Photo of GreesyFizeek
3.88/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle purchased from AJ's in Henrietta, NY.

Stout brewed with chocolate, honey, and "Mayan spices."

Smells like chocolate, roasted malt, and indistinguishable spicing. My nose isn't good enough to really pick it apart.

Tastes like Hershey's syrup, cocoa powder, dark chocolate, honey, a small amount of cinnamon, some espresso bitterness, and the faintest amount of chili. I don't know if this was actually brewed with chili peppers- so maybe it's my imagination- but it is called Mayan Dog, and stouts with the Mayan designation often have pepper additions. Some spice build up on the lips as you drink more of this one.

Creamy mouthfeel, with a medium body (663 characters)

Photo of orcrist_cleaver
3.86/5  rDev 0%

A: Poured near jet black. Very small, but nice creamlike tan head. Didn't stay around for the party too long.

S: Typical chocolate and burnt leather. Earthy.

M: On the drier side. Roast-like astringency. Medium body and rather good amount of carbonation that plays well.

T: It does a good job repping the taste of cacao nibs. Tastes exactly like them, bittersweet with a slight char and earthy nuttiness. Smooth honey sweetness to finish, gelling the astringent coffee and burnt char tastes from the bitter tasting cacao nibs. I think I'd rather just eat the nibs and get the crunch factor. The beer hits some really good flavor notes, but just lack that alluring sexiness that would make me want to revisit again and again. (729 characters)

Photo of Beerguy1969
3.85/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Just slight hint of the honey with a small chocolate after taste. Fairly easy on the mouth and no real after taste. Would not mind another one of these... (156 characters)

Photo of SerialTicker
3.83/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

$3.69 for a single... bad start so far, but the description intrigued me quite a bit. Poured into a Sam Adams Perfect Pint glass.

Appearance: Nice one. Two finger, creamy light brown head. A lot of lacing at the start. Clear ruby black color.

Smell: Definitely roasty. Coffee for sure. Almost smells like an imperial because it gives that sort of vibe, like the alcohol is higher than it is, which is a bit unusual. There's also a good amount of the chocolate that's said to be in the beer from the label, but honey? I don't get the honey, at least in the smell. I mean the aroma is a sort of sweet roasty/chocolatey blend, but it doesn't smell distinctively like honey.

Taste/feel: Maybe it's the honey helping out, but the first thing I notice is a super smooth feel with a pretty mild carbonation -- almost like it's a nitro bottle, even though it isn't. Coffee and chocolate are quite present here, mostly the coffee. There's not much of a honey flavor, but it no doubt balances this beer incredibly well, as this brew is the very definition of bittersweet. One thing that turns me off a tick about this beer is that I get a veeery slight metallic note in it near the end that I could do with out. Thankfully, it doesn't linger into the aftertaste for me. This is just a really nice, easy drinking, smooth-as-all-hell stout with a super nice blend of coffee and chocolate. Again, while it's hard to guess that there's a HONEY sweetness in this beer, there is a nice feel on this, and a bittersweet mocha sort of finish that I really enjoy.

$3.69 for a single? That's a whopper -- I can't say I'd recommend this beer at that price. It's good, but not THAT good. At the same time, if you buy it, the chances are you'll be happy with the decision. (1,752 characters)

Photo of ThePorterSorter
3.82/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

The beer pours a dark brown/black with an airy tan head that fades quickly without much lacing. The nose is relatively weak (even after warming) with subtle notes of roasted grain and cocoa. The taste is surprisingly rich with flavor - initially bitter-sweet cocoa becomes surrounded by roasted grain and finishes rather bitter. It's a drinkable, medium bodied beer that is not overly carbonated or syrupy, highlights bold stout flavors, has masked ethanol, and finishes both semi-dry and bitter. This beer is between a porter-stout in body and drinkability and seems to highlight the roasted grains and bitter hops well for a decent price. Alas, I'll probably pass on trying this beer again in the future, it's nothing too impressive, but I can't deny it's drinkability. (771 characters)

Photo of bluejacket74
3.79/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12 ounce bottle. Served in a snifter, the beer pours dark brown/black with an inch tan head. Head retention is good, and there's a lot of lacing. Aroma is mostly sweet, the brew smells like milk and bittersweet chocolate, roasted malt, honey, and a bit of coffee. I think the taste is similar to the aroma, but there's also some vanilla and burnt/charred malt noticeable too. Mouthfeel/body is medium, it's a bit slick and creamy with moderate carbonation. I liked this brew, but I do think it's overpriced at $12.99 a 4-pack. With that being said, I still think it's definitely worth trying. (592 characters)

Photo of buschbeer
3.79/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

355 ml bottle
Served in a Thirsty Dog pint glass

A - This is dark. When I hold it to the light just a little ruby light gets through. It is topped with a mountain of mocha head.

S - The smell is cocoa and some roasted malt.

T - The taste has cocoa and some roasted malt. I don't get any honey.

M - Full

O - I want to love this beer. It is good but not great. (365 characters)

Photo of Arch578
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

Bottle

Appearance: Nearly black, some dark brown around the edges.

Aroma: Very sweet smelling, like chocolate and cold-press coffee.

Taste: Sweet at first, a lot of chocolate and a little honey. Fades to a mostly pleasant, but slightly astringent bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Moderate for a stout. Smooth and just a little sticky.

Overall: Really solid stout with a great chocolate/coffee flavor. Honey and spice are there, but a little too subtle to meet expectations. (469 characters)

Photo of msquared36
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Deep dark brown, bordering on black. Hint of roasted malts. Not a strong smell. Taste of fresh ground peanut butter - a little nutty with a touch of sweetness. Rich, smooth texture with a lingering carbonation. Expected a "chocolate honey" stout to be a little sweeter, but didn't actually miss the sweetness. Preferred this one a little colder, the taste lost some intensity as it warmed. (389 characters)

Photo of metter98
3.73/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A: The beer is close to being jet black in color—only traces of dark brown are visible near the edge of the glass when it is held up to a bright light. It poured with a quarter finger tan head that died down, leaving some wispy lacing g on the surface and a collar around the edge of the glass.
S: Light aromas of chocolate and honey are present in the nose. The honey becomes stronger as the beer warms up.
T: The taste is similar to the smell, but has stronger flavors of chocolate along with notes of honey. Faint bits of sweetness are perceptible. Both the honey flavors and associated sweetness become a little stronger as the beer warms up.
M: It feels just shy of being medium-bodied and is a little creamy on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This stout is easy to drink and has a nice amount of chocolate flavors. The honey adds some complexity to the smell and taste. (902 characters)

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Rise Of Mayan Dog from Thirsty Dog Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 35 ratings.