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Rise Of Mayan Dog - Thirsty Dog Brewing Company

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Reviews: 36
Hads: 163
Avg: 3.86
pDev: 23.06%
Wants: 8
Gots: 28 | 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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Photo of ONUMello
4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass
A: Very dark brown with a 1/2-finger head
S: Tons of chocolate/cocoa powder, and chocolate malt. Almost like a malted hot chocolate
T: Chocolate malt, cocoa, burnt cocoa, a hint of hops and earth
M: Medium-bodied, a touch bitter
O: I really like the nose. The honey doesn't come through that much but this beer really showcases how cocoa notes can simultaneously complement and be highlighted by everything else going on in the beer

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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!

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Photo of justinp444
3.58/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

2014 vintage, poured into a tulip, pours a black with a half inch thick steadfast beige head. Smell of honey, chocolate, roasted malts, vanilla, and lots of sweet malt. Taste is light body with honey notes, chocolate, spice, a bit of a bitter slick oily moderate mouth feel, crisp end, light vanilla notes, floral, and roasted sweet malt. A little too oily yet light for a stout, but very drinkable.

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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.

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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.

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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...

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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.

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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.

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Photo of jdhilt
3.42/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a three finger light tan head that fades slowly leaving some lace. Black color, no highlights. Medium carbonation and light-medium bodied. Light cocoa nose and flavor is light cocoa, hints of honey, burnt chocolate finish. $3.80 for a 12oz bottle from Tully's Beer & Wine Wells, ME.

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Photo of Immortale25
3.6/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a Haw River Farmhouse Ales teku glass. No readable freshness date.

A- Pours a 99% opaque black color with a 1/2 inch light brown head that retains well before becoming a thin ring around the edge of the glass and a small center patch of sheer surface foam. Semi-resilient lacing leaves a jagged ring behind.

S- Somewhat boozy aroma with tones of caramel and chocolate. Sugary in a cooking sherry type of context. In other words, not very good.

T- Dark roasted malt with some vanilla and a bit of dark chocolate. More bitter than sweet. I'm thinking the honey fermented out a bit more than intended. After the palate acclimates, the drinkability is quite high but there's this strange aftertaste that kind of shoots the whole thing to shit.

M- The only redeeming quality. Quite creamy with medium carbonation and a full body.

O- I think the honey kind of ruined this whole concept as it seems to have drowned out the actual chocolate aroma and flavor.

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Photo of Arch578
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%


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.

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Photo of Hoptometrist
3.45/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Served from the bottle into a tulip glass.

A- Poured black with a soapy mocha-colored head that left splashy lace.

S- Lots of sweet milk chocolate notes, honey, vanilla, and some spice notes.

T- Dominant sweet milk chocolate taste up front with a pretty big charred roasted malt flavor on the finish, some nondescript spice notes are present as well.

M- Medium body, pretty over carbonated for the style, and semi- dry finish.

O- An interesting beer that could have been executed better. The mouthfeel was off for the style and the honey and spices don't really add much to a pretty one-dimensional stout.

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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.

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Photo of The-Wayfarer
3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

A: Black coffee, head was a gorgeous mocha brown. It was quickly devoured

S: Roasty, chocolately, stouty goodness

T: The chocolate is present, and evident. The honey, however, eludes my palate

M: Mid-Low carbonation, medium body

O: Enjoyable, but not recommended for honey-lovers. Hessitant to purchase again, but not from my grocer @ $15/4-pack

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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

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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!

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Photo of StoutHunter
3.5/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

I picked up a bottle of Thirsty Dog's Rise Of Mayan Dog a couple weeks ago for $3.59 at The Lager Mill. I've been trying more of these Mayan inspired stouts lately and I thought I would take a chance on this one, so let see how it goes. 2014 Vintage Poured from a brown 12oz bottle into a imperial pint glass.

A- The label looks ok and a little cartoon like, I think it's a little eye catching. It poured a nice black color that didn't let any light come through and it had two and half fingers worth of slightly creamy light mocha colored head that died down to a thick ring that stayed til the end and it left some nice rings of lacing behind. This was a very nice looking beer, I have no complaints at all.

S- The aroma starts off with a higher amount of sweetness that has a noticeable honey like aroma and it's followed by the coffee which seems to stick out the most and it mixes with some chocolate aroma to make for a mocha like aroma. Up next comes some malt that imparts a roasted malt aroma along with a light dark fruit like aroma and there's a slight spice aroma towards the end. This beer had a nice aroma, but I wish the different aspects blended together a little better.

T- The taste seems to be pretty similar to the aroma and it starts off with a slightly higher amount of medium sweetness that has a very light honey aspect to it and it's followed by the same coffee and chocolate that I got in the aroma, but this time they are both lighter and they make for a lighter mocha like flavor. Up next comes the malts which impart a roasted malt, slightly grainy, and very light dark fruit flavors with some noticeable ale yeast flavors. On the finish there's lower amount of bitterness with a slightly grainy, roasted malt, slight coffee and chocolate like aftertaste. This was a nice tasting beer, but I wish the mocha aspect was as bold as it was in the aroma and that some spices showed up.

M- Smooth, clean, slightly watery, a little crisp, medium bodied with a medium amount of carbonation. The mouthfeel was nice, but I could do without the slight watery aspect.

Overall I thought this was a decent beer and a decent example of a stout, but as far as these mayan themed beers goes, this one was a little below par, the spices didn't really show up in the flavor and the chocolate aspect was just ok. This beer had ok drinkability, it was smooth, clean, slightly watery, a little crisp, not filling, and the taste didn't do the best job at holding my attention, I think one is enough for me and I'm ready to move on to something else. What I like the most about this beer was the appearance, this was a very nice looking beer and to me it was the best aspect of this beer. What I liked the least about this beer was the taste and that it really wasn't as true to it's name as I would like, I wish the spices were more noticeable. I wouldn't buy this beer again and I think it's a little pricey for what you get and I don't think I would recommend it. All in all I wasn't impressed with this beer, it just didn't have anything that made it stick it out or memorable and when it comes to mayan style stouts, I would choose an Oddsides Mayan Mocha Stout over this beer every time. It's not a favorite Thirsty Dog beer and it's up there as one of my least favorite Mayan style Stouts. I appreciate the effort, but this one needs some work, better luck next time guys.

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Photo of chinchill
3.1/5  rDev -19.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

12 oz bottle served in a snifter.
Pours an opaque yet clear red-brown at the edges. Small tan head soon reduces to a partial thin coat.

S: Moderately strong, with notes of coffee and roasted grains. Too vegetal.

T: better, with more coffee and dark roasted malts to which chocolate is added. Still a bit vegetal (think well cooked, bitter greens). Lightly sweet with just a hint of spice.

M: Full bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation.

O: Rich and moderately complex flavors/aromas are, unfortunately, too vegetal and not very enticing.

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Rise Of Mayan Dog from Thirsty Dog Brewing Company
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