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
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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 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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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 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 charyma
3.47/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pint glass at around 45 degrees. Black as a banker's soul, with a strong head. Very little nose. Tastes almost like dark chocolate on the finish, but very little sweetness for a beer with "honey" written on it. I will say that it was almost like a cross between a dry stout and Mexican hot chocolate.

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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 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 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 wvsabbath
3.58/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Serving Type - Bottle

Appearance - Dark tanish brown with a 1/2 thick, creamy head. Lots of sticky lacing.

Smell - Roasted malts, honey, coffee, chocolate, cocoa, raisin, plum, grapes.

Taste - Roasted malts mixed with some chocolate, cocoa and raisin. The honey is buried under the malts, which also mellows out the malts. Chocolate, cocoa and coffee and rather weak and have no chance to stand out and add extra flavor to a rather bland drink.

Mouthfeel - Roasted malts and mild chocolate coat the tongue. Palate gets more malts, some dark fruits and a little cocoa bite. Aftertaste is malty, and a little watered down.

Overall - Rather boring and bland. Balance sucks, the honey aspect is very mute, and the chocolate is weak. If this was just a regular stout for around 8-9.99$ a six pack would be just fine. But being a chocolate honey stout and 11-13.99$ for a 4-pack, no way.

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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 BB1313
3.62/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into a snifter. Pours black with some light getting through; khaki head that fades and leaves great retention and lacing. The flavors are full of cocoa malts. Very roasty. Nice amount of chocolate. Some vanilla in the mix. Some black coffee is there as well. The flavors are pretty roasty. Hints of honey. Some spices. More chocolate. Some expresso. Subtle hints of anise. Clean flavors. Finishes dry. Alcohol goes unnoticed. Mouthfeel is medium-bodied; active carbonation and it's slightly creamy. Nice beer to let warm up and watch everything develop.

Very solid stout from Thirsty Dog. Nothing mind blowing, it's just well crafted. Worth checking out if given the opportunity.

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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 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 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 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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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 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 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 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.

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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.

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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 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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Rise Of Mayan Dog from Thirsty Dog Brewing Company
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