Maple Porter- Barrel Aged
Thirsty Dog Brewing Company

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Porter - American
4.03 | pDev: 15.14%
Thirsty Dog Brewing Company
Ohio, United States
Retired (no longer brewed)
Very Good
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JohnnyHopps from Indiana

3.23/5  rDev -19.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Appearance - The beer was a huge carbonation bomb. It took a solid 15 minutes for the head to dissipate. So after the mocha colored head died, the beer was black.

Smell - The nose was centered on roasty malts. There was little sweetness.

Taste - The initial taste was roasted and perhaps burnt malts. There was a little hint of maple or sweetness. The carbonation was so aggressive that any taste presence seemed muted. If there was anything in the aftertaste, it was roasted malts. The initial taste was roasted and perhaps burnt malts. There was little hint of maple or sweetness. The carbonation was so aggressive that any taste presence seemed muted. If there was anything in the aftertaste, it was roasted malts.

Mouthfeel - The carbonation was downright hostile. I am sure this was not the brewers intent. Anything interesting about the taste was wiped away by the preparation.

Overall - Paying $18.99 for a bottle, one might expect something more than a regular tasting porter with significant over- carbonation.

Jul 14, 2018
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DoubleSimcoe from Pennsylvania

4.14/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Great little beer from Thirsty Dog. Plenty of barrel and character in a drinkable 7% brew, with a good balance of maple sweetness and boozy/woody bourbon. Nice find!

Nov 19, 2017
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Brutaltruth from Ohio

4.1/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From the 750 ml bottle in a snifter. This beefy little dog pours a deeo
blackish brown with a beautiful head of light tan foam that settles down to
a thick ring and light layer with very nice sudsy lacing. Nose of bourbon,
dark fruits, black strap molasses, maple, and mellow bourbon. Flavors
exceed the nose with dark fruit notes of blueberries, raspberries, and maple
notes awash in black strap molasses bourbon. Nice mouth feel; medium full body,
medium carbonation, lightly slick and sticky, with a lightly warming and sweet maple
bourbon finish that is lightly dry and warming.

Overall, a solid little brew that is worthy of the Thirsty Dog moniker.


Jun 03, 2017
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tillmac62 from South Carolina

2.92/5  rDev -27.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.75

Black pour. World class head volume, lacing and retention. Massive is the word. There is no bottle date, so this one might be nearly a year old.

Very good but light nose. Maple is present coupled with a light fruit ester (cherry/raspberry) over a very light char and roast background.

Medium body that is smooth but falls short of slick. Carbonation / body balance is a bit over the top with it being over carbonated. That said, it does make the flavors pop and from the middle on effervescence explodes. Finely bubbled and prickly all through the finish.

Even with probably a years age, this one is flavored OK - at best. Fresh it might have been outstanding, now it is not. The fruits dominate, particularly raspberry. Very little barrel is present (oak/vanilla). Maple is there but you have to search for it - hard. A light roast coupled with a hint of char lies underneath and appears before the finish. Bourbon is nowhere to be found.

Since fruits are so prevalent and this isn't billed as containing fruits, a low score is warranted. Translation, there is probably an infection and explains the EXTREME carbonation and head volume. Oddly, this is a fairly good tasting raspberry porter ( I used to homebrew a killer raspberry stout ). Unfortunately, I can't review it as such. Which is sad, because I really like the taste of this tart rascal!!

Feb 27, 2017
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zac16125 from South Carolina

3.75/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Thirsty Dog Maple Porter
750mL bottle into a tulip

A: Pours black with browning on the edges, a huge billowy light tan head builds then dissipates very slowly. 3.75

S: Aroma is roasty, heavy cream, subtle coffee and cocoa. I get essentially no bourbon or maple notes. But it hits all the notes of a standard porter. 3.75

T: Taste is herbaceous, roasty, cream, some cocoa on the finish. Subtle oak, otherwise no real bourbon characters. A bit of sweetness but otherwise no maple characters. 3.75

M/D: Mouthfeel is fuller bodied, pretty smooth, carbonation moderate, not sure what the ABV is but if it's high it's well masked. 3.75

O: Overall, it's a pretty good beer but I had fairly high expectations and so it was fairly big let down. 3.75

Jan 18, 2017
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superspak from Ohio

4.55/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

750 ml bottle into tulip glass; no bottle dating, but is a recent release. Pours opaque dark brown/black color with a 1-2 finger dense and fluffy light khaki head with great retention, that reduces to a small cap that lasts. Nice spotty soapy lacing clings around the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation retaining the cap. Fantastic appearance. Aromas of huge milk chocolate, cocoa, caramel, maple syrup, brown sugar, toffee, vanilla, bourbon, toasted oak, brown bread, coconut, light molasses/coffee, and oak/roast/toasted earthiness. Incredible aromas with fantastic complexity and balance of dark/roast/bready malt, maple syrup, and bourbon barrel notes; with great strength. Taste of huge milk chocolate, cocoa, caramel, maple syrup, brown sugar, toffee, vanilla, bourbon, toasted oak, brown bread, coconut, light molasses/coffee, and oak/roast/toasted earthiness. Light roast bitterness and bourbon/oak spiciness on the finish; with lingering notes of milk chocolate, cocoa, caramel, maple, brown sugar, toffee, vanilla, bourbon, toasted oak, brown bread, coconut, light molasses/coffee, and oak/roast/toasted earthiness on the finish for a while. Incredible complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/roast/bready malt, maple syrup, and bourbon barrel flavors; with zero cloying sweetness after the finish. Minimal dryness from roast bitterness and oak spice as well. Medium carbonation and medium-full body; with a very smooth, creamy/silky, and slightly slick/chalky/tannic mouthfeel that is incredible! Zero warming alcohol as expected of 7.5%. Overall this is a mind blowing barrel aged porter! All around incredible complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/roast/bready malt, maple syrup, and bourbon barrel flavors; very smooth and easy to drink, despite the big sweetness. Insanely rich and complex for the modest ABV. Never overly tannic, drying, or boozy on the barrel; but still has plenty of barrel presence and complexity. An absolutely amazing offering, one of the best dessert beers I have ever had.

Dec 04, 2016
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Sabtos from Ohio

2.17/5  rDev -46.2%
look: 1 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

I started reviewing this oblivious to other reviews here and elsewhere, ignorantly optimistic of a special tastiness to come. If you want to cut to the chase, even though it was in the fridge for 7 months since release, it was infected. This isn't the first time this has occurred at Thirsty Dog. Where before I thought they were just a quirky bunch, at this point, I'm getting fed up and think they really need to do a better job of separating their clean brews from the others.

With a very gentle pour, the head on this was so massive I couldn't even see the liquid in the glass--it was a large Belgian tulip that holds about 16 oz. It was just a ridiculously massive 6 inch milky tan head leaving really sticky layers of lace, on top of a barely perceptible dark brown body.

Smell has some light, musty bourbon and cologne, peppery cedar, a hint of woody maple and vanilla, with some metallic cherry.

Taste is raspberry, creamy lactic acid, wine barrel, and woody cherry--there was no maple whatsoever. Such a let down in every way, except for the fact that--and I find myself saying this for the second time in a month--this unintentional sour was somewhat tastier than some exceptionally bad intentional sours I've had in the past.

Nov 28, 2016
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scott2269 from Ohio

1.09/5  rDev -73%
look: 1 | smell: 1.25 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.25 | overall: 1

Picked this bottle up in Cleveland on UFC weekend. Decided to pop it this weekend and it was massively infected. Carbonation was so bad, couldn't even pour it. Tasted what I could, sour and disgusting, complete drain pour. Waste of $18. Not pleased.

Oct 30, 2016
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ONUMello from Ohio

3.94/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750mL bottle poured into a pint glass
A: Dark brown with a one-finger tan head
S: Cocoa, burnt sugar, some maple and toasted malt; smells a bit burnt
T: Cocoa, brown sugar, maple, toasted malt- this time minus the burn
M: Medium to full bodied, a touch sweet
O: I'm not sure I get a ton from the barrel aging but the maple adds a nice touch to the porter style

Sep 06, 2016
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SerialTicker from Michigan

4.37/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Was *not* cheap... got a bottle of this after stopping at a Lizardville in Ohio. Bourbon? Maple syrup? Porter? Sounds fantastic. Poured this at about cellar temperature.

Appearance: Pours with a huge soapy yet creamy head. Big bubbles underneath, smaller ones on top. The beer itself is true to the style of a porter, with a clear ruby black color to it. There's also quite a fair amount of lacing as well. Total beauty.

Smell: Maple syrup on top with a decent bit of underlying bourbon, vanilla, and oak... just the right amount of roast in there as well. Smells quite sweet, and seems to put the roasty base in the background, but it still all smells fantastic.

Taste/feel: Bourbon warmth initially with some vanilla, a rush of sticky and rich maple syrup, and then a finish of roasted malt and just a tinge of bitterness... definitely on the sweet side, and I can see why this isn't something like a 12% porter -- I can't imagine how impossible to drink this would be at that ABV. At this point of alcohol though, damn delicious stuff. Flavors of vanilla, bourbon, brown sugar, molasses, oak, maple syrup, and cacao make this one hell of a luxurious beer that is tasty as all hell. More roasty presence (I.E., bitterness) would be ideal, but this is awesome as is. The feel is silky smooth and a little silky, which I enjoy, but feels more like a stout than a porter, the latter of which, I find, generally has an active/prickly carbonation.

A must-try if you enjoy maple syrup or bourbon barreled beers. It can come off as cloying, so you'll likely want to share a bottle with a person or two. A delicious brew I'd like to have again.

Jul 20, 2016
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ONovoMexicano from New Mexico

4.31/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pour at Rattle n Hum in NYC.

Great head on this. Frothy, foamy, creamy. Pitch-black body.

Smells of plenty of bourbon. Vanilla and chocolate. Hints at maple, but with the bourbon being so present, it's hard to distinguish bourbon from maple.

There's a lot of bourbon on the flavor too. Chocolatey. Vanilla shows. Sweet sticky flavors mingle with the bourbon, again making it difficult to decide if I'm tasting bourbon or maple. Either way, this is pretty damn delicious. Plenty of tobacco and oak flavor too.

As far as the feel, let's put it this way, I drank my eight ounce pour in about 5 minutes. Far too easy to drink. Clean of any booze feel. Sweet but not overly so.

A lucky find on tap as far as I'm concerned. Quite good.

Jul 09, 2016
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maximum12 from Minnesota

3.5/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer combines a few of my favorites thing: fiver29, maple, bourbon, beer. The only thing that’s missing is fishing rod & a baseball. 750ML bottle with that dog from Pet Cemetery on the label.

Is dark. Is puffy. Is smells like super-rich sweetness, like chocolate purified in the waters of Lake Minnetonka. All sweet. Is good.

Imperial Maple Porter - Bourbon Barrel Aged is ass-clenchingly aggressive. Huge, sweet syrup hit up front, with the bourbon barrels lending a sharp, boozy edge. Slight bitter, as the two titans seems to be clashing behind my tongue. Bitter chocolate, vanilla, whipping cream, waterlogged green wood. Bitterness lashes itself to the palate. Happy to have half a bomber - just about precisely what I want.

That odd, out-of-place bitterness brings this one from ‘wow’ to ‘nice’. It doesn’t ring hoppy, but like chewing on a toothpick made out of a spring sapling. Whatever it is, I wish it would go the way of Nick Punto. Away. Pretty good brew.

Jun 10, 2016
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Gaddabble from Ohio

3.57/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Looks thin and dark brown on the pour. Much darker in the glass. An unusually large head that is slow to dissipate.

S - Some maple, chocolate, vanilla. Medium-nose. Expecting more in the way of maple and bourbon. No bourbon smell whatsoever.

T - Follows the nose. Moderate maple up front that is short-lived. Vanilla/chocolate mid-palate. Roast/oak finish. Absolutely no bourbon presence whatsoever.

F - Creamy and velvety yet thin. Surprisingly good feel given very high level of carbonation.

O - Extremely disappointing. In fact, this is arguably the most disappointing beer I've ever had, though the $18 price for a 750ml (at 7.5 ABV to boot?!?!) might have played into that. I love maple, I love bourbon, I love stouts/porters, and I love Thirsty Dog. But none of these loves could carry what was a mediocre experience that I would not return to even if it was 1/3 of the price.

Jun 06, 2016
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Stevem68 from Ohio

4.17/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a dark chocolate color. Aroma is sweet maple with a butterscotch note. Flavor is maple and butterscotch with some roasted malts and a hint of bourbon. This has a pretty sweet flavor all around. Has a smooth body and overall very nice but not much barell and pretty sweet. I'd be curious how this ages.

May 28, 2016
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tbryant21 from North Carolina

4.24/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours dark brown and thin. Strong smell of maple with a slight smell of booze. Strong maple forward and fairly sweet. Very light on the booze, nice hint of vanilla.

May 01, 2016
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WesMantooth from Ohio

4.21/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

A thinner looking beer from the pour. A Coke/Pepsi color and almost level of carbonation too. Sort of fizzy. Nice pillowing cream head. Solid retention with a nice remaining ring.

Smells like maple with a touch of chocolate.

This beer is the porn version of maple syrup. I feel like I am being physically assaulted by a maple tree. It is sweet, rich, and organic tasting. There is some noticeable vanilla, and some very subtle roasted malt as it warms. It has about as much bourbon presence as a Hoppin Frog beer - little to none. Objectively speaking, it is not really balanced at all.

The body is surprisingly creamy and silky based on the higher level of carbonation and lower ABV. I'm sure the syrup contributed. A little bit sticky.

I rated the taste to what I feel is closer to an unbiased score, but my overall score reflects how much I enjoyed it personally. I am a maple junkie and have been pretty consistently disappointed with the maple beers I have tried. This one did not. It is in your face. I had heard it described as a Jackie O's BB Black Maple with more maple and less bourbon. That is true, but to the extreme ends of the spectrum.

Apr 23, 2016
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glass_house from Ohio

4.4/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle poured into a snifter

Pours a dark dark cola brown with one finger of beige head that leaves a solid collar with moderate lacing. Smell is unsurprisingly dominated by the maple. A bit of vanilla, dark chocolatey malt, and just a touch of bourbon there as well. Taste follows the aroma closely. Big maple sweetness, but it's natural and smooth. The sweetness is followed by a solid roasted malt profile with just enough coffee and semisweet chocolate bitterness to balance it out. The bourbon is relegated to a minor supporting role, but it does so admirably. It provides hints of heat and spice but never comes to the forefront. I enjoy a big boozy BA beer as much as the next guy, but I found the balance and subtleties in this one to be quite impressive. The body is medium with a slightly creamy feel. Not thick or chewy, but just heavy enough to support the flavors and coat the palate.

Bottom line--if you like maple porters/stouts, you'll love this beer. Incredible maple flavor with enough bourbon to keep it interesting. My only "complaint" would be the format, as 750ml is a lot of sweet beer for one sitting. But as long as you have someone to split it with, it's quite a treat.

Apr 11, 2016
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GreesyFizeek from New York

4.5/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle purchased at Nathaniel Square Corner Store in Rochester, NY.

This one pours a dark glossy black, with a half inch head foamy head, and a good amount of lacing.

Smells so so strongly of maple, just an unadulterated maple bomb. Ther'es a bit of chocolate syrup, and as the beer warms I get some roasted malt.

This is definitely a bit one-dimensional, the maple is the star here. It doesn't matter too much to me that it's one dimensional as that one dimension is so delicious. The maple tastes rich and authentic, sticky and creamy, with some nice sweet chocolate syrup, and just a hint of bitterness on the finish from the roasted malt. The bourbon is very subtle, soft, and lightly layered throughout. A little bit of oak would have made this even better.

This has a very creamy and rich mouthfeel, a good body for the ABV, with a normal level of carbonation.

A really excellent and surprisingly good beer here. Cheers to Thirsty Dog!

Apr 09, 2016
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