Siberian Night & Rise of Mayan Dog by Thirsty Dog

© 2014 popsonhops

© 2014 popsonhops

Thirsty Dog

I’ve been giving the site seekabrew.com a real work out lately as I’ve been asking traveling friends and family for some “beer favors”. This handy site will map out a brewery’s distribution by state and will also compare what’s unique to your state when compared to another state. It certainly takes a lot of the guess work out of trades and helps me be specific in my favor requests. If you recall from a recent post, my brother-in-law Dave did the scavenger hunt while traveling with my sister on business. I was pleasantly surprised when I learned that the Cincinnati airport was located in Kentucky – Wow! Two states of possibilities!

These two stouts from Thirsty Dog are brewed in Akron, Ohio and were also souvenirs from that trip to Cincinnati. Siberian Night was a requested brew while Rise of Mayan Dog was an okay, I’ll give it a go.

Thirsty Dog – Rise of Mayan Dog
Tasting: July 23, 2014
Style: Stout
Beer #: 562

This opaque black ale from Thirsty Dog is called a chocolate honey stout. The label says it’s made with Mayan spices (?), honey and chocolate nibs. Rise of Mayan Dog checks in at 7% alcohol by volume (ABV) with an international bitterness unit (IBU) score of 35 (low-medium bitterness). Pair that information with the reported original gravity (OG) of 18 degrees plato (dense), I’ll expect little roasted grains which typically provide bitterness in beer. I’ll also expect a creamy somewhat thick mouthfeel. First few sips and it’s a mixed bag on my predictions – it is a bit thin up front but it does lack most of the roasted grain bitterness you’d find in a stout. Reminds of a milk stout. The flavor offers mostly hints of chocolate over that slight roasted flavor and honestly not much depth beyond that. It’s okay and would be a decent introduction to a stout. Thirsty Dog Rise of Mayan Dog – 85 points.

Thirsty Dog – Siberian Night
Tasting: July 23, 2014
Style: Stout
Beer #: 563

I just picked up the bourbon-barrel aged version of this beer so I’m hopeful that the base stout is a worthy stepping off point for that brew. Siberian Night comes in a few ticks ahead of Rise of Mayan Dog in all the vital categories – 9.7% ABV – 58 IBU and an OG of 25 degrees plato. Siberian Night has a lot of similarities in flavor profile except the roasted bitterness is amped up just a few notches but certainly not overbearing. The mouthfeel is much more rich but still has some of that fizziness. I wish this stout had more chocolate, coffee or roasted flavor in the forefront. It’s still a good stout but I’m hoping that the barrel-aged version amazes – stay tuned. 89 points from me.

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