Old Leghumper - Thirsty Dog Brewing Company

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Old LeghumperOld Leghumper

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840 Ratings

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Ratings: 840
Reviews: 388
rAvg: 3.79
pDev: 11.35%
Wants: 21
Gots: 89 | FT: 2
Brewed by:
Thirsty Dog Brewing Company visit their website
Ohio, United States

Style | ABV
American Porter |  6.70% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Brent on 11-08-2001

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Photo of seedyone
3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

On tap at Rattle n Hum, NYC. Big coffee on the nose. Easy head with some lacing, but not much. Taste is stronger than the texture would indicate. A little smokiness & a bit of bitter add up to an interesting beverage. It hints at complexity but never quite gets there. Sort of like a painting in primary colors. It can be quite appealing, but with a more deft touch the challenges on both sides of the appreciation equation are amped.

Don't get me wrong, I"m enjoying this, but there are 40 taps in front of me & in that environment my thirst may be quenched, but my curiosity lingers.

Photo of oberon
4.44/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark deep brown with ruby ruby tint when a thin light brown head that leaves quickly,love the aromas pretty fruity with a cinnamon spice quality wich I had never encoutered in a standard porter but wich I enjoyed also picked up some bitter chocolate.What I like best about the flavors of this porter is that its not overly roasted sure there is a roasted malt profile but this brew is fruity and chocolaty over top of the roasted malt profile.A real nice porter one I would drink alot of if more available the mouthfeel is spot on for me,a nice change of pace porter with a cool labelon the bottle to boot.

Photo of BeerAdvocate
3.7/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Review from BeerAdvocate Magazine April 2007.

Label shows a dog looking at three pairs of legs in heels and reads: "So many legs ... So little time!" Holy 1980's. Seems like it should come with ZZ Top theme music. There's also mention of winning medals at the World Beer Cup, but, as always, the proof is in how it tastes.

Deep and dark brown in color, and so opaque it might as well sit black in the glass. The head is a creamy, tight, milky-coffee-colored lace that collects in a ring. Big aroma of baker's chocolate and cookie dough, paired with a whiff of milk. Smooth on the palate with a round milky feel, and a bit grainy beneath. Tight carbonation, lively. Big, highly roasted grain notes, with an acrid bite and some smoky tanginess. Unsweetened chocolate, coffee grinds and cold black coffee follow, with just a touch of sugary lacto-sweetness that helps to offset the roasted characters. Suggestions of burnt raisins. Hops are thin. Lurking within the acridness is a kiss of herbal. Finish is powdery; dry with a lingering semi-burnt toast flavor.

A well-brewed Porter that's just shy of being as robust as we'd like, but it's got balance. You could definitely have a session of these and not lose interest, but allow this one to warm before drinking so you can pick up all of its nuances. Try pitting it against some grilled pork chops, blackened fish or a sweet chocolate dessert.

Photo of lordofthewiens
3.65/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle, this beer is dark black with a thick coffee-colored head. It had a nice coffee aroma, as well as some roasted malts. The taste was also coffee, but moreso some sweet chocolate. I thought it to be a little too much on the sweet side, but still a good beer to drink.

Photo of warnerry
3.78/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a deep brown/black with one finger of head that dissipates pretty quickly.

Aroma is nice chocolate, very malt-forward.

Taste is dominated by earthy roasted malts, with chocolate malts present but taking a definite backseat. Nice clean flavor, if slightly thin.

Mouthfeel is pretty light, even a bit thin, but not too watery.

Overall, this is pretty good, though the thin mouthfeel knocks it well below Founder's porter. Pretty solid overall, and paired nicely with some acorn squash.

Photo of bishopdc0
3.94/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Got this on tap at the Great Lost Bear

The beer is black and presented with a head. after waiting a minute the head dissipates to the side of the glass.

The aroma is wonderful, big roasted barley coffee hints of an almost smokiness. Not what I expect in a porter but i liked it.

The taste starts roasted and malty smooth with little carbonation The taste of coffee and chocolate enter as the carbonation builds and leaves a dry finish

Photo of smptenor
4.1/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4.25

appearance- It's a rich dark brown with a half finger head that quickly goes away

smell- the smell is a refreshing mocha-coffee smell. It smells very sweet and bourbon like.

taste- you get a lot of mocha flavor in this beer. maybe a little bit of a sweet bourbon taste which i really like. The finish is a drier coffee taste which lingers for a while on the tongue and cheeks and leaves the mouth dry. I am not of fan of beer that finish in this way nor am I a fan of the way this one finished however, I am a fan of this beer.

Mouth feel is very wet and smooth. not creamy at all. this is quite a lot of carbonation, almost too much for a porter I think. I'd prefer a little less carbonation when I'm drinking a porter or stout.

Overall- This is a good beer to sit down with and have with a dinner. I might buy this beer again. definitely not a session beer. I do like this though but for some reason this beer is a little harder for me to judge.

Photo of Doomcifer
3.7/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark brown with ruby hues when held to light. Decent head that leaves good lacing behind. Smells of chocolate, very malty, lactose, a lot like a milk stout. Tastes of roasted malts, some bitter chocolate and coffee notes...Pretty drinkable and a fine example of an American Porter.

Photo of merlin48
3.68/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark brown, opaque body with a healthy tan head that retains well and leaves lots of sticky, patch lace.
Aroma is subdued, with milk chocolate and a vague hint of roasted coffee.
Creamy mouthfeel is almost silky. Medium body weakens considerably toward the middle and finish.
Taste is sweet and creamy milk chocolate with just a hint of roastiness. Very little hop or toasted malt bitterness.
A tasty American porter that could use a bit more roastiness and hop bitterness. Very drinkable, but I wouldn't go out of my way in search of this one.

Photo of jakester
4.07/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I bought this as a single at Union Jack's on the Manatawny. I drank it in a goblet. This is from the Frederick Brewing Co. in Maryland.

Pours a deep, dark mahogany with a one finger head of tan foam. The head falls to small islands and a ring, with splotches of lacing.

Aroma is chocolatey as hell, sweet caramel, and a nice spicy hop smell. Very fruity, with notes of raisins and cherries.

Flavor is chocolate, pretty darn sweet, with a decent level of bittering hops. It's very fruity, with fruits like above, and some floral/spicy hop flavor. This is almost, but not quite, too sweet. There is some flavor I can't identify late that is really nice. Aftertaste is sweet chocolate.

Mouthfeel is smooth and creamy, pretty full bodied, with low to medium carbonation. Residual sugar is high,. Finish dries out ever so slightly.

This is a pretty damn good robust porter. Nice big chocolate character, decent hop bitterness, good hop flavor, nice and fruity, and malty sweet. I'd do a case of this if I could find it.

Photo of jcdiflorio
4.1/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a nonic glass,dark brown,a very creamy tan head lacing down the glass.
The aroma was nice and complex and balanced it was roasty,caramelly,nutty,with a bittersweet chocolate smell.
A complex taste also that was roasty,caramelly,chocolaty,smokey,a bit woody with a clean,sharp,pricklyness at the finish. A great aftertaste making you want more.
The mouthfeel was medium,slightly cloying,yet smooth and very refreshing.
A well made porter very tasty and enjoyable.A must try porter!

Photo of GOBLIN
3.74/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pretty much what I've come to expect from Thirsty dog . . . a well done and delicious beer. Appearance and aromas are spot on. Taste is par for the course. Roasty up front with a second wave of roased malts and subtle bitterness as it goes down. Feel is spot on as well, if anything maybe just a tad thin for my liking. Good beer here.

Photo of far333
4.27/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Deep mahogany color with ruddy highlights at the bottom and edges of the glass. Beige head rises up and falls quickly. Inviting aroma of coffee, prunes, and cocoa.

Flavor is initially light, starts out with a little cocoa and sweet coffee, but transitions into smokey bark (no pun intended), peat, prune, dark roasted malt, talc, and even some root beer. Hops slowly emerge as I drink. Mouthfeel starts out slick and a bit watery, but gradually builds up to a tingly burst of carbonation. A hop bitter lingers, turning slowly to smokey roast malt.

Interesting combination of flavors that evolves and moves around the mouth. I gotta say the best part might be the label. Thanks to Brent for passing this one on.

Photo of WVbeergeek
4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

No best by date on the label, but let me say the label is classic shows a black dog chilling among a group of shapely legs and states.."So many legs... So little time!". That's good stuff the appearance is dark black with ruby highlights peeking through around the edges with a large massive tan head leaves specks of sporadic lacing. Aroma: Chocolate and coffe tones with the dark roasted malts just doing there thing along with a mild hop tone thrown in. Taste: Is a robust creamy barrage of milk chocolate and mild coffee excellent fullness to the flavor with a tad of finishing hops here great porter. Mouthfeel: Full bodied texture very nice and slightly chewy to me even carbonation good stuff. Drinkability: A classic session porter very similar to Crooked River's Robust porter which I really miss seeing around the Morgantown area.

Photo of chinchill
4.05/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Undated 12 oz bottle served in a snifter at about 50-55F.
This porter pours nearly black but clear with reddish highlights. A dark tan head has limited retention but leaves decent lacing.

The aroma has an attractive mix of sweet malts with more dark fruit than dark roasted grains.

Flavor: a mix of sweet malts and dark roasted grains. Hints of toffee and dark fruits, Lightly sweet, perhaps a hair too much. Hint of coffee and dark chocolate in the aftertaste. Approaches 4.25

Feel: Soft, low carbonation. Full bodied. Creamy smooth.

Photo of rhoadsrage
3.97/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

(Served in an American pint glass)

A- This beer pours a opaque black body with a thin spongy head of light tan that quickly fades. No sign of carbonation to keep the head going.

S- The smell of chocolate malt and darker malts with some faint molasses notes all have a slight sweetness.

T- This beer has a dark unsweetened chocolate flavor with some roasted malt qualities. There is a slight sweetness with the earthiness and a slight sour note perhaps from oatmeal. The finish has a faint dried fruit note followed by some carbonic acid flavor and then a dry flavor.

M- The beer has a medium-full mouthfeel with a nice creamy texture. Some carbonic bite is very soft at the finish.

D- This is a good solid porter. It has lots of nice depth in the malt and would make a very good session beer. I would like to see the fizz bite cut back. The hops were very hidden in this beer but they weren't really missed.

Photo of Brenden
4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Catching up. Notes are recent and thorough.

Old Leghumper is a very dark brown that verges on black, as a lot of the American variations of porters are veering these days along with a big increase in strength over traditional porters. A tight, creamy tan head crowns it, sitting just under a finger tall but with excellent retention and some nice, patchy lacing.
It's big on roasted malts with a bit of a coffee effect to it and some cocoa nib. A little bit of doughy sweetness is evident in the aroma and comes out a bit less in the flavor. Smoke is a natural element here, just a little on the charred side but not excessively so.
I tried this along with two other American Porters on the same night, and all had a similarly roasty, charred sort of profile to them. One was Sumuttynose Robust Porter, possibly my favorite porter to date (certainly at the top). What sets it apart is a bit more strength where it counts, depth, and a bit more complexity overall. While Old Leghumper is very good, it's short of that upper echelon.
Pretty rich and robust, the feel is another way in which the Americanization of the porter includes making it bigger. It's nice and smooth initially, with a bit of a bite at the beginning. Dryness kicks in not long from the beginning.

Photo of watermelonman
4.27/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This poured to a very dark brown with a minor head that quickly faded. Lace is minimal.

The smell is strong and very nice, with tons of roasted malt blended with bits of coffee and chocolate. The taste has plenty of chocolate. Hops are minimal in the finish. The mouthfeel is extremely smooth and it is very easy to drink.

Photo of IntriqKen
3.5/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours like midnight oil with a small head of tan bubbles that melts quickly to nothing.

Aromas are roasted dark chocolate malts and a hint of citrus hops.

Flavor is very dark chocolate malt with lots of bittersweet chocolate, some non-sweetened bakers cocoa, a hint of coffee bean, then a light brush of hops.

Aftertaste becomes surprisingly creamy after a thin porter swallow...creamed unsweetened cocoa.

Photo of NJpadreFan
3.41/5  rDev -10%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thirsty Dog- Old Leghumper

On tap at Isaac Newton's- Newtown, PA

A- Dark black with a small creamy tan head. 2 ring lacing.
S- Creamy/ milky cocoa and coffee bean.
T- Light and sweet coffee with a touch of milk chocolate.
M- Very smooth, very creamy, and just a tad bit light on the taste buds.

Overall- A nice smooth easy drinking Porter. A bit light on the flavors but easy to drink. A good session porter.

Photo of Sammy
3.78/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Near black, some roastiness. Medium plus mouthfeel, mud in a barrel, which may be mollasses, a bit on the sweet side but tasty, nicely malted and likeable addition of chocolate. Suitably understated carbonation. Went great with pizza and mid eastern spicey food. Coffee not observed, and only faint hop.

Photo of tdm168
4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A – black with a soft, off white head that has little retention.

S – roasty, some coffee, faint diacetyl

T – roasty, faint citrus, faintly hoppy, faint chocolate

M – medium bodied, smooth, well carbonated

This is a pretty run of the mill porter. The citrus was different but faint. It was primarily roasted malts with a light coffee-like bitterness. It has decent flavor and is highly drinkable. It’s worth a try.

Photo of NeroFiddled
4.3/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From a bottle contract brewed by Frederick in Maryland; fresh from the brewery. (...and, man, you've gotta love the label on this one with the dog sitting in front of three sets of attractive female legs!)

This superbly chocolatey porter delivers the typically expected appearance with a black body that reveals ruby-mahogany highlights at the base of the glass and a creamy tan head. Unfortunately, the head retention is a bit limited, and it drops shortly to an average collar.

The nose is restrained, but that's OK for the style, and it does offer some malt with an almost "Ovaltine" and mocha java character to it, as well as some almost "smoky" roastiness.

In the mouth it's medium-light bodied and lighty zesty on the palate with a fine-bubbled, moderate carbonation.

The flavor delivers lightly sweet chocolate and caramel, backed by a soft coffee character; and balanced by a mild bitterness. Some delicate grassy hops come through in the end; and it finishes short with a dollop of sweetish caramel/chocolate/coffee malt that fades to a lingering coffee note.

Overall, this is a really well-done, basic porter that has a great malt constituent. It's well-rounded, nicely balanced without too much dark malt acidity, and quite easy to drink. It's light enough in character that it would make a decent session ale (although the alcohol is a little high for that at 5.7%); it passes muster for a summer brew as well as a great fall/winter quaff; it pairs well with a wide variety of foods (grilled pork chops, mussels marinara, pizza, black bean and corn soup); and it would fit in quite appropriately at quite a number of social functions (guy's poker night, backyard BBQ, simple night at the pub, holiday get-together, back-at-camp beer, etc). Well done!

Photo of ElGordo
3.97/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep dark brown color, topped by a small, thin tan head. Aroma of slightly sweet roasted malt, with notes of chocolate syrup and brown sugar. Palate is nice roasty up front. The sweetness comes out towards the back of the mouth, with more notes of brown sugar, chocolate syrup, and a light, nutty character. Finish is rich, roasted malt.
Body is a creamy and a little rich, but not thick. This is a fairly easy-drinking porter, sweet but not too sweet, robust but not overly thick. It's my first encounter with a Thirsty Dog beer, and I look forward to trying more of their lineup.

Photo of Roguer
3.91/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Beautiful brew! Solid dark color, thick tan head, great retention, and lovely lacing.

Super roasty aroma, carrying notes of dark fruit and coffee. A touch of yeast lurks in the background.

Flavor follows, albeit weaker and thinner. Lots of roast barley, a hint of cream, and just a little bit of tartness a la overripe fruit. Slight banana esters and a bit of charcoal ash.

A little thin at colder temperatures, but very smooth and drinkable.

This is a solid - if perhaps too ashy and otherwise remarkable - porter, and one that would be a pleasant option on tap.

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Old Leghumper from Thirsty Dog Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 840 ratings.