Old Leghumper - Thirsty Dog Brewing Company

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Old LeghumperOld Leghumper

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BA SCORE
85
very good

841 Ratings
THE BROS
84
good

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Ratings: 841
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 optimistictour
3.46/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Bought this beer on a whim. I've had it before, but the artwork always reminds me of some early 90's Cinemax movie advert (which, to be fair, they may have been going for) and keeps me from making a purchase usually. Today, it was simply the beer I've had the least experience with, and I wanted something fresh.

The appearance here is very nice. Nothing to write home about, but it fulfills the visual duty of a porter as well as can be expected. It's got a medium bodied head which quickly recedes, the color is slightly brownish black, with a tiny bit of light filtering through around the bottom edge of my tulip glass. Solid looks.

The smell could honestly be a little stronger. It's got the usual whiff of coffee and nuttiness, maybe a hint of caramel, but overall nothing stands out from the pack. It's solid, and doesn't deviate from the style in an awkward way.

Taste is good. Almost very good, but not quite there. The coffee and nuts return, maybe a bit of fruit warmth in there, and perhaps a whisper of chocolate. It's not complex, but it does express a wider spectrum of flavor than, say, the 'average' porter. It's certainly not wimpy, and there's some bitterness here to balance it out. I like it.

Mouthfeel is where this beer is basically average. It seems smooth for a second, but the carbonation activates a little too much on the tongue. The body almost feels like it's trying to lean toward IPA territory, but gets caught halfway between in a sort of limbo. It's not bad at all, but it feels like it doesn't know what it's meant to be. Merely okay.

I like this beer. I think it's a solid offering I would never turn down. I'd be quite interested to know how it tastes from the tap, in fact. However, I don't think I'd spring at the chance to purchase my next six pack. Recommended if you're into porters and like to try all that the style offers.

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

12 ounce bottle into pint glass, no bottle dating. Pours slightly hazy very dark reddish brown color with a 2 finger dense khaki head with great retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Spotty soapy lacing clings down the glass. Aromas of dark chocolate, cocoa, roasted malt, caramel, toast, biscuit, light coffee, herbal, floral, light pine, and roasted earthiness. Damn nice aromas with good balance and complexity of dark/roasted malt and light-moderate hop notes; with good strength. Taste of dark chocolate, cocoa, roasted malt, toast, biscuit, caramel, light coffee, herbal, floral, light pine, and roasted earthiness. Fair amount of roast/pine bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of dark chocolate, cocoa, roasted malt, toast, biscuit, caramel, light coffee, herbal, floral, and roasted earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Damn nice balance and complexity of dark/roasted malt flavors with light-moderate hop presence; with a great malt/bitterness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a moderately creamy, smooth, and slightly chalky mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a slight warming present after the finish. Overall this is a damn nice porter. All around good balance, complexity, and robustness of dark/roasted malt and light-moderate hop flavors; and very smooth to drink. A very enjoyable offering.

Photo of tillmac62
3.96/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark pour with a very deep dark ruby cast. Nice head and a lacing that lasts well enough. Nose is sweet dark malt - caramel with a touch of chocolate. Almost medium bodied with normal carbonation. The flavor profile is nice and a bit complex. It begins with the dark malts delivering a caramel and coffee taste against a slightly sweet background, progresses to a slight roast bitterness and finishes cleanly with a carbonation burst with a hint of smoke. Quite nice!

Photo of AwYeh
3.49/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

A: Standard dark brown/black porter color; a bit of light peeks through the edges on this one. Finger of tan head, spotty lacing.

S: Sweet caramel aroma alongside a big dose of roasted malts. Lightly smoky with a hint of must.

T: Follows smell; sweet caramel, big roasted flavor, a bit of smoke. Robust is a good descriptor.

M: Medium body, soft carbonation. A little light for the style, but it does make this one particularly easy to drink quickly. Lightly dry finish.

O: Decent porter from Thirsty Dog; definitely a beer to consider when you want something dark that isn't too chewy or sweet.

Photo of SawDog505
3.73/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a 13 oz tulip glass, not sure when it was bottled. Pours a dark brown, with a one inch tan head that leaves behind some webs of lace. Smell is vanilla, chocolate, bread, butterscotch, and almonds. Taste is dominated buy vanilla and butterscotch, but nice. Body medium to thin, good amount of life, not really dry, and easy drinking. Solid porter.

Photo of dar482
3.87/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The beer comes out dark black with an off white head with tons of lacing. A bit of light coming through.

The aroma is quite different and intersting for a porter. Instead of tons robust roasted malt or chocolate, I’m getting dried apple, cherry, a bright breadiness, a candy sugar sweetness, but a bit of that roasted malt. Very surprising for a porter.

The flavor has a more familiar flavor now. In front, you’re getting that dried apple pop, a bit of milky chocolate in the middle and then it moves onto this robust roasted malt and coffee. A very dry finish for the style, quite clean with some woody and herbal hops on the end.

The mouthfeel is light to medium with tons of carbonation.

A bit light on the flavor, but a decent example of the style.

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 pistola
4.56/5  rDev +20.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I can't believe I have not tried this beer until now. I just always shyed away from some of the local breweries. This brew has an excellent finish. Just the right note of chocolate/coffee on start up and finishes smoother than most beers I have ever tried. Definitely worth grabbing a six pack for a try. I will buy again!!

Photo of BenCrazy3474
4.5/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I would have easily mistaken this for a stout. But, it's a porter. Either way, this is one delicious beer. I love the dark mysterious flavors. Definitely a dark chocolate flavor with many more deeper flavors that buzz me with delight and wonder! There is something very gritty within this flavor.... like something has been ground down to is most bare element and then brewed into a smooth concoction! Great stuff!

Photo of Mojo
4.08/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle -> World Market Tulip glass

A - pours up obsidian black with a one finger caramel colored head, receding quickly leaving only a thin retention ring and an elaborate web of lacing all down the sides of the glass

S - very earthy, roasted nut, chocolate, toffee, coffee, caramel.

T - follows the nose with a small biting finish. Very pleasant flavor, easy to drink, but not wimpy.

M - a little thin, not much carbonation, very small aftertaste.

O - a pretty decent porter.

M -

Photo of screamking
3.09/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz bottle poured into pint glass.

Pours almost black with a thin khaki head that gone already. Lots of coffee on the nose at first, turns more o the dark fruit side, maybe licorice. Not a strong aroma, but gets its point across.

Taste is much lighter than the aroma would suggest. Coffee is present but small, chocolate is there but hiding. Licorice and dark fruits round out the flavor and add a lot to the finish. Seems rather flat as a whole.

Mouthfeel is a little on the thin side. It's very easy to drink. I got this in a sample pack so I can't say if its worth the price but I will go out on a limb and say that there are some much better equally priced porters on the market.

Photo of KajII
3.58/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

[Suggested Glassware: Nonic pint]

The pour was a dark murky brown with some ruby highlights and an average (1-2 finger) light tan frothy head that receded down to a thick film and large collar with good runny lacing.

The aroma was of roasted dark bread malts, a mild resin hop and an earthy yeast with notes of milk chocolate and roasted coffee.

The taste was very malty and quite roasty with a bold chocolate presence early on, progressing with a slightly bitter and silky smooth coffee taste with a mildly harsh bite towards the finish. The flavor lasted an average duration following the swallow with a lightly bitter mocha coffee flavor left lying on the taste buds.

Mouthfeel was just under medium in body with a dry, oily texture and almost flat carbonation, almost.

Overall after sippin' on this brew for a while, it comes off as a delightfully tasty and silky smooth brew with a really good drinkability...

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Photo of zimm421
3.15/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a tulip. Appears a dark brown, with a very thin tan head. The head disappears very quickly, and you can see through the body around the edges.

The nose has hints of sweet chocolate, roasted malts, and even a bit of coffee towards the end. Nothing overly impressive here, and the coffee and chocolate seems to vanish pretty quickly. The taste has the roasted flavors that were present in the nose, but the chocolate and coffee don't carry over to the flavor. Seems pretty one-dimensional to me, and is pretty dry.

The mouthfeel is average, with the right levels of carbonation. Overall, this is a decent porter, but nothing I would chase down, or choose to drink again. There are simply better options available at the same price point.

Photo of thegodfather1076
3.94/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation: Very cool and slightly provocative label in the typical TD K-9 theme. States “So many legs, so little time”, “2002 World Beer Cup Gold Medal”. Gives brewery info, web info, ABV info, and a small description of the beer. Awesome cap!

Appearance: I allowed this to warm for 10 minutes before I poured it from its 12oz bottle into a 16oz English pint. Pours out a deep dark cola brown with a nice amount of carbonation bubbles rising from the bottom of the glass. An aggressive pour lead to a 3 finger mocha foam head of thick density. Head retention was 4min 29sec before fading to a fluffy coating. Excellent lacing.

Smell/Aroma: Big milk chocolate aroma with slight hints of roast coffee malts. Very pleasant but a bit underwhelming.

Flavor/Taste: Taste starts out a bit sweet with a dominate milk chocolate flavor before shifting to dark coffee bitterness and a slightly malt finish. Very nice.

MouthFeel/Drinkability: Medium bodied with a smooth and slightly creamy feel. Extremely drinkable.

Overall/Comments: This was a very respectable offering that I really enjoyed. I was a bit underwhelmed by Old Leghumper and would have love to see a bit more body. Classified as and American Porter @ 6.7% ABV. Consumed 2-22-13.

Photo of Sipchue
3.57/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

So many legs, so little time. From the Thirsty Dog Brewing Company. The doggie looks just like Alice, my lab/dalmation, minus the white spot on her chest. My Alice is a girl of course, so we just admire the legs at our house.

Appearance: Very little head, dark brown, some cream colored lacing.

Smell: Chocolate and sweet malt. More chocolate as it warmed.

Taste: Bourbon, then chocolate. Alcohol is quite evident. As it warmed, the chocolate flavor got bigger and the burbon/alcohol settled down to a malty sweetness with mild bitterness. I will say that the flavor is assertive in a good way.

Mouthfeel: Light to medium body, medium to medium high carbonation.

Overall: A unique and enjoyable porter.

Photo of metter98
3.83/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: The beer is near black in color when viewed from afar but clear dark red when held up to a bright light. It poured with a quarter finger high off white head that has very good retention properties and consistently left a thin head covering the surface.
S: There are light to moderate aromas of chocolate syrup in the nose-not the sweet kind you put in ice cream sundaes but the kind you use to flavor drinks.
T: The taste has flavors of chocolate malts along with some notes of roasted malts.
M: It feels a bit shy of medium-bodied and a little thin on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer is very easy to drink and still has a good amount of chocolate aromas and flavors.

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

A - Dark brown with a thin head and decent lacing left behind.

S - Pretty much malts all the way, with some chocolate tucked in there as well.

T - Sweet malts up front, with some chocolate on the back. Absolutely love the flavor of this beer. It comes across almost as midway between a brown and a stout in terms of taste.

M - Moderate to thick in mouthfeel to me. Just right for this type of beer.

O - 4's across the board on my rating, but this actually ranks as one of my favs in my mind. I wouldn't mind having a six pack of this in the fridge.

Photo of 57md
4.17/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a dark, chocolate brown with half a finger of head, some of which stays around for awhile. The nose has notes of sherry as if this were a subtle barrel-aged beer (but it isn't). The taste is relatively full-bodied with roast and bitterness on the finish.

One of the tastier porters available.

Photo of sniper061
4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a nice dark color with a creamy head about 2 fingers in width and leaves a decent amount of lace as it is drank.

S - Presents the aroma of roasted malts with a hint of coffee and cream.

T - Starts off sweet with a creamy chocolate taste mixed with roasted malts and finishes with a delicious coffee taste.

M - medium bodied with medium carbonation. Leaves a dry feel in the mouth.

O - Overall this is a good beer. Not my favorite porter, but one that I will gladly return to, and one that hopefully someday i can try smoked or maybe barrel aged to help develop the flavors

Serving type: bottle

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 mlazzaro
3.69/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A gentle pour produces 90% head... yeesh. Great coffee toffy grainy smell though. High carbonation really pushes the aromatics.

The head does settle down eventually. Light brown pillowie head that laces well. Deep reddish-burgundy colored body.

Taste like black coffee. Black patent - charcoal roasty flavors. Very thin body for a porter. Almost no sweetness. The flavor and mouthfeel come off as a thin stout with the carbonation level a wheat beer. Kind of over-carbonated feeling

I do enjoy how it is not a sweet porter. More of an ashy, burn, dark flavor. In contrast to a dessert porter. I'm a long time fan of the brewery, but not my favorite porter.

Photo of cpetrone84
3.6/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

pour is dark brown with red edges and fluffy dark tan head. Nose is light cake batter, toasty grain, a little bitter coffee and some herbal hop in the finish. Taste is actually citrusy, light herbal hop, sweet caramel and notes of milk chocolate underneath. Body is light, smooth, low carb, velvety and creamy.

Photo of dmb2890
3.21/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle from Big Red Bloomington, IN. Poured in snifter. Pours pitch place with half finger head and a nice reddish brown head. The aroma is chocolate malt with a roasted smell. Medium body, taste upfront has roasted chocolate malt and a milky cream taste in the background. Lactose and sugar seem apparent in the finish to give a chocolaty milk taste. Overall a good porter but not full bodied/flavored leaving some missing taste.

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

This was my first Thirsty Dog beer.

Pours out a pitch black with a nice 2 fingers of mocha/tan head.

The aroma has a lot of roasted malt, coffee and hints of chocolate.

There is more chocolate in the taste than in the aroma and this lends a slightly sweet character that goes along with the bitterness from the dark roasted malts and coffee. Very balanced.

The mouthfeel is creamy, smooth and rich. Not the most complex Porter, but a very solid representation of the style.

Photo of Mitchster
3.48/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

24 IBU's, OG=16.6 P, 6.7% ABV (per the bottle). No ingredients per the website.

Purchased as part of a mixed 12 pack. Hefty Psssht upon opening. Foam. Lots of foam. Very brisk carbonation. ~3.5 carbs or so. This is odd. Pours out to a clear near black, forming a voluminous poofy light tan head which rises above the edge of the glass. I get the nose of kiwi fruit..never a good sign, on top of molasses, black walnut, and caramel. Mouthfeel...medium bodied..sweet and chalky. Taste is a recap of the aroma. Weird sweetness.
I drank one of these probably a month ago and this is quite a bit different. Something has happened to it in the meantime, and the overcarbonation and weird kiwi fruit are signs of infection. I've never gotten infected beers from these guys before. I drank a wippet wheat about 2 weeks ago and it had the same kinda funky thing going. The dortmunder and russian imperial were fine.

The score here is a combination of the quality of the beer as I drank it 2 weeks ago and the obvious problems with this one.

Old Leghumper from Thirsty Dog Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 841 ratings.