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Old Leghumper - Thirsty Dog Brewing Company

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Old LeghumperOld Leghumper

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779 Ratings
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Ratings: 779
Reviews: 373
rAvg: 3.79
pDev: 11.61%
Wants: 18
Gots: 52 | 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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: rhoadsrage on 01-16-2006)
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Photo of angrybabboon
3.25/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Review adapted from notes taken 4/24/10

Appearance: Dark brown, minimal head, some lacing

Smell: Roasted, toasted, and burnt malts in the nose - some chocolate, too - not exactly exploding with aroma, but good

Taste: A letdown, in my opinion - starts off with a bitter, burnt malt taste - pretty good - some chocolate, some graininess, decent malts - the problem is that this beer needs more of everything - it has some flavor, but it's all too weak - the roasted malts are good, but there should be more because it's too watery

Mouthfeel: Nice carbonation, but the feel is way too thin

Overall: The only thing that stops this from being drinkable is that it's somewhat dull - I do not feel the need to drink more

I had a pint of this on-tap once and I got tired of it halfway through the beer. The bottle that I reviewed was the same story. It's not a bad beer, but it is disappointing. The simple solution would be to just increase the grain bill. This needs more malts, more body, and more flavor.

Photo of OWSLEY069
3.68/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep amber to black color with a light tan head. In the aroma, roasty coffee. In the taste, somewhat bitter and roasty coffee. A bitter and medium bodied mouthfeel, with a dry roast, and coffee aftertaste. Nice coffee presence and mellow, enjoyable, but nothing exciting.

Photo of CuriousMonk
3.23/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a dimpled mug. A solid brown pour, but light gets through fairly easily. Small cream colored head. Sticks the the glass fairly well. Roast malt, peaty earth aroma. Taste is roast malt and mocha, just a hint of coffee. Medium body that borders on creamy. Finish is earthy, clean. Not a bad porter, that smoothes into the flavors nicely as it warms a little. Just not my style with this one.

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

A: Pours with almost no head and with a slightly off black body.

S: A good does of milk chocolate aroma with a bit of coffee. There is also a bit of vanilla and a little bit of general sweetness.

T: Roastyness is present with a touch of sweetness. There is a slight bitterness. Hint of chocolate.

M: Even though there was a complete lack of head, the actual beer did have an acceptable amount of carbonation. Lighter to medium body.

D: The bitter taste combined with the carbonation really clashes in a really negative way, which was rather surprising.

Photo of devilben02
3.8/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle with a deep, opaque cola brown color, but even a vigorous pour yielded only a cracker-thin cream-colored head. The aroma was bold and multi-layered, with both a lactose-like sweetness and a rich nuttiness. The flavor was likewise rich with characteristics of milk-chocolate and roasted cashews. The small, prickly carbonation was energizing but also largely distracting (even thought it also covered the moderately high alcohol level). Overall, although it misses in certain areas, this porter presents a robust combination of sweet, roasty, and nutty flavors, plus there needs to be some bonus credit for a great name.

Photo of BB1313
2.8/5  rDev -26.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

12oz bottle poured into a standard pint glass. I had this one awhile ago, but I remember it perfectly, bc I was let down. Pours a brown on the lighter side, really not much head or lacing. Smells promising w/ hints of chocolate and coffee. Tastes pretty watered down.. subtle and plain. Mouthfeel is very watery w/ average crabonation. There's no body to this beer! With all of the problems above, it's makes it kind of hard to drink.. but I had no problem finishing it of course.

I had high expectations, so I suppose that's why I graded it so harshly, it hurts. I like Thirsty Dog, they do some really good stuff.. but this is a complete miss. Old Leghumper has no characteristics that I look for in a porter.. it's definitely not robust. In the world of porters, I can't recommend this one.

Photo of jmerloni
3/5  rDev -20.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Nice dark brown. Looks silky. Decent off-white to tan head that laces decently.

S - Roasty. Chocolate, coffee. Malt.

T - Roastiness is there with more chocolate and less coffee. Flavors don't taste as fresh as they could - it tastes like Hershey's chocolate rather than something better. Meh. This is okay.

M - Light bodied for a porter. Kind of pussy ish.

D - Pretty drinkable but too boring and ordinary to ever get again.

Photo of MaineBeerGuy
3.1/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Dark brown in color with toffee colored head. Medium body with creamy

Acidic roasted malt flavor, the beer I tasted almost had a sour aftertaste; I'm not sure if it was off. (I had a bit of a cold) I would like to try again to update the review. Vanilla notes come through after a few sips. A decent beer; I'd like to try it on draft.

Photo of bishopdc0
3.93/5  rDev +3.7%
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 EricHeff
3.98/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours almost coke like with a thin head. It smells good, like chocolate, but not an overpowering all chocolate kind of beer. It tastes just how it smells and leaves a nice after taste.
I'm really a big fan of a good porter. Eddy Fitz is my all time favorite, but this porter is also good. I enjoy having it as a stand by in my fridge when I am not trying new things. Overall, good beer that is easy going down.

Photo of MADhombrewer
4.05/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance- Black with a little tan head that doesn't last long. No lacing left after sips.

Smell- Dark chocolate, and a little bit of smoke. Accompanying that is a nice bitter coffee smell.

Taste- Great coffee and dark chocolate flavors. Little bit of hop bitterness at the end. This is good.

Mouthfeel- Very good. A little thick for a porter, but I like it that way.

Drinkability- I assume these come in 6ers. If that is the case, I would buy it often and if it was in my area.

Very solid porter! Can't say much more than that.

Photo of despainmakesbeer
3.63/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Clear dak brownish plumb purple color. Tan two finger head dissapates to thin face cover with pretty good lacing on glass. Aroma has a lot of coffee. Some chocolate and maltiness but predominately picking up coffee. Modarate carbonation. Earthy start. Almost a plumbish raisiny fruit taste in swallow. Malty in middle. Almost a spicey fruity thing goin on at end. Dry finish and aftertaste, some smokey raisin in aftertaste. At end of glass, leaves a very impressive lacing, quite a fan. Overall not bad.

Photo of TheKingofWichita
4.25/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a motor oil black color with a thick brown head that goes away quickly and leaves a little lacing. Smells of roasted malts, and booze. Tastes of roasted malts, burnt sugar, sweet malts, coffee, and hints of chocolate. Mouthfeel is medium and very nice. Drinkability is great. A great beer.

Photo of steve8robin
3.58/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Got this in a BIF. 12oz bottle...

A: After the pour, this is very, very dark with some rose red hues when held to light. A inch tan head that fades quickly to a lace atop the brew. Good.

S: Some creamy vanilla and cocao upfront with some earthy hop and caramel notes in the middle. Some chocolate on the backend. Good.

T: Some bitter roast notes upfront with some watery vanilla blended in. Cocao in the middle with a dry bitter backend. Decent.

M: Light body with a heavy carbonation. A dry finish. Ok.

D: Once you get through the watery roast this is decent.

All in all, eh, this is nothing spectacular. It's a decent brew, just not a great brew. Only try if you have access, don't worry otherwise.

Photo of BeerFMAndy
3.13/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle poured into a Sprecher nonic. Medals listed, IBU's = 24, O.G. = 16.6°P, 6.7% ABV, no date.

A - A tall pour is quiet and gives up little more than half a finger of light khaki foam. No retention but good lace left above the clear dark brown beer.

S - Roasted malts open up with a sliver of cardboard behind. A pinch of cheap hotel coffee and cocoa with a bitter, dark chocolate finish. Decent but just above average for a porter.

T - Heavy on the roasted malts, there is a lot of dry cocoa and bitter bakers chocolate. Burnt toast comes through and hops offer nothing in this one.

M - Medium-bodied at best, the high carbonation level is sort of a distraction for how thin it feels otherwise. Smooth though. And very dry to the finish with an acrid bitterness.

D - Average porter with average drinkability, the label cracks me up, but that's about it. Maybe I'm just too spoiled with Edmund Fitzgerald.

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

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass. Pours a dark mahogony with very little head. What little head there is fizzes away quickly.

Roasted malt, toffee, maple syrup, and oats. There's a slight sour smell as well, so faint as to almost not be there.

Roasted malt, maple candy, chocolate and vanilla present initially. Mild bitter finishes this one off.

Medium bodied; a little heavier than other porters, but certainly enjoyable.

A decent porter, and one I'm sure to have again since it is local.

Photo of rembrant
3.35/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Looks Dark brown but not opaque,which is unlike most porters.
not much head. Would look okay....as a Brown Ale,but looks thinner than a Porter should

Aroma Coffee,dark fruity brownies,a faint hops

Flavor The start is a somewhat roasty coffee with dark fruitiness but then an off Red Wine tannin finishes the sip,and from then on there's a little wine sour,a bit of metallic and the wrong hops combining to overcome a rather light malt billrelative to other Porters)

The flavor even went downhill as it warmed. I hoped the malts would show up and rescue my beer once it warmed,but this does not look Porter dense and the malts were powerless to fight off that wine funk thing. It was not such a powerful sour tang I'd say it was infected,but for whatever reason,it was not a GOOD Porter.
The day before this,I'd had an EdmundFitzgerald. The Day after,a Bell's Porter. This is a much lighter,simpler Porter.I LIKE Porter but this was just weak. More like a Doppelbock.

Mouth Pretty thin. Dark Horse Boffo Brown Ale is more Porter than this.
Carbonation is minimal,and while not quite watery or flat, it's too close to be ideal.

Drinkqability To the extent it's a Porter to lure Pilsner and Lager drinkers,it's drinkable. For me? I can get Edmund Fitz at the same price. Nuff said.

Photo of jmdrpi
3.6/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

appears a dark brown almost black color. 1/2" white head that dissipated to a thin covering. nice lacing.

aroma and taste is roasted malt. toasted marshmallow?

mouthfeel is higher carbonation that expected for a porter. medium body. not quite as smooth as some in the style.

Photo of Buggabeer
4.88/5  rDev +28.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is how Porter's are to taste!!! This poured nice into a 16 oz Guiness draft glass. The color was pitch black with a nice brown head. The taste was out of this world!!! None of that burnt grains taste that some porters try to pull off. I don't know why they try for that taste? This was a GREAT Porter that I will go and get some more of. I don't know why people like Great Lakes Edmond Fitzgerald so much? My personal opinion is that this is far better and a most enjoyable beer.

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

Poured from 12oz bottle into my favorite beer drinking glass -

Poured a Nice Dark Coffee Brown -

Two inch thick foamy head -

Smell was of coffee malt and chocolate -

Tastes of Coffee & Chocolate - sweet hints that are not overpowering -

very drinkable robust porter

Photo of hopjuicer
3.95/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into an imperial pint glass.

Vigorous pour yields a half inch of head. Color is a deep and dark brown.

Smells of coffee, with hints of chocolate, a sweet malty, bready smell.

Taste is sweet and roasted, with no noticeable hop presence. Hints of caramel and molasses. I find myself wishing it was a little thicker.

Well done porter. Would buy again.

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

A- Very dark and opaque brown. Frothy tan cap.
S- Lightly burnt caramel.
T- Creamy sweet with a small bitter bite. Like a stout's little brother. The warmer it gets the more coffee bitterness comes out.
MD- Creamy and smooth. I am not a huge stout fan, bu this is a nice middle ground. A very good beer for a cool fall evening.

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

Poured from the bottle into my Coast pint glass.

A - Brown/black body with a big light tan head

S - Chocolate with a light roasted malt aroma.

T - Follows the nose with a chocolate and light roasted malt body. Not a dark chocolate flavor like in big stouts however. Bit of a lingering bitter chocolate flavor however.

M - medium bodied with a good bit of fine carbonation

D - Pretty drinkable and an all around solid porter. One of the better one's that I think I can find around me. Worth picking up if you are in the mood for a solid porter.

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

Pours black with large off-white head that sticks around for a while. Mmmm...aroma of milk chocolate-covered marshmallow bars, slight tangy grape, raisins. Flavors slight chocolate, raisins, tang, malty sweetness, toffee, coffee beans and tang ride out the drink. Medium-bodied with very light carbonation. A good porter worth giving a shot.

Photo of jpro
3.78/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Picked up a sixer of this not too long ago. Found one lone survivor in the fridge...

A: Poured into a standard shaker pint glass... dark brown, with a one-finger, tan head that dissipated pretty quickly and left very little lace.

S: Chocolate / brownie batter aroma, plus some roasty notes.

T: Lots of cocoa and some coffee roastiness. Some caramel / toffee sweetness in the finish.

M: Creamy and smooth, yet very sweet and sticky on the palate. One of the "stickier" beers I've had as of late.

D: I liked having one - I could have had another, but that would have been the max. The sticky sweetness is a bit too much for me.

Old Leghumper from Thirsty Dog Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 779 ratings.