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Old Leghumper - Thirsty Dog Brewing Company

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Old LeghumperOld Leghumper

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BA SCORE
85
very good

757 Ratings
THE BROS
84
good

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Ratings: 757
Reviews: 370
rAvg: 3.79
pDev: 11.61%
Wants: 18
Gots: 45 | 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 buschbeer
4.15/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I poured into a pint glass to a half inch of tan head. It is brown in color. The aroma is chocolate, coffee, and roasted malt. It has a nice robust flavor, featuring unsweetened chocolate, black coffee. It has a nice creamy mouthfeel and is a good beer.

buschbeer, Apr 13, 2010
Photo of BeerAdvocate
3.73/5  rDev -1.6%
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.

BeerAdvocate, Apr 07, 2010
Photo of argock
3.13/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from 12oz brown bottle into a clear glas Donegal mug. No freshness date. Single purchased at Wine Warehouse (Charlottesville, VA) for $1.95.

A: Dark brown with garnet edges and soft-1 finger off-white head with short retention but random specks of lace.

S: More mineral than most with bitter dark chocolate and roasted maltiness finished with some token herbal hops

T: Flavor is good but nothing special and more earthy and mineral-aspirin than most. DOminated by chocolate but with plenty of roasted dark malts with a drying, mineral finish that rings the slightest bit metallic. Hops play a bit part with some herbal contribution.

M: Medium-bodied with low carbonation and mineral, bitter chocolate aftertaste.

D: This may have been a gold medal winner in 2002, but this recipe needs to be updated to match the big flavor and smoothness of other American porters. Fine but I won't be buying again.

argock, Apr 05, 2010
Photo of pwoody11
3.93/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Love the bottle art ;)

Enjoyed from a pint glass with a nice pepperoni and havarti cheese plate.

Pours a pitch black with a short lasting 1 finger head.

Taste was a nice roasted chocolate malt and some coffee notes. Found the aroma to be very similar with a hint of maple syrup as well.

I thoroughly enjoyed this brew. Only bought one and might buy a sixer next time.

pwoody11, Mar 14, 2010
Photo of jlindros
3.93/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Found this in my last beer run down to CT for Stout Trooper. With a name like this, how could it not be good.

A: A nice 1 finger head rises but quickly fades. It has some darkness to it. The beer itself is very dark brown, almost black, with some haze.

N: Lots of roast and brown sugar hit first. Dark malts, roasted and caramelized. A very porter-esque roasted aroma. Caramelized brown sugar and molasses is the other big aroma. More sweet malts, and a hint of booze.

T: Starts with lots of caramel/crystal malts, and other roasted malt flavors. Then roasted malt itself, the porter form and less coffee form. A little juicy and robust but not thick and creamy at all. Some sweetness and sweet malts, a little brown sugar and molasses but not as much as I expected. A little bitterness more from roasted malts than the hops.

M: A little thinner than expected and wanted, but not too bad, decent carbonation.

F: A little bitter and spicy actually. Bitterness from both roasted earthy malts and some spicy hops. A little earthy dry taste from more of the roastedness. A little chocolate as well late on the finish, that carries with the roasted malts.

jlindros, Mar 11, 2010
Photo of hustlesworth
4.43/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A- super dark brown, opaque, with a hint of mahogany at the bottom of the glass. creamy khaki colored head settles within a minute leaving a spattering of lace behind.

S- milk chocolate and roasted, some mild coffee, pipe tobacco, woodsy, and just a tough of smoke.

T- tastes almost exactly as it smells but with a good deal of malty sweetness to complement the roast. cocoa, coffee, damp wood, earth, soil, pipe tobacco, burnt caramel, and some light pine and grapefruit hops in the finish with lingering roasted flavors. extremely well balanced.

MF- smooth and creamy, they hit the nail on the head with this one. nice espresso feeling on the cheeks with just a touch of acidity. tight prickly carbonation is never overbearing and fits perfectly. somewhat coating feel.

D- would have never guessed 6.7% abv, this one drinks like something around 4%. flavorful and tasty but not too bold and a truly great example of the style.

hustlesworth, Mar 05, 2010
Photo of bryanmetzger
4.03/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A nice American Porter from a local brewery.

Appearance: Nice opaque look, appeared thicker and creamier than the mouthfeel presented.

Smell: Slightly turned off by it at first, but as the beer warmed it grew very pleasant.

Taste: Not too strong and definitely a session porter. was easy to drink and enjoyed the light coffee notes. Too many porters/stouts taste like Starbucks.

Mouthfeel: Thinner than expected. Medium-bodied.

Drinkability: Session quality

bryanmetzger, Feb 27, 2010
Photo of nukem5
3.85/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a beautiful dark brown color with a thin lace of foam on top.

S: Not much here but a light cocoa and coffee with slight hoppy floral.

T: At first sip you get a robust flavor washing the palate first the sweet malty goodness then the hops.

M: Mouthfeel was a bit light/medium wit a tiny amount of carbonation washing the tongue.

D:Very drinkable beer but slightly higher alchohol content would prevent this one for a nice session beer, but def an everyday thing...Mmmm

Re-review
16 Sept 2011

A: Pours a great black color with tan cap of foam on top.

S: Roasty and robust, licorice and dark malts.

T: Taste is of coffee, dark roasted malts and licorice.

M: Medium. bodied with a light carbonation.

O: Overall a great example of a proper porter, and a fine brew from Thirsty Dog Brewing In Ohio.

nukem5, Feb 26, 2010
Photo of BeerSquid
3.6/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Not great, but certainly good. Not quite as dark or robust as i typically like my porters. Beer poured from bottle into pint glass.

A- pour is a dark brown, thin head that dissipates very quickly. Not any lacing to speak of, sadly.

S- nice aroma sweet roasted malt.

T- good, nothing incredible. Nothing outstanding to note, perhaps a bit of chocolate.

M- Slight carbonation that bubbles the cheeks. Drys the mouth slightly

D- I honestly don't know if i would go out of my way to get this one again. But, like any beer, worth a try.

BeerSquid, Feb 23, 2010
Photo of biglite351
2.98/5  rDev -21.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - not as dark as most porters that I have had. Short white head went away rather quickly.

S - fresh smelling if that makes sense. Possibly a little fruit.

T - there is an opening taste that I don't care for. I really do not know what it is. However, it doesn't last long. The follow through and after taste are fine. If it was not for that opening I would like this brew.

M - very mild tingle at the front of the tongue. Light feel to it.

D - if it was not for that opening flavor I wolf drink this, but unfortunately I have to pass.

biglite351, Feb 20, 2010
Photo of mostpoetsdo
3.83/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: A bright reddish brown with thin head, a little lace.

S: Malty and fruity with a little chocolate.

T: It's malty, but also fruity up front. A good backing of chocolate malts as well.

M: On the thinner side, has quite a bit of carbonation that bubbles around the tongue.

D: It is tasty and has a low enough ABV to drink a sixer.

mostpoetsdo, Feb 17, 2010
Photo of ne0m00re
3.88/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Served on-tap in a straight pint glass at Betty's in Columbus.

A: Black, with an amber/brown hue. The thick cream-colored head lingers the whole way down.
S: Faint grains with chocolate. The smell is heavily subdued.
T: Mild creamy roasted barley with cherries, slowly fading to a roasted and burnt film. The alcohol is hardly present.
M: Smooth and frothy, with lingering roasted malt and burnt flavors that stick to your mouth.
D: Pour me another one. I wouldn't mind drinking a number of these back-to-back.

This isn't as robust or as oatmeal-smooth as some, but overall it does a really good job at an American Porter.

ne0m00re, Feb 12, 2010
Photo of Ryan011235
4.15/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass on 12/8/09

A - Pours a cola brown, settling very dark brown - almost back. 1/8th inch head departs quickly leaving a thin skim on top. Retention is low, as swirling is required to maintain any sort of foam. Lacing is marginal too; just two clumps have randomly formed by the end.

S - More subtle & unassuming than pronounced, the nose offers plenty of malty sweetness. Most notable are roasted malts with a good bit of chocolate following immediately. Hints of vanilla, coffee & faint earthy hops smooth out the nose.

T - Save for a brief spot of hoppiness upfront, the taste mirrors the aromas remarkably well. Roasted malts are in abundance with a prominent chocolate presence. I'm not picking out much, if any coffee, so maybe I psyched myself out on that one. Vanilla is there, as well as toasted dark bread.

M - Basically full-bodied though it seems at times a little thin. Moderate carbonation is smooth & creamy. Roasted malt lingers on the finish.

D - Overall I think this beer is mostly impressive. Very solid & at 6.7% abv, it's not unreasonable to have a few. It's a good effort, but when reaching for a porter it would be hard to reach for this one while in Great Lakes distribution. Just sayin'...

Ryan011235, Feb 07, 2010
Photo of david131
4.2/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- A deep, dark brown with a slight haze to it. The head is very light brown and thin. Looks about right for the style.

S- Dark chocolate, coffee, roasted malt. There is something special to it. This may be the best smelling porter I have come across.

T- Loads of chocolate and coffee up front and then a slight metallic lackluster finnish.

M- Slightly creamy, slightly metallic, slightly smooth, and slightly dry.

D- A very solid porter. Drinks nice for the style.

david131, Jan 31, 2010
Photo of Natural510
3.38/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Dark brown with black edges in color; nice off-white head which leaves a sturdy ring of lacing. Nice look.
Not much to the nose; a bit of cocoa and coffee, but one has to search for it.
Healthy amount of coffee to the roasted malt, with a cola-like backing. Flavor rounded out by a bit of sweet sugar and kiss of pine hops in the finish.
Light bodied for the style. It does go down smoothly, but with so many high-quality American porters on the market, this one is screaming out for more complexity.
A slight disappointment from the Thirsty Dog camp.

Natural510, Jan 08, 2010
Photo of Clydesdale
3.95/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a dark, brownish-red cola color. The tall, khaki colored head has a dense, frothy texture. Retention is pretty impressive, and above average lacing clings to the sides of the glass.

S: A firm roasted malt sweetness in the nose, with hints of molasses. Some semisweet chocolate is also present, with some leafy hop notes as well. A bit of coffee, but it takes a backseat to the chocolate.

T: Sweetness up front from roasted malt, giving molasses flavors. This is a pretty chocolatey porter, with robust semisweet notes. Some coffee lurks in the background, but it again takes a backseat to the chocolate. A mild but measured leafy/herbal hop bite helps carry the beer off into the finish. A second minor burst of sweetened cocoa is also available in the finish.

M: Medium-full body. I want to say that the carbonation is a touch spritzier than many other porters. Finishes a bit sweet, with lingering roasty/cocoa/coffee character.

M: A nice, chocolate-forward porter from Thirsty Dog. Pleasantly drinkable while offering a somewhat sweeter interpretation of the style. If I had to criticize, I'd prefer it to be a bit chewier at 6.7% abv, but this is a nicely crafted beer regardless.

Clydesdale, Jan 03, 2010
Photo of billzee
3.53/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 12 oz. bottle into pint glass. Dark brown with slight tan head with decent retention, and some decent lacing. Malty nutty sweetness with caramel, and a bit of citrus notes. Roasty malt and crisp hoppy finish. Heavy carbonation, medium body. Not my favorite, but not bad.

billzee, Jan 02, 2010
Photo of jampics2
3.38/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 oz botle poured into my snifter.

Nice black with white head. Looks nice, time to smell!

Smells like caramel, roasted malt, and chocolate.

Taste is very sweet. Caramel sweetness, roasted coffee, bitter chocolate, hops.

Mouthfeel is watery and thin, not digging the lack of viscosity.

OK beer, nothing crazy, but it did take me back to the days of the old brewery in Fairlawn.

jampics2, Jan 01, 2010
Photo of almychristopher
3.88/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

this beer pours a nice dark translucent brown with red highlights and a rocky tan head that recedes to a solid layer of lace. the aroma immediately brings the roasted dark malt to mind, with just a bit of sweetness. the sweetness catches up with you at the first sip, but the dry dark roasted malt kicks in and is complimented nicely by the bit of hop bitterness at the end. the medium body and adequate co2 make this a pretty drinkable porter

almychristopher, Dec 21, 2009
Photo of WesWes
4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a dark brown color with a thick frothy tan head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is good. It has a nice roasted malt scent that's dry and toasted along with a light chocolate malt sweetness. The taste is good as well. It has an excellent roasted character. There is a bit of chocolate malt sweetness for complexity, but a dry, roasted flavor dominates the profile. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a medium bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a well brewed porter. It's true to style and damn tasty.

WesWes, Dec 09, 2009
Photo of Brettster
3.8/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Poured this from a bottle to an imperial pint glass. There was not much head on this porter and what little head there was faded very fast.

The beer is very well carbonated. You can definitely smell the roasted malts and a little bit of sweet. This porter has a very crisp bubbly taste at first. I can pick up a little hop and spice at the end.

A medium body and a little thin. This is a very drinkable porter.

Brettster, Nov 18, 2009
Photo of endincolorado
3.75/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Appearance- Deep, chestnut brown with some light showing through at the edges. Moderate, fizzy tan head with decent retention, and some decent lacing as well.

Smell- Appropriate roasty malt, with some nice sweetness, caramel, and a bit of hazelnut. Barely noticeable hoppy crispness in back.

Taste- Hops are more noticeable in the taste, with a crispness that would help if not for a little too much carbonation that sort of masks the malt. Malt is roasty and good, with a nice clean aftertaste (due at least in part, to the scrubbing effect of the carbonation on the palate).

Mouthfeel- Light to medium body that would probably be just right if not for the excessive carbonation mentioned above.

Drinkability- Actually, I downed a six-pack and a half before reviewing this beer (not in one night) so i'd have to go with "quite drinkable" On really analyzing it however, there are definitely some areas that could be improved.

endincolorado, Nov 18, 2009
Photo of JamesS
4.18/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a nice deep brown with some good initial head, and has just a bit of lacing. Very deep scent, huge burnt grain with very nice coffee tones. Thick and dark flavor, coffee throughout with excellent burnt grains and a hint of chocolate. Goes down fine, nice and thick, but with a slight alcohol tinge to it. Nice stout porter.

JamesS, Nov 09, 2009
Photo of porterwoobie
3.73/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle, poured into a standard pint glass.

A: dark brown color, clear, huge tan head that hangs around for awhile, good bit of lacing.

S: licorice, roasted and chocolate malts. slightly sweet aroma.

T: chocolate malt and roasted grains. some faint dark fruit/licorice taste to go with the roasted malts. finishes slightly bitter.

MF: light bodied, medium-light carbonation. smooth drinking.

Drinkability: this has some characteristics of a great beer, but others (thin-body) leave you wanting more. enjoyable, but lacking.

porterwoobie, Nov 08, 2009
Photo of OSUBeerStudent
3.95/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle into a Siberian Night pint glass...seemed appropriate.

Pours a nice dark brown, or is it black? Nice and dark but not imp stout-dark. Head is a half finger of quickly dissipating tan. Low-moderate lacing as it goes down. About what I expect with any porter.

Smell is better. Got a bit of the Baltic note. Smell has all the usual good notes, chocolate, coffee, nice roasty malts in general. It has some sourness here, though. This is definitely a Baltic smell. Nice and robust/chocolate/coffee/etc but with the sourness, too. I like.

Taste is a bit different from the smell. It's got the great roastiness you want from, well, any porter. The sour/Baltic note is definitely there but it's in the background. This is on the roasty side more than the sweet side - taste is much more coffee/malt than chocolate/dark fruit.

Mouthfeel is about what you'd expect. Carbonation good, maybe a tiny bit on the over side. Not so creamy as some. A nice medium mouthfeel.

Drinkability is a solid good/above good. It's not a beer that you feel you have to sip to appreciate, really. Solid in all aspects and the taste sticks around just enough. You could drink a couple of these in a row and not have any problem.

Overall, solid. Most of it is a nice basic porter, the kind you could drink easily with a meal or by itself in quantity. The thing that helps this out in all aspects, though, is the Baltic aspect. It's your general US porter but with a nice Baltic note that makes it just -that- much nicer than any basic porter. Good stuff.

OSUBeerStudent, Nov 05, 2009
Old Leghumper from Thirsty Dog Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 757 ratings.