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Old Leghumper - Thirsty Dog Brewing Company

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773 Ratings
very good

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Ratings: 773
Reviews: 372
rAvg: 3.79
pDev: 11.61%
Wants: 18
Gots: 51 | 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 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
Photo of projectflam86
3.9/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Pours a deep brown color with a thin khaki colored head that left the slightest bit of lace.

S- Some roasted malt aromas with hints of caramel and bittersweet chocolate.

T- A fairly nice dark malt flavor with an easy finish. Alcohol is present but not overbearing.

M- Medium bodied with ok carbonation. Creamy mouthfeel.

D- A decent porter that is worth trying.

projectflam86, Oct 27, 2009
Photo of beerman207
4.1/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

a - Dark Brown color with a nice 1 finger head that leaves decent lacing on the glass.

s - Coffee and alcohol in the nose.

t - Good coffee and chocolate tones coming through as well as some smokiness.

m - Has a silky mouthfeel. Nice.

d - Good beer to drink now that its getting colder. A 6 pack also makes a good conversation starter.

beerman207, Oct 27, 2009
Photo of UDbeernut
4.22/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass

a: dark brown with some ruby edges. 1" off white head with nice retention

s: chocolate, coffee, caramel

t: roasted and toasted malty goodness. Complex and smokey. Very nice porter

m&d: smooth mouthfeel. light to medium bodied. Very nice beer to enjoy as the weather turns a bit colder.


UDbeernut, Oct 13, 2009
Photo of yuenglings
4.05/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

First off ya gotta love the name.

A: Very very drak golden brown with kind of a small head but it retaians quite niceley a leaves a good head.
S:Roasted choclate sweer malts right off the bat and its pretty strong with a little coffe in their also.
T:You can taste the coco for sure with its slight bitterness the its sweetness of the roasted malts come in.
M:smoooth and creamy not to heavy could use a little more carbonation.
D:Very drinkable would buy agian and would buy it by it buy the case next time.

yuenglings, Oct 10, 2009
Photo of smcolw
4.13/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

The color of the liquor is a paler porter than many--a ruby brown. It appears very clear. Modest head but it leaves a classic "British" style head.

Sweet, caramel candy aroma with a dash of semi-sweet chocolate tossed in for good measure.

Other than the slightly thin body, this is a superior porter. First surprise is that the beer is quite dry. The swallow features a hop bitterness, but the aftertaste is dark chocolate. Wonderfully complex. I note the alcohol level. Even though it is low, it's more than most porters. Overall, it is an easy-to-drink and flavorful beer.

smcolw, Oct 03, 2009
Photo of Risser09
3.58/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle poured into a zotten glass - fridge - 2008

Appearance: Pours a very dark brown with some lighter brown highlights. Transparent beer, with a 2" light brown head. Good retention with some cakey lace.

Smell: Porter obviousness, with cocoa, coffee and dark malts. Burnt toast, caramelized sugar and some creme brulee aromas.

Taste: Toasty, roasty and hearty with plenty of malt flavor. Molasses and licorice and subordinate flavors.

Mouthfeel: Quite creamy and smooth with a little bitterness. Medium bodied with a little bit of alcohol.

Drinkability: A nice porter with some robust qualities. This would, and does, make a nice fall brew. I would certainly revisit again.

Risser09, Sep 25, 2009
Photo of Mosca
3.48/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Folks have the basics pretty well nailed.

Not as good as its best reviews here, not as bad as its worst. Crisp and quick, a nice beer. It suffers from comparison for not being big enough, I think. But it's OK. I'd have to cycle through a lot of 6-packs of other stuff before I got back to this, but if I was at someone's house and they offered Old Leg I woudn't ask for a Diet Coke instead.

Mosca, Sep 21, 2009
Photo of goblue3509
2.63/5  rDev -30.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark brown color with hints of red around the edges and a slight head. The smell is faint and has notes of chocolate and coffee as well as a caramel malt. Taste wise there is a chocolate and coffee backbone with caramel as well, with just a hint of hops to balance out the flavor, the problem is that the flavor is weak and leaves you wanted something more bold. The mouthfeel is smooth and slightly watery. The drinkability is so so, you could drink a lot of them but the taste and the smell leave you walking away.

goblue3509, Sep 16, 2009
Photo of Rbehrens
3.35/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a - Rich dark red brown color. Two to three finger head.

s - Unremarkable. Not much to the nose. Not negative just nothing special.

t - Mild for a porter. Nothing really jumps out at you. Decent maltiness. No particular notes of chocolate or coffee. Gentle hops about halfway through the glass

m - Clean on palate and silky.

d - Due to mild nature of flavor very drinkable, despite lack of flavor.

Rbehrens, Sep 07, 2009
Old Leghumper from Thirsty Dog Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 773 ratings.