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Old Leghumper - Thirsty Dog Brewing Company

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Old LeghumperOld Leghumper

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751 Ratings

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Ratings: 751
Reviews: 370
rAvg: 3.79
pDev: 11.87%
Wants: 18
Gots: 43 | 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 KevBrews
3.08/5  rDev -18.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Opaque, black, pours thick, rich mocha head, head settles quickly, but rings the edge of the glass.

S: Sweet, dark roast aroma--black and chocolate malts

T: Assertive roasted malt presence up front--you can really taste the black and chocolate malts; some slickness on the tongue; slight presence of chocolate and coffee, but mainly overpowered by roast bitterness.

M: Full mouthfeel, although not overly carbonated.

D: The roast bitterness is a bit overwhelming for me, although appropriate for the style. Pairs well with extra sharp cheddar cheese. Overall, I think the roasty taste is out of balance with the chocolate and coffee flavors. This beer is decent, but there are other examples of the style that I prefer more. Not sure I'd buy another sixer, but I would order it if it were on tap someplace and I'd certainly recommend it to a friend.

KevBrews, Oct 12, 2006
Photo of bigdeuce
4.05/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This is a really nice beer. Nice 3 finger head also leaves lacing down the glass. Nice chocolatey malts and some coffee. Warms ya up a bit and is a better depiction of sierra nevada's porter. Nothing offensive. Better as it warms. Provides a clean, smooth taste and is easily drinkable. I give this one a thumbs up!

bigdeuce, Oct 12, 2006
Photo of witbier
3.78/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Sampled at room temperature in a pint glass. Bottled in Frederick, MD

A - Almost black, a little red around the edges when help up to the light. Two fingers of brown foam fade quickly leaving a light ring on the glass.

S - Chocolate, Coffee, Sweetness. I quit drinking coffee about two years ago but the smell alone will make me take up the habit again.

T - Chocolate, roasted coffee and a hint of sweetness. A lingering bitterness that I liked!

M - Surprisingly thin. I was expecting a thicker molasses like taste. A nice creaminess

D - Easy to drink but don't know if I would have more than two at a time. This is a beer to drink when solving the worlds problems. I wouldn't want to rush drinking this one.

witbier, Sep 28, 2006
Photo of weeare138
3.8/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to witbier for this...
Appears black with dark brown and cherrywood notes. A thick, 2 finger tan head slowly fades out into a sticky collar. Sticky lacing is left around the glass.
Smell is of fudgy chocolate, cocoa, coffee, anise, vanilla, and nuts with some roasted caramel malt.
Taste is of the same chocolatey, fruity, roasted nut, and caramel flavors. There seems to be a touch of sourness also found in there. Not sure if it's the age of the brew, or the grain bed was pressed during the brewing.
Mouthfeel is slightly thin but highlighted by some roasty, and sweet notes. Perhaps a bit too effervescent for my taste but not bad.

weeare138, Sep 27, 2006
Photo of DarkerTheBetter
3.88/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Stupidest name ever! I felt like a jackass ordering this one at the bar and the female bartender gave me an awkward smirk to boot. Whatever..

This beer poured a dark brown with some port-like highlights. The head was a thin collar of tiny bubbles.

Smells of slight honey and green grapes with a smooth barley and a slight chocolate/coffee.

Tastes of golden raisins but fades to a sour peach and coffee. The finish is a bit dry with a dark chocolate, but eventually loses a lot of the flavors and is just plane old dry.

The mouth feel is light bodied with a tingly carbonation, and a little too dry for my liking.

Not bad, but a little too dry.

DarkerTheBetter, Aug 15, 2006
Photo of brentk56
3.88/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a burnt caramel color, topped with a nice light tan head that leaves a bit of splashy lacing

Smell: Great aroma, filled with roasted notes and bittersweet chocolate as well

Taste: Starts out nicely enough, capturing the sweet chocolate from the aroma; after the swallow, however, the porter fails to deliver on the promise of the aroma as the flavors fail to develop and slip away, although there is a slight roasty edge that develops

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: Despite my disappointment with the flavor progression, this beer is very easy to drink and would complement a variety of foods

brentk56, Jul 31, 2006
Photo of HurricaneMo
3.08/5  rDev -18.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This beer poured a very dark brown that allowed absolutely no light to pass through the glass. Very dark. Thin head that quickly vanished and practically no lacing. The smell was enticing with the chocolate malt and the taste followed suit. However, the flavors were very short-lived and I felt like the lack of lasting power detracted from the overall taste. Mouthfeel had medium body, slightly oily, and the right amount of carbonation. To me, this was merely an average porter.

HurricaneMo, Jul 29, 2006
Photo of lackenhauser
3.45/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a nice deep chocolatey brown with a few red highlights. Low aroma-sort of roasted malt/espresso like though pretty faint. Nice roasted flavor with a prominant bitterness to it. A bit metallic in the backround. Good body. Overall a fairly drinkable beer. Decent effort though theres others out there I would pick up first.

lackenhauser, Jul 13, 2006
Photo of EvilKeith
3.38/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into the glass a dark dark brown with ruby highlights when held to the light. The head was a short-lived rich mocha colored foam that faded to a wispy cap and halo of bubbles. Lace was spotty.

Initially I did not detect much of a scent. The glass and beer were allowed to sit at room temperature for 15 to 20 minutes.
The scent was still much more subtle than expected for the style. Herbal and medicinal, with roasted malts and chocolate faintly detectable.

The taste was actually more flavorful than the nose would indicate. Roasted coffee beans, bitter-sweet cocoa, dark fruits, raisin, a smoky charred woodiness, and light hop bitterness.

At the low end of medium bodied. Mild carbonation.

The appearance and scent did not blow me away. The flavor was this one's saving grace.

I will gladly finish the sixer at a later time.

EvilKeith, Jul 13, 2006
Photo of dawg
3/5  rDev -20.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Was recommended to me. Bought a bottle at FatHeads on the south side of PA. Poured into a pint glass. Nice label.

Poured a deep brown. Little if any head. Ring around the glass. Big something or another kerplunked at the end of the pour. Didn't know it was bottle conditioned. Tons of tan flakey chips floating around. Oh well.

Smells like a porter.

Tastes like a porter. Smokey, Brown Sugar, Molassas, Burnt. Typical.

Feels averageish. I expected more bubbles. I got a flat one...I guess.

Needs to sit?...

About 20 minutes later.

Tastes much better. Needed to breath and warm. Sediments dropped for the most part. Sweeter and richer. Much deeper aroma of chocolate and toffee.

All threes now.

dawg, Jun 30, 2006
Photo of BabaJohn
3.73/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured this porter, dark as night, into a snifter producing about 1/2 inch of head. Up front the smell was nutty and coffee like, as most porters from my experience, but this gave way to sweet, fruity scents. The taste was predominantly smokey, almost like slightly burnt whole grain toast, but this turned sweet and eventually clear and crisp (though the smokiness remained). By the end of the glass, these flavors seemed to be mixing just about evenly. I'm not a huge fan of the burnt quality in beer. Regardless, this is definitely an enjoyable beverage.

BabaJohn, Jun 29, 2006
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.

Sammy, Jun 09, 2006
Photo of treehugger02010
3.98/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This was my 13th beer on my Gullifty's 130+ beer challange. Like all but one, I really enjoyed this beer. I can't lie, however, I am very attracted to advertising. I'm embarrased to say that in my conquest to better understand beer, I have gotten side tracked by the advertisements. If I try and get past this flaw of mine, I would be comfortable with recomending this beer to anyone.

treehugger02010, Jun 07, 2006
Photo of thebarnesbomb
3.8/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured into pint glass from 12oz. bottle, creating a 1inch dark tan head that subsides after the first couple drinks, leaves a little lacing. The apperance is black, with only a little brown/ruby hues on the sides when held up. The Aroma is fairly strong, mostly of mocha, some chocolate, and roasted malt. The taste is mostly of a roasted coffee flavor, very delish in a typical porter style. The roasted malts can be tasted as well, with very little carbonation to interfere with the rich flavors being taken in. Aftertaste is of an oily nutty flavor. The mouthfeel is a little less than expected, it could be creamier and more full-bodied in my opinion. Drinkability isn't too high, but then again I can't see many people taking down more than just a couple porters, they're just too rich. Or I'm just a baby.

thebarnesbomb, Apr 20, 2006
Photo of sulldaddy
4.28/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I am sampling this beer at room temp and poured into a tulip snifter.
The beer pours a deep brown color with fluffy tan head foaming up easily to 1 cm and fading gradually. Aroma is mostly chocolate and a bit of coffee with some toffee mixing in for some sweetness, even a little butterscotchy.
The first sip reveals an average body and very mild, spacious carbonation that barely makes its presence felt. Just enough to fizz a bit on the swirl.
Flavor is fairly chocolatey up front but goes to roasted malt in the middle and finishes with a bit of brown sugary sweetness that pops in and fades quickly leaving chocolate on my palate for the finish.
Quite a nice beer with no hint of alcohol or hops.
A tasty porter that I would for sure buy again!

sulldaddy, Mar 31, 2006
Photo of Crosling
3.35/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Brown. Aroma of coffee grounds, molasses, roasted malts, earth and chocolate. A nice malty sweetness gives way to a fortitude of struggling lingering coffee flavor with other notes of chocolate, pine, brown sugar and dark fruits. A bit light in body and flavor, with a pretty bland aroma.

Crosling, Mar 29, 2006
Photo of Phatz
4.38/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

What a great beer. The presentation starts with a very clever name and a great label. It made me smile :) "So many legs ... So little time!" LOL
Poured into my pint glass starting at 60 degrees.

Appearance: Dark brown with red hues, it pretty close to black. Light brown head and light lacing.

Smell: dark malts a bit of chocolate and molasses, a bit more reserved than I would have liked to see but very nice.

Taste: Very pleasing! Dark black malts with molasses, caramel and significant amounts of chocolate. It also has a nice burnt (ashy) smokiness to that gave it a campfire-ish attribute. I have a few cigars that leave that attribute. I love that. This beer is remarkably sweet and rich. The hop bitterness barely makes it self known but there is a slightly grassy attribute tucked away in there somewhere.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied. Rich creamy and smooth.

Drinkability: I must admit I am a huge fan of Porters and this one did not let me down. Well done Thirsty Dog!

Hope this is helpful.

Phatz, Mar 27, 2006
Photo of BigDaddyWil
3.1/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a pint glass.
No freshness date.
Cool label, a black lab checking out three girls with hot looking legs. Hence, Ole Leghumper.

Dark brown almost black in color. Some dark ruby highlights, not much of a head. Poor head retention, and no lacing. Even after taking a deep breath, not much of a smell. Mostly dark roasted malts and suttle hints of chocolate, but not much. Taste is pretty weak also, mostly sweet roasted malt and a light mocha flavor. Mouthfeel is very airy and light, with a good amount of carbonation. Low abv, light body and easy too drink. This brew needs more aromas and flavors. I doubt that I will buy this again. Lackluster.

BigDaddyWil, Mar 27, 2006
Photo of maddamish
3.03/5  rDev -20.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Just an average porter. Nothing special going on here folks. That isn't to say that it is bad, it's just pedestrian. A bit watery with a hint of dry chocolate. But that is all there is to say about this one. There are better porters out there and you should go drink those before settling for this one.

maddamish, Mar 04, 2006
Photo of oberon
4.45/5  rDev +17.4%
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.

oberon, Feb 26, 2006
Photo of MaltyGoodness
3.58/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz. bottle

Pours a very dark brown with some ruby highlights. Has a creamy tan head that thins. Mild lacing on the glass.

Dark roasted and somewhat biscuity aroma. Some nice cocoa scents as well.

Mild dark roasted flavor upfront with some light mocha flavors. Not as robust as I had hoped.

Ample carbonation, thin body for an porter.

Easy to drink, but just in the middle of the pack.

MaltyGoodness, Feb 24, 2006
Photo of Viggo
3.65/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a brown/red, clear, small tan head forms, some spotty lace. Smell is dates, very malty, roasty chocolate. Taste is dates as well, chocolate and coffee, roast, some vanilla in the finish. Mouthfeel is medium to light bodied with low carbonation. A different approach to a porter, enjoyable, thanks DrJay!

Viggo, Feb 21, 2006
Photo of aforbes10
3.3/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Bought this one for the cool new cap and of course for the name and picture. Nothing like drinking some Old Leghumper while sitting through a talk on invasive crayfish. I checked, and this was from the brewery in Frederick, MD. Not sure why there are so many different old leghumpers but whatever. Looked fine. brown with caramel head. the whole beer experience here was overwhelmed by it's huge roasted taste. problem was, the roastiness was all it had. pretty dull otherwise. a hint of chocolate, maybe. Very thin for a porter too. i expected it to much fuller. Ok drinkability but there are many many porters i'd go to first.

aforbes10, Feb 20, 2006
Photo of tgbljb
3.7/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a very deep brown colow with tannish head, which proved to be long-lasting and left slight lacing on the side of the glass. Smell was mostly of burnt coffee, with some bitter chocolate also present. Taste was much milder than expected with the promise of the smell falling a bit short. It was good, but not as nice as I was expecting. Finish is also a bit disappointing with a watery mouhtfeel, and a little bitterness that is quickly gone. This is a very easy drinking beer, almost too easy for the style. While iI did enjoy it, it fell short of my expectations for a porter.

tgbljb, Feb 19, 2006
Photo of froggyfrog
3.35/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle served in an American pint glass.

A: Nice and dark with a good-looking tan crown.

S: Cocoa. Spice. Dark syrup.

T: Roasted malt. Spicy hops. Anise.

M: The description on the label says full bodied but I disagree. It feels thin.

D: The combination of the heavy roast flavors and the weak mouthfeel don't make for a very drinkable brew.

Overall: Not bad but not that exciting either.

froggyfrog, Jan 29, 2006
Old Leghumper from Thirsty Dog Brewing Company
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