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Old Leghumper - Thirsty Dog Brewing Company

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Old LeghumperOld Leghumper

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very good

732 Ratings

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Ratings: 732
Reviews: 368
rAvg: 3.79
pDev: 11.35%
Wants: 18
Gots: 36 | 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 oberon

North Carolina

4.45/5  rDev +17.4%

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.

02-26-2006 21:07:54 | More by oberon
Photo of MaltyGoodness


3.58/5  rDev -5.5%

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.

02-24-2006 02:46:44 | More by MaltyGoodness
Photo of Viggo

Ontario (Canada)

3.65/5  rDev -3.7%

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!

02-21-2006 01:26:34 | More by Viggo
Photo of aforbes10


3.3/5  rDev -12.9%

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.

02-20-2006 14:21:07 | More by aforbes10
Photo of tgbljb


3.7/5  rDev -2.4%

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.

02-19-2006 02:16:11 | More by tgbljb
Photo of froggyfrog


3.35/5  rDev -11.6%

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.

01-29-2006 02:35:48 | More by froggyfrog
Photo of jakester


4.08/5  rDev +7.7%

I bought this as a single at Union Jack's on the Manatawny. I drank it in a goblet. This is from the Frederick Brewing Co. in Maryland.

Pours a deep, dark mahogany with a one finger head of tan foam. The head falls to small islands and a ring, with splotches of lacing.

Aroma is chocolatey as hell, sweet caramel, and a nice spicy hop smell. Very fruity, with notes of raisins and cherries.

Flavor is chocolate, pretty darn sweet, with a decent level of bittering hops. It's very fruity, with fruits like above, and some floral/spicy hop flavor. This is almost, but not quite, too sweet. There is some flavor I can't identify late that is really nice. Aftertaste is sweet chocolate.

Mouthfeel is smooth and creamy, pretty full bodied, with low to medium carbonation. Residual sugar is high,. Finish dries out ever so slightly.

This is a pretty damn good robust porter. Nice big chocolate character, decent hop bitterness, good hop flavor, nice and fruity, and malty sweet. I'd do a case of this if I could find it.

01-26-2006 16:51:06 | More by jakester
Photo of DrJay


3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

Dark brown with ruby highlights. Short, light tan head that showed some lacing. Sweet, roasted malt aroma with a bit of chocolate and faint hops. Same characters in the flavour, maybe a bit burnt as well that lingers in the finish and some brown sugar. Mild bitterness. Medium body, slightly dry, moderate carbonation. A solid porter, nothing more, nothing less.

01-20-2006 02:34:30 | More by DrJay
Photo of rhoadsrage


3.98/5  rDev +5%

(Served in an American pint glass)

A- This beer pours a opaque black body with a thin spongy head of light tan that quickly fades. No sign of carbonation to keep the head going.

S- The smell of chocolate malt and darker malts with some faint molasses notes all have a slight sweetness.

T- This beer has a dark unsweetened chocolate flavor with some roasted malt qualities. There is a slight sweetness with the earthiness and a slight sour note perhaps from oatmeal. The finish has a faint dried fruit note followed by some carbonic acid flavor and then a dry flavor.

M- The beer has a medium-full mouthfeel with a nice creamy texture. Some carbonic bite is very soft at the finish.

D- This is a good solid porter. It has lots of nice depth in the malt and would make a very good session beer. I would like to see the fizz bite cut back. The hops were very hidden in this beer but they weren't really missed.

01-16-2006 14:41:38 | More by rhoadsrage
Photo of BEERchitect


3.78/5  rDev -0.3%

A nice beer with a clever name. But a beer with such a name should come with some serious strength. Though this beer is well balances and clean, it doesn't pack enough strength in flavor to compete with it's strength in alcohol. Lighter in color than I like in a porter, it's almost copper with good head retention and decent lacing. Aromas are expectedly of black malt, cocoa, and coffee. Flavors bring out a moderatley malt sweetness with a touch of black malt without becoming charcoal like. The cocoa flavors take on a milk chocolate flavor, but not texture; instead of a prefered bitter-sweet cocoa. The coffee notes are soft--more of a cappucino flavor and bitter. Hopping is a bit aggressive for style, but not to bother. The texture is light for style, not quite watery, but light. The finish is a bit sweet and alcoholic. Never packs much of a punch. I wouldn't say a whimpy porter, but certainly easily drank.

10-28-2005 16:00:13 | More by BEERchitect
Photo of far333


4.3/5  rDev +13.5%

Deep mahogany color with ruddy highlights at the bottom and edges of the glass. Beige head rises up and falls quickly. Inviting aroma of coffee, prunes, and cocoa.

Flavor is initially light, starts out with a little cocoa and sweet coffee, but transitions into smokey bark (no pun intended), peat, prune, dark roasted malt, talc, and even some root beer. Hops slowly emerge as I drink. Mouthfeel starts out slick and a bit watery, but gradually builds up to a tingly burst of carbonation. A hop bitter lingers, turning slowly to smokey roast malt.

Interesting combination of flavors that evolves and moves around the mouth. I gotta say the best part might be the label. Thanks to Brent for passing this one on.

10-08-2005 02:26:03 | More by far333
Photo of PBRstreetgang


4.03/5  rDev +6.3%

Pours black, and when brought up to bright light, appears very cloudy with fine carbonation. One finger of brown head doesn't hold long, and leaves only slight lacing. Chocolate and burnt malt apparent in the nose, sweet molasses, and no detectable hop aroma. Sweet roasted malt and raisiny fruitiness; the chocolate and burnt malt give it a bittersweet balance, with a decent hop presence to back it up. Medium-bodied with med-high carbonation, finishes clean with minimal roastiness and residual sugar. Perhaps a bit thinner mouthfeel than optimal, but still qualifies as "Robust".

08-27-2005 06:08:14 | More by PBRstreetgang
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3.53/5  rDev -6.9%

12oz bottle from NorthernTimber as part of The Easter BIF Bunny exchange. Thanks for the opportunity.

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed a 1/2" light brown head above the barely translucent root beer brown brew. Head fades down to a solid layer of bubbles covering the surface, with average lacing, at best. Aroma is lightly of dark roasty malts, would be nice with more intensity. Taste is sweet dark chocolate and coffee grains, coupled with a light fruitiness, and a tinge of alcohol at the close. Mouthfeel and drinkability are nice, just was looking for more here...

07-25-2005 02:09:30 | More by ppoitras
Photo of NeroFiddled


4.33/5  rDev +14.2%

From a bottle contract brewed by Frederick in Maryland; fresh from the brewery. (...and, man, you've gotta love the label on this one with the dog sitting in front of three sets of attractive female legs!)

This superbly chocolatey porter delivers the typically expected appearance with a black body that reveals ruby-mahogany highlights at the base of the glass and a creamy tan head. Unfortunately, the head retention is a bit limited, and it drops shortly to an average collar.

The nose is restrained, but that's OK for the style, and it does offer some malt with an almost "Ovaltine" and mocha java character to it, as well as some almost "smoky" roastiness.

In the mouth it's medium-light bodied and lighty zesty on the palate with a fine-bubbled, moderate carbonation.

The flavor delivers lightly sweet chocolate and caramel, backed by a soft coffee character; and balanced by a mild bitterness. Some delicate grassy hops come through in the end; and it finishes short with a dollop of sweetish caramel/chocolate/coffee malt that fades to a lingering coffee note.

Overall, this is a really well-done, basic porter that has a great malt constituent. It's well-rounded, nicely balanced without too much dark malt acidity, and quite easy to drink. It's light enough in character that it would make a decent session ale (although the alcohol is a little high for that at 5.7%); it passes muster for a summer brew as well as a great fall/winter quaff; it pairs well with a wide variety of foods (grilled pork chops, mussels marinara, pizza, black bean and corn soup); and it would fit in quite appropriately at quite a number of social functions (guy's poker night, backyard BBQ, simple night at the pub, holiday get-together, back-at-camp beer, etc). Well done!

07-17-2005 18:37:30 | More by NeroFiddled
Photo of BuckSpin


3.85/5  rDev +1.6%

Poured a ruddy, burnt umber opaque hue with a lively, crisp 1" head of packed tan foam that disappated quickly from all the activity, but laced subtly. Nose was surprisingly strong with deep, rich, dried fruits, malts, some mild burnt qualities, traces of coffee and earth.

Its smooth, rich, even on the tongue with those surprising deep fruit qualities from the nose most noticable - unusual for a porter to be so strong with them, but its nice. Of course its malted, with a slight muddiness and some coffee traces. The tastes meld on the pallete and swallow clean & smooth with a bittersweet echo on the throat.

This is a nice, balanced porter with a slightly off the beaten path quality in those fruit tones. I recommend it and will certainly drink more.

06-29-2005 02:08:49 | More by BuckSpin
Photo of Maestro


2.58/5  rDev -31.9%

The "porter" pours a dark brown to black with a week, thin, tan head. There is almost no lacing left on the glass. The nose is sweet, almost like a milk/cream stout. The beer's taste is very thin, with little hops and an overwhelming sweet, milky taste. Not much good to say about this beer. The mouthfeel is awkward, with a fizzy carbonation that leaves an oily film on my tounge. Drinkability...I won't be having another.

06-11-2005 13:49:29 | More by Maestro
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4.33/5  rDev +14.2%

Pertinent Preliminary Comments: Much obliged to HarkJohnny for the care package that included this gem.

Quite the picture on the label if you’re a leg man (or even a leg woman!).

APPEARANCE: Black, just barely translucent, with garnet highlights. Head was fizzy like cola, and dissipated before I was able to finish this sentence. Hmmm… (Note: See "Overall Comments" at bottom for clarification of score.) A gentle swirl brings it back to life a bit. No lacing.

AROMA: Espresso and dark chocolate dominate; no discernable hops. (Of course, the last porter I had was dry-hopped, so I could be biased…)

FLAVOR: Oh, so THERE are the hops! Okay… A very nice blend of mocha and hop flavor. It’s actually a pretty wonderful balance! (Maybe I ought to put some hops in my mug before I bring it in to Starbucks next time!) It’s a very sweet beer, roasty but not too roasty, almost like chocolate milk for when your taste bids grow up. Semi-sweet aftertaste; clean finish for such a sweet beer.

MOUTHFEEL: Somewhat spicy; medium weight. Nothing wrong here.

DRINKABILITY: At 5.7% ABV, this one is on the border of being too strong for a session brew, but it’ll do in a pinch. I certainly wouldn’t get bored with it!

OVERALL COMMENTS: A little worried about the head; could be that there was too much dishwashing detergent residue in this glass, since we just moved and who knows what happened to what in the melee. Since everything else about this beer pans out I’m willing to overlook it. There’s another bottle in my beer fridge that looks just like this one, and if that one has the same problem I’ll let you know. Other than that, it’s a fine brew – certainly worthy of its 2002 Gold at the World Beer Cup.

05-16-2005 06:39:36 | More by fretlessman71
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4.2/5  rDev +10.8%

I had this beer at the brewpub but I didn't take notes. I also got it in bottles here so I decided to write my review from this location. I really liked this porter. It had a strong roasted espresso note upfront but chocolate seemed to be the focal point. The chocolate flavor was quite sweet and smooth. There was a grainy bitterness in the bottle that I didn't notice while drinking it on tap. The body was on the light side but it was really a smooth beer. Another great beer from Thirsty Dog.

04-28-2005 12:01:27 | More by granger10
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3.68/5  rDev -2.9%

Pours darksome red and brown show thru when held to the light with a tan head that fades fast ti ring of foam.
Aroma is roasted malt coco some burnt aromas coming thru but overall a little subdued.
Taste is light scoffee flavors mixed with some chocolate. Lingering burnts flavors are noticed in finish.
Mouthfeel is almost creamy to start but ends kind of watery nice amount of carbonation overall good.
Drinkability is good goes down easy and smooth not in the league with the great porters but not a bad beer.

03-17-2005 16:48:05 | More by mntlover
Photo of SheepNutz


4.03/5  rDev +6.3%

12oz. bottle poured into a tulip-style glass. It pours a deep pitch black color with three fingers of medium tan head that retain nicely. There is a decent amount of lacing. The smell has lots and lots of burnt malt. Some chocolate undertones, and a hint of coffee, but just lots of burnt malt. The taste also has lots of that burnt malt character. Roasted coffee and cocoa powder on the finish. The mouthfeel is just a little too light and watery. The drinkability is great though. A decent porter.

02-10-2005 04:46:50 | More by SheepNutz
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North Carolina

3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

The pour was pitch black with a good two finger head that dissapated to a light ring on top of the beer.

The smell was heavy in chocolate mixed with some roasted coffee hints in the rear of the nose.

The drink started with a chocolate kick followed by a sweet malt with a lingering grainy coffee finish.

This was a very good porter that quite frankly was only purchased because of the name. Still I was quite impressed the only thing it lacked was a trace of hops.

02-06-2005 05:50:53 | More by coasterfreak75
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3.68/5  rDev -2.9%

Pours a dark brown, opaque body with a healthy tan head that retains well and leaves lots of sticky, patch lace.
Aroma is subdued, with milk chocolate and a vague hint of roasted coffee.
Creamy mouthfeel is almost silky. Medium body weakens considerably toward the middle and finish.
Taste is sweet and creamy milk chocolate with just a hint of roastiness. Very little hop or toasted malt bitterness.
A tasty American porter that could use a bit more roastiness and hop bitterness. Very drinkable, but I wouldn't go out of my way in search of this one.

12-25-2004 00:24:32 | More by merlin48
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4.25/5  rDev +12.1%

Pours a dark color with a small head that doesn't stick around long, but leaves a little lacing on the glass. The aroma is mostly coffee and chocolate malts. The flavor is much the same. kmpitz2 and I decided it's more of a mixture that resembles mocha. Very enjoyable. Makes for a good porter. Could use a slight bit more body, but it's pretty nice. Easy to drink.

12-22-2004 16:09:14 | More by clvand0
Photo of kmpitz2


4.33/5  rDev +14.2%

Beer pours a nice dark brown to black color with a small head that falls to coat the beer. The nose is a lot of coffee with chocolate in the background. The flavor is a nice mocha from start to finish. The feel is moderate. I want a bit more in there as its not enough for me. Drinkability is good on this one as well. I like it for a porter.

12-16-2004 02:34:44 | More by kmpitz2
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4.43/5  rDev +16.9%

Super dark brown with a thin tannish cap, some collaring persists, lacing minimal. Aroma is of a swell dark milk chocolate roastyness with a bit of burnt cookie, molasses, and coffee over the top. Good nose for a porter, clean, peppy, and unwavering. Taste closes in at the front with a clean roast and milk chocolate, some gaining bitterness of burnt coffee, hops, and chocolate squeeze in just past midway and dusts off in the finish with leftover molasses chewyness and cocoa. Quite the enjoyable taster. Feel is about medium, clean, robust, slightly burnt and drying, nice chocolate return across the entire palate the whole ride through. This is a fine porter, one to have again and again. Enjoyably robust, chocolatey, clean, milding, and soothing.

12-11-2004 02:17:35 | More by tavernjef
Old Leghumper from Thirsty Dog Brewing Company
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