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Old Leghumper - Thirsty Dog Brewing Company

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Old LeghumperOld Leghumper

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793 Ratings

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Ratings: 793
Reviews: 376
rAvg: 3.78
pDev: 11.64%
Wants: 18
Gots: 58 | 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:
Beer added by: rhoadsrage on 01-16-2006

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Photo of ericj551
4.48/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

After much confusion about the Thirsty Dog Brewing Company being closed I finally found this beer. It pours an inky black with a beautiful brown head that seems have different shades as I pour. The aroma is rich sweet roasted caramel, tons of delicious malt aroma. The flavor is sweet and delicious, like desert in a bottle. Rich chocolate, toffee, toffee and plenty of sweet maltiness make this one a real treat. Behind all the sweetness, there is some hop bitterness in the finish, but not very much. This is what I'm looking for from an Stout or Porter. It has all the flavor, depth and richness of an Imperial with out being overpowering and remains drinkable at under 6%.

Photo of 86sportster883
4.32/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thirsty Dog's Old Leghumper is a really nice robust porter with exceptional drinkability. It pours dark brown with reddish brown hues when held to the light. The head disappeared so quickly that I couldn't even tell you what color it was. It smells malty sweet with dark chocolate and caramel aromas. I found this porter to be medium bodied with moderately low carbonation that combined to impart a smooth creaminess to the mouthfeel. Sweat roasted malt flavors blend beautifully with hints of caramel and a touch of alcohol and then finishes with a mild burnt dryness that is clean and well balanced. Overall, Old Leghumper is an excellent porter that I will just have to find on tap.

Photo of scott
3.53/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5


Dark, with minimal ruby highlights and quick to reduce top. Robust nose of dark chocolate milk, and tastes similar. Creamy & full-bodied, but well carbonated. This reminds me of a cola milkshake. Very easy to drink. Well-balanced, well-crafted and good enough to find itself regular shelf space in my fridge.

Photo of TexIndy
3.68/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got in a trade with johnnnniee - many thanks! Poured from a 12oz bottle with no dating info into a pint glass. It was pitch black with deep mahogany highlights around the edges a light. It had a good sized tan head that very quickly dissipated into nothing. No lacing but good carb in center. The aroma was very subdued - really had to sniff to get it. What was there was roasted and chocolate malts, some caramel. The taste was very good. I'm really into porters right now and this one won't blow you away but you find yourself taking drink after drink. Overall, it's a good but not great porter. Recommend. Need to try this one again. (4, OR, T, Y)

Photo of geexploitation
3.85/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours 100 percent black with a fine-bubbled tan head that leaves some lacing and remains as a collar on top of the liquid. The aroma is very rich, a mix of sweet smells and roasted ones, with an overbearing creaminess that's kind of Coffeemate. On the palate the flavors are smooth but very robust -- this is an Americanized porter, with lots of roasted malt goodness, substantial bitterness from hops and malt, and big, heavy mouthfeel. This is a good American porter, but its heaviness is a bit much for my taste, and the hugeness of the flavors detract from a style that ought to be pretty easy and drinkable.

Photo of Bitterbill
3.92/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Yet another sample I got in trade with Wasatch. Thanks, John!

It pours from the 12oz bottle a very dark brown with some reddish hues and a tiny head of foam that dissipated quickly. There's just some spotting and a little bit of lacing.

The smell has a nice roasted and caramel malt nose to it.

The taste starts off with a good chocolate malt flavour and it's pretty sweet but then the roasted malt moves in and cuts down on the sweetness a bit and that improves the taste and drinkability for me. I pulled this straight out of the fridge, not my usual modus operendi, so I'm going to take small sips and see what happens when it gets closer to room temp.

It's now warmed up some and nothing's really changed. I'd have to say that this is a pretty good sample of the style, not overly complex yet a solid interpretation and I'd gladly drink it again if I was offered one.

Photo of klewis
3.41/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Pours black with a tan head that quickly fizzes away. No lacing.

S: Nice smell of roasted coffee beans and cocoa.

T: A nice coffee flavor, yet it is quite one-dimensional and uninteresting. Overall, the taste is a bit weak for a robust porter. I seem to remember it being much stronger a few years back.

M: Light in body and a bit watery. Moderate carbonation.

D: A good beer, but like the rest of TD's beers, I remember liking this one a whole lot better a few years ago. The quality of their brews seems to be waning.

Photo of objectivemonkey
4.27/5  rDev +13%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Into a pint glass, pours a very dark black, almost no color even when held up to a lamp, an aggressive pour yields a finger of tan head, sticks around a minute before settling into a thin film, then nothing but blackness. The aroma is .. er, robust, full of roasted goodness, burnt even, cocoa and maybe a touch of espresso.

The taste is lovely, a generous cocoa chocolate presence, roasted almost, little to no hop presence, perhaps as really short in the middle, hard to put a handle on. The finish seems to take a long stroll out of sight, there but not too obvious, a tad dry with coffee. The body is pretty full, a even keeled carbonation plays with the smooth body, overall a very quality beer, nicely done.

Photo of Gueuzedude
3.5/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours with a frothy, initially two-finger thick, brownish tinged, tan colored head. The beer sits in my glass with a blackish, very dark brown color, but shows some clear, concentrated amber / red notes around the edges. Aromatic notes of sweet, blackened, but not quite burnt caramelized malt sugars, touches of espresso, and ample chocolate-like malt notes are found in the nose. the chocolate notes really start to come out after a bit of time, but always there is a backdrop of well roasted coffee and a burnt fruit character.

Fairly dry tasting, but there is a solid fruit character here of slightly burnt figs and roasted raisins. There is a certain tartness here from the roasted grain character, which also accentuates the fruit notes. The beer is a touch thin as it could use a touch more malty richness. The beer finishes with only a hint of hop bitterness, but it does have a solid, burnt grain bitterness / astringency that provides a structure and balance for the malt and fruit notes. The fruit and light acidity almost give this beer a vinous quality. This is an enjoyable brew, though I expected it to be a bit more rich than it was.

Photo of IntriqKen
3.5/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours like midnight oil with a small head of tan bubbles that melts quickly to nothing.

Aromas are roasted dark chocolate malts and a hint of citrus hops.

Flavor is very dark chocolate malt with lots of bittersweet chocolate, some non-sweetened bakers cocoa, a hint of coffee bean, then a light brush of hops.

Aftertaste becomes surprisingly creamy after a thin porter swallow...creamed unsweetened cocoa.

Photo of barefootbrewer
4.08/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer poured an oily black with a thick rocky tan head. The aroma is malty and subdued. The taste is mostly malty with roasted and chocolate flavors noticeable. The mouthfeel is thick and chewy. This is a delicious brew that while may be a bit heavy for most – I find quite drinkable.

Photo of edchicma
4.03/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bills itself as a robust porter. I would call it a darn good porter instead. Pours a dark, dark brown with a nice half-inch head. Smell is molasses and malt..slight metallic note. Taste is very good, mainly roasted malt and coffee in character. Mouthfeel is actually lighter than I expected, but with a refreshing crispness. Because of the previous quality, drinkability is very good.

Photo of tempest
3.93/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On-tap at Liberty St. Tavern.

A chocolate porter by taste and a session beer by feel. It's not the richest porter or the most complex, but there's a wonderful chocolate malt flavor with a nice balancing hops bitterness (a touch of hops flavor). Something different, generally speaking, for a porter, worth trying.

Photo of Grundle20
3.75/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

It takes a mighty rough pour, but a substantial cocoa colored head can be produced to top off this otherwise motor oil black beer. The head displays some great retention once cultivated but it slips away clean leaving no lacing to note.

Pretty much a standard porter scent to the beer with a strong roasted malt sweetness building the majority of the scent. As the beer warms the scent becomes ever more potent and begins revealing touches of cherries and powdered cocoa. There's a little bit of a warm stinging alcohol presence beneath it all but it's not taking away from anything.

Taste and Mouthfeel:
The beer drinks a little dry and powdery. Initially the taste is built of mild roasted malt character that segues in to more of a Swiss Miss cocoa sweetness. As the rich malt flavor subsides there's a light hint of cherry cordials. The finish is surprisingly clean for a porter and I'm actually left with a minimal amount of aftertaste.

It's a pretty decent porter but it's just not really a style I get more than a couple of bottles deep in to. There's a little bit too much of a vapid mouthfeel for me to really get in to this beer.

Bottom Line:
I'd say the smell is the best part here, which probably accounts for why I enjoyed the taste given this beers near absence on my palate. I think Thirsty Dog is a pretty cool little gem of a brewery though, they make solid enough products and it's good they've managed to stay afloat thus far.

Photo of Reed415
4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a dark black chocolate color, with a creamy tan head

S - Roasted Chocolate Malt dominate the nose

T - The flavor is comprised of Chocolate, Coffee, Roasted Malt, with some mild hops

M - Medium Bodied with moderate carbonation, slightly creamy

D - A nicely balanced porter that has that roasted flavor I love

Photo of jwc215
3.62/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours black with a one-finger off-white head that soon descends to a patch. Minimal lacing sticks to glass.

The smell is of sweet candy-like dark, chocolatey, toffeeish malt. Hint of dark sweetened fruits. Slight smokiness.

Dark candy-like sweetness upfront. Dark, slightly smoky, chocolate and toffee. Some earthy, slightly fruity hops give it some balance, but it remains sweet.

Medium-bodied. Pretty smooth.

This is a decent porter that is just a bit too sweet for me to like it more than I do.

Photo of Wasatch
4.17/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks goes out to TheManiacalOne for this brew.

Pours a nice clean dark brown color, nice carbonation, tiny fizzy tannish head, some lacing afterwards. The nose is malty, with lots of toffee and caramel. The taste is malty, nice touch of toffee/caramel. Medium body. Very drinkable, this is a very tasty porter, glad to have had a chance to try it out, highly recommended.

Photo of Zorro
4.28/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured in the glass I get a clear extremely dark brown colored beer with a gigantic yellow brown colored head that almost overflows the glass.

The smell is sweet and malty with a lot of chocolate and caramel scent. Not much hop scent here and what there is is mostly a herbal scent at the very end of the sniffing.

The taste begins mildly sweet and full of chocolate with a substantial Kahlua flavor. The immediate thing I notice about this beer is how absolutely smooth it is. After a few sips the coffee and char flavors become more pronounced but this is a mighty tasty beer.

Mouthfeel is good but is a little on the light side.

This is one mild and easy to drink beer. Mild tasting with no trace at all of any rough edges, this is beer you should try to obtain.

Photo of letsgopens
3.95/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

What I expected to be an average run-of-the-mill porter, pleasantly suprised me by delivering well in all areas. This deep brown/amber American Porter by Thirsty Dog pours to a rich darkness and milky pearl head that lasted a bit shorter than desired. A light sweet aroma bares hints of roasty carmel. The initial tastes includes moderate chocolate and carmel tones that give way to a toasty coffee-like finish. The moderate mouthfeel is pleasant and appetizing with a creamy smooth finish that agrees with the palate. Because of the mellow texture and feel, the drinkability of this porter is very high and at 5.7% abv, you can sit and drink it all night. This would be a great after-dinner beer. Well recieved.

Photo of PittBeerGirl
3.23/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A- dark brown almost black body with beautiful dark tan head that sticks.

S- mostly coffee with a hint of chocolate and malt.

T- presents the same as the smell-mostly coffee with a hint of toffee and malt.

M- medium body with slight molasses feel and medium carbonation.

D- pretty drinkable and decent porter. I enjoyed drinking this one but I probably will not have another for awhile.

Photo of GimpyCane
4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I've been meaning to taste this brew for some time and I'm glad I did. Poured dark brown with a hint of a caramel color shining through. Nice 2 inch tan head the cascade quickly to the top yet fully lasted through the session. The scent was a robust roasted malt, molasses and caramel upfront. Somewhere in the middle I got a hint of coffee ending with vanilla. The flavor was right on with the smell. Medium body, watery and slightly oily with a lively carbonation palate feel. Overall, I like this porter alot. I felt it was well rounded in flavor and aroma. More of this brew will come home with me. Enjoy

Photo of Illinick
3/5  rDev -20.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Received a dark opaque cola/coffee brown with a thin off white head that remians as a slim layer with moderate lacing.
S: All the essentials, but nothing outstanding. Huge roasted and burnt scents as well as some smoke and some coffee and slight nut scents.
T: Again, on point for style but nothing out of the ordinary. Run of the mill roasted and smoky layers dominate with some sweet nut at the midway to mid end. Slight crisp hops peeking through in the middle with a roasted coffee and nutty end.
MF: Light medium and finishes slightly dry.
Overall: An average interpretation of the style that I will most likely not go back to. Nothing bad here, but nothing good either.

Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.42/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a dark reddish brown color with a thin but foamy off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is heavy with coffee and complimented by a little chocolate, dark fruit and some hops.

T: The tasty is very smoky and malty with flavors of coffee, chocolate, dark fruit and nuts. The hops presence is mild but provides a little bit of balance, very nice complexity. There’s a slight alcohol burn which was unexpected from a beer with an ABV of just 5.70%. The after-taste is sweet and dry.

M: Crisp and very smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, slightly sticky finish.

D: Very tasty, goes down easy, not very filling, good kick, very good representation of style. For a style where you normally don’t look for a pounder, this could certainly be one, while still being a good sipper as well.

Photo of Slatetank
4.01/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Nonic after allowing to warm slightly

A - Black liquid pours with dark brown highlights. An appealling colored ale which has almost no head retention.

S - Molasses, brown sugar and slight charcoal scents with hints of oak.

T - Sweet chocolate, malt with subtle roasted somewhat coffee-like flavors. Smokey

M - Agressive carbonation up front. Syrupy, vinous qualities gradually take over. A decently balanced example of sweetness and effervescence

D - A great example of a Robust Porter, highly drinkable while minimally bittered. Malty and slight dryness from highly roasted malts with plenty of sweet chocolate and coffee notes in a lighter bodied ale.

Photo of bluejacket74
4.03/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served in a pint glass, the beer pours dark brown/black, with a half inch tan head. It smells like roasted malt, coffee and chocolate. It tastes the same way it smells, but there's some caramel and nuts in the taste and also some hops in the finish. Mouthfeel is nice, it's a bit slick, smooth and creamy. Body is medium. Drinkability is very good, it's really easy to drink and has a slight dry finish. Very sessionable IMO.

Old Leghumper from Thirsty Dog Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 793 ratings.