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Old Leghumper - Thirsty Dog Brewing Company

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Old LeghumperOld Leghumper

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804 Ratings

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Ratings: 804
Reviews: 377
rAvg: 3.78
pDev: 11.64%
Wants: 19
Gots: 67 | FT: 2
Brewed by:
Thirsty Dog Brewing Company visit their website
Ohio, United States

Style | ABV
American Porter |  6.70% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: Brent on 11-08-2001

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Photo of Drewcifer
4.54/5  rDev +20.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a very dark brown with a very short, tan head that drops to nothing fairly quick.

Well-defined aroma of roasted malt, coffee and chocolate.

Flavor is extremely well-balanced - at the front is roasted malts, but is rounded with coffee, chocolate and brown sugar. A little hint of hops, but it goes past quickly. Robust, tasty, yet not dominated by any one flavor.

Medium bodied, medium carbonation, fairly smooth, a little oily.

Overall, an extremely well done beer. While the mouthfeel and appearance aren't top of the line, the aroma and taste of this brew are absolutely wonderful.

Photo of mmmbeer
3.67/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle with no freshness date - 24 IBUs. Fairly black body, with medium carbonation and topped with a finger of brownish head that manages to leave some light lacing, despite reducing to almost nothing. Chocolate, coffee and dark fruits are the predominant aromas, but are backed with a dash of hops and perhaps some anise. Tastes of coffee and chocolate with maybe some lactic notes, and green/spicy hops that impart a medium bitterness. It has a medium body with annoyingly high carbonation and imparts a decent finish. Not that bad of a porter - could be more robust though. And the carbonation was distracting, taking way too long to work itself down to a drinkable level.

Photo of bassmantin
4.02/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a moderately dark brown, minimal head. Nothing spectacular about the appearance, but my glassware was a bit inappropriate for the occasion.

Smell is quite nice, roasted malts and a little smokiness. I was pleasantly surprised by the taste. It was very full and lingered for a long time. Porters are starting to grow on me. I will probably drink another one of these right now.

Overall: Nice porter. Fairly inexpensive way to get your beer rocks off.

Photo of theformula
3.73/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Beer #14 in my 366 Days of Beer Quest, tasted on 1/14. Found this at River City Cellars in Richmond. The label is great, the beer is not quite as great, but good.

A: Pours a nearly opaque dark-brown body into a tulip glass. A healthy khaki head retains well. Spotty lacing is left over.

S: Rich, dark malts give the nose a really nice milk chocolate character and subtle coffee notes. Brown sugar and a roasted quality in the background. Raisin and light lactic notes make it through as well. Nice.

M: Light-medium body, low carbonation. Very silky-smooth and oily, yet a little thin.

T: A lot of depth in the sweetness seems to be lost in the taste, but this is still nice. The lightly sweet chocolate malts play off of the semi-acrid, tart notes all wrapped around a roasty and subtlety citrus hop finish. It's thin in the middle and a little sour yet easy to throw back.

D: A slightly above average porter, and not as "robust" as I thought it should be. Easily drinkable and tasty, but lacking depth. Glad to try it.

Photo of BlindPig
4.22/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A- 1" tan head on a close to black body,
S- Roasted grains, chocolate, and some grass hops.
T- Dry roasted barley, chocolate, and some grass hops. Nice size bitterness on tip and middle of tongue. Milk chocolate comes through very nicely.
M- Medium body with medium to high carbonation. A little to high on the carbonation.
D- Probably one of the best standard porters I have had. Just a really solid beer.

Photo of RblWthACoz
3.98/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours one step below pitch black. Has a dark tan head that does not stick around. Nose is a bit deep. Has an almost molasses tone to it, but slightly so. Beyond that, there isn’t much going on besides malts. Flavor is pretty earthy, rustic, and robust. There is definite wood there, and more than a small portion of molasses. Feel is good on the body and the carbonation is at a good level. A good porter. Not one that will blow all the others away, but one that is crafted well. Worth trying for it’s slightly deep consistency.

Photo of CDBeerDisappear
4.13/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Very dark brown, ruby highlights only come through with bright backlighting. Tan half inch head dissipates to a layer. The layer is retained well with adequate lacing.

Aroma is robust coffee malt with chocolate undertones which come out more as the beer warms. Tastes like a lot of mocha starts slightly sweet but the sweetness soon gives way to the mocha bitterness. Feels full and the carbonation is light but adequate.

Sorry I only bought one of these because I am definitely ready for another. Great drinkability. I recommended this one.

Photo of calinative68
4.25/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Shared with my neighbor who bought this tasty porter in Toledo, Ohio on a recent trip.
A - Deep red - cola color with light tan head that dissapates very quickly.
S - Sweet with hints of brown sugar, molasses, with a dominant chocolate presence.
T - Rubust chocolate flavor. Almost no hop!
M - Low alcohol which lends to a smooth feel.
D - Very tasty; low IBU's, low alcohol which makes this easy to drink!
Frankly, this is one of the better porters I've had in awhile. Being up here in hop country, it's nice to taste brews from a different region of the country! Nice porter.

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

Thirsty Dog- Old Leghumper

On tap at Isaac Newton's- Newtown, PA

A- Dark black with a small creamy tan head. 2 ring lacing.
S- Creamy/ milky cocoa and coffee bean.
T- Light and sweet coffee with a touch of milk chocolate.
M- Very smooth, very creamy, and just a tad bit light on the taste buds.

Overall- A nice smooth easy drinking Porter. A bit light on the flavors but easy to drink. A good session porter.

Photo of jdmorgan
3.63/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer poured a dark brown hue, with a small light-brown head. The smell had aromas of sweet, roasted malt and a light hop aroma. The taste was balanced, and had a slight sweetness and plenty of roasted flavor to the body. There were some chocolate malt flavors in there as well, but a strong roasted presence prevailed. The mouthfeel was medium/thick with a low carbonation. For it's ABV, it actually masks it well. This was a fairly drinkable porter, but nothing extraordinary in my mind. I would recommend trying it.

Photo of dickieb
4.2/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark brown with some dark red hints around the edges, and a nice thin coffee colored head. Smell is rich with chocolate, and sweet roasted malts. The taste is quite good with allot of chocolate and coffee, a bunch of roasted malts, light hops come through to balance things out a bit. This is one of the best porters i have had in recent memory. Flavorful, and a drinkable 6%

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.

Old Leghumper from Thirsty Dog Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 804 ratings.