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Old Leghumper - Thirsty Dog Brewing Company

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Old LeghumperOld Leghumper

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very good

811 Ratings

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Ratings: 811
Reviews: 380
rAvg: 3.78
pDev: 11.64%
Wants: 19
Gots: 71 | 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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Ratings: 811 | Reviews: 380
Photo of JDV
3.65/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Big thanks to Miketd for the bottles!
Pours pretty dark black with a nice big tan head. Very lightly ruby tones around the edges. Smell is nice dark roasted malt and is very aromatic and satisfying. Nice slightly creamy body. Good Roasty character with a hint of char, but very light, almost nonexistant bitterness. Moderate to high sweetness level and creamy milkly flavors along as well. Would like a hint more balancing bitterness to match the sweetness, but still very enjoyable. Thanks Mike!

Photo of tmitch75
4.4/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Picked this up on a recent business trip and shipped it home. What a nerd.

Pours a deep black color with garnet highlights around the edges. Thick creamy head drops to a thin layer but leaves bigtime lacing.

This stuff even smells thick. Sweet malt with dark chocoloate, cherries, and raisins.

It tastes every bit as full as it smells. More dark chocolate with a little smoke, roasty coffee, and fruit. A little spicy at the finish. Delicious.

Nice creamy mouthfeel - the body is perfect for the flavor.

Robust is the right word for this beer. It is very tasty and smooth, and well worth the shipping!

Tasted on 3/6/08.

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

Pours a dark brown, light shines through to reveal ruby hues, small fizzy head, goes quickly with no lacing.

Smell is mostly malty with a strong caramel aroma, something else sticks out that reminds me of dark fruit but can't put my finger on it.

Taste is quite buttery with a fizziness to it, not very creamy but goes down quite smoothly because of the butter factor, mouthfeel is similar to a cola, malt and caramel tones seem a bit thin.

Awesome label but only a slightly above average beer.

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

154 reviews as of this posting. amazing how a bere can be so reviewed and regional. I seem to be in this mode today - I'll skip the usual review and note that I liked this overall, a bit light in the mouthfeel but that's just my .02. Worth a try if you're looking for a nice porter.

Photo of macster
3.88/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours quite viscous and dark brown. Shows off burgundy highlights when held to light. Supports a thin light tan head which fades quickly to a light film. Minimal, spotty lacing.

Faint, subdued aromas of roasted chocolate malts are dominant, along with noticeable notes of raisin, smoke, mocha and espresso.

Mouthfeel fairly light, a bit thin. Restrained carbonation noted to the style.

Taste was more assertive than the aroma showing flavors of dark roasted coffee. semi-sweet chocolate, dark fruits and a mild smokey wood. Starts quite sweet overall, but finishes with a nice, semi-dry roasty finish.

In regards to the lable, like they say, "every dog has his day."

Photo of wheelinshirt
4.31/5  rDev +14%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz longneck brown bottle with a cute dog and a bunch of legs on the label. Tried this when a friend bought it and had to pick up a bottle of my own. Purchased from Abe's in Bethlehem as part of a mixed sixpack.

Poured a dark brown with some tan head the didn't last and left no lacing. Disappointing, but appearances really aren't as important as how it smells and tastes, and that is where this beer shines.

The nose is full of coffee and chocolate, no apparent alcohol, just lots of delicious dark malts. Taste is similar, this one is certainly robust. The coffee just seems so fresh, it must have been my mind playing tricks on me, but I thought i could actually feel coffee grounds in my mouth--the important thing to remember here is that this seemed amazing to me rather than disgusting.

This is a very good beer, at least fresh it is. Don't know how long this one can sit, as I am not sure what tends to happen to coffee and chocolate notes as beers age, but if you can get a fresh bottle I highly recommend it.

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

Pours very dark with very little head. Smells a bit smokey, hints of caramel and grain. Tastes faintly of the chocolate hops described on the label, the chocolate is not overdone. Heavy in the mouth, but easy on the throat. I haven't tried this on tap yet, but it is available in my area. I have the feeling I will end up very drunk the night I decide to do so, as it is very drinkable; and because of this I am hesitant to try it on tap.

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.

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Old Leghumper from Thirsty Dog Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 811 ratings.