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Dark Horse Thirsty Trout Porter - Dark Horse Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
86
very good

308 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 308
Reviews: 67
rAvg: 3.79
pDev: 10.29%
Wants: 9
Gots: 19 | FT: 2
Brewed by:
Dark Horse Brewing Company visit their website
Michigan, United States

Style | ABV
Baltic Porter |  7.00% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 02-12-2003)
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Photo of biegaman
3.81/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Thirsty Trout Porter is by most accounts a thoroughly black beer, though even casual inspection to the light reveals a great deal of chestnut colour and even some clarity. We will call it opaque, though we wouldn't be entirely accurate. Its head is stained with an almost greyish tint. To my disappointment, none of it sticks to the glass.

Much in the same way that wines are often reviewed with tasting notes that say something along the lines of "lush berries, soft tannins, light oak" - observations that could describe countless numbers of styles - it's accurate, albeit not exactly useful for me to characterize this aroma as having "cold coffee, dark chocolate, and dried fruit" notes.

Truth is those features are or can be present in many types of dark beers, and they don't exactly help narrow down whether this is British, American, or even Belgian influenced. As it happens, this recipe is in fact styled as a Baltic porter, which, as it happens, has always been to my senses among the most distinct styles. How so? Good question...

What distinguishes a Baltic porter from other types? For one, it has a slightly 'stale' quality. This 'oxidative' element can be almost Port-like when combined with the vinous, dried fruit (cherry, currant, prune) flavors imparted by its esters and likely mimics how it used to have tasted after spending months in transit from England through the Baltic States.

There's also little actual roast considering all the dark, deep flavours. This is notable. Both coffee and chocolate flavours exist without the usual bitterness and, unlike a stout or some 'imperial' porters, there's nothing remotely ashy or smoky about it. It drinks with smooth, lush qualities and doesn't resemble anything close to its true strength (7%).

There's also two keystone flavours that are invariably present: unsweetened cocoa and black licorice. This one shares reserved yet noticeable amounts of those to accompany its prominent black coffee taste. There's even less molasses and nutty sweetness though, again, there is some. The finish, however, is bone-dry as the trout on its label.

The late Micheal Jackson, hailed as the original and still greatest beer writer of all time, said of the difference between stout and porter that it was "as unambiguous as a horoscope". Imagine then the difference amongst porters themselves! This review should have focused less on categorizing this beer and instead taking it at face value - Thirsty Trout is a nice offering, simple as that.

Photo of Stinger80OH
3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

Photo of Huntzor
3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

Photo of zestar
4/5  rDev +5.5%

Photo of dcmchew
4.1/5  rDev +8.2%

Pours black with a small tan head, quick to a modest lace.
Smells really tasty, with lots of milky chocolate, sweet coffee, faint dark cherries, rich caramel, cream and cinnamon, licorice, roasted malt.
Starts really juicy, like iced coffee-milk and cocoa mix, topped with cinnamon and a great refreshing dark fruity zing underneath that really fits. Gets a bit darker but also sweeter, with molasses, faint plum jam, dark roasted malts, extra coffee powder, faint herbal-kinda note (hinting coke, some licorice). Finishes with a bit of nut, a touch of ash and some burnt bread crust.
Rather light bodied, but not watery. Smooth, subtle carbonation, really easy to drink. Aftertaste is roasty, dark chocolatey with a bit of lingering coffee.
Really tasty, complex enough and extremely quaffable. One of the most thirst-quenching porters i've ever had, i wonder if there's any relation with the name in this matter.

Photo of ejmw
3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

Photo of Guas11
4/5  rDev +5.5%

12oz bottle, poured into my favorite tulip. Nice black color with reddish hue when held to light. Aroma of chocolate, roast and coffee. Nice smooth porter that has a very nice mouthful and feels highly drinkable despite its 7.0% abv. Nice effort from Dark Horse yet again. Salute

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4.25/5  rDev +12.1%

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3.76/5  rDev -0.8%

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4/5  rDev +5.5%

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3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +12.1%

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3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

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3.76/5  rDev -0.8%

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3.95/5  rDev +4.2%

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4.2/5  rDev +10.8%

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4.36/5  rDev +15%

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3/5  rDev -20.8%

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4.5/5  rDev +18.7%

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4.36/5  rDev +15%

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3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

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3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

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3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

Photo of nodder
4.06/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle

A- Dark brown to black with a thin tan head. Slight spotty lacing on the glass.

S- Sweet dark chocolate, coffee, roasted malts. Smells like a nice porter should.

T- Unsweetened dark chocolate and coffee flavors dominate. The dark maltyness is there but so are the hops to balance things out.

M- Smooth and somewhat creamy. Light to medium mouth is surprising in such a strong porter. Light carbonation.

O- A great strong porter at 7%. I would have this again.

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3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

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Dark Horse Thirsty Trout Porter from Dark Horse Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 308 ratings.