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Dark Horse Thirsty Trout Porter - Dark Horse Brewing Company

Dark Horse Thirsty Trout PorterDark Horse Thirsty Trout Porter

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BA SCORE
85
very good

228 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 228
Reviews: 55
rAvg: 3.79
pDev: 10.29%


Brewed by:
Dark Horse Brewing Company visit their website
Michigan, United States

Style | ABV
Baltic Porter |  7.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 02-12-2003)
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putnam

Michigan

4.5/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Exceptionally dark colored, creamy head that is gathered in quickly by the nearly opaque, brown/black liquid.
On the nose it offers a very deep, profound sense of baker's chocolate, brine and bran muffin.
Creamy and viscous on the palate, it expands generously to reveal sooty, seasoned wood flavors intermixed with charred blueberries, cocoa, palm leaves, baked coconut and roasted shoes. Very impressive and very faithful to classic Porter - as well as Dark Horse's mission to summon all of the delightful bitter flavors from the bowels of the earth and put them in beer.

Serving type: bottle

04-29-2004 22:19:27 | More by putnam
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horshack7

Massachusetts

4.41/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: It's very dark very much opaque in color. On top is a head beige in color and one finger in height.

Aroma: Sweet dark fruits in the front with tones of brown bread and molasses. Black licorice, yeasty, mint.

Taste: Chocolate malts, dark coffee, traces of milk sugar. Dark bread, licorice, molasses. The mouthfeel has a malty bite but finishes smooth.

Notes: Despite this one being seven percent it's very drinkable. Cheers.

Serving type: bottle

04-21-2013 01:51:37 | More by horshack7
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trxxpaxxs

New York

4.4/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at Dark Horse's Brew Pub in Marshall, MI...

A: Pours a super dark brown, almost black, with one full finger of mocha head that takes forever to settle down. There is minimal lacing as it drinks.

S: The nose is big chocolate, some coffee, some raisin, and a good amount of roast. The roast and chocolate seem to dominate, but the coffee and raisin aren't exactly second fiddle. It's just a good mix of all the scents.

T: This brew starts off sweet with the chocolate and coffee paving the way for some stone fruits (plums, dates, and raisin) to really shine through. It follows the nose, and all the flavors mix well.

M: Full bodied beer. It's incredibly creamy, with just the perfect amount of carbonation. I get a lingering mix of sweetness and bitterness.

O: I like this a good deal. Dark Horse seems to make stouts and porters that are geared to my taste-buds. I'd drink this again in a heartbeat.

Serving type: on-tap

05-20-2012 01:19:19 | More by trxxpaxxs
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StoutHunter

Michigan

4.39/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I picked up a bottle of Dark Horse's Thirsty Trout Porter last week for $1.89 at The Lager Mill. I have always wanted to try this beer but I've never made the trip down to Dark Horse, so i'm happy they decided to bottle it, so lets see how it goes. No visible bottling date, but I know it's fairly fresh. Poured from a brown 12oz bottle into an imperial pint glass.

A- The label looks nice, it's pretty different looking and for some reason it reminds me of the band Phish. It poured a dark black color that didn't let any light come through with two fingers worth of dark tan head that died down to a thin ring that stayed till the end and left some great sheets of lacing. This is a good looking beer, I have no complaints at all.

S- The aroma starts off with lots of roasted malts which have a higher amount of sweetness to them and impart some nice coffee, chocolate, and roasted malt aromas, the chocolate and roast seem to stick out the most. After that comes a slight bit of dark fruits with raisins seeming to stick out the most and there was also a nice and light smokey aroma with a light amount of earthy hops towards the end. This beer had a good aroma that was really true to style, nothing is out of place.

T- The taste seems to be pretty similar to the aroma and it starts off the same with loads of roasted malts that have a medium amount of sweetness to it and imparts some nice coffee, chocolate, and roasted flavors with the coffee sticking out the most this time. Up next comes a light dark fruit flavor with no one fruit really sticking out and it's followed by a nice slightly smokey and slightly charred taste on the finish with just a little bit of earthy hops that impart a surprisingly low amount of bitterness with a roasted and chocolate like aftertaste, This beer tasted very good and was very true to style, again I have no complaints.

M- Very smooth, pretty creamy, on the full side of being medium bodied with a good amount of medium carbonation. The mouthfeel was very good and it worked really well with this beer.

All in all I thought this was a very good beer and a very good example of the style, it had everything that I look for in the style, it call came together nicely with this beer and it's just how a good Baltic Porter should be. This beer had great drinkability, it was very smooth, with lots of nice roasted flavors that really held my attention and the alcohol was hardly noticeable, I wouldn't mind drinking a couple of these, it would make for a nice beer to have by the campfire, one of the most drinkable Baltic Porters I have tried. What I liked the most about this beer was how true to style it was and how drinkable it was, those aspects really made this a nice beer. What I liked the least about this beer was nothing, there was nothing that I thought was out of place or needed to be improved on. I would for sure buy this beer again when looking for a nice and roasty beer, I consider it a bargain for $1,89 and you can be sure that I will be stocking up on some in the near future, I highly recommend this to anyone who likes Porters and Stouts. All in all I was pretty impressed with this beer, it's one damn good Baltic Porter and I would put it right up there with Bridge Brew Works Baltic Porter as my favorite of the style, they are both very good but this one is a little more drinkable. Dark Horse can make some pretty damn good beers and this is no exception, I'm glad they finally decided to bottle this, it's a great addition to their lineup and it will be a great addition to my fridge, great works guys, this one's a winner.

Serving type: bottle

01-16-2013 04:44:35 | More by StoutHunter
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cokes

Wisconsin

4.33/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A deepened purple-tinged brown that mimics black from afar. A yellowed tan head rides on top.
Nose full of chocolate syrup, vanilla beans, flaky toffee, and roasted herbs.
That full-on Dark Horse roastedness is manifest from the get-go. Lighter here than in their Smoked Stout, as it certainly should be. But permanently adhered grill residue, charcoal nuggets and burnt, extra bitter dark chocolate are all still here. Lightens towards the middle as a sweet, milky (not lactic) vanilla-caramel hue drifts in. Finishes upturned in bitterness, with citrus and wilted flowers.
Sub-medium body, but astutely structured, and drinkable in gallon+ doses. Though I lack the quantity to prove that statement.

A workingman's thanks to inebrius!

Serving type: bottle

06-10-2004 02:32:51 | More by cokes
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GRPunk

Michigan

4.33/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle poured into a nonic pint.

Label simply refers to it as a "porter." At 7% ABV, I'm thinking it is straddling between the Baltic and American versions.

A- A sloppy pour made for a 1-1/2 finger brown head that looked creamy, dense. Very dark brown body. Even held to light, it suggests near black. Head retains at a solid film and leaves good stick.

S- Chocolate and coffee. Hints of berries or raisin, maybe some licorice (I hope not, I'm not a big fan). Some smoke at points. Sweeter with warmth.

T- Very roasty. French roast coffee and dark chocolate, complete with slight bitterness. A little grainy at first, pleasantly so. Rich, but no hint of alcohol at 7%. Some sweetness going on, a little brown sugar, a pack of sugar in the raw with the lightly creamed coffee?

M- Full bodied. Quite viscus. Moderate carbonation tries to keep up.

O- Edges line with robust porter (knowing its listed that way here makes some sense). Very rich flavor goes a long way in my book. Pleasant sipper in the snowy/slushy/icy weather outside. It's a winner. Not overpriced. Could become a real winter rotation beer. I'd put it up against my favorite export stouts.

Not a ton of perceived hopping. Maybe the extra week or two in the fridge took something away in that regard?

Dark Horse lives up to its name. So much good stuff coming out of sleepy Marshall MI. Maybe it's just first impression, but I love this beer.

Serving type: bottle

01-06-2013 22:32:41 | More by GRPunk
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ncketchum

Wisconsin

4.21/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Served cellar temp in a chimay chalice

A - pours a dark, clear brown with a ring of head

S - sweet biscuit breadiness, malt, chocolate

T - taste is primarily chocolate malt, a hint of hops in the finish

M - very smooth, no sign of alcohol, medium bodied

O - great Baltic porter, dark horse continues to impress me with all they put out

Serving type: bottle

05-19-2013 02:16:19 | More by ncketchum
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WoodBrew

Illinois

4.21/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bro-in-law comes through with this brilliant porter from DH. The beer rated low on appearance because there wasn't a decent head present..nor did it lace. The smell and taste however were very good. The scent had dark roast chocolate. The taste was slightly sweet yet bitter....somewhat like the semi-sweet chocolates used for chocolate chip cookies. The mouthfeel was full body with smooth carbonation. Overall this is a great porter....sessionable for sure.

Serving type: bottle

07-11-2013 02:06:26 | More by WoodBrew
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wedge

North Carolina

4.18/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Very dark chestnut color with only a slender, creamy line of a head. Aromas of salted dark chocolate, caramel, nuts, and berries. Rich, malty flavor transitioning to dark fruitiness. Sweetened coffee, tobacco, molasses, faint licorice, caramelized sugar, and vanilla bean. Dry in the finish and creamy, but thinner than expected. A very tasty, big-ish porter and yet another malty success from Dark Horse.

Serving type: bottle

05-16-2013 01:54:38 | More by wedge
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Roeters

Michigan

4.15/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Got a growler from Dark Horse the last time I was around.

A: Very dark brownish/black with thin white/tan head. (my pore was bad, could have had a thick inch head if I had done it right)

S: Chocolate, roasty character

T: A mix of chocolate, maltly goodness, and a great roasted flavor. Ends with a great slight bitterness from the grains.

M: great level of carbonation, with a wonderful bitterness

D: I am hoping that I do not finish the whole growler tonight, but hell that is just a good reason to make the trip right.

Serving type: growler

08-19-2008 03:45:52 | More by Roeters
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barnzy78

Illinois

4.14/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - dark brown with a creamy tan head that fades to a foam
S - chocolate, dark fruit, caramel
T - chocolate malt, caramel, nutty, earthy, fruity, faint spiciness; excellently balanced
M - full body, creamy and smooth
O - very good baltic porter. I'd definitely buy this one again, but a little more booze might have done it some good.

Serving type: bottle

01-10-2014 04:38:30 | More by barnzy78
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deejaydan

Michigan

4.13/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Almost a stout, but barely a porter, in otherwords... good stuff. Poured with about a one finger head that diminsihed faster than most. Very dark, but you can almost pick out some ruby highlights. Smells of, well, roasted malt. Leaves good lacing on the glass. Tastes of roasty malt with a lil something extra that I can't put my finger on. Great, full mouthfeel with just enough carbonation, but by no means flat. I could easily drink these all night.

A great beer from a lil known brewer in Michigan.

Serving type: bottle

05-26-2004 23:23:30 | More by deejaydan
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bluejacket74

Ohio

4.13/5  rDev +9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle. Served in a pint glass, the beer pours dark brown/black with about a half inch tan head. Head retention and lacing are both decent enough. Aroma is nice and sweet, the brew smells like roasted malt, chocolate, coffee and a bit of dark fruit. It tastes like roasted malt, bittersweet chocolate, coffee, and some licorice. The aroma is sweet, but the bitter roastiness really shows up in the taste of this brew. Mouthfeel/body is medium, it's a bit creamy and has moderate carbonation. I think this is a good brew, I'd definitely like to try it again sometime.

Serving type: bottle

01-12-2013 23:15:02 | More by bluejacket74
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Bung

North Carolina

4.1/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Hop Cat in G.R. Very murky dark brown pour. Not a substantial off white head. Sticks to the glass ever so slightly. Rich malt aroma with quite a bit of chocolate, less roast. Taste does kind of match that, with some earthy peat and tobacco, but quite a bit of molasses and chocolate. Barely enough bitterness in the finish. Just medium bodied, with adequate carbonation. The only thing preventing an excepetional in drinkability is the slight over sweetness. Otherwise, well worth trying. This had a tough road to hoe following a Founders KBS, so another good brew from Dark Horse.

Serving type: on-tap

09-09-2009 18:55:25 | More by Bung
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TMoney2591

Illinois

4.1/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a tumbler at The Tribes.

Memories of somehow drug-free arguments about Spongebob episodes come to mind here: How can a trout be "thirsty"? Anyway, this stuff pours a straight obsidian topped by a finger of dusty tan foam. The nose comprises chocolate (both dark and syrup), molasses, and roasted malts. This stuff smells damn fine, I tell you what! The taste holds notes of dark chocolate powder, roasted malts, light coffee, very light molasses, and a kiss of maple syrup. The body is a sorta-light-medium, with a light moderate carbonation, a generally smooth feel, and a kinda dry finish. Overall, a very nice porter, one I wish I could find regularly in bottles out here. Let's go, Dark Horse!

Serving type: on-tap

12-11-2011 18:44:32 | More by TMoney2591
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MattyG85

Minnesota

4.04/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a Surly Darkness chalice.

Appearance: Pours a dark brownish black with a moderate amount of bubbles. About one finger of deep tan head which quickly fades away. Lacing is fairly light.

Smell: A rich, sweet, and roasty dark malt forward aroma with hints of chocolate, coffee, and subtle dark fruit. Dark roasted barley malts with sweet hints of chocolate, coffee beans, toast, biscuit, caramel, toffee, grains, nuts, yeast, oats, and slight smoke. Sweet scent of molasses sugar. Dark fruit hints of cherry, raisin, fig, and prune. Subtle hints of earthy hops in the background. A pretty solid stout like aroma.

Taste: Like it smells, a sweet and roasty dark malt driven taste with notes of chocolate, coffee, and subtle fruit. Dark roasted barley malts with upfront notes of chocolate, coffee beans, sweet caramel, biscuit, toasted bread, toffee, yeast, oats, grains, nuts, and a little touch of smoke. Sweet taste of molasses and brown sugar. Dark fruit undertones with notes of cherry, fig, prune, and raisin. A pretty decent dark taste.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a moderate level of carbonation. Creamy, slick, and somewhat syrupy. Pretty smooth.

Overall: A solid take on a Baltic Porter. Good sweet chocolate and coffee taste.

Serving type: bottle

02-19-2014 07:48:15 | More by MattyG85
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DrDemento456

Pennsylvania

4.03/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

After being turned down for Plead the Fifth everywhere I am glad to come home and drink a this new Dark Horse beer. Got it from Vintage Estate for $1.99 a single.
A - Fairly dark for a porter it does have some ruby hues with a 1/4 inch of silky mocha head atop. As most of their dark brews the lacing is excellent.
S - Smell is very roasty with tones of lactose sugars, some mocha, and a touch of sweet chocolates.
T - Has everything I expected, moderate bittering hops, some coffee and burnt sugars, and a bit of milk chocolate to boot. Finish is also on par with the style slightly drying finish.
M - Quite creamy much more than the Reserve Special Black Ale. Liked the medium slick body.
Overall another great beer from Dark Horse. In a way if made me remember how good the series of the "four" beers are.

Serving type: bottle

03-03-2013 04:22:08 | More by DrDemento456
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KYGunner

Kentucky

4.03/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

I can't say I see any evidence that this is a porter but that said it holds several aspects of a good stout.

The color is jet black with no rubiness. The head was stiff and creamy it was also long lasting.

The scent it mostly burnt malt with hints of chocolate and char. The taste does not follow as strong charred malts and coffee sit on the tongue. The feel it very smooth and a touch dry, its light but charismatic.

Serving type: bottle

04-14-2013 01:56:08 | More by KYGunner
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marburg

Michigan

4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Fresh from Putnam's just a few days ago... Dark, brown, yada yada. Not quite chocolate in the nose. More like the aroma of the sticky residue left on a metallic wrapper for a chocolate candy -- not that that's necessarily a bad thing.

Taste... Ah, well... Smores? Coffee? Dirt? I'm not quite sure. There's a lot of low, lingering, throbbing bitterness here. Not sharp or potent really -- just continual. Certainly some expected chocolate notes and the roasted flavors. But there's a very sugary melted marshmellow feel to this beer that makes it more interesting than some.

A traditional porter with a twist.

Serving type: bottle

05-12-2004 03:18:03 | More by marburg
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weeare138

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appears a brown/black with a fluffy tan head that retains nicely. Lots of spotty lacing left on the glass.
Smell is of roasted malt with crystal malt and creamy sweetness evident.
Taste is sweet, roasty, dark fruits, creamy vanilla.
Mouthfeel is chewy, creamy, sweet, balanced, and getting the job done.

Serving type: on-tap

12-02-2005 23:08:38 | More by weeare138
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Sixpack595

Michigan

4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very dark, nearly opaque black body with a thin head and no lacing. Not much carbonation, but about as expected for a Growler. The pint I had at the pub was a bit more lively, but not much. Slightly toasty, coffee, malty flavor. Well balanced. Not really what I would call a Baltic porter, but a very good beer.

Serving type: growler

11-15-2011 04:48:34 | More by Sixpack595
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jwc215

Wisconsin

4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours very dark brown - almost black - with a tan light brown head that leaves lacing.

The smell is of chocolate, coffee, some dark fruit and a touch of licorice.

The taste is of chocolate upfront soon backed by coffee and dark fruits coming in as it progresses. Finishes with roasted coffee with a touch of lingering chocolate and a hint of licorice.

Creamy and smooth, the abv is well-hidden.

This is a complex, rich, well-balanced porter. Easy to drink, especially for the abv. Well-made and certainly enjoyable!

Serving type: bottle

03-12-2014 21:32:30 | More by jwc215
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KC8LTL

Michigan

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

Poured from Growler into Snifter glass and about an inch of creamy tan head appears. Beer itself is quite dark. When I hold it up to the light there is the slightest red that gets through bur hardly anything. Creamy smell with slight roasted coffee notes for smell - it is certainly inviting... Taste is sweet creamy with a bit of a rich fruit taste with some roasted background. Mouthfeel seems a bit thin to my taste, but admittedly this is to style. Drinkablity? Beer Me again.

Serving type: growler

08-07-2008 02:37:59 | More by KC8LTL
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TheSevenDuffs

Ontario (Canada)

3.95/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap @ HopCat. Served in pint glass.

A - Black with a small ring of white head.

S - Roast, chocolate, and light coffee. Fairly sweet overall nose.

T - Big roast profile, chocolate, some nutty flavours and a touch of coffee.

M - Medium body, moderate carbonation.

Serving type: on-tap

08-10-2012 20:25:39 | More by TheSevenDuffs
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RblWthACoz

Pennsylvania

3.95/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

At this point I've had enough baltic porters (from both sides of the pond) to know the difference. This one is thick as it should be. That someone berry kind of robust sweetness is there. Smooth feel. Minimal carbonation. An easy drinker and a good example of the style.

Serving type: bottle

03-11-2013 02:03:37 | More by RblWthACoz
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Dark Horse Thirsty Trout Porter from Dark Horse Brewing Company
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