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Dark Horse Thirsty Trout Porter - Dark Horse Brewing Company

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Reviews: 80
Hads: 375
Avg: 3.85
pDev: 21.56%
Wants: 13
Gots: 40 | FT: 1
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Dark Horse Brewing Company visit their website
Michigan, United States

Style | ABV
Baltic Porter |  7.00% ABV

Availability: Winter

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Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 02-12-2003

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Photo of pat61
4.5/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Bright black under a half inch tan tinted white foam cap that produces thick lace.
S: grainy nose with some chocolate.
T: Starts juicy and then some chocolate and grain come forward finishing with dark bitter chocolate with hints of espresso. Burnt roast flavors are constrained.
M: Lighter in body than a stout, creamy carbonation.
O: An easy to drink porter with some character.

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Photo of putnam
4.5/5  rDev +16.9%
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.

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Photo of PhillyFoodie
4.5/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Fine example of a nice well-rounded porter. Sweet toasty chocolate malts are perfectly balanced by a bit of cola, black pepper, some nice walnut, and a bit of spicy floral hops on the backside. Only had this beer and One Oatmeal Stout from Dark Horse but I will be looking out for them in the future. These guys seem to really know their stouts.

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Photo of horshack7
4.41/5  rDev +14.5%
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.

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Photo of trxxpaxxs
4.38/5  rDev +13.8%
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.

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Photo of StoutHunter
4.37/5  rDev +13.5%
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.

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Photo of mchegash
4.37/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Had on tap at HopCat Ann Arbor location

Appearance - 4/5
A very dark muddy opaque brown in color. Head is quite creamy and delicious looking.

Smell - 4.5/5
Delicious roasty chocolate, a little bit of hops, a little earthiness.

Taste - 4.5/5
Smoky, roasty chocolate, hints of vanilla and cinnamon. The taste is really interesting, especially the combination of the porter taste with the cinnamon. It's a unique combination that I don't think I've had before. As far as I know there's not actually any cinnamon in this beer, but that's what it tastes like to me.

Mouthfeel - 4.5/5
Fairly full bodied, quite crisp, high level of medium intensity carbonation.

Overall - 4/5
This was a really great beer. I had this on tap, but I would definitely buy some bottles of this if I saw it at the store.

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Photo of cokes
4.3/5  rDev +11.7%
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!

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Photo of GRPunk
4.3/5  rDev +11.7%
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.

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Photo of kkleu357
4.3/5  rDev +11.7%

From notes on 11/15/13

Very malty smell. Dark dark black pour with little head. Mmm, nice smokey taste. Easy on the taste buds. Lots if roasty malts. I like it.

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Photo of MorganStout
4.27/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

My first Baltic Porter and I must say I am quite impressed. Lots of different flavors and the coffee and chocolate really stand out. Wish this was a tad stronger (abv).

Dark Horse does it again. If you see it buy it!

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Photo of WoodBrew
4.21/5  rDev +9.4%
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.

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Photo of ncketchum
4.2/5  rDev +9.1%
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

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Photo of moonboogie_n8
4.19/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I love this kind of beer. like a hybrid between a great porter & breakfast stout.
yeast and malt sediment in a 12oz, agitated & poured heavy. creamy dark tan head, dark brown opaque body. looks good.
smells like cocoa & a little alcohol & coffee.
tastes the same, lots of chocolate flavors, some complexity here, enjoyable.
good coffee flavors, roasted malt, oats, cooked dark rice?
nuts, warm dryer alcohol finish.
great beer, may try again

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Photo of wedge
4.15/5  rDev +7.8%
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.

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Photo of Roeters
4.15/5  rDev +7.8%
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.

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Photo of Barnoloid
4.15/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This is a fairly complex porter, that disguises each note until the beer warms up. Chocolate malts and brown sugar/molasses forward. Dark fruit and anise notes come out in the back end. Think of a dried fruit covered in baker’s chocolate. Thin in body yet creamy in mouthfeel - toes the line between porter and stout quite well. The 7% is not overly noticeable here.

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Photo of deejaydan
4.13/5  rDev +7.3%
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.

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Photo of bluejacket74
4.12/5  rDev +7%
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.

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Photo of TMoney2591
4.12/5  rDev +7%
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!

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Photo of barnzy78
4.12/5  rDev +7%
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.

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Photo of Bung
4.1/5  rDev +6.5%
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.

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Photo of dcmchew
4.1/5  rDev +6.5%

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.

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Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
4.06/5  rDev +5.5%

This is the first and last time I've ever seen this beer around. I found a single, never have been able to find a six pack. So here goes the only Thirsty Trout in my area.

Serving style : 12 oz bottle, poured

Appearance (4) : Dark, coffee bean body with great opacity. Smallish 1 finger head that recedes into a ring of lacing within a minute or two.

Smell (4) : Chocolate, coffee bean, roasted caramel. Mocha and cocoa powder. Slight ale smell behind it but so so faint. Yummy.

Taste (4) : Roasted flavor, chock full of coffee bean, dark roast coffee, hints of dark chocolate, peppermint milk chocolate. A full body, slightly bitter finish. The bitter notes are tamed here, most likely due to cascade hops and the rich roasted malt. This is a delicious beer.

Mouthfeel (4.25) : Full bodied, creamy, rich, and smooth. Like a good chocolate shake.

Overall (4) : This beer is like what you'd get if you had an iced coffee with malts and alcohol - but done right. It's a total campfire, sit and roast marshmallows, cuddle up and read a book (I sound like a friggin' girl), or comfortably watch MacGuyver (there we go, that's more man-like) beer. It's very roasted, very chocolate-coffee, and very dark beer all at the same time. One of the better porters I've had.

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Photo of MattyG85
4.04/5  rDev +4.9%
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.

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Dark Horse Thirsty Trout Porter from Dark Horse Brewing Company
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