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Dark Horse Thirsty Trout Porter - Dark Horse Brewing Company

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very good

302 Ratings

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Ratings: 302
Reviews: 65
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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2/5  rDev -47.2%

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2.5/5  rDev -34%

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2.75/5  rDev -27.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Dark brown, near black and mostly opaque. Weak head and minimal lacing.

Roasted aroma and tart berries, hint of black currants.

Toasty malt. Mild roasted flavor. Odd funk tastes like milk a day or two past expiration. Sour flavor overall.

Medium to full bodied. Grainy texture. Well carbonated.

I can see where they were going with this but the end result just didn't pan out. Either I just don't like this beer or I got an infected batch. Either way, I won't be visiting this one again.

bnes09, Dec 30, 2013
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2.85/5  rDev -24.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

This one was super dark in appearance and the head was almost totally absent from my vigorous pour. Where is the carbonation? The smell is intense roastiness. The taste brings about a burnt coffee/espresso flavor that I feel is too blunt. Chocolate mixes slightly as well as some earthy flavors. This one is too one sided and intense to really be enjoyed. Not a bad offering but I was hoping for more from Dark Horse here.

granger10, Jan 04, 2004
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3/5  rDev -20.8%

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3/5  rDev -20.8%

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3/5  rDev -20.8%

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3/5  rDev -20.8%

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3/5  rDev -20.8%

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3.05/5  rDev -19.5%

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3.18/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

A: Pours a dark cola color. About one fingers of creamy mocha-colored head is formed with a creamy texture and mediocre retention. Good lacing is left on the glass, at least.

S: There's a definite vibe of stewed dark fruits. I also note chocolate (a good deal), brown sugar, and licorice. Definitely serviceable as far as the style goes; too bad my dislike towards licorice pulls the score down somewhat.

T: Yeah. It's definitely heavy on both dark fruits and licorice, especially on the opening. A definite roasted barley note creeps in on the back end, to pair with the crisp, dry finish. This doesn't excite me too much, plus its single-dimensional flavors don't help.

M: This is very light for a 7% porter. Combined with the crisp, clean finish, the drinkability is excellent. The crispness is replaced with a bit of sweetness after a few sips, but this could still be chugged regardless. A bit undercarbonated, too.

O: Any beer that I can pick up a lot of licorice flavors in is likely to get a big fat 'meh' from me - the only reason this doesn't is because of how damn drinkable it is. Even still, I wouldn't seek this one out in the future.

ThisWangsChung, Jun 27, 2013
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3.2/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass. Pours black with barely any light getting through. Small khaki head that sticks around leaving nice film and decent lacing. Nice looking beer. The aromas are full of chocolate malts and dark fruits. There are subtle expresso aromas which can be found in the flavors as well. Although there's a roasty bitterness from the chocolate and coffee, this beer has a fairly strong fruit sweetness to it. I feel like I'm picking up some cherries giving it an extremely subtle tartness. The finish is clean and dry for the most part. Mouthfeel is very nice. Although it's light and somewhat watery, it has a nice fluffy body to it and makes for a very easy drinking beer. I'd say it's on the lighter side of medium-bodied. There's a slight creaminess to it. The alcohol goes unnoticed.

Nice example of the Baltic Porter style, but it doesn't exactly stand out. It's traditional and well executed, just a little one note.

BB1313, Dec 30, 2012
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Dark Horse Thirsty Trout Porter from Dark Horse Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 302 ratings.