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Dark Horse Thirsty Trout Porter - Dark Horse Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
85
very good

270 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 270
Reviews: 58
rAvg: 3.78
pDev: 10.32%
Wants: 8
Gots: 16 | FT: 1
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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drbenderdo

Michigan

4/5  rDev +5.8%

03-14-2013 00:49:43 | More by drbenderdo
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jeffwright

Michigan

4/5  rDev +5.8%

02-15-2014 02:57:05 | More by jeffwright
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TomD

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +5.8%

01-07-2013 20:46:39 | More by TomD
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astronautjones

Michigan

4/5  rDev +5.8%

05-26-2014 18:32:33 | More by astronautjones
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KYGunner

Kentucky

4.03/5  rDev +6.6%

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.

04-14-2013 01:56:08 | More by KYGunner
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DrDemento456

Pennsylvania

4.03/5  rDev +6.6%

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.

03-03-2013 04:22:08 | More by DrDemento456
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MattyG85

Minnesota

4.04/5  rDev +6.9%

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.

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

Michigan

4.1/5  rDev +8.5%

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.

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

Illinois

4.1/5  rDev +8.5%

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!

12-11-2011 18:44:32 | More by TMoney2591
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bluejacket74

Ohio

4.13/5  rDev +9.3%

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.

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

Michigan

4.13/5  rDev +9.3%

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.

05-26-2004 23:23:30 | More by deejaydan
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barnzy78

Illinois

4.14/5  rDev +9.5%

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.

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

Michigan

4.15/5  rDev +9.8%

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.

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

North Carolina

4.18/5  rDev +10.6%

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.

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

Illinois

4.21/5  rDev +11.4%

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.

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

Wisconsin

4.21/5  rDev +11.4%

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

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

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev +12.4%

12-28-2012 03:56:42 | More by Guinnsslvr
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acknight

Indiana

4.25/5  rDev +12.4%

07-19-2013 03:22:12 | More by acknight
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norinco

Ohio

4.25/5  rDev +12.4%

02-04-2013 00:51:18 | More by norinco
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pjkelley82

New York

4.25/5  rDev +12.4%

08-05-2014 21:18:25 | More by pjkelley82
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MJ_Szydlowski

Michigan

4.25/5  rDev +12.4%

05-03-2013 18:37:23 | More by MJ_Szydlowski
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Syraquse

Massachusetts

4.25/5  rDev +12.4%

08-12-2014 23:59:04 | More by Syraquse
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Sparty55

Michigan

4.25/5  rDev +12.4%

02-28-2013 05:10:26 | More by Sparty55
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TwelveOunces

Kentucky

4.25/5  rDev +12.4%

03-02-2014 21:07:55 | More by TwelveOunces
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Grand-Raggedy

Michigan

4.25/5  rDev +12.4%

07-26-2014 23:09:48 | More by Grand-Raggedy
Dark Horse Thirsty Trout Porter from Dark Horse Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 270 ratings.