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Dark Horse Thirsty Trout Porter - Dark Horse Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
86
very good

323 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 323
Reviews: 73
rAvg: 3.8
pDev: 10%
Wants: 9
Gots: 26 | FT: 2
Brewed by:
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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4.17/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of cryptichead
4.5/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of GreesyFizeek
3.59/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Bottle purchased at Nathaniel Square Corner Store in Rochester, NY.

This one pours a mildly dark brown, with a half inch head, and a little bit of lacing.

Smells like smoke, licorice, coffee, and roasted malt. It doesn't smell as sweet as the typical Baltic Porter, in all honesty, this doesn't really smell like a baltic porer at all.

It tastes the same- hardly feels like a Baltic Porter, more like a dry English Porter or a dry Irish stouts. There's some definite smoke, ash, and ground coffee beans here, very dry flavor, with some licorice, and burnt malt. It's feel slightly watery on the finish, I wish it finished stronger.

This is fairly light bodied for a porter of 7% ABV, with a dry and creamy mouthfeel, and a lower level of carbonation.

Not one of Dark Horse's best offerings, I felt this did not meet my expectations for a Baltic Porter, let alone a good porter itself.

Photo of chewy6935
3.92/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Tyrawlings
4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of IMFletcher
3.91/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of J2A2
4.15/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Marius
4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of charadrius_cerevisiae
3.77/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I have always been a Dark Horse fan, and really appreciate their beers, especially their IPAs and yearly stout lineup, so I feel like I have some insight into their taste and brand, but I also am full of a lot of hot air. Nonetheless, I have some air to blow:

A - Color is dark and opaque. Tan head is adequate and welcome, not overpowering nor underwhelming - a nice, friendly quality.

S - Dark and sweet malts fill the nose. There is a little bit of the fruity ale yeast esters that adds to the complexity of the aroma, drawing one into the beer, and chocolate aromas are distinguishable amongst the rest of the vapors.

T - It may be naive to say, but for me, Baltic porters were supposed to be the "Imperial porters" of the style, and those Imperial stouts have made me wanting more from my Baltic porters. Sure the definitions call for deep and sweet malts, fruit esters, alcohol, and more profound characteristics than in their lighter brethren, but Thirst Trout drinks more like a moderately-complex porter than an Imperial ale, combining a bit of either category and leaning toward one another in different sips.

M - Medium bodied without alcohol warmth. Appropriate carbonation level for the style, keeping it light and drinkable.

O - Very good and drinkable porter, though not necessarily a Baltic porter. The thing is (and here I go blowing my hot air) that it really has the taste of the other Dark Horse dark beers. There is something identifiable in the recipe that one can specifically say is Dark Horse, as it is a profile that they have in their other beers. And that is not to say it is a bad thing - it is refreshing to drink something that you know where it came from and it is a trait that they carry over from brewing to brewing - and its nice to have a consistent friend to come back to from time to time.

Photo of Barnoloid
4.15/5  rDev +9.2%
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.

Photo of 302BeerGuy
3.95/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of KevChiTown
3.76/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

First Baltic Porter, so I'm not sure yet what I'm looking for in the style. I like cold black coffee flavor, but it doesn't hang around. Wouldn't mind a few more of these.

Photo of MorganStout
4.27/5  rDev +12.4%
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!

Photo of salinasa
4.14/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of paulish
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Nice porter! 12 oz. bottle. Good smell.

Photo of biegaman
3.79/5  rDev -0.3%
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.

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3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

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3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

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4/5  rDev +5.3%

Photo of dcmchew
4.1/5  rDev +7.9%

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 -1.3%

Photo of Guas11
4/5  rDev +5.3%

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 +11.8%

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3.76/5  rDev -1.1%

Photo of irish6174
4/5  rDev +5.3%

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Dark Horse Thirsty Trout Porter from Dark Horse Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 323 ratings.