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Dark Horse Thirsty Trout Porter - Dark Horse Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
85
very good

272 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 272
Reviews: 59
rAvg: 3.78
pDev: 10.32%
Wants: 8
Gots: 16 | 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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thebends1

Michigan

3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

02-20-2013 15:36:25 | More by thebends1
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egrace84

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

02-20-2013 05:05:48 | More by egrace84
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bwarren82

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

02-15-2013 23:38:38 | More by bwarren82
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BeerBucks

New York

4/5  rDev +5.8%

02-11-2013 02:22:45 | More by BeerBucks
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mrebeka

Michigan

3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

02-08-2013 01:14:44 | More by mrebeka
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szmnnl99

Michigan

3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

02-08-2013 00:03:16 | More by szmnnl99
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adamant1912

Michigan

2.5/5  rDev -33.9%

02-07-2013 05:47:03 | More by adamant1912
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BeerOps

Illinois

3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

02-04-2013 02:18:46 | More by BeerOps
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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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dmorgan310

Panama

4/5  rDev +5.8%

02-03-2013 02:17:46 | More by dmorgan310
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pathman

Ohio

4/5  rDev +5.8%

02-02-2013 03:32:13 | More by pathman
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RedneckBeerz

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev +5.8%

01-28-2013 14:45:08 | More by RedneckBeerz
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Gonzoillini

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

01-25-2013 22:35:28 | More by Gonzoillini
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cwxc818

Ohio

4/5  rDev +5.8%

01-22-2013 01:14:06 | More by cwxc818
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craftbrew502

Kentucky

3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

01-20-2013 17:29:26 | More by craftbrew502
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Thorpe429

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

01-17-2013 23:01:31 | More by Thorpe429
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StoutHunter

Michigan

4.39/5  rDev +16.1%

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.

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

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

01-16-2013 00:49:09 | More by Jspriest
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ROBSTARR

Michigan

4.5/5  rDev +19%

01-13-2013 15:30:39 | More by ROBSTARR
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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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Pillowburn

Michigan

4.25/5  rDev +12.4%

01-11-2013 04:17:02 | More by Pillowburn
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rjl910953

Tennessee

4/5  rDev +5.8%

01-10-2013 14:56:08 | More by rjl910953
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TomD

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +5.8%

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

Michigan

4.33/5  rDev +14.6%

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.

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

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev +12.4%

01-05-2013 04:00:06 | More by Stevie_Janowski
Dark Horse Thirsty Trout Porter from Dark Horse Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 272 ratings.