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Dark Horse Thirsty Trout Porter - Dark Horse Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
85
very good

253 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 253
Reviews: 57
rAvg: 3.78
pDev: 10.32%
Wants: 9
Gots: 11 | 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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bluejacket74

Ohio

4.13/5  rDev +9.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

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%
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.

Serving type: bottle

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
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enelson

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

01-04-2013 03:29:46 | More by enelson
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scott2269

Ohio

4.5/5  rDev +19%

01-01-2013 17:03:33 | More by scott2269
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hosehead83

Ohio

3.53/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 12oz. bottle into a standard pint glass.
Mudpuddle brown, cloudy in color with a thick cap of tan foam.
Aroma-Dark malt note
Taste-Dark toasted malt, faint coffee, smooth, easy finish. More of a classic porter taste than a Baltic porter, but a nice offering none-the-less.

Serving type: bottle

01-01-2013 15:43:47 | More by hosehead83
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BB1313

Ohio

3.25/5  rDev -14%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-30-2012 18:52:46 | More by BB1313
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xnicknj

Pennsylvania

3.55/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

on tap at revolution house - served in pint

Pours an opaque mahogany color with charred hues. Crop of toasted brown head slowly fades into patchy lacing on the glass.

Roasted dark malts, chocolate and a dash of smoke in the nose. Soft sweetness, nutty and a bite of warmth.

Waves of maltiness up front with soft, smooth sweetness driven by cocoa and dark chocolate. Coffee beans, roasted dark malts and caramel. Finishes with a touch of alcohol and dark sweetness.

Fuller medium body, decent carbonation, chewy and smooth on the tongue. Well-crafted, albeit fairly standard porter. I'd drink this again, but there's definitely some better ones out there.

Serving type: on-tap

12-29-2012 23:31:53 | More by xnicknj
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pogoowner

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +5.8%

12-29-2012 02:27:21 | More by pogoowner
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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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metter98

New York

3.9/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: The beer is jet black in color and poured with a quarter finger high dense tan head that died down, leaving a large patch of bubbles in the center and a ring of bubbles around the edge of the glass.
S: There are light aromas of dark chocolate malts in the nose.
T: Like the smell, the the taste has has lots of flavors of dark malts along with hints of coffee beans. There is a light amount of bitterness.
M: It feels a bit more than medium-bodied and a little dry on palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer tastes a little heavier bodied compared to regular porters but is very drinkable when compared to other types of Baltic Porters.

Serving type: bottle

12-24-2012 20:54:24 | More by metter98
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mkennedy119

Illinois

3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

12-22-2012 05:24:24 | More by mkennedy119
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TastingRoomCharNtony


4.5/5  rDev +19%

12-22-2012 04:41:14 | More by TastingRoomCharNtony
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equincel

Ohio

3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

12-18-2012 18:19:21 | More by equincel
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stortore

Illinois

4/5  rDev +5.8%

12-16-2012 22:35:42 | More by stortore
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mikediesel124

Michigan

3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

12-11-2012 02:32:06 | More by mikediesel124
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Thirstygoat

Illinois

4/5  rDev +5.8%

12-09-2012 16:20:52 | More by Thirstygoat
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TheBigLebrewski

Michigan

3.25/5  rDev -14%

12-05-2012 02:10:18 | More by TheBigLebrewski
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BEERchitect

Kentucky

3.5/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

If the trout is thirsty, you might want to put it back in the water- fish really, really, really like it there! But as a beer goes, the Baltic porter portrays a lot of porter-ish character but plays it safe on the sweeter, fruitier, and smoother character of classic Baltic options.

Thirsty Trout opens with the typical appearance of porter: Strong dark "bark" brown with a modest haze that strictly prohibits light from emitting. A creamy blanket of lace covers the beer with solid retention and spotty lace. Where I often look for bright clarity or a depth of clarity and rubyish highlights in Baltic versions, those seem to be omitted here.

Strong, masculine aromas of coffee, chocolate, roasted nuts, and black jelly beans play out in the nose with a deeply grounded malt scent of milkshake. The roast-heavy scent begins to resemble stout, but pulls away with more cocoa and fruit complexities.

Coffee lovers should feel right at home with this beer, as the taste of Colombian and breakfast blends rise in the most bold and delicate ways. The coffee focus is backed with the flavor of bittersweet chocolates, walnut, toffee sweetness, malted milk, and a tinge of grape-like fruitiness (I doubt that I would have picked up on much of the fruitiness if the beer hadn't been described as a Baltic porter- I would have likely chalked it up to a standard American porter). Coffee-like bitterness rises in the broad and earthy wood taste to close the beer.

Medium bodied throughout, the beer's early texture relies on its malt sweetness and creamy carbonation, but the slow fade into finish brings a tad of abrasion from alcohol, grain, and hops-again, fine for standard ales, but I'm looking for a smoother lager-like mouthfeel in the Baltic porters.

Where Thirsty Trout draws in inspiration from several porter sources, it doesn't really resonate with the palate as a Baltic porter any more as it does for American porters, robust porters, or English brown porters. But it is a pleasant flavor profile that makes it a joy to drink.

Serving type: on-tap

11-02-2012 05:13:15 | More by BEERchitect
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Imperial_Sapient_Groat

Michigan

3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

10-30-2012 05:13:05 | More by Imperial_Sapient_Groat
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ortie

Kentucky

3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

10-21-2012 22:01:06 | More by ortie
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TheSevenDuffs

Ontario (Canada)

3.95/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap @ HopCat. Served in pint glass.

A - Black with a small ring of white head.

S - Roast, chocolate, and light coffee. Fairly sweet overall nose.

T - Big roast profile, chocolate, some nutty flavours and a touch of coffee.

M - Medium body, moderate carbonation.

Serving type: on-tap

08-10-2012 20:25:39 | More by TheSevenDuffs
Dark Horse Thirsty Trout Porter from Dark Horse Brewing Company
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