1. The wait is over! Download the BeerAdvocate app on iTunes or Google Play now.
  2. Get 12 issues / year of BeerAdvocate magazine for only $9.99!

Dark Horse Thirsty Trout Porter - Dark Horse Brewing Company

Not Rated.
Dark Horse Thirsty Trout PorterDark Horse Thirsty Trout Porter

Displayed for educational use only; do not reuse.
BA SCORE
85
very good

253 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

(view ratings)
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)
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Latest | High | Low | Top Raters | Read the Alström Bros Beer Reviews and Beer Ratings of Dark Horse Thirsty Trout Porter Alström Bros
Ratings: 253 | Reviews: 57 | Display Reviews Only:
Photo of jmdrpi
jmdrpi

Pennsylvania

3.68/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

served on tap at the Dark Horse brewery pub in Marshall, MI.

appears almost black, with off-white head. nice lacing as I drink the glass. milk chocolate in the aroma. slightly roasty taste. thicker body, lower carbonation. I'd say it's to style as a Baltic Porter. I'd drink it again.

Serving type: on-tap

06-20-2012 02:21:39 | More by jmdrpi
Photo of Zaphog
Zaphog

Michigan

3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

05-26-2012 23:07:54 | More by Zaphog
Photo of trxxpaxxs
trxxpaxxs

New York

4.4/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at Dark Horse's Brew Pub in Marshall, MI...

A: Pours a super dark brown, almost black, with one full finger of mocha head that takes forever to settle down. There is minimal lacing as it drinks.

S: The nose is big chocolate, some coffee, some raisin, and a good amount of roast. The roast and chocolate seem to dominate, but the coffee and raisin aren't exactly second fiddle. It's just a good mix of all the scents.

T: This brew starts off sweet with the chocolate and coffee paving the way for some stone fruits (plums, dates, and raisin) to really shine through. It follows the nose, and all the flavors mix well.

M: Full bodied beer. It's incredibly creamy, with just the perfect amount of carbonation. I get a lingering mix of sweetness and bitterness.

O: I like this a good deal. Dark Horse seems to make stouts and porters that are geared to my taste-buds. I'd drink this again in a heartbeat.

Serving type: on-tap

05-20-2012 01:19:19 | More by trxxpaxxs
Photo of HungarianCount
HungarianCount

California

3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

04-29-2012 15:21:21 | More by HungarianCount
Photo of HarmonMW
HarmonMW

Missouri

3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

04-16-2012 02:10:30 | More by HarmonMW
Photo of buddyvelt
buddyvelt

Michigan

3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

04-12-2012 00:19:42 | More by buddyvelt
Photo of jbnla
jbnla

Louisiana

3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

04-10-2012 20:26:47 | More by jbnla
Photo of zachary80
zachary80

Indiana

3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

12-13-2011 00:59:30 | More by zachary80
Photo of danp14
danp14

Michigan

4/5  rDev +5.8%

12-12-2011 17:59:33 | More by danp14
Photo of TMoney2591
TMoney2591

Illinois

4.1/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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!

Serving type: on-tap

12-11-2011 18:44:32 | More by TMoney2591
Photo of denimdemon
denimdemon

Indiana

4.5/5  rDev +19%

12-11-2011 14:33:15 | More by denimdemon
Photo of Sixpack595
Sixpack595

Michigan

4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very dark, nearly opaque black body with a thin head and no lacing. Not much carbonation, but about as expected for a Growler. The pint I had at the pub was a bit more lively, but not much. Slightly toasty, coffee, malty flavor. Well balanced. Not really what I would call a Baltic porter, but a very good beer.

Serving type: growler

11-15-2011 04:48:34 | More by Sixpack595
Photo of FightingEntropy
FightingEntropy

Minnesota

3.85/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

First draft on site at Dark Horse, and it's a pretty good start. Poured in a pint glass right up to the rim with very little head, yet it lingers a bit. Solid coffee and malty roast in the nose with a bit of light hop as well. Very easy drinking, even in the heat of the summer swelter--mouthfeel is chewy and light at the same time--malt, coffee and roast settle and linger in the mouth--same hop spice on the tongue. Nice beer that would be better on a cooler day or with a bit more AC in the bar. This pitch black 7% porter is more than worth the effort but moved on for the next pint.

Serving type: on-tap

07-28-2011 17:51:34 | More by FightingEntropy
Photo of Bung
Bung

Michigan

4.1/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Serving type: on-tap

09-09-2009 18:55:25 | More by Bung
Photo of Sammy
Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

3.65/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

More of a porter slash brown than a baltic porter, on tap at Hopcat. Brown with carbonation bubbles. Average mouthfeel. Malty. Licorice brown taste. A little roast, more licorice than chocolate, and a tad coffee. Much better at the brewery, better mouthfeel..

Serving type: on-tap

08-09-2009 18:43:17 | More by Sammy
Photo of shivtim
shivtim

Georgia

3.85/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This is probably the only "fish-themed" beer I've ever had that was actually good. Just so you know, avoid any beer named after a muskie.
Anyway, it's a nice black with slight ruby hints and a thin brown head. Nose is malty molasses with almond, vanilla, and maybe even slight cardamom. Quite delicious! The taste is mild malts, some hops. Nowhere near the complexity of the nose. Mouthfeel is a tad thin, but drinkability is pretty good. Nice brew.

Serving type: on-tap

01-08-2009 22:16:16 | More by shivtim
Photo of Roeters
Roeters

Michigan

4.15/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Serving type: growler

08-19-2008 03:45:52 | More by Roeters
Photo of KC8LTL
KC8LTL

Michigan

3.98/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from Growler into Snifter glass and about an inch of creamy tan head appears. Beer itself is quite dark. When I hold it up to the light there is the slightest red that gets through bur hardly anything. Creamy smell with slight roasted coffee notes for smell - it is certainly inviting... Taste is sweet creamy with a bit of a rich fruit taste with some roasted background. Mouthfeel seems a bit thin to my taste, but admittedly this is to style. Drinkablity? Beer Me again.

Serving type: growler

08-07-2008 02:37:59 | More by KC8LTL
Photo of Crosling
Crosling

Colorado

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

Deep formulation of every color except black. Fruity, lacking aroma of dark fruits (blackberries, cherries) with scents of roasted malts and coffee. Nice underlying dark fruitiness is all over the palate, along with deep roasted malts, bitter chocolate and coffee. The coffee in particular lingers on after the swallow for seconds and is ignited once again after a simple lick from my tongue. Lacking in body and texture but still true to the style and pretty delicious.

Serving type: bottle

04-12-2006 05:16:17 | More by Crosling
Photo of weeare138
weeare138

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appears a brown/black with a fluffy tan head that retains nicely. Lots of spotty lacing left on the glass.
Smell is of roasted malt with crystal malt and creamy sweetness evident.
Taste is sweet, roasty, dark fruits, creamy vanilla.
Mouthfeel is chewy, creamy, sweet, balanced, and getting the job done.

Serving type: on-tap

12-02-2005 23:08:38 | More by weeare138
Photo of cokes
cokes

Wisconsin

4.33/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A deepened purple-tinged brown that mimics black from afar. A yellowed tan head rides on top.
Nose full of chocolate syrup, vanilla beans, flaky toffee, and roasted herbs.
That full-on Dark Horse roastedness is manifest from the get-go. Lighter here than in their Smoked Stout, as it certainly should be. But permanently adhered grill residue, charcoal nuggets and burnt, extra bitter dark chocolate are all still here. Lightens towards the middle as a sweet, milky (not lactic) vanilla-caramel hue drifts in. Finishes upturned in bitterness, with citrus and wilted flowers.
Sub-medium body, but astutely structured, and drinkable in gallon+ doses. Though I lack the quantity to prove that statement.

A workingman's thanks to inebrius!

Serving type: bottle

06-10-2004 02:32:51 | More by cokes
Photo of deejaydan
deejaydan

Michigan

4.13/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

05-26-2004 23:23:30 | More by deejaydan
Photo of marburg
marburg

Michigan

4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Fresh from Putnam's just a few days ago... Dark, brown, yada yada. Not quite chocolate in the nose. More like the aroma of the sticky residue left on a metallic wrapper for a chocolate candy -- not that that's necessarily a bad thing.

Taste... Ah, well... Smores? Coffee? Dirt? I'm not quite sure. There's a lot of low, lingering, throbbing bitterness here. Not sharp or potent really -- just continual. Certainly some expected chocolate notes and the roasted flavors. But there's a very sugary melted marshmellow feel to this beer that makes it more interesting than some.

A traditional porter with a twist.

Serving type: bottle

05-12-2004 03:18:03 | More by marburg
Photo of putnam
putnam

Michigan

4.5/5  rDev +19%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Exceptionally dark colored, creamy head that is gathered in quickly by the nearly opaque, brown/black liquid.
On the nose it offers a very deep, profound sense of baker's chocolate, brine and bran muffin.
Creamy and viscous on the palate, it expands generously to reveal sooty, seasoned wood flavors intermixed with charred blueberries, cocoa, palm leaves, baked coconut and roasted shoes. Very impressive and very faithful to classic Porter - as well as Dark Horse's mission to summon all of the delightful bitter flavors from the bowels of the earth and put them in beer.

Serving type: bottle

04-29-2004 22:19:27 | More by putnam
Photo of beerluvr
beerluvr

Ontario (Canada)

3.93/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Hits the glass with a nice light brown head. Very dark reddish/brown liquid, some yeast haziness. Nose is some carob/chocolate, a slight whiff of liquorice too. The taste is very roasty with light butterscotch notes, light coffee and some latent fruitiness. Finishes somewhat dry due to the very roasty nature of the malts used...a nice drinking porter, but nothing to get excited about.

Thanks to CRJMellor for the bottle.

Serving type: bottle

03-28-2004 13:33:29 | More by beerluvr
Dark Horse Thirsty Trout Porter from Dark Horse Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 253 ratings.