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Dark Horse Thirsty Trout Porter - Dark Horse Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
86
very good

345 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 345
Reviews: 78
rAvg: 3.81
pDev: 9.97%
Wants: 10
Gots: 32 | FT: 1
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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Ratings: 345 | Reviews: 78
Photo of Flounder57
3.84/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12 oz bottle was poured into a pint glass.

Appearance: This beer poured a one finger mocha head that reduced to a thin layer. It is a pitch black color with no clarity or vision of bubbles coming up through the glass.

Smell: roasted coffee, chocolate, malty sweetness, and some molasses.

Taste: All of the above with some mild bitterness and burn in the end.

Mouthfeel: Creamy smooth, medium to full bodied, low to medium carbonation, and extremely drinkable.

Overall: A nice BP in my opinion. It good to see more breweries try this style out as compared with the Eastern European breweries.

Photo of bizzy54
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

Photo of DerekMorgan
4/5  rDev +5%

Photo of tdm168
3.94/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - dark brownish black with reddish hues and a soft, thin layer of quickly dissipating brown head

S - fruit, chocolate, faint coffee

T - big roasted malts, coffee, intense dark fruit, some faint black licorice, very mild bitterness

M - medium bodied, some warming alcohol, well carbonated

This is a nice porter. It has a nice flavor profile that is intricate but simple. The body offers great drinkability. Overall, a good, well-rounded porter. It probably won't please everybody, but for me this is a porter I would go back to.

Photo of beerhawk41
3.25/5  rDev -14.7%

Photo of PEIhop
4.25/5  rDev +11.5%

Photo of Stevedore
3.76/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a Bell's tulip and quaffed today 3/26/2013

Aroma: Nose is mostly roast malt. Some chocolate, a little bit of dark fruit. Not a particularly strong nose but it's definitely there. (3)

Colour: Looks great. Pours with a dark cola body, almost black. Illuminates cola brown. Comes with a lush 2cm tan head that dissipates within a minute or so, leaving a thick, light tan collar. Lacing is thick and grainy, falling back into the collar quickly. (4)

Flavour: I like it. Roast, malt are pretty dominant which I enjoy very much in my porters. There's a little bit of dark fruit, like dates. And there's a chunk of the dark chocolate bitterness on the back end. Pretty great tasting porter! (4)

Mouthfeel: A bit on the thinner side of medium body. Carbonation is quite solid. Aftertaste reminds me of eating dark chocolate a bit too quickly, with the bitter aspect being rather dominant. Don't get a ton of heat at all from this beer despite its 7%. Very, very drinkable despite its being on the thin side. (4)

Overall: I enjoyed drinking this porter. I like getting tons of roast malt in the flavours and nose of the porters I drink, and this delivers in that regard. For the most part it's a good solid porter, nothing to write home about. If it was a bit creamier and thicker, I'd consider putting it up there with some of the better porters like Eddy Fitz (even though they are in different beer styles) (4)

Photo of Rand_ale_Thor
3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

Photo of mdillon86
4/5  rDev +5%

Photo of TheBeerAlmanac
3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

Photo of drpimento
3.91/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 4

Goot schtuf! Served at a good temperature with modest head that soon settles to a light cover that lasts forever and good lacing. Color is an opaque black brown. Aroma is malt, roast, dark ripe fruit, molasses, cocoa. Flavor's like nose with all the above characteristics amplified plus the integration of sweet, carbonic tang, and bitter. Body is good but carbonation seems a little light. Finish is like flavor, longish, and a touch boozy.

Photo of drbenderdo
4/5  rDev +5%

Photo of RblWthACoz
3.93/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

At this point I've had enough baltic porters (from both sides of the pond) to know the difference. This one is thick as it should be. That someone berry kind of robust sweetness is there. Smooth feel. Minimal carbonation. An easy drinker and a good example of the style.

Photo of assman79
3.25/5  rDev -14.7%

Photo of jlindros
3.87/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Snowed in, time to break out the baltic porters.

Pours a very light fizzy bubbly but darker head covering that fades pretty quickly, more like a 9-10% abv beer like head, touch of lacing, pitch black beer.

Nose brings loads of chocolate, creamy milk chocolate, hot cocoa, a little expensive Belgian or Swiss creamy lush chocolate, little bakers even, etc. Some vanilla, light caramel and even a little syrupy sweetness. I think there is a hint of lactose sugar in there since it brings quite a bit of creaminess.

Taste starts with creamy flavors again, almost sure there is lactose sugar in here with the creamy milky flavor almost like a milk stout. Then chocolate but not as complex, more like milk chocolate and a little creamy Godiva chocolate filling flavor. Light caramel and sweetness, a little stout like bitterness, light vanilla too, and faint bitter hops. Finish is quite dry, bitter slightly earthy hops and stout malt bitterness, more creamy lactose and chocolate lingering.

Mouth is quite creamy and milky but feels a bit thin, esp for a 7% baltic porter... then again a baltic porter is typically has lots of malt and flavor with lesser overall beefiness to the beer, so I can't fault it for that, lighter carb though.

Overall not bad, more like a milk stout than baltic porter, but still fairly tasty and drinkable, nice robustness, just a bit light overall feel and carbonation.

Photo of kleinhanscs
4/5  rDev +5%

Photo of jak
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

Photo of DrDemento456
4.03/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of Sparty55
4.25/5  rDev +11.5%

Photo of Pat316
4/5  rDev +5%

Photo of Kerrie
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

Photo of speedvagen
3.25/5  rDev -14.7%

Photo of superspak
3.9/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle into tulip glass, bottled on 1/3/2013. Pours fairly pitch black color with a nice 1-2 finger dense khaki head with great retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Nice dense soapy lacing clings on the glass. Aromas of big chocolate, roasted malt, caramel, coffee, toast, light char, molasses, light raisin, floral, and hop earthiness. Very nice aromas with good balance, strength, and complexity of dark malt notes. Taste of dark chocolate, roasted malt, caramel, coffee, toast, toffee, molasses, light char, light raisin, floral, and hop earthiness. Light earthy coffee bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of dark chocolate, roasted malt, caramel, light coffee, toast, toffee, light raisin, floral, and earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Very nice balance and robustness of flavor with good complexity; and zero cloying flavors present after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a creamy and smooth mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is well hidden with only a slight warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is a very nice porter. Very nice flavor balance and robustness; and very smooth to sip on. A very enjoyable offering.

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3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

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3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

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Dark Horse Thirsty Trout Porter from Dark Horse Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 345 ratings.