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Dark Horse Thirsty Trout Porter - Dark Horse Brewing Company

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290 Ratings
very good

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Ratings: 290
Reviews: 64
rAvg: 3.79
pDev: 10.29%
Wants: 9
Gots: 18 | 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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Photo of metter98
3.9/5  rDev +2.9%
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.

metter98, Dec 24, 2012
Photo of mkennedy119
3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

mkennedy119, Dec 22, 2012
Photo of TastingRoomCharNtony
4.5/5  rDev +18.7%

TastingRoomCharNtony, Dec 22, 2012
Photo of equincel
3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

equincel, Dec 18, 2012
Photo of stortore
4/5  rDev +5.5%

stortore, Dec 16, 2012
Photo of mikediesel124
3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

mikediesel124, Dec 11, 2012
Photo of Thirstygoat
4/5  rDev +5.5%

Thirstygoat, Dec 09, 2012
Photo of TheBigLebrewski
3.25/5  rDev -14.2%

TheBigLebrewski, Dec 05, 2012
Photo of BEERchitect
3.5/5  rDev -7.7%
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.

BEERchitect, Nov 02, 2012
Photo of ortie
3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

ortie, Oct 21, 2012
Photo of TheSevenDuffs
3.95/5  rDev +4.2%
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.

TheSevenDuffs, Aug 10, 2012
Photo of jmdrpi
3.68/5  rDev -2.9%
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.

jmdrpi, Jun 20, 2012
Photo of Zaphog
3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

Zaphog, May 27, 2012
Photo of trxxpaxxs
4.4/5  rDev +16.1%
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.

trxxpaxxs, May 20, 2012
Photo of HungarianCount
3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

HungarianCount, Apr 29, 2012
Photo of HarmonMW
3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

HarmonMW, Apr 16, 2012
Photo of buddyvelt
3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

buddyvelt, Apr 12, 2012
Photo of jbnla
3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

jbnla, Apr 10, 2012
Photo of zachary80
3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

zachary80, Dec 13, 2011
Photo of danp14
4/5  rDev +5.5%

danp14, Dec 12, 2011
Photo of TMoney2591
4.1/5  rDev +8.2%
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!

TMoney2591, Dec 11, 2011
Photo of denimdemon
4.5/5  rDev +18.7%

denimdemon, Dec 11, 2011
Photo of Sixpack595
4/5  rDev +5.5%
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.

Sixpack595, Nov 15, 2011
Photo of FightingEntropy
3.85/5  rDev +1.6%
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.

FightingEntropy, Jul 28, 2011
Dark Horse Thirsty Trout Porter from Dark Horse Brewing Company
84 out of 100 based on 290 ratings.