Old Leghumper | Thirsty Dog Brewing Company

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Old LeghumperOld Leghumper

Brewed by:
Thirsty Dog Brewing Company
Ohio, United States

Style: American Porter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.80%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by Brent on 11-08-2001

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Photo of HossMcGraw
2.44/5  rDev -35.8%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Might have a bad bottle on my hands here. I sure hope so because this beer sucks.

Pours a jet black with some ebony hues and brown along the edges when held up to the light. Very small tan head that quickly reduces to a ring.

Aroma is quite bad. Spoiled eggs and coffee with some sweetness in the background. The taste is bland and watery with some roastiness and faint sweetness. Mouthfeel is way too thin, and I am not inclined to drink more of this.

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Photo of wisrarebeer
2.59/5  rDev -31.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A: deep black copper
S: mild roasted nose
T: weak and thin for a "robust porter," very disappointing, watery
M: thin and lacking in mouthfeel, where's all the chewy roasted malt?
D: drinkable but reminded me more of a average non-descript dark ale, alcohol was there but body and substance were incredibly lacking

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Photo of Maestro
2.61/5  rDev -31.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

The "porter" pours a dark brown to black with a week, thin, tan head. There is almost no lacing left on the glass. The nose is sweet, almost like a milk/cream stout. The beer's taste is very thin, with little hops and an overwhelming sweet, milky taste. Not much good to say about this beer. The mouthfeel is awkward, with a fizzy carbonation that leaves an oily film on my tounge. Drinkability...I won't be having another.

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Photo of goblue3509
2.66/5  rDev -30%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark brown color with hints of red around the edges and a slight head. The smell is faint and has notes of chocolate and coffee as well as a caramel malt. Taste wise there is a chocolate and coffee backbone with caramel as well, with just a hint of hops to balance out the flavor, the problem is that the flavor is weak and leaves you wanted something more bold. The mouthfeel is smooth and slightly watery. The drinkability is so so, you could drink a lot of them but the taste and the smell leave you walking away.

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Photo of 7ways
2.73/5  rDev -28.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

What can I say, sometimes even a great brewery misses form time to time.

Appearance- Looks promising. Deep ebony with ruby highlights, and a vigorous pour left a lovely eggshell head. I don't really know about the lace because I swirled it so many times to try to discern the aroma. Yup, we know where this is going...

Aroma- Damn near non-existent. Lame milk chocolate and... can you really call that coffee? It smells like a minimalist porter. Hops?

Taste- Is this the same brewery that blessed the world with Siberian Night? The taste almost aspires to something great, but instead quickly goes in the opposite direction. The chocolate nuances remind me of something artificial like a tootsie roll. Earthy (read: dirty and grainy). The alcohol presence is not overpowering but merely annoying. I would say that I got a stale bottle if this were not the second time I tried it. Hops?

Mouthfeel- About the right consistency for a porter. Light carbonation.

Drinkability- Goes down easy enough, but leaves a lot to be desired. Oh, and where are the hops?

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Photo of BB1313
2.82/5  rDev -25.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

12oz bottle poured into a standard pint glass. I had this one awhile ago, but I remember it perfectly, bc I was let down. Pours a brown on the lighter side, really not much head or lacing. Smells promising w/ hints of chocolate and coffee. Tastes pretty watered down.. subtle and plain. Mouthfeel is very watery w/ average crabonation. There's no body to this beer! With all of the problems above, it's makes it kind of hard to drink.. but I had no problem finishing it of course.

I had high expectations, so I suppose that's why I graded it so harshly, it hurts. I like Thirsty Dog, they do some really good stuff.. but this is a complete miss. Old Leghumper has no characteristics that I look for in a porter.. it's definitely not robust. In the world of porters, I can't recommend this one.

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Photo of mattcrill
2.82/5  rDev -25.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: A deep chocolate brown with a tan head that is gone in a second.

Smell: smoky and malty but not much of either. Really a whole lot of nothing going on there.

Taste: carmel with some alcohol esters. A mild hop bitterness noted at the end. It has hints of a woody, earthy, and dried fruit taste but it is too watery.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a nice amount of carbonation to balance it out.

Drinkability and overall: Easy going down but not very inspiring. A pretty average porter that got worse as it went. With all the good porters around here (especially Great Lakes) I see no reason to go back to this brew. I'll stick to their Russian Imperial Stout and go from there.

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Photo of Vierenner
2.84/5  rDev -25.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Seemed rather weak, certainly not robust like the label says. Foam head disappates quickly. Not as thick/rich as I expected. Smell and taste are a little sweet, but largely benign. Flavors all seem to be muted ... nothing jumps out. I've been drinking Imperial Stouts lately ... that could be my problem with this beer.

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Photo of n2185
2.92/5  rDev -23.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Pours black with two fingers of off-white head that recedes into a thin ring with little lacing.

S: Roasted malts and creamy semi-sweet chocolate. There are also some citrusy hop notes on the finish.

T: Roasted malts dominate the flavor with a lightly bitter, coffee finish.

M: Medium body and carbonation with a bit of a watery feel.

O: Overall, a pretty bland porter without much depth.

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Photo of Illinick
3/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Received a dark opaque cola/coffee brown with a thin off white head that remians as a slim layer with moderate lacing.
S: All the essentials, but nothing outstanding. Huge roasted and burnt scents as well as some smoke and some coffee and slight nut scents.
T: Again, on point for style but nothing out of the ordinary. Run of the mill roasted and smoky layers dominate with some sweet nut at the midway to mid end. Slight crisp hops peeking through in the middle with a roasted coffee and nutty end.
MF: Light medium and finishes slightly dry.
Overall: An average interpretation of the style that I will most likely not go back to. Nothing bad here, but nothing good either.

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Photo of dawg
3/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Was recommended to me. Bought a bottle at FatHeads on the south side of PA. Poured into a pint glass. Nice label.

Poured a deep brown. Little if any head. Ring around the glass. Big something or another kerplunked at the end of the pour. Didn't know it was bottle conditioned. Tons of tan flakey chips floating around. Oh well.

Smells like a porter.

Tastes like a porter. Smokey, Brown Sugar, Molassas, Burnt. Typical.

Feels averageish. I expected more bubbles. I got a flat one...I guess.

Needs to sit?...

About 20 minutes later.

Tastes much better. Needed to breath and warm. Sediments dropped for the most part. Sweeter and richer. Much deeper aroma of chocolate and toffee.

All threes now.

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Photo of maddamish
3.03/5  rDev -20.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Just an average porter. Nothing special going on here folks. That isn't to say that it is bad, it's just pedestrian. A bit watery with a hint of dry chocolate. But that is all there is to say about this one. There are better porters out there and you should go drink those before settling for this one.

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Photo of VncentLIFE
3.03/5  rDev -20.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Initial one inch head that disappears into a thick ring. Very deep brown color with mahogany hues. Not a bad looking porter.

Well i guess (from the smell obviously), that they're aiming for here. milk chocolate smoothness, with a hint of butteriness and roasted malts. Kind of smells like a decent English Brown Ale.

Taste is very dry, with only diacetyl accenting. Very dry, almost a nut dry. The dryness is almost akin to a overly roasted strong coffee that sits in a cup for an hour. That coffee isnt really that known. Either I got a bad bottle, or I remember this one poorly.

Leaves a roasted flavor in your mouth after the dryness disappear. More coffee late in the aftertaste, thank god. Its the savior of the beer.

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Photo of biglite351
3.04/5  rDev -20%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - not as dark as most porters that I have had. Short white head went away rather quickly.

S - fresh smelling if that makes sense. Possibly a little fruit.

T - there is an opening taste that I don't care for. I really do not know what it is. However, it doesn't last long. The follow through and after taste are fine. If it was not for that opening I would like this brew.

M - very mild tingle at the front of the tongue. Light feel to it.

D - if it was not for that opening flavor I wolf drink this, but unfortunately I have to pass.

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Photo of sweett3k
3.06/5  rDev -19.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

She got legs and Old Yeller knows how to hump them. Great dark ruby-brown color with a little lacing head. Smells fruity and a little note of yeast. Taste of banana and nut bread with a clean cool finish. Overall this porter is lighter and sweeter than most. It is not the Lebron James of beer maybe they should try to brew this in Miami.

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Photo of jmerloni
3.07/5  rDev -19.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Nice dark brown. Looks silky. Decent off-white to tan head that laces decently.

S - Roasty. Chocolate, coffee. Malt.

T - Roastiness is there with more chocolate and less coffee. Flavors don't taste as fresh as they could - it tastes like Hershey's chocolate rather than something better. Meh. This is okay.

M - Light bodied for a porter. Kind of pussy ish.

D - Pretty drinkable but too boring and ordinary to ever get again.

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Photo of KevBrews
3.08/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Opaque, black, pours thick, rich mocha head, head settles quickly, but rings the edge of the glass.

S: Sweet, dark roast aroma--black and chocolate malts

T: Assertive roasted malt presence up front--you can really taste the black and chocolate malts; some slickness on the tongue; slight presence of chocolate and coffee, but mainly overpowered by roast bitterness.

M: Full mouthfeel, although not overly carbonated.

D: The roast bitterness is a bit overwhelming for me, although appropriate for the style. Pairs well with extra sharp cheddar cheese. Overall, I think the roasty taste is out of balance with the chocolate and coffee flavors. This beer is decent, but there are other examples of the style that I prefer more. Not sure I'd buy another sixer, but I would order it if it were on tap someplace and I'd certainly recommend it to a friend.

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Photo of screamking
3.09/5  rDev -18.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz bottle poured into pint glass.

Pours almost black with a thin khaki head that gone already. Lots of coffee on the nose at first, turns more o the dark fruit side, maybe licorice. Not a strong aroma, but gets its point across.

Taste is much lighter than the aroma would suggest. Coffee is present but small, chocolate is there but hiding. Licorice and dark fruits round out the flavor and add a lot to the finish. Seems rather flat as a whole.

Mouthfeel is a little on the thin side. It's very easy to drink. I got this in a sample pack so I can't say if its worth the price but I will go out on a limb and say that there are some much better equally priced porters on the market.

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Photo of HurricaneMo
3.09/5  rDev -18.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This beer poured a very dark brown that allowed absolutely no light to pass through the glass. Very dark. Thin head that quickly vanished and practically no lacing. The smell was enticing with the chocolate malt and the taste followed suit. However, the flavors were very short-lived and I felt like the lack of lasting power detracted from the overall taste. Mouthfeel had medium body, slightly oily, and the right amount of carbonation. To me, this was merely an average porter.

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Photo of BigDaddyWil
3.1/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a pint glass.
No freshness date.
Cool label, a black lab checking out three girls with hot looking legs. Hence, Ole Leghumper.

Dark brown almost black in color. Some dark ruby highlights, not much of a head. Poor head retention, and no lacing. Even after taking a deep breath, not much of a smell. Mostly dark roasted malts and suttle hints of chocolate, but not much. Taste is pretty weak also, mostly sweet roasted malt and a light mocha flavor. Mouthfeel is very airy and light, with a good amount of carbonation. Low abv, light body and easy too drink. This brew needs more aromas and flavors. I doubt that I will buy this again. Lackluster.

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Photo of MaineBeerGuy
3.11/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Dark brown in color with toffee colored head. Medium body with creamy

Acidic roasted malt flavor, the beer I tasted almost had a sour aftertaste; I'm not sure if it was off. (I had a bit of a cold) I would like to try again to update the review. Vanilla notes come through after a few sips. A decent beer; I'd like to try it on draft.

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Photo of backfat
3.12/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Got this from my bud natedog. I believe it's from 2007. Not properly stored.

pours a blackish, watery brown. one finger chocolate head that dissipates to a watery and slick film. no lacing to be seen.

The smell is mostly roasted coffee and milk chocolate. Too cold at first and I was getting a burnt coffee bean and rusty smell. A bit of earthy must and plum. some more milky chocolate came out as it warmed.

taste is light, but inoffensive. watery roast, some sweet coffee, and maybe some vanilla.

A bit over carbonated for a porter IMO. It's a bit slippery on the tongue as well. so like watery and overcarbonated somehow, haha. a meh beer for me.

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Photo of sleazo
3.12/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A_Typical dark brown not quite opague porter colour with a decent off white head and average lacing.

S_The aroma has a good roasted quality along with a semi sweet astringency similar to alcohol laced prunes.

T_That straight foward roasted quality hits at first. After that you are presented with a sweeter tone not quite inline with the style. The finish is slightly fruity.

M_A bit thick for a porter with above average carbonation.

D_Not quite so sure about this one, I prefer my porters a bit dryer.

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Photo of zimm421
3.15/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a tulip. Appears a dark brown, with a very thin tan head. The head disappears very quickly, and you can see through the body around the edges.

The nose has hints of sweet chocolate, roasted malts, and even a bit of coffee towards the end. Nothing overly impressive here, and the coffee and chocolate seems to vanish pretty quickly. The taste has the roasted flavors that were present in the nose, but the chocolate and coffee don't carry over to the flavor. Seems pretty one-dimensional to me, and is pretty dry.

The mouthfeel is average, with the right levels of carbonation. Overall, this is a decent porter, but nothing I would chase down, or choose to drink again. There are simply better options available at the same price point.

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Photo of BeerFMAndy
3.15/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle poured into a Sprecher nonic. Medals listed, IBU's = 24, O.G. = 16.6°P, 6.7% ABV, no date.

A - A tall pour is quiet and gives up little more than half a finger of light khaki foam. No retention but good lace left above the clear dark brown beer.

S - Roasted malts open up with a sliver of cardboard behind. A pinch of cheap hotel coffee and cocoa with a bitter, dark chocolate finish. Decent but just above average for a porter.

T - Heavy on the roasted malts, there is a lot of dry cocoa and bitter bakers chocolate. Burnt toast comes through and hops offer nothing in this one.

M - Medium-bodied at best, the high carbonation level is sort of a distraction for how thin it feels otherwise. Smooth though. And very dry to the finish with an acrid bitterness.

D - Average porter with average drinkability, the label cracks me up, but that's about it. Maybe I'm just too spoiled with Edmund Fitzgerald.

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