Old Leghumper | Thirsty Dog Brewing Company

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86
very good
939 Ratings
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Old LeghumperOld Leghumper
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Thirsty Dog Brewing Company
Ohio, United States
thirstydog.com

Style: American Porter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.80%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by Brent on 11-08-2001

BEER STATS
Ratings:
939
Reviews:
409
Avg:
3.8
pDev:
11.32%
 
 
Wants:
25
Gots:
133
For Trade:
2
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Photo of Sammy
3.78/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Near black, some roastiness. Medium plus mouthfeel, mud in a barrel, which may be mollasses, a bit on the sweet side but tasty, nicely malted and likeable addition of chocolate. Suitably understated carbonation. Went great with pizza and mid eastern spicey food. Coffee not observed, and only faint hop.

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Photo of spycow
3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

Photo of djrn2
3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

Photo of Knapp85
3.28/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Picked up a bottle of this mainly because of the label. Found out that it was a decent porter that wasn't overwhelming. Strong coffee like flavor with an odd smell to it. Not all that bad really. Rich black color with some brown around the edges of the glass.

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Photo of nmann08
4/5  rDev +5.3%

Photo of metter98
3.83/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: The beer is near black in color when viewed from afar but clear dark red when held up to a bright light. It poured with a quarter finger high off white head that has very good retention properties and consistently left a thin head covering the surface.
S: There are light to moderate aromas of chocolate syrup in the nose-not the sweet kind you put in ice cream sundaes but the kind you use to flavor drinks.
T: The taste has flavors of chocolate malts along with some notes of roasted malts.
M: It feels a bit shy of medium-bodied and a little thin on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer is very easy to drink and still has a good amount of chocolate aromas and flavors.

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Photo of BEERchitect
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A nice beer with a clever name. But a beer with such a name should come with some serious strength. Though this beer is well balances and clean, it doesn't pack enough strength in flavor to compete with it's strength in alcohol. Lighter in color than I like in a porter, it's almost copper with good head retention and decent lacing. Aromas are expectedly of black malt, cocoa, and coffee. Flavors bring out a moderatley malt sweetness with a touch of black malt without becoming charcoal like. The cocoa flavors take on a milk chocolate flavor, but not texture; instead of a prefered bitter-sweet cocoa. The coffee notes are soft--more of a cappucino flavor and bitter. Hopping is a bit aggressive for style, but not to bother. The texture is light for style, not quite watery, but light. The finish is a bit sweet and alcoholic. Never packs much of a punch. I wouldn't say a whimpy porter, but certainly easily drank.

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Photo of kojevergas
3.11/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

C+ / ABOVE AVERAGE

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Photo of brentk56
3.92/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a burnt caramel color, topped with a nice light tan head that leaves a bit of splashy lacing

Smell: Great aroma, filled with roasted notes and bittersweet chocolate as well

Taste: Starts out nicely enough, capturing the sweet chocolate from the aroma; after the swallow, however, the porter fails to deliver on the promise of the aroma as the flavors fail to develop and slip away, although there is a slight roasty edge that develops

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: Despite my disappointment with the flavor progression, this beer is very easy to drink and would complement a variety of foods

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Photo of emerge077
4.15/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This bottle was the last one on the shelf, the label was mangled. "Old L- - Humper" was still visible... It was the only one I saw on my trip, so I made sure to take it with me.

In low light it looks opaque, but under direct light it's got an auburn/chestnut glow around the edges. One finger of foam rises and falls to a bubbly skim. Sweet aroma of brown sugar and banana.

Taste is balanced and bittersweet. Earthy tobacco leaf in the finish, malty caramel notes and dark chocolate in the beginning, with a smooth feel overall. Mild roastiness that isn't overpowering. Damn this is good. Should have grabbed a six-pack, I know I will next time.

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Photo of WillieThreebiers
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

Photo of LXIXME
3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

Photo of dmorgan310
4/5  rDev +5.3%

Photo of zestar
3.25/5  rDev -14.5%

Photo of superspak
4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle into pint glass, no bottle dating. Pours slightly hazy very dark reddish brown color with a 2 finger dense khaki head with great retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Spotty soapy lacing clings down the glass. Aromas of dark chocolate, cocoa, roasted malt, caramel, toast, biscuit, light coffee, herbal, floral, light pine, and roasted earthiness. Damn nice aromas with good balance and complexity of dark/roasted malt and light-moderate hop notes; with good strength. Taste of dark chocolate, cocoa, roasted malt, toast, biscuit, caramel, light coffee, herbal, floral, light pine, and roasted earthiness. Fair amount of roast/pine bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of dark chocolate, cocoa, roasted malt, toast, biscuit, caramel, light coffee, herbal, floral, and roasted earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Damn nice balance and complexity of dark/roasted malt flavors with light-moderate hop presence; with a great malt/bitterness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a moderately creamy, smooth, and slightly chalky mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a slight warming present after the finish. Overall this is a damn nice porter. All around good balance, complexity, and robustness of dark/roasted malt and light-moderate hop flavors; and very smooth to drink. A very enjoyable offering.

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Photo of chinchill
4.05/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Undated 12 oz bottle served in a snifter at about 50-55F.
This porter pours nearly black but clear with reddish highlights. A dark tan head has limited retention but leaves decent lacing.

The aroma has an attractive mix of sweet malts with more dark fruit than dark roasted grains.

Flavor: a mix of sweet malts and dark roasted grains. Hints of toffee and dark fruits, Lightly sweet, perhaps a hair too much. Hint of coffee and dark chocolate in the aftertaste. Approaches 4.25

Feel: Soft, low carbonation. Full bodied. Creamy smooth.

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Photo of oberon
4.44/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark deep brown with ruby ruby tint when a thin light brown head that leaves quickly,love the aromas pretty fruity with a cinnamon spice quality wich I had never encoutered in a standard porter but wich I enjoyed also picked up some bitter chocolate.What I like best about the flavors of this porter is that its not overly roasted sure there is a roasted malt profile but this brew is fruity and chocolaty over top of the roasted malt profile.A real nice porter one I would drink alot of if more available the mouthfeel is spot on for me,a nice change of pace porter with a cool labelon the bottle to boot.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.3/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From a bottle contract brewed by Frederick in Maryland; fresh from the brewery. (...and, man, you've gotta love the label on this one with the dog sitting in front of three sets of attractive female legs!)

This superbly chocolatey porter delivers the typically expected appearance with a black body that reveals ruby-mahogany highlights at the base of the glass and a creamy tan head. Unfortunately, the head retention is a bit limited, and it drops shortly to an average collar.

The nose is restrained, but that's OK for the style, and it does offer some malt with an almost "Ovaltine" and mocha java character to it, as well as some almost "smoky" roastiness.

In the mouth it's medium-light bodied and lighty zesty on the palate with a fine-bubbled, moderate carbonation.

The flavor delivers lightly sweet chocolate and caramel, backed by a soft coffee character; and balanced by a mild bitterness. Some delicate grassy hops come through in the end; and it finishes short with a dollop of sweetish caramel/chocolate/coffee malt that fades to a lingering coffee note.

Overall, this is a really well-done, basic porter that has a great malt constituent. It's well-rounded, nicely balanced without too much dark malt acidity, and quite easy to drink. It's light enough in character that it would make a decent session ale (although the alcohol is a little high for that at 5.7%); it passes muster for a summer brew as well as a great fall/winter quaff; it pairs well with a wide variety of foods (grilled pork chops, mussels marinara, pizza, black bean and corn soup); and it would fit in quite appropriately at quite a number of social functions (guy's poker night, backyard BBQ, simple night at the pub, holiday get-together, back-at-camp beer, etc). Well done!

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Photo of jlindros
3.92/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Found this in my last beer run down to CT for Stout Trooper. With a name like this, how could it not be good.

A: A nice 1 finger head rises but quickly fades. It has some darkness to it. The beer itself is very dark brown, almost black, with some haze.

N: Lots of roast and brown sugar hit first. Dark malts, roasted and caramelized. A very porter-esque roasted aroma. Caramelized brown sugar and molasses is the other big aroma. More sweet malts, and a hint of booze.

T: Starts with lots of caramel/crystal malts, and other roasted malt flavors. Then roasted malt itself, the porter form and less coffee form. A little juicy and robust but not thick and creamy at all. Some sweetness and sweet malts, a little brown sugar and molasses but not as much as I expected. A little bitterness more from roasted malts than the hops.

M: A little thinner than expected and wanted, but not too bad, decent carbonation.

F: A little bitter and spicy actually. Bitterness from both roasted earthy malts and some spicy hops. A little earthy dry taste from more of the roastedness. A little chocolate as well late on the finish, that carries with the roasted malts.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.42/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a dark reddish brown color with a thin but foamy off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is heavy with coffee and complimented by a little chocolate, dark fruit and some hops.

T: The tasty is very smoky and malty with flavors of coffee, chocolate, dark fruit and nuts. The hops presence is mild but provides a little bit of balance, very nice complexity. There’s a slight alcohol burn which was unexpected from a beer with an ABV of just 5.70%. The after-taste is sweet and dry.

M: Crisp and very smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, slightly sticky finish.

D: Very tasty, goes down easy, not very filling, good kick, very good representation of style. For a style where you normally don’t look for a pounder, this could certainly be one, while still being a good sipper as well.

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Photo of dbrauneis
3.76/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: Pours an opaque yet still clear very dark reddish brown approaching black in color with light to moderate amounts of gentle visible carbonation along the edges of the glass and some garnet red + dark cola brown highlights. The beer has a finger tall foamy tan head that reduces to a mottled thick film covering the entire surface of the beer with a thick ring at the edges of the glass. Moderate to significant amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate aromas of roasted malts with a light aroma of Nestle Quik syrup.

T: Upfront there are moderate flavors of roasted malts as well as chocolate malts, though there is little to no sweetness associated with the flavor of this beer. Hints of earthy hops which contribute a light amount of lingering bitterness.

M: Just shy of medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Hints of dryness in the finish.

O: Easy to drink and very enjoyable, a nice beer for the cold of autumn/winter. Definitely worth grabbing. Alcohol is very well hidden.

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Photo of smcolw
4.1/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

The color of the liquor is a paler porter than many--a ruby brown. It appears very clear. Modest head but it leaves a classic "British" style head.

Sweet, caramel candy aroma with a dash of semi-sweet chocolate tossed in for good measure.

Other than the slightly thin body, this is a superior porter. First surprise is that the beer is quite dry. The swallow features a hop bitterness, but the aftertaste is dark chocolate. Wonderfully complex. I note the alcohol level. Even though it is low, it's more than most porters. Overall, it is an easy-to-drink and flavorful beer.

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Photo of vfgccp
3.96/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.97/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Mahogany brown, very nearly black, with dark ruby highlights. I can just barely see light through the beer when backlit by strong sunshine. The two finger cap is dark tan, looks to be tight-bubbled, but doesn't leave much in the way of lace. The nose could be stronger, but it is pleasant. It's primarily roasted malt with an overlay of hops and the barest whiff of chocolate.

I'm enjoying the flavor quite a bit. There's plenty of well roasted malt with semi-sweet dark chocolate notes (more so than in the nose) and just a kiss of hops. There's also a hint of spiciness to liven things up. The finish is medium in length, chocolatey and just a little bitter. The body leans toward full for the style and seems a little chalky.

Old Leghumper is good beer, all things considered. It has the flavor profile that I like (more chocolate than coffee, light on the hops) and has a reasonably full body. This is my first Thirsty Dog brew, but I look forward to trying more of their offerings. Love the label; the dog tags on the women's ankles are a nice touch. "So many legs... so little time!"

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Photo of duceswild
3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

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Old Leghumper from Thirsty Dog Brewing Company
3.8 out of 5 based on 939 ratings.
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