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 mlockman
4.08/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Another brilliant brew from Thirsty Dog. Pitch black as a stout, with perhaps some ruby hues coming through if the light hits it correctly and one looks close enough. Not overly-roasty; totally inoffensive, occasionally slightly prickly on the tip of the tongue, but overall an excellent balance of flavor, very drinkable.

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Photo of Roguer
3.91/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Beautiful brew! Solid dark color, thick tan head, great retention, and lovely lacing.

Super roasty aroma, carrying notes of dark fruit and coffee. A touch of yeast lurks in the background.

Flavor follows, albeit weaker and thinner. Lots of roast barley, a hint of cream, and just a little bit of tartness a la overripe fruit. Slight banana esters and a bit of charcoal ash.

A little thin at colder temperatures, but very smooth and drinkable.

This is a solid - if perhaps too ashy and otherwise remarkable - porter, and one that would be a pleasant option on tap.

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Photo of GOBLIN
3.74/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pretty much what I've come to expect from Thirsty dog . . . a well done and delicious beer. Appearance and aromas are spot on. Taste is par for the course. Roasty up front with a second wave of roased malts and subtle bitterness as it goes down. Feel is spot on as well, if anything maybe just a tad thin for my liking. Good beer here.

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Photo of zdk9
3.39/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

A- Pours solid black. Light peeks through it very brown as a slight halo around the edges. Half a finger of off-white uneven foam leaves blotches of lacing.

S- Chalk, roast, a little sweet nuttiness, almost like peanut brittle.

T- Meaty, a little smoky, lots of roast and wood, coffee grounds, cold press coffee.

M- A little thin for what I'd expect, but makes it decently easy drinking.

O- A decent porter. It's up my alley but not quite in my wheelhouse- I'd prefer a little more hops note and not quite as smoky. But I'd recommend this to another porter lover.

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Photo of fscottkey
3.86/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A: [4.25] Nice cola color. The beer is clear and has red hues. The beer forms a solid 2 finger off head. The head looks like root beer float. Lots of creamy bubbles. The bottle lists the ABV (5.8%). I can't find any bottled or best by dates.

S: [3.75] Roasted malts and chocolate dominate the nose.

T: [4.00] The taste is of really nice roasted malts. I am detecting less chocolate on the palate. The roasted malt tang yields to malt sweetness on the back end.

M: [3.50] The body is a bit thin. There is no noticeable carbonation or alcohol. There is a slightly dry finish.

O: [3.75] A good example of a robust porter. I am certain that you could session a few of these. The go down smoothly and have a nice flavor profile. Improvements would be elevated chocolate flavors and aroma and slightly more body.

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Photo of Jonny41
4.44/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is a sentimental beer for me, you know one of those that just brings back great memories... so ratings might be a little high but still a great beer I'll drink over and over.

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Photo of misternebbie
3.82/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 4.25

even though it only one state over I really don't see this one in PA that often, shame because it a very nice porter both on tap and in the bottle format. Rich bitter chocolate with a nice roasted coffee back taste, which I saw more of it in my area.

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

Pours a black body with a thin milk chocolate head. Lacing is pretty good and head retention is above average.

Smells of roasted chocolate malts and slight metal. Also getting some smoked malt with bakers chocolate. Not much hops or alcohol is detected.

Taste is of a classic rich porter. Lots of sweet malt paired with burnt malts also. Bits of chocolate and coffee are in the mix. Very slight alcohol detected, not much hops.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and well carbonated. Head added slightly is consistency.

Overall this was a solid beer. No flaws to it but also nothing outstanding about it. This beer was on my want list for years, glad I got to try it, another tasty beer from Thirsty Dog.

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Photo of snaotheus
3.52/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle split unevenly between two little plastic hotel cups. No visible codes or dates.

Pours black with a small beige head. Small amount of fine carbonation. Smell is yeasty, bready, overripe dark fruit, cherries.

Taste is surprisingly mild. Very slight coffee or chocolate, a medium fruity bitter.

Mouthfeel is a little overcarbonated, but light. Overall, it's fairly good.

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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 Hoptometrist
3.53/5  rDev -7.1%

Served from the bottle into a nonic glass.

A- Poured black with frothy mocha colored head that left some dense and chunky lace. 4

S- Lots of dark fruits and some light smokiness and roasty notes. 3.5

T- Lots of dark fruits notes of raisin and slightly tart cherry juice, pretty big roasty character but definitely much more on the sweeter side for a porter. 3.5

M- Prickly carbonation, pretty smooth, not a dry finish. 3.5

O- It skews a little sweeter than I prefer for the style, but the dark fruit notes are pleasant and uniquely prominent for the style. It is missing a lot of the chocolate and coffee notes I really enjoy in most porters though. 3.5

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Photo of seedyone
3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

On tap at Rattle n Hum, NYC. Big coffee on the nose. Easy head with some lacing, but not much. Taste is stronger than the texture would indicate. A little smokiness & a bit of bitter add up to an interesting beverage. It hints at complexity but never quite gets there. Sort of like a painting in primary colors. It can be quite appealing, but with a more deft touch the challenges on both sides of the appreciation equation are amped.

Don't get me wrong, I"m enjoying this, but there are 40 taps in front of me & in that environment my thirst may be quenched, but my curiosity lingers.

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Photo of utopiajane
3.9/5  rDev +2.6%

Pours almost completely black except for an eggplant purple hue . It's not that there's any light coming though even on the edges. It's that purplish hue that tells me this is the darkest brown and not black. Bitter chocolate on the nose and a creaminess. Roasted malt that has been blackened to a succulence. It boasts of the fruit it might have if left to blacken further. But there is no fruit. There is a sweet bit of caramel under that chocolate and a faint hint at smoke. taste is wonderful and follows the nose all the way. Dry bitter chocolate and some weak coffee. Crisp malt that is a touch bitter. Nutty too but not sweet. It has a creamy soft mouthfeel that feels thin and easy to the palate but is really medium. Finishes dry and hearty with plenty of complexity. The fruitiness form malt sneaks in as the beer warms and it is dry raisin.

This is terrific!

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Photo of LuvLagunitas
3.29/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

A: Quite dark with a thin, unsubstantial off-white head. Seemingly no carbonation.

S: Sweet with caramel malts. Seems to have a hint of some funk and roast. Hmmm...

T: Really not much to it to be talked about. The roasted flavor is first and foremost, backed by sweet caramel and something a little weird. It's like the lactose from a milk stout, but not completely. The alcohol is really only present in the back of the taste and doesn't last long.

M: Thin for a porter and went down a little rough. Not really the best, but not the worst. It's ... Meh.

O: This is the kind of beer that turned me off to the whole robust porter style. I'd probably struggle to finish it and give the rest away. This is a perfectly average robust porter, if not below average.

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Photo of Bone53
3.91/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a tulip glass at around 45 degrees Fahrenheit

Appearance: Dark brown with a red hue when put up to the light. A frothy two finger tan head

Smell: Roasted malts, chocolate, caramel

Taste: Sweet chocolate is dominate with undertones of roasted malts. Also a little smokey. Not very complex, but still above average for a porter. The aftertaste almost tastes like stale coffee to me which sort of put me off

Mouthfeel: Lacking in body; Light and goes down almost too easy

Overall: Porters are one of my favorite styles, but its hard for me to find one that i truly love. I usually stick with my top 3 (Eddy Fitz, Founders, Smuttynose), and Old Leghumper gives me justice as to why. Not enough balance between roasted and chocolate malts, and I get a stale quality to it. It also goes down like water and I prefer my beers to be full bodied. I consider this a third tier porter, under the 3 i previously listed as top tier, and Black Butte being second tier. Still above average for the style and a decent offering

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Photo of raznug
4.06/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: This porter pours black and thick with just a few reddish hues when held up to the light. It is topped with 1” of tan colored head.
Smell: The aroma of Leghumper is of roasted malts and coffee maybe a little vanilla.
Taste: The flavor is similar to the smell with roasted malts and coffee but there is a little bitterness to it that might be from the coffee.
Mouthfeel: This is a rather thick porter it is oily, it is almost stout like.

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Photo of smptenor
4.1/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4.25

appearance- It's a rich dark brown with a half finger head that quickly goes away

smell- the smell is a refreshing mocha-coffee smell. It smells very sweet and bourbon like.

taste- you get a lot of mocha flavor in this beer. maybe a little bit of a sweet bourbon taste which i really like. The finish is a drier coffee taste which lingers for a while on the tongue and cheeks and leaves the mouth dry. I am not of fan of beer that finish in this way nor am I a fan of the way this one finished however, I am a fan of this beer.

Mouth feel is very wet and smooth. not creamy at all. this is quite a lot of carbonation, almost too much for a porter I think. I'd prefer a little less carbonation when I'm drinking a porter or stout.

Overall- This is a good beer to sit down with and have with a dinner. I might buy this beer again. definitely not a session beer. I do like this though but for some reason this beer is a little harder for me to judge.

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Photo of optimistictour
3.46/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Bought this beer on a whim. I've had it before, but the artwork always reminds me of some early 90's Cinemax movie advert (which, to be fair, they may have been going for) and keeps me from making a purchase usually. Today, it was simply the beer I've had the least experience with, and I wanted something fresh.

The appearance here is very nice. Nothing to write home about, but it fulfills the visual duty of a porter as well as can be expected. It's got a medium bodied head which quickly recedes, the color is slightly brownish black, with a tiny bit of light filtering through around the bottom edge of my tulip glass. Solid looks.

The smell could honestly be a little stronger. It's got the usual whiff of coffee and nuttiness, maybe a hint of caramel, but overall nothing stands out from the pack. It's solid, and doesn't deviate from the style in an awkward way.

Taste is good. Almost very good, but not quite there. The coffee and nuts return, maybe a bit of fruit warmth in there, and perhaps a whisper of chocolate. It's not complex, but it does express a wider spectrum of flavor than, say, the 'average' porter. It's certainly not wimpy, and there's some bitterness here to balance it out. I like it.

Mouthfeel is where this beer is basically average. It seems smooth for a second, but the carbonation activates a little too much on the tongue. The body almost feels like it's trying to lean toward IPA territory, but gets caught halfway between in a sort of limbo. It's not bad at all, but it feels like it doesn't know what it's meant to be. Merely okay.

I like this beer. I think it's a solid offering I would never turn down. I'd be quite interested to know how it tastes from the tap, in fact. However, I don't think I'd spring at the chance to purchase my next six pack. Recommended if you're into porters and like to try all that the style offers.

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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 tillmac62
3.96/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark pour with a very deep dark ruby cast. Nice head and a lacing that lasts well enough. Nose is sweet dark malt - caramel with a touch of chocolate. Almost medium bodied with normal carbonation. The flavor profile is nice and a bit complex. It begins with the dark malts delivering a caramel and coffee taste against a slightly sweet background, progresses to a slight roast bitterness and finishes cleanly with a carbonation burst with a hint of smoke. Quite nice!

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Photo of SawDog505
3.73/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a 13 oz tulip glass, not sure when it was bottled. Pours a dark brown, with a one inch tan head that leaves behind some webs of lace. Smell is vanilla, chocolate, bread, butterscotch, and almonds. Taste is dominated buy vanilla and butterscotch, but nice. Body medium to thin, good amount of life, not really dry, and easy drinking. Solid porter.

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Photo of dar482
3.87/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The beer comes out dark black with an off white head with tons of lacing. A bit of light coming through.

The aroma is quite different and intersting for a porter. Instead of tons robust roasted malt or chocolate, I’m getting dried apple, cherry, a bright breadiness, a candy sugar sweetness, but a bit of that roasted malt. Very surprising for a porter.

The flavor has a more familiar flavor now. In front, you’re getting that dried apple pop, a bit of milky chocolate in the middle and then it moves onto this robust roasted malt and coffee. A very dry finish for the style, quite clean with some woody and herbal hops on the end.

The mouthfeel is light to medium with tons of carbonation.

A bit light on the flavor, but a decent example of the style.

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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 pistola
4.56/5  rDev +20%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I can't believe I have not tried this beer until now. I just always shyed away from some of the local breweries. This brew has an excellent finish. Just the right note of chocolate/coffee on start up and finishes smoother than most beers I have ever tried. Definitely worth grabbing a six pack for a try. I will buy again!!

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Photo of BenCrazy3474
4.5/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I would have easily mistaken this for a stout. But, it's a porter. Either way, this is one delicious beer. I love the dark mysterious flavors. Definitely a dark chocolate flavor with many more deeper flavors that buzz me with delight and wonder! There is something very gritty within this flavor.... like something has been ground down to is most bare element and then brewed into a smooth concoction! Great stuff!

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Old Leghumper from Thirsty Dog Brewing Company
3.8 out of 5 based on 928 ratings.
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