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

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by Brent on 11-08-2001

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Photo of Sipchue
3.57/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

So many legs, so little time. From the Thirsty Dog Brewing Company. The doggie looks just like Alice, my lab/dalmation, minus the white spot on her chest. My Alice is a girl of course, so we just admire the legs at our house.

Appearance: Very little head, dark brown, some cream colored lacing.

Smell: Chocolate and sweet malt. More chocolate as it warmed.

Taste: Bourbon, then chocolate. Alcohol is quite evident. As it warmed, the chocolate flavor got bigger and the burbon/alcohol settled down to a malty sweetness with mild bitterness. I will say that the flavor is assertive in a good way.

Mouthfeel: Light to medium body, medium to medium high carbonation.

Overall: A unique and enjoyable porter.

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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 RWLawman
4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Dark brown with a thin head and decent lacing left behind.

S - Pretty much malts all the way, with some chocolate tucked in there as well.

T - Sweet malts up front, with some chocolate on the back. Absolutely love the flavor of this beer. It comes across almost as midway between a brown and a stout in terms of taste.

M - Moderate to thick in mouthfeel to me. Just right for this type of beer.

O - 4's across the board on my rating, but this actually ranks as one of my favs in my mind. I wouldn't mind having a six pack of this in the fridge.

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Photo of 57md
4.17/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a dark, chocolate brown with half a finger of head, some of which stays around for awhile. The nose has notes of sherry as if this were a subtle barrel-aged beer (but it isn't). The taste is relatively full-bodied with roast and bitterness on the finish.

One of the tastier porters available.

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Photo of sniper061
4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a nice dark color with a creamy head about 2 fingers in width and leaves a decent amount of lace as it is drank.

S - Presents the aroma of roasted malts with a hint of coffee and cream.

T - Starts off sweet with a creamy chocolate taste mixed with roasted malts and finishes with a delicious coffee taste.

M - medium bodied with medium carbonation. Leaves a dry feel in the mouth.

O - Overall this is a good beer. Not my favorite porter, but one that I will gladly return to, and one that hopefully someday i can try smoked or maybe barrel aged to help develop the flavors

Serving type: bottle

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Photo of tdm168
4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A – black with a soft, off white head that has little retention.

S – roasty, some coffee, faint diacetyl

T – roasty, faint citrus, faintly hoppy, faint chocolate

M – medium bodied, smooth, well carbonated

This is a pretty run of the mill porter. The citrus was different but faint. It was primarily roasted malts with a light coffee-like bitterness. It has decent flavor and is highly drinkable. It’s worth a try.

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Photo of mlazzaro
3.69/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A gentle pour produces 90% head... yeesh. Great coffee toffy grainy smell though. High carbonation really pushes the aromatics.

The head does settle down eventually. Light brown pillowie head that laces well. Deep reddish-burgundy colored body.

Taste like black coffee. Black patent - charcoal roasty flavors. Very thin body for a porter. Almost no sweetness. The flavor and mouthfeel come off as a thin stout with the carbonation level a wheat beer. Kind of over-carbonated feeling

I do enjoy how it is not a sweet porter. More of an ashy, burn, dark flavor. In contrast to a dessert porter. I'm a long time fan of the brewery, but not my favorite porter.

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Photo of cpetrone84
3.6/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

pour is dark brown with red edges and fluffy dark tan head. Nose is light cake batter, toasty grain, a little bitter coffee and some herbal hop in the finish. Taste is actually citrusy, light herbal hop, sweet caramel and notes of milk chocolate underneath. Body is light, smooth, low carb, velvety and creamy.

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Photo of dmb2890
3.21/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle from Big Red Bloomington, IN. Poured in snifter. Pours pitch place with half finger head and a nice reddish brown head. The aroma is chocolate malt with a roasted smell. Medium body, taste upfront has roasted chocolate malt and a milky cream taste in the background. Lactose and sugar seem apparent in the finish to give a chocolaty milk taste. Overall a good porter but not full bodied/flavored leaving some missing taste.

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Photo of JohnnyMc
3.5/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This was my first Thirsty Dog beer.

Pours out a pitch black with a nice 2 fingers of mocha/tan head.

The aroma has a lot of roasted malt, coffee and hints of chocolate.

There is more chocolate in the taste than in the aroma and this lends a slightly sweet character that goes along with the bitterness from the dark roasted malts and coffee. Very balanced.

The mouthfeel is creamy, smooth and rich. Not the most complex Porter, but a very solid representation of the style.

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Photo of Mitchster
3.48/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

24 IBU's, OG=16.6 P, 6.7% ABV (per the bottle). No ingredients per the website.

Purchased as part of a mixed 12 pack. Hefty Psssht upon opening. Foam. Lots of foam. Very brisk carbonation. ~3.5 carbs or so. This is odd. Pours out to a clear near black, forming a voluminous poofy light tan head which rises above the edge of the glass. I get the nose of kiwi fruit..never a good sign, on top of molasses, black walnut, and caramel. Mouthfeel...medium bodied..sweet and chalky. Taste is a recap of the aroma. Weird sweetness.
I drank one of these probably a month ago and this is quite a bit different. Something has happened to it in the meantime, and the overcarbonation and weird kiwi fruit are signs of infection. I've never gotten infected beers from these guys before. I drank a wippet wheat about 2 weeks ago and it had the same kinda funky thing going. The dortmunder and russian imperial were fine.

The score here is a combination of the quality of the beer as I drank it 2 weeks ago and the obvious problems with this one.

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Photo of The_1084
3.83/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours a nice dark color with a creamy head about 2 fingers in width and leaves a decent amount of lace as it is drank.

S - Presents the aroma of roasted malts with a hint of coffee and cream.

T - Starts off sweet with a creamy chocolate taste mixed with roasted malts and finishes with a bitter, but pleasant, coffee taste.

M - Light to medium bodied with medium-heavy carbonation. Leaves a dry feel in the mouth.

O - Overall this is a good beer. Not my favorite porter, but one that I will gladly return to.

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Photo of BeerKangaroo
3.73/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Into a pint glass:

A: deep dark black body that leaves a massive three finger off-white/tan head and takes a good three minutes before settling. There is a lot of lacing seen and the body is too dark for any carbonation to be seen rising.

S: light chocolate, slight nuttiness up front, subdued coffee, all balanced

T: same as the smell backed up with some light toffee. It is very nicely done.

M: medium with some light carbonation on my tongue.

O: this is a pretty solid brew that I would have again.

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Photo of Brad007
3.91/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark brown with a thin head into my glass. Nothing out of the ordinary here. Just another porter.

A whiff of coffee with a bit of cream in the nose. Very enticing.

Robust with a good helping of coffee, toffee and cream. Reminds of the first time I had Otter Creek's Stovepipe Porter. Very different. Alien.

A decent amount of sweet malt lingers at the back of the throat.

This came in a mixed sixer from Ryan & Casey in Greenfield, Mass. Very good, basic, but tasty porter.

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Photo of barczar
3.8/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This bottle has been in the fridge a long time, so...

Pours an opaque deep brown with amber highlights and a solid 2 inch khaki head that dissipates slowly, leaving substantial lacing.

Aroma is initially nutty, with caramel and chocolate notes highlighting a slightly roasted malty character. Toffee and hints of coffee are evident. A bit of alcohol surfaces as it warms.

Roast malt is the underlying flavor, with notes of walnuts and toffee taking center stage, playing with dark chocolate and subtle coffee tones. The finish is a touch bitter to balance the caramel malt sweetness throughout.

Body is a touch light for a robust porter, and carbonation is moderate.

Overall, a very good example of the style. The roast character is not overwhelming, and alcohol is only evident in the aroma and as a slight warmth. Chocolate malt and nuttiness are well represented. Perhaps a touch sweet.

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Photo of Cyberkedi
4.02/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Rich aroma has notes of caramel, molasses and roast quality coffee with a touch of licorice. It pours an opaque warm sable just a couple whiskers above black and a fairly thick and fluffy light tan head. Flavor has good smoky, molasses, coffee and caramel notes. Dusty texture has slightly above average body but not a whole lot of fizz. This one is worth sniffing out.

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Photo of thecheapies
3.26/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Tried to pour it rigorously, but I only managed a quarter-inch of light beige head. Red hues in a translucent dark brown body. 3.5

Well, I wouldn't call this 'robust' just yet. Barely a nose on this thing. Mildly grainy with a hint of medicinal notes and cocoa. 2.5

Metallic in taste. Chocolate is there with some bland coffee notes. Semi-roasted husky grains push through some bitter bite. The hops, however, are medicinal and a bit off. This might be an old bottle. Attenuated and off-kilter. The malts are decent, and I wish they were amplified a bit. 3.5

Not particularly smooth. Carbonation is just fine, but the body is a little weak. 3.5

I've had much better experiences with this beer, so I'm rating it a little higher than this experience. Still nothing special. 3.5

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Photo of cagocubs
3.76/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a pint glass.

A: Nice looking dark brown that turns opaque when fully poured. A powering and ivory two finger head maintains and laces where it leaves. Great looking beer.

S: Roasted malt, some chocolate scent. Maybe some sweet caramel.

T: Roasted malt, chocolate, some sweet and dark fruit.

M: Medium bodied with great coating and pleasant aftertaste. I think the aftertaste is more telling of the beer than the actual sip.

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

Catching up. Notes are recent and thorough.

Old Leghumper is a very dark brown that verges on black, as a lot of the American variations of porters are veering these days along with a big increase in strength over traditional porters. A tight, creamy tan head crowns it, sitting just under a finger tall but with excellent retention and some nice, patchy lacing.
It's big on roasted malts with a bit of a coffee effect to it and some cocoa nib. A little bit of doughy sweetness is evident in the aroma and comes out a bit less in the flavor. Smoke is a natural element here, just a little on the charred side but not excessively so.
I tried this along with two other American Porters on the same night, and all had a similarly roasty, charred sort of profile to them. One was Sumuttynose Robust Porter, possibly my favorite porter to date (certainly at the top). What sets it apart is a bit more strength where it counts, depth, and a bit more complexity overall. While Old Leghumper is very good, it's short of that upper echelon.
Pretty rich and robust, the feel is another way in which the Americanization of the porter includes making it bigger. It's nice and smooth initially, with a bit of a bite at the beginning. Dryness kicks in not long from the beginning.

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Photo of McNealc31
4.2/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very nice black pour accented with a creamy beige head. The aroma promises deep, roasted goodness. And not just roasted, but a bit of char here. Loads of coffee, even a hint of marshmallow. Some bittersweet chocolate, as expected, but the toasted malt and coffee dominate. It's nice that a beer branded as a robust porter is more aggressive than other porters.

Overall, familiar porter flavors, just a bit more kick. A lot to like here.

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Photo of StoutHunter
3.55/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

I picked up a bottle of Thirsty Dog's Old Leghumper a couple weeks ago for $1.59 at The Lager Mill. I have been pretty impressed with this brewery so I thought I would give their Porter a try, let see how it goes. No visible bottling date. Poured from a brown 12oz bottle into a imperial pint glass.

A- I like the label and the name of this beer, it's got a nice sense of humor to it. It poured a very dark brown color that was very close to being black and it had some slightly ruby red edges when held to the light. It had two fingers worth of tan head that died down to a thin layer that stayed till the end and left a little lacing. This is a pretty proper looking Porter.

S- The aroma is pretty simple and straightforward, it starts off with loads of dark roasted malts that have a high amount of medium sweetness to them and impart some nice roasted aromas along with some grains, dark chocolate and a slight bit of coffee. I didn't pick up any hops in the aroma. This was a nice smelling American Porter that had a heavy chocolate aroma that I liked.

T- The taste follows the nose nicely, but the flavors seem a little lighter then the aroma. It starts off with loads of roasted dark malts that have a high amount of medium sweetness and imparted some nice bitter chocolate, coffee, and roasted malt flavors that made for a sweet and robust Porter. I thought this beer had a nice roasty and robust taste and would have been perfect if the sweetness was toned down a little.

M- Smooth, a little creamy, on the light side of being medium bodied, and it had high amount of medium carbonation that was a little prickly. The body could be thicker and the carbonation could be toned down and not as prickly.

Overall I thought that this was a slightly above average American Porter that drank well on this cold and snowy night in Michigan. This was a pretty straightforward American Porter that was all about the roasted malts. This beer had Ok drinkability, this one went down smooth but I think after one the sweetness would start to get to me. What I liked most about this beer was the robust and chocolaty aroma and taste, it had just enough roast for the style and the added chocolate flavor was nice and made this beer stick out a little. What I liked least about this beer was the mouthfeel and the high amount of sweetness, the body and carbonation need some work and the sweetness got to be a little much once this beer warmed up. I wouldn't turn this beer down but I don't think I would buy it again, for the same price I can get Founders Porter and it is just as robust but not as sweet with a much better body. This is worth of a shot if your really like the style but I just don't thin it's a top tier American Porter. I was glad I gave this beer a try and it was pretty solid but there were more then a couple things that kept this from being a great American Porter, another solid example from Thirsty Dog, good job guys, I will be searching out more of your beers.

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Photo of Crundy
3.58/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Black with Ruby hues, light mocha head, minimal lacing

S: Very simplistic, mostly roasted malt with a hint of bitter chocolate

T: Very malt forward, dark roasted malt and coffee bitterness, hint of bitter chocolate, a burnt wood flavor as well

M: smooth creamy, a bit dry, medium full bodied, a somewhat bittersweet finish

O: pretty good beer, a good amount of sweetness and bitterness but definitely more bitter than sweet but I appreciate the woody characteristic and the other subtle flavors.

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

Was in Cleveland for a youth hockey tournament and was able to try Old Leghumper from Thirsty Dog. The beer poured a clear dark amber with a thin slight off white head that laced nicely. Roast malt, peaty earth comprise of the scent. Taste is roast malt and mocha, just a hint of coffee. The mouthfeel is a medium body with good carbonation. Overall it is a decent porter.

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Photo of beergoot
3.48/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Dark red body, almost opaque. Good tan head. Head retention great, nice lacing and rings down the glass.

Smell: Subtle dark malt scents. No noticeable hop aroma.

Taste: Roasted, slightly burnt malts. Burnt toast. Hints of chocolate and cocoa. Hop bitterness is fairly subdued.

Mouthfeel: A shade below medium body, good carbonation. Goes down silky smooth.

Overall: A little on the weak tasting side for my personal preferences in porters and stouts, but the classic porter malts and aroma, combined with respectable ABV, makes this a porter worth checking out.

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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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Old Leghumper from Thirsty Dog Brewing Company
3.8 out of 5 based on 910 ratings.
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