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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2/5  rDev -47.4%

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4/5  rDev +5.3%

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5/5  rDev +31.6%

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4/5  rDev +5.3%

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4/5  rDev +5.3%

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4.25/5  rDev +11.8%

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4/5  rDev +5.3%

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4.5/5  rDev +18.4%

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4/5  rDev +5.3%

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4/5  rDev +5.3%

Photo of CaptDavyJones
4.32/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a dark brown color from a 12 oz bottle, with ABV on the label. Almost no light penetration once the beer was in the glass.
One finger tan head that dissipated quickly. Excellent lacing though.
Aroma is a mild yet alluring mixture of chocolate; milk chocolate, cocoa nibs and malt chocolate balls and hints of bready yeast.
Taste is sweet upfront, with the sweetness getting stronger till the finish. The finish has a tinge of bitterness which totally drowns the sweetness that was evident upfront. This a very well balanced porter.
Medium bodied porter that is easy to drink with a nice mouthfeel.
A very good porter, definitely worth a try if you like porters.
Mind you, this is not a robust porter, but definitely very tasty.
A porter that is perfect for my palate and has everything I enjoy in a porter.

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Photo of BBP
3.62/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a bit light and thin for a porter, but is still black as a whole. Head is minimal and so is lacing, but retention isn't bad.

The main aromas I pick up are dark malts and caramel malt. It's got a hint of chocolate as well.

The taste is pretty nice. It's done tastefully and has a good chocolate taste, but I wish it was a bit stronger. The drinkability looks to be more or less the focus of this rather than assaulting your taste-buds. There's some hopping to this and it provides a nice balance. It doesn't provide much more though, and it lets the malts really get the spotlight while giving them a good foundation.

The mouthfeel is thin, but heavy. Carbonation seems to be low key in this and that's quite to my liking. The finish is moderately dry.

Overall, this is a solid offering, but I wish it had a touch more intensity. As it gets warmer it gets a bit richer and the aftertaste starts to shine, however it still seems a bit light initially. I'm sure others would like it more than I. It's a great brew, but a little bit away from my tastes.

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Photo of troysoy2
3.85/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My first review. And what better way than to start with some porters?

Poured into a pint glass, the color is not quite black, with hints of rust color-red when held up to the light. A decent quarter inch light tan head dissipates quickly, leaving little lacing.

Smells of caramel and malt, reminiscent somehow of some German beers I've had in the past. The hops don't really seem to come through in the smell. It smells delicious, but seems a bit two-dimensional. Maybe lacking some complexity.

Now onto the taste... The taste offers a little bit more complexity than the smell, and I was pleasantly surprised by a good balance between a bit of a bitter bite, and a smooth, chocolatey malt flavor. The alcohol is nicely disguised in the taste, and comes out just a bit on the aftertaste. Definitely not bad!

There's a good bit of carbonation, which helps bring out the bitterness in the taste. At the same time, it's got a nice smooth texture which nicely compliments the malt.

Overall, I'm happy with Old Leghumper. The smell could be a little more interesting to match the taste, but this is a very drinkable beer, and I would probably be interested in getting ahold of some more down the road. However, I won't be rushing out to buy a case of it any time soon. There are just too many other beers yet to try!

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

A - Dark brown in color, not quite as dark as I recall on tap. Two inches of off-white head slowly fade to leave a little bit of lace.

S - Lots of sweet roasted malts. A touch of chocolate and coffee, but a whole lot of sweet caramel malts. These mix with the roast and make for a pleasant smelling porter.

T - Again, lots of sweet roasted malts along with some mild roasted barley and chocolate/coffee flavors. Bitterness appears for a short time leading to a quite dry finish. Not much alcohol, nicely masked for the 6.7 mark.

M - Medium body with quite a bit of prickly carbonation. Not bad.

O - A nice porter overall. This wasn't nearly as bold and flavorful as I remember it being on tap at their brewery, but it's solid nonetheless. I would recommend it to any fan of porters and dark beers.

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Photo of CaptJackHarkness
3.77/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a midnight black body with a negligible head that disappears in an instant. Totally non- lacing. Scent is of french roast coffee/ burnt chocolate. Taste is bit bitter and overperked coffee, this kind of reminds me of Russian Imperial Stout in many respects.

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Photo of Minkybut
3.52/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I poured this beer into my tumbler at 45 degrees. The beer was robust for sure. It poured a really crappy head that was gone instantly. The beer was a pretty black rich color though. The beer smelled like burnt chocolate. The beer was fruity and had a burnt wine taste to it. I liked the beer well enough to try it again.

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Photo of deg
4.37/5  rDev +15%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark brown, almost black. Chocolate head. The foam was weak. I could smell some roasty notes, maybe a little malt and hops. The taste was a good and strong coffee like taste with chocolate. I thought the beer was quite drinkable. I don't think I would have trouble drinking several of these at one sitting.

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

Pours a dark opaque brown colour with creamy tan head. Some rings of lacing around the glass. Smells of nice roasted malt with some bitter coffee. Flavour is a nice full roast, fairly sweet. Mouthfeel was a little bit thin, but a very nice porter overall.

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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 Gobigvt7
4.08/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle into a pint glass

a - dark brown, not black. light barely penetrates, a very very deep amber brown. thick head of creamy sandy head, cake-like and stubborn. heavy lacing.

s - smells of sweet malts, more like a brown than a porter.

t - mmm, a very roasty deep malt character, not burnt or coffee-like. again, more like a dark brown than a porter. I'm really digging it. Very moderate bitterness, the perfect balance to the inherent malt sweetness.

m - full-flavored and full-bodied. feels weighty, but not overly so. Hearty and robust (hence the subtitle on the bottle).

o - a pleasant surprise, dark enough, and plenty flavorful enough for the style. a nice change of pace from many of the other burnt porter offerings out there.

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Photo of dtivp
3.3/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a very dark brown with a large over two finger foamy tan head with long retention that fades slowy into a half a finger head with heavy lacing.

Aroma of burnt coffee, dark roasted malt and smoke.

Taste follows the nose with a strong bitter old dark coffee, roasted malt, dark chocolate and a very slight hint of molasses.

Mouth Feel was medium body, very dry with a bitter after taste.

Overall this was not a well balanced porter, very dry, very dry with a strong bitterness. A little more sweetness would have balanced this beer very nicely.

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

Good dark porter. One of my favorites, but not the best. Has a good taste bit of a bitter bight on the end of it. depends what your into when looking at American porters, but its not a real heavy thick beer in my experience. But it has a distinct taste

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Photo of bum732
4.03/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

S: Sharp, roasted malt, touch of caramel sweetness, some hoppiness, but faint overall.

L: Very dark brown, cappucino colored head, creamy that dissipates slightly. Good lacing.

T: Dry, roasty malt with a touch of coffee sweetness. Medium, slightly spicy bitterness leading to a dry, slightly charred roastiness.

M: Medium full body, medium carbonation, slightly creamy body.

Roasty and quite dry, bitterness keeps everything in check. Simple, but balanced robust porter, enjoyed it.

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Photo of andrewinski1
3.61/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pint glass. There is a nice half inch light tan head atop an amber black body. There is good head retention and slightly sticky lacing.

The aroma has nice toffee and coffee. It is slightly sweet with a bit of molasses.

The taste is full of bitter coffee and roast flavors. The finish is crisp and dry, leaving a slightly sweet aftertaste of toffee.

This is light to medium in body, with good lively carbonation.

A solid offering that is sure to please coffee fans.

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

Black as night with a rich tan colored head that reached a height of at least two inches before settling down to a respectable inch of head that did not go away. Lots of chocolate and coffee leading the way here. Hints of molasses as well. Huge flavor here, maybe the best tasting porter I have come across. Lots of cocoa and chocolate, rich, huge flavor with a smooth creaminess that was second to none in my eyes. Really fantastic balance here as the chocolate really starts to come out as it warms. Lots of flavor here with a ton of mellow notes that were just all over the place

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Old Leghumper from Thirsty Dog Brewing Company
3.8 out of 5 based on 934 ratings.
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