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

Poured from 12oz bottle into my favorite beer drinking glass -

Poured a Nice Dark Coffee Brown -

Two inch thick foamy head -

Smell was of coffee malt and chocolate -

Tastes of Coffee & Chocolate - sweet hints that are not overpowering -

very drinkable robust porter

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Photo of hopjuicer
3.95/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into an imperial pint glass.

Vigorous pour yields a half inch of head. Color is a deep and dark brown.

Smells of coffee, with hints of chocolate, a sweet malty, bready smell.

Taste is sweet and roasted, with no noticeable hop presence. Hints of caramel and molasses. I find myself wishing it was a little thicker.

Well done porter. Would buy again.

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

A- Very dark and opaque brown. Frothy tan cap.
S- Lightly burnt caramel.
T- Creamy sweet with a small bitter bite. Like a stout's little brother. The warmer it gets the more coffee bitterness comes out.
MD- Creamy and smooth. I am not a huge stout fan, bu this is a nice middle ground. A very good beer for a cool fall evening.

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

Poured from the bottle into my Coast pint glass.

A - Brown/black body with a big light tan head

S - Chocolate with a light roasted malt aroma.

T - Follows the nose with a chocolate and light roasted malt body. Not a dark chocolate flavor like in big stouts however. Bit of a lingering bitter chocolate flavor however.

M - medium bodied with a good bit of fine carbonation

D - Pretty drinkable and an all around solid porter. One of the better one's that I think I can find around me. Worth picking up if you are in the mood for a solid porter.

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

Pours black with large off-white head that sticks around for a while. Mmmm...aroma of milk chocolate-covered marshmallow bars, slight tangy grape, raisins. Flavors slight chocolate, raisins, tang, malty sweetness, toffee, coffee beans and tang ride out the drink. Medium-bodied with very light carbonation. A good porter worth giving a shot.

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Photo of jpro
3.77/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Picked up a sixer of this not too long ago. Found one lone survivor in the fridge...

A: Poured into a standard shaker pint glass... dark brown, with a one-finger, tan head that dissipated pretty quickly and left very little lace.

S: Chocolate / brownie batter aroma, plus some roasty notes.

T: Lots of cocoa and some coffee roastiness. Some caramel / toffee sweetness in the finish.

M: Creamy and smooth, yet very sweet and sticky on the palate. One of the "stickier" beers I've had as of late.

D: I liked having one - I could have had another, but that would have been the max. The sticky sweetness is a bit too much for me.

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

Picked up a single at a liquor store to sample. Poured into a stemmed glass. Dark brown in color with auburn highlights. Not as much head as I would have expected. Some lacing on the glass. Smell was chocolate up front then coffee as you breathed more. Very appetizing. Flavor was just as good. Cocoa and roasted coffee beans dominate. There was also a caramel sweetness that lurked in the background. Mouthfeel was good, but I prefer my porters to be a bit thicker. Drinkability was great, as it's flavor and mellow body made this beer a treat to drink. Paired this evening with an oak smoked cheddar cheese from the UK.

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Photo of flagmantho
4.05/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 12oz bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: pours a rich, deep amber brown with plenty of ruby translucence when held up to the light. Head is two solid fingers of creamy tan foam. Looks quite the part.

Smell: quite rich and chocolatey with relatively little roasted-coffee aromas. At the base is a hint of grain and tartness just to let you know you're drinking a porter.

Taste: a little bit more coffee than in the aroma, but still a very good balance of roasted malt flavors. This is quite creamy, almost like a cream stout; there's plenty of sweetness to go around and I think hops here are just for bittering. Well-balanced and tasty.

Mouthfeel: medium to medium-light body with loads of carbonation. It's almost enough to be overcarbonated, but you know how I love carb creaminess; I'd say this beer is one of the creamiest I've ever had that wasn't a Belgian style.

Drinkability: tasty and quite drinkable. I just wish this beer were more available out here in the Pacific Northwest.

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

This used to be a Huge seller when they had the restuarant in Canton and very understandably so!
Pours a very rich dark brown with color spilling over into the creamy thick head.
Smells sweet and choclate like, some coffee and carmel involved,no hops noted.
Equal amounts of all nose aspects with a slightly hoppy bite near the end, decent carbonation.
Nothing overbearing in the mouthfeelwith all the pleasant tastes coming together in a very nice way.
Humpers go down rather nicely with no big time alch. burn/flavor getting in the way, wish the restuarant was still there to get these babies fresh on tap, Very Good Brew!

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

Aroma: Big chocolate aroma up front freshly ground coffee beans follow.

Appearance: Looks black when on table, but held to light it is a dark brown with some ruby. Small brownish head, dissipates quickly. No lacing.

Flavor: Huge chocolate flavors. Caramel sweetness with some brown sugar. Dark coffee hangs in background and aftertaste. Some dark roast astringency (this faded as beer warmed). Bitterness enough to support roast.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied. Low carbonation. Slightly slick on tongue. Sweetness clings to lips. Alcohol noticeable and warming afterward.

Overall: Well made brew. I like my porters a little bit chewier in mouthfeel. Pretty in your face with roast and alcohol.

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Photo of Kadonny
4.12/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a standard pint glass. Bottle was about a year old.

A: A dark brown color that is almost black but you can see some light through it. One finger light brown head that leaves lacing.

S: I get huge roasted smells with a massive burnt coffee smell and some bitter chocolate. Leave the coffee pot on too long? Smells like this beer, in a good way! Not much if any hop nose. Really nice smelling beer.

T: Roasted flavors are very dark and rich with a large burnt coffee flavor. You get some espresso flavor and a bitter dark chocolate flavor and even some licorice and tar flavors. Some sweetness holds the beer together but it is far from overbearing. The roasted flavors just linger in the mouth after finish seemingly forever. No hops to detect, but it is a year old too. I really like this beer.

M: Good. Flavors linger forever but the mouthfeel is actually a bit light. No alcohol noticed.

D: Good, I could have had 2 or 3 of these.

Overall I was pleasantly surprised. A very good porter that has a real roasted flavor and it's really enjoyable. I will no doubt seek these out in the future. Very good beer.

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

Pours a deep dark brown color, topped by a small, thin tan head. Aroma of slightly sweet roasted malt, with notes of chocolate syrup and brown sugar. Palate is nice roasty up front. The sweetness comes out towards the back of the mouth, with more notes of brown sugar, chocolate syrup, and a light, nutty character. Finish is rich, roasted malt.
Body is a creamy and a little rich, but not thick. This is a fairly easy-drinking porter, sweet but not too sweet, robust but not overly thick. It's my first encounter with a Thirsty Dog beer, and I look forward to trying more of their lineup.

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Photo of morimech
3.61/5  rDev -5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark brown color with a large tan head that had very good retentio before settling to a thick cap. Heavy lacing is left on the glass. Aroma is a bit muted but I do pick up hints of chocolate and roasted malt. About what one expects in a porter. Nice flavor. Quite a bit of chocolate and just a little coffee. Bitterness is low and hops are not detectable. Alcohol is well hidden. Good body. Feels robust enough and nicely carbonated. A good porter but is not terribly exciting either. The ABV is a little high so that limits drinkability.

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Photo of avalon07
3.8/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had a brown color and a cloudy consistency. There was an inch of off white, long-lasting, foamy head. Good lacing.

S: Smelled of chocolate, coffee, and a roasted malt. Typical American porter.

T: Tasted of roasted malt, a mild coffee flavor, and chocolate. Had a very odd, unidentifiable flavor in the finish, though.

M: A decent amount of carbonation with a slick finish. Medium-bodied.

D: A solidly drinkable American porter.

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Photo of mdfb79
3.51/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

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

a - Pours a dark brown color with 2 inches of light tan head and moderate carbonation.

s - Smells of roasted malts, chocolate, and hints of coffee and alcohol.

t - Tastes of coffee, roasted malts, and bitter chocolate.

m - Full body and low carbonation. Smooth and creamy, quite easy to drink.

d - A decent porter. Wasn't the biggest fan of the smell; I thought it was mostly roasted malts and alcohol. Thought the taste was better balanced and very easy to drink. Would give another shot.

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Photo of GregoryVII
3.65/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer was a dark, thick brown with red hues when held to the light. There was about a 1/4 inch of head that subsided to a small foamy ring around the edges.

Aroma was roasted malts, chocolate malt and roasted barley, with a little bit of a sweetness rising over the top. No surprises, just good, solid porter aroma that is maybe a touch on the sweeter side, though for a porter it is also a touch on the alcoholic side at 6.7%.

There's a good body to it, medium full, but light enough that it still feels comfortable where it's at. I actually got a note of alcohol before the roasted malts caught up. That being said, there is nothing boozy about it. The roasted malts are simply well balanced. They don't drown the porter in their presence.

It strikes a great porter balance despite the ABV.

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Photo of TMoney2591
3.53/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served in a Dogfish Head shaped pint glass.

Thanks to G311 and the Mathmagicland BIF for this bottle!

Normally I wouldn't let leghumpers near me (maybe it's just me), but this one looks tasty enough. It pours a translucent dark garnet-brown topped by about a finger of ecru foam. The nose comprises pepper, molasses, brown sugar, roasted and toasted malts, and a hint of sharp hoppy florals in the background. The taste forces the pepper and malts to the fore, backed by something akin to smoked leather and salmon (seriously...am I on acid...?). Some hoppy bitters lurk in the shadows, stabbing seemingly random passersby, but never really coming into the light. The body is a hefty medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a lingering ashy finish. Overall, a decent porter, but the roast is a bit much, too far on the smokey side to be porter-ly effective. Pretty good nonetheless, though. Worth a shot if you see it and like the darker side of brewing.

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

Becoming one of my favorite porters.
A= dark brown/black with a tight creamy head
S= notes of chocolate & coffee, slight sweetness
T= very well rounded, balance of bitter and sweet
M= soft, smooth, nice finish
D= not too light, not too heavy, very drinkable for the style.
Let it warm up a little and it's even better.

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Photo of drxandy
3.95/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz to tulip pint, pours a nice deep dark brown with hints of red in light, mocha colored head retains nicely, great lacing

smells of roasty chocolate portery goodness, heavy on malt

taste is thin, light carbonation, roasty smoky malt, chocolate, subtle yet what you would expect in a porter, alc content is fairly well hidden, toasty bready, sweet in the middle then back to dry, hops in the finish let you know they're their with a kick of bitterness

mouthfeel is watery from the thin body, but refreshingly drinkable for an almost 7% beer, hop bitterness is all in the finish which is nice

overall its quite easy to drink for abv, tasty and sessionable, i could easily drink a few of these, especially pairing with food - would be an excellent food beer

my first thirsty dog beer, they just started distributing around here :D

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Photo of wingman14
3.56/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Pours black with red tints, and a small mocha head. Smells of roasted malt with sweet notes and a hint of alcohol. The taste starts and ends with the roasted malt, no real sweet flavors, finishes with a subtle smoky aftertaste. The mouthfeel is disappointing, a very light beer, watery for a porter, not very rich, or complex flavor. This is an easy drinker, nice flavor but that is where the beer ends. Nothing special, but still enjoyable.

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Photo of Lauthaha
4.05/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 12 ounce bottle into a good-old beer mug.

Appearance: Poured at a 45 degree angle, the beer flowed with a medium consistency; not too thin, but not sludging its way through the bottle. Deep-brown hue, almost opaque, with a full-finger head which melted away very slowly. Almost no lacing whatsoever.

Smell: A bit of a malt flavor. Smells very rich to me, notes of chocolate perhaps? Not overwhelming at all, but the scent is intriguing, and doesn't dissuade me from wanting to taste it.

Taste/Mouthfeel: Tastes just like a porter ought to. Smooth, full-bodied, rich flavor overtones. Mild carbonation, definitely a beer I would prefer be served ice-cold, although on a cool day, it could be served warm as well. Pretty good all the way around!

Drinkability: Probably not a beer to get drunk on, but it's good enough to start out your night. A couple bottles would be no problem whatsoever.

I am pleased with this beer. If you're in the mood for a darker beer and haven't given this one a shot, go ahead and try it. May not be as complex as other porters, but it holds its own in a very demanding category of beers.

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Photo of chaz01
3.58/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had this after dinner at Sweeney's Seafood outside of Dayton, By my request, it was served in a Chimay goblet rather than the normal pint glass.

A: Dark brown/black -- hard to tell in the dim light. Very rich and thick looking with a small tan head, although no observable lacing.

S: I tried real hard, but I couldn't pick up much aroma -- perhaps some faint roasted malt but not as much as I would expect.

T: Rich chocolate and coffee taste, roasted malts and a little bit of bitter hops at the end. Long bittersweet chocolate finish.

M: Medium bodied with some carbonation. Feels almost milky in in character.

D: Not as full bodied as I would expect, actually a bit smooth and easily drinkable. Could pair nicely with a grilled steak or piece of beef.

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Photo of jdoncbus
3.88/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle poured into Sam Adams turbulator; active carbonation that almost resembles a flat Coke. Thinish biege head lies a top of a ruby black brew that sticks nicely when moved around.

First whiff mixes sugary malt, tobacco and aged brown leather. Mild notes of grass and pine.

Initial flavor is dark roasted grain, spent french roast grounds, a tinge of nutmeg that ends with a firm pine-hop bite. The crisp mouthfeel winds its way to a dry finish.

Not my favorite style but a great representation of an American porter. Maybe it's something about Northern Ohio, they make great porters.

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

Review from notes taken on 5-9-10

Poured in to a pint glass

Poured a very dark brown with one finger of light brown head and some visible carbonation.

Nose was roasted malts with chocalate and a hint of coffee.

Taste was coffee and good overall roasted malt profile with a slight bit of bite.

Medium body; lightly carbonated.

A very nice robust porter.

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Photo of samie85
3.3/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This is reviewed from notes; originally reviewed 4/25.

A-Pours a very dark brown with two finger, tan head.

S-Vanilla is what hits my nose first with some roasted and chocolate malt.

T-Roasted malt notes upfront with some chocolate and this has an odd almost vegetable finish that I'm having a hard time identifying. Not sure what's up here.

M-Thin bodied with a slick mouthfeel and a good deal of carbonation.

D-I can't get over that vegetable note I'm getting. I'll definetely have to give this beer another go-around. If only this bottle had a date code so I knew how old it is.

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Old Leghumper from Thirsty Dog Brewing Company
3.8 out of 5 based on 935 ratings.
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