Thirsty Trout Porter
Dark Horse Brewing Company

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Dark Horse Brewing Company
Michigan, United States
Porter - Robust
Ranked #48
Ranked #20,651
3.82 | pDev: 9.69%
Sep 03, 2021
Feb 12, 2003
Very Good
Notes: Thirsty Trout is a rich, robust American Porter. Dark brown in color with medium to heavy body and hints of light roast. Aromas of chocolate leave way to a full mouthfeel and somewhat sweet finish to make this porter a desirable companion. Thirsty Trout is a rich, robust American Porter that will have you yelling "CHOCOLATE!" after the first whiff. Dark brown in color with medium body and hints of light roast. The aromas of chocolate cupcake lead the way to a sweet caramel and toffee body that finish beautifully with hops. Stay trout my friends.
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4 by LeeRosenblum from Michigan on Sep 03, 2021
3.8 by jjboesen from Maryland on Feb 04, 2020
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4/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by GuyFawkes from Illinois

From old, undated notes. Poured from the bottle.

Black liquid.

Nice khaki head; decent lace.

Cream & roasted coffee nose.

Medium mouthfeel.

Cream soda with a hint of coffee with a hint of raspberry.


Oct 24, 2019
4.16 by Tcsox from Massachusetts on May 14, 2019
4.2 by Bogdawg from Massachusetts on May 13, 2019
3.27 by Oh_Dark_Star from Washington on May 04, 2019
3.9 by jtollefson from Minnesota on Dec 29, 2018
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4.09/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by beersampler6 from Michigan

Very tasty beer that’s well-crafted and well-balanced. Pours a nice dark rich brown color with a little tan head and spotty lingering lacing. Smells of rich roast coffee, dark chocolate, caramel, malt and a little raisin. Taste follows the nose, along with some toffee, vanilla and plum. Nice and smooth mouthfeel, slightly creamy. Good carbonation. A very enjoyable offering.

Nov 25, 2018
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3.01/5  rDev -21.2%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3
by josanguapo from Spain

De Beergium. En vaso de pinta inglesa de Ikea. Viendo Colony 1x04-05. Bien pasada de fecha de consumo preferente. Muy tostada, con cuerpo muy ligero, demasiado, aguado. Alguna nota acida al fondo

Oct 29, 2018
3.58 by khargro2 from Tennessee on Sep 14, 2018
4.37 by bigbutter from Virginia on Sep 09, 2018
4 by DavidRandall from Michigan on Jul 30, 2018
4.23 by 94rocker1 from Michigan on May 07, 2018
4.75 by Rostie from Michigan on Feb 09, 2018
3.78 by tnelson1 from Michigan on Dec 30, 2017
4.25 by Luscious_Malfoy from Illinois on Dec 22, 2017
3.96 by JDoHo from Michigan on Dec 09, 2017
3.83 by The_Beer_Guru from New York on Nov 17, 2017
3.77 by MI_beerdrinker from Texas on Oct 09, 2017
4 by Mooslerfitness from Ohio on Sep 16, 2017
4.04 by Z-man from Michigan on Sep 15, 2017
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3.77/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75
by jazzyjeff13 from England

A 12oz bottle with no clear dating on it. Acquired ages ago from the Brewdog webshop and stored in a box. Here's hoping it ages well.

A: Poured into a tulip. Bottle conditioned. A very dark brown hue that appears pitch black in the glass. Yields a vast head of fluffy light brown foam that slowly reduces to a thick surface layer with good stability.

S: Aroma of rich roasted malt with hints of burnt grain, chocolate, coffee, a touch of molasses, earthy ale yeast, a whiff of vanilla and just a twinge of sourness in the background. Dark and complex - tasty.

T: Tastes of dark malt with notes of roasted grain, dark chocolate, coffee, mild molasses, earthy yeast, vague stewed leaves and a faint acrid hint in the background. Somewhat sweet, with a robust malt-driven bitterness upon swallowing.

M: Mouthfeel is smooth and tingly, with prickly carbonation and a slightly watery body for the strength. Aftertaste of intense roasted malt, chocolate, coffee, earthy yeast and a malty bitterness.

O: A solid porter with plenty of roasted malt and chocolate notes. Looks fantastic, while the aroma and flavour are a decent blend of dark malt, yeast and sweetness. Body is OK but could be thicker. Some subtle off-notes in the background that are probably simply due to age. A quality brew - worth sampling.

Sep 14, 2017
4.28 by Commandophile from Illinois on Sep 05, 2017
3.93 by Lukass from Ohio on Aug 11, 2017
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3.77/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75
by Blackop555 from Michigan

Pours black. Foamy, bubbly, light brown, short head fades immediately.

Smells chocolate, roasty and light smokey.

Tastes dark chocolate, roast Malts, light dark fruit and hints of char. Finish is dry with roasty linger. Lighter medium body and fizzy medium carbonation.

Jul 28, 2017
3.75 by SaisonRichBiere from Michigan on Mar 29, 2017
3.59 by GeorgeAKeim from Oregon on Feb 23, 2017
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3.3/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25
by joaopmgoncalves from Portugal

Poured to an oversized wine glass.

A: The body is pitch black with some minor hues of copper. The head, when poured, creating only a one-finger-thick beige head but after 30 seconds it went from a fluffy head to a non-existent head. No lacing. No retention.
S: The aroma has two strong profiles: chocolate and roasted malts. You can really notice the difference between roasted malts and coffee in this beer. There's also a hint of toffee in the aroma.
T: The taste is more bitter than expected, having a chocolate-y profile that's more close to pure chocolate than sweetened milk chocolate. And that creates a good primary point to connect with the hops. Mid-way you can feel the a shy toffee.
M: The body is medium to medium low. Carbonation is higher than expected. Bitterness is mild. Sweetness in the beginning is high.
O: Was expecting something better but it's a good chocolate-y porter.

Feb 10, 2017
3.72 by TonyTwins from Nebraska on Feb 05, 2017
4 by zachkrauter from Indiana on Dec 17, 2016
3.71 by OldDirty from New York on Dec 17, 2016
3.99 by BeerForMuscle from New Jersey on Nov 28, 2016
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3.88/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
by Rogerlb from California

Pours black as it should. Aroma is chocolate, some malt, dark fruit. Quite rich.

Taste is along those lines, a roasty porter, with some chocolate, roast, a bit of ash. Nice carbonation, not overpowering. Alcohol is only at 7% and not noticeable at all. Good feel to this porter, quite balanced, not too roasted, not too thin.

Nov 09, 2016
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3.79/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
by Hopheadjeffery from Illinois

Tasted in a 12 oz tulip from draught at Firkin on November 4, 2016.

Nov 05, 2016
3.83 by Zazzi82 from Tennessee on Nov 01, 2016
4.09 by paleomau from Spain on Oct 26, 2016
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3.56/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5
by avalon07 from South Carolina

L: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had a dark brown color and a thick texture. There was an inch of tan-colored, foamy, fairly long-lasting head. Average lacing.

S: A very average aroma of malt, chocolate, and a slightly smoky quality.

T: Tasted of a lot of roasted malts, some dark chocolate, a hint of dark fruit (plums, especially), a burnt quality, some smokiness, cinnamon, and light hops in the finish. For a Baltic Porter, this beer isn't quite as powerful as it should be, given the style. There's a thinness to the flavor, but it's still okay.

F: A decent amount of carbonation with a dry finish. Medium-bodied.

O: This is an uneven beer for the most part. Not a bad brew, but stumbles a bit in flavor.

Oct 17, 2016
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3.39/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5
by Czequershuus from Minnesota

This beer pours a simple black with an average head. The aroma offers up chocolate, coffee, mild roastiness, and overripe banana. The flavor has lots of chocolate, cocoa powder, toasty malts, oatmeal, and burnt cinnamon. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with solid carbonation. Overall this is decent, unremarkable beer. There is nothing wrong with it, but it has nothing to recommend it either.

Oct 08, 2016
3.75 by brittanylicious from Indiana on Sep 25, 2016
3.75 by heysuz from Indiana on Sep 25, 2016
Thirsty Trout Porter from Dark Horse Brewing Company
Beer rating: 86 out of 100 with 448 ratings