Thirsty Trout Porter
Dark Horse Brewing Company

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Porter - Robust
Ranked #57
Ranked #21,475
3.84 | pDev: 9.64%
Dark Horse Brewing Company
Michigan, United States
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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GuyFawkes from Illinois

4/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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
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beersampler6 from Michigan

4.09/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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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josanguapo from Spain

3.01/5  rDev -21.6%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

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
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jazzyjeff13 from England

3.77/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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
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Blackop555 from Michigan

3.77/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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
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joaopmgoncalves from Portugal

3.3/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

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
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Rogerlb from California

3.88/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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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avalon07 from South Carolina

3.56/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

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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Czequershuus from Minnesota

3.39/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

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
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JustLikeMyDad from Michigan

2.93/5  rDev -23.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 3

Pours a very dark brown, almost black color. No foam head to speak of.

Smells of dark chocolate.

Tastes of thin dark chocolate, slightly bitter.

Feels thin, not full bodied, but not watery.

Overall, it's alright, it's a chocolatey tasting porter.

Aug 06, 2016
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Billolick from New York

4.07/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle, bottled on dating on the neck of the bottle (12-12-15)

Pours dark brown, dark khaki cap, minor in size. Leaves some low spotty lacing.

Rich nose of dark chocolate

Carbonation on the lower side, and heavier bodied brew.

Notes of more dark chocolate, fudgy brownies, dark malts, maple, vanilla, and flavorful stuff

May 10, 2016
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fscottkey from New York

3.96/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: [3.75] Beer is a dark brown to black color. It formed a minimal head (less than 1/2 a finger of tan bubbles). The bottle lists the ABV (7.0%) and there is a born on date (11/12/15).

S: [4.00] Dark fruit like plums and raisin, coffee. The aroma is really inviting.

T: [4.00] Bittersweet chocolate, coffee, roasted malts, dark fruits.

M: [3.75] Feels rich and creamy on the tongue. Nice heft to the body. Medium+ carbonation. There is a slight roasted malt flavor and a cocoa flavor that lingers on the tongue.

O: [4.00] This is a well made porter. Lots of well balanced flavors allowing the chocolate, coffee, and dark fruit to all come through on the nose and the taste. This is the best porter I have had in a while. It is one that I would get again or share.

Apr 05, 2016
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chinchill from South Carolina

3.45/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

12 oz bottle served in a Belgian snifter. Date stamped Nov. 2015.

Pours near black and is opaque in the glass. Most of the weak head is soon gone but there's some lacing nonetheless.

Aroma: fruity with hints of booze and dark toast.

Flavor: dark fruit; dark bread; hints of licorice; light alcohol.

Feel: near medium body with rather light carbonation. Smooth.

Overall: just OK cold (although allowed to warm for a while) but better as it warms.

Dec 16, 2015
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Raime from Greenland

3.73/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Dark Horse Thirsty Trout Porter.

This next set will likely be my last reviews for the next month or so. Taking on a hugeeee set of overtime in preparation for the holidays. Bought this at Monroe Liquor Plaza for $1.89 a single. I'd like to state that place has some of the worst customer service I have ever come across and will likely not be returning there again. Never felt so insulted to ask a few questions to a few obviously heroin addicted bums who work there only to support an apparent drug habit. Anyway, on to the beer.

Look - From the twelve ounce bottle into a pint glass. The beer pours a deep ruby that is any semi penetrable when held up to the light. The head on this beer is truly a marvel to behold. Huge, taking up nearly half the glass with a clear creamy, almost whipped cream looking texture going on as it sits. Beer takes a few pours to completely empty the bottle carbonation is impossible to get a read on due to the depth. This is one of those rare beers that you want to just sit and appreciate for ab hour or two. The head retains quite well throughout the drink and leaves a thick stick in the bottom half of the glass.

Smell - Big chocolate notes dominant virtually the entirety of the nose. Dark, very bittersweet chocolates and like roast galore. Envelope the sinuses and disperse throughout the nasal cavities. Little bit of an...old? Smell. But Baltics usually hold up better with some age over the other types of porters. Coffee in medium roasted quantities. Bit of a sweet metallic twang as the beer warms up, but nothing offensive and it appears in most porters as they warm while sitting.

Taste - Follows the nose to a complete tee. Bittersweet dark chocolates with medium coffee notes and just a touch of that metallic twang. The flavor profile really doesn't stick around as long as you would expected and it is shy of greatly rich. As I stated I have a hunch this bottle may be a bit old. Usually I write more in this category but there isn't anything else to say.

Feel - The body isn't nearly as creamy as I had anticipated due to how well the head retained. But, the beer is rather light bodied with only a small prickling effect of carbonation coming through as it sits. The beer swallows very easily and it coats the mouth in bittersweet dark chocolate flavors as it sits.

Overall - This is probably the first porter I had that was actually better as it was cold and toned down a bit as it warmed. A solid porter overall, and at $1.89 a bottle I would pick it up again but I would really like to try it fresher. Extra smooth at 7% ABV. As always, buy one and come to your own judgement..

Nov 06, 2015
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T-34-85 from New York

3.99/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Good Beer.

Consumed from 12 oz bottle. Dark opaque look with a strong head of tan head.

Nose of roasted dark malts with a hint of caramel sweetness. The taste brings much of the same roasted malty sweetness, along with a definitive presence of bitterness, providing an assertive, but balanced taste with a little punch of booziness. Good carbonation.

Definitely worth a try. Good beer.

Oct 16, 2015
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Ozzylizard from Pennsylvania

3.87/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Undated bottle at 55 degrees into shaker
$ 1.89/12 oz bottle at the Lager Mill
Aroma of chocolate and roasted malt, fades significantly
Head large (six cm, aggressive pour), Light brown, creamy, slowly diminishing to four mm ring and irregular layer
Lacing – none
Body dark brown, opaque
Flavor lightly roasted malt, just slightly bitter; no hops, no alcohol, no diacetyl
Palate full, creamy, soft carbonation

Appearance 4, Aroma 3.75, Flavor 3.75, Palate 4.25, Overall 4

Aug 19, 2015
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moonboogie_n8 from Michigan

4.19/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I love this kind of beer. like a hybrid between a great porter & breakfast stout.
yeast and malt sediment in a 12oz, agitated & poured heavy. creamy dark tan head, dark brown opaque body. looks good.
smells like cocoa & a little alcohol & coffee.
tastes the same, lots of chocolate flavors, some complexity here, enjoyable.
good coffee flavors, roasted malt, oats, cooked dark rice?
nuts, warm dryer alcohol finish.
great beer, may try again

Jun 03, 2015
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NonSnob_BeerSnob from Illinois

3.84/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Nice thick creamy porter almost a stout, great coffee flavor with a little bit of chocolate just a little too much alcohol on the after taste for me or my rating would have been higher. Definitely worth drinking again.

May 21, 2015
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michiganmatt from California

4.37/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Had on tap at HopCat Ann Arbor location

Appearance - 4/5
A very dark muddy opaque brown in color. Head is quite creamy and delicious looking.

Smell - 4.5/5
Delicious roasty chocolate, a little bit of hops, a little earthiness.

Taste - 4.5/5
Smoky, roasty chocolate, hints of vanilla and cinnamon. The taste is really interesting, especially the combination of the porter taste with the cinnamon. It's a unique combination that I don't think I've had before. As far as I know there's not actually any cinnamon in this beer, but that's what it tastes like to me.

Mouthfeel - 4.5/5
Fairly full bodied, quite crisp, high level of medium intensity carbonation.

Overall - 4/5
This was a really great beer. I had this on tap, but I would definitely buy some bottles of this if I saw it at the store.

Apr 30, 2015
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ARoman from Illinois

3.74/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

On tap, poured into a shaker. The beer is a dark, nearly opaque cola color with a soft foam, off-white head with a moderate retention, and only a touch of lace. The aroma is roasted grains and chocolate with a light licorice note in the background. The taste is a medium sweetness with a medium-light bitterness. The beer is syrupy with a creamy fizz carbonation and a medium full body flavored with lots of chocolate and roasted grain that finishes with a clean licorice spiciness and some light notes of dark fruits. The aftertaste is a licorice cleanliness with coffee and bread notes.

Apr 21, 2015
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pat61 from Minnesota

4.5/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Bright black under a half inch tan tinted white foam cap that produces thick lace.
S: grainy nose with some chocolate.
T: Starts juicy and then some chocolate and grain come forward finishing with dark bitter chocolate with hints of espresso. Burnt roast flavors are constrained.
M: Lighter in body than a stout, creamy carbonation.
O: An easy to drink porter with some character.

Mar 31, 2015
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PhillyFoodie from Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Fine example of a nice well-rounded porter. Sweet toasty chocolate malts are perfectly balanced by a bit of cola, black pepper, some nice walnut, and a bit of spicy floral hops on the backside. Only had this beer and One Oatmeal Stout from Dark Horse but I will be looking out for them in the future. These guys seem to really know their stouts.

Mar 22, 2015
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SerialTicker from Michigan

3.59/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A very reasonably $8.25 for a 32oz growler at Michigan Beer Growler Company.

This is basically the very definition of a -- and I tend to dislike using the word this way -- solid porter. Really, my only beef with this beer is that I actually find it slightly too sweet. A little more roastiness would really make this a great beer. As it stands now, it's just a well-made, pretty standard porter. Good body for the style, smells quite nice, has enough flavor to keep you interested...

A fairly overrated beer, I'd say. it's definitely good, but not by any means exceptional.

Mar 01, 2015
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bcm75 from Illinois

3.36/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The bottle opened with a very strong rush of air. Not a gusher, but it's hard to pour without excessive head. When in the glass, it does look good - a toasty brown and black color with a khaki head. There is something off about the smell, I can't quite put my finger on it, but it's a bit more acrid than I would like. The taste is moderately roasty with some nice acidic notes; tastes pretty style-appropriate to me. Mouthfeel isn't up to par, the massive amounts of carbonation are overwhelming the medium/heavy body. Overall, it's a miss.

Feb 25, 2015
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GreesyFizeek from New York

3.59/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Bottle purchased at Nathaniel Square Corner Store in Rochester, NY.

This one pours a mildly dark brown, with a half inch head, and a little bit of lacing.

Smells like smoke, licorice, coffee, and roasted malt. It doesn't smell as sweet as the typical Baltic Porter, in all honesty, this doesn't really smell like a baltic porer at all.

It tastes the same- hardly feels like a Baltic Porter, more like a dry English Porter or a dry Irish stouts. There's some definite smoke, ash, and ground coffee beans here, very dry flavor, with some licorice, and burnt malt. It's feel slightly watery on the finish, I wish it finished stronger.

This is fairly light bodied for a porter of 7% ABV, with a dry and creamy mouthfeel, and a lower level of carbonation.

Not one of Dark Horse's best offerings, I felt this did not meet my expectations for a Baltic Porter, let alone a good porter itself.

Jan 25, 2015
Thirsty Trout Porter from Dark Horse Brewing Company
Beer rating: 86 out of 100 with 447 ratings