Dark Horse Thirsty Trout Porter | Dark Horse Brewing Company

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Dark Horse Brewing Company
Michigan, United States | website

Style: Baltic Porter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.00%

Availability: Winter

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by BeerAdvocate on 02-12-2003

BEER STATS
Reviews:
86
Ratings:
410
Avg:
3.84
pDev:
21.09%
 
 
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18
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Photo of charadrius_cerevisiae
3.77/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I have always been a Dark Horse fan, and really appreciate their beers, especially their IPAs and yearly stout lineup, so I feel like I have some insight into their taste and brand, but I also am full of a lot of hot air. Nonetheless, I have some air to blow:

A - Color is dark and opaque. Tan head is adequate and welcome, not overpowering nor underwhelming - a nice, friendly quality.

S - Dark and sweet malts fill the nose. There is a little bit of the fruity ale yeast esters that adds to the complexity of the aroma, drawing one into the beer, and chocolate aromas are distinguishable amongst the rest of the vapors.

T - It may be naive to say, but for me, Baltic porters were supposed to be the "Imperial porters" of the style, and those Imperial stouts have made me wanting more from my Baltic porters. Sure the definitions call for deep and sweet malts, fruit esters, alcohol, and more profound characteristics than in their lighter brethren, but Thirst Trout drinks more like a moderately-complex porter than an Imperial ale, combining a bit of either category and leaning toward one another in different sips.

M - Medium bodied without alcohol warmth. Appropriate carbonation level for the style, keeping it light and drinkable.

O - Very good and drinkable porter, though not necessarily a Baltic porter. The thing is (and here I go blowing my hot air) that it really has the taste of the other Dark Horse dark beers. There is something identifiable in the recipe that one can specifically say is Dark Horse, as it is a profile that they have in their other beers. And that is not to say it is a bad thing - it is refreshing to drink something that you know where it came from and it is a trait that they carry over from brewing to brewing - and its nice to have a consistent friend to come back to from time to time.

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Photo of SerialTicker
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.

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Photo of PhillyFoodie
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.

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Photo of DanGeo
4/5  rDev +4.2%

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4/5  rDev +4.2%

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4/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of Billolick
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, brandy....rich and flavorful stuff

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Photo of Guinnsslvr
4.25/5  rDev +10.7%

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

Photo of Jackalope1977
3.93/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of pat61
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.

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Photo of MattyG85
4.04/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a Surly Darkness chalice.

Appearance: Pours a dark brownish black with a moderate amount of bubbles. About one finger of deep tan head which quickly fades away. Lacing is fairly light.

Smell: A rich, sweet, and roasty dark malt forward aroma with hints of chocolate, coffee, and subtle dark fruit. Dark roasted barley malts with sweet hints of chocolate, coffee beans, toast, biscuit, caramel, toffee, grains, nuts, yeast, oats, and slight smoke. Sweet scent of molasses sugar. Dark fruit hints of cherry, raisin, fig, and prune. Subtle hints of earthy hops in the background. A pretty solid stout like aroma.

Taste: Like it smells, a sweet and roasty dark malt driven taste with notes of chocolate, coffee, and subtle fruit. Dark roasted barley malts with upfront notes of chocolate, coffee beans, sweet caramel, biscuit, toasted bread, toffee, yeast, oats, grains, nuts, and a little touch of smoke. Sweet taste of molasses and brown sugar. Dark fruit undertones with notes of cherry, fig, prune, and raisin. A pretty decent dark taste.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a moderate level of carbonation. Creamy, slick, and somewhat syrupy. Pretty smooth.

Overall: A solid take on a Baltic Porter. Good sweet chocolate and coffee taste.

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Photo of Cynic-ale
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

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4.25/5  rDev +10.7%

Photo of chinchill
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.

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Photo of LXIXME
4.18/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Brenden
3.67/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A thick, almost heavy dark brown that allows very little light to pierce it, this beer certainly looks like a bigger sort of porter. The light brown head is compact and creamy, showing moderate retention and leaving moderate-to-strong patching on the glass.
It has the elements on the nose: strong malts, some roast, ground coffee, dark cocoa, and, interestingly a touch of something like licorice. Something like burnt nut sneaks out, too.
Roasty and a bit nutty with some esters giving off notes of dark fruits adding a little too much tang, espresso is fairly strong, as is some powdery bittersweet cocoa. Nut and charred woods finish it out with a hint of something soil-like but unoffensive.
It's a porter, but it doesn't have quite the heft or build a Baltic porter ought to. It's mildly dry off some char. Carbonation and crispness are kept in check and, while it could use a bit of a more well-rounded smoothness, it isn't lacking too much.

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3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

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

Photo of nuebs
4/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of DruC4
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

Photo of cokes
4.3/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A deepened purple-tinged brown that mimics black from afar. A yellowed tan head rides on top.
Nose full of chocolate syrup, vanilla beans, flaky toffee, and roasted herbs.
That full-on Dark Horse roastedness is manifest from the get-go. Lighter here than in their Smoked Stout, as it certainly should be. But permanently adhered grill residue, charcoal nuggets and burnt, extra bitter dark chocolate are all still here. Lightens towards the middle as a sweet, milky (not lactic) vanilla-caramel hue drifts in. Finishes upturned in bitterness, with citrus and wilted flowers.
Sub-medium body, but astutely structured, and drinkable in gallon+ doses. Though I lack the quantity to prove that statement.

A workingman's thanks to inebrius!

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Photo of Sammy
3.65/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

More of a porter slash brown than a baltic porter, on tap at Hopcat. Brown with carbonation bubbles. Average mouthfeel. Malty. Licorice brown taste. A little roast, more licorice than chocolate, and a tad coffee. Much better at the brewery, better mouthfeel..

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Photo of Huntzor
3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

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Dark Horse Thirsty Trout Porter from Dark Horse Brewing Company
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