Dark Horse Thirsty Trout Porter | Dark Horse Brewing Company

Dark Horse Thirsty Trout PorterDark Horse Thirsty Trout Porter
BA SCORE
3.81/5
430 Ratings
Dark Horse Thirsty Trout PorterDark Horse Thirsty Trout Porter
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Dark Horse Brewing Company
Michigan, United States
darkhorsebrewery.com

Style: Baltic Porter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.00%

Availability: Winter

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 02-12-2003

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#14,026
Reviews:
92
Ratings:
430
pDev:
9.71%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
16
Gots:
55
Trade:
0
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Photo of amishbooze
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

Photo of GRPunk
4.3/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle poured into a nonic pint.

Label simply refers to it as a "porter." At 7% ABV, I'm thinking it is straddling between the Baltic and American versions.

A- A sloppy pour made for a 1-1/2 finger brown head that looked creamy, dense. Very dark brown body. Even held to light, it suggests near black. Head retains at a solid film and leaves good stick.

S- Chocolate and coffee. Hints of berries or raisin, maybe some licorice (I hope not, I'm not a big fan). Some smoke at points. Sweeter with warmth.

T- Very roasty. French roast coffee and dark chocolate, complete with slight bitterness. A little grainy at first, pleasantly so. Rich, but no hint of alcohol at 7%. Some sweetness going on, a little brown sugar, a pack of sugar in the raw with the lightly creamed coffee?

M- Full bodied. Quite viscus. Moderate carbonation tries to keep up.

O- Edges line with robust porter (knowing its listed that way here makes some sense). Very rich flavor goes a long way in my book. Pleasant sipper in the snowy/slushy/icy weather outside. It's a winner. Not overpriced. Could become a real winter rotation beer. I'd put it up against my favorite export stouts.

Not a ton of perceived hopping. Maybe the extra week or two in the fridge took something away in that regard?

Dark Horse lives up to its name. So much good stuff coming out of sleepy Marshall MI. Maybe it's just first impression, but I love this beer.

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Photo of mwar
3/5  rDev -21.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of ALLISON01
3.79/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of BrewNoob1
3.54/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of KevChiTown
3.76/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

First Baltic Porter, so I'm not sure yet what I'm looking for in the style. I like cold black coffee flavor, but it doesn't hang around. Wouldn't mind a few more of these.

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Photo of mitch3114
3.64/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Stevie_Janowski
4.25/5  rDev +11.5%

Photo of Tripel_Threat
3.8/5  rDev -0.3%

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

Fresh from Putnam's just a few days ago... Dark, brown, yada yada. Not quite chocolate in the nose. More like the aroma of the sticky residue left on a metallic wrapper for a chocolate candy -- not that that's necessarily a bad thing.

Taste... Ah, well... Smores? Coffee? Dirt? I'm not quite sure. There's a lot of low, lingering, throbbing bitterness here. Not sharp or potent really -- just continual. Certainly some expected chocolate notes and the roasted flavors. But there's a very sugary melted marshmellow feel to this beer that makes it more interesting than some.

A traditional porter with a twist.

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Photo of jduprey007
3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

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

Photo of Anatole
3.96/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Barnoloid
4.15/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This is a fairly complex porter, that disguises each note until the beer warms up. Chocolate malts and brown sugar/molasses forward. Dark fruit and anise notes come out in the back end. Think of a dried fruit covered in baker’s chocolate. Thin in body yet creamy in mouthfeel - toes the line between porter and stout quite well. The 7% is not overly noticeable here.

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Photo of Sparty55
4.25/5  rDev +11.5%

Photo of kkazemi
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

Photo of Blackop555
3.77/5  rDev -1%
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.

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Photo of IMFletcher
3.91/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of akttr
3/5  rDev -21.3%

Photo of km02600
3.5/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of beerluvr
3.92/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Hits the glass with a nice light brown head. Very dark reddish/brown liquid, some yeast haziness. Nose is some carob/chocolate, a slight whiff of liquorice too. The taste is very roasty with light butterscotch notes, light coffee and some latent fruitiness. Finishes somewhat dry due to the very roasty nature of the malts used...a nice drinking porter, but nothing to get excited about.

Thanks to CRJMellor for the bottle.

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Photo of indianabeerman
3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

Photo of Tdenham
4.15/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of kkleu357
4.3/5  rDev +12.9%

From notes on 11/15/13

Very malty smell. Dark dark black pour with little head. Mmm, nice smokey taste. Easy on the taste buds. Lots if roasty malts. I like it.

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Photo of mkennedy119
3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

Dark Horse Thirsty Trout Porter from Dark Horse Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.81 out of 5 with 430 ratings
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