Dark Horse Thirsty Trout Porter | Dark Horse Brewing Company

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Dark Horse Thirsty Trout PorterDark Horse Thirsty Trout Porter

Brewed by:
Dark Horse Brewing Company
Michigan, United States

Style: Baltic Porter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.00%

Availability: Winter

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 02-12-2003

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4.25/5  rDev +11%

Photo of ONUMello
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass
A: Pitch black with a one-finger tan head
S: Milk chocolate, cocoa powder, a bit of coffee and malt
T: Not as complex as the nose; mostly malt with some chocolate
M: Medium-bodied, smooth
O: A good porter, tasty but I wish the flavors were at the level of the nose

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4/5  rDev +4.4%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

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3.25/5  rDev -15.1%

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3.64/5  rDev -5%

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3.4/5  rDev -11.2%

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3.05/5  rDev -20.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +11%

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3.8/5  rDev -0.8%

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3.57/5  rDev -6.8%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

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4/5  rDev +4.4%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

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3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

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4.25/5  rDev +11%

Photo of barczar
3.94/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

This one's at least a year old, probably 2.

Pours an opaque deep brown with a modest frothy mocha head that lingers as a thin layer of foam.

Deeply nutty, toasted malt, chocolate, and prunes form the initial aroma. There's a hint of roast, but chocolate dominates.

Flavor reveals underpinnings of raisins and prunes, which are met early by chocolate, becoming somewhat roasty and a touch bitter mid palate. The nutty malt backbone is present throughout.

Body is fairly full, with a slick mouthfeel and modest carbonation. Alcohol warmth is light.

Great malt character, with a nice balance between chocolate and roast, though chocolate outshines the roast. The nutty, toasted malt is a nice treat. The dark fruit adds interesting complexity. Becomes a touch metallic late.

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4/5  rDev +4.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +11%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

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3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

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4/5  rDev +4.4%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

Photo of woodychandler
3.52/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I do not remember where this beer came from - whether I bought it at a local bottle shop or if tone77 brought it by in one of his in-person trades. Either is possible because I generally eschew buying bottles, I am a huge fan of Dark Horse B.C.'s beers and will buy them for myself.

A vigorous pour led to a pseudo-cascade which settled into a finger of frothy, deep-tan head with limited retention. Color was a deep, dark-brown (SRM = 44), allowing zero light penetration. Nose was very roasty with a deep charcoal aspect. Say, is the Trout a Stout? Hmmm. Mouthfeel was medium and the taste was very much of charcoal and dark chocolate. Finish was semi-dry with the roastiness leaving a bitter, smoky flavor as its aftertaste. This beer leaves me with a conundrum, since it is not really what I would consider a porter, but more towards a stout. I did not dislike it, but it was not really what I was expecting, either. I guess that you will have to try one and gauge it for yourself.

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Dark Horse Thirsty Trout Porter from Dark Horse Brewing Company
3.83 out of 5 based on 423 ratings.
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