Dark Horse Thirsty Trout Porter | Dark Horse Brewing Company

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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:
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Added by BeerAdvocate on 02-12-2003

BEER STATS
Ratings:
425
Reviews:
91
Avg:
3.83
pDev:
9.66%
 
 
Wants:
16
Gots:
55
For Trade:
0
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Ratings: 425 |  Reviews: 91
Photo of Billolick
4.07/5  rDev +6.3%
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 shirtless_mike
3.25/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of red94tt
3.5/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of MIbeer27
3.69/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of fscottkey
3.96/5  rDev +3.4%
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.

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Photo of nwhittin
3.85/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of BrewNoob1
3.54/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Jackalope1977
3.93/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Anatole
3.96/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of midlifec
3.85/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Dragginballs76
3.85/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Dave2234
3.73/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Bill235
4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Wasted_Youth
3.8/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of chuckgietzen
3.77/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of PintSizedLover
3.99/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Tdenham
4.15/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of chinchill
3.45/5  rDev -9.9%
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 PackenGreen
3.88/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of TheBeerdedCharmer
4.12/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of SonictheBeerhog
4.19/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of nuebs
4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Raime
3.73/5  rDev -2.6%
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..

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Photo of mychalg9
4.21/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of T-34-85
3.99/5  rDev +4.2%
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.

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Dark Horse Thirsty Trout Porter from Dark Horse Brewing Company
3.83 out of 5 based on 425 ratings.
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