Dismiss Notice
Introducing: Project Extreme Brewing (a Dogfish Head + BeerAdvocate project)

Dark Horse Thirsty Trout Porter | Dark Horse Brewing Company

Your Rating: None

Want it   Got it 
Dark Horse Thirsty Trout PorterDark Horse Thirsty Trout Porter
BA SCORE
3.81/5
Very Good
432 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:
#14,747
Reviews:
92
Ratings:
432
pDev:
9.71%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
16
Gots:
56
Trade:
0
HISTOGRAM
 
User Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Recent | High | Low | Top Raters
Ratings: 432 |  Reviews: 92
Photo of PackenGreen
3.88/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of TheBeerdedCharmer
4.12/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of SonictheBeerhog
4.19/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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

Photo of Raime
3.73/5  rDev -2.1%
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..

 2,642 characters

Photo of mychalg9
4.21/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of T-34-85
3.99/5  rDev +4.7%
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.

 392 characters

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

Photo of JimBerry
3.92/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of steve419
4.15/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of HardyA
3.77/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of jmiah22
4/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

Photo of Nyrangersgrrl
3.52/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Ozzylizard
3.87/5  rDev +1.6%
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

 474 characters

Photo of bigleague
4.1/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of mlockman
4.45/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Not much roastiness, but smooth as silk and smells strongly of chocolate.

73 characters

Photo of LXIXME
4.18/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of AllanPatchin1016
4.31/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Gemini6
3.67/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of ChrisMon02
3.58/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of kylehay2004
3.56/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

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

Photo of Ultimate
3.83/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of moonboogie_n8
4.19/5  rDev +10%
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

 441 characters

Dark Horse Thirsty Trout Porter from Dark Horse Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.81 out of 5 with 432 ratings
  • About Us

    Founded in Boston in 1996, BeerAdvocate (BA) is your go-to resource for beer powered by an independent community of enthusiasts and professionals dedicated to supporting and promoting better beer.

    Learn More
  • Our Community

    Comprised of consumers and industry professionals, many of whom started as members of this site, our community is one of the oldest, largest, and most respected beer communities online.
  • Our Events

    Since 2003 we've hosted over 60 world-class beer festivals to bring awareness to independent brewers and educate attendees.
  • Our Magazine

    Support uncompromising beer advocacy and award-winning, independent journalism with a print subscription to BeerAdvocate magazine.