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

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 02-12-2003

BEER STATS
Reviews:
90
Ratings:
422
Avg:
3.83
pDev:
9.66%
 
 
Wants:
16
Gots:
55
For Trade:
0
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Reviews: 90 | Ratings: 422
Photo of Bung
4.1/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Hop Cat in G.R. Very murky dark brown pour. Not a substantial off white head. Sticks to the glass ever so slightly. Rich malt aroma with quite a bit of chocolate, less roast. Taste does kind of match that, with some earthy peat and tobacco, but quite a bit of molasses and chocolate. Barely enough bitterness in the finish. Just medium bodied, with adequate carbonation. The only thing preventing an excepetional in drinkability is the slight over sweetness. Otherwise, well worth trying. This had a tough road to hoe following a Founders KBS, so another good brew from Dark Horse.

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Photo of Sammy
3.65/5  rDev -4.7%
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 shivtim
3.9/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This is probably the only "fish-themed" beer I've ever had that was actually good. Just so you know, avoid any beer named after a muskie.
Anyway, it's a nice black with slight ruby hints and a thin brown head. Nose is malty molasses with almond, vanilla, and maybe even slight cardamom. Quite delicious! The taste is mild malts, some hops. Nowhere near the complexity of the nose. Mouthfeel is a tad thin, but drinkability is pretty good. Nice brew.

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Photo of Roeters
4.15/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Got a growler from Dark Horse the last time I was around.

A: Very dark brownish/black with thin white/tan head. (my pore was bad, could have had a thick inch head if I had done it right)

S: Chocolate, roasty character

T: A mix of chocolate, maltly goodness, and a great roasted flavor. Ends with a great slight bitterness from the grains.

M: great level of carbonation, with a wonderful bitterness

D: I am hoping that I do not finish the whole growler tonight, but hell that is just a good reason to make the trip right.

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Photo of KC8LTL
3.98/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from Growler into Snifter glass and about an inch of creamy tan head appears. Beer itself is quite dark. When I hold it up to the light there is the slightest red that gets through bur hardly anything. Creamy smell with slight roasted coffee notes for smell - it is certainly inviting... Taste is sweet creamy with a bit of a rich fruit taste with some roasted background. Mouthfeel seems a bit thin to my taste, but admittedly this is to style. Drinkablity? Beer Me again.

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

Deep formulation of every color except black. Fruity, lacking aroma of dark fruits (blackberries, cherries) with scents of roasted malts and coffee. Nice underlying dark fruitiness is all over the palate, along with deep roasted malts, bitter chocolate and coffee. The coffee in particular lingers on after the swallow for seconds and is ignited once again after a simple lick from my tongue. Lacking in body and texture but still true to the style and pretty delicious.

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Photo of weeare138
4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appears a brown/black with a fluffy tan head that retains nicely. Lots of spotty lacing left on the glass.
Smell is of roasted malt with crystal malt and creamy sweetness evident.
Taste is sweet, roasty, dark fruits, creamy vanilla.
Mouthfeel is chewy, creamy, sweet, balanced, and getting the job done.

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Photo of cokes
4.3/5  rDev +12.3%
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 deejaydan
4.13/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Almost a stout, but barely a porter, in otherwords... good stuff. Poured with about a one finger head that diminsihed faster than most. Very dark, but you can almost pick out some ruby highlights. Smells of, well, roasted malt. Leaves good lacing on the glass. Tastes of roasty malt with a lil something extra that I can't put my finger on. Great, full mouthfeel with just enough carbonation, but by no means flat. I could easily drink these all night.

A great beer from a lil known brewer in Michigan.

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Photo of marburg
4/5  rDev +4.4%
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 putnam
4.5/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Exceptionally dark colored, creamy head that is gathered in quickly by the nearly opaque, brown/black liquid.
On the nose it offers a very deep, profound sense of baker's chocolate, brine and bran muffin.
Creamy and viscous on the palate, it expands generously to reveal sooty, seasoned wood flavors intermixed with charred blueberries, cocoa, palm leaves, baked coconut and roasted shoes. Very impressive and very faithful to classic Porter - as well as Dark Horse's mission to summon all of the delightful bitter flavors from the bowels of the earth and put them in beer.

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Photo of beerluvr
3.92/5  rDev +2.3%
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 proc
3.43/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A good, but not spectacular porter. Pours out to a dark brown to black color with a slight head. Despite the slight head, carbonation is fairly active in the glass. The aroma is that of malted milk balls. The taste interesting. There is a definite coffee/expresso taste present that borders on burnt coffee and finishes as such, bringing down its drinkability score to the average range.

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Photo of CRJMellor
3.36/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours dark brown/black with red highlights. 1.4 inch tan head leaves lots of lace on the pint.
Aroma of coffee, chocolate and grain plus some oliy hop notes.
Flavor is chicory, chocolate, roasted coffee and some earthy, soil hints.
Mouthfeel starts promising with chocolate sweetness and full feel. Unfortunately it then slides into a moderately bitter but somewhat vapid finish that is heavily watery. Somewhat disappointing.
Drinkability is solid but wateriness makes it an unspectacular offering.

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Photo of granger10
2.85/5  rDev -25.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

This one was super dark in appearance and the head was almost totally absent from my vigorous pour. Where is the carbonation? The smell is intense roastiness. The taste brings about a burnt coffee/espresso flavor that I feel is too blunt. Chocolate mixes slightly as well as some earthy flavors. This one is too one sided and intense to really be enjoyed. Not a bad offering but I was hoping for more from Dark Horse here.

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Dark Horse Thirsty Trout Porter from Dark Horse Brewing Company
3.83 out of 5 based on 422 ratings.
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