jbuskirk (516) - Holdrege, Nebraska, USA - APR 17, 2014
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: OCT 1, 2014 For starters, I love the delightfully quirky name of Thirsty Trout. Given this was from Dark Horse, I had high expectations this brew. Thirsty Trout met them. Before I get ahead of myself, this porter has a brownish black body and a modest tan head. The aroma offers what you’d expect from an American porter: cocoa nibs, coffee beans, and smoky malts. At the front of the mouth, the flavor of Thirsty Trout reveals much of that chocolaty, roasty character. The finish has some surprises. Thirsty Trout ends on a sweet note with dark fruits, malt, and syrup. It’s a just-right finale to an expertly crafted porter.
r464 (1956) - Earth, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 15, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Deep flavor of roasty malt, cocoa, a bit of coffee, and nuts. Smooth, lightly sweet, full and long finish.
sunevdj (3310) - Copenhagen OE, DENMARK - APR 13, 2014
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottled. Pours an opaque black with a light beige head. Dry with some sweetness. Aromas of toasted malts and hints of clams and licorice. Medium to light bodied. Medium carbonation.
Patrickctenchi (4379) - Cox’s Knob, columbus, Indiana, USA - APR 11, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 13/20
Black with a short, but thick, dark tan head.
Tobacco, dark fruit, chocolate aroma.
Taste is thick caramel malt, dark chocolate cake...
A little licorice/mint aftertaste.
alobar (2951) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 6, 2014
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours cola brown with no head. Aroma of caramel, coffee, and licorice. Coffee flavor with licorice, caramel, and dark chocolate flavor. Quite nice.
RSeltzer (12) - Bloomington, Indiana, USA - MAR 29, 2014
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 9/20
On tap. Minimal head with next to no lacing. Malty caramel aroma with caramel and coffee flavors. Nice licorice lingering finish. Carbonation is moderate for a good mouth feel and very, very good porter.
charule (1400) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 23, 2014
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap at Darkhorse. Poured almost 100% black with some red showing through and min white head. Aroma of some but and caramel toast. Light carb med bod. Taste of some roast light bitter.
sthlm (1240) - Minnesota, USA - MAR 20, 2014
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 16/20
[Bottle] Wow, this one sure changed as it warmed. Started out really bland and forgettable, but after sitting for awhile it became quite enjoyable. Anise up front which then melds into roasted malt and some chocolate for a lasting finish. Nothing crazy or incredibly unique; just a very solid porter. Aroma is pretty restrained, even after warming--dusty, slight alcohol, anise, and mild smoke. Fairly thin, long finish. Overall, a really nice porter that I’m glad I gave a chance to warm up.
ziel (76) - Massachusetts, USA - MAR 15, 2014
1.6 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 3/20
Nice dark color and appealing aroma. Flavor is light and not that heavy. I would say it is okay.
phaleslu (7041) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - MAR 10, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draft shared by Ms. phaleslu at Holy Grale. Pours a deep brown color with a small beige head that leaves spots in the glass. Aroma of toasted malts, light roast, nuts, chocolate, and earth. Flavor of dark chocolate, molasses, anise, earth, nuts, tobacco, and faint dark fruits. Medium-bodied, with moderate carbonation and a sweet, earthy, rich, semi-spicy mouthfeel. Good porter with more complexity than the nose lets on.