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A richly malty ale, with clear characteristics of dark chocolate and black malt, and hints of black licorice, ale fruitiness, and molasses in the finish.

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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
574deadzone (891) - North Central, Indiana, USA - JAN 24, 2013
Bottle, listed 7% ABV. Pours a deep dark brown to black. A vigorous swirl of the glass produces a finger or so of a tight-bubbled mocha head that settles slowly to a ring. Nose involves a large amount of dark chocolate with some brown sugar, toasted malt notes, and touches of dark fruit. Taste is nice and sweet with some balancing bitterness, but not a whole lot. Fuller bodied, creamy, softer carb, with a nice chocolaty finish. Good solid porter, nice flavor and aromatics, with hearty body and strength. Another awesome dark beer from Dark Horse.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
greenclansman (712) - Nicosia, CYPRUS - APR 22, 2014
super black, oily texture, nice roasted malt aromas. same in flavor with a long smooth aftertaste. a solid porter

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
ansermadide (1466) - Kyle, Texas, USA - APR 20, 2014
Right away you can tell that this porter is heavy in body, sweet, and thick in roasted malt content. It’s black, nearly solid if it wasn’t for a hint of orange glowing at the bottom edges of the glass, with an almost medium brown colored head. The nose is exactly that: heavily roasted but not burnt, sweet, and soft, with clear hints of barley, licorice, sweet pit fruit juice, and a touch of cocoa. The aroma is pretty complex, and really raises your expectations for the rest of the experience. First, the body is perfect. It’s thick, almost like you want to take a nibble out of it, but incredibly smooth, almost velvety but not as dense as most velvety porters. It’s so smooth that it doesn’t sit in the mouth long. It hangs around just long enough to let its fine balance of perfectly-dosed malts and fruity sweetness. Man, this is addictive. It finishes full in flavor, with more fruit, a hint of cocoa, and molasses, making for an experience 100 times more impressive than the label implies.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
GranvilleTim (1459) - Granville, Illinois, USA - APR 20, 2014
Dark pour with a thin brown head. Aroma is toast and roasted malt. Taste is toasty and licorice,, smooth. Leaves a nice toasty aftertaste.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
jbuskirk (305) - Holdrege, Nebraska, USA - APR 17, 2014
For starters, I love the delightfully quirky name of Thirsty Trout. I would expect no less from the Dark Horse brewery. I also had high expectations for the flavor of this brew, and Thirsty Trout met them. Before I get ahead of myself, this porter has brownish black body and a modest tan head. The aroma offers everything you’d expect from an American porter: cocoa nibs, coffee beans, and smoky malts. Up front, the flavor of Thirsty Trout reveals much of that chocolaty, roasty character, too. Surprises finally hit you in the finish. The brew ends on a sweet note with dark fruits, malt, and syrup. It’s a just-right finale to an expertly crafted porter.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
r464 (1789) - Earth, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 15, 2014
Deep flavor of roasty malt, cocoa, a bit of coffee, and nuts. Smooth, lightly sweet, full and long finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
sunevdj (3090) - Copenhagen OE, DENMARK - APR 13, 2014
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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 13/20
Patrickctenchi (3093) - Cox’s Knob, columbus, Indiana, USA - APR 11, 2014
Bottle: 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. Really tasty.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
alobar (2623) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 6, 2014
Pours cola brown with no head. Aroma of caramel, coffee, and licorice. Coffee flavor with licorice, caramel, and dark chocolate flavor. Quite nice.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 9/20
RSeltzer (8) - Bloomington, Indiana, USA - MAR 29, 2014 does not count
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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
charule (811) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 23, 2014
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.

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