574deadzone (891) - North Central, Indiana, USA - JAN 24, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
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.
greenclansman (712) - Nicosia, CYPRUS - APR 22, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
super black, oily texture, nice roasted malt aromas. same in flavor with a long smooth aftertaste. a solid porter
ansermadide (1466) - Kyle, Texas, USA - APR 20, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
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.
GranvilleTim (1459) - Granville, Illinois, USA - APR 20, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Dark pour with a thin brown head. Aroma is toast and roasted malt. Taste is toasty and licorice,, smooth. Leaves a nice toasty aftertaste.
jbuskirk (305) - Holdrege, Nebraska, USA - APR 17, 2014
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
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.
r464 (1789) - 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 (3090) - 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 (3093) - 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 (2623) - 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 (8) - Bloomington, Indiana, USA - MAR 29, 2014 does not count
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 (811) - 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.