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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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
jbuskirk (430) - 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 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Travlr (10283) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - JAN 15, 2012
Draft at HopCat. Almost black, brown large bubble head, legs! Aroma of coffee grounds and white pepper. Taste is pine, chocolate, coffee, pepper finish. Wow!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
craftbeerdesign (2175) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - JUL 13, 2014
Bottle from Total Wine in McLean, VA. Pours black with tan highlights. Deep chocolate roast nose with coffee and dark fruits. Med to full body with deep roast, chocolate and caramel notes. Some deep cherry notes and light vanilla. Semi sweet finish with more roast.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
kkleu357 (268) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - NOV 15, 2013
Very malty smell. Dark dark black pour with little head. Mmm, nice smokey taste. Easy in the taste puds. Lots if roasty malts. I like it.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
drpimento (2210) - La Crosse, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 13, 2013
Goot schtuf! Served at a good temperature with modest head that soon settles to a light cover that lasts forever and good lacing. Color is an opaque black brown. Aroma is malt, roast, dark ripe fruit, molasses, cocoa. Flavor’s like nose with all the above characteristics amplified plus the integration of sweet, carbonic tang, and bitter. Body is good but carbonation seems a little light. Finish is like flavor, longish, and a touch boozy.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
thedm (4935) - Fort Wayne, USA - MAY 6, 2004
This bottled brew from the brewery poured a small head of fine to medium sized brown colored long lasting bubbles that left behind a good lacing. The body was opaque black like a stout with no visible carbonation. The aroma was a nice mellow dark roasted malt one and the mouth feel was smooth with a mild malt bite and a mild tingle. The flavor was very nice with dark malts, roasted notes, and an overall very nice quality to it. It was very easy to drink and I could not wait for another bottle. Fortunately I had two!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
teorn88 (1923) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - AUG 31, 2012
On tap at CPB, London. It pours a dark brown color with a small beige head. Aroma is roasted matls, coffee and licorice. Taste is roasty, bitter with a hint of acidity. Notes of espresso. Mouthfeel is silky with good carbonation. Overall, very nice porter here.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Beerhunter111 (7096) - Hasborn, GERMANY - FEB 19, 2014
Dunkelbraunes Bier mit geringer Schaumkrone. Geruch röstmalzig, Karamell, Schokolade, Vanille. Geschmack röstmalzig süß, Schokolade, würzig.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
StewardofGondor (1934) - Washington Heights - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 8, 2006
Bottle via Clark, giving him first choice of any of my vital organs, should he ever find himself in such a predicament.

Mostly opaque and inky black in color with a saliva spackle and a clinging grey wrung to serve as the head. Aroma is ripe with black currant, dark chocolate smooshed on tar, espresso grease, mocha boysenberries and lactic chocolate. I’m excited. Tasty, dry exhibition. Coffee bitters have the prowess here. Dark chocolate pumped with caramel and crème liquor give stark flavor to the dry espresso and roasted qualities. Chocolate malt balls, crushed and dusted into a morning Carnation breakfast drink. Captive and judicial mouth feel springboarding from centerpoint and spreading rapidly. Perfect, robust one-two punch when it comes to the balanced nature of this treat. Bitter, beautiful stuff, with final flavors akin to dark chocolate stir sticks seeping into French espresso sludge. Thanks for the bottle, Clark!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ClarkVV (3892) - Allston, Massachusetts, USA - FEB 1, 2007
2003-2004 bottle (don’t remember exactly) from Styles, drunk on 1/24/07
Heavily sedimented bottom shows how unfiltered Dark Horse is. Leaving the sediment behind as best as possible, the beer is still more or less opaque (though slight ruby-magenta highlights break through on the edges and near the surface). Dark beige head forms small, but very creamy and dense, leaving moderate lacing on the glass and eventually fading to partial cover. The body is nearly black, with an earthy brown tint.
Luscious chocolate and fudge rise up easily in the nose, filling the senses quite well and lending an afterthought of lightly salty char. Strong, sweet base malts combine with the dark malts to add a creamy-sweet vanilla character that nearly matches the intensity of the fudginess up front, and soothes the nose on its way to a more dry finish. Light malt phenolics provide moderately strong notes of anise, with a light breadiness and almost what you might consider to be a bit of smoke. It’s all very cohesive by this point in its age and interestingly, there seems to be no off-flavor nor much more than a slight glimpse of oxidation. With warming, the vanilla seems to dry out and the aroma becomes almost fluffy without being overly sweet. The dry, anise-laden finish reaches out farther in to the middle of the aroma to cut the fudge and chocolate. No alcohol noted, medium-high strength of aroma.
Chocolate-vanilla iced cream flavored beer is pretty spot on for the first few notes, though slowly some light earthiness from the roasted barley emerges adding light coffee tones (very faint) and bits of dry roasted graininess. The sweet, velvety fudge-like flavors easily win out, however and the beer comes off as one of the more creamy, velvety, soft stouts I’ve had in some time. Very much like their cream stout. Carbonation is low, but not really lacking, giving some life to the body and helping to highlight the dry anise and bitter chocolate notes that sit on the finish. Light char and lively vanilla-liqueur-like warmth are somewhat evident on the finish, especially with warming, giving yet another layer of complexity and intrigue. Medium-sweet, with a medium body, but not too sweet (which is saying a lot coming from me). Perhaps a bit more roast would lend a some assertiveness to balance the creamy-soft ride from start to finish. Though if you like sweet, soft, chocolate stouts, you’ll love this.

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