Thursday, April 19, 2012

Thirsty Dog Old Leghumper


Continuing with "All Ohio Beer Week" I called in Dan Harper of http://youtube.com/TheEndosymbiosis to help me review this robust porter that was sent to me by James Knott of http://youtube.com/AgileHproductions
And yes, Dan shaved his beard off and this is the first appearance of his freshly shaven face (at least on a beer review).

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Chad9976 (650) - Albany, New York, USA - APR 16, 2012
I received a 12oz bottle in a trade with a friend in Ohio (thanks, James!). I poured it into a tulip glass.

Appearance: Seemingly opaque black or brown with maroon highlights. Forms a dark tan, foamy frothy head which laces and retains pretty well.

Smell: Very sweet aroma of chocolate milk and a Dr. Pepper-like cola.

Taste: If you ever needed a beer to show the difference between a porter and a stout, Thirsty Dog Old Leghumper is it. This is a little bigger and notably sweeter than your average porter, but lacks the bitter ending you get from a stout. It does have a lot in common with a standard milk stout, though. A sweet, creamy, chocolate milk-like taste throughout. There are some earthy, fruity flavors through the middle, especially of prune and vanilla bean - which help keep the palate from being alcoholic YooHoo. There’s a mild bitterness just as the beer finishes with a very faint coffee taste, but hardly anything in terms of roasted/toasted malt.

So it’s a tasty beer to be sure, but the palate is decidedly simple. The sweet and fruity flavors are tasty, but many drinkers mind find it cloying. I liked it throughout but couldn’t help but feel something was missing. It’s not really chocolaty enough to be a dessert beer, but is a tad too sweet and a tad too big to be sessionable. It’s a good beer to buy a six pack of to have at the ready, though.

Drinkability: What’s probably the most impressive about Thirsty Dog Old Leghumper is how easy of a beer it is to drink. The mouthfeel is thinner and more fizzy than you’d expect, but the texture is soft and velvety to make for a very comfortable mouthfeel. It’s surprising, actually, that it’s 6.7% ABV since it doesn’t seem to have the weight or energy of something that big. It’s dangerously drinkable in that sense.

Grade: 7/10