Thursday, April 19, 2012

Thirsty Dog Old Leghumper

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

   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

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