I Bet You Giggle When You Read the Name
A Review of Old Leghumper by Thirsty Dog Brewing Co.
Posted on 12/29/2011 by Brew's Your Daddy
Ah the porter. Much has been argued about this style of beer. Is it an offspring of the stout family originally? Did stouts come from porters? The debate continues to this very day. If you want to know my opinion on the matter, it's very simple. Who cares?!? Truth be told, you could probably call half of the porters on the market today stouts, and vice versa. Both carry a lot of the same traits and I for one have no problem with that at all. Just make it tasty, and I can guarantee that I will drink it with a smile. Luckily, Thirsty Dog Brewing Company has done just that with the Old Leghumper Robust Porter.

When poured, the Old Leghumper fills the glass with the darkest of brown coloration. It is probably as brown as you can get without being black. Only after you hold it up to a light source does it change to an awesome ruby/brown mixture. A fluffy, light tan head forms with an aggressive pour, but recedes quickly to only a small film, but still leaves some pretty nice lacing throughout the session. The nose of it is subtle, but nice. There is a great overall roasted malt aroma that is complimented by some good notes of smoke and chocolate.

The taste follows the nose almost to the letter. The first sip coats your mouth with a warm, roasted malt flavor that at times leans towards nutty. Once it moves on, little layers of coffee and chocolate move in and out of each other, with neither really dominating or disappearing at any time. At the very end it gets slightly smoky, and while you can't really taste any hops, there is a bit of a hops tingle on the tongue that is quite pleasant.

The mouthfeel might come across as a bit thin for some as far as a porter is concerned, but I like to view it as more of a good session bodied beer. There isn't a lot of weight or stickiness to distract you from some really nice flavors being passed from the glass to your taste buds. Sometimes we can lose ourselves in our better beer ''snobbery'', and are always looking for something to knock a beer for, when we could often view slight style skews as a plus in a lot of cases. Here is a great example of that.

I have no problem admitting that I really enjoyed Old Leghumper. I not only enjoyed drinking it, but I also had a lot of fun just saying and writing the name. Any level of beer drinker can enjoy it. The more advanced drinkers would probably treat it as a session porter, and that's fine. There's nothing wrong with having one more of those to turn to this time of year. The newcomers to the better beer world could treat it as a great bridge beer. Thirsty Dog Brewing did you a favor and filled it full of some really good flavors that, while not complex, give you a chance to see what a good porter can taste like. And feel free to smile when you order it or pick it up to buy. Anything to do with leghumping is justifiably funny.

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