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Sea Dog Riverdriver Hazelnut Porter - Sea Dog Brewing Company

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Ratings: 277
Reviews: 170
rAvg: 3.48
pDev: 15.23%
Wants: 3
Gots: 6 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Sea Dog Brewing Company visit their website
Maine, United States

Style | ABV
American Porter |  5.60% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer is one of a kind! Four different malted barleys combine to create a distinctive, full-bodied beer with a roasted nuttiness, uniquely enhanced by a hint of hazelnuts. Smooth and creamy with the nose of the Willamette hop, this porter is a beer style unto itself.

(Beer added by: Dogbrick on 12-16-2002)
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Photo of TwoForty
5/5  rDev +43.7%

TwoForty, Mar 04, 2013
Photo of Weekiwachee
4.75/5  rDev +36.5%

Surprisingly crisp and refreshing for a porter.

Weekiwachee, Aug 21, 2014
Photo of WreckingBrew
4.5/5  rDev +29.3%

WreckingBrew, Jul 16, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +29.3%

Jmac597, Jul 12, 2014
Photo of smakawhat
4.38/5  rDev +25.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured on tap from the pub in Topsham ME. Filled to the rim with no head what so ever...

Appearance is a gorgeous dark walnut with red hues, and some visible carbonation. Bubbles are tan, but highly missing. Perhaps if this was a better pour I could rate this higher for this category but no...

Really good nose on this one, big roast characteristics and malt. Delicious nuts like a big mixed bowl.

Taste is a wet nut characteristic and soda. THere is some malt sweetness in the mid palate and some carbonation tingle on the tongue which is neat. Beef jerky, small malt backbone, and club soda all rolled into one with a taste of fresh brewed big pot coffee.

Very interesting unique porter I would really dig another on tap!

smakawhat, Dec 29, 2010
Photo of yesyouam
4.35/5  rDev +25%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Sea Dog Riverdriver Hazelnut Porter is a dark brown to black ale with a creamy, blotchy, mossy beige head. It leaves great lacing. The aroma is of chocolate, hazelnut, vanilla, biscuits and crackers. It is roasty and slightly sweet. The hops smell a little medicinal. It is medium-bodied and pretty smooth. It's a little chewy and a little slick. It has a full dark roasty flavor. It starts with hazelnut and maybe vanilla, then it turns a bit salty and then bitter, like juniper. The flavor elements are all pretty independent. This is much better than the first time I rated it. That last bottle must've been skunked!
(rated Jan 8, 2008)

[First rating: 7 Aug /2007] Riverdriver Hazelnut Porter is a deep solid brown ale with a hue that's leaning toward aubergine. The head is tan in color, splotchy and lively. The retention is great. The aroma is very hard to miss: hazelnut and coffee with maybe something minty in there. It has a medium-light body with a dry, slightly numbing, finish. The flavor is not focused like the aroma. The coffee aroma doesn't translate to a roasty flavor here. Diacetyl is present. The flavor is a little... barfy. There is a chemical off-flavor here that I can't place, but can smell after I've tasted it. Is it skunked? A bad bottle? I've had this before and it was good. [Aroma: 7; Appearance: 4; Flavor: 4; Palate: 3; Overall: 9]

yesyouam, Dec 20, 2008
Photo of tigg924
4.33/5  rDev +24.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: dark brown with medium head that disappates

Smell: like hazelnut--truth in advertising

Taste: I taste hazelnut, burnt caramel, and dark cocoa

Mouthfeel: light and smooth for a porter with a sweet finish

Drinkability: I think this is one of Sea Dog's better offerings. I could drink this all night. There is the sweet pronounced hazelnut taste but the flavor of a porter is not lost here. i could see how not everyone would like this, but I enjoyed it a lot.

tigg924, Jan 14, 2009
Photo of GarthDanielson
4.33/5  rDev +24.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured on-tap at the Sea Dog in South Portland, the beer was served in a pint glass. It's a nice, dark brown coloring with ruby highlights on the edges, and a thick, off-white head that starts at a frothy two inches and settles quickly into a film, clinging the glass the entire time you drink. The nose is mocha and hazelnut, with a creamy and rich feel to it. The flavors are coffee and nut, with a smooth richness and slight smokiness. Very tasty. The aftertaste is a 50/50 blend of smoke and hazelnut sweetness. Delicious! The finish is smooth, and the nut lingers quite a bit. Very well blended brew.

GarthDanielson, Sep 03, 2011
Photo of bsend
4.3/5  rDev +23.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured this from a 12 oz. bottle straight to a Guinness glass.

Upon pouring this beer looked to have a complex, darker brown color. Small amounts of head.

Smelling this beer, I really noticed the blatant, yet controlled hazelnut and some lighter elements of coffee and toffee. Overall really pleasant.

The first sip reinforced the smell. Mellow, soothing hazelnut can be tasted. The hazelnut mixes really well with the porter, providing an excellent matrimony between the two flavors. Reminded me of having Sunday morning coffee with the family.

The mouthfeel was also quite well balanced. It wasn't viscous and sludge-like nor was it too watery. An excellent mix.

I loved this brew quite a bit. There is no problem with enjoying a six pack of this. It lets you know you had a solid beer without completely filling you up. Unfortunately my main source for this beer no longer carries it. Definitely a shame as it was a wonderful addition from Sea Dog.

Final Thoughts - Definitely give this beer a try. It is a well balanced beer, and an excellent addition in the porter department.

bsend, Mar 08, 2009
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4.25/5  rDev +22.1%

skloeff, Nov 30, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +22.1%

TimeLincoln, Jan 19, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +22.1%

k-grey, Jun 29, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +22.1%

Mermaidhunter, May 24, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +22.1%

Ally928, Jul 19, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +22.1%

rapayn01, Feb 21, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +22.1%

dseiters, Sep 16, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +22.1%

rpjordan, Jan 07, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +22.1%

Sooch222, Nov 12, 2013
Photo of ThePaleRider
4.23/5  rDev +21.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to my friend, Scott, for hooking me up with this brew.

A - Dark like a rich coffee. Very nice looking beer with a very light tan head.

S - Hazelnuts up front with rich malts lingering around.

T - Very nice flavor. First time I've had a nutty porter, and I'm a big fan. Really love the way the hazelnut blends with the dark porter. Very similar to the Rogue Hazelnut, but much smoother, and the hazelnut doesn't seem to linger as long.

M - Smooth going down with a decent amount of carbonation.

O - Went into this tasting not expecting much and was really shocked at how good this beer is. Not sure the availability of this in Southern CA so I'm glad I was able to get my hands on it. Leaves me really curious to try their other beers.

ThePaleRider, Sep 06, 2012
Photo of mtnbikerpa
4.22/5  rDev +21.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into my pilsner style sampling glass. Thin head that quickly disappears. Thin sudsy film left on top of the brew. Scents of hazelnuts and sweetness are easily noticed. Taste is mellow for a porter, again sweet nutty flavors along with some caramel, and dark chocolate notes. Mouthfeel is smooth. This is pretty drinkable beer, I will easily enjoy drinking this one.

mtnbikerpa, Aug 05, 2010
Photo of horshack7
4.22/5  rDev +21.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

The color of this beer is a very dark black with a red tint rather appealing. Upon pouring the head rentention lasts only a few minutes but yet it has a very creamy texture. Lace sticks to the glass from start to finish.

Aromas carry hints of chocolate and malt which i thought was well balanced.

Overall the mouthfeel was a very nice medium body a decently smooth. Sea Dog did very well with this porter a well crafted brew.

Cheers!

horshack7, Jan 06, 2005
Photo of Thads324
4.2/5  rDev +20.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A : pours a deep dark black with quickly dissipating tan head. Leaves a few large tan bubbles in the center. A nice edge of red surrounds the tulip.

S : wow, it really smells like chocolate covered hazelnuts. deep rich nutty aroma with a hint of sweet malt mixed in. no hop aroma to speak of.

T : A bready malt profile to begin with, transcends into a heavy and rich hazelnut flavor. Chocolate dominates as well, but blends very nicely with the hazelnut flavor. There is a slight hop bitterness at the end of the brew.

M : low carb and a good easy drinking beer. freshness that lingers

Overall I really enjoyed this one. The flavors are intense, so you can't really drink a bunch all night or anything. Nicely balanced and has everything you need a good porter, then suped up with a chocolatey hazelnut treat. A return beer for sure.

Thads324, Jun 13, 2011
Photo of CopperBrewer
4.18/5  rDev +20.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Beautiful dark brown color, with a nice low head that lingers at the edges. Nice clarity but the color is so dark that you can barely tell.

Aroma: Roasted nut aroma with strong notes of hazelnut. The roasted notes commonly found in a porter are also clearly noticeable.

Flavor: Great hazelnut presence that, even though it is naturally flavored, doesn't taste artificial or fake at all. The hazelnut flavor blends very nicely with the roasted malts as well. It is a very nice pairing.

Mouthfeel: Smooth with a nice carbonation level. Has the feel of a robust porter, not a brown porter. Very easy to drink.

Overall: I really enjoyed this beer. I was afraid that it would end up being very artificial due to the flavoring but instead it tasted just what I expected it should taste like. A great accompaniment to beef and ice cream, quite the versatile beer!

CopperBrewer, May 08, 2012
Photo of u2carew
4.13/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz brown bottle.
A) Pours with a two finger head. Head is tight, fairly creamy and tan in color. Settles just a bit. Lacing is semi sticky. The body is dark mahogany.
S) Nutty - hazelnutty. Some chocolate. Bread.
T) Hazelnuts are prominent and wrap in subtle chocolate notes, but after a few swigs the hazelnuts are drowned out by the porter-esque tones: smoky, cocoa, some coffee and roasted grains. Finishes with very light hops.
M) Medium to full bodied. Refreshing up front. Crisp in the finish. Mildly gritty.
D) A well craft porter. True to form and recommendable.

u2carew, Aug 11, 2009
Photo of MisterDeeds
4.1/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appears to pour a thick black, but closer inspection shows it to be a dark cherry brown.

Smells sweet and malty with a chocolatey roasted scent as well.

The sweetness makes a quick appearance up front, but doesn't stick around for long. It is immediately taken over by the nutty coffee taste which starts sweet, but finishes bitter.

It has a good Porter feel, easy on the carbonation and very smooth going down.

I could enjoy a few of these on a cold night. Definitely worth a try if you enjoy a nice Porter.

MisterDeeds, Nov 03, 2008
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Sea Dog Riverdriver Hazelnut Porter from Sea Dog Brewing Company
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