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Sea Dog Riverdriver Hazelnut Porter - Sea Dog Brewing Company

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Ratings: 276
Reviews: 170
rAvg: 3.48
pDev: 15.23%
Wants: 3
Gots: 4 | 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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3/5  rDev -13.8%

TonyJ815, Sep 06, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +36.5%

Surprisingly crisp and refreshing for a porter.

Weekiwachee, Aug 21, 2014
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2.75/5  rDev -21%

ndraughn84, Jul 20, 2014
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4/5  rDev +14.9%

Sellen, Jul 19, 2014
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4/5  rDev +14.9%

BArunnerchick, Jul 15, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +29.3%

Jmac597, Jul 12, 2014
Photo of Cloaked_Phantom
3.75/5  rDev +7.8%

Cloaked_Phantom, Jul 05, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev +0.6%

jucifer1818, Jun 30, 2014
Photo of k-grey
4.25/5  rDev +22.1%

k-grey, Jun 29, 2014
Photo of silverking
3.64/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A-- it pours a cola color with ruby highlights. Thin tan head that fades quickly.

S- hazelnut, and it smells a little buttery. Its not a bad thing, but weird.

T- rich creamy hazelnut, coffee. Not terribly complex.

M- light/medium bodied. Gentle carbonation.

O- a little one dimensional, but it's not bad. I'll buy this again.

silverking, Jun 26, 2014
Photo of FLima
4.03/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Black reddish color with a one finger head with short retention, but with a constant plate and leaving some laces.
What a delicious and unexpected aroma. Hazelnut is quite predominant here, also it has strong notes of biscuit, grains, wood chips and vanilla.
Bold flavor of roasted malts, lots of hazelnuts, spices, herbal and earthy hops, charred wood, chocolate, ashes, yeast and roasted coffee beans. Dry aftertaste with a long lasting bitter roasted note.
Light body with appropriate carbonation and a creamy sensation.
Definitely a nutty Porter. Bold aroma and flavor with tons of hazelnut that feels natural. This was a nice pleasant surprise which is underrated in my opinion. I was under the impression that they did enhanced the formula, this one has a more similar profile to Rogue John John Hazelnut.

FLima, May 24, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -6.6%

oriolesfan4, May 23, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -6.6%

Syraquse, May 19, 2014
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3/5  rDev -13.8%

bcsbeer, Apr 24, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev +0.6%

meehandennis, Mar 14, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +7.8%

CardiacNP, Feb 21, 2014
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4/5  rDev +14.9%

JKama, Feb 15, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -6.6%

sd123, Feb 15, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev +0.6%

JSBILK, Feb 14, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -6.6%

Kerne, Feb 11, 2014
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2.25/5  rDev -35.3%

emakings, Feb 10, 2014
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3/5  rDev -13.8%

DrunkinYogi, Jan 18, 2014
Photo of illpass78
3.75/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a glass tankard.

Appearance: Good looking beer. Deep, dark brown with an off-tan head that settles at about an inch and a half. Pretty strong carbonation. Leaves a pretty heavy amount of lacing on the way down. Looks like a good, full-bodied porter.

Aroma: The nose isn't as strong as I'd hoped. Some faint coffee notes, but it's doesn't have a very powerful aroma. Doesn't smell much like hazelnut at all. I expected to be hit hard by coffee and hazelnut aromas, but got very little of that.

Taste: This is a pleasure to drink. Some bitterness up front, but by the middle it's full of smooth, full-bodied coffee flavor. Some burnt notes. The aftertaste is pleasant, so much so that I have a brownie in the other room and don't want to eat it. Finishes strong. The alcohol is unnoticeable and it leaves you wanting another.

Mouthfeel: Pretty good body. Waterier up front than in the middle. Very easy to drink. Nothing off-putting about it.

Overall: In this age of hyper-specialization, I can't blame these guys for calling their beer "hazelnut" in attempt to stand out from the crowd of other porters and stouts on the shelf. But this honestly doesn't taste like hazelnut at all. It tastes like a straight porter or a coffee porter. And it's a fine one for sure. I got this in a mixed six and would definitely pop one in there again; if you're a big porter/stout fan, I'd do the same.

illpass78, Jan 13, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -6.6%

BillRoth, Dec 29, 2013
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4/5  rDev +14.9%

Amgarnier, Dec 28, 2013
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Sea Dog Riverdriver Hazelnut Porter from Sea Dog Brewing Company
79 out of 100 based on 276 ratings.