Road Dog Porter - Flying Dog Brewery

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Road Dog PorterRoad Dog Porter

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1,045 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,045
Reviews: 769
rAvg: 3.52
pDev: 13.07%
Wants: 28
Gots: 21 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Flying Dog Brewery visit their website
Maryland, United States

Style | ABV
American Porter |  6.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: taez555 on 10-30-2001

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 1,045 | Reviews: 769
Reviews by Erdinger2003:
Photo of Erdinger2003
2.73/5  rDev -22.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured into a Tyranena nonic glass.

Purchased from HyVee Wine and Spirits on the east side of Ames.

Date on bottle: 243FX09

Pours one half inch head that is white in color. Very little of the lacing is sticking to the side of the glass. Letting it sit for a few minutes the head fell and now doesn't cover much of the beer. The color is deep brown and has a slight red tint at the edges. You can see through the beer when you hold it up to a computer screen.

The beer smells slightly sour with some slightly burnt smells. There is also some slight sweetness to it in the background, but it's mostly an almost smokey burnt flavor with a funny sour flavor.

The beer touches the tip of my tongue first and I taste a sweet almost caramel flavor followed by a slight burnt flavor that's finished off with the sour/burnt combination in the back of my throat.

The mouthfeel of the beer is a light medium bodied with a little burn of carbonation on the tip of the tongue and follows to the middle of the tongue.

The drinkability of this beer is good if you just want to hang out and have a few beers straight from the bottle, I mean it is 6%. If you want a nice sipping porter that will keep you company for an hour the drinkability goes down as the sour flavors are something you have to get over. I believe the sour flavors come from mishandling by state distributors and a lighter beer with burnt notes can easily become sour.

Overall, I love this beer when it is fresh and handled properly, but will probably not purchase it again until it's odds of losing the sour flavors have improved.

More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
3.15/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Very dark brown in color with almost no head,some chocolate aromas.Taste was a little smokey with some chocolate malt taste.The taste was a little flat,and the texture was a little thin for me.I have had alot better porters,but this wasnt nasty or anything.

Photo of RoyalT
3.18/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance – Very dark, almost black, body with a small head that laced the glass.

Smell – Strong chocolate tones with molasses atop a lightly-toasted malt base.

Taste – The raw sugars come out more at the tongue. Otherwise, the nose pretty much finds itself at the taste.

Mouthfeel – Flat and medium-bodied. This one lacked the fullness of a good porter.

Drinkability – Not bad, but not a standout.

Photo of DaPeculierDane
3.68/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours brown, nearly black with a creamy 1/8 inch thick lasting head. Aroma is chestnut/strawberry jam. Easy to drink with a medium body category. Tangy aftertaste with a sweet caramel middle. Very jammy. Aromas of English breakfast tea and cinnamon appear as it warms. Balanced hops and malts. Could be a bit larger. Typical Flyingdog, weird yeastiness is present.

Photo of JudgeRoughneck
3.8/5  rDev +8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 5

A deep dark pint of thick molasses with a thin and fickle khaki to burnt cream head that leaves no lacing. The nose is faint and of dark malt and milk sugar.

The taste starts creamy and smooth and the flavor comes out as it warms in the mouth. This beer is very roasty all the way through with a nutty, smokey character and accasional vanilla notes. Really this is a fairly simple beer that drinks easy with a suprising dryness. My advice is drink this damn-near room temp. It got MUCH better as it warmed.

Mouthfeel is thin and syrupy but I could down a six of these with ease. Not totally sure about this "Scottish Porter" business, tastes like a damn fine dry stout to me but hey, it works as any of the three really.

Photo of imperialstout27
3.43/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured into pub glass.

A: Pours a clear chestnut color with a two finger pillowy light beige head after an aggressive pour. A thin layer of foam persists after the head dissipates.

S: Notes of light roasted coffee. Some hops. Sweet malts. Not getting a whole lot here.

T: Moderate roasted malt flavors, with a light char in the finish and aftertaste. There's a decent level of bitterness. A bit thin in the flavor department although there are some nice grain notes and very slight hints of dark fruits as it warms. This beer defintely needs to be at the proper serving temperature to get the most out of it. Not robust enough to be my preferred kind of porter. Reminds me in some ways of a brown ale.

M: Light to medium bodied, carbonation is average.

D: A fairly drinkable beer on account of its lack of flaws and undemanding flavor profile. An easy drinking, sessionable brew.

Overall, an easy drinking, sessionable beer, but to me it's somewhat boring and just not holding my interest. I don't dislike it and may even buy it again, but it's a fairly mass appeal brew.

Photo of wesbrownyeah
3.8/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Road Dog Porter...6.0 abv.

A- Pours a coffee dark fluid with a nice carmel color head that stay around for awhile. Leaves nice sticky lacing on the rim of the glass.

S- Smells of malts, light coffee, mild dark fruits. Fresh malts dominate with a musky sence of being.

T-M- Strong malt backbone upfront with a little milky string attached. This is then fallowed by a sweet brown sugar bite with the alcohol warmth to even things out. Smooth as milk feel with slight carbonation to correct the mouthfeel to beer-like qualities...nice.

D- Drinkable as hell... smooth, interesting, and full of flavor. Great.

Photo of SIRIUS2
3.27/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

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

A: Dark brown at the pour, essentially clear but hard to see through, with minimal head. Slight lacing.

S: Light aromas of coffee, toffee, dark malts.

T&M: Thin of body and heavy carbonation make this something less than smooth. The taste is mostly dry and the malts relatively light for something this dark. The taste was a bit of a surprise, especially given the look and aroma. The finish was also dry but a bit watery.

D: I found the carbonation to be a bit too much, distracting. Flavors overall were light thin. There are much better examples of a porter. Not unpleasant but nothing special.

Photo of lordofthewiens
3.85/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A 12oz bottle poured into a pint glass. It was a dark brown color with red highlights, and it had a small head. Malt and coffee aroma. Malt, coffee, maybe a little vanilla in the taste. The carbonation made me think a little of root beer, but I still enjoyed this beer.

Photo of Todd
3.36/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

First, what the hell is a "Scottish Porter"?

A very dark brown beer with a creamy tan lace. Smell is faint, a bit earthy and lacto. Body is sturdy and even with a dextrin malt sweetness and texture, followed by soft caramel and chocolate malt flavours. Faint liquorice way in the back. Finish is earthy.

One of their better beers actually, IMO. Love the "Good Beer. No Shit" slogan on the label.

Photo of shapudding
3.79/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a beautifully dark blackish, when held to the light you can see ruby through it. Amazing amount of head that reduced down to one finger of lush creamyness. Scent is not that overpowering, light caramel and toastyness. Decent amount of carbination but not too much. First sip is not the intensity that you would imagine for the color, caramel, little bit of smokeyness, little wood. Thin body and nicely drinkable. Finish has coffee and a tiny bit of caramel. Nice and smooth, very drinkable brew. Could handle as a session beer.

I brought a sampler of Flying Dog on a work casino bus trip and kept offering up each beer to the new co-workers my company is merging with. I had alot of so-called "regular beer drinkers" fall into some deep appreciation for this brewery. My one long time friend who drinks, sigh, Natural Ice at her house, actually picked Road Dog as her favorite of the bunch!

Photo of Doomcifer
2.41/5  rDev -31.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Poured a clear, very dark amber/mahogany color with a nice foamy head that retained for a while. Hints of roasted barley on the nose, light grains, hay. Taste is sweet upfront, with an off-putting, sharp metallic mid-taste then ends with a subtle roasty dryness. Rather thin and over carbonated for the style. I've had a lot better.

Photo of BuckeyeSlim
2.51/5  rDev -28.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

12 oz. bottle poured into a New Belgium snifter.

A - Rich, thick three-finger head that's a light cream color. Head dissipates slowly with little foam ringing the glass, but finishing with a pillow of thick foam on the surface that doesn't want to dissolve. Deep, dark brown that appears deep ruby red and moderately opaque when held to a light.

S - Roasted malt, caramel, brown sugar. Floral hops push forward as the glass opens up. Flavors are present, but don't really present themselves - you have to work to get them.

T - Burnt toast, a bit of bitter chocolate, and a touch of bittering hops in the finish. Doesn't seem to have much of anything going on on the tongue. Where's the flavor? Hard to experience the taste because of the mouthfeel. Tastes like what you'd get pouring a porter into a glass of water.

M - Surprisingly thin for the appearance. Too much carbonation gives it a tad fizzy feeling that washes away the initial taste. Not much of a finish.

D - The appearance and the nose offered promise. The mouthfeel made experiencing the taste more difficult than it should have been. It's way too thin and watery for a porter. The most charitable thing I can come up with is that this is a porter lite - you could drink a six of these and think you've only had a couple beers because of the lack of substance or taste, which is really surprising with an abv of 6%. A bland disappointment.

Photo of Jason
4/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation: 12 oz brown long neck with a sacry dog theme artsy label. No freshness date.

Appearance: Dark copperish brown with a light tan lace that has no problem retaining.

Smell: Butterscotch diacetyl, toffee and malt sweetness.

Taste: Toasted malt, caramel/toffee, malt sweetness and light roasted malt are all in the big mixture of flavours. Faint butterscotch and peat smoke in the backround with an evenly proportioned hop bitterness.

Notes: Very tasty ... a well rounded brew that seems to grow on you. A beautiful malty profile that bursts with flavour.

Photo of Billolick
3.13/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle, no freshness dating. Nice lable art work. Malty nose, maybe a hint of peat. pours a dark maple/ruby/brownish color, with a tan head and leaves some well depeloped lacing behind. notes of caramel, malt and a hint of a cabadgy/cardboard off flavor in the background. Mouthfeel is so so, with soem prickly carbonation on the tongue. Need a smoother and more well developed malt backbone to hit the note. Not a very impressive effort.

Photo of Perkyanda
2.78/5  rDev -21%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

The pour is a dark caramel brown-- not opaque, but a nice rich color. The head is a light, dirty cream color, nice and thick with lots of tiny tiny bubbles. The scent is faint-- again, I'm getting caramel, and maybe a dry woody smell.

Mouthfeel isn't great to me. it's a little more bubbly than I like, though it does have a richness and smoothness. Still, not liking the tinglyness of it.

The flavor is... ok. It isn't great, it isn't awful. It's a pretty standard porter. Part of my "meh" reaction is probably just because I generally like darker beers, and a porter is close enough that I end up thinking "nooo, you're SO CLOSE". The biggest issue I have with the taste here is the sour aftertaste. It just keeps lingering. Although... it does make me want to drink more, jsut because the upfront flavor will wide it away for a few seconds. The upfront flavor doesn't really hit on any major taste sensations besides "beer" and "sour", but it does have a bit of weedyness to it.

Photo of Byeast
3.55/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured dark brown / black with some ruby edges and a small and quickly dissipating head that remains as a round lace. Smell is of light chocolate and coffee , some faint dairy and tinge of hop. Taste is of the dark malts , hints of the coffee and bitter chocolate , faintest charcoal aftertaste. Mouthfeel is thin with a dry finish. Very drinkable porter , kind of thin though , could use a bit more flavor Imo. I like their slogan.

Photo of OldFrothingSlosh
3.32/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

July 2003: Happy American Beer Month!

Presentation: 12oz. amber bottle with funky label (good people drink good beer) freshness dating.

Appearance: Dark ruby-brown in color. Fizzy off-white head lies nearly dormant atop the beer.

Smell: Aromas of roasted nutty toffee and chocolate sweetness.

Taste: Caramel sweetness mixed with a smoky chocolate bitterness. Finishes rather oddly, with a slightly soured flavor.

Mouthfeel: On the thin side. Pretty fizzy.

Drinkability: Not a very quaffable beer for me. Finished it, but won't come back for it again.

Photo of bsp77
3.88/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Serving glass: Poured from bottle into pint glass.

Appearance: Dark brown with a moderate tan head that recedes to a fine line.

Smell: Mild dark chocolate with a musty earthiness that is nice, but a little subdued.

Taste: Once again, chocolate is predominant, kind of a dark, bittersweet chocolate. A slight smokiness is present, while bitterness is pretty low. No coffee detectable as in many Robust Porters.

Feel: Relatively low carbonation with a medium body that is relatively smooth.

Drinkability: Quite easy to drink as the focus is on semi-dry malt without any major flavor elements (bitterness, sweetness, coffee) to detract. Of course, you could also claim that those major flavor elements could have enhanced it as well. Overall, a very solid Porter I would have again but doesn't truly stand out.

Photo of jondeelee
3.57/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

The nose sports full porter flavors, including chocolate malt, vanilla, chocolate cream, and wet grains, along with a hint of nut.

On the tongue, hops end up being one of the earliest flavors, approaching in light grapefruit waves. These are followed by a smattering of chocolate malts and grains, bringing in many of the flavors present in the nose. Chocolate, both in malt and milk form, is especially present, as well as coffee, very light tobacco, cream and roasted nut. The aftertaste is a combination of chocolate malts and hops, and fades quickly.

Overall, the flavors in this porter are good, but there simply aren't enough of them; the brew's mouthfeel is very light, and the taste tends to follow suit. A few more pounds of malt would have done wonders. For the money, it's better worth your time to try Flying Dog's Gonzo Imperial Porter, which is a far superior beverage, and feels like more care has gone into it.

Photo of jazzyjeff13
3.6/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A 355ml bottle with a BB of April 2012, so it's out of date. Picked up cheap the other day from my local beer specialist - they're selling off cases of old stock. As always, I love the Ralph Steadman designed label.

Poured into a Delirium chalice. A dark reddish-brown colour - appears black unless held to the light. Medium carbonation. Yields a decent head of creamy off-white foam that hangs around for a few minutes before subsiding to a patchy surface layer. Aroma of dark malt with notes of citrus and aromatic hops, underpinned by subtle hints of roasted/burnt grain and yeast.

Tastes of dark malt with a dry finish. Notes of roasted grain, faint coffee bitterness, subtle aromatic hops and yeast. A slight malty sweetness. Quite dry upon swallowing. Mouthfeel is tingly and smooth, but rather thin and insubstantial. Aftertaste of mildly bitter dark malt.

Pretty good - I like the combination of dark malt and mild aromatic hop notes. The body is perhaps the only feature that disappoints; too thin for a decent porter. Hop bitterness could also be given a boost. However, it's certainly drinkable and goes down easily enough - I might pick up a few more while they're available. Worth sampling.

Photo of far333
3.69/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Very dark brown in color, with a beige head that lingers about a half inch over the top of the liquid, and leaves rings as the glass is emptied. Almost no aroma. Very crisp and smooth mouthfeel, but a little watery. The flavor is very light, with very faint hoppiness, and a light malty/chocolatey/caramel finish. This beer is okay, but I would expect more from a porter and from a Scottish ale. The dark inviting color is deceiving. I thought there would be more body and fuller flavor.

Photo of yankeeheel
3.65/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a darkish brown with a small coffee colored head. Minimal lacing.

Smells quite sweet and mocha like. Nice.

Tastes just malty enough to make glad i opened this on a friday after a really shitty week. Lots of mingling of caramel and coffee. I guess that's the scottish part? Finishes slightly dry with a litle dark fruit in the background.

Mouthfeel is a little thin, but it is a porter. I guess?

I could have a couple and not complain.

Photo of niknar
3.65/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours out a deep, dark ruby color with a smallish white head that quickly settles to a small collar. I used a fairly tame pour, so a more aggressive one may have created more head. The smell is strong influenced by sweet malt and spices. The taste is quite good. Strong malt that is delicately balanced by delicate hop bitterness and spices. No one particular flavor dominates....rather it seems to be an intricate mixture. Mouthfeel is the one disappointment for me. Though not unpleasant, it seems slightly thin for such a dark beer. Its not over-carbonated... just not as substantial feeling as I expected. I think this is a highly drinkable beer. It's something that I would certainly buy from time to time (although not readily available here). It might make a good next step beer for someone who is fairly new to craft beers, but not quite ready for a truly different experience.

Photo of Soonami
3.7/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Flying Dog Road Dog Porter is a solid American Porter, but has definite short-comings that keep it from being truly excellent. The beer pours an almost opaque dark brown with a tuft of khaki foam. The beer smells mostly of burnt buttery toffee, caramel and a slight hint of coffee. The taste is exactly like the burnt toffee I taste except it has an acrid sourness to it, whether burnt flavors or from C-hops I don't know. It's got some of the caramelized flavors I like, but it isn't terribly smooth or drinkable.

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Road Dog Porter from Flying Dog Brewery
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