Road Dog Porter - Flying Dog Brewery
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Reviews by etaggie09:
3.4/5 rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4
appearance: deep black with some ruby undertones. a creamy off-white head graces the glass and recedes to just cover the top. can't see any carbonation going on in there. leaves a nice lacing on the glass.
aroma: rich, sweet malt is in the forefront. caramel and apple to my nose. perhaps a little pear in there as well. a nice alcohol backbone is in there. i can't wait to take a sip. some earthiness comes through as the beer warms. a little hops. some roasty undertones come through as the beer warms even more.
taste: a roastiness exists upfront that is quite porterlike. sweetens after the first sip, but the tastes are a little muted. some fruit rind bitterness comes through. a little caramel exists to give it a scottish ale type feel. really kind of a blend between a baltic porter and a scottish ale, but doesn't do either style a lot of justice. it leaves a good coating of woodiness like a porter and a minor sweetness. not a bad flavor but it isn't wowing me. it's too middle of the road for the two styles that i'm confused by it and just wish it would either be a porter or a scottish ale and quit trying to be both. i think it leans towards being more of a porter. it's got flavor but it just never delivers the way i want it to and the way it tries to. a bit disappointing.
mouthfeel: not bad, but not perfect. at least average for being a porter/scottish ale or whatever the hell it really is. low carbonation and a slightly watery feel keeps it from being great.
drinkability: quite drinkable, and packs a nice little alcohol punch to it. Would be a good choice for eating a meat dish like roast, which is what I had this with.
notes: too confusing in regards to the style. as far as tasting the beer without any regards for stylistic categories, I feel like it didn't pack enough of a punch in the flavor department to make it a great beer. I drank a Horn Dog the other day with steaks and a potato gratin and it was wonderful. I think that Flying Dog is a decent brewery and I look forward to trying more of their beer, but I don't think it'll get any better than the Horn Dog. This is a decent beer, but if you want a porter, get a Sinebrychoff and if you want a Scottish Ale, get a Skullsplitter.
Serving type: bottle
12-27-2007 01:08:58 | More by etaggie09
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3.64/5 rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5
aroma is mainly vanilla accompanied by some toffee, smoked malts, dark chocolate and espresso beans. Appears black with a magenta hue and thin white foam. Taste is mildly dry with bitter black coffee overtones, assertive toffee, creamy nougat, dry chocolate and some faint hop bitterness. Overall, pretty well rounded and different porter. Very dry all around with some alcohol coming through as it warms.
Serving type: bottle
06-28-2014 07:54:20 | More by IAmAPenguin
Road Dog Porter from Flying Dog Brewery
80 out of 100 based on 1,035 ratings.