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Road Dog Porter - Flying Dog Brewery

Road Dog PorterRoad Dog Porter

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1,030 Ratings

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Ratings: 1030
Reviews: 768
rAvg: 3.52
pDev: 13.07%

Brewed by:
Flying Dog Brewery visit their website
Maryland, United States

Style | ABV
American Porter |  6.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: taez555 on 10-30-2001)
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Photo of Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

3.43/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Brewed August 2006. Aroma like something left on your shoe, and also malt. Great white head on brown in my anti-gravity glass. Taste is chewy tobacco,chocolate malt, licorice smooth and malty mildly hoppy finish. Good drinking, I could have two, that's it. Thanks Tomthompson98. A different stroke of a porter.

Serving type: bottle

12-05-2007 23:02:21 | More by Sammy
Photo of BuckeyeNation


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

Is Road Dog Scottish Porter a Scottish ale or a porter? The website says that it's a Scottish ale that's kinda, sorta reminiscent of a porter (in so many words). Interesting concept, let's see if it's a good one.

Not-quite-opaque cherry cola with a medium tan head that has some firmness to it and is beginning to leave a little lace. Ultimately there's a thick, two finger collar and some speckled stuff higher up the glass. The nose says 'porter' to me. Roasted dark malt with plenty of chocolate. I don't detect any coffee, nor do I detect any peatiness that would make me think of Scotland.

The flavor is bolder than the nose promised and, again, is more porter-like than anything else. The beer tastes like bittersweet chocolate-covered toffee with no hint of coffee beans. A little peat smoke would be welcome and would result in a more complex flavor profile, but really, it's just fine without it. The body/mouthfeel is medium for the style and encourages sessioning.

Even though I didn't appreciate the Scottish characteristics that they were shooting for, Road Dog is good beer. It doesn't redeem the brewery in my eyes, but is the only one of their beers that actually takes flight, the only one that will keep me contributing to the Flying Dog 'kitty'. Ante up.

Serving type: bottle

07-04-2004 14:52:19 | More by BuckeyeNation
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South Carolina

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

This one poured a very dark, but obviously clear brown, almost black. Very large tan head graced the top, eventually faded down to just a slight ring around the outside of the glass. No glass lace and little carbonation,.Smell very sweet, lots of caramel and roasted coffee, a touch of chocolate perhaps. Very nice light feel. Good carbonation kept it feeling alive and allowed the flavors to really pop. Nice burnt caramel sugar and a touch of chocolate. Very nice dry piney hopped finish. Very drinkable, in fact I had alot more of this alot quicker then I intended to. Overall a really great beer and a fine sessionable porter. Flying Dog is always a picture of consistency as always.

Serving type: bottle

07-29-2007 22:49:20 | More by mikesgroove
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North Carolina

3.53/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a root beer brown color with a foamy beige head that retains well and manages a fair job of lacing the pint glass

Smell: One unusual aroma for either a Scottish or a Porter; smells grainy and nutty to me; kind of like a brown ale

Taste: Opens with a bready and grainy flavor, again much like a brown ale, but moving in a harsh, grainy direction by mid-palate; after the swallow, I can detect a bit of caramel and somewhat of a roasty charcoal element, but the overall effect is somewhat off-kilter, although the balancing sweetness at the end is a worthy touch

Mouthfeel: Medium body and slightly over-carbonated for the style

Drinkability: This was one of the first craft beers I tasted so, coming back to this one after several years was an opportunity that beckoned; unfortunately, it didn't hold up for me now that my palate is more trained in beer style identification; it's drinkable but not notable

Serving type: bottle

02-17-2008 19:07:23 | More by brentk56
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Quebec (Canada)

2.95/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Bottle courtesy of Okbeer: Poured a light dark color porter with a medium light brown foamy head with average retention. Aroma of dry hops and light malt is very average. Taste is dominated by some light roasted malt with a dry slightly hoppy finish. Body is slightly light with some average carbonation. I don’t seem to really dig beers from this brewer – maybe I am missing something but I sure don’t see anything special.

Serving type: bottle

06-28-2007 16:05:37 | More by Phyl21ca
Photo of BEERchitect


3.63/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

All in all, a good porter-for summertime consumption. Looks a little thin and not quite opaque for a porter. Medium carbonation and fizzy head shows promise of refreshment. Smells chocoalty, malty, roasted, smokey, and coffee-like. Tastes primarily of roasted and toasted barley. Lighter flavors of coffee and chocolate. Thinner than most porters into the body, which makes for easy drinking. Not as creamy or milky as I prefer in my porters. Finishes roasty, smoky and slightly bitter of hops. Remains thin, crisp and refreshing. Might make for a good German Dunkel.

Serving type: bottle

07-05-2005 19:24:25 | More by BEERchitect
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New York

3.58/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

A: The beer poured clear dark amber in color with a finger sized creamy beige head that took a long time to settle down. There is only a very light amount of visible carbonation.
S: There are light aromas of roasted malts in the nose along with some hints of coffee and nuts.
T: Like the smell, the taste isn't that strong and has flavors of bitter coffee, nuts and roasted malts.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied and thin on the palate. Very little carbonation is perceptible.
D: The beer is very easy to drink and quite sessionable.

Serving type: bottle

07-21-2010 23:07:19 | More by metter98
Photo of ChainGangGuy


2.68/5  rDev -23.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a dark brown body with a medium-sized, off-white head.

Smell: Faint aroma of over-roasted nuts and some bitter chocolate. Truth be told, there's not really much else, aromawise.

Taste: Roasted malts with a sweet tea-like taste and hints of smoke. Very light hop flavor and bitterness in the finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-thin body. Medium carbonation. Watery texture.

Drinkability: A very lacking beer experience.

Serving type: bottle

07-24-2007 00:31:15 | More by ChainGangGuy
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North Carolina

3.13/5  rDev -11.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-06-2003 06:40:32 | More by oberon
Photo of TMoney2591


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

Served in a Dogfish Head shaped pint glass.

Continuing my revisiting of the Flying Dog lineup with this guy. It pours a clear garnet-ruby topped by a finger or so of dirty white foam. The nose comprises roasted malts, light coffee, and a touch of light cocoa. The taste does not really deviate much at all from this prescribed path, though the cocoa is now a decidedly more bitter chocolate flavor, and the coffee comes through a bit more pronounced. The body is a light medium, with a very light moderate carbonation and a relatively smooth feel. Overall, a pretty nice porter; not really at the top of the style mountain, but pleasant to drink and in no way offensive.

Serving type: bottle

03-19-2011 07:43:36 | More by TMoney2591
Photo of NeroFiddled


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

I'm not sure how this beauty slipped beneath my review radar... perhaps because I'd taken it for granted. But if you look at it in a certain way, this is actually a beer I've never had, considering that it's out of the new (old) brewery in Frederick, Maryland. It tastes the way I remember it though, so...

It pours the typical very dark mahogany that almost borders on black, but remains in the brown realm. The head is tan and creamy, and drops shortly to a thin lid leaving behind thin walls of lace that transform into patches of tiny spots before your eyes.

The nose is caramelish and roasty, but also a bit nutty. There's very little yeasty fruit, as dictated by the style.

In the mouth it's medium-light bodied and smooth with a restrained, fine-bubbled carbonation.

The flavor is exactly as the nose suggests, with scortched caramel and delicate roastiness wandering amidst a more standard, caramelish maltiness. Leafy hops and a restrained but solid bitterness act as the backdrop and the base respectively; and it's all pretty tightly wound together in a well-balanced ball (note = drinkability). It does have character though... just like any good Scottish ale, it's not really complex, but there's depth to it with the roastiness (that can almost appear smoky towards the end of the glass), the scorched caramel edge, and the leafy and grassy hops (note again = drinkability). It finishes dry and slightly mineralish with some mildly lingering roastiness and a touch of leafy hops.

Overall, it's a pretty decent Scottish-style ale that's quite drinkable and satisfying despite its basic quality (think Guinness... ). Well worth trying for fans of Scottish style ales or dark beers.

Serving type: bottle

09-30-2006 19:12:17 | More by NeroFiddled
Photo of feloniousmonk


3.58/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Clear, dusky, brown color, enormous cream-toned head, fluffy as she comes, slow to drift down...
Aroma: cocoa and nuts, bittersweet, and chocolatey, just a bit over-carbonated, as there's a large cola-ish factor going on...rather airy and open, but mild and meek...
taste: smooth, nutty, dark fruits, but lying low...although, I gotta say, what is a "Scottish porter"? Scotland don't do no porters...what are we talking about here?
Tasty, though, but rather middling, not too distinctive, pretty run of the mill, actually...smooth and downable, but not much else to shout about. A decent enough drink, if you're not too picky..as for me, I'll likely skip next time, in favor of a real porter, or a true Scotch Ale...some'pin' like that..again, not bad, just not great...cheers!

Serving type: bottle

12-15-2004 10:56:58 | More by feloniousmonk
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Rhode Island

3.95/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

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

A: The beer is a dark reddish brown color with a short foamy off-white head that fades quickly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is faint but contains smoky malts, a little bit of coffee & chocolate and a touch of hops. Even though this beer isn’t categorized as a porter, it sure smells like one.

T: The tasty is very malty with flavors of coffee, vanilla, dark chocolate and roasted malts. However, despite those flavors being the dominant ones, the sweetness isn’t overdone. There’s a decent hops presence to provide a good balance. The after-taste is smoky and slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and very smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, slightly sticky finish.

D: Tasty, goes down very easily, good kick, I could certainly pound back a quite a few of these. I was surprised by how much I like this beer. It tastes like a lighter version of Flying Dog’s Gonzo Imperial Porter, which up until now was the only beer that I’ve actually liked from Flying Dog.

Serving type: bottle

04-19-2007 05:49:53 | More by TheManiacalOne
Photo of emerge077


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

Deep reddish-brown, almost opaque but with dark red highlights in the light. Foam settles quickly but leaves spotty, irregular lacing.

Earthy, peaty aroma, with dark malts. Very mild sweetness.

Malty but with a fairly thin mouthfeel...it also has a metallic note that's off-putting. Good roast malt character in the aftertaste that is interesting enough to continue drinking. Not especially smoky, but it is fairly peaty with a caramel character. Kind of husky and grainy, not really smooth enough to be a Porter. Mildly bitter vegetal aftertaste halfway through. Worth a try, but the jury is still out on this one.

Serving type: bottle

07-17-2007 00:42:33 | More by emerge077
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2.95/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours to a light brown bubbly head (retained a a good head all the way down) and ruddy reddish brown body.

Malty/fruity nose ever so slight.

Tastes smokey and malty with bits of fruit & choclate presence on the tounge and edges of the throat.

More body needed and slightly over carbonated. Sure I've had this in better form.

Serving type: bottle

09-21-2005 12:35:17 | More by russpowell
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New York

4.22/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a dark burgandy color with a tan head. The aroma is of toasted malts/caramel. The taste is great! Toasted malts and a smooth finish that tastes of chocolate and caramel. The mouthfeel is good as well. It's medium bodied and highly drinkable. This is the best beer of theirs that I have tried. If only their other beers were this good.

Serving type: bottle

06-21-2003 15:10:27 | More by WesWes
Photo of zeff80


3.25/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - Poured out a dark brown, almost black color with a small, short-lived tan head. It left minimal lace.

S - It had a stale coffee aroma. It also smelled of malt. It smelled fruity, too. It reminded me of grapes.

T - It tasted of roasted malt. It was fruity and sweet, as well.

M - It was smooth and soft. It was a medium-bodied beer.

D - This wasn't bad. It doesn't seem to taste like most of the other porters that I've had.

Serving type: bottle

07-10-2007 16:54:59 | More by zeff80
Photo of Gueuzedude


3.58/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours with a frothy, initially two-finger thick, tan colored head that sits atop an opaque, deep, dark brown colored beer that shows brilliantly clear brown hues as it is poured. Sweet fruity notes of dark fruit mix with a touch of peat reek, toasted grain and a touch of brown sugar. The finish of the aroma has a touch of harshness to it to it; a bit astringent and almost a touch chalky. The phenolics from the peat add some complexity to the aroma, and are not so much that the aroma is overly harsh.

The beer is sweet up front, yet rests lightly on the tongue. Notes of molasses, toffee, toasted crackers and caramel help to serve as a foil to the touch of smoky phenolics the ride underneath the flavor profile of this beer. The beer finishes with a touch of hot alcohol that mixes with some of the more harsh components of the peat smoked malt. This beer seems like it could use a touch more heft, not so much that it would hinder the easy quaffability, but enough to make this a touch richer to stand up to the peat reek. Not a bad beer, but could certainly use some rounding out, or perhaps a touch more malt.

Purchased: 58 Degrees, Tucson AZ

Serving type: bottle

09-30-2006 05:43:38 | More by Gueuzedude
Photo of Knapp85


3.45/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This porter pours out as a dark brown color, it's almost transparent. The head is minimal after a minute or so. The lacing doesn't really stick around either. There is an earthy aroma on the nose, there is also some leather I picked up as well. The taste was pretty light, some roasted malts give the brew a slight sweetness with a touch of bitterness at the end. The mouthfeel was light for a porter it really didn't have much depth to it. Overall this Porter seems like it might be something that someone would want to try before getting into bigger and better things.

Serving type: bottle

06-01-2011 15:23:10 | More by Knapp85
Photo of jwc215


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

Pours dark brown with ruby hues and a thin tan, lasting head.

The smell is of whiffs of dark malt and dark fruitiness that ebb in and out.

The taste is of dark malt - accompanied by dark fruitiness. Toasty. Peat smokiness gives it a nice touch. Malty with just enough earthy hop character to keep the sweetness in check. Cocoa and butterscotch in the dry finish.

A nice Scottish ale/porter. I have to admit that I wasn't overly impressed by the first sip, but I liked it the more it progressed.

Serving type: bottle

05-14-2007 21:09:44 | More by jwc215
Photo of RblWthACoz


3.73/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark ruby brown. No head really. Nose is caramel, malty, sweet from the very start but then relaxes to a mild woody character with a slight sweet tone to it. Flavor is thick with a malty, woody, caramel, sweetness...but it just doesn't provide much character. There is a little something there, but not enough to make it supremely interesting. Feel is decent on the liquid, though at times I feel like it gets a bit watery. Overall very drinkable. It is smooth, yes. It just lacks any great level of finesse.

Serving type: bottle

12-31-2007 10:03:31 | More by RblWthACoz
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4/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appears deep ruby brown, black to the untrained eye with a loveable moccha fluffy textured head leaving thin layers of lacing around me pint. Aroma has a peculiar twang to it blended with dark chocolate malts and coffe tones. Taste his incredibly smooth with creamy rushes of toasted malts and a touch of chocolate very nice. Body is a tad thin for a porter but this is a Scottish Porter so it doesn't detract in any way from me nicely textured smooth as silk in my opinion. Drinkability is nice I could definitely go for a few more of these so good and light yet flavorful reminds me of the Yuengling Porter in some ways just a little.

Serving type: bottle

08-06-2003 01:22:57 | More by WVbeergeek
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New Jersey

3.2/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Great label, so-so beer. It poured a dark brown color with a thin head that quickly stuck to the sides of the glass along the liquid surface. The aroma sported the roasted malt with a slight hint of licorice. A thin malt flavor hit the tongue, followed by a crispness and bite on the tongue. Slight bitterness, little carbonation. Overall not exciting, and I don't understand what a scottish porter is after drinking this. Seems like this is a mellow porter with a slight bite.

Serving type: bottle

10-03-2003 23:51:47 | More by Gavage
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3.55/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Deep brown in color. The head is beige, but dies quickly. Although it's hard to tell, it is a clear beer as light does pass through the darkness.

Okay, the first thought on the aroma is split pea soup. I suppose it's starchiness. I detect unsweetened cocoa and warm graham crackers.

This is a rich brew with lasting mouthfeel even after the swallow. The aftertaste features fresh hop bitterness without being overpowering. Cocoa and dry toast are the predominant flavors. I would describe this more as a porter than a scotch ale.

Serving type: bottle

12-28-2004 22:27:20 | More by smcolw
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3.4/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Interesting beer.
Poured a very dark amber color and formed an off white bubbly head which left some lace as it subsided. The aroma was of malt and toffee/coffee and chocolate. The flavor was of malt, toffee/coffee and a touch of chocolate. The finish was sweet. The body was a bit lighter for the style that the bottle says, which is porter.

Serving type: bottle

05-18-2008 15:21:50 | More by barleywinefiend
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Road Dog Porter from Flying Dog Brewery
80 out of 100 based on 1,030 ratings.