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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: 26
Gots: 20 | 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.

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Ratings: 1,045 | Reviews: 769
Photo of Sammy
3.37/5  rDev -4.3%
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.

Photo of spycow
3.5/5  rDev -0.6%

Photo of zestar
3.25/5  rDev -7.7%

Photo of metter98
3.56/5  rDev +1.1%
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.

Photo of olradetbalder
3/5  rDev -14.8%

Photo of brentk56
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

Photo of BEERchitect
3.65/5  rDev +3.7%
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.

Photo of Phyl21ca
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.

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.

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.

Photo of mikesgroove
3.85/5  rDev +9.4%
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.

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 ChainGangGuy
2.66/5  rDev -24.4%
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.

Photo of emerge077
3.2/5  rDev -9.1%
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.

Photo of zeff80
3.21/5  rDev -8.8%
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.

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.

Photo of JAHMUR
3/5  rDev -14.8%

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.

Photo of nickfl
3.98/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - black to very dark brown with some amber highlights when held up to a light. Topped by one finger of tan head that quickly settles down to a thin film.

S - Nice roasty character with coffee and mostly chocolate notes. There are some hops lurking in the background but they blend in well with the malt and are hard to pick out.

T - More chocolate malt flavor, maybe a little bit of raisin but not much fruity character, quite clean. Finished with a dryer, coffee like bitterness; hops are certainly in there somewhere but they blend in just as well as they do in the aroma.

M - Good body; not watery, but not as thick as a stout either, just the way a porter should be. High level of carbonation, perhaps a bit excessive, and no astringency at all, very smooth.

D - Very sessionable porter. This one certainly doesn't make you think but it goes down very easy. It has an unusually nice chocolate character that could make it reasonable to call this a chocolate porter. Unlike many other micro-brewed porters it clearly separates itself from stout with a lighter, smoother, and much less hoppy flavor that is rewarded with a very high level of drinkability.

Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.93/5  rDev +11.6%
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.

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 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.

Photo of mendvicdog
4/5  rDev +13.6%

Photo of WVbeergeek
3.98/5  rDev +13.1%
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.

Photo of Slatetank
4/5  rDev +13.6%

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Road Dog Porter from Flying Dog Brewery
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