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Road Dog Porter - Flying Dog Brewery

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Road Dog PorterRoad Dog Porter

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BA SCORE
80
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1,036 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 1,036
Reviews: 769
rAvg: 3.52
pDev: 13.07%
Wants: 26
Gots: 15 | 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:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: taez555 on 10-30-2001)
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BeerResearcher

Massachusetts

3.9/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Mahogany brown in color with a light tan slow fading head and trails of slow trailing lace. The light to medium caramel malt body is a little thinner than I expected. The aroma is of mild hops and sweet malt, with a whiff of alcohol. Medium citrusy and light tea-like bitterness. Lightly caramel sweetness and liquid and smooth. More like a Brown Ale than Porter, but pretty tasty anyway.

Serving type: bottle

05-23-2003 06:39:32 | More by BeerResearcher
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GeoffRizzo

Texas

3.78/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pitch black, thick and lasting head with patches of lacing. Has a strong malty aroma, some raisin to be noted. A fine blend of roasted malts, chocolate, rather full bodied with a smokey aftertaste. Holds more stout characteristics in my view, but still a decent beer. To quote the label - Good beer, no shit.

Serving type: bottle

05-12-2003 18:52:35 | More by GeoffRizzo
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jlervine

Georgia

4.08/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a nearly opaque brown. Very little light shining through, nice tan head. The smell is inviting - roasted malt, somewhat earthy, and a hint of alcohol nose. The taste rewards you with a strong roasted malt presence and a dry, almost astringent finish. The mouth is boring, perhaps undercarbonated or something. Somewhat drinkable, but the harsh finish - though tasty at first - could become an obstacle to making this a session beer.

Serving type: bottle

05-04-2003 13:44:21 | More by jlervine
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Crotor

California

3.48/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Now this is an odd one.

While this is closer to a porter than any other variety of beer, I think the use of that term is still a stretch. The beer had a nice head and a good dark color, though less red than other porters. The medium body and mouthfeel are comprable to that of a standard porter, but there the similarities end. The aroma and taste were comprised largely of a sweet maltiness and stong diacetyl. No noticable hopping beyond a slight balancing bitterness. I must praise this beer for its uniqueness, but it definatley rates lower than the majority of other porters.

Serving type: bottle

04-11-2003 16:36:17 | More by Crotor
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oberon

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
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far333

Connecticut

3.73/5  rDev +6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-25-2003 19:13:18 | More by far333
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purplehops

Maine

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

Road Dog poured a light amber-brown with a touch of red to it. The head was light tan for the few seconds that it was there and left little to no lace on the glass. The aroma was caramel and malt with some hints of coffee and toasted pecans. The taste started with some sweet malty flavors blending with flavors of toffee and faint citrus. The finish was a bit fruity with some sweetness present and a slight touch of hop bitterness. Aftertaste was faintly malty and non-lingering at best. Mouthfeel was medium-light and weaker than one would expect from a scotch ale.
Overall a light version of a scotch ale IMHO. Not bad but at the same time nothing special. A hot weather scotch ale?

Serving type: on-tap

03-03-2003 21:15:32 | More by purplehops
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cretemixer

Indiana

3.28/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Deep auburn in color with a medium tan head that fades to a thin layer rather quickly. Leaves a spotty lace at best.

Aroma is sweet and malty. Chocolate covered raisins comes to mind.

This beer has an unpleasant tangy bite to it. Malty and thin tasting, no bitterness to balance it, and a dry finish.

Good mouthfeel and decent carbonation, but I'd pass on drinking any more of these if I have the chance.

Serving type: bottle

02-25-2003 15:12:12 | More by cretemixer
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drizzam

Wisconsin

3/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Another adventure in my weekend of taste testing Flying Dog's offerings. As I pour it I notice that the color can best be described as a dark brown with a copper red tint to it. The head was lacking, maybe I should have poured more aggresively. The smell was complex...a mixture of chocolate, molasses, coffee with hints of a smokey smell. It had a medium bodied mouthfeel...seems like most porters are a lot thicker, but I kinda like a lighter beer. A strange malty and hoppy combo, lighter on the hops it seems. Overall, not a bad beer...I may buy some more in the future.

Serving type: bottle

02-24-2003 17:14:48 | More by drizzam
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johnrobe

Tennessee

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

Hmmm....a perplexing brew, imo. I enjoyed the aroma quite a bit...a combination of toffee, chocolate, a bit of smoke, and some citric hops. The taste seems, well, a bit odd. Not necessarily bad, just unusual. The smokiness is quite evident, and comes on most prominently in the finish, as is the presence of chocolate malt. But I also pick up what seems to be a green apple taste, which can mean the presence of acetaldehyde and could indicate that the beer needs more conditioning time. However, I'm not so convinced that this is the case here as I think it's just an unusual combination of malt and hops....just a theory. The brew is dark brown with red highlights.....one of the more translucent porters I've seen. The mouthfeel could be a bit thicker. Worth a try though and kudos for an original brew.

Serving type: bottle

02-11-2003 22:43:00 | More by johnrobe
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bditty187

Nebraska

3.68/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Darkish brown, reddish and coppery highlights around the translucent edges. Head retention was lacking, soapy remnants remained, off-white. Almost no lace. The nose has a substantial hops bite with noticeable toasted, chocolate malts, rather inviting. This is a pleasant quaff, nutty-chocolate malts upfront, notes of citrus and hoppy bitterness intertwined. Some sweetness. Medium body at best… shouldn’t be a deterrent though. This is a fairly decent brew.

Serving type: bottle

12-29-2002 20:46:37 | More by bditty187
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mickeymac

California

4.03/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Not being a big fan of Flying Dog, I was at least mildly surprised by this one. I wasn't sure what style it was until coming here after drinking it; I wouldn't have guessed porter, though it does have the Scottish smell and taste. Notes of molasses are present along with a slightly peaty smell and taste.

Serving type: bottle

12-25-2002 08:57:57 | More by mickeymac
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philipt

North Carolina

2.6/5  rDev -26.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Average beer. Nice appearance, but nothing outstanding about it otherwise.

Dark ruby color with a tan-ish head. I was not impressed with the taste.

This was my second purchase of the Road Dog ale, I enjoyed my first purchase more. Maybe I unfortunately got my hands on a bad batch (I really doubt it though).

Serving type: bottle

12-21-2002 15:42:25 | More by philipt
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TheLongBeachBum

California

2.33/5  rDev -33.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Flying Dog, Road Dog Scottish Porter, 6.08% ABV. 12 fl.oz Brown Bottle.
With past poor head retention experience from Flying Dog beers, the bottle was inverted and dunked straight into my Imperial Pint Glass. It gulped, chugged and gasped for air as it exited with all the precision of spent fumes from the Pulse-Jet of a V-1 flying bomb. The head forms almost before the beer hits the glass, and the existing contents.
This heinous, almost criminal, method of pouring the beer is acceptable to me, as it creates a lovely deep fluffy brown head, with the smaller formed bubbles quickly settling to the base of the head, leaving a larger encrusted, collapsed head atop. Sadly, the head disappears all too quickly for my liking. However, it does add to the overall appearance of the beer, for a while at least anyway. Lace is spread on the glass sides like brown sticky mastic. The beer is a very deep brown, clear but quite dark. Held to the light, it is possible to see through it, it is a dark horse-chestnut conker brown.
Nose is rather suppressed, as is the head by now. Feint and rather weak aromas are barely detectable. I was able to dissect what appears to be a yeasty smell in character. Not even a decent malt odor, strange for a Porter I find. Taste, well before I could concentrate on the taste, I was stunned and surprised at just how thin this beer is. A very light mouthfeel, which contradicts the “Scottish Porter” description on the label. Initial tastes are crisp and very clean, but low in relative strength. At last some dark malt in the beginning, a cardboard taste in the middle, and some roast malt bitterness in the finish, though this appears quite some time after I swallow the beer, strangely enough.
Not impressed at all, this beer is a lightweight offering for me, I would struggle to justify the name in Court, because my belief is that it is certainly not Scottish, nor a Porter, but that’s just my humble opinion I hasten to add.
So that’s 4 Flying Dog beers that I have had, and in my local beer store they are located near Stone and Alesmith Beers. If my brain remains functioning over the coming years, I just can’t see it sending the required neural signals to my arms and allowing me to place my hands on any of the FD beers again to be brutally honest.

Serving type: bottle

12-20-2002 20:45:08 | More by TheLongBeachBum
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Gusler

Arizona

3.23/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

The pour is an opalescent garnet to almost brown color, the head magnificent in size, frothy in consistency and tan in color, with the lace thick and clingy. Nose is malt, caramel, somewhat nut sweet and hints of yeast. Front is cloyingly sweet, the top skeletal, finish is reasonably acidic, attractively hopped, droughty aftertaste. Drinkable, but I think it lacks a bit of body, and needs just a tad more hops to be a decent Scottish porter, or any style porter for that matter.

Serving type: bottle

11-16-2002 15:26:26 | More by Gusler
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budgood1

Minnesota

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

pours out a very dark brown colour...crimson hues. a fine tan head with adequate lace. very pleasant dark roasted malt aroma...some bittersweet chocolate and caramel hits the nose. tastes ok...some light chocolate and toffee notes. some dry hop bitterness lurks around in the finish. the thin mouthfeel really kills this beer. i was expecting rich and full, i get weak and watery. how disappointing. drinkability is ok...it just goes down too easy and i don't remember anything of note to make it memorable.

Serving type: bottle

10-30-2002 17:20:24 | More by budgood1
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Bighuge

Minnesota

2.85/5  rDev -19%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Clear dark ruby in color. Medium sized airy light brown head caps it off and displays some very nice retention. Some definite chocolate and cocoa tones on the nose. Also some subtle west coast hops are perceived. Body is too light. Maybe medium at best but that's probably stretching it. The taste consists of burnt rubber, cocoa and java. There seems to be a sourness present in this Flying Dog as well. Hmmm. A flying dog trademark. Below average tasting beer.

This brewery is not impressing me much. Not as bad as the now defunct (I believe) H.C. Berger, but the only beer I might ever buy again from FD is their pale ale.

Serving type: bottle

10-25-2002 20:30:06 | More by Bighuge
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ZAP

Minnesota

3.28/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Molasses in color....I like the aroma....some smokiness and cocoa.....big butterscotch taste on the buds..with some smokiness as well....finishes with that trademark "Flying Dog" tartness...it is pretty thin too so mouthfeel does not score well...overall it's interesting enough to try and has a pretty nice nose and taste while also being unique...

Serving type: bottle

10-19-2002 17:29:43 | More by ZAP
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beernut7

Massachusetts

3.63/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Although this brew pours with a deep reddish-brown thin looking color and the Scotch malty aroma is not very inviting, the head is thick and lasting and the flavor is surprisingly good. The heavier smooth body supports a bold chocolate roasted malt flavor with just a hint of lingering smoke. I ended up really enjoying this beer.

Serving type: bottle

09-04-2002 19:36:33 | More by beernut7
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Wildman

Ohio

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

This 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. Yet it is listed and had been previously labled a scotch ale. So I am still not quite sure what type of beer this is trying to be.

Serving type: bottle

09-01-2002 18:38:59 | More by Wildman
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hyuga

North Carolina

3.88/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Nice dark brown color. Impressive head retention and appearance, tan head reminds me of mocha or hot chocolate. Good malty smell, but doesn't hit me as much as I'd like. Great, unique taste, but in my opinion, it's not as much in the direction of porter as the bottle suggests. Not a striking mouthfeel, but the unique taste makes up for that. Overall, not a favorite, but something I would drink again.

Serving type: bottle

08-22-2002 07:27:11 | More by hyuga
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ADR

Pennsylvania

3.48/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Clear chocolate brown color, nice 1/2 inch head that's slightly rocky. Aroma is somewhat chocolatey, also husky and a little reminiscent of peanut shells. Starts off sweet, mostly slightly roasted chocolate. Fades at the mid mouth and back, with very little hop. But then, there's not a lot of hops even in Flying Dog IPAs...in some ways, reminds me of Anchor Porter but with much less body and a more fleeting flavor. What's a "Scottish" Porter? If this is a Scotch Ale, then its far subpar in mouthfeel...

Serving type: bottle

08-19-2002 08:49:55 | More by ADR
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Dogbrick

Ohio

3.93/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

What a great Ale-that-tastes-like-a-Porter! Verk dark with a hint of tree-sap color around the edges. Easy to drink and not syrupy or thick. Perfect hint of malt.

Serving type: bottle

08-13-2002 08:19:36 | More by Dogbrick
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Murph

Arizona

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

Poured a lighter brown/dark ruby color with a thick, creamy tan head that leaves a nice lasting lace. Sweet caramel maltiness in the smell as well as some light peat aromas and a some nice roasted/chocolate aromas as well. Sweet and creay caramel maltiness is the dominant flavor as well as some light peat and the brew finishes with some sweet chocolate and dark fruit flavors. Surprisingly thin and light bodied for a Scottish Heavy, the thin mouthfeel knocks down the drinkability of this otherwise good brew.

Serving type: bottle

08-10-2002 08:39:33 | More by Murph
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Jason

Massachusetts

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.

Serving type: bottle

08-08-2002 08:10:02 | More by Jason
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