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Road Dog Porter | Flying Dog Brewery

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Brewed by:
Flying Dog Brewery
Maryland, United States | website

Style: American Porter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by taez555 on 10-30-2001

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of dansmcd
3.54/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - Thin fizzy head recedes quickly to a ring which retains until the end. Body is very dark brown/maroon with a red tint at the edges. A few spots of lace are shortlived.

S - Sweet malt, chocolate, caramel, with a sprinkle of vanilla and cinnamon.

T - Nice enough balancing act between sweetness (blackberry, caramel, cinnamon) and bitterness (coffee, dark chocolate) with some smoke over the top.

M - Body is disappointingly thin and spritzy with a slightly dry and bitter finish.

O - Nothing brilliant but certainly drinkable. Much better options out there.

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Photo of dtivp
3.61/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark clear brown, ruby highlights with a half a finger light tan head that fades slowly with spotty lacing.

Aroma was light of roasted malt and hints of hops.

Taste followed the nose with roasted malt, dark coffee, hints of dark chocolate and a slight bitter ending which gave it a nice balance.

Mouth Feel was medium body, light carbonation, slightly dry and crisp.

Overall this was an average Porter, I prefer porters to have a slight creamy feel.

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Photo of jtierney89
3.65/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep hazy brown with a tan head. Some hops and peat smoke on the nose as well as some burnt rubber and charcoal. Some sweet malts also present underneath it all.

Very good yet thin lacing.

Big solid malt body with some caramel and chocolate sweetness. Nice balance from the hop presence on the back end. Flavors are well layered yet well blended too. All over the place yet concise at the same time. The robust and roasted malts come through at first followed by a bubbly body which hold things together well into the transition of bitterness. Some slightly fruity, minty, and soapy hops somehow manage to lend to an interesting flavor profile making this beer more intriguing with every sip. Not bad at all.

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Photo of dlello2
3.65/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle. 1 of 5 in a double-blind tasting.

A - Off-white, super milky head. Sits forever. Brew looks a bit thin.

S - Quite sweet and chocolaty. Lots of milk chocolate actually.

T - Smooth. Definitely getting the chocolate but not as much as I'd have thought. Some nice bitterness from the hops to balance the sweet. Some touch of unpleasant bitterness in the aftertaste. Coming back to this one I definitely get some notes of grain/barley.

M - Not as much carbonation as I'd have liked. Definitely milky...the head makes it feel almost a bit slimy. It coats the throat but not in a syrupy way.

O - I enjoyed it, though not my favorite of the style.

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Photo of minterro
3.07/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Sixer Mixer from oades

Quote from the bottle “good beer no sh*#"

A & S: the smell is maple syrup and very malty. Bit of hoppyness thrown in there. Fizzy off white head pours about a finger and a half. Head dies very quick, nothing is left in a min or two. Brown but pretty clear looking beer.

T & M: a very watery bodied, moderately high carbonation. Smoky, coffee. As the smell hinted tones of hops, but its super faint. good amount of bitterness to this one. Very drinkable.

O: On the lighter side of a porter, not bad but not what I look for. I’ve had a lot of good Flying dog beers but this one wasn’t very good.

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Photo of airforbes1
2.48/5  rDev -29.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

This beer pours a dark brown/black color with a decent head. The aroma is decent with some bitter chocolate notes but isn't exceptional.

I find the taste to be severely wanting. The taste is bitter and thin. I don't know what makes this a porter. I don't taste anything like chocolate, dark fruit, or coffee. It just tastes like bitter water to me. There is a slight warming effect from the alcohol.

If Hunter Thompson was correct when he said "Good people drink good beer," then good people don't drink Road Dog Porter. I was disappointed in this beer and I wasn't able to finish it in one sitting. I'll either finish it tomorrow or drain pour it.

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

From the 12 fl. oz. bottle marked 037A1. The pour is a dark amber to brown with a little short-lasting head and some lacing. The aroma is quite typical of a Porter with dark malts, coffee, and a mellow but crisp clean hoppiness. The body is about medium. The taste is nicely balanced with a good dose of coffee, sweetness, and a bit of a hop background. There are some Porters that I like better but this one isn't bad.

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Photo of rlee1390
3.68/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A-Clear amber brown, two finger head but it isn't as tan as you'd expect, some lacing.

S-Roasted malt, not much else, maybe some coffee.

T-Lots of roasted malt and some coffee. Mainly overwhelming roasted malts.

M-Light for the style and a little flat.

O-If you're looking for a reasonably priced roasty porter it is a decent option. However there are lots of superior porters.

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Photo of whendeathsleeps
3.51/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Deep, dark brown, hints of red when held up to a light. Two finger khaki colored head.
S- Smoky, hints of roasted coffee.
T- Roasted coffee, dark chocolate undertones, maybe currants?
M- Dry and crisp, medium bodied, refreshing.

Overall a good American porter.

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Photo of DarthKostrizer
3.29/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Look: Dark brown in color with 1/2 inch head and great retention and some spotty lacing

Smell: Light coffee notes and a little roast

Taste: Fair amount of roast and ash with traces of chocolate and coffee. Decent flavor

Mouthfeel: A tad watery and medium carbonation

Overall: It's a ok porter with nothing special about it at all

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Photo of BerkeleyBeerMan
3.67/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

App: Dark brown to black with a good clingling tan foam head.

Smell: Roasted malts. Caramel and toffee. Peat and smoke.

Taste: Simple balanced malts with a light bitter backing.

Mouthfeel: Crisp, refreshing and full bodied with a good dry finish.

Overall: Not a bad Porter. The recipe is good with no off flavors. Not super distinctive but I'd definitely drink it again.

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Photo of JerzDevl2000
3.75/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Picked this up in Totowa since I had never tried this before. From what I had remembered, most of the Flying Dog beers that I had tried a long time ago tasted the same and were drinkable, if not memorable. For the most part, that was the case here too even though this was not anonymous enough to "blend in with the crowd". Given how much these brews play off of Hunter S. Thompson, he'd be proud of this on a cold, rainy night such as tonight.

This poured a very dark brown with slightly garnet edges as I held the liquid up to the light. The roasting flavor was there with a burnt undertone to it and there was a bit of peat to be felt as well. Since the carbonation was so light, this went down easily and the flavors lasted for a while. Not a lot of lacing to be seen either, which was surprising given how nice the head was when I first poured this out. There wasn't anything memorable about this beer but it still went down easily and was enjoyable on its own.

Had I bought more than one, it would have been easy to down multiple bottles of this. The alcohol wasn't discernible and there was just a hint of caramel to make up for the lack of any strong sweetness to the malt. Fans of Porters will not be disappointed here but this isn't a standout beer either. This just needs a bit more body to it.

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

A - Deep Brown, moderate head retention. Couldn't it be a deeper hue and more opaque?

A - Slight roast notes, nothing deeply malty; despite the ABV

T - Pedestrian for the ABV, but better than 99% of the beers out there... hey, maybe protesters should "occupy" Flying Dog!... or camp out at some park in the vicinity.

The base malt lacks character, the crystal malt has been used judiciously, the use of Patent malt is detectable, and appreciable, in the finish. However, it seems they could have pushed for more depth of roasted malts... and a more generous malt body to support that.

One line description: think "coffee beer".

M - it's wet.... OK, Porter's were traditionally smaller than a brewery's Stout, nothing more. It seems like American brewers like to break new ground by making something like essentially a Pale Ale that's dark and mildly roasty. Think: Americal Black Ale's little brother.
Much preferrable would be a malty and complex ale with no pretentions.
I like that it finishes dry, of course.

O - too thin for the ABV and style. Yeah, it's drinkable and a real palate cleanser. It's also immemorable. Some more malt to chew on, and flavors to savor would make this a constant in my fridge, and any one I gift beer to. Pleasant, but underwhelming.

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Photo of steveh
3.96/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Looking for something a little different after all the Oktos of the Fall -- hadn't tried Road Dog before. Maryland brewed, not sure about the label dating.

A -- Deep, dark, clear brown with ruby highlights and a dense, long-lasting tan head with good lacing -- Capt Jack needs to find him some fresher Road Dog.

S -- Mild balance of roasted malts and citrus hops. Sort of on the light side. Some light alcohol phenols at the end.

T -- Patent malt roasted character with coffee overtones and hop bitterness balancing with roasted malt bitterness in the finish and aftertaste. Mildest tart, black cherry character in the aftertaste. Pretty textbook for an American/Robust Porter.

M -- Medium-full body with a dry, crisp mouthfeel. Slightest astringency from roasted malts.

O -- Aside from being light in aroma, this is a great example of a Robust Porter. Good pairing of slightly citrus, bitter hops and roasted malts.

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Photo of CaptJackHarkness
1.93/5  rDev -45.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1

Poured garnet brown,about half a finger beige head. Head lasted about 20 seconds. Very spotty to no lacing. Aroma is nondescript dark malts (burnt). Taste is bitter, nasty, rancid, burnt coffee from last month after Starbucks burnt down! I am pouring the rest of this down the sink! This is strike 2 for Flying Dog with me!

"Shit Beer, No Good!"

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Photo of MoreThanWine
3.54/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

First off I've got to say I love their labels, and on this particular beer I love the fact it has a profanity and they fought hard for the right to have it on there. Pretty cool guys.

Poured a 2" mocha head. Dark but clear burnt umber brown body. Smells rich with coffee, milk chocolate, and dark roasted malt. Taste is far milder than the smell hints coffee dominates. It's clean and light, which I consider a common quality of all their beers I've tried. Slight hint of the yeast coming through in the finish.

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

A - Nice deep ruby color. Almost black, looks it for most of the beer, but held up to light you can see a deep ruby red hue around the edges of the glass. Half finger light tan head that quickly fades to a ring of bubbles around the outside of the glass.

S - Chocolate is the dominant aroma, with hints of dark fruits in there as well. Almost a wine-like aroma coming off of this... even still, the chocolate and roasted malts absolutely dominate the aroma, with the fruits providing backup.

T&M - Interesting flavor. I almost want to describe it as a dry chocolate, but I'm combining the mouthfeel with the taste. It's an interesting combination of what I would guess to be American Chocolate malts and Black Patent malts. While the flavors of both malts are there and balanced, the textures you get from them are different than I have tasted in a beer. There's a graininess that I typically associate with Black Patent or Carafa malts, and it dominates the mouthfeel while the chocolate malts dominate the flavor. The fruits, if they are even there at all, fade even more into the back for the taste. I get some slight hop bitterness, but nothing too over the top, just more noticable than you would normally find in a porter. Finish is sweet, slightly drying, and slightly grainy with a long aftertaste of chocolate.

O - I definitely enjoyed this porter. Not the typical porter by any means, but has some nice tweaks that make it interesting to taste.

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Photo of Fadefury
3.12/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Pours a dark brown color with a tall head. It's not as dark as most porters I've had.

S - Sweet/burnt hopes and malty aroma. Hints of wheat.

T - Roasted sweetness with VERY small hints of toffee and chocolate in my opinion.

M - Very light compared to other porters I've had. Not as strong and creamy as I'd prefer my porter to be.

This beer is more or less on the border of being a porter. It's drinkable but if you want a porter, I'd pass on this, depending on your options.

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

Pours a dark brown body that is just clear enough to let through a few ruby red highlights. Capped with a light off-white head that doesn't hold on too long but leaves a small amount of lace behind.

Malty sweet with notes of caramel and toffee. Not much from the dark and roasted side of the porter spectrum. Slight hint of floral hop character.

Slightly fruity and plenty of malty sweetness on the palate. Little hints of chocolate in there as well and a slightly hoppy finish. More of a brown porter than a robust porter but certainly not bad.

Mouthfeel is rather light and bubbly. Overall, I prefer my porters to pack a bit more punch but Road Dog was nice to have for a change of pace from my usual.

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Photo of engagechad
3.5/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Purchased as a mix case from Costco - snifter

Pours a deep mahogany with not much light peaking through, what is there is pretty though. ruby edges. Smells faintly of spicy hops and some deep malts, but it is faint. Lacing is good, head went a way pretty quick. Tastes kind of bland for a porter and I was expecting more. It's just kind of portery and not really anything to write home about, nothing stands out but it is okay.

Feels nice. Overall this is a decent porter but there are much better out there.

I'm looking forward to the gonzo porter to see if it will redeem flying dog some.

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

This beer is a solid dark brown in color with a reddish hue to it. The light brown head that develops sticks around and leaves some nice, patchy lacing as it drops.
The nose offers some nice roasty malts with toffee and caramel sweetness; a touch of something buttery (diacetylic) is also detectable, though intentional or not I can't tell since it works.
This is a good porter: malty without being heavy and malt-forward without neglecting hops. The earthiness in the flavor works with the roasted notes that offer a touch of char and balances the sweet caramel and toffee while a bit of floral hops add a light bitterness for balance.
The mouthfeel is very much porter, medium and not heavy but not thin or shallow either. Carbonation is light and just enough to keep things going, and smoothness is here as well.
This is a good porter from a sometimes underrated brewery.

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Photo of Pintofbrown
3.28/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: It’s a deep brown that reminds me of polished mahogany. The highlights are brighter caramel on the sides of the glass, not quite opaque, but oh so close. The white head was very fizzy and bubbly light. It rose to about one finger, and slowly degraded to a film.

No lacing present. It looks all right. It is a good color, but the head is ultimately going to drive the score down on this one.

Smell: There is just a bit of burnt hops in there. The overwhelming scents are the malts that smell strongly of a wheat or rye bread, some sweetness in here that is also derived from the malt.

It’s almost caramelly sweet, it doesn’t smell estery. It has a decent range, but again like the head, it’s more okay than good.

Taste: The burnt hops come through very well on the tongue, I am sad that this level of char was missing on the nose. The burnt flavors produce hints of leather, coffee, and pepper to an extent. There’s also a mingling sweetness that is like a buttery caramel.

The bread malts aren’t here as much because on the palate the char overwhelms them. Not much bitterness at all from the hops. The finish is a mixture of alcohol and char.

Mouth feel: It’s unfortunate that it is more on the watery side of the spectrum. It’s not chewy or full by any means.

It does not taste like a quality made beer, while I will say that it does not remind me of macro brew fare, it is not far off. With the light mouth feel, it makes the burn of the porter a little severe.

Overall: The flavor of the porter had good intentions. I can say that much. However, every other component of this beer fell far short. There was some promise in the nose, but it was not big enough nor did it have the smoke that makes a porter nose nice. The mouth feel was one of the worst I have experienced in a beer yet, and the head needed more retention.

I feel like this beer is not beyond salvaging. The flavors, after all, could make a good porter, but too much else is missing to recommend this one. No shit.

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Photo of mikeg67
3.08/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle from a variety pack. Pours reddish-brown with a fluffy, off-white head and some lacing. Nose is of light caramel malt, hints of coffee and herbal hops. Medium body is smooth. Coffee, dried fruits, toasted malt and molasses fill the mouth, while some herbal hops appear in the end. Long, bitter finish. Not very complex, light but drinkable porter.

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Photo of Hopfenpeter
3.62/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a deep clear mahogany color, with little white head building and dissipating rapidly into nothing.
The smell is very nice and announces roasted malts , caramel and chocolate, honey and little hop.
Tasting the beer we have some of those faint hops up front, to be sweetened by the caramel and honey and finished with roasted malts. For my taste this beer did not hold up to what the smell promised. All the flavors were very shallow and made the beer light in body. Certainly had much better porters.

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Photo of spitInTheOcean
4.35/5  rDev +23.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

low roasted malt aroma. low hop aroma. no ester. good head retention. dark tan head. poor lacing.

very dark brown. clarity is good but the beer is so dark it must held to the light to see through, and then it takes on a dark red/mahogany color.

tastes strongly of roasted malts. lots of malt bitterness but the bitterness of the roasted grain is very strong as well. beer is overall bitter.

medium body. medium carbonation.

complex and flavorful roasty character is spot on. i think hunter thompson would like this beer.

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Road Dog Porter from Flying Dog Brewery
80 out of 100 based on 768 ratings.