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Road Dog Porter - Flying Dog Brewery

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Road Dog PorterRoad Dog Porter

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1,042 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,042
Reviews: 769
rAvg: 3.52
pDev: 13.07%
Wants: 27
Gots: 17 | 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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Photo of McHall
3.33/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A- an almost black color. just a little lighter. nice head that does not stick around long

S- a sweet malty smell, very subtle

T- a very smooth taste. sweet roasted malts with a light hop taste

M- light mouth feel. just right carbonation, light to medium body

D- a nice sipping beer. very drinkable. nothing overwhelming but just right.

McHall, Jun 11, 2007
Photo of mhaws000
3.65/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-poured a very filtered dark brown with ruby notes. Thick frothy head that faded into a slight lacing that maintained throughout.

S-Oddly enough, the first scent that I noticed was a fruity hoppiness followed by a smoky sweetness from the malts.

T-Nice dark chocolate with a little coffee-like bitterness. The bitterness was at an exceptionally pleasant level for this beer. Just the right amount to counter the malts. Really a nicely flavored brew. My only complaint is the taste fades quickly, I would have enjoyed a more lingering finish.

M-Very smooth feel, not heavily carbonated and it has a nice silky thickness to it.

D-Great session beer. Very non-offensive for a someone new to full-flavored craft beer while still possessing enough interesting flavors to keep a more trained palate happy for a while. This would be a good beer to introduce to a friend that wants to branch out from the more commercially available malty beers like Newcastle or Shiner Bock.

Overall I was very pleased with this purchase. Well worth the $ 8.00 for the six pack. Unfortunately this is Oklahoma so I had to buy it warm and pay a lovely 18.5% tax IN ADDITION to regular sales tax. Please can we get these ridiculous alcohol laws out of here.

mhaws000, Jun 10, 2007
Photo of Brad007
3.2/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours a nice reddish brown color with minimal head. Aroma is nice and malty and definitely reminds me of a Scottish Ale. Taste is strong and chewy with some smokiness. It fades into a watery aftertaste though that I don't quite like. Still, the flavor holds long enough to make an impression. Smokiness is always good in a scottish ale, due to peat smoked malt I assume. Not too bad but the aftertaste leaves something to be desired.

Brad007, Jun 02, 2007
Photo of Metalmonk
3.05/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Love the big frothy head, which is a light tan, and it stays awhile before settling, while the color is an abyssic brown/black; can just barely see the other side of the glass when held close to light. Sticky lace leavings up and down.

The aroma is not impressive. Light nuttiness and a very slight hint of smoke are all I'm sensing.

Flavor is a bit unfocused...I wouldn't say it's a great porter by any stretch. Watery chocolate milk, root beer and malted milk balls come to mind. There's a fruity element to the sweetness.

Mouthfeel is thin, just escaping being watery.

Well heck, it sure looks good. Some good traits to the flavor, but nothing comes together enough to really impress.

Metalmonk, May 30, 2007
Photo of TheSarge
3.25/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Road Dog produces a milky/khaki colored finger and a half thick head. The head goes away pretty quickly, but lacing sticks around for the whole duration of my 12oz sample. With this being full bodied, it is nearly black, but cleanly filtered and has a deep ruby red tint to it when held up to natural light.

This brew yields sweet chocolaty aromas, as well as mild coffee aromas too. There is a hint of spiciness, perhaps from the hops.

I've never tasted a Scottish Ale before, so I've nothing to compare it too. Perhaps a mixture of a good chocolaty Brown Ale infused with a mild Porter. This not only has a dominant chocolate flavor, but finishes with a vegetable like bitterness.

Overall this is a good session beer, and I'd never turn my nose up at this. This is not too bad for my first Scottish Ale encounter. It is a little watery, but nonetheless a good beer.

TheSarge, May 30, 2007
Photo of smcreator
4.08/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

A: Very dark, almost black in appearance. The head disappears very quickly.
S: A deep, rich, and bitter smell of malt.
T: Sweet and incredibly light for a porter.
M: Feels great in the mouth. Very 'comfortable' drinking experience.
D: Slightly difficult to drink a large volume due to the amount of malt content. It will ruin your palate for the night if you want to switch beer types.

smcreator, May 28, 2007
Photo of jtslay
3.68/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This beer pours a dark amber shy of black. There is very little head on this one and a very mild aroma that requires a first taste to really appreciate. This is slightly younger tasting porter than SS Taddy Porter. The malts make this one very tasty but it will taint your palate.

jtslay, May 27, 2007
Photo of goochpunch
3.28/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a dark rubied brown with a healthy amount of bubbles. Tanned head maintains a thin body and there is some spotted lacing. Toasty and cherry lozenge-esque malt aromas come out in the forefront with some chocolate backing. I pick out some herbal hops too. Malts are more toasty than anything with some chocolate and tamely smoked malts bringing around the finish. Ends kind of astringent and tannic. Mouthfeel is kind of light for what I want from this. Carbonation is mellow. This is alright.

goochpunch, May 23, 2007
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.

jwc215, May 14, 2007
Photo of pmcadamis
2.7/5  rDev -23.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

A - Black with some red....tawny port color. Two finger purplish-tan head that recedes to a thin cap and comes right back with a swirl. Some really nice arcing lace sticks to the glass.

S - Rich cola and maple syrup aroma. Red grapes and licorice straight out of the fridge, with some campfire and woodpile notes coming out as it warms. Bark, cream, marshmallows, and the slightest hint of milk chocolate. Reminiscent of a good milk stout, but with more "Count Chocula" aromas.

T - The taste is much more soy-saucey than the nose. This doesn't taste anywhere near as good as it smells. Tastes like someone put salt in my coffee. Gets better with warmth, but it's still too salty, peppery, and frankly not that great. Has some black pepper notes that I don't care for. Disappointing.

M - Medium bodied and salty with an extremely drying barky finish. The mouthfeel is very "to style", so ...big points for that.

D - Poor. I don't think I'll buy this again. It's not terrible, it's just not what it's supposed to be. And it's way too salty.

pmcadamis, May 12, 2007
Photo of vanrassel
4/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Classifying this beer as a Scottish Ale definitely bumped up this beer's score in my view: as I was drinking it, I was thinking, "It's good, but I don't think it's a porter...."

A bubbly beige head formed over a cola-coloured body before receding to a thin espresso-like ring. Inviting aromas of roasted barley, malt and rummy Christmas cake wafted up from my pint glass.

The taste started malty, smooth and slightly sweet. The roasted barley provided a slightly smoky and grainy finish. Thick and creamy with low carbonation. This hit the spot on a rainy, frigid spring night.

vanrassel, May 11, 2007
Photo of pacond
3.18/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle, from a Sampler pack that has Ralph Steadman Artwork

A: This beers pours thin for a porter. It is a dark brown that has red hues.

S: Smells sweet and very malty

T: Very thin because I am expecting a porter, but it is crisp, a good hop taste. When it goesd own it is light and watery

M: It feels good in the mouth, the carbonation helps. I don't mind it chillin' there for a bit.

D: It is a very drinkable brew. Refreshing, and crisp. By the standards of a porter it is pretty weak, but I guess it is a Scottish Porter(?). I could have a few of these. I hope the rest of the sampler pack is as welcoming.

pacond, May 04, 2007
Photo of TheManiacalOne
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.

TheManiacalOne, Apr 19, 2007
Photo of BWH3
2.7/5  rDev -23.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Flying Dog's Road Dog Scottish Porter 12oz bottle at 45 F in a pint

A: Ruby tinted dark brown that approaches black. Not as opaque as other porters, but color is well done. Head is beautiful beige that pours big and lasts long enough for a porter but not enough for a scottish ale.

S: simply delicate earthy quality of hops plus light notes of dark crystal malt and roasted malt

T: soft creamy taste like a scottish ale followed by sweetness of crystal malt finished with a mild hop bitterness and some notes of roasted malt. The taste left me wanting both a porter and a wee heavy yet having received the full pleasures of either

M: hearty and deep that sticks to the palate before sliding down like a good porter should

D: okay and interesting concept for a hybrid. Would be better on nitro tap. if I want a porter, I'd rather pour a porter. And if I want a scottish ale, I'll pour one. Maybe I'll pour one on top of the other and call it the scottish bell-hop, so I can enjoy both in rapid succession, but I won't buy a six pack of this again.

BWH3, Apr 17, 2007
Photo of irishman06
3.63/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle with no freshness date but cool artwork.

Head was slightly tan and started out great, but quickly shrank to about half its initial size and died quickly thereafter. The aroma was pleasant, very toasty and reminiscent of a strong coffee.

Very strong malt and yeast flavors, with slight hints of hop. Aftertaste was burnt and strongly tasted of coffee with maybe hints of toffee-like notes. The liquid itself was robust and full.

Overall satisfying, but not incredible. A good representation of the style though.

irishman06, Apr 14, 2007
Photo of williamherbert
3.25/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Big, long lasting rocky head. Looks thinner than average porter, but nice red (deeep red) color, with a little brown as well.

Mild smell, coffee-malt flavor. Mild bitter scent. Thin smell, actually.

Mild coffee malt flavor with hints of berry. Roasted malt. Some dry yeast. Few hops. Sweet aftertaste.

Bubbly and bitter feel. Leaves a film; somewhat watery. It's a "wet" beer. That it is thin bodes well for its drinkability. It's a slight beer, but no need to skimp on it.

williamherbert, Apr 05, 2007
Photo of Georgiabeer
2.58/5  rDev -26.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours a ruby highlighted dark brown, with little head and not much head retention. Little lacing. The smell is of lightly roasted grain. Not much else. The flavor is washed out- far too light. Thin roastiness, a little sourness from the grain, and some sweetness from malt. Overall it is lacking in oomph or for that matter, subtlety. This one is not all that drinkable.Not that smooth or refreshing, and lacks the flvor to sustain interest. Give this one a miss, many other better options.

Georgiabeer, Apr 03, 2007
Photo of billybob
4.4/5  rDev +25%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

poured a dark brown with ruby red highlights and a good two finger tan head that held to a covering on the beer and a patchy lace. floral earthy aromas but very light in the nose. taste is where this beer comes through, sweet caramel with toffee and fresh brewed coffee and hint of chocolate and molasses. medium mouthfeel with good carbonation. nice tasty beer, nice malty balance of flavors in the taste.

billybob, Mar 30, 2007
Photo of JohnnyM2002
3.88/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sampled from a 12 oz bottle, poured into a pint glass at 45 degrees.

A - Pours a semi-clear reddish brown with a 1-inch, brown head...good carbonation.

S - Earthy scents of bready malt with spices.

T - More of a bready taste with hints of pumpernickel...until the caramel-malt comes through with a short-lasting warming sensation. Finishes dry & strong.

M - Medium, bubbly body with the aforementioned strong finish.

D - Solid Scottish Ale...lower ABV allows for a nice session selection.

JohnnyM2002, Mar 25, 2007
Photo of rohrbachsfan
3.7/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: Poured a dark barely translucent brown with a small head, which faded quickly.

Smell: A pleasant aroma with a sweet butterscotch smell.

Taste: This beer is closer to a porter with a roasted coffee taste, but there are wine-like sweet overtones as well.

Drinkability: This beer is very smooth and drinkable.

rohrbachsfan, Mar 20, 2007
Photo of TheBierBand
3.73/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I received this beer as a gift in a mixed 12 pack with other Flying Dog selections. Thanks Marlene!.

I poured this into a pint glass from a 12 oz brown bottle. There was a lot number on the lable but no freshness date that I could discern. The 1.5" head settled into a loose foamy cap of about 1/4" and left some nice lacing on the wall of the glass.

I took a deep sniff to pick up some nice roasted coffee and malt tones. This one may have a bit of hoppy bite.... we'll see.

Taste... not bad.... just a bit thin for a porter. The coffee comes out and a bit of woodiness... slightly matlty. Actually, fairly low on hop bite (I was mis led by the smell).

Mouthfeel: This is a very light bodied, thin porter. I would prefer a bit more. The carbonation level is appropriate... not too fizzy.

Drinkability: A conservative brew.... not outstanding but not bad.... way better than average.

TheBierBand, Feb 17, 2007
Photo of Neehan
3.7/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This poured a dark, cola-like brown with a creamy head and good retention. The smell was slightly raisiny with roasty malts. I was a bit disappointed in the taste because I was hoping for something more burnt and bitter, but oh well. A little watery in taste and mouthfeel, but quite drinkable.

Neehan, Feb 05, 2007
Photo of sinstaineddemon
3.83/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - this "porter" pours a dark depp crimson color with a thin and quickly dissipating head, vcery tine and scant bubbles of carbonation rise to the suface

S - dark fruits are prominent in the nose, liek raisins, dates, and molasses, rather doppelbock like characteristics, with the addition of a slight coffee/breadiness to it

T - very nice and rich coffee/espresso flavor with essences of chocolate intertwined, rich roasted malts delight the senses as well, the doppelbock-esque aromas do translate to the taste, but are relegated to the background, a nice clean crisp sweet flavor

M&D - rather smooth and thinner body combined with considerable sweetness and roastiness make this a quite drinkable beer, that is easy to put back, when the grilfriend likes it, you know its rinkable and she did. a very nice brew

sinstaineddemon, Jan 27, 2007
Photo of balconybrew
2.9/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: Dark brown, hints of red.

Aroma:Strong hops. Possible Cascade. Not quite grapefruit....

Taste: Slight malt, not heavy though.. End bites with hops, grapefruit taste.

Mouthfeel: Bubbly, lighter than expected.

A bit hoppy for my scotch ale... but very drinkable.After too many, the label will jump off and bite you.

balconybrew, Jan 27, 2007
Photo of MMansfield
4/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up a single 355ML from Premier Wine & Spirits in Halifax.

Appearance: Pours an intersting mahagony/maroon/browish colour with a froathy off-white head, dissolving rather quickly, leaving a moderate lace.

Aroma: Big malt, lots of florals, caramel, and fruity esters. Also some bread, maybe molasses.

Taste: Buttery and sweet. Lots of caramel and biscuits. Low bitterness, but has bite in the finish. Leaves a tang.

Mouthfeel: Lots of body, smooth and pleasant.

Final Statement: This is a good Scotch Ale. I cannot stand Flying Dog's presentation, what is with this acid trip dog on the label. It's too extreme for my liking, but it's a wonderful beer, recommended.

MMansfield, Jan 26, 2007
Road Dog Porter from Flying Dog Brewery
80 out of 100 based on 1,042 ratings.