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Road Dog Porter - Flying Dog Brewery

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Road Dog PorterRoad Dog Porter

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1,039 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,039
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 HappyHourHero
3.68/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This thing has got some serious carbonation. I poured a quarter of the bottle and got twice as much in head. The head is tanish brown in color and leaves well defined lace as it slowly fades. Aroma of creamy alcoholic plums with some coco. Resinous-cola colored beer, glows with a little light. Caramel malt and a bit of coco coffee flavor, luscious mouthfeel is almost creamy, but moderate body makes it nice and drinkable. Slight coffee-aftertaste bitterness cuts the caramel for a nice finish. A good beer, nothing too crazy, but that's coming from a big beer lover.

HappyHourHero, Apr 28, 2004
Photo of Foxman
3.53/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

It pours a deep, rich brown that apsses light through ruby panes. A finger of light tan head makes a quick appearance, then dwindles to sparse wisps of froth. Mod-art lacing loops along the glass.

The aroma delivers the deep cocoa sweetness of roasted malt carrying along a dark coffee bitterness. Earthy berry notes mingle with a mild hops presence to flesh out the aura.

The first sip brings a veritable roasted malt sweetness along with a dark coffee bitterness. A gentle black cherry character plays off a leathery, dusky presence in the middle. A dull hops current rubs shoulders with the bitterness of burnt grain, slightly acrid, before a flat, ashy dryness settles across the tongue at the finish. There's not a lot of overall identity, but it delivers enough to establish some small sense of self.

Medium bodied, it certainly coats well, but after leaving, the ashy bitterness is a somewhat disappointing legacy.

Well, I'm not bananas about it, but neither does it drive me away. it is what it is, a basic functional ale that won't wow you or revolt you. And to be fair, it is better than just average. In this instance, basic happens to equate to decent drinkability, though if it's something heavier you crave, you could do better with a true quality porter. So what it boils down to is, it's okay, not wonderful, and I'd drink another if you gave it to me, as long as there wasn't something better around.

Foxman, Apr 27, 2004
Photo of Mitchster
3.53/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours out to a very deep brown with ruby accents, forming a small light tan head with average retention and decent lacing. Carbonation is mild and requires a firm pour to a achieve a head. Aroma is fragrantly hoppy with sweetly floral overtones...lurking beneath is vanilla and a hint of roasted grains and alcohol. I would say this was a pale ale if my eyes were closed. Mouthfeel is thin with a medium body and clean finish. Taste begins with floral hoppiness, followed by a residual sweetness...it's tough to pick up on any roasted character....minimal coffee or chocolate overtones. Some sweet grains in the middle, and a clean finish with a bit of huskiness and chalk. Not picking up on any smoke.

I'm at a loss as to how they call this a "Scottish Porter". It's not a Scottish Ale, and it's not a Porter, either. It's more of a brown ale, if anything. Despite being completely misleading, it's still a decent brew.

Mitchster, Apr 25, 2004
Photo of RBorsato
4.25/5  rDev +20.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Dark brown with a moderate light brown head which dissipates fairly quickly, subdued carbonation, and little lace. Chocolate malt aroma is prominent with a touch of hops. Chocolate flavors with a nice hop balance. Light-medium bodied with a lightly roasty finish.

Very drinkable and my favorite Flying Dog brew so far...

Per label: "Good Beer, No Shit"

Per Flying Dog website:
Original Gravity: 14.0 Plato
Specific Gravity: 1.056
Alcohol by Volume: 5.5%

RBorsato, Apr 23, 2004
Photo of AndIWantYou
3.48/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Very dark, with a creamy head -- body turns red when held to the light. Tastes well-balanced, with a hoppier front and a roasted malt/coffee finish. This is a lovely beer, and I'll buy it again, but it just doesn't "stand out" to me. Maybe that's a desireable quality of a good beer and I'm being too harsh, but it just doesn't grab me and throw me around (mentally) like an Oak Barrel or Lion (I know, I know, those are both stouts and this is not -- but it's not the style that I'm trying to invoke). However, this beer's undistinctiveness means two things: one, I will try to "convert the unwashed" with it, and two, good session beer ;)

AndIWantYou, Mar 26, 2004
Photo of ppoitras
3.58/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

12ozer bottle from prepackaged mixed 12- pack from Austin Liquors, Shrewsbury, MA.

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed a disappointing quarter inch tall light brown head, which didn't last terribly long but laces okay. Reddish mahogany hue when held up to the light, and a heavy malty aroma, with possibly a tinge of smoke in there. Taste is of hearty dark malts, yet somehow the overall feeling still comes off as thin. Not sure how that works, but it's not particularly a good thing. Drinkability is high as with most of the Flying Dog brews I've had, but to me, the best of their brews just isn't all that great.

ppoitras, Mar 22, 2004
Photo of sulldaddy
3.55/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

I have this brew from a 12 oz bottle at room temp. I pour the brew into my snifter and its color is a rich clear mahogany. Aroma is sweet caramel with slight earthy hops but overall very mild. I get a beige head to foam up but it fades to a edge layer rather quickly. First sip reveals a thinner body than expected and small prickly carbonation. Flavor is malty sweet with caramel and molasses dominating, again flavor is much milder than I expected.
Good overall brew but not as robust as I would have thought especially since the label says,"good beer, no shit"!

sulldaddy, Mar 19, 2004
Photo of travolta
3.18/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12oz bottle
Apperance: Tan head with way minimal retention and little lacing. Dark, dark, dark ruby.

Nose: Earth, Mollasses (however you spell it), Butterscotch. there is a lot more, i'm just not good enough to pick it out. the nose was nice.

Taste: Bitter and syrupy at first. Some of the taste seemed at first like beef jerky. I know thats wierd, but it's true. Toasted wheat. The end of the taste is bubbly on the tounge.

Notes: The logo on each of the bottles and the case is designed by the same guy who did Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas. I don't kow who he is, but I guess he is some political funny guy.

travolta, Mar 15, 2004
Photo of tavernjef
3.18/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Looks dark brown but up to the light turns a dark ruby/maroon color with a clearish body, no real head was produced or stayed, a bit of cola like fizz emerged quickly after the bottle was empty, some globs of lace stick but not for long. Aroma is clean and chocolatey with a bit of roastyness and some slight caramel notes. Taste is quite light, nothing substantially lasting or has any strength or character. Pretty much bland, it has a small twinge of roasty subdued malts with some favorable chocolatey dryness coming through in the finish which then has a drying effect which helps it out some, but boy its pretty boring til then. Feel is thin and hardly has anything going for it, quite weak in that department, I need some girth, some boldness, anything. Goes down easy, but is not withstanding much of a scottish or porter character in my book.

tavernjef, Mar 05, 2004
Photo of Zorro
3.6/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear black beer, Yep it is a porter.

Smell is sweet and malty, mild fruitiness noted.

Chocolate and coffee tasted. Mild flavor, but not really complex.

Mouthfeel is good.

Drinkable and mild for a porter just can't compete with a truly great beer.

Zorro, Feb 23, 2004
Photo of CBFanWish
3.65/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

It's motto is "Good beer, no shit".
Pours a dark brown. Not black, but a dark brown. Its head it thin and disipates rather quickly.
The aroma of roasted malts give off chocolate and caramel scents. This leads to a bitter chocolate taste that is rich and flavorful.
The only problem I really noticed is a lack of carbonation. A little more could have been nice.

CBFanWish, Feb 22, 2004
Photo of TastyTaste
4.22/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Deep mahogany color, with a small off-white head on top. Smells of chocolate, alcohol, and what I would perceive to be the scotch barrel aroma. Smooth chocolate/coffee taste. Slippery mouthfeel is complimented perfectly by the good amount of carbonation. Very good and refreshing.

TastyTaste, Feb 21, 2004
Photo of Southernbrew
3.55/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Very dark with a moderate head, even black when held up to light. Not a strong smell but definite roasted aroma with coffee notes as well. Maybe even some light fruit as well. Thick mouthfeel, with strong coffee flavoring and possibly a light butterscotch as well. I'm not sure what a "scottish porter" is but this is a decent beer, but not spectacular.

Southernbrew, Feb 19, 2004
Photo of chaduvel
3.45/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Dark black/brown with a light tan head that left the building pretty quickly. Roasted malty aroma with a touch of tofee. Taste is similar with a roasted chocolate malt flavor that provides the bite, but is a bit weak and watery in the middle. Finish is pleasant with hint of smoke and some metal. Not as full bodied as I would have liked. Worth a try though.

chaduvel, Feb 12, 2004
Photo of mschofield
3.4/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A deep brown, approaching black with a hint of red. Small tan head, laces well leaving rings behind.
Aroma of roasted malt and alcohol (surprising at the low ABV)
Strong citrus and acrid taste, roasted malt base, caramel, toffee, nut and butter.
It is very bitter for a scottish ale, but I liked it.
Medium feel, a little biting, somewhat like unsweetened coffee.
Not true to style as a porter, not really a scotch ale either, but an alright beer. Nothing to seek out, much better Scotch ales, and much better Porters out there.

mschofield, Feb 06, 2004
Photo of daledeee
3.88/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a porter? I must not get out much. Why call this a porter and list it as a Scottish ale. The paradox is that I like the taste of this beer even though it is not "stout"enough for me to call this a porter. Pours pretty dark with head that goes away and leaves lace. Nose-not much. Taste is malty and some coffee. Fairly toasted tasting. This is the best offering that I have had from this brewery

daledeee, Feb 06, 2004
Photo of MobBarley
3.9/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a warm reddish-brown with minimal head and more than sufficient carbonation. The smell is very minerally throughout and sweet like maple syrup, with copper and sulfur notes as well. There is a mild, balanced bittersweet aroma of hops and roasted barley. The taste is above average in my opinion, with a hearty blast of grain in the start followed by a distinct earthiness that I find quite appealing. A peculiar, bitter, and not at all unpleasant grassy/mineral flavor persists. Mouthfeel is a little thin for the style. Reminded me of some toasty Brown Ales I've tasted. Drinakability is fine, and I can really see myself finishing a sixer fairly fast, though the higher ABV is a consideration. Certainly the best of the Flying Dog products I've had thus far.

MobBarley, Feb 01, 2004
Photo of bobinverted
4.18/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

As with all Flying Dog beers, Road Dog features some nice Ralph Steadman graphics on the bottle. It pours an imposing opaque, dark brown and only reveals reddish tones when held up to a strong light. The head begins at about two fingers and dissipates to a cap rather quickly. This brew smells great with a delicious citrus hoppiness dominating the aroma. The flavors are more subtle than I expected, consisting of roasted and chocolate malts, but where are those hops that I smell? The mouthfeel is a little watery for a stout, could have been thicker and creamier. But Road Dog is a good beer overall, "No shit." I'd certainly drink it again.

bobinverted, Jan 21, 2004
Photo of waughbrew
4.05/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A see-through black with red highlights. Medium head with medium retention. Smells good with some of that deep caramel raisin, some alcohol, big chocolate. Taste is well balanced, with more of a coffee taste especially in the lingering finish. Body is rather thin, but not bad. Carbonation seemed a little forced. Easy drinking. It didn't blow my mind, but it was overall an enjoyable brew.

waughbrew, Jan 19, 2004
Photo of Edwin
4/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - Reddish/dark brown color. A little creamy head that didn't stick around long.

Smell - A spicy/malty smell with some nutty and chocolaty hints sprinkled throughout. Smells like a winner.

Taste - A very nice tasting beer. Nuts, malts, spices...it's all good. A bold aftertaste and no alcohol hints.

Mauthfeel - Low carbination, but an easy entry. Rolls off the tongue.

Drinkability - I would venture to say that I could have a few of these in one evening. It isn't a crazy recipie, but it won't bore you either. Have a couple. It's worth it.

Edwin, Jan 14, 2004
Photo of Ahhdball
3.15/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I may be off with this review due to no freshness dating on the bottle so I'll do what I can.
No head to speak of so it goes with out saying no lace followed. Deep amber color that was a great start. I smelled plums, cherries and roasted almonds. I thought a small dream of mine had come true, a Scottish Porter! Alas I was dissapointed somewhat with the taste. Heavy on the malts, but it had a slight watery finish with a hint of cinnamon. It was also very flat. I'm going to give this another try, and hopefully I'll find a better batch.

Ahhdball, Jan 11, 2004
Photo of pezoids
3.95/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a deep amber color that borderlines mahogany. Topped with a thin head of foam. A nutty essence rises from the beer with touches of chocolate and smoked malt. Roasted grains and burnt caramel comes through in the flavor. Semi-sweet body of malt underlies this beer. There’s also a smoky and bitter tang in the finish. I would say it’s easy to like this beer. Enjoyably drinkable.

pezoids, Jan 02, 2004
Photo of maxpower
3.5/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Dark brown color, nice fizzy off-white head that leaves a good lacing in my glass, roasty chocolate and caramel aromas. Roasted sweet chocolate flavors, some smokiness, decent roasted bitterness in the finish. Medium bodied with a somewhat watery mouthfeel, the best of the three I have tried from this brewery so far.

maxpower, Dec 30, 2003
Photo of mntlover
3.53/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

My first scottish porter, a mix of a porter and scothish ale? Looks like a porter nice dark brew with nice tan head that stays. smell is of sweet malts some chocolate. Taste more like ale, malty sweet with touch of bitterness thrown in. Mouthfeel to light for a good porter really. Drinkable beer but not one I would seek out again, not as great as their pale ale.

mntlover, Dec 22, 2003
Photo of OatmattStout
3.55/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Not that great of a head even with a some what agressive poor and no lacing on my glass. The smell was of toasted and smoky malt. The taste followed with some nice smokey flavors but a bit of souness that lingered. It seemed a bit thin on mouthfeel and carbonation didn't enhance this beer, kind of big soda like bubbles. All in all ok but not my favorite.

OatmattStout, Nov 26, 2003
Road Dog Porter from Flying Dog Brewery
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