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Road Dog Porter - Flying Dog Brewery

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Road Dog PorterRoad Dog Porter

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1,040 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,040
Reviews: 769
rAvg: 3.52
pDev: 13.07%
Wants: 28
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 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
Photo of GeoffFromSJ
3.98/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had no idea what this beer was before pouring it. The appearance was not that great, because the ehad did not last that long. With a dark beer, you really have nothing else to base the appearance on besides it being dark. There are coffee and other flavors in the taste. It has a very good aftertaste. I toyed with giving this a 4.5 for taste, but I think 4 may be more appropriate. It is very drinkable and I was pleasently surprised by this beer.

GeoffFromSJ, Nov 16, 2003
Photo of DagFishHead
3.6/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Deep, clear ruby/brown...makes me think of cherry coke. Minimal khaki head fades quickly leaving a fizzy ring and a trace of lace.
Smell: Sweet caramel malt, slight earthiness, whiff of whisky, and perhaps a lacto hint of acidity.
Taste: Semi-sweet with roasted malt notes followed by a tingly high end acidity, concluded with a semi-dry hop finish that lacks bitterness IMO.
Mouthfeel: Somewhat thin for the style, low/fine carbonation. Drinkability: While disappointingly light, it's got a pleasant nose and is quite drinkable.

DagFishHead, Nov 09, 2003
Photo of Shiloh
3.75/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Not a fan of porters in general, yet this was most impressive.
Poured a deep mahogany like colour with a very limited tan crown.
I found the carbonation was very lively, with a massive amount of very tiny, quickly rising bubbles.
The taste seemed very well balanced to its burnt malty lead and light smokey bitter back. Also featuring a minor in dark chocolate which tended to balance nicely.
Exellent mouthfeel, medium body and not over powering.

Shiloh, Oct 23, 2003
Photo of sabrills70
3.33/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured a dark brown color with amber hints. Very small head that disappeared quickly. Smoe lace, but not much. Smells of roasted malt, with overtones of smoke, chocolate, vanilla. Taste is pedominate roasted malt. Some hop bitterness is present but the roastiness is what stands out and lingers in your mouth. Its mouthfell is thick and somewhat sweet, as a porter should be. I enjoy a good porter but I do not find them extreamly drinkable. I like to sip and savor these - not glug. All in all a silghtly better than average brew, but nothing to jump and roar about.

sabrills70, Oct 19, 2003
Photo of goindownsouth
3.68/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A deep rich porter, this brew was quite impressive from the very pour out of the bottle. It had a great rich consistency and the head quickly vanished and left perhaps just a little lace on the glass. The aroma gives me hints of roasted malt and an almost sweet quality. This is one to try, although not easy to find.

Zum wohl!

goindownsouth, Oct 19, 2003
Photo of StevieW
3.58/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle. I've seen it so many times, yet always passed on it.
Deep mahogony color. Light beige head. Faded quickly, left small clumps of foams on the top. Moderate smell of toasted malt and iced tea. Some wet grains, and hints of burnt toast. Taste was a better than expected. Nice toasted malt flavors, iced tea smells faded and didn't produce same tastes. Traditonal scottish ales tastes come through, mostly the toasted malt, hints of sweetness, and smoke. Medium to light bodied. A bit thin. I would call it a scotch ale and not a porter, but it's their company not mine. Still tasty and may do in a pinch and the bleak Winter season of beers I anticipate having here.
Cheers to the BelgianBum for the sample.

StevieW, Oct 08, 2003
Photo of RoyalT
3.15/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance – Very dark, almost black, body with a small head that laced the glass.

Smell – Strong chocolate tones with molasses atop a lightly-toasted malt base.

Taste – The raw sugars come out more at the tongue. Otherwise, the nose pretty much finds itself at the taste.

Mouthfeel – Flat and medium-bodied. This one lacked the fullness of a good porter.

Drinkability – Not bad, but not a standout.

RoyalT, Oct 05, 2003
Photo of Gavage
3.2/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Great label, so-so beer. It poured a dark brown color with a thin head that quickly stuck to the sides of the glass along the liquid surface. The aroma sported the roasted malt with a slight hint of licorice. A thin malt flavor hit the tongue, followed by a crispness and bite on the tongue. Slight bitterness, little carbonation. Overall not exciting, and I don't understand what a scottish porter is after drinking this. Seems like this is a mellow porter with a slight bite.

Gavage, Oct 04, 2003
Photo of Rumrunner
4/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4


A very tasty beverage. One of Flying Dogs best. I have never heard of the style 'Scottish Porter' before. A great label with the comment: Good beer - no shit. The caricature on the lable looks like a devil vampire who is a referee and is a halucinagene of Hunter S. Thompson.

Pours a deep brown. A nice head with retention and decent lacing. Sweet and burnt malts start off the smells. There is also creamy espresso and a crisp pine scent. Some alcohol on the nose as well. Very warming to the olfactory senses.

A sweet caramel and candy flavor. Some burnt malt and espresso. Some smokey bread and there is a fruity tang at the end. Also a hint of brownie in the flavor. A bit of a burnt biscuit bite but for the most part this is a mild ale.

Easy to drink and not too thick. A bit of an alcohol bite going down but it only adds to the drinkability. Easily enjoyable over and over again.

Rumrunner, Sep 28, 2003
Photo of beergeek279
4.15/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served in the 12 oz. bottle. The color is dark brown, with a good head. The smell is a very heavy coffee/chocolate malt. The taste is also that same chocolate and coffee, with a bit of a smoked Scotch taste to it. Mouthfeel is quite smooth. Drinkability-wise, could have quite a few more.

Easily the best of the Flying Dog beers I've had. A quality porter, with a bit of a unique Scottish taste, this is one of the few Flying Dogs I'd have again.

beergeek279, Sep 09, 2003
Photo of jtw5877
4.05/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a reddish brown hue with a decent tan head. Tastes nice and malty, maybe a little hops in there, but not much. This is a nice twist on a porter. Nice caramel bready taste along with hints of chocolate and coffee. I'd recommend this to anybody needing to find something new top sample.

jtw5877, Sep 04, 2003
Photo of AtLagerHeads
3.13/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Dark brown to black and no real head to speak of, this is not a very pretty brew. The aroma is light and of toasted nuts, coffee, but not much chocolate. The feel is light and watery and the flavor is stout, but nondescript. I feel as if the Dog has lifted his leg on me today. Nothing here to excite the imagination or the palate. Blah...

AtLagerHeads, Aug 23, 2003
Photo of Mustard
3.48/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Presentation: 12oz. brown bottle with a label full of everything but a "bottled on" or "best before" date; $6.49 a six pack from the West LA Whole Foods on National and Barrington; love the freakshow referee on the label; "cut the leash" motto reminds me of some ex-girlfriends.

Appearance: Pours a clear, garnet-tinged, dark brown; fine, offwhite head; not much lacing; poor head retention.

Aroma: Predominatly of roasted chocolate.

Taste: Upfront, largely like its aroma; slight, offputting, sour notes in the finish; lightly sweet; secondary flavors of yeast, caramel and smokey peat.

Comments: Not quite a porter, not quite a scottish; a decent tasting brew, nonetheless; worth a drink, to be sure.

Mustard, Aug 23, 2003
Photo of BeerManDan
3.63/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

When poured, the color was a dark brown with no foam to speak of. The smell of roasted malts and hops was very pleasant, followed with a mild aroma of a citrus nature. While tasting this creamy scottish ale, the roasted malts and hops were a pleasant surprise on my palate. This scottish ale also had a nice balance of sweet/bitterness. This Porter is a step above average!

BeerManDan, Aug 22, 2003
Photo of clvand0
2.45/5  rDev -30.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

This pours a dark color with a small head that quickly dissipates. The aroma is mostly malty. This is a porter, but smoother than most porters. Not being a fan of a porter, I didn't enjoy this one much. But I must admit that it was more smooth than most.

clvand0, Aug 15, 2003
Photo of beerguy101
3.38/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Dark brown color. Large foamy white head. Aroma is malty, fruity and sweet with a touch of smokeyness. A medium bodied scotch ale. Malts are fruity. Medium, slightly spicy hops. Mild taste, slight smoky flavor. Finish is clean and light. Aftertaste is slightly bitter.

beerguy101, Aug 14, 2003
Photo of beerinator
3.88/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Dark brown with a long lasting head.

Aroma: Heavy malt. The bitterness is accentuated with caramel sweetness. A hint of burned sharpness is present as well.

Taste: Malt flavor is very active in this beer. Small bitterness with medium carbonation. The lingering bitterness isn't totally from hops. It seems that a slight bit of coffee flavor is present as well. Coffee with a dollop of caramel.

Notes: Solid beer. Nice assortment of flavors. Uses a good joining of bitterness and malt.

beerinator, Aug 13, 2003
Photo of kmo1030
3.3/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

dark brown ruby when held up to the light, very thin tan head. it has a heavy malt smell with hints of chocolate and coffee. the heavy malt smell seems to be a trend with flying dog. sweet chocolate malts with only a hint of bitterness. had a very smooth easy taste though which was appealing. medium mouthfeel, but highly carbonated. shich kinda threw things off., overall pretty good, but i don't have a lot of experience with this style.

kmo1030, Aug 12, 2003
Photo of Brent
2.9/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Bottle notes that this is a "Scottish porter." Seems not to do either all that well. Malty, but offset by odd citric/acidic flavors. Very bright and carbonated. Malt is roasted, but there is a faint hint of carboard oxidation that finishes with a citric tang. Not satisfying.

Brent, Aug 09, 2003
Photo of WVbeergeek
4/5  rDev +13.6%
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.

WVbeergeek, Aug 06, 2003
Photo of aaronh
3.85/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Dark brown beer topped by a moderate tan head that fades to a thin layer of foam. Roasted malt and caramel aromas with a hint of chocolate. Hops? None to be found. The taste is much the same as the aroma, with strong dark chocolates, a touch of caramel, and strong roasted flavors. A fair amount of bitterness cleans up the heavy flavors at the finish, with just a lingering mocha-java note on the aftertaste. Mouthfeel is more substantial than the other Flying Dog offerings I've tried, but still a little too thin to be "good". Drinkability, however is good, as this is an enjoyable brew that goes down pretty quick.

aaronh, Aug 01, 2003
Photo of garymuchow
3.45/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Mostly malt to the aroma with a slight bit of bisquit. Thinner head that continues to dissipate, but does lace a little. Dark brown with red hues. Clear. Nice blending of scotch and porter flavors. The former is stronger, but supported in the background by dark malt. This is the primary weakness, that of being too thin and too watery. Quite a bit of carbonation. Some softness and fluffiness noted. Overall this beer doesn't impress me either way. Don't necessarily recommend it or discourage drinking it either.

garymuchow, Jul 13, 2003
Photo of OldFrothingSlosh
3.33/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

July 2003: Happy American Beer Month!

Presentation: 12oz. amber bottle with funky label (good people drink good beer)...no freshness dating.

Appearance: Dark ruby-brown in color. Fizzy off-white head lies nearly dormant atop the beer.

Smell: Aromas of roasted nutty toffee and chocolate sweetness.

Taste: Caramel sweetness mixed with a smoky chocolate bitterness. Finishes rather oddly, with a slightly soured flavor.

Mouthfeel: On the thin side. Pretty fizzy.

Drinkability: Not a very quaffable beer for me. Finished it, but won't come back for it again.

OldFrothingSlosh, Jul 08, 2003
Photo of Indybeer
3.85/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle. Pours a deep dark brown, with a small head that quicky recedes.Some minor lacing on the glass. Aroma of roasted malt, coffee. Taste is of the roasted malt with a hint of chocolate, and coffee. Mouthfeel is smooth and creamy, with a good balance of flavors. The finish has just the right amount of bitterness to offset the sweetness. A very enjoyable beer.

Indybeer, Jun 24, 2003
Road Dog Porter from Flying Dog Brewery
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