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Road Dog Porter - Flying Dog Brewery

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Road Dog PorterRoad Dog Porter

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1,036 Ratings

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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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Photo of sabrills70

North Carolina

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.

Serving type: bottle

10-19-2003 22:40:12 | More by sabrills70
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!

Serving type: bottle

10-19-2003 14:06:26 | More by goindownsouth
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-08-2003 00:23:08 | More by StevieW
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-05-2003 12:11:26 | More by RoyalT
Photo of Gavage

New Jersey

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.

Serving type: bottle

10-03-2003 23:51:47 | More by Gavage
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-28-2003 06:49:22 | More by Rumrunner
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-09-2003 03:06:49 | More by beergeek279
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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.

Serving type: bottle

09-04-2003 01:23:12 | More by jtw5877
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...

Serving type: bottle

08-23-2003 22:03:13 | More by AtLagerHeads
Photo of Mustard

District of Columbia

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.

Serving type: bottle

08-23-2003 08:31:30 | More by Mustard
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!

Serving type: bottle

08-22-2003 06:05:58 | More by BeerManDan
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-15-2003 19:02:08 | More by clvand0
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-14-2003 03:37:08 | More by beerguy101
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.

Serving type: on-tap

08-13-2003 10:39:02 | More by beerinator
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-12-2003 19:24:19 | More by kmo1030
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-09-2003 21:10:56 | More by Brent
Photo of WVbeergeek

West Virginia

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.

Serving type: bottle

08-06-2003 01:22:57 | More by WVbeergeek
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-01-2003 06:24:45 | More by aaronh
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-13-2003 05:31:09 | More by garymuchow
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-08-2003 16:32:00 | More by OldFrothingSlosh
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-24-2003 22:49:23 | More by Indybeer
Photo of WesWes

New York

4.22/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a dark burgandy color with a tan head. The aroma is of toasted malts/caramel. The taste is great! Toasted malts and a smooth finish that tastes of chocolate and caramel. The mouthfeel is good as well. It's medium bodied and highly drinkable. This is the best beer of theirs that I have tried. If only their other beers were this good.

Serving type: bottle

06-21-2003 15:10:27 | More by WesWes
Photo of edchicma


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

Nice dark appearance...head dissipates rapidly, but lacing remains. Subtle smell,,,,Taste has a hint of coffee, with a bit of alcohol aftertaste. Definitely not a guzzling beer. Mouthfeel not bad, once you gert used to the alcohol bite. Drinkability is good, but sip...don't guzzle!

Serving type: bottle

06-20-2003 16:43:50 | More by edchicma
Photo of kelticblood


3.35/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A less than average head for a porter.It didnt last long but left fairly good lacing.Very weak aroma of just a sweet malt that I can make out.A bitter sweet taste of all malt.I dont taste any hops but there is a slight bitterness left on the finish.Very sweet and creamy with a rolling and flowing mouthfeel that goes down smooth.Moderate crispness on the mouthfeel with a full body.The color is a dark dark red.All the label says is that it is a Scottish Porter.The more i drink of it the more the bitterness shows its head.Caramel malt might be present.Offers a dry finish.Not really impressed with this one.I've liked all the other Flying Dog offerings except this one.I cant see what they are trying to get across with this one.

Note:Slight raisin aroma

Serving type: bottle

06-10-2003 10:55:21 | More by kelticblood
Photo of 86MonteSS


4.05/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5


It's great when you come across a brewery that does every style well. Samuel Smith's is that way. I haven't had a Sam Smith's I didn't like. Dogfish Head is almost that way; if their beers weren't so thick and sweet they'd rank higher in my book.

I haven't had all of Flying Dog's brews yet, but I've had a few. Tire Bite showed me how well they can do lighter beers, Road Dog shows me they can master darker ones. I'm totally thrilled about Flying Dog.... Granted, their prices probably won't allow me to quaff these brews en masse, but it's nice to know they're there.

I've bashed certain other porters and stouts but this one does the burnt flavor very well. I'm not left with the feeling that I've swallowed ash, instead, I feel I've had some sweetly charred barley.

Now I hate hippies, and when I think of Denver, I think hippies. But hippies or not, the brewers of Flying Dog deserve a lot of praise. Golf clap!

Serving type: bottle

05-24-2003 23:05:30 | More by 86MonteSS
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