Sea Dog Riverdriver Hazelnut Porter | Sea Dog Brewing Company

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Sea Dog Riverdriver Hazelnut PorterSea Dog Riverdriver Hazelnut Porter

Brewed by:
Sea Dog Brewing Company
Maine, United States

Style: American Porter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.60%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
This beer is one of a kind! Four different malted barleys combine to create a distinctive, full-bodied beer with a roasted nuttiness, uniquely enhanced by a hint of hazelnuts. Smooth and creamy with the nose of the Willamette hop, this porter is a beer style unto itself.

Added by Dogbrick on 12-16-2002

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Ratings: 340 |  Reviews: 181
Reviews by rsdaugherty:
Photo of rsdaugherty
3.7/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle into pint glass
A – Massive creamed coffee head with what appeared to be light to moderate carbonation, glass clinging lace at first all disappeared, nice foam layer was retained on top, a clear dark brown brew 3.5
S – Slightly sweet malts coffee & hazelnut notes, with a bit of chocolate and oil 3.5
T – Hazelnut, coffee, roasted malts, I like that the sweetness in scent does not present as much in the taste, a well built porter that has good drinkability. Very slight smokiness. I noticed a musty earthiness coming out as it warmed. 4
M – Medium body and overall thin but still with good flavor 3.5
O – There is something meaty about this porter. Thin but nice flavor and body, a good porter but not an outstanding one. 3.5

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More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
3.95/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a deep chesnut brown with reddish highlights thruout with a thinner but very well retained almond colored head.The hazelnut is really prevelant in the nose somewhat buttery with some caramel as well.Not as sweet as I thought it would be judging from others reviews and Iam happy about that,big roasted buttery hazelnut flavor with a touch of caramel but it dries out pretty well with a pretty raw earthy finish.A little pickly in the mouth but all in all I would say its a pretty flavorful easy drinking porter,I would buy again.

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Photo of Zakk
2.5/5  rDev -28.6%

Photo of woodchipper
3/5  rDev -14.3%

Photo of orbitalr0x
3.67/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

There's a nice nose of hazelnut upon opening. The beer pours a nice ruby chocolate color with a nice sized 2 inch head. The initial smell is of roasted malts, caramel and hazelnut....a bit of chocolate as well. The taste is quite nice with a forward flavor of hazelnut and lingering flavors of chocolate, caramel and malt. Mouthfeel could be a bit better, a little too much carbonation for me. The hazelnut flavor is good and helps to set Sea Dog apart from other porters. Overall it's an interesting brew and something I would pick up if I was in the mood for the hazelnut flavor, definetly not something I would drink all the time.

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Photo of lordofthewiens
3.53/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A dark brown beer with red highlights. Medium sized head that was somewhat sticky. A roasted malt, faintly nutty aroma. It tasted like hazlenut-flavored coffee with a bread background. Not too bad, but I felt it was a little bit on the thin side. However, it was a pretty good beer, and you could definitely drink more than one of these.

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Photo of bishopdc0
4.07/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had this beer in the Bangor location. It is a deep brown in color with a thick white head. The aroma is that star of a buttery hazelnut. The taste is sweet and finishes with a roasted bitterness. This beer is easy to drink and finishes nice. What i like about this beer is that its sweetness to start is paired with the hazelnut aroma and then turns roasted. To truly appreciate this beer you need to have it in a snifter or similar glass.

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Photo of merlin48
3.76/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This Sea Dog pours a clear, dark ruby brown body, not quite opaque. Tan head is two fingers tall, and patches the glass with quite a bit of nice lace.

Aroma is subdued, with toasty, dark malts.

Mouthfeel is rich and medium bodied.

The taste is much less restrained than the aroma. Plenty of sweet chocolate, notes of espresso, and a strong hazelnut flavor. Significant, hops bitterness balances this one out quite well.

A very good American porter that is very well balanced. Tasty chocolate and hazelnut flavors are dazzling, and make this a porter that I look forward to enjoying again.

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Photo of MisterDeeds
4.12/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appears to pour a thick black, but closer inspection shows it to be a dark cherry brown.

Smells sweet and malty with a chocolatey roasted scent as well.

The sweetness makes a quick appearance up front, but doesn't stick around for long. It is immediately taken over by the nutty coffee taste which starts sweet, but finishes bitter.

It has a good Porter feel, easy on the carbonation and very smooth going down.

I could enjoy a few of these on a cold night. Definitely worth a try if you enjoy a nice Porter.

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Photo of tigg924
4.3/5  rDev +22.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: dark brown with medium head that disappates

Smell: like hazelnut--truth in advertising

Taste: I taste hazelnut, burnt caramel, and dark cocoa

Mouthfeel: light and smooth for a porter with a sweet finish

Drinkability: I think this is one of Sea Dog's better offerings. I could drink this all night. There is the sweet pronounced hazelnut taste but the flavor of a porter is not lost here. i could see how not everyone would like this, but I enjoyed it a lot.

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Photo of chossboss
4.25/5  rDev +21.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of bsp77
3.35/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Serving glass: Poured from bottle into Nonic Imperial Pint. Best by April 2012?!?

Appearance: Dark reddish-brown with thin light brown head. No lacing.

Smell: Hazelnut, caramel, milk chocolate, molasses. Uh oh, this is going to be sweet.

Taste: And it does start off sweet with hazelnut, caramel and chocolate. Then it surprisingly turns fairly bitter with coffee, English-style hops and a strong roasted bite. I actually like the sweet part of the beer better (unusual for me).

Feel: Moderate carbonation, somewhat creamy body but too thin. The body does not quite support the very dry finish. Too astringent.

Overall: I expected this to be a sub-par Porter, and it is, but not in the way I expected. I was worried about the sweetness, but it is the harsh finish that bothers me (and I like strong IPAs and Stouts). I would have preferred if this was simply sweet and decadent. Ultimately it has a decent taste, but I have little desire for more.

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Photo of Thrasher
3.19/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Dark brown with some ruby highlights; head rises then vanishes. Strong aroma of hazelnut coffee. Sweet, candylike caramel malts with brown sugar, nuts, coffee, chocolate. Very little hop bitterness or dryness. Mouthfeel thin, sparkly, like soda pop. There is an unfortunate resemblance to Dr. Pepper. All in all, a flavorful, interesting beer, but I scoured the shelves today craving a good, roasty, restoring, thick porter/stout and this ain't it. Something you would give to a novice friend to let them know that dark beers don't bite. Coffee fans might like it too but they really should seek out Rogue Hazelnut Brown Nectar before settling for this.

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Photo of yankeeheel
2.18/5  rDev -37.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Pours a dark brown with a nice two figer tan head. Nice bit of lacing that remains for the length of the brew.

Smells very, very weakly of coffee.

Tastes weak and washed out. Like drinking coffee that's watered out. No hazelnut to speak of. Minimal hop and a hint of burned aftertaste. Yum.

Way overbubbly and annoying in the mouth. Worsened by the weak taste.


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Photo of chinchill
3.85/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12 oz bottle dated BB May/June 2012 served in a pint glass.

Pours a very dark brown; dark enough to be nearly opaque. Medium size tan head is creamy and has decent retention.

Rather subdued aroma, especially in comparison to the bold flavor. The aroma features sweet caramel malts whereas the taste (3.75) has plenty of dark malt and a nice bit of spicy hops. Plenty of hazelnut in both the aroma and flavor, but not overdone. Has a big transformation from sweet upon hitting the tongue to moderately bitter in the aftertaste.

M: Creamy smooth; full body; well-chosen medium carbonation.

O: Having had the excellent Rogue Hazelnut Brown just last evening, I expected this brew to compare poorly. While it is not up to the Rogue overall, it is a fine brew; one of the best I've had from this innovative brewery. The mouthfeel is exceptional.

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Photo of glid02
3.65/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle purchased from Hop City in Atlanta.

Pours one shade from black with a half-finger tan head. The head recedes into a wispy layer on top leaving solid lacing.

Smells of heavily roasted malts with good amounts of unsweetened chocolate. Also present are very mild amounts of nuttiness that intensify slightly as the beer warms.

Tastes OK. Robust roasted malt flavors with mild amounts of char and dark chocolate flavors kick things off. Midway through the sip the flavors sweeten a bit with hints of hazelnut that seem just a tad overly sweet. The hazelnut and roasted malt flavors carry through to a solidly bitter finish.

Mouthfeel is OK. It's got a nice thickness however the carbonation is on the harsh side.

Drinkability is alright. I finished my glass without a problem however I'm not sure about another.

Overall this was better than I'd anticipated but the hazelnut in the flavor profile seems as though it's added from concentrate. Certainly not a bad beer but not worth seeking out.

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Photo of Kingdom4aPint
2.91/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Standard pint glass applied...

Pours very dark brown with fluffy beige head...minimal lacing. Nutty aroma with some chocolate. Very buttery initial taste and then cruising into nutty. I guess I don't appreciate the hazelnut hence the 2.5 rating here but I will say that the taste seemed to get better the further down the glass I went. Mouthfeel was pretty solid, medium body and oily feel, minimal carbonation. Drinkability average as while I could see myself having several I really just wouldn't want to. Worth a try, I guess but there are better out there.

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Photo of LXIXME
4/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Decent sized light brown head takes its time to settle into a pretty decent lacing above a deep reddish brown colored porter.

Rich roasted malt and the hazelnut overpower any other aromas that might be coming off of this beer.

The taste is more hazelnut with a richer roasted malt taste in comparison to the nose, maybe the hazelnut dies out, either way I enjoyed this beer.

This beer has a nice full bodied mouth feel with a dryish aftertaste that is still rich in roasted malts with a hazelnut lacing.

Not for American lager drinkers that's for sure, they'd have to work their way up to something like this.

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Photo of Amgarnier
4/5  rDev +14.3%

Photo of Qabil
3.47/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Photo of GratefulBeerGuy
2.55/5  rDev -27.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

This is a light looking Porter, dark brown but a ruby red hue shines through too easily, giving a mahogony color. Well, carbonated with a thin, stagnant foamy cover.

Honestly, the added hazlebut ingredient really dominates the nose. There is still a decent malty scent with some oatie aroma's, very nutty, dark bitter chocolate and zesty-ish hops.

First off, the body is crisp and sharp feeling but very thin for the style. The first flavor that hits the buds is a chalky, baker's chocolate with oats and wheat. Then it all gets washed away by the hazlenut additive. It's a crazy, sweet nuttiness from then on. The additive flavor mutates into a lingering bitter, slightly metallic finish. The worst part is the lingering, bitter aftertaste.

There's too many really good Porter's out there for this too be chosen again.

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Photo of skloeff
4.25/5  rDev +21.4%

Photo of maguire1330
4/5  rDev +14.3%

Photo of scott
3.58/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Looks good with the pour - nice fluffy head over a dark brown body.
Huge hazelnut, and almost smoky afternote.
Momma hazelnut, with some caramel and weak coffee notes.
Very good appeal to tongue and cheeks.
One goes down quickly, but the sweet body doesn't call me in for another.

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Photo of WoodBrew
3.62/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

What's better than beer....having a neighbor who's wife signed him up for monthly beer club and he can't drink them fast enough....that is where I come in....I should be a Super Friend and have a seat at the Hall of Justice....any way he didnt want his Sea Dog Hazelnut...I stepped in. The appearance was a dark amber...not quite opaque...the white head was interesteing to me...I was expecting more ecru. The nose was no question...hazelnut! There were also hints of roast. The flavor/taste was very good, but the body was lacking. The flavor screamed hazelnut coffee...I think Starbucks would be impressed....just wish it had more body. The mouthfeel was fine...very light porter...easy drinking. Worth a question.

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Sea Dog Riverdriver Hazelnut Porter from Sea Dog Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.5 out of 5 with 340 ratings