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Sea Dog Riverdriver Hazelnut Porter | Sea Dog Brewing Company

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Sea Dog Brewing Company
Maine, United States
seadogbrewing.com

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

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#40,835
Reviews:
181
Ratings:
338
pDev:
14.9%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
7
Gots:
29
Trade:
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5/5  rDev +43.3%

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5/5  rDev +43.3%

Photo of GtBoros
4.78/5  rDev +37%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

Delightful chocolatey rich and smooth. Awesome bitter finish. Wonderful all around. Tried at sea dog brewery in Portland Me. For kobi's 16 bdy

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Photo of Weekiwachee
4.75/5  rDev +36.1%

Surprisingly crisp and refreshing for a porter.

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4.5/5  rDev +28.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +28.9%

Photo of yesyouam
4.38/5  rDev +25.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Sea Dog Riverdriver Hazelnut Porter is a dark brown to black ale with a creamy, blotchy, mossy beige head. It leaves great lacing. The aroma is of chocolate, hazelnut, vanilla, biscuits and crackers. It is roasty and slightly sweet. The hops smell a little medicinal. It is medium-bodied and pretty smooth. It's a little chewy and a little slick. It has a full dark roasty flavor. It starts with hazelnut and maybe vanilla, then it turns a bit salty and then bitter, like juniper. The flavor elements are all pretty independent. This is much better than the first time I rated it. That last bottle must've been skunked!
(rated Jan 8, 2008)

[First rating: 7 Aug /2007] Riverdriver Hazelnut Porter is a deep solid brown ale with a hue that's leaning toward aubergine. The head is tan in color, splotchy and lively. The retention is great. The aroma is very hard to miss: hazelnut and coffee with maybe something minty in there. It has a medium-light body with a dry, slightly numbing, finish. The flavor is not focused like the aroma. The coffee aroma doesn't translate to a roasty flavor here. Diacetyl is present. The flavor is a little... barfy. There is a chemical off-flavor here that I can't place, but can smell after I've tasted it. Is it skunked? A bad bottle? I've had this before and it was good. [Aroma: 7; Appearance: 4; Flavor: 4; Palate: 3; Overall: 9]

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Photo of imbibehour
4.36/5  rDev +24.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured on tap from the pub in Topsham ME. Filled to the rim with no head what so ever...

Appearance is a gorgeous dark walnut with red hues, and some visible carbonation. Bubbles are tan, but highly missing. Perhaps if this was a better pour I could rate this higher for this category but no...

Really good nose on this one, big roast characteristics and malt. Delicious nuts like a big mixed bowl.

Taste is a wet nut characteristic and soda. THere is some malt sweetness in the mid palate and some carbonation tingle on the tongue which is neat. Beef jerky, small malt backbone, and club soda all rolled into one with a taste of fresh brewed big pot coffee.

Very interesting unique porter I would really dig another on tap!

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Photo of GarthDanielson
4.32/5  rDev +23.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured on-tap at the Sea Dog in South Portland, the beer was served in a pint glass. It's a nice, dark brown coloring with ruby highlights on the edges, and a thick, off-white head that starts at a frothy two inches and settles quickly into a film, clinging the glass the entire time you drink. The nose is mocha and hazelnut, with a creamy and rich feel to it. The flavors are coffee and nut, with a smooth richness and slight smokiness. Very tasty. The aftertaste is a 50/50 blend of smoke and hazelnut sweetness. Delicious! The finish is smooth, and the nut lingers quite a bit. Very well blended brew.

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Photo of tigg924
4.3/5  rDev +23.2%
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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4.28/5  rDev +22.6%

Photo of bsend
4.27/5  rDev +22.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured this from a 12 oz. bottle straight to a Guinness glass.

Upon pouring this beer looked to have a complex, darker brown color. Small amounts of head.

Smelling this beer, I really noticed the blatant, yet controlled hazelnut and some lighter elements of coffee and toffee. Overall really pleasant.

The first sip reinforced the smell. Mellow, soothing hazelnut can be tasted. The hazelnut mixes really well with the porter, providing an excellent matrimony between the two flavors. Reminded me of having Sunday morning coffee with the family.

The mouthfeel was also quite well balanced. It wasn't viscous and sludge-like nor was it too watery. An excellent mix.

I loved this brew quite a bit. There is no problem with enjoying a six pack of this. It lets you know you had a solid beer without completely filling you up. Unfortunately my main source for this beer no longer carries it. Definitely a shame as it was a wonderful addition from Sea Dog.

Final Thoughts - Definitely give this beer a try. It is a well balanced beer, and an excellent addition in the porter department.

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4.25/5  rDev +21.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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4.25/5  rDev +21.8%

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4.25/5  rDev +21.8%

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4.25/5  rDev +21.8%

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4.25/5  rDev +21.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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4.25/5  rDev +21.8%

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4.25/5  rDev +21.8%

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4.25/5  rDev +21.8%

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4.25/5  rDev +21.8%

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4.25/5  rDev +21.8%

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4.25/5  rDev +21.8%

Photo of horshack7
4.23/5  rDev +21.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

The color of this beer is a very dark black with a red tint rather appealing. Upon pouring the head rentention lasts only a few minutes but yet it has a very creamy texture. Lace sticks to the glass from start to finish.

Aromas carry hints of chocolate and malt which i thought was well balanced.

Overall the mouthfeel was a very nice medium body a decently smooth. Sea Dog did very well with this porter a well crafted brew.

Cheers!

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Photo of ThePaleRider
4.2/5  rDev +20.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to my friend, Scott, for hooking me up with this brew.

A - Dark like a rich coffee. Very nice looking beer with a very light tan head.

S - Hazelnuts up front with rich malts lingering around.

T - Very nice flavor. First time I've had a nutty porter, and I'm a big fan. Really love the way the hazelnut blends with the dark porter. Very similar to the Rogue Hazelnut, but much smoother, and the hazelnut doesn't seem to linger as long.

M - Smooth going down with a decent amount of carbonation.

O - Went into this tasting not expecting much and was really shocked at how good this beer is. Not sure the availability of this in Southern CA so I'm glad I was able to get my hands on it. Leaves me really curious to try their other beers.

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Sea Dog Riverdriver Hazelnut Porter from Sea Dog Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.49 out of 5 with 338 ratings
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