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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:
#40,852
Reviews:
181
Ratings:
338
pDev:
14.9%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
7
Gots:
29
Trade:
1
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Ratings: 338 |  Reviews: 181
Photo of sposter4
3.79/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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

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 Dakin
3.43/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Look: Dark with reddish amber tinges. Thin. Head dissipates quickly.

Smell: Hints of hazelnut which is nice. Maybe a bit of honey. Not alot going on.

Taste: Thin, not a ton going on. Feels like a Natty Ice porter. Drinkable nonetheless which is always good.

Feel: Very thin.

Overall: Underwhelming. 5.5/10.

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Photo of q33jeff
3.56/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.5

**
09/01/12

bottle to pint glass.

AROMA: Sweet Hazelnut/coffee aroma
LOOK: Dark Brown, Almost black color.
TASTE: Caramel, barley.
FEEL: Thin, flat.

From Beer of the month Club, courtesy of Amy and Brian.


**

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Photo of Davd6310
1.86/5  rDev -46.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 1 | feel: 3 | overall: 1

I had this on tap at Sea Dog in Orlando. I won't go into all the details except to state it is sickeningly sweet. I prefer Stouts and Porters but this was so sweet I asked the woman behind the bar if she poured a glass of something else by mistake. She insisted it was the Hazelnut Porter.

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Photo of mmorris15
3.68/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of mikeg67
3.83/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at Sea Dog, Portland, ME. Pours dark brown with off-white head and nice lacing. Aroma is of toasted malt, dark fruit and coffee. Body is full and slightly crisp. Taste is of toasted malt, coffee, chocolate, brown sugar, dark fruit and earthy hops. Finish is long and semi-sweet. Very nice porter.

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Photo of cgmjr_bsb
3.64/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Jkolls
3.18/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Photo of Deltoro
3.5/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Jeffwise
2.81/5  rDev -19.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Just don't

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Photo of Squire123
3.32/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Rich reddish brown, tan cap with little lacing.

Aroma: Surprisingly dim, some roasted malt, bit of coffee and yes, hazelnut, but not much.

Taste: Doesn't quite come together, everything drops off from the remarkable color which promises so much but it's all for show. Elements are there, roast malt, coffee notes, even the nuts but those flavors exist separately and do not meld together. Even the hops stand out but over on the sidelines. Creamy texture mentioned on brewer's site turns out to be just bubbles. Finish is short with a coffeeish nutty aftertaste. The taste isn't bad, it's actually ok, just boring.

Texture: Light and, frankly, a bit thin.

Overall: Was this brewed as a Porter or is it just beer with added color and flavorings? Lacks richness, lacks flavor, lacks body, reminds me of something entered in a local home brew contest.

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Photo of lwillitz
3.3/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

12-oz bottle into porter/stout glass

A - huge bubbly head of medium tan over a dark mahogany (ruby when backlit) body, high visible carbonation

S - coffee, caramel corn (sweet & buttery), nuts

T - roast coffee notes, caramel sweetness, generic nutty flavor with a hint of hazel, metallic and earthy finish

M- highly-carbonated medium body; unimpressive

O - an ok beer; too light for the style; something out of balance in the flavor department; you'll find lots of superior porters

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Photo of DerwinWentworth
3.25/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of jaketaz
3.54/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of bb-magic
3.71/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of ScaryEd
2.76/5  rDev -20.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2.75

Had on tap at the North Conway location.

Pours a dark brown color, with a bubbly off-white head. Some decent retention and lacing.

The aroma is very faint and slightly more roasted than expected. Some coffee with a hint of nutty caramel. Not picking up a lot of hazelnut.

The flavor brings out a lot more of the "hazelnut" in the beer, but it just tastes artificial to me, with a slight metallic aftertaste. Some sweet caramel malt flavors can be detected.

The mouthfeel is where the beer completely fell apart for me. It was thin and watery yet very highly carbonated. All flavors just kind of pass through and I was left to remember what the previous sip tasted like.

Overall, a very weak representation of a porter. It drinks more like a mediocre brown ale than anything, and the flavors and aromas just don't do it for me. I enjoy hazelnut but to me it just didn't work well here.

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3.58/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of BrokenEdge
2.65/5  rDev -24.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

I really like Sea Dog's blueberry beer, so was looking forward to this, but it was hugely disappointing. Had this on tap. Dark brown body with a thin head, a little like Coke. Smells faintly of hazelnut coffee. Tastes of big hazelnut and vanilla flavor, but it's a little off and artificial tasting. Stale, bitter, burnt coffee and more artificial tasting chocolate notes. A little more on the caramely sickeningly sweet side of things than nice roasted porter flavors, I'm not really sure what went wrong here. I couldn't finish it and passed it off to a friend who reported liking it (although admitted it did taste very fake). Feel is very carbonated and thin, a little watery for a porter. Unpleasant lingering artificial flavors after the finish. Overall, a below average porter. I'm going to stick with their blueberry wheat from now on, at least that one tastes and smells like real blueberry muffins.

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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

Photo of Boone757
3.49/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of MacMalt
3.56/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into snifter. It pours a deep mahogany with reddish hues , and a thick, frothy tan colored head and thick lacing that did not dissipate. It smells strongly of hazelnut with hints of coffee and chocolate. It tastes strongly of burnt coffee grinds, very bitter, and hazelnut. There is also a very faint taste of vanilla. This porter is quite light in body and with a ABV of 5.6%, there is little noticeable taste of alcohol. Overall, the taste is pleasant but the feel is a little thin for my liking.

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2.75/5  rDev -21.2%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Photo of SpAiReArGsEonNE
3.75/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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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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