Road Dog Porter | Flying Dog Brewery

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Road Dog PorterRoad Dog Porter

Brewed by:
Flying Dog Brewery
Maryland, United States

Style: American Porter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.00%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by taez555 on 10-30-2001

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 1,046 |  Reviews: 768
Photo of Sammy
3.37/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Brewed August 2006. Aroma like something left on your shoe, and also malt. Great white head on brown in my anti-gravity glass. Taste is chewy tobacco,chocolate malt, licorice smooth and malty mildly hoppy finish. Good drinking, I could have two, that's it. Thanks Tomthompson98. A different stroke of a porter.

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Photo of spycow
3.5/5  rDev -0.6%

Photo of Knapp85
3.45/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This porter pours out as a dark brown color, it's almost transparent. The head is minimal after a minute or so. The lacing doesn't really stick around either. There is an earthy aroma on the nose, there is also some leather I picked up as well. The taste was pretty light, some roasted malts give the brew a slight sweetness with a touch of bitterness at the end. The mouthfeel was light for a porter it really didn't have much depth to it. Overall this Porter seems like it might be something that someone would want to try before getting into bigger and better things.

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Photo of oriolesfan4
3.42/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Part of the Flying Dog mixed 12 pack.... Pours a nice dark brown with little head to it. Nutty aroma to it. Taste is more light bodied than heavy, not much flavor at all to be honest. A very watery beer, some faint roasted malt flavor, maybe a tad of coffee. Very drinkable but just not enough flavor to even be an above average porter... I'll have one if given to me but that's about it.. good trying Flying Dog.

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Photo of Taphouse_Traveler
3.25/5  rDev -7.7%

Photo of metter98
3.56/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

A: The beer poured clear dark amber in color with a finger sized creamy beige head that took a long time to settle down. There is only a very light amount of visible carbonation.
S: There are light aromas of roasted malts in the nose along with some hints of coffee and nuts.
T: Like the smell, the taste isn't that strong and has flavors of bitter coffee, nuts and roasted malts.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied and thin on the palate. Very little carbonation is perceptible.
D: The beer is very easy to drink and quite sessionable.

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Photo of BEERchitect
3.65/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

All in all, a good porter-for summertime consumption. Looks a little thin and not quite opaque for a porter. Medium carbonation and fizzy head shows promise of refreshment. Smells chocoalty, malty, roasted, smokey, and coffee-like. Tastes primarily of roasted and toasted barley. Lighter flavors of coffee and chocolate. Thinner than most porters into the body, which makes for easy drinking. Not as creamy or milky as I prefer in my porters. Finishes roasty, smoky and slightly bitter of hops. Remains thin, crisp and refreshing. Might make for a good German Dunkel.

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Photo of kojevergas
2.58/5  rDev -26.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

33cl brown glass bottle with a standard pressure cap served into a Trappist Westvleteren goblet in high altitude Denver, Colorado. Reviewed live.

A: Three and a half finger head of lovely cream lacing, nice thickness, and good retention. Colour is a solid nontransparent black.

Sm: Light chocolate and cream. Not horribly complex, which makes me anxious. A mild strength aroma.

T: Chocolate, caramel, and cream in undetermined unplanned portions. In other words, highly imbalanced. The chocolate adds a certain unwelcome overtone to the whole beer. It's fairly built I suppose.

Mf: Smooth and wet, with a strangely artificial attempt at coarseness. Doesn't really suit the flavours.

Dr: Slightly higher than average ABV, fairly drinkable, and of relatively low quality. The price is alright, but it's still one I'd never have again.

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Photo of emerge077
3.2/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Deep reddish-brown, almost opaque but with dark red highlights in the light. Foam settles quickly but leaves spotty, irregular lacing.

Earthy, peaty aroma, with dark malts. Very mild sweetness.

Malty but with a fairly thin also has a metallic note that's off-putting. Good roast malt character in the aftertaste that is interesting enough to continue drinking. Not especially smoky, but it is fairly peaty with a caramel character. Kind of husky and grainy, not really smooth enough to be a Porter. Mildly bitter vegetal aftertaste halfway through. Worth a try, but the jury is still out on this one.

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Photo of zeff80
3.21/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - Poured out a dark brown, almost black color with a small, short-lived tan head. It left minimal lace.

S - It had a stale coffee aroma. It also smelled of malt. It smelled fruity, too. It reminded me of grapes.

T - It tasted of roasted malt. It was fruity and sweet, as well.

M - It was smooth and soft. It was a medium-bodied beer.

D - This wasn't bad. It doesn't seem to taste like most of the other porters that I've had.

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Photo of brentk56
3.53/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a root beer brown color with a foamy beige head that retains well and manages a fair job of lacing the pint glass

Smell: One unusual aroma for either a Scottish or a Porter; smells grainy and nutty to me; kind of like a brown ale

Taste: Opens with a bready and grainy flavor, again much like a brown ale, but moving in a harsh, grainy direction by mid-palate; after the swallow, I can detect a bit of caramel and somewhat of a roasty charcoal element, but the overall effect is somewhat off-kilter, although the balancing sweetness at the end is a worthy touch

Mouthfeel: Medium body and slightly over-carbonated for the style

Drinkability: This was one of the first craft beers I tasted so, coming back to this one after several years was an opportunity that beckoned; unfortunately, it didn't hold up for me now that my palate is more trained in beer style identification; it's drinkable but not notable

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Photo of Phyl21ca
2.95/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Bottle courtesy of Okbeer: Poured a light dark color porter with a medium light brown foamy head with average retention. Aroma of dry hops and light malt is very average. Taste is dominated by some light roasted malt with a dry slightly hoppy finish. Body is slightly light with some average carbonation. I don’t seem to really dig beers from this brewer – maybe I am missing something but I sure don’t see anything special.

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Photo of LXIXME
3.5/5  rDev -0.6%

Photo of mothman
3.75/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into Sam Adams Sensory Glass.

Pours a one finger slightly tan head. Color is a deep burnt copper. The head has good retention and leaves some well defined lace rings.

Aroma is very chocolaty and carmely (if that's a word). Very deep and malty, with some slight smokey notes.

Taste very malty. The carmel shines through nice here. There are slight grassy hops lingering around as well. At the very end, I got a strong taste of peanuts, which was unexpected.

Mouthfeel is initially bitter, but then it starts to get a little smoother. Goes down creamy and ends pretty clean. Seems a tad undercarbonated.

Overall, this is similar to most porters I have had. It is an easy drinking beer that I could definitely have more than one of. Flying dog does a great job at making the normal types (as well as there bigger beers).

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

I'm not sure how this beauty slipped beneath my review radar... perhaps because I'd taken it for granted. But if you look at it in a certain way, this is actually a beer I've never had, considering that it's out of the new (old) brewery in Frederick, Maryland. It tastes the way I remember it though, so...

It pours the typical very dark mahogany that almost borders on black, but remains in the brown realm. The head is tan and creamy, and drops shortly to a thin lid leaving behind thin walls of lace that transform into patches of tiny spots before your eyes.

The nose is caramelish and roasty, but also a bit nutty. There's very little yeasty fruit, as dictated by the style.

In the mouth it's medium-light bodied and smooth with a restrained, fine-bubbled carbonation.

The flavor is exactly as the nose suggests, with scortched caramel and delicate roastiness wandering amidst a more standard, caramelish maltiness. Leafy hops and a restrained but solid bitterness act as the backdrop and the base respectively; and it's all pretty tightly wound together in a well-balanced ball (note = drinkability). It does have character though... just like any good Scottish ale, it's not really complex, but there's depth to it with the roastiness (that can almost appear smoky towards the end of the glass), the scorched caramel edge, and the leafy and grassy hops (note again = drinkability). It finishes dry and slightly mineralish with some mildly lingering roastiness and a touch of leafy hops.

Overall, it's a pretty decent Scottish-style ale that's quite drinkable and satisfying despite its basic quality (think Guinness... ). Well worth trying for fans of Scottish style ales or dark beers.

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Photo of zestar
3.25/5  rDev -7.7%

Photo of Ciocanelu
3.75/5  rDev +6.5%

Photo of oberon
3.15/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Very dark brown in color with almost no head,some chocolate aromas.Taste was a little smokey with some chocolate malt taste.The taste was a little flat,and the texture was a little thin for me.I have had alot better porters,but this wasnt nasty or anything.

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Photo of nickfl
3.98/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - black to very dark brown with some amber highlights when held up to a light. Topped by one finger of tan head that quickly settles down to a thin film.

S - Nice roasty character with coffee and mostly chocolate notes. There are some hops lurking in the background but they blend in well with the malt and are hard to pick out.

T - More chocolate malt flavor, maybe a little bit of raisin but not much fruity character, quite clean. Finished with a dryer, coffee like bitterness; hops are certainly in there somewhere but they blend in just as well as they do in the aroma.

M - Good body; not watery, but not as thick as a stout either, just the way a porter should be. High level of carbonation, perhaps a bit excessive, and no astringency at all, very smooth.

D - Very sessionable porter. This one certainly doesn't make you think but it goes down very easy. It has an unusually nice chocolate character that could make it reasonable to call this a chocolate porter. Unlike many other micro-brewed porters it clearly separates itself from stout with a lighter, smoother, and much less hoppy flavor that is rewarded with a very high level of drinkability.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.93/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a dark reddish brown color with a short foamy off-white head that fades quickly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is faint but contains smoky malts, a little bit of coffee & chocolate and a touch of hops. Even though this beer isn’t categorized as a porter, it sure smells like one.

T: The tasty is very malty with flavors of coffee, vanilla, dark chocolate and roasted malts. However, despite those flavors being the dominant ones, the sweetness isn’t overdone. There’s a decent hops presence to provide a good balance. The after-taste is smoky and slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and very smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, slightly sticky finish.

D: Tasty, goes down very easily, good kick, I could certainly pound back a quite a few of these. I was surprised by how much I like this beer. It tastes like a lighter version of Flying Dog’s Gonzo Imperial Porter, which up until now was the only beer that I’ve actually liked from Flying Dog.

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Photo of PhineasMcClintock
2.75/5  rDev -21.9%

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3/5  rDev -14.8%

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4/5  rDev +13.6%

Photo of smcolw
3.55/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Deep brown in color. The head is beige, but dies quickly. Although it's hard to tell, it is a clear beer as light does pass through the darkness.

Okay, the first thought on the aroma is split pea soup. I suppose it's starchiness. I detect unsweetened cocoa and warm graham crackers.

This is a rich brew with lasting mouthfeel even after the swallow. The aftertaste features fresh hop bitterness without being overpowering. Cocoa and dry toast are the predominant flavors. I would describe this more as a porter than a scotch ale.

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Photo of russpowell
2.96/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours to a light brown bubbly head (retained a a good head all the way down) and ruddy reddish brown body.

Malty/fruity nose ever so slight.

Tastes smokey and malty with bits of fruit & choclate presence on the tounge and edges of the throat.

More body needed and slightly over carbonated. Sure I've had this in better form.

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Road Dog Porter from Flying Dog Brewery
Beer rating: 3.52 out of 5 with 1,046 ratings