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 budgood1
2.7/5  rDev -23.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

pours out a very dark brown colour...crimson hues. a fine tan head with adequate lace. very pleasant dark roasted malt aroma...some bittersweet chocolate and caramel hits the nose. tastes ok...some light chocolate and toffee notes. some dry hop bitterness lurks around in the finish. the thin mouthfeel really kills this beer. i was expecting rich and full, i get weak and watery. how disappointing. drinkability is just goes down too easy and i don't remember anything of note to make it memorable.

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Photo of Bighuge
2.92/5  rDev -17%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Clear dark ruby in color. Medium sized airy light brown head caps it off and displays some very nice retention. Some definite chocolate and cocoa tones on the nose. Also some subtle west coast hops are perceived. Body is too light. Maybe medium at best but that's probably stretching it. The taste consists of burnt rubber, cocoa and java. There seems to be a sourness present in this Flying Dog as well. Hmmm. A flying dog trademark. Below average tasting beer.

This brewery is not impressing me much. Not as bad as the now defunct (I believe) H.C. Berger, but the only beer I might ever buy again from FD is their pale ale.

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Photo of ZAP
3.28/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Molasses in color....I like the aroma....some smokiness and cocoa.....big butterscotch taste on the buds..with some smokiness as well....finishes with that trademark "Flying Dog" is pretty thin too so mouthfeel does not score well...overall it's interesting enough to try and has a pretty nice nose and taste while also being unique...

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Photo of beernut7
3.57/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Although this brew pours with a deep reddish-brown thin looking color and the Scotch malty aroma is not very inviting, the head is thick and lasting and the flavor is surprisingly good. The heavier smooth body supports a bold chocolate roasted malt flavor with just a hint of lingering smoke. I ended up really enjoying this beer.

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Photo of Wildman
3.95/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer poured a very dark amber color and formed an off white bubbly head which left some lace as it subsided. The aroma was of malt and toffee/coffee and chocolate. The flavor was of malt, toffee/coffee and a touch of chocolate. The finish was sweet. The body was a bit lighter for the style that the bottle says, which is porter. Yet it is listed and had been previously labled a scotch ale. So I am still not quite sure what type of beer this is trying to be.

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Photo of hyuga
3.86/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Nice dark brown color. Impressive head retention and appearance, tan head reminds me of mocha or hot chocolate. Good malty smell, but doesn't hit me as much as I'd like. Great, unique taste, but in my opinion, it's not as much in the direction of porter as the bottle suggests. Not a striking mouthfeel, but the unique taste makes up for that. Overall, not a favorite, but something I would drink again.

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Photo of ADR
3.48/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Clear chocolate brown color, nice 1/2 inch head that's slightly rocky. Aroma is somewhat chocolatey, also husky and a little reminiscent of peanut shells. Starts off sweet, mostly slightly roasted chocolate. Fades at the mid mouth and back, with very little hop. But then, there's not a lot of hops even in Flying Dog some ways, reminds me of Anchor Porter but with much less body and a more fleeting flavor. What's a "Scottish" Porter? If this is a Scotch Ale, then its far subpar in mouthfeel...

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Photo of Dogbrick
3.91/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

What a great Ale-that-tastes-like-a-Porter! Verk dark with a hint of tree-sap color around the edges. Easy to drink and not syrupy or thick. Perfect hint of malt.

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Photo of Murph
3.95/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a lighter brown/dark ruby color with a thick, creamy tan head that leaves a nice lasting lace. Sweet caramel maltiness in the smell as well as some light peat aromas and a some nice roasted/chocolate aromas as well. Sweet and creay caramel maltiness is the dominant flavor as well as some light peat and the brew finishes with some sweet chocolate and dark fruit flavors. Surprisingly thin and light bodied for a Scottish Heavy, the thin mouthfeel knocks down the drinkability of this otherwise good brew.

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

Presentation: 12 oz brown long neck with a sacry dog theme artsy label. No freshness date.

Appearance: Dark copperish brown with a light tan lace that has no problem retaining.

Smell: Butterscotch diacetyl, toffee and malt sweetness.

Taste: Toasted malt, caramel/toffee, malt sweetness and light roasted malt are all in the big mixture of flavours. Faint butterscotch and peat smoke in the backround with an evenly proportioned hop bitterness.

Notes: Very tasty ... a well rounded brew that seems to grow on you. A beautiful malty profile that bursts with flavour.

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Photo of BeerBob
3.68/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Road Dog Scottish Porter pours a very dark maroon from its brown 12oz bottle.

Nose of semisweet chocolate and sweet malt with palate of the same with some burnt malt.

For me, Road Dog Scottish Porter is more Porter than anything else.

Not a complex tasting brew, because of the complex balancing, making this brew very tasty indeed.

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Photo of jackndan
3.05/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Road Dog: Scottish ales are not my favorite, and I grimaced when I first sipped this beer. But after several more sips, it really grew on me. The color was a deep rich brownish/red, the head was only so-so. After the first few sips, the more mild flavors of toffee and coffee began to assert themselves, and the hops seemed to take a step back. Still, probably a good example of my least favorite style, and I’ve tweaked the numbers up accordingly.

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Photo of marc77
3.28/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Deep garnet hue and quite clear when held up to light. The off - white head exhibits good retention, and a respectable lace is left. The aroma is a bit odd-- peated malt, buttery diacetyl, and an assertive floral Kent Goldings hop nose don't blend too well. The Goldings hop flavor hits the palate at first, but sweet caramel malt notes and a hint of darker roasted grain follows. The smokey peated malt contribution is discernible only if one is looking for it. Although the hop bitterness seems high for style it fades quickly, and the finish is dominated by residual malt sweetness. This is an odd brew. Road Dog has tasty malt and hop flavors, but unfortunately they don't coalesce. Although there isn't anything off about this brew and it's fairly drinkable, the overall balance was lacking..

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

Deep brown color with a thick tan colored head that lingers, good lace. Malty aroma with caramel and a very slight smokiness. Big roasted malt flavor with just the right amount of sweetness, also caramel, toffee, and slight earth and smoke notes. A excellent beer, would probably be incredible on tap.

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

I like this beer and can see why they named it. It bridges the gap between a malty, almost briney scotch ale and a coffeeish porter. Not great but probably this over-hyped brewery's best beer.

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Photo of aracauna
3.68/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Ok, the name's actually Road Dog Scottish Ale (I couldn't find a porter with that name by Flying Dog), but porter is a better description of the beer. This is really dark for a Scottish Ale, almost black with a creamy tan head. The head never quite went away, managing to keep a very thin film-like head until the last sip. There's a malty sweetness to the aroma and it carries over into the taste. I tasted some fruitiness like plums and apple peel. It finishes with a faint bit of roasted/burnt taste of a stout. Good beer, but it ain't a scottish ale.

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Photo of Jordan
3.77/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Nice dark brown shades, dark tan head. Looks like Coke in a glass. Caramel and coffee aromas start your salival glands to start excreeting, then when it hits your palate it flips a 180 and you get hit with notes of charcoal, semi-sweet smoked malts, and a light-medium body. Has good character despite the flaw in the body.

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Photo of Todd
3.36/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

First, what the hell is a "Scottish Porter"?

A very dark brown beer with a creamy tan lace. Smell is faint, a bit earthy and lacto. Body is sturdy and even with a dextrin malt sweetness and texture, followed by soft caramel and chocolate malt flavours. Faint liquorice way in the back. Finish is earthy.

One of their better beers actually, IMO. Love the "Good Beer. No Shit" slogan on the label.

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Photo of John1985
3.5/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Dark brown appearance, good chocolate malt aroma. Rich malty taste with a chocolate finish. There were some hops to counterbalance but as whole it was very malty. Great cold weather brew.

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Photo of hooligan
3.84/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pretty tasty beer, but too hopped and overcarbonated for the style. I was expecting a more traditional Scottish ale. Very drinkable with spicy foods, due to it's sweet and smoky malt character, and crispness.

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Photo of John
2.6/5  rDev -26.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I thought the diacetyl levels in this beer were offensively high. Didn't care for it.

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