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

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by taez555 on 10-30-2001

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Reviews: 769 | Ratings: 1,047
Photo of dexterk1
3.37/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from bottle to pint glass. Head is thick and nice. Color is dark brown to almost black.
Odor is pleasant overall. Sweet, malty with some toffee/caramel notes to it.
Taste was a little let down after the nice odor. It has sweet maltyness with some hops at the end.
Mouth feel was a little lacking as well. Not really the mouth filling feel of most porters I have had.

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Photo of BeerNutz324
3.5/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle into a pint glass

Ap- dark, dark brown, it almost has a purple hue. .5inch white head with OK retention

Ar- roasty, caramely malts and not much else. maybe a hint of coffee and some dark fruit.

T- coffee, bitter roasted malts with the tiniest bit of bitterness from the hops at the end of the hold.

M- good carbonation for the style. medium bodied.

O- good porter, not great though. Wouldn't seek one out again but if my buddy offered me one for free I would drink it :)

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Photo of LiquidAmber
3.1/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured into a Gulden Draak tulip. Pours a very dark red amber with ruby highlights. One finger tan head dissipated quickly leaving a thin, fine film, but no lacing. Faint roasted malt aroma. Bland smoky and roasted malt and a somewhat metallic hop aftertaste. Thin bodied. Not a porter to return to. A rare Flying Dog miss.

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Photo of jsprain1
2.86/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

A- Clear brown with red highlights and a thick cocoa head with some lacing.
S- Aroma is pretty plain with some roasted malts and earthyness. Not much there though.
T- The flavor is more on the lines of an amber than a porter to my taste buds. Toasted bread, a hint of caramel, and some earthyness. Fairly bland for a porter.
M- Body is too light and the carbonation has this weird sensation where there isn't much of it but it has a coarse texture.
O- Didn't care for this one. Mediocre, especially considering that I like their imperial porter so much.

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Photo of chilly460
3.65/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a deep black with brown at the edges when held to light. Produces two fingers of billowy tan head, decent lacing and retention.

S: Get some light chocolate, maybe some whip cream in there too. Very little hop profile can be picked up.

T: Get plenty of semi-dark chocolate immediately, somewhat bitter. Then comes a combination of caramel, and that sweet cream again.

M: Feels a bit rough, thin and over carbonated.

O: Decent enough brew, easily to drink as a Porter should be.

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

Pours a dark brown body with a medium-sized, off-white head. Nothing to mind-blowing here.

Aromas begin with small amounts of over-roasted nuts and some bitter chocolate. Smells quite sweet, lots of caramel and roasted coffee, a touch of chocolate perhaps.

The tastes begin with roasted malts with a sweet tea-like taste and hints of smoke. Very light hop flavor and bitterness in the finish. Small amounts of burnt caramel sugar and a touch of chocolate emerge more as it warms.

The mouthfeel is medium-thin body with medium carbonation. Dry watery texture.

Overall this is a very lacking beer experience. Not enough flavor for a 6% porter. I've tasted 4% pale ales with more character and flavor profile. Nothing bad about it but I won't revisit anytime soon.

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Photo of dansmcd
3.54/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - Thin fizzy head recedes quickly to a ring which retains until the end. Body is very dark brown/maroon with a red tint at the edges. A few spots of lace are shortlived.

S - Sweet malt, chocolate, caramel, with a sprinkle of vanilla and cinnamon.

T - Nice enough balancing act between sweetness (blackberry, caramel, cinnamon) and bitterness (coffee, dark chocolate) with some smoke over the top.

M - Body is disappointingly thin and spritzy with a slightly dry and bitter finish.

O - Nothing brilliant but certainly drinkable. Much better options out there.

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Photo of dtivp
3.61/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark clear brown, ruby highlights with a half a finger light tan head that fades slowly with spotty lacing.

Aroma was light of roasted malt and hints of hops.

Taste followed the nose with roasted malt, dark coffee, hints of dark chocolate and a slight bitter ending which gave it a nice balance.

Mouth Feel was medium body, light carbonation, slightly dry and crisp.

Overall this was an average Porter, I prefer porters to have a slight creamy feel.

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Photo of jtierney89
3.65/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep hazy brown with a tan head. Some hops and peat smoke on the nose as well as some burnt rubber and charcoal. Some sweet malts also present underneath it all.

Very good yet thin lacing.

Big solid malt body with some caramel and chocolate sweetness. Nice balance from the hop presence on the back end. Flavors are well layered yet well blended too. All over the place yet concise at the same time. The robust and roasted malts come through at first followed by a bubbly body which hold things together well into the transition of bitterness. Some slightly fruity, minty, and soapy hops somehow manage to lend to an interesting flavor profile making this beer more intriguing with every sip. Not bad at all.

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Photo of dlello2
3.65/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle. 1 of 5 in a double-blind tasting.

A - Off-white, super milky head. Sits forever. Brew looks a bit thin.

S - Quite sweet and chocolaty. Lots of milk chocolate actually.

T - Smooth. Definitely getting the chocolate but not as much as I'd have thought. Some nice bitterness from the hops to balance the sweet. Some touch of unpleasant bitterness in the aftertaste. Coming back to this one I definitely get some notes of grain/barley.

M - Not as much carbonation as I'd have liked. Definitely milky...the head makes it feel almost a bit slimy. It coats the throat but not in a syrupy way.

O - I enjoyed it, though not my favorite of the style.

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Photo of minterro
3.07/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Sixer Mixer from oades

Quote from the bottle “good beer no sh*#"

A & S: the smell is maple syrup and very malty. Bit of hoppyness thrown in there. Fizzy off white head pours about a finger and a half. Head dies very quick, nothing is left in a min or two. Brown but pretty clear looking beer.

T & M: a very watery bodied, moderately high carbonation. Smoky, coffee. As the smell hinted tones of hops, but its super faint. good amount of bitterness to this one. Very drinkable.

O: On the lighter side of a porter, not bad but not what I look for. I’ve had a lot of good Flying dog beers but this one wasn’t very good.

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Photo of airforbes1
2.48/5  rDev -29.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

This beer pours a dark brown/black color with a decent head. The aroma is decent with some bitter chocolate notes but isn't exceptional.

I find the taste to be severely wanting. The taste is bitter and thin. I don't know what makes this a porter. I don't taste anything like chocolate, dark fruit, or coffee. It just tastes like bitter water to me. There is a slight warming effect from the alcohol.

If Hunter Thompson was correct when he said "Good people drink good beer," then good people don't drink Road Dog Porter. I was disappointed in this beer and I wasn't able to finish it in one sitting. I'll either finish it tomorrow or drain pour it.

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Photo of puboflyons
3.7/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From the 12 fl. oz. bottle marked 037A1. The pour is a dark amber to brown with a little short-lasting head and some lacing. The aroma is quite typical of a Porter with dark malts, coffee, and a mellow but crisp clean hoppiness. The body is about medium. The taste is nicely balanced with a good dose of coffee, sweetness, and a bit of a hop background. There are some Porters that I like better but this one isn't bad.

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Photo of rlee1390
3.68/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A-Clear amber brown, two finger head but it isn't as tan as you'd expect, some lacing.

S-Roasted malt, not much else, maybe some coffee.

T-Lots of roasted malt and some coffee. Mainly overwhelming roasted malts.

M-Light for the style and a little flat.

O-If you're looking for a reasonably priced roasty porter it is a decent option. However there are lots of superior porters.

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Photo of whendeathsleeps
3.51/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Deep, dark brown, hints of red when held up to a light. Two finger khaki colored head.
S- Smoky, hints of roasted coffee.
T- Roasted coffee, dark chocolate undertones, maybe currants?
M- Dry and crisp, medium bodied, refreshing.

Overall a good American porter.

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Photo of DarthKostrizer
3.29/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Look: Dark brown in color with 1/2 inch head and great retention and some spotty lacing

Smell: Light coffee notes and a little roast

Taste: Fair amount of roast and ash with traces of chocolate and coffee. Decent flavor

Mouthfeel: A tad watery and medium carbonation

Overall: It's a ok porter with nothing special about it at all

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Photo of BerkeleyBeerMan
3.67/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

App: Dark brown to black with a good clingling tan foam head.

Smell: Roasted malts. Caramel and toffee. Peat and smoke.

Taste: Simple balanced malts with a light bitter backing.

Mouthfeel: Crisp, refreshing and full bodied with a good dry finish.

Overall: Not a bad Porter. The recipe is good with no off flavors. Not super distinctive but I'd definitely drink it again.

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Photo of JerzDevl2000
3.75/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Picked this up in Totowa since I had never tried this before. From what I had remembered, most of the Flying Dog beers that I had tried a long time ago tasted the same and were drinkable, if not memorable. For the most part, that was the case here too even though this was not anonymous enough to "blend in with the crowd". Given how much these brews play off of Hunter S. Thompson, he'd be proud of this on a cold, rainy night such as tonight.

This poured a very dark brown with slightly garnet edges as I held the liquid up to the light. The roasting flavor was there with a burnt undertone to it and there was a bit of peat to be felt as well. Since the carbonation was so light, this went down easily and the flavors lasted for a while. Not a lot of lacing to be seen either, which was surprising given how nice the head was when I first poured this out. There wasn't anything memorable about this beer but it still went down easily and was enjoyable on its own.

Had I bought more than one, it would have been easy to down multiple bottles of this. The alcohol wasn't discernible and there was just a hint of caramel to make up for the lack of any strong sweetness to the malt. Fans of Porters will not be disappointed here but this isn't a standout beer either. This just needs a bit more body to it.

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

A - Deep Brown, moderate head retention. Couldn't it be a deeper hue and more opaque?

A - Slight roast notes, nothing deeply malty; despite the ABV

T - Pedestrian for the ABV, but better than 99% of the beers out there... hey, maybe protesters should "occupy" Flying Dog!... or camp out at some park in the vicinity.

The base malt lacks character, the crystal malt has been used judiciously, the use of Patent malt is detectable, and appreciable, in the finish. However, it seems they could have pushed for more depth of roasted malts... and a more generous malt body to support that.

One line description: think "coffee beer".

M - it's wet.... OK, Porter's were traditionally smaller than a brewery's Stout, nothing more. It seems like American brewers like to break new ground by making something like essentially a Pale Ale that's dark and mildly roasty. Think: Americal Black Ale's little brother.
Much preferrable would be a malty and complex ale with no pretentions.
I like that it finishes dry, of course.

O - too thin for the ABV and style. Yeah, it's drinkable and a real palate cleanser. It's also immemorable. Some more malt to chew on, and flavors to savor would make this a constant in my fridge, and any one I gift beer to. Pleasant, but underwhelming.

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Photo of steveh
3.96/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Looking for something a little different after all the Oktos of the Fall -- hadn't tried Road Dog before. Maryland brewed, not sure about the label dating.

A -- Deep, dark, clear brown with ruby highlights and a dense, long-lasting tan head with good lacing -- Capt Jack needs to find him some fresher Road Dog.

S -- Mild balance of roasted malts and citrus hops. Sort of on the light side. Some light alcohol phenols at the end.

T -- Patent malt roasted character with coffee overtones and hop bitterness balancing with roasted malt bitterness in the finish and aftertaste. Mildest tart, black cherry character in the aftertaste. Pretty textbook for an American/Robust Porter.

M -- Medium-full body with a dry, crisp mouthfeel. Slightest astringency from roasted malts.

O -- Aside from being light in aroma, this is a great example of a Robust Porter. Good pairing of slightly citrus, bitter hops and roasted malts.

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Photo of CaptJackHarkness
1.93/5  rDev -45.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1

Poured garnet brown,about half a finger beige head. Head lasted about 20 seconds. Very spotty to no lacing. Aroma is nondescript dark malts (burnt). Taste is bitter, nasty, rancid, burnt coffee from last month after Starbucks burnt down! I am pouring the rest of this down the sink! This is strike 2 for Flying Dog with me!

"Shit Beer, No Good!"

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Photo of MoreThanWine
3.54/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

First off I've got to say I love their labels, and on this particular beer I love the fact it has a profanity and they fought hard for the right to have it on there. Pretty cool guys.

Poured a 2" mocha head. Dark but clear burnt umber brown body. Smells rich with coffee, milk chocolate, and dark roasted malt. Taste is far milder than the smell hints coffee dominates. It's clean and light, which I consider a common quality of all their beers I've tried. Slight hint of the yeast coming through in the finish.

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

A - Nice deep ruby color. Almost black, looks it for most of the beer, but held up to light you can see a deep ruby red hue around the edges of the glass. Half finger light tan head that quickly fades to a ring of bubbles around the outside of the glass.

S - Chocolate is the dominant aroma, with hints of dark fruits in there as well. Almost a wine-like aroma coming off of this... even still, the chocolate and roasted malts absolutely dominate the aroma, with the fruits providing backup.

T&M - Interesting flavor. I almost want to describe it as a dry chocolate, but I'm combining the mouthfeel with the taste. It's an interesting combination of what I would guess to be American Chocolate malts and Black Patent malts. While the flavors of both malts are there and balanced, the textures you get from them are different than I have tasted in a beer. There's a graininess that I typically associate with Black Patent or Carafa malts, and it dominates the mouthfeel while the chocolate malts dominate the flavor. The fruits, if they are even there at all, fade even more into the back for the taste. I get some slight hop bitterness, but nothing too over the top, just more noticable than you would normally find in a porter. Finish is sweet, slightly drying, and slightly grainy with a long aftertaste of chocolate.

O - I definitely enjoyed this porter. Not the typical porter by any means, but has some nice tweaks that make it interesting to taste.

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Photo of Fadefury
3.12/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Pours a dark brown color with a tall head. It's not as dark as most porters I've had.

S - Sweet/burnt hopes and malty aroma. Hints of wheat.

T - Roasted sweetness with VERY small hints of toffee and chocolate in my opinion.

M - Very light compared to other porters I've had. Not as strong and creamy as I'd prefer my porter to be.

This beer is more or less on the border of being a porter. It's drinkable but if you want a porter, I'd pass on this, depending on your options.

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Photo of Kinsman
3.25/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a dark brown body that is just clear enough to let through a few ruby red highlights. Capped with a light off-white head that doesn't hold on too long but leaves a small amount of lace behind.

Malty sweet with notes of caramel and toffee. Not much from the dark and roasted side of the porter spectrum. Slight hint of floral hop character.

Slightly fruity and plenty of malty sweetness on the palate. Little hints of chocolate in there as well and a slightly hoppy finish. More of a brown porter than a robust porter but certainly not bad.

Mouthfeel is rather light and bubbly. Overall, I prefer my porters to pack a bit more punch but Road Dog was nice to have for a change of pace from my usual.

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Road Dog Porter from Flying Dog Brewery
3.52 out of 5 based on 1,047 ratings.
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