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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Photo of spitInTheOcean
4.35/5  rDev +23.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

low roasted malt aroma. low hop aroma. no ester. good head retention. dark tan head. poor lacing.

very dark brown. clarity is good but the beer is so dark it must held to the light to see through, and then it takes on a dark red/mahogany color.

tastes strongly of roasted malts. lots of malt bitterness but the bitterness of the roasted grain is very strong as well. beer is overall bitter.

medium body. medium carbonation.

complex and flavorful roasty character is spot on. i think hunter thompson would like this beer.

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

The nose sports full porter flavors, including chocolate malt, vanilla, chocolate cream, and wet grains, along with a hint of nut.

On the tongue, hops end up being one of the earliest flavors, approaching in light grapefruit waves. These are followed by a smattering of chocolate malts and grains, bringing in many of the flavors present in the nose. Chocolate, both in malt and milk form, is especially present, as well as coffee, very light tobacco, cream and roasted nut. The aftertaste is a combination of chocolate malts and hops, and fades quickly.

Overall, the flavors in this porter are good, but there simply aren't enough of them; the brew's mouthfeel is very light, and the taste tends to follow suit. A few more pounds of malt would have done wonders. For the money, it's better worth your time to try Flying Dog's Gonzo Imperial Porter, which is a far superior beverage, and feels like more care has gone into it.

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Photo of HerculesRM
3.63/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pretty lite for a porter, Road Dog has a clean taste without much aroma. The malt flavors favor something nutty and sweet, a bit like pralines, and the hops are slightly grassy and definitely in the background. It pours with a thin off-white head and is a translucent red-brown.

My wife went on a retreat to Brevard, NC and brought me back a make your own 6-pack from a local beer shop, mostly Highlander products since they're local. So far this is my favorite from the bunch, but I wouldn't say it's anything special. I would describe it as sessionable and not distracting.

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Photo of blakelive784
2.58/5  rDev -26.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A - Pours a dark brown/amber color with a tall, creamy, three finger head. Leaves nice lacing on the glass.

S - Pleasant coffee/chocolate aroma matched with a sweet roasted malt scent.

T - Roasted, smoky flavors on the front, hinting at chocolate and toffee. A bit watery on the finish.

M - Wet and smooth. Could be more dry. Not built well

This beer is drinkable, but is constructed entirely wrong for a porter.

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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 soulfly1492
3.37/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: Brown, tall light brown head, moderate lacing, good retention. Very clear, no hint of cloudiness.

Aroma: Roasted and chocolate malts, some hops. Wonderful earthy smell to this one. Just a little bit of yeast. Nice balance between sweet and bitter, hopefully the taste lives up to this.

Flavor: Sweet roasted malt followed by bitter, dry hops. The chocolate malt shows up at the very end. Slightly disappointed after experiencing the awesome aroma.

Mouthfeel: Light body, a bit dry, almost powdery. Typical carbonation.

Overall Impression: Good porters get better as they warm up, this one didn't make the cut. I almost wish it was colder, which is a rarity for me. Pretty boring. A bit on the hoppy side. A bit less on the hops and more on the chocolate malt would have improved this brew in my opinion. Interesting concept though.

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

A - A vigourous pour yielded a 2-finger tan head that dissappated slowly and left moderate lacing. The mahogony brown brew is transparent and showcases a slightly red hue when held to the light.

S - Bready malt with a hint of a chocolate background notes

T - Bready malt, milk chocolate and a roasted bitter finish

M - Medium bodied with a prickly carbonation

O - Definitely a great beer, but it isn't pushing any boundries. I would buy it again, but it will stand out in my mind as a "drinkable porter" not the "porter you've got to try"

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

Dark brown with a slight reddish tint. Nice foamy 1cm head with medium retention a light lacing.

Light Notes of oak, chocolate, coffee and roasted malt on the nose.

Deep dark maltiness with a touch of wood flavors. Not much depth in flavor. Faint chalkiness on the back end.

Medi bodied with good carbonation and a dry finish.

It's a pretty simple, standard American porter. A nice easy drinking dark beer, but it's definitely lacking overall depth.

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Photo of FattyJLE
3.58/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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

S - Bready malts with a hint of coffee.

A - Deep brown clear enough for light to penetrate at the edges giving an iced tea appearance. Finger of tan head and delicate, sticky lacing.

T - Bready malts upfront with a dry, mouth-puckering dark malt bite on the end. Enough hop bitterness to balance the malts with a slight earthy hop flavor. Dry finish.

M - Moderate body and carbonation.

O - Nothing wrong with this beer; although I was expecting a little more malt and hop complexity from an "American Porter." Still highly drinkable though.

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

Imported from my profile - APR 8, 2008

Pours a dark brown/black with an aroma of chocolate, malts, roasted coffee and caramel. Tastes very toasted, slight flavors of coffee and chocolate with a dry hop finish. Very drinkable and tasty. Not the best porter out there, but definitely above average.

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Photo of silentjay
3.23/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

deep murky brown, almost black, with a nicely sized yet light tan head that quickly recedes and laces okay.

toffee, dark caramel, some dark fruits, a bit of nuts, and some woodiness. kinda odd, though not displeasing.

a nice roast on top of the nuttiness, caramel, and toffee. not much else.

a tad thin with subtle carbonation and some lingering sweetness.

well, its an average porter. not my style. gonna mix the rest of this one with an IPA, maybe itll be tasty.

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Photo of Duff27
3.21/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Near three inch tan head atop a dark brown (somewhat translucent!) porter. Good head retention and alright lacing.

S- Faint chocolate.

T- Follows the nose, dark malts....perhaps some coffee. Hops balance nicely.

M- Funny carbonation, almost cola-like fizz. medium to medium-full mouthfeel, light creaminess.

D/O- An introductory porter for most...have had my fair share of them and this one clocks in somewhere in between "decent" and "okay". Would recommend to someone just getting their feet wet in the style, as to not blow away their tastebuds.

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

Another bottle out of the variety pack; I'm hoping its better than the last reviewed, Tire Bite. As always, love the bottle and slogan: "Good Beer, No Shit."

Dark, dark amber brown pour with complementary red highlights. A finger or so of off-white colored head sits atop a well carbonated and slightly creamy body. Retention is a bit weak, providing some stingy lacing.

Nose is full or roasted malt flavors: mostly burnt chocolate, with hints of coffee, caramel and a bit of nuttiness. Alcohol presence is also detectable...

The taste here is again the malts' show, as it should be in any solid porter. The problem is that they aren't quite as pronounced as they should be. The beer as a whole is just a tad too watery, mellowing out the flavors.

Mouthfeel is a little light for the style, leaving me to wish for a heavier and creamier consistency. Its pretty easy drinking though; perhaps that's what they were going for?

Overall, another mediocre offering from Flying Dog. It seems that their year around stuff just isn't that amazing, and that their A game is saved strictly for their more limited stuff, such as their Gonzo and Double Dog. Could make a decent, cheap session beer though.

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

Poured from the bottle into a nonic pint glass.

A nice very light brown amber red body, looks like amber ale with big bubbled carbonation comes out on the pour. A very large cap of a head is made of a good three fingers light brown, with red hues taken from the body. Looks good to me!

Smell is kind of grainy sweet, some nice roast, maybe even some milk chocolate sense, but also there is a distinct smell of gas specifically carbon dioxide. Not bad otherwise.

It's unfortunately that prickly gas taste I notice first, and a weird carbonation feeling that is big. roast character in the palate taken down by that gas, and definitly felt on the swallow. Wet bodied also, getting into some flat soda. Hints also of cigarette tobacco too.

Overall this is actually not bad but that gassy taste and feel just takes away so much unfortunately for me.

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Photo of Rootdog316
3.5/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a deep dark brown with a thin off-white head. Aroma is light and slightly smoky. Also a bit of chocolate in the aroma. Taste is dry and almost verges on raisin but doesn’t make it. Somewhat nutty. Light herbal hops on the finish. Bottom line, it came across as kind of thin for a porter. Not bad, but not great.

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Photo of doughanson78
3.51/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz. bottle poured into a snifter.

A: Very dark brown with deep red highlights around edges when held to light. Minimal light getting through. Frothy two finger off white head with awesome retention. Alright lacing.

S: A little light. Mainly coffee with some nice roasted malt coming through. A light sweet chocolate aroma in the background.

T: Kind of a watery taste. Coffee. A light roastiness. Very light chocolate in the finish.

M: Very thin and watery. Not how a porter should be. Over carbonated.

O: Second from Flying Dog. Better than Gonzo. But again not impressed. Guess I'm spoiled by Black Butte being available at every corner store you drive by.

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

Pours a one finger khaki head that fades quickly leaving a good lace. Opaque mahogany color. Light-medium carbonation and medium bodied. Roasted chocolate nose and flavor is roasted/burnt chocolate with hints of caramel. $2.90 for a 12oz bottle from Colonial Spirits Acton, MA.

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Photo of hosehead83
3.33/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a standard pint glass. Dark brownn/ruby in color, with a moderate head of off-white/light tan foam.
Aroma-Faint hazelnut and coffee notes
Taste-Subtle milk chocolate, hazelnut, toffee, and light coffee. A bit thin-bodied but very drinkable. Worth a try.

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Photo of lawlerj
3.83/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a large wine glass.

A - pours a chocolatey black w/ a dark tan two finger head. However, when held up to light, there appear to be some amber qualities to the color as well. After the head dissipates a fairly thick collar i s left along with foam covering a healthy portion of the surface area. Good lacing.

S - big coffee and chocolate notes on the nose, maybe a bit of lactose. Definitely some malt mixed in there as well. Not much else going on here - certainly no hops to speak of.

T - a bit of malt sweetness up front with a mild pop of bitterness on the finish. I'm not sure of that bitterness is a bit of hop flavor or something else. There's also some other flavors going on in the middle, some coffee/chocolate, but I can't quite tease them all out. The flavor is not big and bold, but almost delicate.

M - definitely on the light side of medium bodied, good carbonation. It pairs well with the relatively delicate flavor.

O - this is a nice subtle porter - I drank it on a hot day, and was a bit apprehensive about that, but it went down very smooth. Good flavor, not overly complex, and the other factors all highlight the flavor.

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

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

A - Dark brown color, almost cola colored as it is pouring.

S - Malty aromas, hint of smokiness, hint of toffee.

T - Mostly roasted malt, with a slight dried fruit taste (raisin, fig).

M - Medium-light with slight carbonation.

O - Good beer, easily drinkable for a 6% porter. Would like to try it on tap at some point.

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Photo of maxpacemph
4.4/5  rDev +25%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

I am a sucker for a good porter so I have to say this may influence my decision. A good beer taster should never be biased! I love porters, what can I say!
I think this porter is very nice! It's smooth, lightly carbonated, and it's roasted malts are light enough to enjoy all summer long! If your robust, rich porters are too much for you this summer and want something alittle lighter, but still a porter, give this a shot.

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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 PokerGod
2.83/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

Appearance- Dark brown with a tan colored head. Leaves little to no lacework.

Smell- Malty, Nutty, Coffee Aroma smells fine enough.

Taste- better than I had expected from the unimpressive smell, Hoppier than I had anticipated, and that nuttiness translates much nicer on the palate.

Overall- A decent beer, but probably not one I'll go back to anytime soon. Many other Porters out there rank higher on my chart.

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Photo of Snow81
3.83/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a clear dark brown to amber

Head: Dark tan head

Smell: Toasted malts with a hint of grassiness

Taste: Hint of coco bean with a roosted malt and
a nice bitter hop in the back

Weight: Light body with a medium to low carbonation

Finish: Toasted malts with a hint of hops

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Photo of Arithmeticus
3.97/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured chilled in tall ale glass

A: cloudy dark reddish brown; light head; carbonation not great; but the lacing is quite nice
S: doughy, carmelly smell; nice aroma
T: classic porter featuring roasted barley and malts; carmelized sugar; lightly hopped, to give it some body and complexity

Definitely worth a try or two or three

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Road Dog Porter from Flying Dog Brewery
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