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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Ratings: 1,046 |  Reviews: 768
Photo of waughbrew
4.05/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A see-through black with red highlights. Medium head with medium retention. Smells good with some of that deep caramel raisin, some alcohol, big chocolate. Taste is well balanced, with more of a coffee taste especially in the lingering finish. Body is rather thin, but not bad. Carbonation seemed a little forced. Easy drinking. It didn't blow my mind, but it was overall an enjoyable brew.

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

Appearance - Reddish/dark brown color. A little creamy head that didn't stick around long.

Smell - A spicy/malty smell with some nutty and chocolaty hints sprinkled throughout. Smells like a winner.

Taste - A very nice tasting beer. Nuts, malts,'s all good. A bold aftertaste and no alcohol hints.

Mauthfeel - Low carbination, but an easy entry. Rolls off the tongue.

Drinkability - I would venture to say that I could have a few of these in one evening. It isn't a crazy recipie, but it won't bore you either. Have a couple. It's worth it.

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Photo of Ahhdball
3.18/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I may be off with this review due to no freshness dating on the bottle so I'll do what I can.
No head to speak of so it goes with out saying no lace followed. Deep amber color that was a great start. I smelled plums, cherries and roasted almonds. I thought a small dream of mine had come true, a Scottish Porter! Alas I was dissapointed somewhat with the taste. Heavy on the malts, but it had a slight watery finish with a hint of cinnamon. It was also very flat. I'm going to give this another try, and hopefully I'll find a better batch.

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

Poured a deep amber color that borderlines mahogany. Topped with a thin head of foam. A nutty essence rises from the beer with touches of chocolate and smoked malt. Roasted grains and burnt caramel comes through in the flavor. Semi-sweet body of malt underlies this beer. There’s also a smoky and bitter tang in the finish. I would say it’s easy to like this beer. Enjoyably drinkable.

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

Dark brown color, nice fizzy off-white head that leaves a good lacing in my glass, roasty chocolate and caramel aromas. Roasted sweet chocolate flavors, some smokiness, decent roasted bitterness in the finish. Medium bodied with a somewhat watery mouthfeel, the best of the three I have tried from this brewery so far.

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

My first scottish porter, a mix of a porter and scothish ale? Looks like a porter nice dark brew with nice tan head that stays. smell is of sweet malts some chocolate. Taste more like ale, malty sweet with touch of bitterness thrown in. Mouthfeel to light for a good porter really. Drinkable beer but not one I would seek out again, not as great as their pale ale.

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

Not that great of a head even with a some what agressive poor and no lacing on my glass. The smell was of toasted and smoky malt. The taste followed with some nice smokey flavors but a bit of souness that lingered. It seemed a bit thin on mouthfeel and carbonation didn't enhance this beer, kind of big soda like bubbles. All in all ok but not my favorite.

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

I had no idea what this beer was before pouring it. The appearance was not that great, because the ehad did not last that long. With a dark beer, you really have nothing else to base the appearance on besides it being dark. There are coffee and other flavors in the taste. It has a very good aftertaste. I toyed with giving this a 4.5 for taste, but I think 4 may be more appropriate. It is very drinkable and I was pleasently surprised by this beer.

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Photo of DagFishHead
3.62/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Deep, clear ruby/brown...makes me think of cherry coke. Minimal khaki head fades quickly leaving a fizzy ring and a trace of lace.
Smell: Sweet caramel malt, slight earthiness, whiff of whisky, and perhaps a lacto hint of acidity.
Taste: Semi-sweet with roasted malt notes followed by a tingly high end acidity, concluded with a semi-dry hop finish that lacks bitterness IMO.
Mouthfeel: Somewhat thin for the style, low/fine carbonation. Drinkability: While disappointingly light, it's got a pleasant nose and is quite drinkable.

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Photo of Shiloh
3.72/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Not a fan of porters in general, yet this was most impressive.
Poured a deep mahogany like colour with a very limited tan crown.
I found the carbonation was very lively, with a massive amount of very tiny, quickly rising bubbles.
The taste seemed very well balanced to its burnt malty lead and light smokey bitter back. Also featuring a minor in dark chocolate which tended to balance nicely.
Exellent mouthfeel, medium body and not over powering.

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Photo of sabrills70
3.32/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured a dark brown color with amber hints. Very small head that disappeared quickly. Smoe lace, but not much. Smells of roasted malt, with overtones of smoke, chocolate, vanilla. Taste is pedominate roasted malt. Some hop bitterness is present but the roastiness is what stands out and lingers in your mouth. Its mouthfell is thick and somewhat sweet, as a porter should be. I enjoy a good porter but I do not find them extreamly drinkable. I like to sip and savor these - not glug. All in all a silghtly better than average brew, but nothing to jump and roar about.

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

A deep rich porter, this brew was quite impressive from the very pour out of the bottle. It had a great rich consistency and the head quickly vanished and left perhaps just a little lace on the glass. The aroma gives me hints of roasted malt and an almost sweet quality. This is one to try, although not easy to find.

Zum wohl!

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Photo of StevieW
3.55/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle. I've seen it so many times, yet always passed on it.
Deep mahogony color. Light beige head. Faded quickly, left small clumps of foams on the top. Moderate smell of toasted malt and iced tea. Some wet grains, and hints of burnt toast. Taste was a better than expected. Nice toasted malt flavors, iced tea smells faded and didn't produce same tastes. Traditonal scottish ales tastes come through, mostly the toasted malt, hints of sweetness, and smoke. Medium to light bodied. A bit thin. I would call it a scotch ale and not a porter, but it's their company not mine. Still tasty and may do in a pinch and the bleak Winter season of beers I anticipate having here.
Cheers to the BelgianBum for the sample.

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Photo of RoyalT
3.18/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance – Very dark, almost black, body with a small head that laced the glass.

Smell – Strong chocolate tones with molasses atop a lightly-toasted malt base.

Taste – The raw sugars come out more at the tongue. Otherwise, the nose pretty much finds itself at the taste.

Mouthfeel – Flat and medium-bodied. This one lacked the fullness of a good porter.

Drinkability – Not bad, but not a standout.

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Photo of Gavage
3.22/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Great label, so-so beer. It poured a dark brown color with a thin head that quickly stuck to the sides of the glass along the liquid surface. The aroma sported the roasted malt with a slight hint of licorice. A thin malt flavor hit the tongue, followed by a crispness and bite on the tongue. Slight bitterness, little carbonation. Overall not exciting, and I don't understand what a scottish porter is after drinking this. Seems like this is a mellow porter with a slight bite.

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


A very tasty beverage. One of Flying Dogs best. I have never heard of the style 'Scottish Porter' before. A great label with the comment: Good beer - no shit. The caricature on the lable looks like a devil vampire who is a referee and is a halucinagene of Hunter S. Thompson.

Pours a deep brown. A nice head with retention and decent lacing. Sweet and burnt malts start off the smells. There is also creamy espresso and a crisp pine scent. Some alcohol on the nose as well. Very warming to the olfactory senses.

A sweet caramel and candy flavor. Some burnt malt and espresso. Some smokey bread and there is a fruity tang at the end. Also a hint of brownie in the flavor. A bit of a burnt biscuit bite but for the most part this is a mild ale.

Easy to drink and not too thick. A bit of an alcohol bite going down but it only adds to the drinkability. Easily enjoyable over and over again.

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Photo of beergeek279
4.15/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served in the 12 oz. bottle. The color is dark brown, with a good head. The smell is a very heavy coffee/chocolate malt. The taste is also that same chocolate and coffee, with a bit of a smoked Scotch taste to it. Mouthfeel is quite smooth. Drinkability-wise, could have quite a few more.

Easily the best of the Flying Dog beers I've had. A quality porter, with a bit of a unique Scottish taste, this is one of the few Flying Dogs I'd have again.

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Photo of jtw5877
4.05/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a reddish brown hue with a decent tan head. Tastes nice and malty, maybe a little hops in there, but not much. This is a nice twist on a porter. Nice caramel bready taste along with hints of chocolate and coffee. I'd recommend this to anybody needing to find something new top sample.

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Photo of AtLagerHeads
3.08/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Dark brown to black and no real head to speak of, this is not a very pretty brew. The aroma is light and of toasted nuts, coffee, but not much chocolate. The feel is light and watery and the flavor is stout, but nondescript. I feel as if the Dog has lifted his leg on me today. Nothing here to excite the imagination or the palate. Blah...

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Photo of Mustard
3.47/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Presentation: 12oz. brown bottle with a label full of everything but a "bottled on" or "best before" date; $6.49 a six pack from the West LA Whole Foods on National and Barrington; love the freakshow referee on the label; "cut the leash" motto reminds me of some ex-girlfriends.

Appearance: Pours a clear, garnet-tinged, dark brown; fine, offwhite head; not much lacing; poor head retention.

Aroma: Predominatly of roasted chocolate.

Taste: Upfront, largely like its aroma; slight, offputting, sour notes in the finish; lightly sweet; secondary flavors of yeast, caramel and smokey peat.

Comments: Not quite a porter, not quite a scottish; a decent tasting brew, nonetheless; worth a drink, to be sure.

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

When poured, the color was a dark brown with no foam to speak of. The smell of roasted malts and hops was very pleasant, followed with a mild aroma of a citrus nature. While tasting this creamy scottish ale, the roasted malts and hops were a pleasant surprise on my palate. This scottish ale also had a nice balance of sweet/bitterness. This Porter is a step above average!

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Photo of clvand0
2.53/5  rDev -28.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

This pours a dark color with a small head that quickly dissipates. The aroma is mostly malty. This is a porter, but smoother than most porters. Not being a fan of a porter, I didn't enjoy this one much. But I must admit that it was more smooth than most.

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Photo of beerguy101
3.34/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Dark brown color. Large foamy white head. Aroma is malty, fruity and sweet with a touch of smokeyness. A medium bodied scotch ale. Malts are fruity. Medium, slightly spicy hops. Mild taste, slight smoky flavor. Finish is clean and light. Aftertaste is slightly bitter.

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Photo of beerinator
3.85/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Dark brown with a long lasting head.

Aroma: Heavy malt. The bitterness is accentuated with caramel sweetness. A hint of burned sharpness is present as well.

Taste: Malt flavor is very active in this beer. Small bitterness with medium carbonation. The lingering bitterness isn't totally from hops. It seems that a slight bit of coffee flavor is present as well. Coffee with a dollop of caramel.

Notes: Solid beer. Nice assortment of flavors. Uses a good joining of bitterness and malt.

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Photo of kmo1030
3.26/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

dark brown ruby when held up to the light, very thin tan head. it has a heavy malt smell with hints of chocolate and coffee. the heavy malt smell seems to be a trend with flying dog. sweet chocolate malts with only a hint of bitterness. had a very smooth easy taste though which was appealing. medium mouthfeel, but highly carbonated. shich kinda threw things off., overall pretty good, but i don't have a lot of experience with this style.

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Road Dog Porter from Flying Dog Brewery
3.52 out of 5 based on 1,046 ratings.
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