Flying Dog “Road Dog Porter” Review (#044)

Flying Dog
Road Dog Porter
Frederick, MD

From The Brewery:

Blessed by Hunter S. Thompson… Road Dog Porter was our first beer to be illustrated by Ralph Steadman. This is a dark, rich and malty beer, with hints of chocolate and licorice resulting from the use of four prized malts. We also defended Road Dog’s honor when the Colorado state liquor board tried to ban us from selling it because “Good Beer, No Shit” was on the label. It took 5 years, but we won

ABV: 6.0%
Plato: 14
IBU’s: 31
Specialty Malts: 120L Crystal, Chocolate,Black
Hops: Warrior, Cascade
Process: A swarm of bats often hovers over the brewhouse during brewing!


Appearance: I poured this copper brown ale into a Sam Adam’s perfect pint glass, and enjoyed watching the thick tan head cap off the top.

Smell: Sweet malt, yeast, and some caramel – both the candy and the malt.

Taste: Smooth, toasted nuts, roasting coffee and other sweet caramels. Drying sweet yeasty finish.

Mouthfeel: Not as heavy as one would expect, but smooth and a little creamy.

Drinkability/Palitability: Huge; this is a great porter and it goes down easy.

Notes: A solid member of Flying Dog’s regular lineup. This would have been a big bold beer when Flying Dog had started, but is now much more mainstream and approachable. Overall a personal favorite; as a huge fan of porters.


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