I couldn’t put it better than Hunter S. Thompson himself: “Good people drink good beer.” Truer words have never been spoken. I am surrounded by some of the best people in the world, on a daily basis, and we all have one thing in common; we love good beer.
Flying Dog offers a fantastic selection of the good stuff. This past weekend, I tasted the Flying Dog Road Dog Porter for the first time. Not only were the contents of the bottle delicious, but the label itself was a treat as well! Ralph Steadman’s maniacal drawings adorn every bottle of Flying Dog’s brews, but the screed on the side was what had me rolling… the makers of Road Dog fought long and hard for their constitutional right to use the word “shit” (as in good shit) on their bottles of this porter, and boy, did they use it! Make sure to read the label the next time you get your hands on Road Dog.
But what about the beer itself, you may be wondering…. Well, I can tell you this: I am now officially a fan of Flying Dog and look forward to trying each and every brew they offer.
Road Dog Porter pours a deep, dark coffee-brown with about an inch of creamy, light tan head, which dissipated after about 5 or so minutes. As I brought my glass to my mouth for my first taste, I was treated to a dark chocolate nose, brought on by the sweet malt. The porter offers a heavy, creamy mouthfeel that’s silky on the tongue, from the first sip to the last. A mix of heavy malt lends a rich sweetness, mingling with a bite of hops on the edges of your tongue, finishing with the essence of coffee as it slides down your throat. Each sip is truly an experience in itself!
Although I usually wait until the winter season to enjoy porters, weather here in Buffalo has been on the brisk side of late summer, so the Road Dog was certainly enjoyable. Do yourself a favor, if you haven’t already, and give this brew a try!