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Road Dog was the first label Ralph Steadman designed which later inspired Hunter S. Thompson’s "Road Dog" essay. We then spent four years fighting for the right to display their now famous quote "Good Beer No Shit." To make a long story short, we won. Let us hoist a pint to free speech, NO CENSORSHIP, the genius of Ralph Steadman, and the Gonzo Spirit of Hunter S. Thompson!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 20/20
mikenodak (150) - Fargo, North Dakota, USA - OCT 17, 2001
bittersweet, chocolate, tastes like a combination of porter and scottish ale - not a great beer, but enjoyable, with some complexity

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
VA Homebrewer (525) - Portsmouth, Virginia, USA - OCT 8, 2001
This was quite interesting. Not quite a scotch ale, but not a porter. Smoky flavor with some maltiness and low, but detectable, hoppiness. Great ruby red color and malty aroma dominating. Not a great brew, but worth a try.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
The Friar99 (222) - Wisconsin, USA - SEP 27, 2001
Wow! This beer is impressive. Beautiful ruby color, changing to brown towards the edge of the glass, good head, and ’roasted’ aroma and taste make this beer a good one.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
THE BEER BARON (275) - Wisconsin, USA - SEP 27, 2001
What a great Scottish Ale. Very malty with nice aroma.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
JahNoth (1039) - Rochester, New York, USA - SEP 23, 2001
Not quite as sweet as some Scotch ales like Newcastle, but very good. A strong malty flavor and the licorice and chocolate is noticeable but not overwhelming. It certainly isn’t as strong as some, could be my only objection.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
LordHedgehog (144) - Westminster, Maryland, USA - AUG 28, 2001
More of a porter. The chocolate and licorice can taste deceptively like coffee. Imagine a Guineess, watered down, sweeter, and creamier. Good, but not my favorite.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
joet (2347) - Santa Rosa, California, USA - AUG 16, 2001
Perfect start of floral hops and malt and yes, it’s got some of that spicy/peaty/malty Scotch flavor but this is hardly representative of the style. It is on the other hand a mighty fine brew.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
fraternie (893) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUL 25, 2001
Malty, but not as strong of a malt as some of my favorites of this style. Slightly smokey aroma, very little hopping which hurts the flavor. Thinner than most Scottish Ales, lower in alcohol content, but easy-drinking and average for the style.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
BeerLimey (2154) - California, USA - JUL 13, 2001
UPDATED: NOV 16, 2004 The brewery that likes to do things ’doggie-style’. Road Dog, is more mutt than pedigree, closer to a porter than scottish ale, but makes for a very satisfying ale.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
MainerInExile (41) - Bangor, Maine, USA - MAR 14, 2001
The description by mike mcneil matches my experience. I don’t know much about the Scottish ale style, so I’m not sure how true to style it is. To me, it seemed a lot like a porter, just not quite as dark. Worth a try.

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