ericmoss3799 (73) - Warwick, Rhode Island, USA - OCT 11, 2001
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
This beer is a former gold medal winner and I think that it has the taste to back it up. This was my first ever porter and I loved it.
bpreo (2111) - Eugene, Oregon, USA - NOV 8, 2010
4.7 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
I just realized that Sea Dog is also known as Shipyard. I wonder if that is related to the Shipyard I drank the night before? Doesnít matter, this is all about the beer, and this beer is a Porter to remember!
mikeben (355) - Naperville, Illinois, USA - MAY 10, 2004
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Great porter. It is not too hoppy like some people make this style. Rich and decidely sweet, this is the best I have had of this style. I really taste the hazlenuts, which add a candiefied bubble gum feel. Good color and scent is very close to the beer. Sometimes beer smells better then it tastes so its a high compliment. Get some
jasonp (1557) - Ashburn, Virginia, USA - AUG 19, 2004
4.5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: SEP 6, 2004 Great porter and I got it for $0.84 at Trader Joeís! Pours a dark brown with a light brown head. The aroma and taste is godly- a beautiful mixture of hazlenut, coffee, mocha, roasted malt and some smoke with a very slight touch of maple syrup. I can't stop sniffing this brew. Has a perfect level of sweetness. Pretty complex. Mouthfeel is full, round and creamy. Leaves a nice slightly burnt aftertaste. Good head retention. Highly recommended! This is my favorite porter to date.
Icommonsewer (124) - TUCSON, Arizona, USA - AUG 28, 2007
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
this is absolutely marvelous! Iím rating this against other porters Iíve tried and the wonderful toffee aroma and smooth as can be drinkability impressed the hell outta me!
yesyouam (1016) - Fairport, New York, USA - AUG 7, 2007
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: JAN 8, 2008 Sea Dog Riverdriver Hazelnut Porter is a dark brown to black ale with a creamy, blotchy, mossy beige head. It leaves great lacing. The aroma is of chocolate, hazelnut, vanilla, biscuits and crackers. It is roasty and slightly sweet. The hops smell a little medicinal. It is medium-bodied and pretty smooth. Itís a little chewy and a little slick. It has a full dark roasty flavor. It starts with hazelnut and maybe vanilla, then it turns a bit salty and then bitter, like juniper. The flavor elements are all pretty independent. This is much better than the first time I rated it. That last bottle mustíve been skunked!
[First rating: 7 Aug /2007] Riverdriver Hazelnut Porter is a deep solid brown ale with a hue thatís leaning toward aubergine. The head is tan in color, splotchy and lively. The retention is great. The aroma is very hard to miss: hazelnut and coffee with maybe something minty in there. It has a medium-light body with a dry, slightly numbing, finish. The flavor is not focused like the aroma. The coffee aroma doesnít translate to a roasty flavor here. Diacetyl is present. The flavor is a little... barfy. There is a chemical off-flavor here that I canít place, but can smell after Iíve tasted it. Is it skunked? A bad bottle? Iíve had this before and it was good. [Aroma: 7; Appearance: 4; Flavor: 4; Palate: 3; Overall: 9]
dlovell2 (1313) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - SEP 14, 2012
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Dark brown with tan head. Roasted malt, coffee aromas with nut and vanilla. Roasted malt flavor with some coffee notes. Sweet vanilla and nut flavors in the finish.
tfontana (219) - Fremont, New Hampshire, USA - APR 17, 2015
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: SEP 12, 2015 Bottle from Epsom Circle Market. Aroma is interesting roasted hazelnut with hints of chocolate, a little bit like cigarette ash. Appearance is nice deep clear reddish brown with 1-2 finger width creamy off-white head with good retention and moderate lacing. Taste is as aroma--rich hazelnuts with hints of chocolate and smokiness, well balanced bitter and sweet. Palate is medium bodied, moderately thick and creamy, with a tad too much carbonation that bites the front of the tongue. Pleasant moderately long smokey bitter finish. Overall, this gets high marks on every front--a real diamond in the rough! Got as part of a mixed cast-off 6 pack but will definitely keep an eye out for this one.
coyforce (684) - California, USA - OCT 16, 2010
4.3 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
This is great. First impression is a beautiful dark pour with a nice light brown head. Aroma is amazing! Hazelnut and coffee. Taste is the same.
davidm (1979) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - DEC 31, 2010
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Tap at the brewery. Great beer. Aromas of nuts, chocolate, and caramel. Taste is sweet, with long length. Palate is velvety, with a medium body. Dark brown, with a frothy head.