Sea Dog Riverdriver Hazelnut Porter

Sea Dog Riverdriver Hazelnut Porter – Brewed by Sea Dog Brewing in Topsham, Maine – 5.7% alcohol

If I understand this whole brewery right, Sea Dog is part of the Pugsley Brewing family which includes Shipyard and a host of other breweries and restaurants.

As noted with my last review of the Sprecher Black Bavarian, I’m not a fan of dark beers. But a man’s gotta do what a man’s gotta do. I’m not sure if it’s a running theme of all dark beers, but again, this tastes like coffee. Not just any coffee though, hazelnut coffee (surprise surprise). It’s another beer claimed to be a good dessert beer, or an alternative to a dessert and I’m sure it is if you liked coffee to begin with. Surprisingly though, this wasn’t has hard to drink. I don’t know if it was the hazelnut that helped or what. I sat next to the girlfriend, after dinner, outside on the swinging benchy thing as the sun set, and it kind of just felt right.

I can see why people like this though, and why those of you that have never tried it, would like it. It’s not terrible, but not my cup of coffee either (ah, see what I did there?). I can see this going with a good steak and they also claim to go well with oysters. This is definitely not a brew to pound down with the bros. This is a beer to bust out if you want to show your boys that you’re high class and got style. I’d probably try it again after a nice steak dinner sometime.

Sea Dog Brewery has two locations in Bangor and Topsham, Maine and they appear to be restaurants as well. Check out their site here for more information.

Final rating – (3 pints)


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