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Sea Dog Old Gollywobbler Brown Ale - Sea Dog Brewing Company

Sea Dog Old Gollywobbler Brown Ale
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Ratings: 30
Reviews: 13
rAvg: 3.54
pDev: 13.28%

Brewed by:
Sea Dog Brewing Company visit their website
Maine, United States

Style | ABV
English Dark Mild Ale |  4.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
A traditional and true English mild session ale. A rich, malty profile is punctuated by hints of hop flavor and aroma. A complex, understated fruitiness makes the signature statement.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 02-05-2002)
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Photo of GarthDanielson

North Carolina

2.99/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Poured on-tap and served in a tumbler pint, the beer is a light, clear, brown coloring with only a thin, filmy, clingy white surface coating. Aromas of very sweet nut and toffee, with a slight roasting. Flavors are a bit watery, with a roasty, nutty sweet backbone and a touch of chocolate on the tail end. Sweet, light aftertaste with a slightly cloying finish.

Serving type: on-tap

02-03-2013 17:34:39 | More by GarthDanielson
Photo of jlindros


3.78/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Tap at the pub in Northborough.

Very light fizzy head, since they filled the pint glass to the brim! Lighter auburn toasty brown color.

Nose is light, touch of brownish malts, hint of toasty red malts, some light bittering earthy hops.

taste has light toasty brown malts, light syrupy flavor like extract, some caramel, bit of sticky syrupy malts and toasty red malts, hint of dark porter like roast even. Then bitter hops kick in, earthy slight herbal hops, decent bitterness. Finishes drier but still slightly sweet and sticky, fairly bitter on the immediate finish bit that fades quickly, and some brown caramel malt flavors.

Mouth is med bodied, decent carb.

Overall not bad, decent malts, nice hop kick, a bit of the syrupy side and maybe some extract but drinkable and tasty.

Serving type: on-tap

10-06-2011 01:56:46 | More by jlindros
Photo of spree92

New Brunswick (Canada)

3.75/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Cask conditioned, served at the Bangor location. Served at room temperature. The dense cloudines slowly rises into the head until it was clear. Light brown/heavy copper in color. Full lacing was left through the whole glass. A small aroma if toffee malts. The toasted malts appear again in the taste as well as some grains. Finished with a small hop character. Very creamy beer, has no carbonation. This reminded me of Kilkenny as I was consuming. A decent beer that may have been made slightly better from the cask.

Serving type: cask

05-16-2011 18:55:18 | More by spree92
Photo of SnowGoon99


3.43/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Served at the Bangor location into a mixer glass.

Pours a light brown with hints of amber and orange. Very thin layer of head that fades quickly. Aroma has some toasty and roasty notes with hints of caramel. Pretty standard for a brown.

Taste is more like a toasty pale ale. I think this would be more of a mild ale than a brown ale. I think they were going for more of a Northern English brown as apposed to Southern English due to the nuttiness in the flavor. Unfortunately this nuttiness is not very apparent and i wish it would've stood out more. Very thin body which you would expect of a mild ale but a brown should have a little bit more to it. Just really misses the mark there. Still a drinkable beer. I don't think i would've ordered another but i didn't feel the need to pour it out.

Overall an ok beer. It's not terrible but not great. Could've done a lot better with it especially in the recipe and in the mash. Fermentation was ok but it doesn't really need to show up in this style. Another miss by Sea Dog.

Serving type: on-tap

12-05-2010 22:10:37 | More by SnowGoon99
Photo of WesWes

New York

3.53/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The beer pours a dark amber/brown color with a thick frothy off-white head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is decent. It has a dry roasted scent that boasts of pale and special roast malts. The taste is decent. It has a quaffable, dry roasted flavor. It's light and simplistic, but highly drinkable. There is a bit of esters in the finish, but not much in the way of caramel sweetness. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a medium bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is an above average brown ale. There really isn't much else to say.

Serving type: on-tap

08-22-2010 14:21:16 | More by WesWes
Photo of bishopdc0


3.6/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This is a malty but slightly nutty brown. This beer has a malty and buttery aroma. The beer is amber with a thick head and good lacing. The taste starts sweet and becomes nutty with no bitterness. This is a smooth and good all around brown (sorry for the rhyming).

Serving type: on-tap

02-16-2010 15:44:18 | More by bishopdc0
Photo of tigg924


4/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: next to no head--maybe just due to barkeep filling glass to brim, clear, cramel brown

Smell: toasted malt, some caramel

Taste: Toasted malt, some nut, and sugar..slight taste of hops at the end

Mouthfeel: smooth, light, and crisp

Drinkability: I really enjoyed this one on tap. It was very smooth. I could easily drink three or four. Good for a brown ale.

Serving type: on-tap

06-15-2009 14:38:30 | More by tigg924
Photo of Yeastcakes


3.78/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Serving notes - shaker glass, cold, on tap.
A - Caramel malt sweetness with some light spice (cinnamon?)
A - Clear dark amber. Served with almost no head.
M - Thin body, medium carbonation.
T - Nice complex malt flavors with caramel dominating. Some sweetness and spices. Hops bring enough bitterness to keep the malty sweetness in check though.
D - A nice light beer with enough going on to keep me interested in another.

Serving type: on-tap

04-18-2009 01:59:41 | More by Yeastcakes
Photo of thekevlarkid


3.73/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Off the tap this beer was maple syrup color with good rising carbonation. The head was khaki-colored, one-finger and left good lacing. The aroma was subtle, toasted malt and general grains. The flavors were good, starting toasted and dry, then became semi-sweet and roasted. It was darker than it smells. Nicely balanced with a grainy finish. The body was medium/light, the carbonation medium, the mouthfeel average.

Serving type: on-tap

01-21-2009 17:44:55 | More by thekevlarkid
Photo of ViveLaChouffe


3.65/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On draft at the Bangor Sea Dog location.

Pours a deep reddish brown. Some haze. 1/4 inch frothy tan head. No significant lacing. Smells of caramel malt and hint so of toffee.

Tastes of caramel malt but not sweet at all. A hint of roastiness. Finish reveals some hop profile that keeps the sweetness down I presume. Hops evident in the aftertaste, some light malt as well.

A solid brown, not too sweet and and easy session brew. Check it out if you enjoy browns.

Serving type: on-tap

08-17-2006 17:25:30 | More by ViveLaChouffe
Photo of ybnorml

Rhode Island

3.7/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This ale has a light brown/amber color with a light foamy head. The smell is a nice sweet nutty aroma. The first sip starts with a malty sweetness. Followed by a quick nutty flavor. All ending in a nice mild hoppy finish . All and all an easy drinking ( light ) brown ale.

Serving type: bottle

09-23-2003 23:36:33 | More by ybnorml
Photo of MaineBeerMan


3.68/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Copper brown in color with a fair but fast fading head. A good bit of malt in the aroma, toasted barley more than sweet caramel, not mush hop smell. Flavor is same as the aroma, toasty malt with light hop balance. Medium smooth mouthfeel with a clean finish.
A nice brown with good drinkability, nice example of the style, just not one of my favorite styles.

Serving type: bottle

10-06-2002 19:16:47 | More by MaineBeerMan
Photo of packetknife


3.68/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Dark reddish-brown, light tan head. It was really smooth and had a bizarre hint of coffe that stuck to the roof of the mouth. Like it was spiked with a porter. A bit dry on finish. A tad too thin IMO.

Serving type: on-tap

06-01-2002 20:34:35 | More by packetknife
Sea Dog Old Gollywobbler Brown Ale from Sea Dog Brewing Company
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