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Sea Dog Old Gollywobbler Brown Ale - Sea Dog Brewing Company

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Sea Dog Old Gollywobbler Brown Ale
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Reviews: 15
Hads: 44
Avg: 3.59
pDev: 22.56%
Wants: 1
Gots: 1 | FT: 0
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Sea Dog Brewing Company
Maine, United States | website

Style | ABV
English Dark Mild Ale | 4.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 02-05-2002

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.
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Reviews: 15 | Hads: 44
Reviews by GarthDanielson:
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2.99/5  rDev -16.7%
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.

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Photo of bishopdc0
3.62/5  rDev +0.8%
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).

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Photo of tigg924
4/5  rDev +11.4%
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.

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3/5  rDev -16.4%

Photo of LXIXME
3.03/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Photo of Amgarnier
3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

Photo of Enriquehopnog
3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

Photo of puboflyons
3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

Sampled on tap at the Sea Dog Pub in South Portland, Maine on August 19, 2014.

Brown in color with a modest off-white head and good clarity.

Big caramel malty and nutty aromas with a yeast sensation. Could be Ringwood. That is what it reminds me of.

Medium to above medium body.

Otherwise this is a fairly typical sweet malty and nutty brown ale.

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Photo of DJoe
3/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of hockeypuck
3.75/5  rDev +4.5%

Photo of illpass78
3.52/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Pint on tap at their South Portland brewpub.

Appearance: Kind of lame looking. No head at all, no lacing, pretty much completely flat. Sort of looks like iced tea.

Aroma: Sweet malt, nuttiness, standard brown ale aromas.

Taste: Nice, reasonably rich nutty, malty flavor with some caramel backing. Pretty tasty. Better than Newcastle, which is the measuring stick for the style, I think.

Mouthfeel: Medium to somewhat light for style.

Overall: This beer looked pathetic, but it more or less made up for it nice malt flavor. An OK beer for a chilly autumn afternoon.

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Photo of jlindros
3.75/5  rDev +4.5%
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.

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Photo of tfsimpkins
2.75/5  rDev -23.4%

Photo of VikeMan
3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

Photo of ale207
3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

Photo of sweisel80
4/5  rDev +11.4%

Photo of packetknife
3.65/5  rDev +1.7%
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.

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Photo of WesWes
3.53/5  rDev -1.7%
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.

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Photo of italianstallion
3.42/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of xtonytx
3.34/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of CharlesK
2.5/5  rDev -30.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Photo of SnowGoon99
3.42/5  rDev -4.7%
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.

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4.21/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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3.52/5  rDev -1.9%

Photo of Yeastcakes
3.74/5  rDev +4.2%
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.

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Sea Dog Old Gollywobbler Brown Ale from Sea Dog Brewing Company
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