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Smuttynose Old Brown Dog Ale - Smuttynose Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
88
very good

932 Reviews
THE BROS
97
world-class

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Reviews: 932
Hads: 2,472
rAvg: 3.9
pDev: 9.49%
Wants: 108
Gots: 355 | FT: 5
Brewed by:
Smuttynose Brewing Company visit their website
New Hampshire, United States

Style | ABV
American Brown Ale |  6.70% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 05-07-1998

Old Brown Dog has been cited as a classic example of the “American Brown Ale” style of beer. Compared to a typical English Brown Ale, Old Brown Dog is fuller-bodied and more strongly hopped.

18 IBU
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Reviews: 932 | Hads: 2,472
Photo of Grugalug
4.2/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a pint glass.

A- Pours a dark reddish brown. Lots of bubbles rising to the surface. About a half finger of head. Head dissipates relatively quickly. Looks nice.

S- Big caramel and toffee, with just a slight nuttiness. No roasted malt that I can detect. It has a wonderful caramel sweetness in the smell, and virtually no hop presence. Really nice.

T- Caramel and toffee gets you almost immediately. Caramel sweetness gives way to nutty character in the aftertaste, but it is still present. Just a bit of hop bitterness. Satisfyingly malty and delicious.

M- Pretty medium-bodied. Not chewy but not watery. Pleasant amount of carbonation. Very smooth and easy-drinking.

O- A really impressive brown ale. Just a great beer and one that I will definitely buy with regularity. (788 characters)

Photo of bsimeone
4.79/5  rDev +22.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Great tasting beer. Caramel taste - very hoppy. If you like heavy american, this is great stuff.

The pour itself was a reddish brown - very deep. The taste was bready with hints of fruit and whisky - very pleasant and smooth. I highly recommend this beer. (257 characters)

Photo of wac9
2.99/5  rDev -23.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.75

i was in the mood for a brown ale but this wasnt the brown ale could save the night it just boring lackluster its browm thats about it nothing outstanding to keep you coming back go look for a brown ale that packs a punch was hoping this bee was good but sadly its diapponts i know it me but i dont like it (306 characters)

Photo of dreed3333
4.01/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Served from a bottle from local beer store
Deep copper and carmel color with a slight haze and a very small head. Smell has lots of sweet toasted malt upfront. A slight scent and taste of corn but not like some cheap adjunct, more like fresh sweet corn on the cob. The end of the taste had a good balance of hops to counteract the malty sweetness. Mouthfeel is smooth but not too thin and has a moderately low level of carbonation

Overall a good beer that is enjoyable on cold nights with nothing out of balance, but also nothing that stands out as exceptional (561 characters)

Photo of arizcards
3.97/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Received a single from Lets Pour back in early October for $5.75. Best by 10/23/13...whoops.

Beer poured brown with a off white head that did not last long.

Nose is light grapefruit, toasted and roasted malts.

Taste is light chocolate, light grapefruit, toasted grains.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and pretty smooth.

Overall this is one of those beers that are just tasty and it is really kind of hard to define why. I like the grapefruit hopping in a brown ale as it just works well. Would love to try a fresher version so i will have to pick some up the next time Da Boss and i are back east. (598 characters)

Photo of WheelsPSU
3.95/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

I enjoyed this on a cold winter night watching the NFL playoffs. The 12 ounce bottle poured more amber than brown with a with a small head that did not last and almost no lacing.

The nose was pleasant with a rich, almost smoked, chocolate scent which was followed up with a hint of something sweet, perhaps vanilla.

Right off the start, the taste was dark chocolate. It then turned a bit sweeter and creamier. I got a smoke flavor (maybe the earthy malts?) to balance the chocolate which made for a delicious taste.

Overall the beer was sweeter than expected (which is not a bad thing). I'm a fan of brown ales and this is a very good one. (644 characters)

Photo of Cavanaghty
3.5/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served on tap in a pint glass.

Appearance: Brown with a beige head. No lacing on the glass.

Smell: Nutty with roasted malts.

Mouthfeel/Taste: Smooth medium bodied. Taste nutty with hints of roasted malts, some mild citrus in the background.

Overall: Definatly one of the better Brown Ales I have had, but still not a huge fan of browns personally. (351 characters)

Photo of Theheroguy
4.32/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

Definitely one of the superior brown ales I've had. This is much more complex than your average beer of this style, the hops are pretty well pronounced. The beer starts off pretty mild gradually bringing in sweetness from the darker specialty grains. Then the herbal, smooth bitterness of the hops rounds everything out. (320 characters)

Photo of FLima
3.6/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Light brown color with a small head with low retention.
Aroma of dark chocolate and toffee.
Flavor follows nose, predominant notes of chocolate and toasted malts, nuts and cinnamon. Hints of apple juice and earthy hops. Dry aftertaste.
Light to medium body with low carbonation.
I did not found it that hoppy, maybe a notch more than a traditional English Brown Ale. (366 characters)

Photo of Captain_Komamura
4.1/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - a nice brown color, with no head.

Smell - a toffee/caramel smell to it.

Taste - nice sweet malts, with a great burnt bitterness at the end. Mostly caramel, with some chocolate.

Mouthfeel - Great amount of carbonation, good full-bodied beer.

Overall - This is a great brown ale, with great sweetness without being to bitter. (340 characters)

Photo of scotorum
4.29/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from the 12 oz. bottle into a Harpoon IPA glass

a: Deep clear dark amber, half finger thick offwhite head receded to even surface foam and tiered lacing.

s: Caramel malt

t: Caramel malt with noticable bitter hop balance. Sweet to dry finish with tinges of hop bitterness..

m; Moderate with savory body just right for an autumn brown.

o: Very fine brown ale, good for sipping or as a dinner accompaniment. Despite being cited for having "American" hops levels, probably still not hopped up enough for many, but certainly a tasty and satisfying brew for traditionalists who don't mind a little extra hop bite (618 characters)

Photo of Chiefy770
4.44/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle into a nonic pint glass.

This is a pretty phenomenal brown ale. Great grainy flavor. The malts are toasted to near-perfection. Sweet notes of caramel and toffee come out in the aftertaste. I would try to explain what the hops taste like but I had a rather difficult time identifying any at all! That said, it is indeed a balanced brew and is one of the best brown ales I have had! (402 characters)

Photo of delta490
3.76/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- a slightly hazy brown with a light tan creamy head. Nice head retention. Some visible carbonation.

S- Not much noticeable. Slight malt.

T- rich and malty with a nice balance of caramel and nutty flavor. Slight bitterness on the finish. Everything missing from the aroma is packed into the taste.

M-Pleasantly smooth.

O- other than the lackluster aroma, this is a really good brown ale. (392 characters)

Photo of jifigz
3.5/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

bottle into a mug

This beer pours a nice chocolate brown with a head that dissipates quickly. This may be because it is too cold since I pulled it straight from the trunk of my car in late October. This brew looks a little too carbed in my opinion. The aroma is rich of good toasted and typical brown ale type malts. It smells a little chocolatey and delicious. The flavor is a nice mixture of the rich and toasted brown ale malts with a slight acrid taste and a sting from the carbonation. The MF is a rather thin body with too much carbonation in the beer.

This is a decent brown ale. I've had better, but this is still pretty good. (637 characters)

Photo of Ryan_Graham
3.9/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours dark with a one finger head that fades quickly. Faint smell. Very nutty taste. It's light on the palate with a smooth after taste. Overall, I wasn't overly impressed by anything about this beer. But then again, there wasn't anything I could pick wrong with this beer either. It's solid all around.

I would certainly recommend this to a friend. (350 characters)

Photo of ChrisL24481
3.91/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

The beer pored caramel brown color and had a thin tan head that quickly disappears. Some lacing remained but not much. The taste and the smell were very similar. Both were of toasted malts, nuts, and caramel sweetness. Modest carbonation and a medium body feel. A decent brown ale from another local brewery. (308 characters)

Photo of LambicPentameter
3.51/5  rDev -10%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Enjoyed out of a 12 oz brown bottle, and I have to be up front--this one got lost in the back of my fridge, so the "best by" date is from back in June, making it three months past the brewer's recommended optimal date. That being said, in drinking it, it was still a tasty beer, even though it may not be the beer originally intended by the brewer. As such, I felt compelled to share my experience. You know, for science. Poured into a 16 oz nonic style tumbler.

Appearance - Pours a caramel brown body that shows a nice range of colors, with parts being darker brown, some ochre, and even a little bit of muddy red clay coloring at the lightest parts. Head is one finger thick and beige, with nice fine textured bubbles. Retention is only okay, fading to a rim of foam and a film across the top. Lacing is minimal.

Smell - Being so old, the hop-forward elements have now faded, leaving a mild but pleasant blend of nutty characteristics and sweeter caramel-like malts. Some faint element of earthy hops--a shell of their former glory.

Taste - Much like the smell, the previous ale has faded into something resembling an English Mild Ale, with a compliment of faint roasty and nutty characteristics as well as dark grains. Almost no bitterness whatsoever.

Mouthfeel - Light bodied and low carbonation. Semisweet finish that lingers.

Overall, a beer that's clearly had better days, but it degrades pretty well I'd say. Definitely one that can be enjoyed well after the hops have faded. Would love to try this one fresh someday. (1,531 characters)

Photo of BlackJeep
4.75/5  rDev +21.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

An old New Hampshire buddy has been talking up SmuttyNose for a few years via Facebook and so I had to try one when it showed up at Beach Liquors in Fort Walton Beach, FL. I was not disappointed.

Poured from a bottle into a clear plastic party cup (sorry)

A: Deep brown color typical of most quality brown ales. Nice brown head.

S: Nice hearty brown smell with an extra fullness to it I was not expecting.

T: First impressions were very positive. Noted a very well placed chocolate flavor that seemed to account for the unexpectedly hearty aroma alluded to in the smell. Taste kept going and did not let down through the experience.

M: Very smooth and easy to drink. Not filling or gassy. Coated my mouth nicely with a pleasant and lasting caramel taste.

O: Overall I'm quite pleased with this beer and would definitely buy again. (836 characters)

Photo of JTBacon
3.78/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

This is a real quality beer if you like your Brown's. There is nothing extraordinary about it, but the look and taste never disappoint. It has the "full" feel, but it doesnt fill you up like some of the heavier beers. It tastes great on tap, and very good in a bottle.
I recommend this beer to anyone. (301 characters)

Photo of Dodo2step
4.28/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

P- McNeilly 6 pack in Pittsburgh

A- red toned in color with a half finger head that lingers but doesn't stay long. A nice lacing on my pint glass though.

S- nutty malts dominate the nose and they are well complemented. Very nice nose!

F- smooth caramel nut malts. I get hints of smoked or burnt wood on the backend.

M- smooth and creamy for a brown ale. Feels like a lighter stout almost.

O- another great one from smutty. love it. would love a case of this. (464 characters)

Photo of becktone
4.23/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Eye: Pours brown in color, obviously, cloudy with a rocky soapy and foamy looking head. Retention is pretty damn good. I've no complaints with this one.

Nose: Very nice nutty and malty backbone. This one smells just like I like a brown ale to smell. Just something a little more potent would be great!

Tongue: Big malty notes on the palate. Nice full body with carbonation that is very appropriate to the style. Nice light roast notes in here as well as some caramel and toasty notes. This is one good brown ale. One to always come back to....In brown ales I'm always looking for a good drinker and something that is going to be excellent to cook with. This is both, and it is more than enough reason to buy it just to drink it. Lots of flavor here...Honestly, this may be one of my new favorites.

Drinkabilty: This is one that I'll definitely come back to again and again. This is a great beer, and I love looking forward to drinking this beer and cooking with it again. Try this beer it is totally worth it. It's price is excellent and you really can't beat it. (1,069 characters)

Photo of Crazy4LegMoose
3.73/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Best by date 1/16/2014

A: Nice clear amber brown hue with two fingers of golden brown creamy head. The head dissipates rather quickly leaving light lacing on the glass.

S: Smells of caramel cola, with hints of roasted coffee and toffee.

T: Smooth caramel malt flavor blends into a slightly astringent coffee like finish. Slight bite from the coffee and hop flavors. Well balanced and good brown ale.

M: Creamy mouth, nice full bodied beer. Good level of carbonation.

O: Very solid brown ale. I liked the complexity of flavors to this one and will definitely get it again. (576 characters)

Photo of nofunyons
3.65/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

This one is a nice solid brown ale. Nothing earth shattering. It had very little smell and the head was white, lacy and short lived. The mouth feel was the strong point and was has more body than Newcastle. There is a snappy cut off due to the higher alcohol content. I would buy this again. (291 characters)

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.96/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

similar in both namesake and flavor to averys brown ale out of boulder, this is a delicious brew from smuttynose. it pours light for a brown, almost more of an amber color, with less than an inch of tan lace head. strong aromas of drip coffee above sweeter amber malts make this an enticing pour. before any flavors come in I notice body, lots of heft for a beer on the lighter side color wise. sweet malts, spent coffee grounds, and a pronounced nutty finish, this is as complex yet mellow and drinkable as they come. a beer lovers brown ale id say. carbonation is just enough, alcohol content is warming but not tasted, and there is a certain smoothness not only to the beer itself, but to the buzz it generates after a few pints. I strongly recommend this to the lover of fine browns, real good. (798 characters)

Photo of matjack85
3.77/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I picked this up at the local Binny's store as part of a build-your-own six pack for $9.99, making it $1.67 for a single bottle.

The beer poured a light chestnut brown color with a ½-finger of light brown head. The head only lasted about 30 seconds and there wasn't much lacing either, so I can't give it more than an average score in the looks department.

The smell on the other hand was very nice. Rich malt aroma along with some fruit and nuts.

Huge malt flavor but it's not really that sweet. It also has some hazelnut flavor, fruit punch, and even a noticeable hop bitterness despite the low IBU score of 18.

Medium body with medium carbonation.

This is a good tasting brown ale, but I can't rank it up there as a world class beer like the "brothers" did. (766 characters)

Smuttynose Old Brown Dog Ale from Smuttynose Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 932 ratings.