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Smuttynose Old Brown Dog Ale - Smuttynose Brewing Company

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Smuttynose Old Brown Dog AleSmuttynose Old Brown Dog Ale

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very good

935 Reviews

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Reviews: 935
Hads: 2,490
Avg: 3.9
pDev: 18.21%
Wants: 112
Gots: 368 | 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: 935 | Hads: 2,490
Photo of CharlesRiver
3.8/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours out a clear brown color with a small head. The smell is malty and very sweet. The taste is actually more complex than I expected. Hints of malt, chocolate, raisins and also a touch of coffee. The ending seems to add a bit of hops but not much. I love this beer on tap. The bottle seems to have something a bit more tart to it, not sure where that is coming from. A solid offering from Smuttynose.

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Photo of yankeeheel
3.2/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Here's the deal, I want to love Smuttynose. Everything in my being desires to support them and to drink them constantly. However, they always seem to taste like they're just they're one step short of making a really great beer. Brown Dog is no exception.

Pours a clear brown with a two finger eggshell colored head. Smells nice and caramely with a hint of toasted nut.

Tastes quite nutty and buttery with some hints of a slighlty darker malt in the middle. The problem is it finishes very soapy. I can't explain but is has a bit of detergent mouthfeel to it. Body is good and it's drinkable, but the ending is rather unfinished and bizzare.

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Photo of silks636
3.53/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz. brown bottle. Freshness date notched.

Pours a beautiful crystal clear ruby brown with a moderate cream colored head. Good retention. Minimal lacing. Very sweet malty aroma with notes of caramel and a tinge of fruity hops. Flavor starts off with a butterscotch and nut with a underlying taste of biscuit and sweet bready malts. A nice hop sting finishes it all off with a pleasant bitter contrast to the sweetness.

The more I drink, the more I like. A great little ale which my wife absolutely adores. Recommended.

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Photo of TPoling
3.94/5  rDev +1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a nutty brown without much head and a lace that didn't stick. The deep chocolate and nutty roasted aromas carried through in the sweet malt, which managed to not be cloying. The roasted flavors stuck through in the finish. This seems like a nice fireplace session beer.

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Photo of Gasp100
3.78/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Dark mahogany brown with a tan head which dissipated quickly. This left little lacing on the glass.
Smell: Sweetness and malts, with a hint of alcohol
Taste: The taste was very malty with a sweet chocolate overtone. The carbonation was very nice adding some crispness to the drink. There was a little hops in the tail end adding a bitter, sharp bite but this mellowed out in the end. The mouthfeel was mellow but not flat or boring. This was a little heavy for my taste and the alcohol seemed a little too prevalent for knocking back more than a few.

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Photo of CBFanWish
2.79/5  rDev -28.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

I have always been a fan of what smuttynose has to offer, but this one was way below par. The appearance was very good. A very brown color with a good head and very pretty lace. The smell was of a cold medicine, to me. I also had the same feeling when I tasted it. I didn't have a cold, but when I do, this is what I'll drink. I'm sorry, but this was bellow par for te great Smuttynose brewery.

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

Bought a six pack for $6.99. Wanted to try out more Smuttynose. I enjoyed their porter so I gave it a shot. Poured a dark cloudy brown with a tan head. Nothing too unusal from other brown ales. Smelled a little nutty. First sip I was pleased. Much what I expected. Hoppier than I thought it would be, but no complaints there. I love hops. All in all, money well spent. But I wouldn't buy it too often. Not something I would want to drink all the time.

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Photo of NJpadreFan
2.71/5  rDev -30.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Smutty Nose Old Brown Dog ale, I love saying Smutty Nose! The sound of it Smutty Nose... Smutty Nose... Smutty Nose.

Anyway, Old Brown Dog Ale is a favorite of my friend- Otter! It is a popular beer at Isaac Newtons- Newtown, Pennsylvania. I've wanted this beer for a year now, so now it's time.

Old Brown Dog Ale pours a beautiful hickory reddish brown. A simple but nice tan head, not to thick but thick enough.

The smell is of chocolate and some spices. Not too crazy over the smell.
The taste is of a stale chocolate and spice, very sweet and not that good!

I bought a 6-pack of Old Brown Dog Ale and I'll drink them all, but the taste isn't very pleasant so it'll take me a week or 2 to finish. Man, what a bummer I wanted to like this beer and I'm really trying but the stale chocolate taste isn't enjoyable. Hopefully WeizenHeimer is better.

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Photo of waughbrew
4.04/5  rDev +3.6%

Nice auburn color with yeast haze, good carbonation and acceptable retention. Smells of nutty toasted malt, toffee, and a good dose of American hops. As it warms, the esters and fruitiness of the hops emerge. Taste leans towards the sweet side, but is pretty balanced. Good caramel, toffee, and slight chocolate flavors. Estery yeast. Medium body, medium carbonation. A good beer for drinking a few.

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Photo of feloniousmonk
4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Lovely brown color, with a slight, tannish head.
Aroma; mild, with some nuttiness, though it develops as we go on, becomes more chocolately and sweet.
Taste: rich, delicious, malty. Medium body, but large maltiness, minimum hops. Niely balanced, easy-drinking, aflush with flavor, this is another in the Elite Corps of Brown Ales, Done Right! Yum, yum, I keep saying, and may I repeat....mmmm...
Much thanks to the 9th Bierman for this!

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Photo of goz
3.68/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours is a deep mahogany, with a large tan head that diminishes to a small ring, light lacing. Aroma is dark maltiness (nutty, earthy, woody), backed up with a solid amount of hops. Flavor has coffee, caramel, and a great hoppy finish. Medium body, very enjoyabl and easy drinking.

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Photo of beerguy101
4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Brown color. Medium head. Aroma is nutty, fruity and sweet. Medium bodied brown ale. Malts are nutty and sweet. Hops are spicy and slightly bitter. A very nutty brown ale. The nuttiness and sweetness of the malts is almost overpowering. Smooth taste. Very nice, but a bit too sweet. Still very drinkable. Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is clean and dry. Aftertaste is slightly bitter and nutty.

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Photo of PatandDavid
3.91/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had on tap at Redbones...rich brown color when poured, nice small head. The aroma is all malt. Taste is a mix of malty biscuity sweetness. No real hop bitterness in the finish. Not bad, would get again, not a style I normally choose, so thanks for the nice surprise. pat

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Photo of hijinx
3.85/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Today I was tempted to try something new. I took my usual Saturday afternoon trip to pick up some liquid food and walked back and forth along the fridge about 5 times until I stumbled upon a dog named Olive.
Olive (the dog) has a subtle scent, but that took me a few trys to even notice. At first taste it's almost creamy with a smoky aftertaste with a smooth hop finish. Although I usually go for the bitters this is a fine drink and I will certainly be trying their other brews. Definately good with dinner, not too overbearing on the ole tongue. Definately a good starter for convert's!

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Photo of xgrigorix
3.4/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Twelve ounce brown bottle. Month of bottling notched on label.

Dark russet brown with intensely red highlights. One finger of dense light tan foam caps it. Large bubbles break the surface.

Aroma has some roast & cocoa, along with an orangey hop note.

A unique brown. Rich malt character, with chocolate & coffee flavours give way to sublte bitterness and an orangey hop finish.

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Photo of ViveLaChouffe
4.12/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark reddish-brown with a tiny tan head. Smell is very very malty. Almost a sour malt.

Taste hits with a sour, rich malt. Big malt. Lightly hoppy finish. Tangy caramel and molasses undertones. Milk chocolate flavors as it warms. Full bodied with a hoppy aftertaste.

Damn good brown ale. If you like malty brews, this is a good one to seek out. Nice!

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Photo of proc
4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A very good brown ale. Pours out to a very, dark amber, almost ruby color in the glass. The aroma is somewhat sweet smelling. Taste is extremely malty, yet balanced. The malt shines and really gives this brown some teeth, but is finished by a nice, slight hop bite at the end. A very good interpretation of the style. Brown ales are underrated.

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Photo of ellman
3.97/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: mahogony red with little to no head even on the pour.

Smell:low hops aroma but high in the malt area.

Taste: a bit of hops and the malty sweetness comes throught in the taste. good bitterness.

Mouthfeel: I would think it would be more full body but its a little on the thin side.

Drinkability: could have a few.

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Photo of queenboadicea
4.18/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Lots of roast and chocolate in this fairly hearty brown ale. I always head for this one as soon as the weather starts to turn cool. The flavor is nice and smooth, and a wonderful compliment to stews and cassaroles (hey, I review wine as well, so I'm trained to food-pair!). The malt is noticable, but not overdone.

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

Nice brown color with minimal tan head.
Aroma of roasty malt, chocolate nougat, and earthy hops.

Taste shows a medium roasty malt flavor. Flavor is hard to place, but it's something like a 3 Musketeers candy bar. Hops are there to balance only. Flavor is a little odd and this one is a tad too sweet overall.

Mouthfeel is a bit thin.
Mellow and drinkable, but not one I'd be looking for a 2nd of.

Overall, a decent brown ale, but it's flavor just didn't do it for me.

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Photo of chaduvel
3.61/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Very dark brown cola color, an effervescent tan head that fades quickly. Hoppy aroma with some caramel malts coming through as well. The caramel malt flavors dominate, but without the caramel flavor. Some hops wave hello. Pretty decent offering from Smuttynose. Cool seal logo and a nice brown dog named olive on the bottle.

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

A nice chocolatey brown brew sitting under a thick layer of foam. Very big sweet malty aroma. A touch of roastiness and chocolate join in to make up a nice whiffer.

Smooth with a pretty rich medium body. There is a lot of sweetness to this beer, but definitely not to the point of cloying. It is balanced well with some darker malts and flavors of chocolate and caramel. It is very drinkable, and it was great with some wings and pulled pork.

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Photo of IrishRedRock
4.07/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This dog is a malt lover's delight. It's body is almost brown, more ruby/amber than brown. I could get nothing resembling a head atop this glass despite an aggressive pour. The smell is very malty and sweet, and the same flavor follows. Has a huge malt profile. Hazlenuts, caramel, and toffee are all thrown in the mix, making this a sweet and complex brew. Maybe a bit more balance in the hops to balance out the maltiness. All in all, one of the nicer browns I have had. Very drinkable. Would do well after dinner, as it is rather a sweet beer. I am enjoying it thoroughly on its own, however.

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Photo of far333
3.42/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Dark honey color with a small off-white head that disappears quickly. Looks bubbly like soda. Smell is malty and inviting, and has hints of hop and molasses. Taste is sweet malt, with bits of brown sugar, toffee, and caramel. Mouthfeel is slick and watery. Decent beer, but not outstanding. Wouldn't be my first choice, but I wouldn't turn one down if offered.

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Photo of PSUDREW
3.82/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

More malt then anything else. Some hoppy lavor at the end, but nothing to write home about. Has hints of buttery caramel, sweetness, you get the gist. Can be spring summer or fall bevreage. Quenches the summer thirst, gives the fall warmth. A good beer, not bells best brown, or Hazelnut Nectar, but a dan good beer reardless

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Smuttynose Old Brown Dog Ale from Smuttynose Brewing Company
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