Smuttynose Old Brown Dog Ale - Smuttynose Brewing Company

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2,265 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,265
Reviews: 915
rAvg: 3.93
pDev: 11.2%
Wants: 87
Gots: 200 | FT: 3
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:
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

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 05-07-1998)
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4.25/5  rDev +8.1%

Photo of mactrail
3.25/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Light bodied and fairly roasty brown beer. Dark amber in the glass. Modestly carbonated. Plenty of caramel with a touch of wine and cocoa. Not much of a hoppy flavor but it has a pleasant scratch of dark grainy taste.

Just another Brown Ale, but it's quite drinkable as long as you down it fast. On tap at Burger Tap & Shake in Foggy Bottom. [transcribed from notes ; 06/12/2012 visit]

Photo of StonyB
4.21/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

You know that favorite pair of jeans or shoes you can't get rid of? Because they're just so darn comforting?

That's what drinking a Smuttynose Old Brown Dog is like.

Looks exactly like you would expect from the style, a deep, slightly murky chestnut brown. Aroma of lightly roasted malt, caramel, coffee. Tastes way better than jeans or shoes. A great, subtly complex blend of chocolate, fruit, coffee, caramel and nuts. Just a small but welcome hint of balancing hops. Surprisingly full-bodied, almost but not quite creamy texture.

This is one of my favorite "go to" beers. Pair this up with your favorite cheese, or a good whiskey. Trust me.

Photo of Sparky44
3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

Photo of mattbk
3.48/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

A: Pretty light brown, almost dark red, just a bit hazy, decent carbonation.
S: Not a ton of aroma, maybe slight roast, slight hops, almost porter like.
T: Chocolate, some light piney hops, maybe a little toffee, malt flavors, no roast as in the nose. Not a ton of flavor here, not bad, nothing special.
M: Too light, I would have liked more here. It is drinkable, but fails to linger, and fades too quickly.
O: A good, drinkable, but fairly uninteresting beer.

Photo of Lanstrum
3.25/5  rDev -17.3%

Photo of I_love_stouts
4/5  rDev +1.8%

Photo of DrewBest
4/5  rDev +1.8%

Photo of Mattyb79
4.25/5  rDev +8.1%

Photo of pjMONEY
4/5  rDev +1.8%

Photo of sommersb
4.03/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tasted On: 03-18-2013
Freshness: Best by 05-13-2013
Packaging: 12 oz. brown bottle, pry-cap
Glassware: Wellington
Purchased: Received in a trade

A semi-clear, dark brown colored brew, with a nice off-white head. Very good retention and excellent lacing. Aroma is malty and reminiscent of dark brown bread. Earthy hops also contribute to the smell. Flavors start with a rich caramel, plus light coffee and chocolate notes. Just enough hop bitterness is there for balance. Medium-bodied, the finish is easy and has aftertastes of slightly roasted, semi-sweet malt.

I'd say this is more of an English brown ale than an American version, but whatever you call it it's a delightful beer.

Thanks to Treyliff for this trade extra!

Photo of shehateme
4/5  rDev +1.8%

Photo of twax
4/5  rDev +1.8%

Photo of ThatguyJoefromBoston
4.5/5  rDev +14.5%

Photo of crytion
3.25/5  rDev -17.3%

Photo of Matagal
4/5  rDev +1.8%

Photo of Slikpitt
4.25/5  rDev +8.1%

Photo of tobelerone
3.8/5  rDev -3.3%

Photo of JoninVT
4/5  rDev +1.8%

Photo of spycow
3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

Photo of Duvel
4.25/5  rDev +8.1%

Photo of SonOfOdin
3.5/5  rDev -10.9%

Photo of ADZA
3.26/5  rDev -17%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Pours a reddish brown hue with a wispy one finger head and a rim of lacing,the smell is toffee,oak,tobacco,cherries and brandy,mouthfeel is lightbodied with minimal carbonation and has tastes of cherries,caramel,brandy,dried fruits and finished with a slight roasted nuttiness,overall it's average.

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4/5  rDev +1.8%

Photo of FLBEERGUY25
3/5  rDev -23.7%

Smuttynose Old Brown Dog Ale from Smuttynose Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 2,265 ratings.