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Smuttynose Really Old Brown Dog Ale - Smuttynose Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
88
very good

647 Ratings
THE BROS
78
okay

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Ratings: 647
Reviews: 329
rAvg: 3.91
pDev: 10.74%
Wants: 46
Gots: 67 | FT: 3
Brewed by:
Smuttynose Brewing Company visit their website
New Hampshire, United States

Style | ABV
Old Ale |  11.10% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: cbl2 on 03-03-2007

Olive, iconic mascot & spirit guide of our brewery, first appeared on our Old Brown Dog label in 1994 & returned, thirteen years later, to pose for our Really Old Brown Dog, a luscious, malt-rich, full bodied “old ale” featuring deep notes of complex fruit. Much like our beloved Olive, this beer will mellow & age gracefully.

Formerly part of the Big Beer Series.

20 IBU

2007 - 7.0%
2008 - 9.3%
2010 - 10.9%
2014 - 11.1%
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Photo of dar482
3.46/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

The beer comes in a clear dark ruby red.

The aroma hits of sharp spiciness of nutmeg and cardamom, rose water, then some caramel sweetness.

The flavor hits upfront and throughout of nutmeg, cardamom, rose water, floral. Alcohol spikes throughout along with vanilla, toffee, and caramel. The mouthfeel is a bit thin for the ABV.

The beer with that sharp flavor is quite offensive, and the sweetness is not sufficient to balance out the beer.

Photo of pagriley
3.9/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of thebeers
3.8/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Dark garnet color with a thin tan head. Fig, toffee and oak on the nose, with some breadiness in there, too. Bran even. Slightly creamy, syrupy mouthfeel with the same flavors as the aroma and plenty of hop bitterness for balance.

Photo of whatname
3.96/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of JerzDevl2000
4.03/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Picked this up in Totowa recently, having had the Brown Dog Ale a while back and thinking that this would be a stronger version of it. Sure enough, it was and it was good too! Loved that this was an Old Ale and that it still had the hue that one would expect from a beer of this name, without being too heavy or smelling like old dogs! All kidding aside, this was what an Old Ale should be with complex flavors, plenty of malt, and lots of booze - all in great harmony with each other.

Of course, the pour to this was brown. Nice and deep with mahogany and ruby tinges to it and clear, with a small head that quickly settled and a nearly-clear hue to it. Lots of fruit, sugar, and booze in the nose and even more in the taste. This packed quite a punch but it settled down quickly on the tongue when the first sips were taken. Brown sugar sweetened everything nicely while the apple, pear, currant, and fig could be found after swishing this around. A walnut tone was underneath these flavors and the carbonation was present and strong, keeping this light and giving a proverbial lift to the taste buds.

This was strong but it never felt heavy and there was a good caramel malt tone to this that reminded me of the Brown Dog Ale that I was more familiar with. The nuttiness and underlying sweetness of the brown sugar and caramel made this a slow sipper but combined with the fruit flavors, made this one of the most complex Old Ales that I've ever had. Worth a go if you can find it as this is a worthy, "Imperial" take on the Brown Dog Ale!

Photo of StoutHunter
4.07/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

I picked up a bottle of Smuttynose Really Old Brown Dog Ale a few weeks ago for $2.79 at Holiday Market. I thought Old Brown Dog was solid and I'm interested to see how this one turns out, so lets see how it goes. Bottled December 2014. Poured from a brown 12oz bottle into a snifter.

A- The label looks good, it goes well with the name and it's eye catching. It poured a nice fairly clear amber color that took on more of a red hue when held to the light with a little over two fingers worth of creamy tan head that died down to a thin ring that stayed till the end and it left some spotty lacing behind. This a very good looking Old Ale, I have no complaints.

S- The aroma starts off with a lower amount of high sweetness that has just a slight molasses aroma to it and it's followed by the malts being the first to show up and they impart some nice sweet malt, caramel malt, caramel, toffee and buttery malt aromas that all work very well together. Up next comes a light alcohol aroma that's followed by some fruity yeast with some dark fruit aromas coming through. This beer had a very nice aroma, I really enjoyed it.

T- The taste seems to be similar to the aroma and it starts off with a higher amount of medium sweetness with some honey and light molasses flavors showing up and it's followed by the malts which impart the same aspects that they did in the aroma with no single malty aspect seeming to stick out the most and they all work well with each other. Up next comes the alcohol which shows up more than it did in the aroma and it's a little warming, it's followed by the same fruity yeast that I got in the aroma, but this time it's lighter. On the finish there's no bitterness with some sweetness and booze taking it's place with a nice malty aftertaste. This is a good tasting beer, it is a little boozy, but it's got some nice flavors.

M- Fairly smooth, a little crisp, a little creamy, not sticky, the alcohol could have been hidden better, on the lighter side of being full bodied with a medium amount of carbonation. This beer had a pretty nice mouthfeel, but I wish the alcohol was hidden a little better.

Overall I thought this was a good beer and good example of the style. it had pretty much all the key aspects that I look for in an Old Ale and in the end I did think it was a little on the boozy side, but the flavors and aromas kept me coming back for more. This beer has ok drinkability, it's fairly smooth, a little crisp, a little creamy, nor sticky, not too filling and the alcohol could have been hidden better so I think one bottle would be my limit, I might regret it if I drink more than one in a row. What I like the most about this beer was the aroma and appearance, they are both really nice and some of the highlights of this beer. What I liked the least about this beer was the booze, I think it could have been a hidden a little better. I would buy this beer again and I would love to age some in the cellar. I would recommend this beer, especially if you like strong Old Ales. All in all I was pretty happy with this beer, some aspects were little impressive and some weren't but in the end it made for a tasty beer and I enjoyed it. So far it's one of my favorite Smuttynose beers and it's one of the better Old Ales I've had. Good job guys, this is a tasty Old Ale, keep it up.

Photo of ScaryEd
4.55/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Chico1985
3.98/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12oz. bottle gifted to me by ...Cam I believe? Really Old Brown Dog is actually a nickname of mine to a few sick individuals, yet I don't believe I've ever actually drank this. Bottled in November 2014.

A - Pour is surprisingly light colored brownish red with a thin beige head.

S - Dusty caramel, honey, brown sugar, bread crust, perhaps just a touch of wet dog.

T - Lots of sweet caramel, molasses and brown sugar with some cocoa and cola. Some dark fruit, light earthy leathery tones, and quite a bit of alcohol.

M - Big but not super heavy for the ABV, ample carbonation leads to a nice lightish feel. Malty, sweet and boozy, decadent sipper.

O - A big warming old ale that you know means business upon first sip. It's brash and sweet and maybe lacking complexities but the deep caramel/brown sugar flavors are pretty substantial. Definitely hits the spot as a sipper on yet another cold and snowy night. Will probably buy this to age and save for future winters.

Photo of tvghost
3.34/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of badgustav
4.18/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

While the aroma is a bit off, the fact that is smells a bit of wet dog kind of adds to the allure of this beer, based on its name. The color is lovely, and the taste is malty and mellow. I'm curious to see what age does to it.

Photo of rjp217
4.21/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Winston3737
4.35/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Ian_B
3.92/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Very dark amber. Translucent, but such a dark brown it's hard to peer through. Good head and retention.

Deep, bready notes on the nose, with loads of buttery, nutty, earthy, and fruity undertones (in order of potency). Very slight notes of fig, raisins, and apple.

Taste closely follows the aroma, beginning with sweet, brown sugar and creamy, roasted nuts. A little bit of chocolate is present, along with lots of the same fruity notes on the finish.

Warming alcohol is present and provides a very well-balanced, drying finish to an otherwise thick and very sweet malt base.

Overall kind of buttery which makes me question aging it, though a small amount of time may do it some justice.

Photo of PoppaSquat
3.2/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of epyon396
4.08/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of jgunther71
4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Farinag16447
3.94/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of DuBeats
3.21/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of PeterJBr
4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Celtics76
3.99/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of nyrblue2
4.09/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of skrewyou82
4.29/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of HopsForBrains
4.16/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of bigorange
4.26/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of alostplot
4.22/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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Smuttynose Really Old Brown Dog Ale from Smuttynose Brewing Company
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