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Smuttynose Really Old Brown Dog Ale (Big Beer Series) - Smuttynose Brewing Company

Smuttynose Really Old Brown Dog Ale (Big Beer Series)Smuttynose Really Old Brown Dog Ale (Big Beer Series)

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BA SCORE
88
very good

531 Ratings
THE BROS
78
okay

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Ratings: 531
Reviews: 306
rAvg: 3.9
pDev: 11.03%


Brewed by:
Smuttynose Brewing Company visit their website
New Hampshire, United States

Style | ABV
Old Ale |  10.10% ABV

Availability: Spring

Notes/Commercial Description:
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.

20 IBU

2007 - 7.0%
2008 - 9.3%
2010 - 10.9%

(Beer added by: cbl2 on 03-03-2007)
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AlexJ

North Carolina

3.65/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pale chestnut with a puffy tan head that quickly sizzles down to a thin veil, leaving very litte lace in it's wake.

Aroma is rich and caramel drenched. Roasty, nutty malts, golden fruit, and subtle vanilla spice.

Flavor opens with luscious caramel cream, tofee,brown sugar and creme brule cream. It dries midway with hints of oak and whiskey, peat, and a hot alcohol finish. If this is 7%, than I'm a monkey's uncle. Perhaps barrel-aged, but subtly if it is. Overall an excellent candidate for long-term storage, but rather hot and arrogant right now.

Body is creamy, smooth, and slightly chewy. Creamy palate. Finish suffers from boozy heat.

Serving type: bottle

01-22-2009 02:05:55 | More by AlexJ
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superspak

Michigan

4.33/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 ounce bottle into snifter, 2012 vintage bottling. Pours fairly crystal clear deep ruby red color with a 2 finger dense light khaki head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Light spotty soapy lacing clings on the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of big biscuit, caramel, toast, molasses, brown sugar, light chocolate, raisin, plum, nuttiness, vanilla, toffee, herbal, oak, light leather, and toasted earthiness. Fantastic aromas with great balance and complexity of dark/bready malt, oak, and yeast ester flavors; with great strength. Taste of caramel, biscuit, toast, brown sugar, molasses, light chocolate, raisin, plum, nuttiness, herbal, vanilla, toffee, oak, light leather, and toast/oak earthiness. Minimal earthy bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of caramel, biscuit, toast, molasses, brown sugar, light chocolate, raisin, plum, nuttiness, herbal, toffee, oak, vanilla, light leather, and toast/oak earthiness on the finish for a while. Incredible complexity and balance of dark/bready malt, fruity yeast, and oak flavors; with zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and fairly full bodied; with a moderately creamy, smooth, and fairy slick/chalky mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is well hidden with only a light warming present after the finish. Overall this is an outstanding old ale style. All around awesome complexity and balance of dark/bready malt, fruity yeast ester, and oak flavors; and very smooth to sip on for the big ABV. A highly enjoyable offering.

Serving type: bottle

04-15-2014 03:49:10 | More by superspak
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bigbluebeerguy

Kentucky

3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

03-18-2014 01:57:55 | More by bigbluebeerguy
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Loco_Joe

New York

4/5  rDev +2.6%

03-16-2014 00:13:43 | More by Loco_Joe
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Indiana

4/5  rDev +2.6%

03-15-2014 13:56:53 | More by fredmugs
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DrunkinYogi

Connecticut

3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

03-07-2014 03:51:19 | More by DrunkinYogi
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Griffith

Connecticut

4/5  rDev +2.6%

02-24-2014 02:07:34 | More by Griffith
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2dogbrew

Virginia

4/5  rDev +2.6%

02-10-2014 01:14:28 | More by 2dogbrew
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spikechiquet

Ohio

4.25/5  rDev +9%

02-04-2014 03:22:08 | More by spikechiquet
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GFD400

New York

3/5  rDev -23.1%

02-01-2014 00:46:21 | More by GFD400
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ReeseMax3

Pennsylvania

3.25/5  rDev -16.7%

01-26-2014 00:39:30 | More by ReeseMax3
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swierczt

Connecticut

4.75/5  rDev +21.8%

01-25-2014 16:12:03 | More by swierczt
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Jonada

New Jersey

4.09/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

22oz bomber with no freshness date. 10.4% ABV. Served in a snifter.

Appearance: Pours a dark amber color with 1 finger of a light tan head head that dissipates to a thin ring. Body is dark and hazy but not opaque.

Smell: Booze soaked dark fruits, raisins, dates, vanilla, sweet malt

Taste: Dark fruit, toffee, and vanilla, with some milk chocolate and roasted malt character that wasn't present in the aroma. Slight earthiness in the finish helps balance the malt sweetness a bit.

Mouthfeel: Medium/full bodied, somewhat sticky mouthfeel. Medium levels of fine carbonation. Booze is definitely there, but the beer isn't hot by any means. Goes down smooth.

Overall: Really impressed with this one. Super flavorful and complex and at $6-7 per bottle, a really good value, which seems to be becoming more and more rare these days. Highly recommend picking up a couple bottles to drink and throw in the cellar.

Serving type: bottle

01-25-2014 06:56:27 | More by Jonada
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RevCraig

Ontario (Canada)

4.25/5  rDev +9%

01-21-2014 20:18:35 | More by RevCraig
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AnitaBrewski

Massachusetts

4.25/5  rDev +9%

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Vonhinx

New York

4.5/5  rDev +15.4%

01-12-2014 02:17:31 | More by Vonhinx
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BuckTuckian

Kentucky

4/5  rDev +2.6%

01-08-2014 18:56:18 | More by BuckTuckian
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jkball01

Kentucky

3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

01-06-2014 05:36:56 | More by jkball01
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TheBeerAlmanac

Kentucky

4/5  rDev +2.6%

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mjstacker

New Hampshire

3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

01-04-2014 19:20:07 | More by mjstacker
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KYGunner

Kentucky

3.76/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This poured a nice hue of filtered mahogany that supported a uniform and cohesive bed of lightly colored foam.

I get a lot of barley on the nose with chocolate and caramel malts. There is a back of dried fruit, maybe raisin, with a strange musty air.

The flavors have a prominent raisin, earthy and natural, with some sweet chocolate malt.

The feel is moderately thick, smooth with a low carbonative bite.

Nice Old Ale like qualities in this , just needs a bit more complexity.

Serving type: bottle

01-04-2014 17:02:27 | More by KYGunner
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Missouri

3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

01-04-2014 06:43:16 | More by stephensinner
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Florida

3.25/5  rDev -16.7%

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aqualung23

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev +9%

12-28-2013 17:38:40 | More by aqualung23
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Smuttynose Really Old Brown Dog Ale (Big Beer Series) from Smuttynose Brewing Company
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