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Smuttynose Really Old Brown Dog Ale - Smuttynose Brewing Company

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Smuttynose Really Old Brown Dog AleSmuttynose Really Old Brown Dog Ale

Educational use only; do not reuse.
very good

361 Reviews

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Reviews: 361
Hads: 774
Avg: 3.91
pDev: 15.09%
Wants: 48
Gots: 102 | FT: 2
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 joefuzz
5/5  rDev +27.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

08 vintage poured into snifter

Dark brown pour with a tan head. Smells of sweet caramel and and tropical fruits. Tastes of beautiful ripe berries and a nice malty backbone. Carbonation and mouthfee are amazing not crazy carbonated but not flat. Overall 3 years has turned this maybe B beer into a hands down A+ absolutly amazing.

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Photo of BeerKangaroo
4.98/5  rDev +27.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

There is no date on this bottle other than bottle conditioned in 2012.

Out of a bomber and into a pint glass and a nonic:

A: pure brown colored body fed a three finger head in the regular pint glass and about a two finger head in the nonic, light carbonation took its good old sweet time surfacing. The lacing was a perfect coat around the sides of both glasses.

S: raisins and bourbon, some oak and some light nuts in the background. If I remember correctly, I must have smelled this at least twenty times before I actually took a sip because I was so enthalled by the smells and how they combined. Everything is balanced super! There is nothing off, everything is pure and making itself well known. Nothing is overbearing.

T: centered around the raisins and bourbon, some strong notes of caramel come out. Near the end of the beer, some chocolate comes out. The malts also come out close to the end of the beer. As the beer warms, the chocolate comes out a lot more.

M: medium, borderline heavy with a great creaminess that surrounds the entire brew. The finish leaves a bit of chocolate. The carbonation is well balanced. For everything that is going on, this is still a very drinkable beer. I could have at least three of these with a steak, yet I know I could have this alone as dessert and be satisfied.

O: Though the ABV is high, this beer still has what it takes to show the varieties of complex notes to each review category. I'm thoroughly impressed. I think this ranks up among the stars of the greatest beers I've ever had at least for me. I can't wait to have this again.

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Photo of dpgoblejr
4.85/5  rDev +24%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Golden amber in color with not much in the way of head retention or lacing. Smells of some bread and fruits. Taste is of sweet malts, dark fruits, and biscuits. Coats the palate nicely and is quite enjoyable to drink. I thoroughly enjoyed indulging on this Smuttynose take on an old ale!

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Photo of malt-ofthe-earth
4.81/5  rDev +23%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Now I’m sipping a Really Old Brown Dog and when I mean sipping, I mean slowly sipping, because whereas the Old is 6.7% ABV, this one is 11.1%. Like I said earlier when you weren’t reading, I’m a fan of Smuttynose, and I’ve been revisiting their beers and reviewing them here for posterity, although I might try a Founders or Sierra Nevada next to change things up a bit. I like how they, Smuttynose of course, clearly label each bottle with a date and ABV in white ink on the bottle itself. With the Old and Finestkind, the date is the one to drink by, but the Really Old is a bottle conditioned date, which is a nice touch, more like a vintage year kind of thing. Now this one was bottled in Nov 2014 so we’re not exactly talking Bordeaux yet, but a lot can happen in 5 months. But I’m still alive to tell you: now we’re talking! This is almost more mellow than the Old because it hides its alcohol behind a smooth caramel wash but there’s a sharp licorice backwash to let you know this isn’t just a milky way. It’s another galaxy altogether where the cantinas are filled with old celestials speaking about their latest alchemies promising immortality using yin-yang malts and silver hops and wine-soaked poets drowning in a lake of moons. Although the color is similar to the Old, I can’t really tell, because clouds have moved in and the light isn’t as clear as earlier. So, just saying this is a nice alternative to my usual special stouts and porters and even barley wines. I’ll be back.

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Photo of ClavisAurea
4.69/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

12oz bottle served in a tulip glass. Bottle date 02/2015

Appearance: reddish brown with a nice thick head that sank to some nice lace and thin rim in the glass

Nose: chocolate, malty biscuity, toffee, caramel, cherries

Taste: fruity and fresh, cherries and strawberries, malty and biscuity, absolutely no alcohol presence, where is the 11% ABV?!? No hops reserve in the beginning or the middle. Ultra smooth with nice carbonation for the high alcohol content, malty sweet finish that lends to a very very very slight bitterness from the hops.

Overall: I was extremely surprised at there they were hiding the alcohol. At over 1/10 drops of this wonderful brew being booz I really have no clue where it ran off to. I'm really not sure if further aging would improve this beer seeing that it is already a few months old in my cellar.

Cellar Review:

I recently opened up a 2013 bomber of this beer. Truly magnificent. Rich and delicious with just the right amount of sherry, toffee and port flavors. This beer is truly a cellar staple.

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Photo of TK5150
4.6/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2008 Bottle.

The 9.3% alc. Port Soaked Oak Chip Conditioned English Barleywine/Old Ale version, not the 7% alc. Brown Porter edition they made in 2007.

A- Pours a beautiful amber/ruby/brown with a nice beige head.

S- At first it appears vinous with various assorted fruits but then a large maltiness kicks in along with honey and general sweetness, a little alcohol peeks out from within.

T- This stuff has aged tremendously, and is massively complex. Malty sweetness with honey, caramel, apple, creamy vanilla and biscuits. A big strawberry component is there as well. Hints of smoke and maple. Some alcohol and spiciness appear. While sweet, this finishes fairly dry. Hints of herbaceousness (which in this case is not a bad thing). The biscuity flavor lingers in the mouth for a while. Almost a little bubble-gum lingering with the biscuits, weird, but good. Totally rounded out and cohesive. All the flavors mesh so well.

M- Full bodied and like damn silk.

D- I am going to polish this bomber off with complete pleasure.

I am kicking myself for not aging more of these. Smuttynose continues to blow me away. This beer has significantly improved with age. I bought three when this beer came out. I drank one fresh and was not entirely impressed, but I saw the aging potential in it, having both high alcohol and having been conditioned on port soaked oak chips. I had my first cellared bottle about 6-7 months after the release and was excited to see it get better, even though it still wasn't at full potential. Now after close to a year and a half, this has really come into its own. I don't know if this is at its peak but for my money I'm saying its close. I hope they make this version of the beer again.

Review of 2012 in early 2013.

T- Big fruity strawberry peach, pear and watermelon, yes, watermelon.. Caramel drizzled on top. Estery. What a unique old ale.

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Photo of marcpal
4.58/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

From tasting notes on 1/29. Poured a couple times in Delirium Tremens snifter.
Bottle Graphics: 9/10. Hit or miss with Smutty.

A: Dark auburn red, borderline brown colored body. Very light bubbles with a thin 1/4 head that held on tough. The second pour into the glass produced a mammoth head. The chunks in this pour were also pronounced. Yum, protein.

S: Dried fruits: figs, dates, figs and raisins. All of them with a sugary malt aroma. Molasses decadence. The booze is more present in the nose than the first sniff would lead you to believe.

T: Poundingly sweet and a little hot when chilled. The flavors and alcohol would make you think it was more than the 7% listed. The dates are pungent, tastily warming with huge brown sugar flavors. There is some huge flavor in this big beer packed into a relatively low and drinkable abv. Hops do not claim to nor do they take any residence in the taste or feel.
Buttered and toasted raisin nut artisinal bread.

M: Sweetness tings on my cheeks some and the body has adequate medium thickness. No bitterness but rich and luxurious.

D: Another, yet another beer from Smutty that is top notch. This brewery is beginning to get a seat at the head of the class in my book. The 22oz makes for a super sipper and it was a nice touch to sit back with a moderate abv brew that left a slight burn in the chest.

As the bottle says, age would probably do good things but the sweet fruits are what it is about. For the price tag, great.

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Photo of SportsandJorts
4.58/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Vintage 2013

Appearance: a reddish brown, fresh leather color. a small tannish head that leaves behind a small lacing. hazy and opaque.

Smell: rum soaked raisins, brown sugar, plums, leather and earthiness, booze.

Taste: opens up with some brown sugar, hints of raisins and plums, almost reminiscent of rum soaked raisins like the smell, strong leather and oxidized earthy quality to it, hints towards some chocolate tastes. small amount of booze other that the taste of rum.

Mouthfeel: creamy and silky, but still is chewy. leaves a strong oxidized leather taste behind.

Overall: At a year or so old this beer is fitting in quite nicely to the old ale style. great notes of leather and oxidation along with dark fruits and slightly boozy qualities. some sweetness from possible adjunct usage and a wonderfully chewy-silky mouthfeel. this beer is a must try.

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Photo of DoubleSimcoe
4.55/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Smutty Really Old Brown Dog Ale, bomber bought at New Beer Distributors in Manhattan, NYC, for $4.25.

2008 Vintage, Bitches!!!

Appearance: Pours rather mighty, with a great amount of carbonation/fizziness. Two fingers of head, more on my second pour. I first got no retention or lacing but then the head held up as I poured the rest of the bottle and the lacing that developed was thick and gorgeous. Beyond that, what we've got here is a beautiful old ale, with that noble presence and dark color.

Smell: In the nose, the Old Dog is all raisins, brown sugar and nasty-good boozed-up sweetness. Caramel, flan. Dessert and joy!

Taste: More sweetness (always controlled, never overwhelming), a significant hop presence despite the age and a nourishing feel to it all. A reviewer before said roasted chesnuts- I think that applies rather perfectly. Very autumn-y, so very appropriate for this rainy, wet October day. Malts, a bit of bubblegum and a slight metallic feel, like licking a spring mattress.

Mouthfeel: A little low on the carbonation, but otherwise rather good, with full body and flavor and adequate carbonation. Never boozy or crazy, well balanced and mellowed with age.

Overall: Very drinkable! Hardly a hint of booze in this '08 brew. This is like having a fine port/sherry wine for dessert. The older the dog, the better the dog! And at this price (see above), I will go back for more.

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Photo of Murphious
4.54/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Certainly a very good to excellent barrel aged brown ale. Fantastic oaky nose and taste! I was half-way through my glass before realizing I was getting tipsy---11%!? Very smooth and drinkable so be slow with it. 4.5 out of 5. Much better than other beers with more hype and brewery induced exclusivity. Just because a brewer limits production, doesn't necessarily make it better beer...

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Photo of Blakaeris
4.5/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours cloudy red-brown with a thick soapy head that quickly dissipates.

Aroma is grainy malt with mild chocolate. Musty yeasty character. Subtle dark fruit and alcohol warmth.

Taste is more of the grainy malt and chocolate from the nose. Musty yeasty quality has a definite presence as well along with an intensely aromatic leather quality. Strong oak dryness and vanilla shines through. Finishes with lingering mineral and tobacco.

Mouthfeel is a chewy medium body.

A very flavorful and intersting brew. Many subtle layers to enjoy. The intense musty, leathery, oaky, tobacco quality is something I have not encountered before.

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Photo of ShogoKawada
4.5/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Obtained from jlindros... thanks! Been looking for this one for a while, we get most Smuttynose in RI but not this one for some reason.

Bottle conditioned in 2008, 22oz into tulip.

A- Brown, a substantial and long lasting head for an old ale. Brown, nice and robust, not too dark but not too light.

S- Plums, deep candied sugar, molasses, caramel. Fruit, very fruity.

T- Wow. A mild hoppiness (citrus and pine) that I assume has mellowed since 2008. Caramel, deep dark fruit, and a very smooth malt make for a very tasty old ale.

M- Heavenly. Creamy, good carbonation, no sign of the ABV. Fantastic!

D- I think another would be trouble, but I want a case of this to sit on. Truly an amazing beer. Wow!

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Photo of EStreet20
4.48/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Love the Smutty big beer series. Grabbed a bomber to try out the Old Ale. Great picture of Olive, the mascot from my favorite brown ale lying on an easy chair on the beach.

22 ounce bomber of the 2007 vintage poured into an oversized wine glass.

A - Pours out a beautiful light brown color that glows to a fiery, translucent red when held to the light. A nice finger of off white head sits atop. The head eventually dissipates (this is a big ass glass) but leaves rings of lacing down the sides. Really an amazing looking beer.

S - Big fruity notes. You can tell some sweetness will be coming your way.

T - Very nice overall. The fruits are present as in the smell along with a tiny, tiny, tiny hint of toffee like flavor. Surprisingly, and pleasantly, the sweetness does not go into overkill mode and the beer finishes somewhat dry. Also a tiny bit of a smoky character in there as well. Just great, complex flavors that aren't all that "extreme", simply well done. Alcohol is nearly completely hidden in the taste but will warm the back of the throat/belly.

M - A nice feeling medium body. Maybe a little heavier would be expected.

D - Keeps me coming back. A very interesting brew. Glad I picked it up. I'll definitely grab a few to age for a while, if I can resist them now.

An excellent sipper. Different than the other old ales I've tried (starting right with the color) but a seriously interesting and "cozy" beer to relax with.

RIP Olive

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Photo of johnnnniee
4.47/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2008 Vintage, I can't believe it took me so long to post a review of this one.
Pours a crystal clear brown color with ruby highlights when held to light. Thin head dissipates quickly. Smells of Brown Sugar, cherries, dark dried fruits, vanilla, some oak or smoke too. Very malty nose very little if any hop presence. Taste is sweet with dark fruits, toffee, sugar, a touch of alcohol and a warming finish. Mouthfeel is creamy/syrupy, body is medium, carbonation is ample. Another great brew from an underrated brewery.

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Photo of Bighuge
4.47/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2008 vintage

Chestnut brown body. Clarity is good. Thin beige head leaves moderate amounts of lace. Like the nose. Complex subtle notes of wine, port, passion fruit, oak, alcohol, rum, vanilla and nougat. I get oak notes right off the bat. Also rum sensations of alcohol and a little whiskey. Fruity tones along the line of a spiked fruit punch. Maltiness is pretty rich and nougat and caramel come through as well. Body is medium to medium full and the carbonation is held in check, creating quite a silky feel in the mouth and lending to easy drinkability for a 10% beverage. Unique and well done.

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Photo of jondeelee
4.42/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Really Old Brown Dog opens with a fruity, malty nose ripe with strawberries, oranges, peaches, watermelon, and kiwi (!), but also bearing brown sugars and vanilla bean, as well as rising wheat dough, toast crust, and toasted pecan. The fruit aromas are quite spectacular here, drifting out almost bubble-gum like in their potency. But "bubble-gum like" works for this beer, the aromas coming across more like fresh-cut fruit juices than manufactured flavor additives, and nicely grounded by the grains. As a whole, the nose is perhaps slightly too reminiscent of a fruity cocktail, but is still enticing and intriguing.

On the tongue, the beer opens with a lovely fruit and sugar rush, though here the fruits tend toward the darker side, still bearing hints of strawberry, peach, and watermelon, but adding fig, plum, and black cherry to the mix. Healthy touches of molasses and vanilla add to the depth and complexity of these darker sugar flavors. The beer also boasts some kola nut flavors, as well as touches of charcoal, oak, port, and bourbon; in fact, based only on flavor, I would swear this bourbon-barrel aged. The ABV is high (10%), coming across in bourbon-like vapors, but blends nicely with the dark fruits and liquor flavors, making this taste in many ways like a very fine cognac. Wheat toast crust and fresh-cut wheat stalk round out the flavors. The aftertaste is more of the bourbon/cognac/fruit mixture, lingering deliciously on the tongue for a long time. Mouthfeel is medium, and carbonation is medium.

Overall, this is excellent beer, and the aging that has been done to the normal Old Brown Dog Ale has brought out an excellent range of flavors. In fact, only the slightly-too-high alcoholic kick prevents this one from being a perfect 5 in flavor. Must try.

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Photo of PBoegel
4.42/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5


Bomber poured into a duvel tulip. Stained oak wood in color, brilliant clarity, very minimal light tan to cream colored head, breaks quickly.

Aroma is incredibly complex. Wet fresh cut wood, oak, rum, natural vanilla extract. No perciptible hop profile. Whiskey and rye vodka alcohol as it warms.

Flavor begins with a deep caramel sweet malt followed by a oak wood dry middle and a complimentary vanilla and subtle chocolate. Finishes with a warming whiskey sourness and complex dark rum character.

Mouthfeel is smooth, medium body, alcohol compliments relatively low carbonation to help lead to a relatively dry finish overall. Some appropriate sourness, low bittering, slightly creamy.

Extremely drinkable, alcohol character is more apparent than would be expected in a 7% beer, but it creates a lot of the taste aroma that makes the beer inviting a d drinkable.

Buy more.

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Photo of jwc215
4.42/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 oz. bottle

Pours reddish brown with a thin, well-retained off=white head.

The smell is of dark malts, caramel, dark fruits with sweet biscuit in the back.

The taste is just as the aroma would have it with some chocolate added in. This is a wonderful blend of malts. Just enough hops to keep the sweetness from being cloying.

There is mild carbonation. Smooth. Farily coating.

Easy drinking, esp. for the style. Yummy! An old ale/brown ale mix. Nice.

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Photo of LOCAL
4.42/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Finally I'm getting a chance to review Smuttynose's 2008 release of Really Old Brown Dog Ale. My absolute favorite beer the last time it was brewed about 20 months ago. The last time it was brewed it was made to be a brown porter/ old ale weighing in at 7% ABV. This time the recipe was changed a bit and its brewed to be more of an Old Ale/Barleywine at 10% ABV. I'm freaking excited!

Appearance: Pours a dark brown/ rubyish red with a two finger light tan head that fades in moments into my new Duvel tulip glass. Leaves some very nice lacing.

Aroma: First nose gives me a lot of sweet cherries, oak, and malt. Perhaps some vanilla in there too.

Taste: WOW! Not disappointed in the least. Comes through with a malty, roasty, oaky flavor enhanced by that port soaked oak chips that the brew finished on. Bit of alcohol in the back that is sure to fade in several months. Seemingly a beer that will become very balanced if it isn't so already. (the port finish may be a bit too much fresh for some)

Mouthfeel: Medium to heavy: Seems to stick to the tongue on the way down.

Overall: Another awesome brew from smuttynose. An old favorite brought back in even more glory. This is going to be a fantastic beer to cellar and stand the test of several tasty years.... I'm buying even more than a case!

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Photo of liddytime
4.42/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

First off, let me say that the bottle art is among the best I have seen. I just love the label. R.I.P. Olive!

Pours a beautiful copper-amber in the bottle.

As I take in the aromas, I get figs and caramel.

The taste is fantastic! Sticky, toffee pudding, spiked with nutmeg, allspice and brandy! The alcohol is noticeable, perhaps a bit much so. However, I am drinking a youngish bottle and I imagine that would mellow over time. I had no trouble, whatsoever, finishing off the 22oz bomber though! Why is it that the stronger beers always come in the larger bottles?!?

Highly recommended!!

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Photo of CHADMC3
4.42/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The deep copper to chestnut body gives way to an enormous, creamy, tan head packed with dense carbonation and a thick, lacey top that hangs around the sides throughout the beer.

Big malt, deep, dark fruit, a bit of brown sugar, and possibly even bread or biscuit highlight the nose of the Old Brown Dog, almost mirroring the friend on the label.

Great flavor, and very diverse; up front there is dark fruit such as raisins or plums, but also toffee, and a hint of something sherry-like. There is also a touch of pepper on the back of the throat, and then a sweet nutty finish.

Medium to low carbonation, a bit chewy and on the thicker side, great palate with increasing sweetness to enjoy more and more.

This is a great beer, and near spot on for the style in my opinion, certainly a beer I will have over and over again. Tons of flavor and aromas to enjoy, entirely too easy to drink, and completely satisfying to the senses.

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Photo of selecter70
4.4/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

While Smuttynose has also brewed some great beers, their Big Bottle series has definitely captured my attention. A hearty 1pt 6oz bottle, this guy pours a dark caramel brown with honey color and a good 1 and a half -2 finger head. A light but rich malt aroma with yeast and a slight lavender floral aroma settles in the nose. The flavor moves towards a bitter hop/sweet malt and is smooth & chewy with plum-like sweet/sour musty fruit undertones. Very drinkable and quite delicious!

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Photo of sethmeister
4.38/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22 oz bomber bottle conditioned in 2007. I've kept this in the cellar since I picked it up over a year ago

Pours a deep caramel brown with an immense fluffy light tan head. Soft fluffy streaks of lace stick to the glass.

Scent is warm sweet caramel, soft cocoa, and a hint of alcohol esters.

Taste is rich caramel and chocolate malts. Brown sugar. Soft bittersweet cocoa. Nuts and toasty notes. Sticky sweetness on the lips and a slight alcohol warming at the finish.

Mouth is soft, creamy and full; even a bit chewy.

Drinkability is excellent - the bomber practically drank itself.

Much softer and smoother than I remember it fresh. Seems to have taken on a lovely English nut brown ale persona. Quite delicious. Wish I'd cellared more of this!

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Photo of DIM
4.38/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

a: This was an almost clear, peachy mahogany color. It poured with a thick, somewhat sticky, off-white head.

s: Some warm, prickly cherries, warm, perfumed hops, and warm, malty toffee. Did I mention warm? This stuff smells pretty young. I like it a lot now, but I think there is potential for this to get even better.

t: Overall, this is probably a little too hot. But I can't help really liking this! Perfumed hop notes lend a sharp edge to fruit flavors of tart cherries and a little raisin. There is also a whisper of chocolate in the malts.

m: Mouth puckering warmth and tartness, combined with long lived, creamy carbonation.

d: Smutty's big beers have been hit or miss for me, but this is a bull's eye. Thanks to both barleywinebrewer and joepais for samples of this. I love this now and I'm really glad I have some to age. I think it will get even better.

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Photo of gpcollen1
4.38/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This one pours a beautiful dark brown into my Smutty Big Beer Tulip. Head rises up an inch or so and quickly settles. Aroma is deep and malty rich with hints of caramel and maybe a waft of alcohol.

TAste follows the nose a bit in the heavy duty malt but not giving in to much sweetness at all and complimented by the slightly elevated alcohol. Wondefully dry hops rides in on this one mid sip and cruises through the finish.

I am not certain if I liked this more now or when it was fresh but regardless, it is delicious. Would like to see more of this...

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Smuttynose Really Old Brown Dog Ale from Smuttynose Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 361 ratings.