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

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BA SCORE
88
very good

556 Ratings
THE BROS
78
okay

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Ratings: 556
Reviews: 311
rAvg: 3.9
pDev: 11.03%
Wants: 40
Gots: 38 | FT: 3
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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Photo of keithmurray
4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2012 vintage

Appearance - murky brown liquid with khaki head

Smell - brown sugar, molasses, caramel, tobacco, prune, oak

Taste - similar to the aroma, brown sugar, molasses, caramel, tobacco, leather, prune,
Oak
Mouthfeel - full bodied, medium plus carbonation, sweetness upfront and the leather/tobacco on the finish

Overall - decent beer that is a sipper on a chilly night

Price point - $7.99/22 oz bottle

keithmurray, Oct 12, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -10.3%

Shawnspl, Oct 11, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

paulys55, Oct 06, 2014
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3.4/5  rDev -12.8%

milesfarbman, Sep 20, 2014
Photo of pjkelley82
4.37/5  rDev +12.1%

pjkelley82, Sep 12, 2014
Photo of atrocity
3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

atrocity, Sep 06, 2014
Photo of Svendozen
4/5  rDev +2.6%

Svendozen, Aug 09, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

Doomcifer, Aug 01, 2014
Photo of SportsandJorts
4.58/5  rDev +17.4%
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.

SportsandJorts, Jul 30, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -16.7%

starshockey9, Jul 25, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +21.8%

Stagga_Lee, Jul 22, 2014
Photo of ExtraStout
4.15/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Had the 2012 as a guest beer at Amherst Brewing.

A - Pours a murky brown with amber highlights at the edges. Muddy looking beer. One finger head dissipates after a minute or two leaving a thin film, some bubbles & a few splotches of lace.

S - The nose is ripe with good complexity, primarily dark fruits & sugary malts. Notes of raisins, figs, candied malts,caramel, and a bit deeper molasses. Some lighter hops in the end, and spicy booze.

T - Wow, lots of flavor here. Brown sugar prevails, then plenty of fig and dark fruit. Richer molasses as well. Light airy hops mingle in as well. Finishes with a blast of warm, spicey booze.

M - Big chewy bodied beer, slick big bodied beer.

O - Time has been kind to this one. A pleasant surprise, huge flavor profile with plenty of complexity. Gets a bit sweet as it warms, world class mouthfeel IMO.

ExtraStout, Jul 21, 2014
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4/5  rDev +2.6%

curlybird, Jul 18, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +9%

trxxpaxxs, Jul 16, 2014
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4/5  rDev +2.6%

jerefreakinmiah, Jun 29, 2014
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3/5  rDev -23.1%

Brutus627, Jun 24, 2014
Photo of ricknelson
4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Don't think this beer is getting a fair shake in the ratings. Maybe because it is a brown ale and there are not too many fans of brown ales. I happen to be one. Maybe because Smuttynose is more or less a local New Hampshire brewery. But in fairness to the beer. This is a real great beer in its style. Would rate this as a great everyday beer, like Shed's Mountain Ale or most Sam Adam's beers.
Brown is not a very appealing color for a beer, it pours out with very little head or lacing. It kinda just sits there, but the taste is special, and I feel it deserves a better appreciation for what it is.

ricknelson, Jun 23, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +15.4%

Longo_1985, Jun 13, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

Dicers, Jun 06, 2014
Photo of argock
3.93/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 22 oz brown bottle into a clear glass snifter. Bottle conditioned in 2012 notched on label. Purchased at Market Street Wineshop (Charlottesville, VA).

A: Semi-opaque dark amber with 1-finger of foamy beige head with decent retention but no lacing.

S: Very sweet, buttery caramel-toffee malt aromas dominate with minimal herbal hopping. Yeast esters are bready and a little fruity but subdued. Alcohol singes the nostrils a touch.

T: Very sweet sipper here, drinks like a big beer with toffee, burnt caramel, date, and a bit of rum raisin. Nuty as well -- nice malt complexity overall. Hopping is only bitterness to counter the intense maltiness. Alcohol presence is mild with a bit of warming on the palate and throat. Yeast character is again bready-doughy but not overwhelming. Light bitterness.

M: Very smooth, full-bodied, light carbonation overall.

O: I enjoyed this beer but about 12 oz is enough -- big body and intensely malty with a nice use of alcohol presence in the background to remind you this is a big beer.

argock, Jun 05, 2014
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4/5  rDev +2.6%

Duwey, Jun 05, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +9%

bballpitch, May 24, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -16.7%

Latarnik, May 23, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

VTEno17, May 21, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -16.7%

JLeet, Apr 30, 2014
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Smuttynose Really Old Brown Dog Ale (Big Beer Series) from Smuttynose Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 556 ratings.