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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

635 Ratings
THE BROS
78
okay

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Ratings: 635
Reviews: 323
rAvg: 3.9
pDev: 10.77%
Wants: 45
Gots: 64 | FT: 3
Brewed by:
Smuttynose Brewing Company visit their website
New Hampshire, United States

Style | ABV
Old Ale |  11.10% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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.

20 IBU

2007 - 7.0%
2008 - 9.3%
2010 - 10.9%
2014 - 11.1%
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
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Photo of Ian_B
3.92/5  rDev +0.5%
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 -17.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of epyon396
4.08/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of jgunther71
4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Farinag16447
3.94/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of DuBeats
3.21/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of PeterJBr
4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Celtics76
3.99/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of nyrblue2
4.09/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of skrewyou82
4.29/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of HopsForBrains
4.16/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of bigorange
4.26/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of alostplot
4.22/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Kerrie
3.15/5  rDev -19.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of TylerKitchens
4.19/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of midlifec
4.05/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of paulish
3.88/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of dpgoblejr
4.77/5  rDev +22.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | 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!

Photo of Pog-Mo-Thoin
3.93/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of bonkers
4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of lambpasty
3.69/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of GreesyFizeek
3.62/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

On tap at World of Beer in Jacksonville, FL.

Pours a somewhat dark brown color, with a quarter inch head, and a little bit of lacing.

Smells pretty malty and sweet, with some dark fruit and chocolate.

This is nicely malty and tasty, but seems a bit simple for an old ale. I only really get vaguely sweet malt, and a little bit of chocolate. Tasty, but not all that interesting, really.

This is medium bodied, with a crisp and bready mouthfeel, and a lower level of carbonaton.

Not super impressed with this one, Smuttynose can do better.

Photo of Knapp85
3.79/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of bushbeer75
4.13/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

22 oz brown bottle label notched 2012

Smuttynose Really Old Brown Dog Ale changed the color of my snifter to a dark cloudy amber producing a 3/4-finger tan head that was reduced to spotty lacing and a collar of foam. The nose was dominated by caramel malt and dark fruit (raisins). The taste is similar to the smell. It is malt-rich of deep notes of complex dark fruit and dark toffee with just a faint underlying hop bitterness that helps balance the ale. Mouth feel is full bodied, creamy, with fizzy carbonation that tickles the tongue and has a pleasant alcohol warming.

Really Old Brown Dog is a good Old "stock" Ale that is a sipper even after [approximately] 2-years of age. The ale paired well with Mexican style salsa and chips.

Photo of ZebraCakez
4.27/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A great beer. Pours a deep red/brown with little head. Aroma of roasted malt and fresh bread. Taste is that of deep malt and dried fruit. It's sweet on a molasses like level on the finish, and the alcohol is present at the end with a pleasant warming sensation. Medium body and just enough carbonation add to an overall well balanced and enjoyable experience. Definitely worth trying.

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Smuttynose Really Old Brown Dog Ale (Big Beer Series) from Smuttynose Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 635 ratings.