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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

565 Ratings
THE BROS
78
okay

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Ratings: 565
Reviews: 312
rAvg: 3.9
pDev: 11.28%
Wants: 42
Gots: 39 | 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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1.5/5  rDev -61.5%

chrispoint, Feb 20, 2012
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1.68/5  rDev -56.9%

treeslothguy, Oct 31, 2014
Photo of jamie2dope
2.3/5  rDev -41%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

It seemed like a while since they had put this beer out, so I was pleased to see it around again. Apparently the recipe has changed this year. Red/light brown color, with a bit of tan lacing. Nose is really big on wood and alcohol, although a hint of fruit lies underneath it all. Caramel sweetness hits the palate first, followed by some bitter hop, then ends on a very boozy, almost acrid note. Mouthfeel is heavy and in your face. I had a tough time getting through this beer. From what I can remember, the 07 bottling was more preferable. Maybe this one needs some age, as the label suggests.

jamie2dope, Jan 17, 2009
Photo of miclormic
2.45/5  rDev -37.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

At first sip I thought this would be a nice brown ale , but, it has some strange taste that I cannot describe,it is a bitter taste that hangs with you after each mouthful. Kinda like biting into a rotten nut , yuck! I had high hopes upon first sip but actually dumped the rest of my pint and the remaining bottle contents down the drain. I have only dumped a few beers down the drain in my life and this is one of them.

miclormic, Sep 26, 2013
Photo of MattXT
2.68/5  rDev -31.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.25

2013 bomber poured roughly into a Chimay Chalice.

I was eagerly anticipating this beer as I love Smuttynose's offerings. Visually was as an old ale should be. Nose was malty and sweet, fairly pleasant. The taste is what got me. It lacked any heat for a 10%'er and it tasted like a really bad pumpkin spice or Christmas beer. I'm not sure if I got a bad bottle or what, but I could barely choke down the glass and poured the rest. I'm a fan of the style and thoroughly enjoy Curmudgeon, Peculiar, and the like, but this was really disappointing. I probably
won't revisit unless someone opens a bottle from their stash.

MattXT, May 29, 2013
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2.75/5  rDev -29.5%

jrohrbacher, Jun 19, 2013
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2.75/5  rDev -29.5%

funkel81, Mar 18, 2012
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2.75/5  rDev -29.5%

illini4x4, Jul 21, 2012
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2.75/5  rDev -29.5%

rderedin, Mar 31, 2012
Photo of mrasskicktastic
2.8/5  rDev -28.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

A - Deep amber brew with a small head and isolated flecks of lacing.

S - Clean hop aroma with a faint backing of wood and forest floor.

T - A nutty malt with a bit of chicory and alcohol on the palette. The aftertaste is very nutty with clean woodsy hops finish.

M - Pretty smooth, thin, the finish is astringent with an overall mildly refreshing effect. Alcohol is strong enough to make a bit of a burn.

D - Better than old brown dog, but not by much. I don't think I will have again. Pretty easy to drink though.

mrasskicktastic, May 25, 2007
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2.88/5  rDev -26.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This review pains me a little; the Smutty Big Beer series is one of my all time favorites. This one is very, very disappointing, Olive deserves better. Maintains a decent appearance, nicely balanced head, apparently bottle-conditioned, no residue anywhere.

Unbalanced malts dominate, with a slight hop-bitter finish. Not sure where the brewer was trying to go with this one; being that it is bottle condition, and relatively high ABV, I am interested to see how it ages.

FLAbeergutinMASS, Apr 13, 2007
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3/5  rDev -23.1%

Insubordinator, Jul 25, 2013
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3/5  rDev -23.1%

projektyle, Mar 13, 2012
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3/5  rDev -23.1%

noyellowfizzbeer, Dec 31, 2011
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3/5  rDev -23.1%

EricDu, Jun 13, 2013
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3/5  rDev -23.1%

chippo33, Dec 04, 2012
Photo of lackenhauser
3/5  rDev -23.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Random, somewhat copper color. White, lacey head on top. Malty, somewhat sharp and lactic aroma. Decent enough malty flavor. Slightly robust with a faint alcohol twinge. Tastes like an amped up version of their regular brown though out of balance. Ok mouthfeel. Rather ho hum overall for me. I was expecting more to tell you the truth. All their big beer series beers I have had have been great-this one lacks a lot.

lackenhauser, Jun 29, 2007
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3/5  rDev -23.1%

Brutus627, Jun 24, 2014
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3/5  rDev -23.1%

Eriktheipaman, Apr 27, 2012
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3/5  rDev -23.1%

Rekrule, Aug 14, 2012
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3/5  rDev -23.1%

ChrisMon02, Nov 27, 2012
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3/5  rDev -23.1%

chevre, Apr 04, 2012
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3/5  rDev -23.1%

jstewart1130, Dec 23, 2011
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3/5  rDev -23.1%

jfcaa193, Feb 01, 2012
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3/5  rDev -23.1%

GFD400, Feb 01, 2014
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Smuttynose Really Old Brown Dog Ale (Big Beer Series) from Smuttynose Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 565 ratings.