Smuttynose Really Old Brown Dog Ale (Big Beer Series) - Smuttynose Brewing Company
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2.3/5 rDev -41%
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.
01-17-2009 01:59:47 | More by jamie2dope
2.45/5 rDev -37.2%
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.
09-26-2013 22:53:59 | More by miclormic
2.68/5 rDev -31.3%
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.
05-29-2013 01:39:16 | More by MattXT
2.8/5 rDev -28.2%
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.
05-24-2007 23:17:27 | More by mrasskicktastic
2.88/5 rDev -26.2%
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.
04-13-2007 21:52:32 | More by FLAbeergutinMASS
3/5 rDev -23.1%
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.
06-29-2007 01:44:01 | More by lackenhauser
3.03/5 rDev -22.3%
At Mugs Ale House on Bedford Ave. in Brooklyn they had a tasting with a cask of this brew. It was a clear brown color with a average foamy head and limited lace. Malt scent with a slight fruity after tone.
The beer is very sweet, actually, quite sour. High alcohol content that comes through. I hear that this is better if you sip and savor, but for a first go, it was alright.
03-10-2009 21:41:41 | More by Amalak
Smuttynose Really Old Brown Dog Ale (Big Beer Series) from Smuttynose Brewing Company
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