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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

550 Ratings
THE BROS
78
okay

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Ratings: 550
Reviews: 310
rAvg: 3.9
pDev: 11.03%
Wants: 38
Gots: 36 | FT: 2
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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chrispoint

Connecticut

1.5/5  rDev -61.5%

02-20-2012 18:21:05 | More by chrispoint
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jamie2dope

Massachusetts

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
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miclormic

Maine

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
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MattXT

Massachusetts

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
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jrohrbacher

North Carolina

2.75/5  rDev -29.5%

06-19-2013 02:45:22 | More by jrohrbacher
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funkel81

California

2.75/5  rDev -29.5%

03-18-2012 18:18:36 | More by funkel81
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illini4x4


2.75/5  rDev -29.5%

07-21-2012 19:25:36 | More by illini4x4
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rderedin

Maine

2.75/5  rDev -29.5%

03-31-2012 13:39:54 | More by rderedin
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mrasskicktastic

New Jersey

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
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FLAbeergutinMASS

Massachusetts

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
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Insubordinator

Wisconsin

3/5  rDev -23.1%

07-25-2013 04:16:37 | More by Insubordinator
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projektyle

New Hampshire

3/5  rDev -23.1%

03-13-2012 18:47:42 | More by projektyle
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noyellowfizzbeer

Massachusetts

3/5  rDev -23.1%

12-31-2011 17:55:04 | More by noyellowfizzbeer
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EricDu

New Hampshire

3/5  rDev -23.1%

06-13-2013 04:10:00 | More by EricDu
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chippo33

Vermont

3/5  rDev -23.1%

12-04-2012 04:33:36 | More by chippo33
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lackenhauser

Maryland

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
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Brutus627

Maine

3/5  rDev -23.1%

06-24-2014 01:35:08 | More by Brutus627
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Eriktheipaman

California

3/5  rDev -23.1%

04-27-2012 13:16:25 | More by Eriktheipaman
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Rekrule

Massachusetts

3/5  rDev -23.1%

08-14-2012 00:23:26 | More by Rekrule
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ChrisMon02

Ohio

3/5  rDev -23.1%

11-27-2012 00:48:45 | More by ChrisMon02
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chevre

Massachusetts

3/5  rDev -23.1%

04-04-2012 00:49:31 | More by chevre
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jstewart1130

Ohio

3/5  rDev -23.1%

12-23-2011 00:43:49 | More by jstewart1130
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jfcaa193

Connecticut

3/5  rDev -23.1%

02-01-2012 02:59:46 | More by jfcaa193
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GFD400

New York

3/5  rDev -23.1%

02-01-2014 00:46:21 | More by GFD400
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Amalak

New York

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