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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

548 Ratings
THE BROS
78
okay

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Ratings: 548
Reviews: 310
rAvg: 3.9
pDev: 11.03%
Wants: 38
Gots: 36 | FT: 1
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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GFD400

New York

3/5  rDev -23.1%

02-01-2014 00:46:21 | More by GFD400
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ReeseMax3

Pennsylvania

3.25/5  rDev -16.7%

01-26-2014 00:39:30 | More by ReeseMax3
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swierczt

Connecticut

4.75/5  rDev +21.8%

01-25-2014 16:12:03 | More by swierczt
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Jonada

New Jersey

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

22oz bomber with no freshness date. 10.4% ABV. Served in a snifter.

Appearance: Pours a dark amber color with 1 finger of a light tan head head that dissipates to a thin ring. Body is dark and hazy but not opaque.

Smell: Booze soaked dark fruits, raisins, dates, vanilla, sweet malt

Taste: Dark fruit, toffee, and vanilla, with some milk chocolate and roasted malt character that wasn't present in the aroma. Slight earthiness in the finish helps balance the malt sweetness a bit.

Mouthfeel: Medium/full bodied, somewhat sticky mouthfeel. Medium levels of fine carbonation. Booze is definitely there, but the beer isn't hot by any means. Goes down smooth.

Overall: Really impressed with this one. Super flavorful and complex and at $6-7 per bottle, a really good value, which seems to be becoming more and more rare these days. Highly recommend picking up a couple bottles to drink and throw in the cellar.

Serving type: bottle

01-25-2014 06:56:27 | More by Jonada
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RevCraig

Ontario (Canada)

4.25/5  rDev +9%

01-21-2014 20:18:35 | More by RevCraig
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AnitaBrewski

Massachusetts

4.25/5  rDev +9%

01-15-2014 03:56:56 | More by AnitaBrewski
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Vonhinx

New York

4.5/5  rDev +15.4%

01-12-2014 02:17:31 | More by Vonhinx
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BuckTuckian

Kentucky

4/5  rDev +2.6%

01-08-2014 18:56:18 | More by BuckTuckian
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jkball01

Kentucky

3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

01-06-2014 05:36:56 | More by jkball01
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TheBeerAlmanac

Kentucky

4/5  rDev +2.6%

01-04-2014 19:59:31 | More by TheBeerAlmanac
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mjstacker

New Hampshire

3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

01-04-2014 19:20:07 | More by mjstacker
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KYGunner

Kentucky

3.76/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This poured a nice hue of filtered mahogany that supported a uniform and cohesive bed of lightly colored foam.

I get a lot of barley on the nose with chocolate and caramel malts. There is a back of dried fruit, maybe raisin, with a strange musty air.

The flavors have a prominent raisin, earthy and natural, with some sweet chocolate malt.

The feel is moderately thick, smooth with a low carbonative bite.

Nice Old Ale like qualities in this , just needs a bit more complexity.

Serving type: bottle

01-04-2014 17:02:27 | More by KYGunner
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stephensinner

Missouri

3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

01-04-2014 06:43:16 | More by stephensinner
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-NESTO-

New Jersey

4.25/5  rDev +9%

01-02-2014 17:03:46 | More by -NESTO-
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Pearlstreetbrewingco

Florida

3.25/5  rDev -16.7%

12-31-2013 16:50:48 | More by Pearlstreetbrewingco
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aqualung23

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev +9%

12-28-2013 17:38:40 | More by aqualung23
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OhioBobcat

Ohio

4/5  rDev +2.6%

12-15-2013 17:02:28 | More by OhioBobcat
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jmdrpi

Pennsylvania

4.06/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle, 2010 vintage

pours a dark cloudy amber brown. thin cream colored head. decent head retention. smells a bit boozy, rich carmely malts. toffee, vanilla, whiskey, raisins. taste is not quite as sweet as expected. malty, but not as bold of flavors as the aroma. medium body, lower carbonation, slick feel. aging well.

Serving type: bottle

12-14-2013 04:34:55 | More by jmdrpi
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Ohiovania

Ohio

4.5/5  rDev +15.4%

12-11-2013 23:59:10 | More by Ohiovania
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Nick_RobertsM3

North Carolina

4/5  rDev +2.6%

12-04-2013 20:37:28 | More by Nick_RobertsM3
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AndyEich

Massachusetts

4.25/5  rDev +9%

12-03-2013 06:53:08 | More by AndyEich
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oldedog

Connecticut

3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

11-22-2013 23:39:41 | More by oldedog
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thecheapies

Pennsylvania

3.71/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Old Brown Dog from 2012. Poured it into a Chimay goblet. Nice clarity through a penny-red copper color. The head gathered up decently, but it's almost all gone now. Some bubbles and foam scum remain.

Tempered caramel malts show some notes of papery oxidation and English toffee crisp. There's some lingering scents of dried apricot, vanilla, and light diacetyl. I was expecting a bigger nose, but this one is reaching. Hints of dried fruit are permeable.

Toffee and caramel sweetness with a figgy fruit base and English malt tang. Bristly hops have an afterthought of pine, whilst some caramelly candy notes evolve into subtle oxidation. A good bit of vanilla is produced. Limited is its full potential, or should I say it might have gone by. The fruit notes have really dried up and all of the sweetness therein is produced by malt sugars extracting like darker complex sugars. Hints of chocolate and Cadbury creme.

Still carries a lot of the original gas. Good strong carbonation, which is to say, that it's only right about medium. Nearly perfect for this effort. The body is slurpy, but only medium. Not very boozy, sneaky that way.

A formidable old ale. It really did age okay. It warmed up and changed my whole perspective.

Serving type: bottle

11-11-2013 03:20:11 | More by thecheapies
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fank2788

Connecticut

3.43/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle split between a couple of tulip glasses
A dark somewhat murky mahogany brown in the glass with a good bit of lace and a fine layer of tiny bubbles on top. Caramel and alcoholic sweetness in the nose, along with a bit of dark fruit and maybe some slight esters. This is a fairly sweet beer the high alcohol is also pretty noticeable. But there is more to the taste than just that as caramel is also very strongly present, there isnt much there in terms of hoppiness but there is a bittering character to somewhat balance the sweetness. Pretty slick mouthfeel as the sweetness really lingers for a long time, carbonation is pretty low which helps the beer feel pretty heavy and the alcohol brings a warming character to the beer. Overall, while this is a good beer, I was hoping to like it more than I do, it is a nice sipper although too sweet for me and I'd wish for the malt to be more complex as that seems to be somewhat lacking.

Serving type: bottle

11-09-2013 01:46:09 | More by fank2788
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sbangs

New York

4.75/5  rDev +21.8%

11-07-2013 00:07:15 | More by sbangs
Smuttynose Really Old Brown Dog Ale (Big Beer Series) from Smuttynose Brewing Company
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