Smuttynose Really Old Brown Dog Ale (Big Beer Series) - Smuttynose Brewing Company
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4.09/5 rDev +4.9%
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.
01-25-2014 06:56:27 | More by Jonada
3.76/5 rDev -3.6%
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.
01-04-2014 17:02:27 | More by KYGunner
4.06/5 rDev +4.1%
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.
12-14-2013 04:34:55 | More by jmdrpi
3.71/5 rDev -4.9%
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.
11-11-2013 03:20:11 | More by thecheapies
Smuttynose Really Old Brown Dog Ale (Big Beer Series) from Smuttynose Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 550 ratings.