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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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Dope

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev +2.6%

2012 vintage, just released a few weeks ago.

A: A really nice mahogany pour with a large fluffy tan head atop it. Retains quite well with just a smattering of lacing all over the glass.

S: Lots of toasted malt, smells just like toasted, almost burnt bread. I swear I smell a little ginger and even a little bit of nuts. Some caramel and perhaps some molasses follows. Hints of dark fruits.

T: Loads of caramel and molasses. Toasted malt comes through nicely. Nutty with again, a ginger aspect (or something I'm misidentifying as ginger). Touch of toffee and brown sugar perhaps. Again, just a hint of some dark fruit hiding in there. A little oaky throughout.

M: Big, thick and smooth.

O: Nice brew. It tastes like a cross between a really big brown ale and an old ale or a barleywine. Toasted malt character is quite strong and pleasant. Big and boozy, especially this young.

03-27-2012 03:39:55 | More by Dope
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RTEdmunds

New Hampshire

3.48/5  rDev -10.8%

Brown with some deep reddish colors. Looks quite nice, and has a frothy head with good retention.

Smells grainy, with some caramel undertones. A bit earthy as well.

Sweet up front, with some syrupy flavors. Earthy presence from the nose is pleasant. A warming boozy aftertaste.

Medium bodied and carbonation is moderate. The alcohol is a little to in your face.

Overall this is a good beer but certainly not my favorite in Smuttynose's Big Beer series. I miss the Baltic Porter.... that was a damn fine product!

03-25-2012 02:27:53 | More by RTEdmunds
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mavbrew

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev +2.6%

03-25-2012 00:03:57 | More by mavbrew
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zoolzoo

Connecticut

4/5  rDev +2.6%

03-23-2012 20:43:05 | More by zoolzoo
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Walkinbeauty

Connecticut

4/5  rDev +2.6%

03-23-2012 18:17:17 | More by Walkinbeauty
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SawDog505

New Hampshire

3.1/5  rDev -20.5%

Poured into a 20 oz Duvel tulip glass. Poured aggressive and got a huge 4 inch sticky white head, with tons lacing, and excellent retention. Smell is brown sugar, bread, alcohol, and dark fruits. Taste is all of that, less booze than the smell, huge brown sugar up front, with dark fruit and alcohol in the finish. Body is thinner than you expect, but medium. Plenty of carbonation, a little dry, and a definite sipper. Not my favorite, malt and booze are the main attraction.

03-22-2012 23:59:35 | More by SawDog505
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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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Ajlvt

Washington

4.5/5  rDev +15.4%

03-16-2012 22:13:11 | More by Ajlvt
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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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tjeppaint

Maine

5/5  rDev +28.2%

02-24-2012 20:08:17 | More by tjeppaint
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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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youradhere

Arkansas

3.5/5  rDev -10.3%

02-14-2012 00:42:33 | More by youradhere
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Tyrawlings

Ohio

4/5  rDev +2.6%

02-12-2012 03:26:59 | More by Tyrawlings
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jfcaa193

Connecticut

3/5  rDev -23.1%

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

Illinois

4/5  rDev +2.6%

01-28-2012 04:41:16 | More by EvanWilliams
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Auror

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev +2.6%

01-25-2012 04:54:14 | More by Auror
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SLeffler27

New York

4.08/5  rDev +4.6%

Pours a dark amber with reddish highlights. Clear with ample streams of carbonation, but minimal head. Leaves unimpressive rings of lace.

Strong scent of dried fruits: raisin, fig. Caramelized sugar, roasted nuts and coconut follow.

Really Old Brown Dog has a flavor that follows the nose highlighting the sugar and light bitterness. The brown ale qualities are present, in fact, amplified. The finish is mild and brief. Warms amazingly well.

The Dogfish Head pint glass contains a medium body beer with a velvety texture and fizzy carbonation. Alcohol is very present and more drying than one might think, given the sweet smell and opening.

Superbly drinkable as a sipper while reading or to be paired with a fine meal. I had no problem reaching for a second round.

01-15-2012 21:29:14 | More by SLeffler27
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bonbini26

New Jersey

4/5  rDev +2.6%

01-13-2012 18:23:46 | More by bonbini26
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Faina

Massachusetts

3.5/5  rDev -10.3%

01-05-2012 03:56:08 | More by Faina
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JAHMUR

Connecticut

3.5/5  rDev -10.3%

01-02-2012 17:55:05 | More by JAHMUR
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Turbodog666

Connecticut

5/5  rDev +28.2%

01-01-2012 06:01:14 | More by Turbodog666
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noyellowfizzbeer

Massachusetts

3/5  rDev -23.1%

12-31-2011 17:55:04 | More by noyellowfizzbeer
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jstewart1130

Ohio

3/5  rDev -23.1%

12-23-2011 00:43:49 | More by jstewart1130
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chilly460

Virginia

4.05/5  rDev +3.8%

A - Pours a murky brown with amber highlights at the edges. Muddy looking beer. One finger head dissipates after a minute or two leaving a thin film, some bubbles & a few splotches of lace.

S - The nose is ripe with good complexity, primarily dark fruits & sugary malts. Notes of raisins, figs, candied malts,caramel, and a bit deeper molasses. Some lighter hops in the end, and spicy booze.

T - Wow, lots of flavor here. Brown sugar prevails, then plenty of fig and dark fruit. Richer molasses as well. Light airy hops mingle in as well. Finishes with a blast of warm, spicey booze.

M - Big chewy bodied beer, slick big bodied beer.

O - A pleasant surprise, huge flavor profile with plenty of complexity. Gets a bit sweet as it warms, world class mouthfeel IMO.

12-22-2011 00:29:28 | More by chilly460
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PhineasGage

Iowa

4/5  rDev +2.6%

12-14-2011 05:21:52 | More by PhineasGage
Smuttynose Really Old Brown Dog Ale (Big Beer Series) from Smuttynose Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 550 ratings.