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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

553 Ratings
THE BROS
78
okay

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Ratings: 553
Reviews: 310
rAvg: 3.9
pDev: 11.03%
Wants: 39
Gots: 38 | FT: 3
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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4/5  rDev +2.6%

mavbrew, Mar 25, 2012
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4/5  rDev +2.6%

zoolzoo, Mar 23, 2012
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4/5  rDev +2.6%

Walkinbeauty, Mar 23, 2012
Photo of SawDog505
3.1/5  rDev -20.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

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.

SawDog505, Mar 22, 2012
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2.75/5  rDev -29.5%

funkel81, Mar 18, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +15.4%

Ajlvt, Mar 16, 2012
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3/5  rDev -23.1%

projektyle, Mar 13, 2012
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5/5  rDev +28.2%

tjeppaint, Feb 24, 2012
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1.5/5  rDev -61.5%

chrispoint, Feb 20, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -10.3%

youradhere, Feb 14, 2012
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4/5  rDev +2.6%

Tyrawlings, Feb 12, 2012
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3/5  rDev -23.1%

jfcaa193, Feb 01, 2012
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4/5  rDev +2.6%

EvanWilliams, Jan 28, 2012
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4/5  rDev +2.6%

Auror, Jan 25, 2012
Photo of SLeffler27
4.08/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

SLeffler27, Jan 15, 2012
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4/5  rDev +2.6%

bonbini26, Jan 13, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -10.3%

Faina, Jan 05, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -10.3%

JAHMUR, Jan 02, 2012
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5/5  rDev +28.2%

Turbodog666, Jan 01, 2012
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3/5  rDev -23.1%

noyellowfizzbeer, Dec 31, 2011
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3/5  rDev -23.1%

jstewart1130, Dec 23, 2011
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4.05/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

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.

chilly460, Dec 22, 2011
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4/5  rDev +2.6%

PhineasGage, Dec 14, 2011
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4/5  rDev +2.6%

rab53, Dec 09, 2011
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4/5  rDev +2.6%

Rochefort10nh, Dec 01, 2011
Smuttynose Really Old Brown Dog Ale (Big Beer Series) from Smuttynose Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 553 ratings.