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

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Smuttynose Really Old Brown Dog Ale (Big Beer Series)Smuttynose Really Old Brown Dog Ale (Big Beer Series)

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565 Ratings

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Ratings: 565
Reviews: 312
rAvg: 3.9
pDev: 11.28%
Wants: 42
Gots: 39 | 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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Photo of vgarneth
4.05/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Soft amber, caramel color with a nice head. This beer's nose is quite interesting and actually reminds me of an old dog that just so happens to be "really" old, yet intriguing. As the brew touches my palate, it takes on a whole other dimension. Drinks well for having an ABV of 10%. Impressive BIG BEER Series selection from Smuttynose.

vgarneth, Apr 10, 2012
Photo of ricksrealm
3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

ricksrealm, Apr 08, 2012
Photo of jhb138
4/5  rDev +2.6%

jhb138, Apr 08, 2012
Photo of chevre
3/5  rDev -23.1%

chevre, Apr 04, 2012
Photo of Satchboogie
4.25/5  rDev +9%

Satchboogie, Apr 01, 2012
Photo of rderedin
2.75/5  rDev -29.5%

rderedin, Mar 31, 2012
Photo of jondeelee
4.43/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Really Old Brown Dog opens with a fruity, malty nose ripe with strawberries, oranges, peaches, watermelon, and kiwi (!), but also bearing brown sugars and vanilla bean, as well as rising wheat dough, toast crust, and toasted pecan. The fruit aromas are quite spectacular here, drifting out almost bubble-gum like in their potency. But "bubble-gum like" works for this beer, the aromas coming across more like fresh-cut fruit juices than manufactured flavor additives, and nicely grounded by the grains. As a whole, the nose is perhaps slightly too reminiscent of a fruity cocktail, but is still enticing and intriguing.

On the tongue, the beer opens with a lovely fruit and sugar rush, though here the fruits tend toward the darker side, still bearing hints of strawberry, peach, and watermelon, but adding fig, plum, and black cherry to the mix. Healthy touches of molasses and vanilla add to the depth and complexity of these darker sugar flavors. The beer also boasts some kola nut flavors, as well as touches of charcoal, oak, port, and bourbon; in fact, based only on flavor, I would swear this bourbon-barrel aged. The ABV is high (10%), coming across in bourbon-like vapors, but blends nicely with the dark fruits and liquor flavors, making this taste in many ways like a very fine cognac. Wheat toast crust and fresh-cut wheat stalk round out the flavors. The aftertaste is more of the bourbon/cognac/fruit mixture, lingering deliciously on the tongue for a long time. Mouthfeel is medium, and carbonation is medium.

Overall, this is excellent beer, and the aging that has been done to the normal Old Brown Dog Ale has brought out an excellent range of flavors. In fact, only the slightly-too-high alcoholic kick prevents this one from being a perfect 5 in flavor. Must try.

jondeelee, Mar 28, 2012
Photo of Archemedies
3.5/5  rDev -10.3%

Archemedies, Mar 28, 2012
Photo of Kinsman
4.18/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

With the release of the latest vintage I decided to pull out a bottle from the last release from late 2010. Pours a nice dark mahogany brown with some ruby red highlights and a creamy tan head.

Rich and sweet on the nose with notes of brown sugar and molasses. Light hint of alcohol in the background but it seems to have blended in pretty well.

A very tasty malt-bomb proves lots of fruit and sugary sweet notes. Caramelized malts dominate the beer at this point and what little presence of hops there was has faded into history. For a 10% beer, the alcohol is surprisingly well hidden at this point.

Mouthfeel is full-bodied and creamy. Overall, the last 15 months have treated this beer very well and I'll certainly make sure I lay a bottle of this down each time it's released

Kinsman, Mar 28, 2012
Photo of drabmuh
3.63/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This is a review of "Really Old Brown Dog Ale aged on oak" if this isn't this beer please message me and I'll correct. Served in a snifter, beer is dark brown and mostly clear with a wispy off white head of small bubbles, some lacing and low carbonation.

Aroma is boozy with a tinge of solvent, some sweetness.

Beer is very vanilla-y and oaky on the finish, a mild bitterness and a lot of heat and solvent. It sort of tastes like vanilla extract at times, it also burns a bit. It is very strong, very forward, not a horrible beer but there is definitely some odd alcohols in this one. Not a repeat.

drabmuh, Mar 27, 2012
Photo of Dope
4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Dope, Mar 27, 2012
Photo of RTEdmunds
3.48/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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!

RTEdmunds, Mar 25, 2012
Photo of mavbrew
4/5  rDev +2.6%

mavbrew, Mar 25, 2012
Photo of zoolzoo
4/5  rDev +2.6%

zoolzoo, Mar 23, 2012
Photo of Walkinbeauty
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
Photo of funkel81
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
Photo of Tyrawlings
4/5  rDev +2.6%

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

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

EvanWilliams, Jan 28, 2012
Smuttynose Really Old Brown Dog Ale (Big Beer Series) from Smuttynose Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 565 ratings.