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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

542 Ratings
THE BROS
78
okay

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Ratings: 542
Reviews: 308
rAvg: 3.9
pDev: 11.03%
Wants: 39
Gots: 34 | 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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BeerNinja007

New Hampshire

4.22/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

I picked up a bomber of ye Really Auld Brun Dayg this evening for $5.59 at Beverage King in West Lebanon NH. Label notched as Bottle-conditioned in 2010. Served cold in a chilled tulip.

A semi-heavy pour into the middle of the glass gives a great dense head that builds from the very bottom of the glass in an epic upward cascade of carbonation. This partly cloudy brown brew turns mahogany red against a light. The dense stable foam gradually recedes and leaves an unbroken creamy curtain on the glass. Smell is thick with brown sugar and vanilla, semi-sweet, some warming spiciness, raisin, cognac. The first sip leaves a milk mustache on my lip from the super stable creamy sticky layer of foam lingering on the surface of this brew. The feel is thick and creamy, moderately sweet but far from cloying. Carbonation fights to cut through this viscous brew and is aided by a bit of warm boozy alcohol. Taste is warm and rich with vanilla and brown sugar. This is balanced by spicy alcohol which, rather than being stuffed under the rug (as is typically the goal), is allowed to come forward to fill an essential and welcome role. It makes me think of sweet vanilla custard spiked with liqueur, maybe amaretto.

I really like how well the alcohol blends with the other aspects of this beer. This is a brew that proudly wears its 10% ABV on it's sleeve in a unique way and is better off for it. Strong and filling enough that it has to lose a bit on drinkability.

P.S. (a bit later): it has been sitting for a while now and I'm downing the last few sips. With time, temperature, air, etc, it has developed some off metallic and funky/unappealing herbal notes. So I'd suggest not letting it reach this stage, recommend intervention with appropriate methods of keeping it cool and/or more rapid consumption. (No changes made to rating)

Serving type: bottle

09-04-2010 02:26:13 | More by BeerNinja007
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puboflyons

New Hampshire

3.7/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

From the 2010 series. Sampled on Aug. 31, 2010. The pour is a murky, dark brown with a decent fluffy beige head that settles down and leaves lacing along the way. The aroma is a combination of roasted malts, dark fruit esthers, and a minor dose of hops. The body is full. The taste has a little more of an alcohol pungency than in the aroma but overall the result is malts and bitter hops around the edges.

Serving type: bottle

09-01-2010 00:10:02 | More by puboflyons
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Georgiabeer

Georgia

4.22/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark chestnut with a creamy pancake head. Smells sweet, almost of maple syrup. Tastes big and sweet and of maple syrup, but there is some firm malt and some earthy hops helping to break things up. This is a big, sweet beer, and as such is definitely a sipper. I'd say late fall, on the deck.

Serving type: bottle

08-29-2010 19:58:41 | More by Georgiabeer
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salvo

Indiana

3.75/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 2.5

Reminicent of New Holland's Dragonsmilk with less sweetness and more tartness, the malts hold Really Old together. I would swear this tap serving ame from a barrel or firkin aging, but Novare Res in Portland, Maine, offers me no details. It has a huge body, creamy and chewy: it certainly tastes barrel conditioned. I enjoyed this bigger beer, and I don't see the connections to the Old Brown Dog brewed by Smuttynose except for the naming. An excellent high-gravity beer that does not represent the purported style, but I could certainly see craving this big beer.

Serving type: on-tap

07-19-2010 03:39:46 | More by salvo
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BeerAdvocate

Massachusetts

3.4/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Beer review from BA Mag Sep 2007.

A bumped-up version of Smutty's Old Brown Dog Ale (sort of), this brew is part of their limited Big Beer Series and brewed to honor Olive--the mascot and spirit guide for the brewery who passed away in March 2007. RIP, girl.

Dark amber with bright garnet hues and plenty of carbonation from bottle-conditioning creates a thick, three-finger head. Bready nose, rustic, with herbal and chicory notes, earthy and nutty. Extremely smooth, silky, round and chewy in the mouth. The solid malty base is sweet, brown sugar-esque and complex. Somewhat fruity, with some plum and apple esters. Toasty malts, very bready and nutty, husky at times, with some light chocolate and coffee. Alcohol is warm and spicy. Very thin bitterness beneath it all. Raisiny. Goes dry toward the end, with a lingering peanut skin character.

An interesting American twist on an Old Ale, but it's far from any traditional examples of the style. Smutty hints that this is a good candidate for aging. We agree, as everything still seems a bit too "green" for the style. However, if you can't wait, like us, we recommend allowing this beer to warm and open up before enjoying it.

Serving type: bottle

07-07-2010 00:15:10 | More by BeerAdvocate
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augustgarage

California

4.13/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Courtesy of ShogoKawada (thanks as always!). 2008 vintage. Poured from a 22oz bomber into a snifter.

Raw sienna and burnt umber liquid, nearly opaque, and dark enough to withhold highlights when held up to a light. Buff colored pearling collar with a faint oily web on the surface. Remote star field of lacing set amongst viscous panes of tears.

Aroma is laden with dark fruit esters and suggests armagnac, with a backing wave of malt. Light oxidation suits the style. Mildly "dusty" or "leafy" as well.

Potent malt on the palate along with what seems like barrel aged notes from the alcohol. The flavors slowly develop into the finish - turkish apricots, rye bread, cocoa, and nuts. Deep malty medium-dry aftertaste with hints of sherry. There is a faint fresh citrus note in there too. Delicious.

Medium-bodied, a bit creamy, with low but substantive carbonation level. ABV makes this warming but not hot.

More age might enhance the vinuous notes, but this is drinking very well at the moment. There are more complex examples of the style, but the flavors in this are wonderful.

Serving type: bottle

06-30-2010 01:17:20 | More by augustgarage
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mikereaser

Pennsylvania

3.83/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured form a 22 oz. bottle on 12-19-09.

A - pours a deep chestnut brown with ruby highlights when held up to the light, a 1/2 inch of foam slowly disappeared from the glass

S - dark fruits, some malt, cherries and chocolate

T - very malty base, some cherries, plums and a bit of cinnamon

M - smooth and creamy, a bit of an alcohol burn

D - good flavor, a bit hot to drink alot of but very enjoyable to me

Serving type: bottle

05-24-2010 20:20:55 | More by mikereaser
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DefenCorps

Oregon

3.5/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

I'm making a sincere attempt at drinking down my cellar, and I'm now confronted with a variety of beers that I not only have no idea why I cellared, but also not worthy enough to take to a tasting. Tonight - the first batch of Really Old Brown Dog, bottle conditioned in 2007. RIP, Olive! Smuttynose were my introduction to craft beers with my first wow beer (Portsmouth Lager) and the first DIPA I remember being blown away by (Big A). Cheers, guys, and thank you!

With a light haze, this beer is a deep crimson red witha dense, off-white head with exceptional retention and lacing. Really, is this a 10% old ale?
The nose is decent. Age is evident in the form of a light staleness to the malt character, reminding me of stale bread. However, this hasn't deteriorated significantly, the light plum notes are gently balanced by a little caramel, a moderate nut character and some old leather. Understated for sure, but appealing too. Mildly honey like, reminding me of the jar of wildflower honey I have in my pantry. Solid stuff

The palate is solid. For its age, it's still surprisingly hoppy with a moderate earthy, leafy character. The hop character, coupled with a light to moderate grainy bitterness forms a great backbone upon which the malt character is allowed to shine. Mildly fruity for sure with some prunes, there's also a solid leather character. The flavors and nose make me thing of an amped up nut brown ale. While there's a touch of stale oxidation present, thankfully it isn't too much. Slightly sweet on the finish with a blend of honey and bitterness, this beer is full in body with moderate carbonation. Alcohol is very well hidden too. Drinking an entire 22oz is going to be a bit of a chore, but I've got all night. Unfortunately, though, I never got around to finishing it. Oh well, I still did enjoy the beer.

Serving type: bottle

05-12-2010 01:23:07 | More by DefenCorps
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mikeyv35

New York

3.55/5  rDev -9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Date: 04/26/2010
Type: 22oz. Bottle
Vintage: 2008
Glassware: Portsmouth Tulip

Ready to test my theory again, that I have never had a "bad beer" from Smuttynose, and the reason they are one of my favorite breweries.

Poured a hazy light brown in color w/ a big 2 finger cream head and heavy lacing. Nose was of toffee, caramel, light tobacco, and slight dark fruit as expected. Taste was basically the nose w/ a hoppy boozy finish. Pretty hot stuff even at 2 years old. Medium bodied. Initially, I thought I could drink this very easily as I loved the flavors, but at the half a glass point, the booziness started to get to me. Drinkability was poor IMO due to the booziness of this. Looking forward to sampling again at the 5 year mark where I feel this will be tremendous.

Overall, my theory remains untainted, this was a good brew! It was just a little to hot for me at this point in time, more age should do it nicely.

Serving type: bottle

05-10-2010 18:13:40 | More by mikeyv35
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TK5150

Maine

4.61/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2008 Bottle.

The 9.3% alc. Port Soaked Oak Chip Conditioned English Barleywine/Old Ale version, not the 7% alc. Brown Porter edition they made in 2007.

A- Pours a beautiful amber/ruby/brown with a nice beige head.

S- At first it appears vinous with various assorted fruits but then a large maltiness kicks in along with honey and general sweetness, a little alcohol peeks out from within.

T- This stuff has aged tremendously, and is massively complex. Malty sweetness with honey, caramel, apple, creamy vanilla and biscuits. A big strawberry component is there as well. Hints of smoke and maple. Some alcohol and spiciness appear. While sweet, this finishes fairly dry. Hints of herbaceousness (which in this case is not a bad thing). The biscuity flavor lingers in the mouth for a while. Almost a little bubble-gum lingering with the biscuits, weird, but good. Totally rounded out and cohesive. All the flavors mesh so well.

M- Full bodied and like damn silk.

D- I am going to polish this bomber off with complete pleasure.

I am kicking myself for not aging more of these. Smuttynose continues to blow me away. This beer has significantly improved with age. I bought three when this beer came out. I drank one fresh and was not entirely impressed, but I saw the aging potential in it, having both high alcohol and having been conditioned on port soaked oak chips. I had my first cellared bottle about 6-7 months after the release and was excited to see it get better, even though it still wasn't at full potential. Now after close to a year and a half, this has really come into its own. I don't know if this is at its peak but for my money I'm saying its close. I hope they make this version of the beer again.

Review of 2012 in early 2013.

T- Big fruity strawberry peach, pear and watermelon, yes, watermelon.. Caramel drizzled on top. Estery. What a unique old ale.

Serving type: bottle

05-01-2010 00:49:16 | More by TK5150
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ClockworkOrange

Pennsylvania

3.83/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A 22 ounce bomber bottle. Label states "Bottle conditioned in 2007". Uncapped and poured into a standard shaker glass. The ale appears a hazed honey chestnut color with barely a fingers worth of off white foam. Nose and flavors consist of molasses, light brown sugar, mild hint of cherry, raisins, a good amount of caramelized malt, plums. Going off the ABV, I expected this to have more body. Certainly does not drink like a 10% ale. Decent overall, but I'm not sure holding on to this for a few years yielded any benefits.

Serving type: bottle

02-26-2010 06:22:38 | More by ClockworkOrange
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sprucetip

Alaska

3.88/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From notes. Fluffy off white head with good retention and patchy lacing. Active and clear, medium brown with reddish highlights. Very attractive.

SMELL rich malty sweetness and boozy esters are first impression. Dark fruit adds complexity, but the malty and booze dominate. Has legs. Vague spiciness.

TASTE Dark fruit, strong malty base, evident booze, and vague bitterness lead. Complex, nutty, woody and balanced. Restrained dryness in the finish.

FEEL strong warming sensation, rich full body, modest drying and faint bitterness in the finish.

OVERALL sip, savor, share. Very tasty and complex, but also big, strong and boozy.

Serving type: bottle

12-22-2009 00:20:45 | More by sprucetip
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ShogoKawada

Rhode Island

4.55/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Obtained from jlindros... thanks! Been looking for this one for a while, we get most Smuttynose in RI but not this one for some reason.

Bottle conditioned in 2008, 22oz into tulip.

A- Brown, a substantial and long lasting head for an old ale. Brown, nice and robust, not too dark but not too light.

S- Plums, deep candied sugar, molasses, caramel. Fruit, very fruity.

T- Wow. A mild hoppiness (citrus and pine) that I assume has mellowed since 2008. Caramel, deep dark fruit, and a very smooth malt make for a very tasty old ale.

M- Heavenly. Creamy, good carbonation, no sign of the ABV. Fantastic!

D- I think another would be trouble, but I want a case of this to sit on. Truly an amazing beer. Wow!

Serving type: bottle

12-21-2009 02:23:58 | More by ShogoKawada
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asabreed

New York

4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bomber into a Brooklyn tulip. Vintage 2008. Smuttynose website says it's just over 9% ABV.

Appearance: Old Ale dark brown amber. Pretty dark and delicious-looking. Off-white head's big at first, then leaves some good raindrops around the glass. Nice murky carbonation floating toward the top.

Smell: A nice amalgam of the sweet and balanced is going on here. Big raisins and vanilla. Almost bourbon-like sweeter aromas and wood going on. Which makes me wonder how amazing this would be if it were indeed bourbon-aged. Some earthy roasted malt. Vinous ripe characteristics. Darker fruit esters. Some figs. Certainly all for fall and winter. The age seems to help here, and the hops, though present, aren't as dominant with the age, which is nice.

Taste: Good notes of figs and raisins on the forefront, with some vanilla and nuts and bread. Booze is woody and vanilla also, and again, almost seems like bourbon. Good vinous characteristics, a lot of earthiness. Cookie dough flavors. Finishes with some nice lingering bitter citrus on the tongue, mingling well with some caramel, dark toffee, dark fruit, and wood.

Mouthfeel: A big brew, with good full carbonation to somehow not make it too cloying. Almost creamy but not quite there.

Drinkability: I'd like to get another and see how it ages after three years, but this seems like a good time to drink the 2008 Vintage. A lot of flavor and a great sipper. Another great effort from Smuttynose.

Serving type: bottle

12-20-2009 20:47:00 | More by asabreed
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Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

3.9/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours deep chocolate brown, rich looking body.Chocolate malt in nose. And the mouthfeel is richer than avarage. A great malting experience, with secondary toasting and chocolate. On the sweeter side, not as complex as a few aged old ales I have had from the U.K. itself. Very drinkable.

Bottle from New Hampshire trip.

Serving type: bottle

11-07-2009 23:58:01 | More by Sammy
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DNICE555

Connecticut

3.53/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On Tap at Redbones

A: Light brown body. Beige head.

S: Nose is not earth shattering. Vanilla, Caramel, Almonds.

T - Brown sugar with a hint of chocolate. Slight bitterness at the end.

M: Medium bodied, medium to light carbonation.

D: Nice hop backbone, high abv. The alcohol is there but not overwhelming.

Serving type: on-tap

11-02-2009 20:59:58 | More by DNICE555
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Kendo

New York

3.63/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Bottle conditioned in 2008. Consumed on 10-23-09.

A: Poured from the bomber into a pint glass. Body is slightly cloudy amber with a hint of copper. Small ivory head disappears fast, leaves behind no lace.

S: Caramel malt, brown sugar and fruit.

T: Dark fruit, cherries and berries. Caramel malt and toffee. Alcohol heat at the finish is strong -- a drying heat. Becomes more fruity as it warms.

M: Body is close to full in heft. Thick and syrupy with low carbonation.

D: A bit too hot and a bit too thick to make this one highly quaffable. Definitely a by-the-fire type of sipper.

Serving type: bottle

10-26-2009 18:46:26 | More by Kendo
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caddybuyer

New Jersey

4.13/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a celler temperature bomber into a tulip glass. 2008 vintage.

A-Murky deep, rich ruddy brown copper with ruby highlights when held to light. A whispy tan/eggshell head that settles to a thin ring, but does so leaving a nice lacing. a very pretty ale.

S-While it made an impression while pouring, the nose is remarkably understated. Nutty roasted malts, caramel and bready. No alcohol or hops detected at all.

T-Nicely aged bourbon takes the lead, with figs and fresh plums quick on the tail followed by candied fruits preserved in alcohol. The boozyness is in the thick of it all, but it is neither hot, nor out of place. I love beers that remind me of a well made Manhattan...this is one of them.

M-Silky and creamy, carbonation a tad on the light side, but just fine.

D-A lovely brew....a bomber is maybe a bit much, as it packs a punch, and has a strong flavor profile, but definately a keeper, and probably a good one to cook with as well. I'm not a huge fan of Smuttynose, but this is clearly the best thing I have ever tried from them.

Serving type: bottle

10-22-2009 23:03:50 | More by caddybuyer
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BWH3

Pennsylvania

3.83/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Light chestnut brown with crisp red highlights with moderate beige head. Clarity is up to snuff. Nothing overwhelming.

S: Nose is not earth shattering. Smells like a brown ale not an old ale or something stronger style like a porter. Bouquet is light vanilla and caramel with a hint of roast cashew.

T: Brown sugar sweetness with a hint of chocolate. Toasted pecan and herbal hops bitterness dry the palate in the end.

M: Medium bodied with appropriate head retention. Where a brown ale should be on the spectrum.

D: Not an old ale but it is an excellent brown ale which is an often neglected style. I am not certain if "Imperial Brown Ale" is a real animal. I still would not put this beer into that realm because it is not complex or lush in terms of flavor. Also, the body, color, and head retention don't go beyond the normal scope of a brown ale. The only things about this beer that make it big are the quantity of hops and the ABV. I think this beer is just what I stated above - an excellent brown ale and nothing more.

Serving type: bottle

10-02-2009 12:42:33 | More by BWH3
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Walken

Massachusetts

4.15/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Smuttynose: Really Old Brown Dog (2008) (Tasted 09/14/09)
22 oz. Bottle, poured into a snifter.

Appearance: Pours a hearty chestnut color with a moderately hearty, bubbly off-white head that does it's best to stick around, receding into a one inch crown that leaves thin sheets of stickage on the sides of the glass.
Odor: Huge dried fruit, strawberry and plum, caramel maltiness and the faded aroma of earthy hops and some higher alcohols.
Consistency: On the fat end of medium bodied, slick and smooth with extremely low riding carbonation that lightly massages the tongue and brings out some faint roast astringency.
Taste: Dried fruit in front, echoing the aroma, slight acidity around the edges with roast taking up the rear, light toasted bread and chocolate notes. Alcohol is surprisingly muted, but blossoms in the finish, complimenting the slight lingering fruitiness and dark chocolate. I'm surprised how little residual sugar is left on the palate, this is almost like drinking a Belgian Strong Dark, in that the aroma and flavor let on a big syrupy mess, but the finish is surprisingly clean, while still retaining an appropriate level of sweetness.

Man, I like this beer a whole lot. It breaks the mould, in that it has elements of a traditional Old Peculieresque old ale, a Belgian strong dark and the more recent interpretations of the style brewed in the United States that resemble strong English barleywines. I'm very sad that I never got to try the original incarnation of this beer. The high drinkability is a giant plus in my book, as the flavor profile is still very bold as with the finish, without being cloyingly sweet.

Serving type: bottle

09-14-2009 20:13:48 | More by Walken
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ericj551

Alberta (Canada)

4.1/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Smuttynose ROBD pours a bright red with a nice thick head. The aroma is sweet rich dark fruit and a lot of dry oak. Some herbal, hops and medicinal alcohol show up as well. The flavor is sweet and sharp upfront, but the raisiny sweetness gives way to more sharp herbal and grapefruity hops. The oak is apparent upfront but comes out more in the finish, which is sweet with more malty dark fruit and some hints of port.

Serving type: bottle

08-29-2009 23:07:55 | More by ericj551
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aerozeppl

New York

4.25/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Really dark brown color with a minimal amount of off white bone colored head. There is actually quite a bit of lacing for the style.

S: This is a spicy malt bomb. Not surprising for the style at all. A little bit of sweetness in the back with just a touch of tobacco. Really great nose.

T: Just a nice complex beer. The malt is there for sure but again I get a touch of tobacco. The malt is pitch perfect. It has about 8 months on the bottle and it tastes like much more than that.

M: Has that nice aged thinned out mouthfeel. Goes down much easier than it should.

D: Insanely drinkable. Fresh it was not nearly this good which pounds home the point never drink an old ale fresh. Even 4 months will do you wonders. The smuttynose Big beer series continues to impress.

Serving type: bottle

08-26-2009 01:15:17 | More by aerozeppl
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Bighuge

Minnesota

4.47/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2008 vintage

Chestnut brown body. Clarity is good. Thin beige head leaves moderate amounts of lace. Like the nose. Complex subtle notes of wine, port, passion fruit, oak, alcohol, rum, vanilla and nougat. I get oak notes right off the bat. Also rum sensations of alcohol and a little whiskey. Fruity tones along the line of a spiked fruit punch. Maltiness is pretty rich and nougat and caramel come through as well. Body is medium to medium full and the carbonation is held in check, creating quite a silky feel in the mouth and lending to easy drinkability for a 10% beverage. Unique and well done.

Serving type: bottle

08-23-2009 03:36:12 | More by Bighuge
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brewcrew76

Wisconsin

3.85/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Slightly hazy chestnut with a few finger tan head that leaves sticky lacing behind.

S - Sweet malts, brown sugar, molasses, dark fruits and woody oak.

T - Caramelized brown sugar, woody oak, sweet malt, molasses, raisins and a slightly nutty, boozy alcohol taste.

M - Somewhat chewy with low carbonation and some alcohol hotness.

D - A little sweet and boozy but makes for a nice sipper, especially if you share the bottle with a friend.

Serving type: bottle

08-16-2009 00:25:31 | More by brewcrew76
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sholland119

Pennsylvania

4.22/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Second bottle in two nights. Too blurry to take notes on the first one so had to try it again.

A-Pours a murky brown with a little bit of tan head and little to no lacing.

S-Sweet fruits, mainly plums and rum soaked raisins, along with brown sugar.

T-Sweet like the nose with caramel, brown sugar and dark raisins. Some dark chocolate and a small bitterness in the finish. Only a bit of alcohol.

M-A bit rich and slick.

D-Very nice. Glad I had the chance to try it twice within 24 hours.

HV

Serving type: bottle

08-13-2009 19:17:43 | More by sholland119
Smuttynose Really Old Brown Dog Ale (Big Beer Series) from Smuttynose Brewing Company
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