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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: 39
Gots: 37 | 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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fank2788

Connecticut

3.43/5  rDev -12.1%

22oz bottle split between a couple of tulip glasses
A dark somewhat murky mahogany brown in the glass with a good bit of lace and a fine layer of tiny bubbles on top. Caramel and alcoholic sweetness in the nose, along with a bit of dark fruit and maybe some slight esters. This is a fairly sweet beer the high alcohol is also pretty noticeable. But there is more to the taste than just that as caramel is also very strongly present, there isnt much there in terms of hoppiness but there is a bittering character to somewhat balance the sweetness. Pretty slick mouthfeel as the sweetness really lingers for a long time, carbonation is pretty low which helps the beer feel pretty heavy and the alcohol brings a warming character to the beer. Overall, while this is a good beer, I was hoping to like it more than I do, it is a nice sipper although too sweet for me and I'd wish for the malt to be more complex as that seems to be somewhat lacking.

11-09-2013 01:46:09 | More by fank2788
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sbangs

New York

4.75/5  rDev +21.8%

11-07-2013 00:07:15 | More by sbangs
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ajcormier

New Hampshire

3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

10-31-2013 19:13:11 | More by ajcormier
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Gotti311

Wisconsin

4.5/5  rDev +15.4%

10-29-2013 13:16:01 | More by Gotti311
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Anvilfarm

Missouri

3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

10-27-2013 22:55:57 | More by Anvilfarm
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UWBadgerFan4Life

Wisconsin

4.25/5  rDev +9%

10-22-2013 13:50:49 | More by UWBadgerFan4Life
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AdamElb

New York

4.25/5  rDev +9%

10-22-2013 01:46:44 | More by AdamElb
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ZinFanDave

Georgia

3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

10-15-2013 00:47:25 | More by ZinFanDave
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Xandrose

Maryland

4/5  rDev +2.6%

10-12-2013 04:51:08 | More by Xandrose
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sunofneurot

New York

3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

10-12-2013 01:45:14 | More by sunofneurot
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aaronoaks

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +15.4%

10-07-2013 01:04:15 | More by aaronoaks
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Scarflower

New Hampshire

4.25/5  rDev +9%

09-30-2013 23:35:11 | More by Scarflower
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miclormic

Maine

2.45/5  rDev -37.2%

At first sip I thought this would be a nice brown ale , but, it has some strange taste that I cannot describe,it is a bitter taste that hangs with you after each mouthful. Kinda like biting into a rotten nut , yuck! I had high hopes upon first sip but actually dumped the rest of my pint and the remaining bottle contents down the drain. I have only dumped a few beers down the drain in my life and this is one of them.

09-26-2013 22:53:59 | More by miclormic
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snowmaggedon

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev +2.6%

09-24-2013 17:31:21 | More by snowmaggedon
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pjs234

Connecticut

3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

09-21-2013 00:26:37 | More by pjs234
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bcarrigg90

Ohio

3.5/5  rDev -10.3%

09-18-2013 12:36:24 | More by bcarrigg90
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blameo

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +2.6%

09-15-2013 01:31:48 | More by blameo
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user785335

Florida

3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

09-10-2013 16:31:23 | More by user785335
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pgrow

Massachusetts

3.5/5  rDev -10.3%

09-09-2013 18:14:43 | More by pgrow
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Soto

North Carolina

4/5  rDev +2.6%

09-06-2013 22:37:07 | More by Soto
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Roberto11232

New York

4.5/5  rDev +15.4%

08-31-2013 02:56:11 | More by Roberto11232
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MRsojourner

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev +2.6%

08-29-2013 23:50:00 | More by MRsojourner
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ZEB89

North Carolina

4/5  rDev +2.6%

08-27-2013 20:30:53 | More by ZEB89
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DBosco

Massachusetts

3.5/5  rDev -10.3%

08-27-2013 07:21:42 | More by DBosco
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Levich

Massachusetts

3.4/5  rDev -12.8%

Poured from a 22oz bottle into a pint glass.

This one pours a rich dark caramel color that turns ruby tinted when the light passes through. There is a light brown head that settles a bit, but never goes away completely.

The aroma is of caramel and dark fruits like raisins and prunes. It's a very pleasing smell. The flavor mimics the smell somewhat starting with the burnt caramel and some dried dark fruits. There is a moderately unpleasant flavor that shows up on the back of the tongue for a moment. It's like a hospital-ly sterile flavor (sorry about this description - probably a yeast off flavor). But that gets overpowered by the malty sweetness and a touch of bitter hops to finish nicely. The strength is masked nicely with the sweetness with no real booziness to detect. The mouthfeel is nice. It's rich and creamy with just a bit of carbonation to lighten out.

Overall, this is a pretty good beer. I wish that "off flavor" wasn't there as it would make this a really great beer.

08-25-2013 19:26:44 | More by Levich
Smuttynose Really Old Brown Dog Ale (Big Beer Series) from Smuttynose Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 550 ratings.