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

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564 Ratings

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Ratings: 564
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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4/5  rDev +2.6%

TheBeerAlmanac, Jan 04, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

mjstacker, Jan 04, 2014
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3.76/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This poured a nice hue of filtered mahogany that supported a uniform and cohesive bed of lightly colored foam.

I get a lot of barley on the nose with chocolate and caramel malts. There is a back of dried fruit, maybe raisin, with a strange musty air.

The flavors have a prominent raisin, earthy and natural, with some sweet chocolate malt.

The feel is moderately thick, smooth with a low carbonative bite.

Nice Old Ale like qualities in this , just needs a bit more complexity.

KYGunner, Jan 04, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

stephensinner, Jan 04, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +9%

-NESTO-, Jan 02, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -16.7%

Pearlstreetbrewingco, Dec 31, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +9%

aqualung23, Dec 28, 2013
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4/5  rDev +2.6%

OhioBobcat, Dec 15, 2013
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4.06/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle, 2010 vintage

pours a dark cloudy amber brown. thin cream colored head. decent head retention. smells a bit boozy, rich carmely malts. toffee, vanilla, whiskey, raisins. taste is not quite as sweet as expected. malty, but not as bold of flavors as the aroma. medium body, lower carbonation, slick feel. aging well.

jmdrpi, Dec 14, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +15.4%

Ohiovania, Dec 11, 2013
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4/5  rDev +2.6%

Nick_RobertsM3, Dec 04, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +9%

AndyEich, Dec 03, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

oldedog, Nov 22, 2013
Photo of thecheapies
3.71/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Old Brown Dog from 2012. Poured it into a Chimay goblet. Nice clarity through a penny-red copper color. The head gathered up decently, but it's almost all gone now. Some bubbles and foam scum remain.

Tempered caramel malts show some notes of papery oxidation and English toffee crisp. There's some lingering scents of dried apricot, vanilla, and light diacetyl. I was expecting a bigger nose, but this one is reaching. Hints of dried fruit are permeable.

Toffee and caramel sweetness with a figgy fruit base and English malt tang. Bristly hops have an afterthought of pine, whilst some caramelly candy notes evolve into subtle oxidation. A good bit of vanilla is produced. Limited is its full potential, or should I say it might have gone by. The fruit notes have really dried up and all of the sweetness therein is produced by malt sugars extracting like darker complex sugars. Hints of chocolate and Cadbury creme.

Still carries a lot of the original gas. Good strong carbonation, which is to say, that it's only right about medium. Nearly perfect for this effort. The body is slurpy, but only medium. Not very boozy, sneaky that way.

A formidable old ale. It really did age okay. It warmed up and changed my whole perspective.

thecheapies, Nov 11, 2013
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3.43/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

fank2788, Nov 09, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +21.8%

sbangs, Nov 07, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

ajcormier, Oct 31, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +15.4%

Gotti311, Oct 29, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

Anvilfarm, Oct 27, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +9%

UWBadgerFan4Life, Oct 22, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +9%

AdamElb, Oct 22, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

ZinFanDave, Oct 15, 2013
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4/5  rDev +2.6%

Xandrose, Oct 12, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

sunofneurot, Oct 12, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +15.4%

aaronoaks, Oct 07, 2013
Smuttynose Really Old Brown Dog Ale (Big Beer Series) from Smuttynose Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 564 ratings.