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

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very good

542 Ratings

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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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Photo of RedHaze


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

22oz bottle

Pours a red tinged brown with a one finger head that settles quickly to a spotty cap and ring. The foam is a bit thin and tattered, leaving behind just a little bit of lace.

Smell; the aroma is a bit subdued, but there is a noticeable malt presence. Caramel and some cocoa are the dominant players, but there's also a little bread dough and cinnamon. There's a bit of a musty presence in there on top of it all.

Taste; caramel, brown sugar, and bread dough are all present, bu there's also an underlying spiciness that has some cinnamon and others that I can't quite place. There's no real hop presence here, it's pretty much all about the malts, with just a little bit of alcohol in the finish. As this gets warmer it kind of reminds me a bit of a dopplebock.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and has a fairly low carbonation making this pretty smooth, and helps give this a good drinkability.

Serving type: bottle

08-06-2007 01:10:38 | More by RedHaze
Photo of tempest


3.1/5  rDev -20.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

On-tap at the Hop Devil in NYC

I think OBD is a great beer, this on the other hand - not so much. It looked like a brown ale, but upon tasting, it turns into a bad brown/barleywine hybrid. And that says a lot if it's only 7% abv. There were some cocoa-like malts trying to blend with sweeter, fruitier malts and it just didn't work. Poor balance here. No good.

Serving type: on-tap

08-02-2007 01:55:35 | More by tempest
Photo of Viggo

Ontario (Canada)

3.68/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

At Goldoraks tasting, post-Mondial 2007! Big group of RB guys and a couple BA's, and some on both, it was a great time! I brought this, courtesy of purplehops for BC2!

Pours a clear red/brown, thin tan head, nice lacing, leaves a solid ring around the glass. Smell is sweet and malty, bit of toffee, very fruity, alcohol is present, bready malt. Taste is toffee, some chocolate, quite rich, roasty bitter finish, some alcohol, bread, nice. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with low carbonation, warms as it goes down. Not bad, neat shot at a lighter old ale. Thanks Stan!

Serving type: bottle

07-15-2007 19:12:23 | More by Viggo
Photo of bruachan

District of Columbia

3.65/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

ooohh, the head is nice. creamy tight, great lacing. nice garnet color, too

musty hop smells and a little hop sweetness. not a big aroma, though

big, sweet, warm, roasty, brown. is brown a flavor? bitter. brown sugar. i taste a little red, too. a little heat

good brew. not their best

Serving type: bottle

07-12-2007 02:04:42 | More by bruachan
Photo of WanderingFool


3.65/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Really Old Brown Dog Ale pours a hazy deep amber color into the glass. It looks almost ruby in its hue. On top a small off white creamy head forms which quickly dissolves to a thick ring around the surface of the beer. A few spots of lace are left behind as the foam fades away.

The aroma is faint with mainly caramel malt, nuts, fruit (raisin?) and alcohol in the nose. Each sip of this medium to full bodied beer is somewhat chewy and smooth. The flavor is full of malt. Caramel and toasted malts dominate, but mixed in are notes of chocolate, nuts, and light cherry flavor. At the end a mild bitterness with some dry alcohol finish off the sip. Once gone the sweet malt flavor lingers on the palate.

This is one tasty beer that hides its 7% alcohol very well.

Serving type: bottle

07-08-2007 20:07:34 | More by WanderingFool
Photo of jbsteiny


3.48/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured a light brown with red highlights and nearly an inch of a creamy head the color of aged ivory. It smelled rich, with dominant caramel and brown sugar and elements of cognac, cocoa, grassy hops, and a spicyness that I think is a hop flavor as well.

I think that the taste was overwhelmed by alcohol, which isn't really acceptable in a 7% ale, in my opinion. There were all of those malty flavors present, with a bit of a dark berry thing as well, but the finish was too boozy for me to appreciate it. Sorry to say (as I rather like the regular OBD, and I love SN in general, as well as the beautiful label), I think this is the least of the Big Beer Series that I've tried (S'muttonator, Wheat Wine, Farmhouse). Regardless, thanks Franchise for hooking me up with this!

Serving type: bottle

07-07-2007 02:47:50 | More by jbsteiny
Photo of lackenhauser


3/5  rDev -23.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Random, somewhat copper color. White, lacey head on top. Malty, somewhat sharp and lactic aroma. Decent enough malty flavor. Slightly robust with a faint alcohol twinge. Tastes like an amped up version of their regular brown though out of balance. Ok mouthfeel. Rather ho hum overall for me. I was expecting more to tell you the truth. All their big beer series beers I have had have been great-this one lacks a lot.

Serving type: bottle

06-29-2007 01:44:01 | More by lackenhauser
Photo of arguemaniac


3.8/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Nice citrus hop bouquet in the aroma. The burnt and slightly smokey palate offers some nice bitter coffee flavors and a great chocolate malt character, not to mention a fairly assertive hop spice. Burnt coffee with a firm note of cocoa in the satisfyingly lengthy finish.

Burnt and roasted flavors dominate the palate here. Sure, a sharp hop spice makes an appearance but it’s eclipsed by the rich and somewhat complex maltiness.


Serving type: bottle

06-19-2007 04:14:55 | More by arguemaniac
Photo of Bitterbill


4.38/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This was aquired in a trade with jwc215...Thanks, Joe!

The beer pours aclear light brown-amber with a nice big head of foam that stays around forever as a solid 1 finger layer with lots of lacing.

The smell has some caramel malt, fruit, and some floral hop in the nose.

The taste is very complex and not what I expected. Lot's of caramel and dark fruit in equal quantities for me and it's very nice and very tasty. The dark fruits I notice are plum, raisin, and fig and hey, a touch of cherry is there as well. And boy, there's definitely some warming going on here but that's not interfering with the good flavours that are dancing on my palate. :^)

A few more sips in there's some vanilla and some floral hop bitter goodness that's most notable when I swish the brew in my mouth. It finishes bitter *and* slightly sweet and leaves a good long lasting aftertaste. Yummy. I like this a lot and I'm finding that it's very drinkable. Every time I take a sip and put my glass down, the flavours beckon me to take yet another sip and I obey their command!

Bottom line: I'm very impressed with this Old Ale offering from Smuttynose and can easily recommend it. See it? Buy it and sip on it. Thanks again Joe!!

Serving type: bottle

06-17-2007 18:16:35 | More by Bitterbill
Photo of sulldaddy


4.33/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I am sampling a cellar temp bottle poured into a snifter. The beer pours a bright clear mahogany with some garnet highlights. A soft fluffy yet frothy aroma of 3 cm foams up easily and recedes gradually with some medium craters forming on the surface. The aroma is brown sugar and chocolate mixing with some toasted grains and light fruitiness as well. No hop presence on the nose.
First sip reveals a full bodied yet soft and smooth textured beer with very fine tingly carbonation.
Flavor starts with some sweet chocolate and brown sugar but rolls to some light roast malt notes and I actually do get a bit of herbal hops on the finish that mix with the roast malt to leave a mild bitterness on my palate. The 7% is well hidden and the beer drinks easily.
Quite a tasty beer now, I dont think this is one that I would age, not much would change IMO and it is very good now!

Serving type: bottle

06-14-2007 03:16:39 | More by sulldaddy
Photo of BuckSpin


3.93/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation: 22oz bottle (v.2007) in a classic conical pint glass

Poured straight, strong & true. Slightly spicy on the initial nose, faint cinnamon & biscuits, mild wood quality, deep burnt caramels over some rich, roasted malts. With some air the caramels sweeten and a distant chocolate is barely noticeable, even longer and the alcohol & hops rise up to greet the nose. A finger's worth of mixed, warm, dulled cream hued foam settled softly to an 1/8" sheet that was see through in areas, like an old blanket with worn spots, and with no lacing. Crystal clear with some lazy carbonation, its a striking handsome cherry amber stained mahogany, just lush & rich, warm & inviting, cozy.

Smooth with a nice initial nutty quality on the tongue, earthy roast malts play with those burnt caramels to create a teasingly bittersweet quality - you find yourself torn between the two qualities...it walks the line between sweet & bitter beautifully. Faint sour cherry adds more just barely sweet, but not sweet, character to the overall mouthfeel. I am diggin' the tease.

The fruit qualities grow on the palate with more of the cherry as well as some raisin, dates, even some figs. A subtle warmth from the alcohol rises very slowly, growing a bit braver with each sip until the mouth is gently glowing from it. Its starting to hit its stride now with the alcohol loosening up my palate, the beer growing sweeter with a hint of orange, a warm, comforting, smoother mouthfeel and overall taste. I know it couldn't have been any cooler than 55 degrees when I opened it, but it seems to be picking up steam & overall getting better as it warms even more, becoming more recognizable as an Old Ale and not as much as the Nut Brown it showed initially, so you may want to allow this to come up to 60-65 before partaking, IMHO.

The nose continues to evolve, which I enjoy in a beer. The taste has shifted dramatically from nutty & roast malts to more fruited & chewy with a nice warmth to it, which makes me want to enjoy another at room temps to start. Growing more bittersweet on the palate now, it does get a little dirty before finishing (it was rather easy to drink) slightly sharp and a tad drier, bitter with hops, maybe even an excuse of stale pepper, leaving a coated, chewy, bittersweet caramel aftertaste.

A good, enjoyable Old Ale. Not the best I've had, but very nice. I especially liked how it opened up with some air & temperature, and found it to be much more enjoyable & more like an Old Ale once it did so. Some sharp white cheddar would have been perfect with this, as well as anything nutty (perhaps a praline?). Just like Olive, the Really Old Brown Dog on the label, this hit its stride with some good ol' time. Be patient, let it warm up to room temps, and enjoy.

Serving type: bottle

06-14-2007 02:28:30 | More by BuckSpin
Photo of guinness33

New Jersey

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

Pours a great looking slightly murky amber colour with a big creamy head that dissolves fairly quickly and surprisingly leaves barely a trace of itself on the glass.

The aroma is malty and semi-earthy, yet has a subtle hop and even a bit of spice kick to it as well. There are also notes of dark fruit in the mix here.

Flavour is hot, but good. There's a definite strong (but not overpowering or intrusive) alcohol presence here that mixes with all other flavours throughout. Malt and fruit lead the way here with spicy notes from the aroma giving way for the most part. There's a bit of toasted flavour here as well along with a slight touch of caramel. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, a bit rugged and a bit slick.

This was pretty good stuff overall. I'd tone down the alcohol presence s bit to make this a bit more drinkable and balance out the flavour a bit more, which could make this one a really good brew. That said, it's still good in it's own right. Also, I can't not mention (even though it's got nothing to do with the contents of the bottle) the truly awesome label for this one. It's a simple, classy tribute to the great (and now late) Smutty mascot and is simply one of the best beer labels I've ever seen.

Serving type: bottle

06-14-2007 01:56:36 | More by guinness33
Photo of EPICAC


3.33/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I purchased a bomber of the latest release in the Smuttynose Big Beer Series, Really Old Brown Dog Ale, about two weeks ago at Downtown Wine & Spirits. I let this warm and served it in one of my New Belgium glasses.

Appearance: Pours a clear ruby-brown with a fluffy, beige head that fades to a film leaving patchy lace.

Smell: Sweet malts, caramel and light fruit, some roasted aromas, as well as a light graininess.

Taste: Sweet and malty upfront: caramel, raw sugar, and dark fruit. The finish is roasted bitterness with a light spiciness.

Mouthfeel: Full-bodied, moderate carbonation.

Drinkability: Not bad for such a malty style.

Overall: This isn't an unpleasant beer to drink, but it doesn't quite fit the style.

Serving type: bottle

06-11-2007 04:15:04 | More by EPICAC
Photo of BeerIsland


3.73/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This was NOT an appetizing looking beer when served; kind of muddy brown looking. It's possible it was the tail end of the keg. There was a nice head that went to a ring in a bit. It smelled ok, lots of malt; nothing huge. What I liked about this beer was the balanced flavor that stayed right through to the finish. There was a pretty decent malt flavor to it. I rather liked this beer although I don't have much experieince with the style.

Serving type: on-tap

06-07-2007 14:48:43 | More by BeerIsland
Photo of NeroFiddled


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

The clear, deep mahogany body of Really Old Brown Dog displays gleeming orange and crimson highlights beneath a creamy head of yellowed khaki. The head retention is fairly good and it leaves some nice splashes and streaks of lace about the glass.

The nose expresses a combination of scorched brown sugar and yeasty fruitiness with a touch of spice (is that alcohol?) and leafy hops.

It's smooth across the palate with a medium-full (or is that full-medium?) body and delicate, fine-bubbled carbonation that lends a gentle caress to the tastebuds as it crosses the tongue.

The flavor is very much as the aroma suggests, with a soft berry-like fruitiness that permeates the deeply caramelized malt and helps to lend it notes of dark-skinned fruits such as raisins and plums. It's fairly bitter, and that also helps to give the impression of dark fruit-skins. But it's still mainly malty with dark brown sugar and a hint of cocoa. Some alcohol lends it a bit of spice, and the leafy, grassy, and herbal hops help to level it.

It's quite nice on a quiet night on the back porch, or sipping by the fire with a good book, but I'd imagine it's drinkability would be limited in the pub setting. But at 7%, that's to be expected. I'd imagine it would pair well with a variety of foods, but glazed yams come to mind, as does, oddly enough, maple-syrup covered pancakes with a link or two of nicely browned sausage. Enjoyable. Worth trying!

Serving type: bottle

05-27-2007 00:19:31 | More by NeroFiddled
Photo of mrasskicktastic

New Jersey

2.8/5  rDev -28.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

A - Deep amber brew with a small head and isolated flecks of lacing.

S - Clean hop aroma with a faint backing of wood and forest floor.

T - A nutty malt with a bit of chicory and alcohol on the palette. The aftertaste is very nutty with clean woodsy hops finish.

M - Pretty smooth, thin, the finish is astringent with an overall mildly refreshing effect. Alcohol is strong enough to make a bit of a burn.

D - Better than old brown dog, but not by much. I don't think I will have again. Pretty easy to drink though.

Serving type: bottle

05-24-2007 23:17:27 | More by mrasskicktastic
Photo of ppoitras


3.35/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle purchased from Julio's, Marlboro, MA. Bottled in 2007.

Poured into a heavy glass chalice, formed a 1/2" tan head over the slightly cloudy orangey copper brew. Head recedes at a slow to moderate pace, with ample lace. Aroma is malt sweetness, with touches of chocolate. Taste is surprisingly light on the grains upfront, fruity in the middle, and comes on a bit hoppy at the close. After swallow is when the warm really starts up. Mouthfeel is oddly thin-seeming, and drinkability is reasonable, but the afterburn might slow you down. Have to agree with some others, a bit of age would probably do this one good.

Serving type: bottle

05-23-2007 02:33:27 | More by ppoitras
Photo of Billolick

New York

4.03/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

$4.99 for a 22 ounce bomber, the front of label lets you know this brew was "Bottle conditioned in 2007" certaintly a good bit of info as this one most likely was designed to be put away in a cool dark place for a few. Pours medium almond amber, moderate haze, cloudyness and sits under a tightly knit light tan head, that leaves nice, fine and scattered lacing. Allowed to warm up abit the nose is of some raisins, light alcohol and warm toast. Pleasant malty brew, more raisins, whole wheat toast, vanilla and a slight bite of mellow alcohol. Pleasant sipper, nicely crafted and smooth on the tongue. Well worth a try, if I had the space and the will power I'd put some bottles of this away for a few years...its drinking quite nicely right now...

Serving type: bottle

05-22-2007 01:33:35 | More by Billolick
Photo of markgugs

New Jersey

3.2/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

22oz bottle poured into a Belgian snifter

A: A faint off-white head bubbles up on top of a russet-colored, fairly clear body. Head dies down to a cluster of carbonated bubbles and a swirl up top after only a few seconds, then seems to stick around.

S: An intoxicating, rich blend of caramel sweets and overripe fruit is blatant, contributing to an overall "boozy" aroma. Banana and cookies are the predominant scents, near as I can tell.

T/M: Woah, not at all what I was expecting. I sat here patiently letting the beer warm a bit, then finally took a sip. Raw, fresh, bitter were the first 3 words that came to mind. None of the syrupy sweetness that the aroma would have had you believe. I imagine that this bottle-conditioned ale (2007) will most definitely improve in time as the flavors blend together. I'll surely have to revisit. Some nice malt flavors do begin to shine through, but the underlying bitterness to everything doesn't help this beer. Mouthfeel is slick and oily, but stops just short of being cloyingly sticky.

D: Right now? Not much, but I bet in about 1 year this beer will be tremendous.

Serving type: bottle

05-16-2007 20:58:10 | More by markgugs
Photo of bort11


3.93/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

2007 vintage 22 oz bottle, poured into an Imperial pint glass. An initial white head that stands about a fingers width that recedes to a tight cap and eventually fades away about half way through. Really no lacing sticks to the glass. The color is a clear dark reddish brown. Lazy carbonation activity, very relaxed.
Smell is malty with hints ginger and other warm spices. Taste is equally malty, not quite a malt-bomb. It's more balanced than than. Has a lot of qualities of a brown ale
Mouthfeel is a light/medium body and oes down very smoothly. In fact maybe a little too smooth. Even though it's not the highest ABV Old Ale I've had, it went down quick and the alcohol cought up to me.

Serving type: bottle

05-15-2007 14:07:32 | More by bort11
Photo of auxiliary

Rhode Island

3.68/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

appearance - Amber-brown color with a nice white head on it.

smell - Sweet malts, and toffee smell.

taste - Malt taste, alcohol, and hop bitterness at the end of the sip.

mouthfeel - Medium body.

drinkability - Not a bad beer, wish it didn't have the hop bitterness at the end. Took me bit to finish this one off.

Serving type: on-tap

05-13-2007 03:57:36 | More by auxiliary
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4.1/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks Sulldaddy for the 22 oz bomber!

Pours a nice burnt sienna color with a hefty, light, billowy head (tan) that clings to the glass. Aroma is mainly of some caramel brown malts along with some slight almonds and chocolate. A bit of floral hops hits my nose as well but mainly malt. Sipping reveals a nice, robust mocha maltiness that almost reminds me of a porter. However, the body is a bit fuller (medium) with some nice caramel tones throughout the sip. A bit of alcohol also hits my tongue numbing it on the tip just a bit, while the finish is dry and a bit bitter. Very smooth aside from the alcohol tingle. I didn't drink this at a very cold temp (probably 58 degrees F), but very enjoyable. This will help my Hold 'Em skills! Okay, maybe not, but very nice offering!

Serving type: bottle

05-11-2007 22:56:51 | More by Fish113d
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New Hampshire

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

Pours a two-fingered light tan head that slowly fades to a thin layer leaving a good lace. Nice deep, clear amber color. Medium carbonation and medium bodied. Sweet caramel nose. Flavor is sweet caramel but hops balance. Lingering bitter aftertaste. $3.99 for a 22 oz bottle from Capital Convenience Concord, NH.

Serving type: bottle

04-21-2007 00:11:04 | More by jdhilt
Photo of NJpadreFan

New Jersey

3.05/5  rDev -21.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Smuttynose- Really Old Brown Dog Ale

Appearance- Dark blood red/ brown with a huge frothy head. Thick lacing down the glass.
Smell- Light tinge of alcohol, ceder, oak, & cherry.
Taste- Dried fruits; cherry, raisin blended into a sweet malt. Slight wood; cedar/ oak chip flavor with a hint of boozy alcohol. A pinch of cocoa powder detected in the end.
Mouthfeel- Sweet with a strong alcohol finish. Strong alcohol aftertaste.

Overall- A sweet and strong (alcohol taste) beer. Let this sit in your cellar until it matures. Not bad but seems

Serving type: bottle

04-20-2007 00:01:36 | More by NJpadreFan
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New Hampshire

4.05/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22 oz bomber>snifter. The photo of olive (the brown dog) is really great, taken many years after her debut on the brown dog ale lable the photo shows the dog at her twilight of life and it seems very peaceful. I love her sitting in the chair by the ocean, anyone who has lost a pet will have heavy feelings seeing this lable.

AP: Just like it's mascot, the color of this brew is a beautiful amber-brown color with a ruby-red glow that has a two-finger deep, foamy, fluffy and sticky tan-colored head displaying great retention, the carbonation is medium with a few little bubbles fighting their way to the top through the medium viscosity.

nose: Unlike most dogs...the aroma of this brew is really good with minor alcohol heat, tart citrus, buttery, semi-sweet malt and a spicey hop note.

flavor & feel: The first hit brings a bit of a suprise with a very bold hop charecter that is mildly bitter resiney pine and tart fruits. The malt charecter seems to be in even balance of the hop with a doughy, buttery, oakie and semi-sweet flavored malt heady-ness. This medium to full body brew has a good balance of flavors, however, i do enjoy a bigger bolder malt flavor when it comes this style. On a positive note, this is a unique Old ale and it needs to be served at the correct temp.

DA: This old ale is able to avoid an identity crisis with it's cousin the barley wine, which it can sometimes miminc...this bigger-than-usual hop effect gives it a unique quality all to it's own. As the lable states: "Much like our beloved Olive, this beer will mellow and age gracefully". Overtime, the hop will mellow and i'm looking forward to pulling a few out of the cellar in a few years. I coupled this old ale with smoked gouda cheese and pepper-corn salmon. The cheese really makes the malt flavors POP.

*Update 2008 version:
The recipe has been pumped up for this year it's acually much bigger than the '07 version. This one is much bolder, huge malt verging on an English Barleywine but slightly more refined. bolder flavor's and feel makes this a killer brew.

Serving type: bottle

04-18-2007 14:44:11 | More by GratefulBeerGuy
Smuttynose Really Old Brown Dog Ale (Big Beer Series) from Smuttynose Brewing Company
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