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Portsmouth Old Brown Dog Ale - Portsmouth Brewery

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Portsmouth Old Brown Dog Ale
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Reviews: 12
Hads: 20
Avg: 3.92
pDev: 7.65%
Wants: 1
Gots: 1 | FT: 0
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Portsmouth Brewery visit their website
New Hampshire, United States

Style | ABV
English Brown Ale |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: UncleJimbo on 07-07-2003

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Reviews: 12 | Hads: 20
Photo of Sammy
3.68/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoyed on tap at the brewpub. Better than average brown ale, with very decent malting. Dark brown coloured body, a little head, lots of lace.Nothing too bitter nor too sweet, though leans the way of sweet and leads to good drinkability.One of the few browns I like.

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Photo of GarthDanielson
3.65/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured on-tap at the Portsmouth Brewery and served in a pint glass. The beer is a light, watery amber coloring with a thin, white head. The aroma is caramel sweet, with some roasted notes. The beer's flavors are tangy sweet caramel, and a slight tone of chocolate, with some roasty highlights. Very tasty. Tangy sweet aftertaste, with a slightly cloying sweet finish. Very smooth and easy to drink, and with a low ABV it is very sessionable.

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Photo of Cavalier92
4.42/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is a classic style and a nice presentation. Heavy brown in color with a light tan head that goes down smoothly. Not too much carbonation to distract from the malt and the tangy yeasty flavors.

This is a beer you can really get used to drinking. While I usually have 2-3 different styles when I am at Portsmouth, last summer i stuck with this one and was happy that I did.

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Photo of gford217
4.1/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle thanks to MrRetardedMonkey poured into a snifter.

This one pours a dark brownish copper with a one-finger head that recedes to a ring and some bubbles in the middle. There is little lacing to speak of.

The aroma is textbook brown ale with some sweet roasted caramel malts and hints of nuts.

The taste is just as good as the aroma and on the sweeter side of things with caramel malts dominating. There is a definite toasted character in the finish with maybe a little bit of hop kick as well.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied with decent carbonation.

This is a very good example of an English brown, not overly complex or big, but extremely drinkable. I really enjoyed this one.

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Photo of MrMonkey
4.3/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours chestnut brown with ruby highlights and a one-finger light tan head that fades slowly to a thin bubbly cap. Nice lacing down the glass.

Smell is faint, or maybe the beer is just a bit too cold right now, but there is some caramel, almonds, toffee, and toasted bread.

Taste is much like the nose: caramel and toasted bread crusts up front with some toffee and a mild sweet fruitiness from the malts. Finishes with some almonds and a touch of drying floral hops.

Medium-bodied, crisp mouthfeel.

A really good brown ale, with great drinkability. This could be a session beer if there weren't so many other choices on tap.

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Photo of Georgiabeer
4/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this on-tap at the brewpub in Portsmouth. This is a nice brown ale, very enjoyable. Pours brownish red, nicely colored, with an okay head and light lacing. Smells of a light toastiness followed by some pretty dry malt. The taste is pleasant, but not overly complex. Nicely balanced malt and roasty flavors with a touch of earthy hops. restrained, but pleasant.

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Photo of Reagan1984
3.78/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This beer was amber/brown in color. I've seen some people use the descriptive of mahogany in some of their reviews. I think I want to use that here. A good looking beer. Very clear with no visible carbonation.

Aroma was sweet and of roasted malt, caramel

Excellent flavor. I'm not supposed to be a big Brown Ale fan, but I really enjoy this.

The malty goodness is not too sweet and I like the caramel, roasted character to this.

I thought the mouth feel was rather smooth and medium in body.

For me to really enjoy a Brown means it's very drinkable.

Good one!

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Photo of jneiswender
4.12/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Got this beer at the brewpub, growler format, served in a pint glass.

A-Shoe brown color, off white head that leaves quickly, not a clear beer in color though

S-grain like, sweet bread smell.

T-Sweet malt (and full at that) with a pretty decent hop finish

M-medium, body, slick

D-I don't know why I don't like this style. But this is by far one of the best browns I've had in a LONG time. Great beer fresh!

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Photo of Bierman9
3.88/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Can't believe I have never reviewed this bier; I've had it often enough at the brewpub... Had a nice Imperial Pint of this yesterday with lunch....

Pours a clear, attractive mahogany/chestnut color. Head is a 1/2" layer of creamy mocha bubbles, lasting well and leaving good lacing. Aroma is light, with a bit of caramel malt showing through, though very light on the hops. Body was a solid medium, and it had a smooth, even feel on the tongue.

Flavor was welcomed with open arms by the palate. Has super toasty malt, lending a decent flourish of caramel sweetness to the proceedings. There was a distinct nutty character, and the finish was dry, with floral hops being present yet restrained. Very well-made, like its Smuttynose cousin, and extremely sessionable.

Zum wohl!!

overall: 3.9
appearance: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | mouthfeel: 4 | drinkability: 4


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Photo of Truh
3.87/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Finally had to put him down with this one on 6/24/2005. 16-oz. pint, straight from the source.

Nice, creamy consumptive of covering head, but no stick showing. Mahogany brown hue with just a touch of haze. Cinnamon toast snout with the malted butter rivuleting around the nose’s creases. Very velvety sweet Hershey’s chocolate cut on the mouth, and a weird effervescence that tongles.

Cool, cool, good dog.

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Photo of mschofield
3.35/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours mahogany to the red side, topped with a one finger light tan head, leaves webs of lacing.
Caramel and toffee aroma, lots of toffee, a small bit of nuts.
Caramel, citrus and herb taste, some earthyness, and light chocolate and nut tastes.
Medium bodied, an acceptable but not outstanding brown ale.

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Photo of UncleJimbo
3.91/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sampled on tap in Portsmouth. This ale is also brewed and bottled by Smuttynose, and is brewed by Northampton Brewery, both "sister" companies to Portsmouth Brewery.

This ale poured a clear, brown-amber color with white foam that left a little lacing on the glass. The smell was modest: malt. The tastes included caramel, malt, oak, hints of nut and butter, and even raisins. The taste was slightly sweet with low hop presence. The mouthfeel was smooth with a dry finish. The body was medium with low carbonation. There was a lingering malt aftertaste. This was a nice, easy drinking brown ale.

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Portsmouth Old Brown Dog Ale from Portsmouth Brewery
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