Old Brown Dog
Smuttynose Brewing Company

Rate It
Beer Geek Stats | Print Shelf Talker
From:
Smuttynose Brewing Company
 
New Hampshire, United States
Style:
Brown Ale - American
Ranked #102
ABV:
6.5%
Score:
88
Ranked #14,244
Avg:
3.93 | pDev: 10.94%
Ratings:
2,793
Status:
Active
Rated:
Apr 04, 2022
Added:
May 07, 1998
Wants:
  144
Gots:
  583
SCORE
88
Very Good
Notes: Old Brown Dog has been cited as a classic example of the “American Brown Ale” style of beer. Compared to a typical English Brown Ale, Old Brown Dog is fuller-bodied and more strongly hopped.

30 IBU
Recent ratings and reviews. | Log in to view more ratings + sorting options.
 
3.75 by tonystanhope from Florida on Apr 04, 2022
Photo of Chezwick
4.31/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25
by Chezwick from New Jersey

Nice, fun, great body. Easy to drink but with enough flavor to be interesting.

Dec 14, 2021
 
3.85 by TwilightBeerCareer from Illinois on Nov 25, 2021
Photo of woodchipper
3.74/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
by woodchipper from Connecticut

Poured form a 12oz brown bottle stamped 21183nnnnnn which I take to mean July 2nd of this year. (Old brewerey, old dating strategy). Poured at fridge temp to a Nonic.
A beautiful biege head sits above a brown-gold body that reminds me of root beer. Head fades but laces well.
Aroma is muted musty and malty.
Taste is similar with a hint of caramel.
Overall, not as good I remember from years ago, but not sure how good my tast memory is.

Nov 14, 2021
Photo of tolar111
3.79/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
by tolar111 from New York

Poured into an imperial pint nonic. A normal pour produces a light fluffy off white/brown head that sticks around for a while and recedes to a cap of foam that stays till the end leaving nice lacing with each sip. The smell is faint but pleasant
with malt and maybe a little chocolate. The taste is mild, very slightly sweet with a little roast that lingers in the after taste. The mouth feel is light to medium body with a well matched level of carbonation. Overall, I like this beer, it's an easy drinker with a 6.5% ABV. It has a solid malt backbone, but isn't as roasty as other examples of the style.

Nov 14, 2021
 
4.05 by Bitburger from Vermont on Nov 02, 2021
Photo of JohnniEMc
4.14/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25
by JohnniEMc from Pennsylvania

Its brown, but not a dark brown, not even as dark as a cola soft drink. It's also very bright and shiny, but not translucent. The off-white head is modest and enduring. Prerequisite to making these observations, two twelve ounce cans were emptied into a clear glass liter mug. A sweet malty aroma also emanates. Although obviously well carbonated, it drinks a bit flat because it is smoother than it looks like it would be. Oddly, it's also very light in body. The taste is malty sweet with just enough hop bite to make it work. There's only a little glass lacing and only a little taste of the 6.5% ABV. The best Browns have a little more earthiness than this, which helps with the sweetness of the malt. It may not be among the best in its style, but it is good and worth the try.

Jul 04, 2021
Photo of JJKBeerLvr
4.14/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
by JJKBeerLvr from Pennsylvania

Sampled July 2, 2021 from a can in pint glass. Can had a brewed date of 5/25/21 stamped on it.

Appearance: Dark amber color. Tan head was about 2 fingers thick, and it lasted about a minute and resulted in a thin cover. There was a little lacing left on the glass.

Smell: Strong roasted malt aromas, with some smell of sweet chocolate.

Taste: Medium-bodied with a balance of malt, coffee, and chocolate flavors, with some hop bitterness for added dimension. The combination makes it more enjoyable than many other brown ales.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied, but very smooth, almost creamy.

Overall: A good brown ale. Best if you enjoy a combination of malt, coffee, chocolate, and hops flavor influences. The label lists 6.5% alcohol, and it does taste like it.

Jul 03, 2021
Photo of Rapscullion
4.09/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
by Rapscullion from Massachusetts

June 2021. Fresh bottle poured into tulip glass. Clear dark chestnut color with an onch of white foam that slowly fades to a very thin ring.
Pleasant nose of roasted malt, brown bread, slightly earthy.
Very malty on the palate, quite nutty and much hoppier than a British brown, with a persistent maple sweetness.
Nice easy drinking beer but a little too sweet. The extra hoppiness is typical of American browns but ultimately lacks the sublety and cohesion of the best British brown ales.

Jun 21, 2021
Photo of papposilenus
3.47/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25
by papposilenus from New Hampshire

From a 12oz can, dated 03/29/21. Served in a tulip.

Pours a warm, translucent, burnt caramel colour with an honest finger of soft and sudsy beige foam. Retention is quite good, leaving a bubbly cap, a creamy collar, and a tattered curtain of foamy lacing. Looks really nice.

Aroma, however, is disappointingly faint. Malty, with butterscotch and damp hay.

Taste is somewhat thin but there’s toasted bread crust and caramelized cane sugar, nuts and corn. Earthy/dirty and only very mildly sweet, with a grassy/ashy, bitterness and a slight bile-like, vomitous aftertaste.

Feel is slick and soapy, medium-light bodied with a prickly, aggressive, almost fizzy level of carbonation.

How have I not reviewed this before now? At any rate, I think this is not the beer it once was. Although it is rather thin, in terms of aroma, taste and mouthfeel, it was still enjoyable enough until I’d identified the vomitous aftertaste. I still finished the can, because I am, after all, a trooper, but I’ll pawn the remaining two cans from the variety pack off on my friend Bob.

Jun 11, 2021
 
3.88 by Maxxis from Illinois on May 30, 2021
 
3.52 by mtimmerman84 from New York on May 22, 2021
 
4.14 by Mustela_Man from Rhode Island on Mar 04, 2021
 
3.9 by Jcal2023 from Pennsylvania on Feb 10, 2021
 
3.81 by SpaethJam from New York on Jan 22, 2021
 
3.83 by mothmanscott from Georgia on Jan 17, 2021
Photo of mikeinportc
4.02/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by mikeinportc from New York

Translucent medium chestnut-brown , with one finger of tan head.

Smell is moderate nutty aroma (crushed walnut, mostly), slight caramel, and brown bread.

Taste close to aroma, but drier, with an additional malt-ball-but-not-sweet flavor. Moderate bitterness.

Feel is medium , slightly slick, slightly watery initially, with moderate very fine carbonation tingle.

Overall, a nice, well-balanced, basic beer, well-done.

Jan 07, 2021
 
2.5 by wildman69 from New York on Dec 13, 2020
Photo of Jeez
4.28/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by Jeez from Massachusetts

Pours medium brown with an off-white head. It smells of dark bread and coffee. The taste is nutty and a bit sweet, like crackers and caramel with a mildly bitter finish. It hides its abv very well and is easy to drink. Nothing is overpowering, just well-balanced.

Oct 10, 2020
 
4.09 by cozmo from New York on Oct 03, 2020
 
5 by Dalkri from Massachusetts on Sep 30, 2020
Photo of Greenlabel
4.35/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
by Greenlabel from New Hampshire

I've enjoyed this Ale over a period of years but have never formally rated it before. I agree with the Notes to this product that it is a "classic example of an American Brown Ale". It was the product that first developed a personal enthusiasm in me for Brown Ales in general and I haven't yet come across a better example. It became less available in recent years on the retail shelves in my area but now seems to have returned on a more regular basis in its usual 12 oz. can format. Thus, Smuttynose once again occupies a regular spot in my refrigerator with both Old Brown Dog and its better-known Finest Kind IPA.

Aug 14, 2020
 
4 by Velivolus1 from Vermont on Jul 27, 2020
Photo of rodbeermunch
3.5/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
by rodbeermunch from Nevada

Consumed November 13, 2016. Alright you know the line: brown ale pours well, light brown here, liquid caramel. 1/4" much lighter color brown head. Its thicker and darker by far compared to Newcastle.

Brown malt aroma, earthy dark caramel bread, mild cocoa like note, a similar mild hop influence.

Taste actually pushed a mixture of citrus rind and brown malt caramel. Its not ipa level hopping territory, but there are some aspects of that here. Assertions of it being strongly hopped are overblown if you don't qualify "for style" when you repeat the commercial tug job line. A little bit of nuttiness in the mouthfeel. Leans more bitter than it does sweet.

It drinks pretty easy, there are no off flavors. Surprised to see this style of beer rated so highly. I think this brown ale checks all the boxes and is an easy beer to pick up for someone who likes brown ales.

Jun 24, 2020
Photo of Rug
3.79/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
by Rug from Massachusetts

Bottled 12/31/19

I’ve seen this one around for so long, I just had to grab it. I’m a sucker for a good brown so I tend to pick up any that I can find

Pours a clear light brown/copper with just a cap of khaki colored head that fades to nothing quick and leaves no lacing at all

Aromas of big coffee, caramel malt, citrus hops, and just a touch of floral spice

This one is quite hop forward in the taste for a brown and I’m all about it! Notes of chocolate and dark fruit work well with bitter coffee and hops. A bit more malt character would work here, but this is still good

Pretty light body here with some tingly carbonation, this finishes dry and bitter

Quite an interesting example of a brown, very American for sure, and drinks a whole lot lighter than the abv

May 24, 2020
 
3.77 by M4CDO from Massachusetts on May 01, 2020
 
4.37 by wip998001 from Massachusetts on Apr 27, 2020
 
4 by Fr33man from Maryland on Apr 15, 2020
 
2.75 by RiceOwls27 from Texas on Apr 07, 2020
Photo of Thomas_Wikman
3.98/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
by Thomas_Wikman from Texas

This beer was included with a bucket full of beers that my daughter (student in California) sent me for Valentine's Day.

Look: dark brown with a half inch white head

Aroma: toasted bread, nuts, and caramel

Taste: The flavor is toasted bread, nuts, and caramel.

Body/Overall: light to medium body.

Mar 07, 2020
Photo of tomtjs4
4.08/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
by tomtjs4 from Connecticut

I enjoyed this beer a lot, there was a good amount of flavor. This is a perfect beer for cold nights, but I can also see myself drinking it in the summer as well.

Mar 03, 2020
Photo of brewme
4/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by brewme from Massachusetts

Picked-up as part of a mixed twelve-pack at Kappy's in Norwell for about fifteen dollars. Have had this brew many times before, not for a long time. Brown ale is not my favorite style, but this is nice.

Feb 14, 2020
 
4.28 by Wizzman from Massachusetts on Feb 13, 2020
 
4 by craigbelly from Iowa on Jan 29, 2020
 
4.38 by amarino1313 from Pennsylvania on Jan 26, 2020
Photo of vette2006c5r
3.9/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by vette2006c5r from Minnesota

Pours a translucent brown with a little head. Sweet sugary aroma. Flavor is rich, sugary, sweet yet subtle. Good body and feel. Overall, very tasty lighter and crisp with a nice sweet kick.

Jan 01, 2020
 
3.84 by neliam24 from New York on Dec 02, 2019
 
3.95 by Atg1095 from New York on Nov 17, 2019
 
4.07 by Craig-er from New Hampshire on Nov 02, 2019
Old Brown Dog from Smuttynose Brewing Company
Beer rating: 88 out of 100 with 2793 ratings