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Smuttynose Old Brown Dog Ale | Smuttynose Brewing Company

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Smuttynose Old Brown Dog AleSmuttynose Old Brown Dog Ale

Brewed by:
Smuttynose Brewing Company
New Hampshire, United States

Style: American Brown Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.70%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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.

18 IBU

Added by BeerAdvocate on 05-07-1998

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Ratings: 2,701 |  Reviews: 976
Photo of TheRicker
4/5  rDev +1.8%

Photo of NODAK
4.35/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Aroma here has a nice mix of toffee and roasted malts going for it. Very much like you'd expect in a brown ale, but somehow I think the flavor is going to be robust knowing who the brewer is.

Taste is actually quite mild but very nice and pleasing in this American Brown Ale. Taste has a definite chocolatey note to it along with a distinct nuttiness....with a small roasted note and perhaps a tiny bit of caramel. All in all, very smooth and inoffensive. Everything is in place. Hops are pretty much not here at all, which I find acceptable for style. A little bit of roast hangs around after the swallow but it's small.

Again, Smutty does this one well. They don't overdo it, which I think is crucial. While many breweries try to one up one another and become more extreme, beers like this become more and more appreciated.

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Photo of tdm168
3.78/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - dark amber with a thin lacing of white head

S - very faint caramel

T - caramel, nutty, a hint of coffee, a hint of roasted malt, faint bitterness in the finish

M - crisp, medium bodied, smooth

The appearance and the nose weren't all that I was expecting but the flavor is solid. The flavor is full, enjoyable, and to style. It's worth trying.

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4/5  rDev +1.8%

Photo of raythealeman
3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

Photo of Chucker
4.5/5  rDev +14.5%

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3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

Photo of chim
4.5/5  rDev +14.5%

Photo of aminobutyricacid
4/5  rDev +1.8%

Photo of Chugs13
4/5  rDev +1.8%

Photo of charlzm
3.42/5  rDev -13%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Consumed March 16th, 2012.

Beer is a slightly cloudy caramel brown with reddish highlights. Small head with slight foaminess.

Sweet caramel aroma. A touch of honey and nuttiness.

Flavor is ever so slightly sour. Robust brown malts, moderate bitterness. Evaporative flavor, as in virtually no aftertaste.

Mouthfeel is light and, like flavor, beer seems to just disappear after the swallow. Neat trick!

Nothing bad going on here, but I don't think I'll ever be seeking this one out again.

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4.5/5  rDev +14.5%

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3/5  rDev -23.7%

Photo of cyclonece09
3.97/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a 14 oz "pint" glass. Pours a dark brown, almost black color, with a small brownish colored head that leaves nice lacing. Smells of darkly roasted malt and slight coffee notes, very nice. Tastes of slight coffee notes, but primarily of darkly roasted grain, sweet, but not too sweet. Goes down real smooth for a medium bodied beer. Overall, a very good beer.

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4/5  rDev +1.8%

Photo of MDDMD
3.83/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A-medium brown color with a small off-white head and some lacing

S-malts and caramel with hints of bitter

T-nice malty flavor with caramel and a slight bitter hop presence at finish

F-medium body with moderate carbonation, smooth feel

O-good drinking brown ale with nice malt character and flavor

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4.75/5  rDev +20.9%

Photo of Horbar
4/5  rDev +1.8%

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3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

Photo of TheBrewo
3.73/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This was served from the tap at The Office in Montclair, NJ. It arrived in a standard tulip glass and glowed the deepest maroon color. It held a one finger tall eggshell colored head which showed good retention, leaving sticky, patterned lacing around the glass. A ghostly film of bubbles was left atop the liquid. No sediment or haze was noted, and carbonation appeared light. The aroma gave notes of steely caramel, milk chocolate, and roasty malts much like a milder stout. Chalk, fig sweetness, and molasses rounded out the nose, with light gingerbread spice coming in with warmth. Our first impression was that there was a rich depth to the malts. As we sipped, caramel, roast, brown sugar, and a light leafy hop bitterness came in to balance each other out. A steely bite of raw coffee bean came at the peak, with bittering char, and white sugar sweetness. Sugars carried us to the finish where chocolate and peppery spice came through to bitter, along with tannins of English breakfast tea. Grain was present as well, giving bite much like cherry cough syrup. The aftertaste breathed of unsweetened lemon iced tea, light metallics, coffee, and chocolate malts. The body was medium and the carbonation was high, prickling the tongue. No real coating was left, and the feel really thinned out at times, but there was still decent slurp, cream, and a dry smack. The abv was appropriate, and this beer drank easily.

Overall, what we enjoyed most about this brew were the quality malts, and the drying finish to the feel. These malts showed depth and solid flavoring, but they become a bit mild and redundant by the end of the glass. We wished the nose was more robust, showcasing more of those great malts. Everything else about this beer is pretty average, but it makes for a tasty, well-balanced treat.

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4.25/5  rDev +8.1%

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3.5/5  rDev -10.9%

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4.75/5  rDev +20.9%

Photo of garuda
4.3/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz brown bottle, best by date stamped on neck

A - Ruby, hazed, with some suspended sediment. Off white head has good retention and lacing.

S/T - Slight chocolate sweetness, then a mild roast coffee. Rolls into a bready, doughy sweetness mid palate, almost cookie-like. Finishes with a healthy dose of pine hops to balance and clean it off.

M - Medium body, medium carbonation, nice and smooth across the palate.

O - Really enjoyed this one, a new standard to hold other brown ales to for me.

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4.02/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into a pint glass at cellar temperature.

L - Amber-brown color with a 2-finger bubbly, tan-white head. Decent retention, not much lacing at all.

S - Nice biscuit, nut, and caramel malt notes with a hint of floral and possibly some citrus hop aromas as well. Smells like a brown ale should.

T - Very nice malt profile with sweet caramel and toasty biscuit and nut flavors. Has the slightest bit of a bitter finish with some floral hop flavors.

F - Medium-bodied, nice carbonation, mouth-coating feel, with a slightly bitter and dry finish. Bitterness hangs around for a little bit but malty sweetness lingers longer. Good body and refreshing at the same time.

O - If you’re into brown ale malty goodness, this is a very good beer. It’s a good beer regardless, but especially good if you like brown ales. Smells and tastes good and has a solid mouthfeel. As with the other Smuttynose beers that I’ve had, there’s nothing spectacular or particularly different about this beer, but it’s just an all-around good beer. I’d look for this one again.

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Smuttynose Old Brown Dog Ale from Smuttynose Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.93 out of 5 with 2,701 ratings
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