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Old Brown Dog | Smuttynose Brewing Company

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3.93/5
Very Good
2,702 Ratings
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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Smuttynose Brewing Company
New Hampshire, United States
smuttynose.com

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

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#5,703
Reviews:
977
Ratings:
2,702
pDev:
10.94%
Bros Score:
4.39
 
 
Wants:
136
Gots:
556
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Photo of bluejacket74
4/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle, the stamp on the bottle is smudged but it says it's best before some time in February 2012. Bought it as part of a mixed 6 pack at a local Kroger. Served in a pint glass, the beer pours dark brown with a half inch light tan head. Head retention and lacing are both good enough. Aroma is nice and malty, the brew smells like bready and caramel malt, nuts, bittersweet chocolate and toffee. Taste is pretty much just like the aroma, but there's also a bit of dark fruit flavors noticeable (cherries, raisins). Mouthfeel/body is medium, it's a bit slick and coating with good carbonation. I think this is a good overall brown ale, I'd buy this again in the future. I liked it.

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4/5  rDev +1.8%

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4.5/5  rDev +14.5%

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3.32/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I served this in a shaker pint.

Appearance- The body is hazy and a dark copper-auburn. The white head got to about a half-finger before falling to a slight ring. A perfect example of "so-so".

Smell- A cherry and vanilla mix is pretty interesting. There is a slight grassy and roasted note coming out. There is a slightly bready quality to the malt, but it is not nearly big enough.

Taste- Whoa milk chocolate! That is all over the front of the drink. Where was that in the nose? There is some imitation cherry flavor after that, which is not nearly as good.

Some general hop bitterness only becomes noticeable in the finish. I also notice some bready malt and hazelnut after the first round of flavors. All of these notes are good, but they are not meshing well and are not strong enough.

Mouth feel- This beer is average here in every way as well. It is sort of watery, and has no amount of coating. The watery nature does not work with how carbonated the drink is, almost grating because of it.

Overall- This brown is all over the place. It starts with the funky cherry-vanilla on the nose, and goes right on through to the chocolate, grassy flavors.

I feel like if some of this were tuned, or even pulled out some of those flavors, this could be a very good brown. Until then, it is average at best.

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look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Very deep, dark brown, slightly cloudy. 1 finger head that dissipates quickly with little to no retention on the glass.

S: Typical brown ale characteristics; toasted malts, hints of caramel, slightly nutty, with a biscuity, toasted bread-like smell.

T: Much of what's in the nose, though a little seems lost... can't quite put my finger on it. Certainly good, but not as good as the nose implied it was going to be.

M: This is the one category where I feel truly let down by this beer. Carbonation was just too low, as the occaisional swirl to coax the aromas out produced no head development whatsoever. All throughout, it just felt flat, and unfitting of the style - I've had stouts with more carbonation than this. The body, however, was just right - a medium weight, with a crisp, clean finish.

O: A good brown ale, but far from the best I've had, and just not fitting of the "world class" rating that the bros gave it. I'd certainly buy it again if I was looking for a brown ale and it was all that was available, but I don't think it would ever be my first choice.

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look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into tulip.

A - Hazy, dark brown amber with a small head. Nice color.

S - Faint grainy malts with some sweet caramel and coffee aromas coming through.

T - Huge roasted malt flavor mixed with milk chocolate and caramel. Starts out very sweet but finishes bready with a mild hop bitterness. The taste is superb.

M - Medium bodied with a smooth, rich, creamy mouthfeel. Fair amount of carbonation.

D - One of the best brown ales I've tried so far. The robust chocolate caramel flavors really makes this beer shine.

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Old Brown Dog from Smuttynose Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.93 out of 5 with 2,702 ratings
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