Old Brown Dog | Smuttynose Brewing Company

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Old Brown DogOld Brown Dog

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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Photo of oqnid
4.64/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

One word...whoa!
Okay, more words...mahogany, dark rubis red color, a certain thickness even creamy look to it, too bad for the head though. The smeel...is that strawberry jam I smell? Now for the mouth effect...this brew practices what it preaches, a fruity berry like taste, very creamy full bodied taste. The brew covers your palate and your entire mouth, making sure that every part has a taste. It coats your mouth as would a second skin.
Enjoyable, maybe not in a large quantity (sweetness), this brew is a must!
BTW, they added 0.2% more...just for that extra pleasure!

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Photo of bewareOFpenguin
4.25/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

The dog on the label alone made me buy this beer. Very dark beer mahobany beer, with a deep robust taste. Not as deep as the robust porter. The carbonation is light, adding to the drinkability. The nutty taste and the hops can be tasted on even the smallest sip.

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Photo of allboutbierge
4.23/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Wow, this is an incredible brew. Dark, rich mahogany color though it's head disapated rather quickly, has so far left me with a heavy lace on my Ale glass. Has a light chocolate taste that is incredibly smooth. Has very complex taste properties, shares of those with that of a double bock, actually the aftertaste reminds me of the celebrator i had last night. I strongly recommend this brew to any one who enjoys a good beer as it is one of the better. On a side note, one of my brothers in my house is from New Hampshire and we usually argue Steelers vs Patriots and on one occassion argued Penn and Stoudts Brewery vs Smuttynose, and well after this beer, i dont think i can make a strong argument like that again, not that im saying that this beer is better, i just dont think i could argue against a fine beverage like this one.


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Photo of Alewife
3.3/5  rDev -16%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I usually like this one a lot. This brew today was not up to par. First of all, it was served too cold. Can't taste anything that way! Caramel/copper color, clear. Smooth, fine head. Slightly picky mouth feel, medium bodied. Mild malt nose. Has a malt and caramel like taste with a slightly bitter finish. This one is usually more drinkable. Maybe was a bit too young?

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Photo of StevieW
4.82/5  rDev +22.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Very rich creamy brown, the color of wet shoe leather. Thick rich creamy tan head. Smell is a burst of carmel sweetness, rich brown sugar smells, like a box of chocolates. Taste was a combination of rich creamy carmel, chocolate malt, and yummy hop kick. Medium bodied, slightly syrupy sweet, but in a good way. Very good, very drinkable, I can't wait to get my hands on more of these. Right up there with Rogue's Brown Necter. My favorite beer of all the ones I tried on my recent New England vacation.

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Photo of DarthMalt
4.2/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Oh, Mommy!

Pours dark amber. Smells like an abundance of caramel malts in the grain bill. No discernable fermentation aromas.

Roasty-toasty flavor, which matches the dark-amber expectations dead-on. Tastes like a light d-bock, which I guess makes it a bock? NO! Too many melanoidin-like flavors floating around. Maybe they use Moravian malts. Who the hell knows. This beer kicks ass! YUM! YUM!

...make that, "Woof! Woof!"

Doublebock fans, line up for this one!

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Photo of WilliamPhilaPa
4.47/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a nice brown color with an orange tint, with a thin tan lace. On the nose the aromas of malt, caramel and fruity undertones are evident. On the palate there is a caramel malt sweetness, dark fruity notes, toffee perhaps, slight graininess, and a touch of brown sugar, little bready... The mouthfeel is smooth. Emmm, I love this old brown dog...good brew

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Photo of Thrasher
3.65/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

All in all pretty good. I had high hopes for this beer and was (probably inevitably) a tad let down. Very sweet malts, caramel, brown sugar, maple syrup hints. It not only looks brown, but tastes brown. I would have liked a little more hop bitterness, perhaps the grassy hints could be embellished into a stronger flavor to balance the sugary malts. Nice mouthfeel but ultimately too syrupy. Am very envious of those who have tried it on cask - I'd imagine this would be a real winner in that format.

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Photo of goindownsouth
3.45/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A nice brown ale. It poursa nice and bark brown with a respectable head. The aroma was a bit nutty and somewhat sweet. The first sip is about what you would expect from the aroma. Relatively easy to drink. All in all, nothing to write to momma about.

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

Semi clear amberish brown with a bubbly lace that fades slowly. Rich malty aroma with hints of butterscotch and ripe dates. Big toasted maltiness with an underlying fruitiness and buttery flavours. Tad estery with a noticeable alcohol, hops are vague a only aim to balance with virtually no flavour. Finishes with a touch of sweetness and toasted grain all over. A great brown ale to have around all the time.

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Photo of beernut7
3.88/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This one is a keeper. Real deep, but not hazy dark brown color, head doesn't stick around too long. Aroma of dark malts and vanilla. Light carbonation and medium body. Rich, complex flavor with just the right amount of sweetness. Hard to have more than a few, though due to the richness of it. Quality all around.

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Photo of Bierman9
4.45/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Cask review from 04MAY02...
Enjoyed at Nerax! A great rendition of an already good bier! Lovely color: garnet-ruby hues....superb! Very little head/lace, though. Appealing sweet, malty nose. Just invites you in! Medium for body/smoothness on the tongue.... Great flavors! lots of maltiness, some caramel, finishing on a great balancing note of hops! Mmmm!

overall: 4.45
appearance: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | mouthfeel: 4 | drinkability: 4.5

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On-tap review from 30JAN02...
Enjoyed on tap... a nice copper color, but small fine head. Nose hard to detect....touch malty/nutty? Medium body/smoothness-wise. Semi-sweet flavor, hint of nuttiness. Easy drinking, though I've had tastier bottle versions. (4.0/3.5/4.0/4.0/4.5 = 3.95)


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Photo of pbrian
3.85/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Nice malt-accentuated example of style. A little flatter(carbonation-wise) than most, which I thought took away from the beer.

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Photo of Brent
3.47/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Lots of malt, for sure, with a sugary, fruity caramel flavor that was quite good at first, but toward the end is a little too sweet.

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Photo of QXSTER1
4.4/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I thought this brown ale was one of the tastiest, most complex renditions I've tried.

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Photo of xXTequila
3.5/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

i wasnt impressed...

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Photo of BeerAdvocate
4.44/5  rDev +13%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: Simple label of an old brown dog ("Olive") on a 12 oz brown bottle. Freshness date clearly marked on the side.

Appearance: Ruby brown with a thin cream lace.

Smell: Malt, malt and more malt with fruit notes.

Taste: Sweet malt grain flavour, with a bitty grain mouth-feel. Very smooth with a quick sharp hop bitterness that dissipates into a slight caramel dextrin sweetness.

Notes: This is an excellent example of the use of malt. All the flavours have been pulled from the grain, creating a very full, complete and complex brew. By far one of the best brown ales produced in the US.

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Old Brown Dog from Smuttynose Brewing Company
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