Old Brown Dog | Smuttynose Brewing Company

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Old Brown DogOld Brown Dog
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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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look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a New Belgium goblet. Bottleneck says Best By 08/05/14.

A- Pours a medium brown color with a 1/2 inch tan head that retains a bit before soon becoming a thick ring around the edge of the glass and a large center patch of surface foam. Semi-resilient lacing leaves a thin jagged ring behind.

S- Toasty malt brings notes of dark bread, cocoa, honey and caramel.

T- Pretty sweet with the toastiness of the malt providing good balance. Hops are mild but certainly there, giving a complementary bitterness. Some more notes of honey, vanilla and some nuttiness.

M- Slightly slick with medium carbonation and a fullish body.

O- A brown ale that actually has some depth to it. Easy drinking while also being interesting to the last sip.

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look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

The beer pours out in dark red rusty copper brown color with red coming through in the light. The head is a big 2-3 finger creamy off white head.

The aroma has some chocolate malt, tons of toasted nuttiness, breadiness, brown sugar and caramel malt. With a bit of a dark fruit like cherries or prune in the back.

The flavor has that toasty malt flavor and bit of a caramel sweetness along with . There’s definitely some fruitiness in there too like the aroma. It’s a gentle pop of cherries and apple skin.

The end has a malty sweetness that slowly goes away. Mouthfeel is medium light.

A very basic, yet well crafted brown ale. I had this up against Indian Brown, which clearly won. It also lost against Avery Ellie's Brown, but by a hair. A dog's hair, even.

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Old Brown Dog from Smuttynose Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.93 out of 5 with 2,720 ratings