Really Old Brown Dog Ale | Smuttynose Brewing Company

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3.91/5
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903 Ratings
Really Old Brown Dog AleReally Old Brown Dog Ale
BEER INFO

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

Style: English Old Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 11.10%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Olive, iconic mascot & spirit guide of our brewery, first appeared on our Old Brown Dog label in 1994 & returned, thirteen years later, to pose for our Really Old Brown Dog, a luscious, malt-rich, full bodied “old ale” featuring deep notes of complex fruit. Much like our beloved Olive, this beer will mellow & age gracefully.

Formerly part of the Big Beer Series.

20 IBU

2007 - 7.0%
2008 - 9.3%
2010 - 10.9%
2012 - 10.1$
2014 - 11.1%

Added by cbl2 on 03-03-2007

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#12,408
Reviews:
399
Ratings:
903
pDev:
10.49%
 
 
Wants:
60
Gots:
137
Trade:
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Photo of Smakawhat
3.82/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured from the bottle into a snifter glass.

Khaki colored, and creamy rich filling head. Two fingers tall with a yellow vanilla ice cream like top, sitting on a opaque copper brown body. Lathery top with a hint of reddish bottom.

Real nice notes of toffee and cream on the nose. Sticky caramel and lots of vanilla touches, for a real state fair candy vendor like smell. Slight touches of clove and herbal spice round out for a good additional character. Very nice.

Palate is a but unexpected. Very wet bodied, and touches with a large amount of hop quality. Herbal to dried out pine needle like flavor, with a particularly dry tannic tea bitterness on the finish. More of the taffy and caramel action is quite muted but the flavor does manage to perk up once in awhile. Lots of tea leaf leftover flavors.

For an old ale, this comes out more of an large hopped tea brew. Good, but misses a lot of the caramel and sweet richness of the style.

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Photo of brureview
4.05/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Look: cloudy chocolate color with a 4F head in a Mikasa tulip with a 4F head.
Good head retention.

Excellent aroma:Chocolate, dates, vanilla.

MF: very malty for the style. Smooth drinking and deceiving, especially at 11%. Most old ales are lighter bodied.

Taste- good but not as complex and pronounced as the aroma.: chocolate, date, prune.

Finish: not bitter, and smooth for the style.

Overall: excellent approach to an Old Ale. Smooth, far less bitterness than most Old Ales. Lots of flavor.

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Photo of Wheels2532
3.88/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of VAFolks14
4.34/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

This is one of my personal favorites. Pours a very beautiful dark brown, true to the style of beer. Sweet malts are evident, especially late in the flavor profile. This beer isn't overly sweet but the ABV is hidden very well within the malty profile. The beer has a nice smooth and clean feel and feels very refreshing through the end. I highly recommend this beer to all dark ale drinking fans.

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Photo of irate_alien
4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of ChickenHeadCandy
4.15/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a 12oz bottle at fridge temp into a chilled pint glass. Bottle date 4/27/17.

Appearance: Dark hazy honey brown, no floaties, with a small creamy head leaving a little light lacing.

Smell: Bananas, raisins, toffee, caramel, brown sugar, rum. Very pleasant and sweet.

Taste: Banana bread, prunes, fruitcake (in a good way...), caramel and molasses. Light bitterness. Became sweeter as it warmed, nuttier, slightly floral, and a little more bitterness came through at the finish. Taste was enjoyable straight from the fridge to the last hour-warmed sip. The taste seems just right, so I don't know if cellaring would really improve it much.

Mouthfeel: Medium soft silky body, a little sweet but not cloying at all, medium finish towards the dry. Carbonation is just right. Expected some heat due to the 9.8% ABV but experienced none.

Overall: A very enjoyable old brown brew. Not as complex a taste profile or malt-sweet-fruity-bold as other Old Ales I've tried. But that's not to say it lacks any character by any means. And sometimes it's better to not be beat over the head with what a brew is supposed to be. Smuttynose reliably delivers delicious brews, and Really Old Brown Dog doesn't disappoint. The ABV is hidden very well, which is a good thing... or could be a bad thing... because this really old dog wants you to keep coming back and give it some more attention, but she'll bite ya if you don't respect,

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Photo of abalipadi
4.2/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Bogdawg
3.79/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Devonking
3.98/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Tcsox
4.03/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of whitey27
4.15/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of jkblr
3.97/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottled March 2015 poured into a Duvel glass at fridge temp 11.1% ABV (per bottle). The beer pours a soft medium brown with tiny bits of snow globe floaties and quickly settling khaki head. The head recedes to a ring and thin cap with little lacing. The aroma is brown sugar, dark dried fruit, burnt sugar and caramel rolls. Taste is semisweet caramel and a bit of cardboard. Mouthfeel is thin to medium bodied, lowly carbonated, a little chalky and mostly dry in the finish. There is no real bitterness but it's not overly sweet either. Overall, very good, but is better fresh (I stored this last bottle of the 4 pack at 60-70 degrees for over 2 years). It would probably be fine aged at cellar temp or below. Giving some extra points as I know this was better fresher.

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Photo of neliam24
4.44/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of MMOSNN
3.77/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of MTKATL
4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of PJCarnell
3.97/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of NeckBootHeadAss
2.25/5  rDev -42.5%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.25

Really strong. The first one was fine but I struggled through the second one. It is also much more expensive than your average beer.

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Photo of Skellbop
3.75/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of takurmudgeon
2.04/5  rDev -47.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.5

After imbibing this ale ,I believe smuttynose has a decomposing dog being aged along with the ale. I hate to talk poorly about a great brewer , but something is wrong with this ale or there is an actual decomposing dog in the brew. This is bad, this is gross. It tastes the way I imagine an old brown dog in the south would taste if it were put in an alcohol extract. I love smuttynose but this is not lovely at all.

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Photo of perkineh
4.6/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Czequershuus
4.76/5  rDev +21.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

This beer pours a deep ruby brown with smallish head. The aroma is wonderfully rich, with notes of coke, raisin, molasses, caramel, burnt sugar, walnuts, figs, cinnamon, it has many of those Christmas spice and cookie smells, wrapped up in a lovely sweet package. The flavor is equally as lavish - cinnamon, molasses, caramel, nutmeg, banana bread, date, raisin, fig, golden raisin, prune, nutmeg, burnt sugar, praline - the list goes on. The mouthfeel is rich, but not heavy, almost medium bodied but with a stickier finish, and soft carbonation. Overall this is an absolutely sensational beer. It is rich without being cloying, complex, and juts a joy to drink. Why don't more breweries make old ales?

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Photo of PaulSlazinger
3.95/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Chipotle
4.36/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Photo of gopens44
3.44/5  rDev -12%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of DruC4
3.71/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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Really Old Brown Dog Ale from Smuttynose Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.91 out of 5 with 903 ratings