Really Old Brown Dog Ale | Smuttynose Brewing Company

BA SCORE
88
very good
878 Ratings
THE BROS
82
good
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Really Old Brown Dog AleReally Old Brown Dog Ale
BEER INFO

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

Style: 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
Ratings:
878
Reviews:
392
Avg:
3.91
pDev:
10.23%
 
 
Wants:
58
Gots:
131
For Trade:
2
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1.5/5  rDev -61.6%

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1.68/5  rDev -57%

Photo of jamie2dope
2.34/5  rDev -40.2%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

It seemed like a while since they had put this beer out, so I was pleased to see it around again. Apparently the recipe has changed this year. Red/light brown color, with a bit of tan lacing. Nose is really big on wood and alcohol, although a hint of fruit lies underneath it all. Caramel sweetness hits the palate first, followed by some bitter hop, then ends on a very boozy, almost acrid note. Mouthfeel is heavy and in your face. I had a tough time getting through this beer. From what I can remember, the 07 bottling was more preferable. Maybe this one needs some age, as the label suggests.

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Photo of miclormic
2.52/5  rDev -35.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

At first sip I thought this would be a nice brown ale , but, it has some strange taste that I cannot describe,it is a bitter taste that hangs with you after each mouthful. Kinda like biting into a rotten nut , yuck! I had high hopes upon first sip but actually dumped the rest of my pint and the remaining bottle contents down the drain. I have only dumped a few beers down the drain in my life and this is one of them.

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2.75/5  rDev -29.7%

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2.75/5  rDev -29.7%

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2.75/5  rDev -29.7%

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2.75/5  rDev -29.7%

Photo of MattXT
2.8/5  rDev -28.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.25

2013 bomber poured roughly into a Chimay Chalice.

I was eagerly anticipating this beer as I love Smuttynose's offerings. Visually was as an old ale should be. Nose was malty and sweet, fairly pleasant. The taste is what got me. It lacked any heat for a 10%'er and it tasted like a really bad pumpkin spice or Christmas beer. I'm not sure if I got a bad bottle or what, but I could barely choke down the glass and poured the rest. I'm a fan of the style and thoroughly enjoy Curmudgeon, Peculiar, and the like, but this was really disappointing. I probably
won't revisit unless someone opens a bottle from their stash.

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Photo of mrasskicktastic
2.8/5  rDev -28.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

A - Deep amber brew with a small head and isolated flecks of lacing.

S - Clean hop aroma with a faint backing of wood and forest floor.

T - A nutty malt with a bit of chicory and alcohol on the palette. The aftertaste is very nutty with clean woodsy hops finish.

M - Pretty smooth, thin, the finish is astringent with an overall mildly refreshing effect. Alcohol is strong enough to make a bit of a burn.

D - Better than old brown dog, but not by much. I don't think I will have again. Pretty easy to drink though.

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Photo of mabermud
2.9/5  rDev -25.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Not my cup of tea. I think I drain poured this one.

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Photo of FLAbeergutinMASS
2.92/5  rDev -25.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This review pains me a little; the Smutty Big Beer series is one of my all time favorites. This one is very, very disappointing, Olive deserves better. Maintains a decent appearance, nicely balanced head, apparently bottle-conditioned, no residue anywhere.

Unbalanced malts dominate, with a slight hop-bitter finish. Not sure where the brewer was trying to go with this one; being that it is bottle condition, and relatively high ABV, I am interested to see how it ages.

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Photo of 2ellas
2.94/5  rDev -24.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Look is a lighter brown and completely see through.
Smell is slightly malty but not much there at all.
Taste is almost muted, not much there either. The 11% abv is very well hidden.
Thin on the mouthfeel.
The best thing this beer does is hide the high abv. Everything else is just kind of there. I wonder if a year in the cellar would do anything to help?

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Photo of PSanger
2.97/5  rDev -24%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.75

Fine beer. Nothing special

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Photo of Amalak
2.98/5  rDev -23.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

At Mugs Ale House on Bedford Ave. in Brooklyn they had a tasting with a cask of this brew. It was a clear brown color with a average foamy head and limited lace. Malt scent with a slight fruity after tone.

The beer is very sweet, actually, quite sour. High alcohol content that comes through. I hear that this is better if you sip and savor, but for a first go, it was alright.

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Photo of tb4475
2.99/5  rDev -23.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

This one could use some time in the cellar.

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Photo of Insubordinator
3/5  rDev -23.3%

Photo of Karibourgeois
3/5  rDev -23.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of projektyle
3/5  rDev -23.3%

Photo of noyellowfizzbeer
3/5  rDev -23.3%

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3/5  rDev -23.3%

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3/5  rDev -23.3%

Photo of lackenhauser
3/5  rDev -23.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Random, somewhat copper color. White, lacey head on top. Malty, somewhat sharp and lactic aroma. Decent enough malty flavor. Slightly robust with a faint alcohol twinge. Tastes like an amped up version of their regular brown though out of balance. Ok mouthfeel. Rather ho hum overall for me. I was expecting more to tell you the truth. All their big beer series beers I have had have been great-this one lacks a lot.

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Photo of Hopstout
3/5  rDev -23.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of Brutus627
3/5  rDev -23.3%

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Really Old Brown Dog Ale from Smuttynose Brewing Company
3.91 out of 5 based on 878 ratings.
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