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
User Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 878 |  Reviews: 392
Photo of papposilenus
3.73/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

From the 12oz bottle, 'best by' date rubbed off. Served in a cervoise.

Pours a clouded maple colour with a scant finger of rocky head which dies back to a decent cap of foam and some gobby lacing.

Smells of brown sugar, sweet, flowery herbs, currants. Sweet, nutty and boozy.

Taste is brown sugar and rum, roasted malts, porridge, apples and prunes. Ends with the merest hint of bittering hops and then some syrupy booze in the sinuses.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and a little sticky-syrupy, partially offset by abundant, fine, fizzy carbonation.

Overall, a decent enough beer which, at better than 11% abv, certainly gets the job done.

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Photo of bongobeer
3.87/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of MJSFS
3.8/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of edward_boumil
4.04/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

L: Amber/brown in color, little to no head
S: Somewhat weak aroma. Can smell alcohol and a little dark fruit but that's about extent of it.
T: Phenomenal. Tons of raisin and fig, sweet molasses, slightly nutty. Kind of reminds me of quad or doppelbock. Finishes with a slight dryness from a floral hop note. Really tasty. Alcohol is definately noticable but its not hot or solventy in any way.
F: Beer has a bit of an alcohol burn but it works in this one. Surprisingly body is pretty light, definately not bogged down by any heaviness. Carbonation is on the higher end which makes the beer more drinkable.
O: Haven't had this in awhile, its better than I remember. Really nice flavors and has a light body. Perfect IMO

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Photo of N8dogg44
4.26/5  rDev +9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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

Photo of richj1970
3.98/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of anteatr23
3.52/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours dark brown with a short head. Smells of cinnamon, apple and booze. Taste is intensely malty, figs, dark fruits, whiskey, molasses, caramel. Booze isn't too well hidden at 11%.

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Photo of Barleycorn
3.87/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of The_Grantula
3.99/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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

Aroma is floral, with big caramel and toffee malt notes. Toasted, sweet, nutty.

Flavor is sweet, nutty, toasted, with a slightly offputting, overly earthy bitter finish.

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Photo of ChipMurray
3.53/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

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

Photo of Sabtos
3.46/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Brighter red than either a regular brown or an old ale, with a brown tinge.

Prune, fig, and oak aromas are ever present.

Taste is fig, oak, with a slight sting of heat, and some caramel.

Dry, not as frothy as its younger brother.

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Photo of PatGreer
3.93/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of arizcards
4.16/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Picked up a single from TW Arrowhead in late February for $ 3.79. Bottle conditioned February 2015.

Beer poured a murky brown with a decent white head that is hanging on a bit.

Nose is malty with hints of dark fruits.

Taste is relaxed, big malt base with dark fruits with a slight hop bite. Alcohol is well hidden.

Mouthfeel is full and satisfying.

Overall this is a nice old ale. This could definitely be Great Divide Hibernation's big brother for sure!

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Photo of Cpmitchno1
3.93/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of bound4er
3.69/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours to a dirty light brown to dark amber appearance with a one finger head. Heavy smell of caramel, faint cherry and faint ethanol. Taste is similar to nose with a lot of caramel malt, some secondary pitted fruit nuances and almost no hop bitterness. Thin to medium in body. Decent enough beer - enjoyed it but not enough to go out for more. Would have needed a bit more complexity for that to have occurred.

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Photo of doctorpepperguy
3.74/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Photo of StoutElk_92
4.27/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

May 2015 - 11.1% abv

Pours hazy red amber with a creamy light khaki colored head. Smells like big toffee, nutty caramel, dark honey, molasses, brown sugar, earthy herbal dank pine and grass, mild plum and raisin, with dried fig and spice. Tastes like dark honey malt, roasty molasses, caramel, toffee, brown sugar, dried fig, plum, raisin, mild cinnamon spice, with earthy pine and dank herby grass. Feels medium-light bodied, creamy with moderate low carbonation. Overall a really nice old ale.

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Photo of AD17
3.4/5  rDev -13%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of IckyT2012
3.75/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of DMcGirr
3.74/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of mwckiltedsavage
3.53/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of MisterB
3.74/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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