Really Old Brown Dog Ale | Smuttynose Brewing Company

BA SCORE
88
very good
882 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:
882
Reviews:
392
Avg:
3.91
pDev:
10.23%
 
 
Wants:
58
Gots:
132
For Trade:
2
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Photo of frosted33
4.21/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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

Photo of ScotNH
3.87/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of therealJAYZ
3.46/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of wonothesane42
4.31/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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

Photo of Zekenyce
4.04/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

Photo of ygtbsm94
3.27/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Aroma brown sugar, malt, ABV, faint nuts, raisins, slight caramel. Taste sweet toffee, molasses, dark fruits, boozy, oak, touch leather.

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Photo of NickTight
4.25/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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

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

Photo of dbl_delta
4.3/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2014 vintage bottle into glass mug.

Drop dead gorgeous reddish amber color with a 2-finger, creamy tan head. Perfect amount of carbonation. Sweet and malty. Alcohol is well hidden - perhaps TOO well hidden. Could be a real adventure for the unwary.

Mouthfeel is, IMHO, perfect. Just enough body to let you know it demands respect, but so slick and smooth that you're immediately anticipating the next sip.

I wish I'd have had the willpower to cellar this one, but I didn't. Might go back and grab a couple more bottles so I can see what it's like with some age on it. Bet it'll be even better.

Overall, I really like this beer. Olive would approve.

Update: I did go back and found one more bottle, (2014 again - 11.1%) which I did in fact cellar for - let's see - 17 months. It's even better. Even smoother than before. Caramel, dark fruits, and subtle hops are now all blended together into a seamless whole. Carbonation seems lower than I recall, but that just makes it smoother. Really, really good.

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4.14/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Sanderson
4.49/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of JimmyAloysius
4.28/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Stu_Grimson
4.23/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Mmcdonald79
4.34/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of ChrisMyhre
3.22/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Photo of PEIhop
3.75/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of hockeypuck
4.19/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Thirstygoat
4.24/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

This is thin and cloudy with a hint of wood smell. BUT it drinks dangerously easily for 10% abv . Think Newcastle with a hint of sweetness and triple the malt flavor.

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Photo of snowmageddon
4.35/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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

Photo of Bruce180
3.8/5  rDev -2.8%

Really Old Brown Dog Ale from Smuttynose Brewing Company
3.91 out of 5 based on 882 ratings.
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