Smuttynose Really Old Brown Dog Ale | Smuttynose Brewing Company

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Smuttynose Really Old Brown Dog AleSmuttynose Really Old Brown Dog Ale

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Smuttynose Brewing Company
New Hampshire, United States | website

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

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

Appearance: pours a clear amber / brown color with a huge 3"+ head that last a while. Decent lacing develops during the sesssion.

Smell: caramels, toasted nuts, and a hint of chocolate is very pleasant.

Taste: this is what I would call a hearty brown ale. Mildly grainy roasted malts, caramel, toasted bread, hints of nuts, plums, and noticeable bitterness. Alcohol is definitely noticeable but lends itself to the overall flavor.

Mouthfeel: medium-heavy in body. Smooth from start to finish. Brief aftertaste as the flavors leave the tongue quickly.

Drinkability: this is a heavier and meatier brown ale that is outside normal session ranges, but this was quite easy to drink. Overall this was very enjoyable.

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Photo of cbl2
3.46/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

3/17/2007 $4.49 22 oz. N/A No best by date.

Says that much like their beloved Olive, will mellow and age gracefully.


True to it's name, this puppy is brown, with crimson highlights and a nice tight head that is light tan, and slow to settle.


Toffee malts, and roasted nuttiness that one would expect from a brown ale. I'm not yet able to discern what makes this part of the "Big Beer Series".


I don't know what to make of this beer. It tastes just like a brown ale, but then all of a sudden you're hit with a massive amount of hot alcohol. I'm going to lay a few of these down, and revisit in a year or so. It's not undrinkable now, but I'm sure it could be much better. Hopefully time will temper the out of control alcohol.

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Photo of Foxman
4.03/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It pours a very slightly hazy brownish amber, with intimations of ruby running through the body. A finger of off-white head dissolves quickly to shower-steam surface froth. Bangles of lacing brace the inside of the glass.

The aroma carries notably sweet roasted malt, at once fruity and earthen, with baked dough, toffee, cherry, berry, and chocolate. A vague, spicy hoppiness lay lightly over an air of alcohol.

Upon sipping, the roasted malt is initially quite sweet, but it dries slightly as crisp melon and dark cherry fructify the flow. Bitterness bifurcates into mildly singed grain and a general peppery hop-result. The alcohol is more submerged here, but it does ripple the surface. Well-baked biscuit shifts into a crisp, dry bitterness that lingers cleanly. It's mightly malty but it also refreshes with its clean close.

Medium bodied, the malt has a fairly viscous touch, and the final glow lasts on the palate.

No matter how old it is, this dog can hunt. The dense malt presence lends a mature air to the overall character, leaving a tasty mix of old and scotch ales. Despite a muted but credible ABV it's an easily drinkable malt-fest. No, it doesn't soar among the clouds, but it's salt of the earth, and that makes it one of man's better friends.

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Photo of jwc215
4.42/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 oz. bottle

Pours reddish brown with a thin, well-retained off=white head.

The smell is of dark malts, caramel, dark fruits with sweet biscuit in the back.

The taste is just as the aroma would have it with some chocolate added in. This is a wonderful blend of malts. Just enough hops to keep the sweetness from being cloying.

There is mild carbonation. Smooth. Farily coating.

Easy drinking, esp. for the style. Yummy! An old ale/brown ale mix. Nice.

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Photo of Ego
3.93/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

brown with heavy ruby tones (almost a dead ringer for North Coast Old Stock actually), big fluffy white head, gooey and chewy looking foam, lacing is good but it is more like the suds get sucked back into the head to keep it as one floating behemoth, retention is great, ample carbonation, looks great!

barely and chocolate up the wazoo, a strong nose indeed, you don't need to take a big whiff here, some underlying sweetness, hints of bourbon (light), hints of sugar and plums, this is nice indeed.

taste etc...
the barley type of flavor is the dominant factor, light booze and slight warming, mild bitterness in the back, that "wine" flavor you get in some barleywines and old ales is slightly present. this does taste more like a brown ale than an old ale.. I think lack of alcohol punch is actually a detriment here as it is usually endemic of the style. the mouthfeel is nice here, full and creamy, the carbonation is perfect.

nice drinking, smooth, perhaps not as complex as some old ales... interesting to lay this one down and see where it goes... definitely worth checking out.

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

This is Smuttynose's newest Big Beer offering, an Old Ale that features an up-to-date shot of the old brown dog (from the ale) lounging at the beach.

A: The ale has a deep amber-red color that shows off some brown highlights. The head is darn near nonexistent, coming across as only a small white band.

S: The ale has a sweet, concentrated malt aroma. The malts are grainy, biscuity sweet with a caramel edge. The strength of the malts conjures up green grape tartness.

T: The taste of this ale is just like the name says, old brown dog ale only older. The toffee and caramel malts are intensely strong, imparting a very deep grainy malt body to the ale. As the ale warms, sharp medicinal flavors emerge to compliment the tart sharp malts. The increased concentration of each allows for a more rounded flavor that does not hide its alcohol content well. Hops are bittering only, adding little in the way of flavoring.

M: The mouthfeel is sharp, strong malts, creating a very thick sip. Ramping up the BDA is a very curious and interesting take.

D: The higher alcohol (I don't know the abv, but it is higher) makes for a tough drink. The strong malts are enjoyable though, imparting a strong cereal flavor.

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