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:
130
For Trade:
2
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4/5  rDev +2.3%

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4.25/5  rDev +8.7%

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3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of thecheapies
3.7/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Old Brown Dog from 2012. Poured it into a Chimay goblet. Nice clarity through a penny-red copper color. The head gathered up decently, but it's almost all gone now. Some bubbles and foam scum remain.

Tempered caramel malts show some notes of papery oxidation and English toffee crisp. There's some lingering scents of dried apricot, vanilla, and light diacetyl. I was expecting a bigger nose, but this one is reaching. Hints of dried fruit are permeable.

Toffee and caramel sweetness with a figgy fruit base and English malt tang. Bristly hops have an afterthought of pine, whilst some caramelly candy notes evolve into subtle oxidation. A good bit of vanilla is produced. Limited is its full potential, or should I say it might have gone by. The fruit notes have really dried up and all of the sweetness therein is produced by malt sugars extracting like darker complex sugars. Hints of chocolate and Cadbury creme.

Still carries a lot of the original gas. Good strong carbonation, which is to say, that it's only right about medium. Nearly perfect for this effort. The body is slurpy, but only medium. Not very boozy, sneaky that way.

A formidable old ale. It really did age okay. It warmed up and changed my whole perspective.

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3.41/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle split between a couple of tulip glasses
A dark somewhat murky mahogany brown in the glass with a good bit of lace and a fine layer of tiny bubbles on top. Caramel and alcoholic sweetness in the nose, along with a bit of dark fruit and maybe some slight esters. This is a fairly sweet beer the high alcohol is also pretty noticeable. But there is more to the taste than just that as caramel is also very strongly present, there isnt much there in terms of hoppiness but there is a bittering character to somewhat balance the sweetness. Pretty slick mouthfeel as the sweetness really lingers for a long time, carbonation is pretty low which helps the beer feel pretty heavy and the alcohol brings a warming character to the beer. Overall, while this is a good beer, I was hoping to like it more than I do, it is a nice sipper although too sweet for me and I'd wish for the malt to be more complex as that seems to be somewhat lacking.

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4.75/5  rDev +21.5%

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3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

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3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

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4/5  rDev +2.3%

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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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4/5  rDev +2.3%

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3.5/5  rDev -10.5%

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3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

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4.5/5  rDev +15.1%

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