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Really Old Brown Dog Ale | Smuttynose Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
3.91/5
Very Good
890 Ratings
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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
Ranking:
#6,706
Reviews:
394
Ratings:
890
pDev:
10.49%
Bros Score:
3.61
 
 
Wants:
61
Gots:
132
Trade:
1
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4/5  rDev +2.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

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4/5  rDev +2.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

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3.77/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This poured a nice hue of filtered mahogany that supported a uniform and cohesive bed of lightly colored foam.

I get a lot of barley on the nose with chocolate and caramel malts. There is a back of dried fruit, maybe raisin, with a strange musty air.

The flavors have a prominent raisin, earthy and natural, with some sweet chocolate malt.

The feel is moderately thick, smooth with a low carbonative bite.

Nice Old Ale like qualities in this , just needs a bit more complexity.

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3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

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4.25/5  rDev +8.7%

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3.25/5  rDev -16.9%

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4.25/5  rDev +8.7%

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4/5  rDev +2.3%

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4.08/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle, 2010 vintage

pours a dark cloudy amber brown. thin cream colored head. decent head retention. smells a bit boozy, rich carmely malts. toffee, vanilla, whiskey, raisins. taste is not quite as sweet as expected. malty, but not as bold of flavors as the aroma. medium body, lower carbonation, slick feel. aging well.

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4.31/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

I believe the recipe has changed slightly since when they were distributing this beer in bombers. Still very enjoyable but a slight notch down from what it was.

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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%

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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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4/5  rDev +2.3%

Really Old Brown Dog Ale from Smuttynose Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.91 out of 5 with 890 ratings
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