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Really Old Brown Dog Ale | Smuttynose Brewing Company

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Really Old Brown Dog AleReally Old Brown Dog Ale

Brewed by:
Smuttynose Brewing Company
New Hampshire, United States

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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Ratings: 890 |  Reviews: 394
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4.5/5  rDev +15.1%

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3.64/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a tulip, the beer is a ruby-highlighted light brown coloring with a thin, sparse, filmy head coating the surface. Aromas of roasted nut sweetness, old world fruit sweetness, and boozy character. This one smells big. Flavors are rich and bold on the forward tongue, with a roast and bitter backbone supporting date and fig sweetness throughout. Subtle spices and honey sweet highlight, as well as a not so subtle boozy ribbon throughout the palate. Rich, slightly cloying sweet aftertaste, with earthy notes. Slick, slightly abrupt finish on the palate, with a slightly sweet and boozy linger.

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3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

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3.72/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

@ Tyler's (Raleigh)


Murky mahogany hue with nearly no head, just a wispy topping. Aromas of raisin, apple, and caramel with a bit of oxidation from the age and a vague nuttiness. Rich, malty taste, but not overly sweet by any means. Brown bread, cake, apple, brown sugar, light earthy spice, and fig...very smooth, well integrated flavors. Moderate body, lighter than initially expected, but the '07 was a laid-back 7% compared to today's 10%+. Nothing outstanding, but I enjoyed my ten ounces.

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3.5/5  rDev -10.5%

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3.5/5  rDev -10.5%

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3.19/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle is notched for 2013 and stamped "10.4%"
Really dark amber that looks brown unless held to the light. Nice white lacing doesn't last long as it warms. Smell is not that intense until it warms up, then the floral (violet candies) booziness comes out. Somewhat floral and sweet caramel with a hint of hazelnut creme liqueur and maybe some chocolate on the nose. Sweet without being overly cloying because of the burn from the alcohol- the flavor is just kinda sugary and maybe marzipan then the violet-like fusel alcohol flavor comes in and the burn starts to sear all the sweet mess off my tongue.

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4.25/5  rDev +8.7%

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4/5  rDev +2.3%

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4.75/5  rDev +21.5%

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4/5  rDev +2.3%

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3.5/5  rDev -10.5%

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4.25/5  rDev +8.7%

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4/5  rDev +2.3%

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2.8/5  rDev -28.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.25

2013 bomber poured roughly into a Chimay Chalice.

I was eagerly anticipating this beer as I love Smuttynose's offerings. Visually was as an old ale should be. Nose was malty and sweet, fairly pleasant. The taste is what got me. It lacked any heat for a 10%'er and it tasted like a really bad pumpkin spice or Christmas beer. I'm not sure if I got a bad bottle or what, but I could barely choke down the glass and poured the rest. I'm a fan of the style and thoroughly enjoy Curmudgeon, Peculiar, and the like, but this was really disappointing. I probably
won't revisit unless someone opens a bottle from their stash.

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3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

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

I enjoyed this on tap at Warwick Hotel served in a pint, last sample of the evening but still stood out.

The color is dark brown with light head. The smell has a strong herbal/woody aroma with light sweet smell of caramel. The feel has a fullness with moderate carbonation with semi-high sweetness level.

The taste has a light roast with herbal element which is almost birch beer-like with a sweet flavor and light alcohol in the background with a subtle smoke and gentle root-beer element carrying over from the aroma with cola-like sweetness that is hard to ignore with semi-dry finish and mild alcohol linger in the finish. Overall very good but peculier in that sweet quality that doesn't necessarily translate as a malt or hop flavor perhaps it is alcohol or yeast derived.

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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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4.25/5  rDev +8.7%

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3.39/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: copper tawny body, khaki finger head, gorgeous lacing

S: boozy nose, toffee/caramel, biscuit malt, sugar candy

T: same as nose, but light bitter finish and a little hot.
bet if laid it down until Fall, would improve.

M: med/light body, could be a little creamier/thicker mouth

O: Old Ale (rarely see this style) and truly enjoy
Smuttynose. Fine cold weather or flash flooding brew
in Jersey.


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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%

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