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:
131
For Trade:
2
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Ratings: 878 |  Reviews: 392
Photo of SuomiHobbit
4.25/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottle poured into pint glass. Really delicious. Dark, thick, fantastic. Malty, with just a hint of alcohol burn. If on tap, would be tough to leave the bar.

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Photo of Myotus
4.14/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured at 52°F from a 12oz bottle (bottle conditioned on February 2015) into a snifter. Consumed on 08Mar16.
LOOK: Pour with a half fingers worth of white foam that dies into a partial foam line within 35 seconds. Brown in color with a copper tint. There is a high amount of cloudiness. Rising bubbles are small in size and very subtle in quantity. Lacing is thin and barely present.
SMELL: Mild aromas of figs, plums, molasses, tree nuts, and caramel are supported and balanced by subtle spicy and floral hop aromas.
TASTE: Strong fig and plum flavors first strike the palate along with mild flavors of tree nuts to create a great first impression of a well balanced brew. Mild flavors of molasses and caramel further add to the sweetness of the brew while subtle smokey flavors prevent any cloying. Mild floral hop and subtle spicy hop flavors trail lastly to bring an additional balance as all previous flavors persist, except for figs and plums, which fade to mild.
FEEL: Full-bodied and subtly carbonated. Goes down smooth and creamy. Ends with a thirst-quenching finish. A mild alcoholic warmth can be felt as it goes down the throat.
NOTE: I have never tried a fresh one, but aging this for a year turned out to be a great idea. Very sweet with balancing hop flavors that don't take over.

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Photo of MD03
4.52/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Wisconsin_IPA_Lover
3.95/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Thomas_Wikman
4.19/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

A friend sent this to me and it was a quite good beer. I've had not had many Old Ale's.

(L) It has a nut brown hue with an inch off-white head.


(A) The aroma is nutty and toasty


(T) The taste is nutty, toffee, raisins, somewhat low bitterness.


(F) Fairly light, medium carbonation, and alcohol taste is barely noticeable. Overall a very good beer.

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Photo of TripelMark
4.16/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of mpmcguire11
3.74/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Wizzle32
4.12/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of hozersr
4.12/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of dee4maine
4.2/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

oak aged version of the classic brown ale. certainly much boozier mouth feel and nose of caramel, oak, malts intensified. was definitely a sipper at room temp.

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Photo of gphelps70
4.09/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Red5StandingBy
3.75/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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

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

Photo of DaverCS
3.95/5  rDev +1%
look: 3 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a murky brown color with tons of sediment. Very little of an off-colored, yellow-tinted head.

Aroma is of toffee and malted milk balls.

Taste reminds me of a liquid version of the malted milk ball candy. Tons of malt and malt sweetness; light carbonation with a creamy mouthfeel. Toffee is present and only a slight bit of alcohol on the finish.

Overall, this just isn't my style. Too rich and one-noted. Then again, it is an interesting change of pace. I see this pairing well with a caramel flan, or turn it into a true malted beer float with a scoop of vanilla ice cream. It gets a 79/100.

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Photo of WickedBeer
3.6/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of mattreitz49
4.13/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of BostonPhilly
3.78/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of PSanger
2.97/5  rDev -24%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.75

Fine beer. Nothing special

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

Photo of BEER88
3.83/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of GreatStoutman
4.23/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Bottle conditioned. Feb 2015

Pours thin and clear, deep, dark copper. Light tan head that disappears quickly. After almost a year on the shelf, its got no hop smell and all caramel, toffee. Expecting this to be pretty sweet and malty.

Medium carbonation and body. Definitely a nice warming old ale, taste is much stronger than the aroma. Some bitterness showing up, but this is all malts.

Finishes slowly, with a very milky, chewy feel. Its 11.1% abv, and it shows a little bit at the finish, but I think thats somewhat desirable for this style. I'm really liking this.

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Photo of MECove
3.85/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Honestly, once the alcohol content is high enough, it tastes the same as others. It's a light oily sip with a roasted after taste.

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Photo of Stinger80OH
4.1/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of 57md
4.32/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Bottle conditioned May 2015; consumed January 2016; 11.1% abv.

Poured a brownish copper with a finger of head. The nose is deeply malty and bready. The flavor follows the nose with a rich malt presence but nary a sign of the high alcohol.

This is a plain old, straight up solid big beer. No gimmicks - just complex quality.

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