Really Old Brown Dog Ale | Smuttynose Brewing Company

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3.91/5
Very Good
899 Ratings
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
Ranking:
#7,571
Reviews:
396
Ratings:
899
pDev:
10.49%
Bros Score:
3.61
 
 
Wants:
61
Gots:
136
Trade:
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Ratings: 899 |  Reviews: 396
Photo of The_Grantula
3.99/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of barczar
3.79/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Aroma is floral, with big caramel and toffee malt notes. Toasted, sweet, nutty.

Flavor is sweet, nutty, toasted, with a slightly offputting, overly earthy bitter finish.

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Photo of ChipMurray
3.53/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Lucoli
4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Sabtos
3.46/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Brighter red than either a regular brown or an old ale, with a brown tinge.

Prune, fig, and oak aromas are ever present.

Taste is fig, oak, with a slight sting of heat, and some caramel.

Dry, not as frothy as its younger brother.

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Photo of PatGreer
3.93/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of arizcards
4.16/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Picked up a single from TW Arrowhead in late February for $ 3.79. Bottle conditioned February 2015.

Beer poured a murky brown with a decent white head that is hanging on a bit.

Nose is malty with hints of dark fruits.

Taste is relaxed, big malt base with dark fruits with a slight hop bite. Alcohol is well hidden.

Mouthfeel is full and satisfying.

Overall this is a nice old ale. This could definitely be Great Divide Hibernation's big brother for sure!

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Photo of Cpmitchno1
3.93/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of bound4er
3.69/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours to a dirty light brown to dark amber appearance with a one finger head. Heavy smell of caramel, faint cherry and faint ethanol. Taste is similar to nose with a lot of caramel malt, some secondary pitted fruit nuances and almost no hop bitterness. Thin to medium in body. Decent enough beer - enjoyed it but not enough to go out for more. Would have needed a bit more complexity for that to have occurred.

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Photo of doctorpepperguy
3.74/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Photo of StoutElk_92
4.27/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

May 2015 - 11.1% abv

Pours hazy red amber with a creamy light khaki colored head. Smells like big toffee, nutty caramel, dark honey, molasses, brown sugar, earthy herbal dank pine and grass, mild plum and raisin, with dried fig and spice. Tastes like dark honey malt, roasty molasses, caramel, toffee, brown sugar, dried fig, plum, raisin, mild cinnamon spice, with earthy pine and dank herby grass. Feels medium-light bodied, creamy with moderate low carbonation. Overall a really nice old ale.

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Photo of AD17
3.4/5  rDev -13%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of IckyT2012
3.75/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of DMcGirr
3.74/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of mwckiltedsavage
3.53/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of MisterB
3.74/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Patrickt22
3.6/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Hopstout
3/5  rDev -23.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of Sk8sean86
3.5/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of CoreyC
4.11/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

1 year old bottle
L - solid brown, nice head
S - very light, slightly sweet
T - smooth, sweet malts, very nice
M - nice, slightly sticky
O - very good, no overly strong flavors, but smooth sweet maltiness

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Photo of Simpson_CB
4.85/5  rDev +24%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

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

Really Old Brown Dog Ale from Smuttynose Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.91 out of 5 with 899 ratings