Really Old Brown Dog Ale | Smuttynose Brewing Company

Really Old Brown Dog AleReally Old Brown Dog Ale
888 Ratings
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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look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled in 2012. Poured in to tulip.

A - Very dark amber with a ruby glow around the edges. One finger of dirty white head.

S - Chocolate, roast, nuttiness and some noticeable alcohol.

T - Roast, chocolate, dark fruit, raisins, figs and some warming alcohol.

M - Medium body. Chewy. Light to moderate carbonation.

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look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: The beer is crystal clear reddish amber in color and has a moderate amount of visible carbonation. Haze begins to appear when you get towards the bottom of the bottle. It poured with a finger high beige head that took a long time to die down, consistently leaving a thin layer of bubbles coating the surface and running down the sides of the glass.
S: Light aromas of sweet caramel malts are present in the nose.
T: Like the smell, the taste is a little sweet and has flavors of caramel along with notes of brown sugar, dark fruits and vanilla plus some faint hints of alcohol.
M: It feels a bit more than medium-bodied, rather malty and a little sticky on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation. There is some warming from the alcohol towards the finish.
O: This beer reminded me a lot of a "lite" version of a barleywine (if there is such a thing) or a hybrid between a barleywine and a brown ale. It's rather drinkable considering its strength but has enough complexity in the taste to be a beer that can be enjoyed if sipped slowly.

Note: 2012 vintage

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look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Well, I didnt cellar this beer, I bought it today. It pours a deep, rich, murky red with a khaki head that dissapates quickly. It leaves a nice lacing while it lasts. It smells of figs, malt, alcohol, and a hint of citrus. It has a creamy/oily mouthfeel with medium carbonation. Figs, Vanilla, and a slight oakiness dominate the palate. A little hoppy bitterness on the finish that lingers along with a slight tingling on the tongue. As other reviewers have said, it is a little rum like. I will have to buy a few more and try aging them, although it is excellent right now.

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look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This bottle was a 2008 vintage from my cellar. Poured into tulip glasses. Chestnut brown body. Carbonation has diminished a bit, but there was still decent lacing. Smell was ripe with raisins and fig. Flavor was sugary, rum-like, and malty. Still a hit of booze there after all these years. Mouthfeel was on the thin side but still smooth. I liked this beer, and I think it aged well. It just so happened that I had a 2008 Smutty Baltic Porter the same weekend, and that blew the ROBDA out of the water.

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look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Sampled a 2010 and a 2012 simultaneously.

Pours a hazy chesnut russet brown color. The older edition has a thin toasted almond colored head that was gone immediately where the never batch had a medium size head of the same color.

Aromas begin with deep caramel and toffee, brown sugar, roasted nuts and some dark fruits. The older batch has more sweeter darker fruit notes where the newer batch has more of an alcohol booziness about it with less malt complexity.

The tastes follow the nose with sweet malty flavors, again highlighted by caramelized brown sugars light toffee and bakers cocoa with the ever emerging fig and plum dark fruitiness. Newer batch is once again boozier and less sweet than the aged version.

Moithfeel is medium bodied with medium to low carbonation (even lower for the aged version). The finish is quite sweet on the old batch, boozy and drier on the newer one.

Overall I think somewhere in the middle of these two editions is a decent beer but for me the newer was too "green" and the aged one was too sweet and cloying. I ended up blending the two to confirm my belief but the beer still lacks some complexity which I desire in my "big" beers of this nature.

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Really Old Brown Dog Ale from Smuttynose Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.91 out of 5 with 888 ratings
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