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RATINGS: 1150   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.37/5   IBU: 30   EST. CALORIES: 195   ABV: 6.5%
Old Brown Dog has been cited as a classic example of the “American Brown Ale” style of beer. Compared to a typical English Brown Ale, Old Brown Dog is fuller-bodied and more strongly hopped.
Old Brown Dog has been around for many years. It was first brewed in 1988 at the Northampton Brewery. In 1989 it won a silver medal in its category (American Brown Ale) at the Great American Beer Festival in Denver. It has since been retired from competition but enjoys love and respect from people all over the world.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
ClarkVV (5559) - Allston, Massachusetts, USA - MAR 26, 2004
2004 draft @ Black Cow Hamilton, MA. Great caramel amber color with darker browns and some light golds. Wavy but not terribly hazy. Good mocha head. Aroma is rich for the style. Aromatic even on draft out of a convex glass. Caramel, touch of whiskey, black licorice and good amount of chocolate. Flavor is a firm, smooth chocolate malt, rich and silky with a good dose of hops, though nowhere near out of balance. Light liquor notes, like a bit of jager in there and just a full even body. As it warms, more of a toffee-nuttiness comes out with slightly more hops on the finish. As far as balance goes, this is one of the best (though maybe a touch too caramelly at the start. Best aroma of a brown I've smelled as well.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
happy4hops (376) - Bel Air, Maryland, USA - MAR 24, 2004
Bottled 3-1-04.Nice clean aroma of chocaolate-caramel nut,very slightly roasted and some fresh slightly citric hops(cascade,willamette).Nice deep copper to brown,phat off white head/decent lace.Micro particles!I love Smuttynose.Tasty brown ale,very smooth medium bodied.Palate has an interesting hop appeal(very lively)nice appropiate slightly chalky afterpalate.My personal favorite of this style.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
argo0 (13021) - Washington DC, USA - MAR 19, 2004
Clear brown body with small beige head. Aroma is mild, caramel and nutty. Taste is nutty caramel. Light-medium body, with some caramelly syrup and moderate acidity.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Yankovitch333 (612) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - MAR 13, 2004
Poured a light brown with a thin biege head. Aroma was nutty, earthy, and with a little bit of caramel. Thin mouthfeel. Mild nuts and earth of the tongue. A very average brew.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
VAYankee (345) - Virginia, USA - MAR 13, 2004
Darker reddish brown body with a short lived tan head. Aroma of malt and nut with a bit of background hops. Primarily a malt flavor with cocoa and hazelnut accents and a dry roasted malt finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
zach8270 (4022) - Henrietta, New York, USA - MAR 5, 2004
UPDATED: DEC 12, 2008 [bottle] Pours a deep brown/reddish color with a quickly dissipating head. Sweet and slightly citrusy aroma. Initial taste is a rush of malt mixed with sweet and a slight roasted finish. A bit thin.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
Crit (3775) - Surrey, British Columbia, CANADA - MAR 1, 2004
Comments Hazy brown,fast fading tan head.Aroma of malt is lightly fruity.Flavor is mostly sweet malt.I get none of the hops everyone else is referring to. Seems rather flat to me. Much too sweet and undercarbonated to drink much. Thanks to Cap Flu!!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
hershiser2 (1903) - Charlottesville, Virginia, USA - FEB 2, 2004
Paid $1.09 for a 12-oz single. Brown with mahogany highlights, small head... It has that nut brown smell... nothing original, but still nice. Plain, nut brown taste-- but it has an extra hint of sweetness in there that many don't have. A decent beer- nothing risky here.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
MilkmanDan (1943) - Eagan, Minnesota, USA - JAN 26, 2004
Deep red, off-white head. Nose is sweetly malty. Flavor has caramel, nice smoky backbone to it, very malty and sweet.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Eyedrinkale (3213) - Astoria, New York, USA - JAN 26, 2004
Draft. Sweet malt taste to go along with a light bitter finish. Dried fruits (raisin?), sweet and sticky.

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