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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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
rauchbier (3559) - Isle Of Beer, Lincolnshire, ENGLAND - AUG 9, 2002
Bottled, GBBF London. Red brown with low head and condition. Chocolate nose to start with but develops a fruitiness that turns woody and almost sour. Body is creamy with a roasted note and more chocolate and finishes sweetly.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
dirtymike (2016) - Manchester, New Hampshire, USA - AUG 4, 2002
Their website states that Abita’s TurboDog ascended from Old Brown Dog, maybe so but it also kicked it in the teeth and pissed on it to mark it’s territory, it owns you bitch!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
MartinT (7523) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JUL 7, 2002
UPDATED: DEC 30, 2005 Some hovering apples and crunchy roasted nuts…Good caramel malt and butterscotchy presence…Polite hops…Pretty sweet, but well-rounded and silky...

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Volgon (2763) - Manchester, New Hampshire, USA - JUL 3, 2002
Strong dark malt aroma, nice fresh taste with a decent amount of hops. This is a beer where if you have a 6 month old bottle, you should pass, but if it is fresh, drink up!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
belgianhomebrew (646) - Acworth, Georgia, USA - JUL 3, 2002
A hint of fruit comes through in the nose. Nice flvors of malt and caramel in the body. Finishes with a slight nuttiness.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
Nate (3553) - Indiana, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 19, 2002
Mild malty aroma with a bit of fruitiness and nuttiness. No head. Coppery brown beer. Medium carbonation and body. Starts mildly sweet. Bit of alcohol taste with vapory feel. Nice balance of hops and malt, and a little bitterness at the end. Sweet, nutty after. Good beer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
brownalegirl (199) - Fountain, Michigan, USA - JUN 16, 2002
I go with the guy who thought it tasted like unfermented wort. I’ve had quite a few opportunities to sample the same, what with all of my husband’s homebrew experiments, and though this isn’t quite so thin, flat, or sweet, it does have those characteristics. So many exceptionally tasty things come out of the legendary PsychProf cellar, that this one stands out a little in my memory as a particularly mediocre brown.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
hennes (934) - Fountain, Michigan, USA - JUN 16, 2002
Nope. The commercial description claims an attempt to transcend the style, but there are so many fantastic American browns doing just that that this effort really pales in comparison. I tasted it after a few really good browns and it harkened immediately back toward Newcastle’s mush in comparison. It’s a pleasant enough brown, but on a night of superstar beers, it cast the palest light.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
muzzlehatch (4424) - Burlington, Vermont, USA - JUN 15, 2002
Medium brown complexion on this (bottled) sample, with smallish creamy quick-dying head. Nose is nutty and earthy, with no hoppiness to speak of -- as you would expect. Flavor is a bit strange, somewhat of port or madeira I think and lots of nuttiness and caramel; I liked it, but it could have SOME bite, and the finish is almost too smooth. An interesting example, and I could see it improving a lot on resampling, or on draft.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Schroppfy (2360) - Łódż, Warsaw, Poland; Michigan, Ohio, USA - JUN 5, 2002
OK, so I’m not a brown ale slut after all. This thing is the weirdest American Brown I’ve yet had. Is that Brett yeast in the aroma? Also a bit nutty, but very very mild, almost no roastiness, very little hop bite, and the palate is mixed in where it wants to go. Get the Porter or the Shoals Pale instead. Boy, I am SUPER bummed.

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