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Smuttynose Really Old Brown Dog Ale (2008 and earlier)

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RATINGS: 201   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.57   SEASONAL: Spring   EST. CALORIES: 210   ABV: 7%
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The Smuttynose Big BEER Series: big beers in big bottles, released seasonally in very limited quantities. Olive,iconic mascot & spirit guide of our brewery, first appeared on our Old Brown Dog label & has 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.


3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Volgon (2763) - Manchester, New Hampshire, USA - MAR 3, 2011
2008 Bomber drank in March 2011: Pours a clear light brown with almost no head, nose has brown sugar, caramel, and raisins. Medium bodied with a light mouthfeel, light carbonation, starts and ends lightly sweet with a dark fruit ending.

4.3
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
johnnnniee (2033) - Bedford, New Hampshire, USA - FEB 18, 2011
2008 Vintage sampled 1/2/2009, I can’t believe it took me so long to post a review of this one. Pours a crystal clear brown color with ruby highlights when held to light. Thin head dissipates quickly. Smells of Brown Sugar, cherries, dark dried fruits, vanilla, some oak or smoke too. Very malty nose very little if any hop presence. Taste is sweet with dark fruits, toffee, sugar, a touch of alcohol and a warming finish. Mouthfeel is creamy/syrupy, body is medium, carbonation is ample. Another great brew from an underrated brewery.

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
riversideAK (5560) - Shoreline, Washington, USA - DEC 10, 2010
Big sweet nose - lots of caramel, brown sugar, vanilla notes, dark fruit, hints of apple skins. Pours hazy orange amber, thin foam ring. The flavor is full of dark fruits and brown sugars, caramel apples. Malty, sweet, slightly aged flavors. Lingering sweet fruity notes along with slightly earthy/dirt hop notes. Interesting long sweet finish. Interesting to try.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
wavers1 (872) - Notown, California, USA - OCT 23, 2010
courtesy of a trader many moons ago that i cannot remember, but thanks a ton! i had no idea what this was when i got it! been saving this one for a while now. pours a nice deep auburn with an orange tinge and green, yes green edging, very nice. aroma of muscat grapes, apple juice and dusty old goodness. the taste is nice, sweet, a bit tart in the finish to balance. nice drinker, warm, thought it would be a much higher abv. great stuff, would definitely trade for this badboy again. gave it an extra tenth due to being more awesome than the sum of its parts.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Styles (2014) - Lincoln Park, Michigan, USA - AUG 26, 2010
Courtesy of Ryan. Muddy orange/amber, minimal head. Aroma very muddied. tons of fruti esters, not sure all of them belong, faint caramel backend. Flavor on par, fruit lighter, caramel tad stronger. Little let down.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Leighton (9833) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - APR 21, 2010
Tap at Blind Tiger. Pours hazy brown with a fine, off white head. Nose is heavy with brown sugar, along with dark fruits and caramel malts. Flavor is really sweet. Tons more brown sugar, along with raisin, ripe plum, toffee and caramel. Somewhat syrupy and thick, with lingering sticky sweetness. A very deep beer with a dynamic flavor profile.

4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Bier brauen (246) - Bremerton, Washington, USA - APR 10, 2010
This 2 year old beer is very, very good. Malty, dark fruits, with an alcoho finish. I’m glad I held on to this. It did age wonderfully.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
5000 (6027) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - DEC 22, 2009
Bottle:   Deep cinnamon in color, moderate to large frothy off-white head, sticky lacing.   Rich malty nose, slight caramel, a little bit of spiciness on the nose.   Has a slight wood aged aspect, a touch of apple skin and oak.   A little bright on the tongue, malty, with a certain amount of alcohol.   Not the dark pitted fruit I thought it would be based on the style.   Has a slight candyish aroma, otherwise its bordering on a sour pale dark pitted fruit.   Almost seems likes its past its prime.   Lactic sourness on the finish.   Needs more peatiness and smoked malt to be considered an Old Ale.   Being brewed in 2007 it could be past its prime.   While not bad, it does seem to be a bit unrefined.   Finish is a little acoholic.   Not as malty nor complex as most other Old Ales.   Thanks for the bottle John!


3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
nqualls (1452) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - OCT 6, 2009

Source:22 oz bottle from a tasting in Nashville.
Glass:Fullers snifter.
Appearance:Clear amber pour with a one finger beige head.
Aroma:Caramel, toffee and vanilla.
Flavor:Caramel, toffee and vanilla present, with a subdued fruitiness.
Palate:Medium/full body with mild carbonation.
Overall:The only thing this one lacked was a bit of body. Very good beer.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
HonkeyBra (3108) - Lemont, Illinois, USA - SEP 11, 2009
2008 bottle. Pours lighter than expected with brief head. Aroma of caramel, toffee, vanilla. Flavor is smooth, caramelly vanilla. Almost tastes like there’s some barrel aging though I dont think there was any. Fruity finish. This is pretty interesting. Surprisingly light for an old ale.


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