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Smuttynose Really Old Brown Dog Ale (2008 and earlier)



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RATINGS: 202   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.58   SEASONAL: Spring   EST. CALORIES: 210   ABV: 7%
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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
PilsnerPeter (3030) - Flushing, New York, USA - APR 14, 2007
Tap at Barcade: Pours a brown deep amber, with surpringly lots of clarity, and only a thin ring for head. The aroma is somewhat enticing. Has a nice almondy sweet character, with some caramel and vanilla notes. Toasty malt flavors. A hint of chocolate, a nutty element to it, brown sugar, and light rye suggestions. The finish hits you with a bitterness; not neccesarily hoppy, just bitter. The mouthfeel is light carbonation. This is a simple & malty Old Ale, but itís decently crafted. Somewhat tasty.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jimmack (1223) - Nutley, New Jersey, USA - APR 13, 2007
Bomber thanks to Dorwart for sharing. Dark mahogany color with a small beige head. Nutty, biscuity malt aroma with hints of dark dried fruits and some grassy hops. Lightly sweet toasted malt flavor with lots of nuttiness, some brown sugar and a mildly bitter hop finish. Decent.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jblendy (519) - Hawthorne, New Jersey, USA - APR 12, 2007
Pours dark reddish amber with a small tan head. Aroma is a bit fruity, with an overall candy sugar like sweetness, and a mild sour note. Very roasty flavor, light notes of coffee, Some earthy, and a mild sour fruitiness. Palate is medium/light, lingering roasted malt, and a coffee like hop bitterness. Very enjoyable, balanced, and easy drinking brew.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
puzzl (3257) - New York, New York, USA - APR 11, 2007
On tap at Ginger Man. Big malty and hop aroma, bitter with strong caramel and chocolate. Odd herbs come across, including fresh mint, parsley. Big big big in the mouth, this beer hides nothing. Alcohol and stature are readily apparent, and the chocolate caramel is really a punch in the face for every sip. There is no ABV listed here now but Iíd guess at least 10%. Truely a monster, but really the bigness is not worth it IMO. It doesnít do it well.

I should mention that this is hardly an old ale at all. Not even close. Big malty american caramel and hops... sorry, no. Much closer to a BW, or if anything, an ASA.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jcwattsrugger (11612) - Florida and, New Jersey, USA - APR 11, 2007
22oz bottle-thanks to jwc215 for sharing-pours a foamy tan head and hazy deep red color with particles. Aroma is dark fruit, medium malt-sweet, faint biscuity. Taste is dark fruit, medium malt-sweet/chocolate, faint hops nicely comes through. Nice. OK carbonation.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
chimplechamp (601) - Oslo, NORWAY - APR 10, 2007
cheers pops- bottle pours a deep rusty color with a small offwhite head. smells cherries, smells earthy, some candy smell like toffee perhaps, wood, and alcohol. tastes bitter, nowhere near as sweet as it smells. I wish there was more of the sweetness in the taste it is so deceiving! tastes nutty and very woody, very bitter finish but not in a typical hoppy finish, almost like a bitter chocolate. im torn on this one.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
sheatripper (863) - Brooklyn, New York, USA - APR 9, 2007
Bomber from the supermarket. Poured dark copper to brown with a frothy cream colored head. Earthy aroma of toffee, wood and dark fruit (cherry prune). Nice not-too-sweet dark malty flavor with earthy and spicy notes. Fruity finish at first, with some citrus and woody hops coming through, leaving a slight bit of tree bark on the tongue. Very nice complexity. Full bodied but not at all syrupy or heavy. I like it.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
scraff (2121) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - APR 9, 2007
Deep crimsony brown, lightly tanned creamy head. Subdued nose of toffee nut and roasty chocolate, with lighter notes of dark fruit and citrus. Soft malty flavor opens up to hints of earthy nut and chocolate, with just touches of dark fruitiness as it warmed. Good hop balance in the end that pulls it together nicely. Medium bodied, medium carbonation, lightly bittersweet finish. Good, but in no way special...

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
lamas (1468) - Washington DC, USA - APR 8, 2007
22 oz. bottle from 2007. Pours a dark amber with a thick British khaki head and tons of floaties. Sweet caramel and hints of chocolate in the malty nose. Some cinnamon and toasty toffee qualities in there too. Thin to medium body. Goes down roasty and malty with some nuttiness and dark chocolate. Finishes a little toasty and bitter. Some wintery spices and dark fruits throughout.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
DocLock (8698) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 4, 2007
Bottle from Caponeís. Hazy ruby pour with 2-finger, creamy off-white head. Aroma of roasty scotchy malt, brownb sugar, cinnamon, figs, toffee. Tastes roasty scotch malty, with brown sugar, figs, nuts, slight chocolate. As it warms, it seems to get a bit drier. This one isnít bad, but it didnít knock me out.

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