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Smuttynose Really Old Brown Dog Ale (2008 and earlier)



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RATINGS: 206   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.59/5   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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
boboski (1095) - Alabama, USA - APR 15, 2007
Very pretty, slightly hazy pour of many different hues, including ruby red, rust, pink, orange. Slow carbonation steadily rises upward, keeping the creamy looking light tan head full and bouyant. Lacing is creamy as well, providing near full coverage. Hops unexpectedly jump from the glass as I move in for the first whiff. Peated malt and light smoke waft passively by. Toasted grains seem plentiful but donít carry through with any noteable charisma. Caramel and spice round out a pleasant and medium intensity nose. Hefty bitter cocoa, woodiness and a spice treatment gives the impression that this will be a warming and biting fresh(if not too fresh) old ale. Flavor is very toasty and bready to a lesser extent. Bitterness from plenty of earthy hops extends from midway in the mouthfeel to long into the finish. Nicely done old ale, nicely balanced. Taste profile reminds of fallen leaves in Autumn, dried and rusty, mineralic. Flavor is moderately bitter with sweet touches underlying. Finishes hoppy, resiny, bitter, softly and nearly fully drying out at a relatively slow pace. Palate is adequately carbonated, though at times too heavily so. Mouthfeel is medium to medium-full and quite warm. Alcohol isnít disguised in this beer whatsoever. I wish the flavor was as involving as the aroma. Overall, a very nice old/brown ale and one Iíll have to revisit a few times. Enjoyable.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Arayaga2 (2122) - portland, Oregon, USA - APR 14, 2007
Dark brown with medium tan head. Aroma is rich with sweet almost oaky malt, and a teency bit of basement funk. Taste is drier than expected with a biscuity finish, and some caramel. Neither bad nor great. $5/22oz

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
00cobraR (1103) - Greensboro, North Carolina, USA - APR 14, 2007
Pours out a clear brown color with a nice tan head. aroma is a bit malty, had some oak hints to it, with a bit a of choco. Flavor is a bit sweet, with hints of vanilla. This is a bit of a strange for an old ale, but i liked it none the less

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
JoeMcPhee (9267) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - APR 14, 2007
Tap at Barcade and Spuyten Duyvil. Deep amber/brown beer with garnet highlights. Aroma is fairly oaky. Brown sugar and a bit of toast but the malts are quite lean. Warming intensifies the aroma significantly.... served way too cold to begin with. Once it warms it is actually very oaky, with vanilla, hazelnut, and light chocolate on the nose. Flavour is quite vineous, sweet vanilla and oaky tannins help keep the intrinsic booziness of this in check. Very light bodied. It seems fairly elegant, but Iíd like to see some more maltiness in the body to mellow out the overly prickly alcohol.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
PilsnerPeter (3045) - 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 (3259) - 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 (12190) - 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.

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