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Smuttynose Really Old Brown Dog Ale (2008 and earlier)



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RATINGS: 205   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 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
5000 (6599) - 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!

   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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
HonkeyBra (3959) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
markwise (5082) - North of Tampa, Florida, USA - AUG 29, 2009
Thanks kiefdog for the share. Pours brown with a soapy/ foamy head. Nose is caramel, raisin, booze, brown sugar, and a slight bitterness. Flavor is malt, raisin, bitterness, vanilla, and some fruit character. Medium-bodied and lingering with sugary sweetness closely followed by bitterness. Pretty good old ale.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Heathen (1500) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - AUG 26, 2009
THOUGHTS: Wow. Very intense, yet drinkable at first. It soon became a bit cloying. Maybe aging will take care of that. Nice, but it could be way better. So much fruit. Way more fruit in the flavor than in the aroma. TECHNICAL: Bottle. Poured a dark brownish red that was sort of mahogany. It was bright red in the light with an average to large creamy, khaki head that mostly diminished and left good lacing at first, but soon it was only fair. The aroma was heavy caramel. molasses and tobacco, light to moderate hops, red wine, maple syrup, brown sugar, alcohol, candy, candy sugar, dark fruits, light fruit, lots of fruit, caramel and candy coated fruit, and a light touch of that barley wine-like aroma. The initial flavor was rather sweet and a little acidic; while the finish was very sweet, a little sour and bitter with a long duration. There was caramel, molasses, syrup, dark fruits, slight chocolate, tobacco, port wine, that barley wine taste, some sour fruit, candy sugar, some earthy hops, lots of different fruit, a laundry list of fruit including coconut. Just a smorgasbord of fruit. The medium to full body was quite syrupy with fizzy carbonation and a metallic, lightly astringent, lightly alcoholic and dry finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
corby112 (2804) - philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 25, 2009
Pours a nice dark chocolate brown color with a thin, foamy beige head. Roasted malty aroma with cocoa/chocolate, sugar and dark fruit notes. Nice choclate malty flavor that is kind of similar to a tootsie roll. Strong chocolate presence along with hints of fig, dark fruit and alcohol. Slightly sweet with a spicy dry finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
decaturstevo (5743) - decatur, Tennessee, USA - AUG 3, 2009
A red brown pour with creamy off white head and lace. Rich sweet roasted malt aroma and earthy hops. Sweet malt a hint of abv with a light/medium bitter. Medium bodied and just slightly over carbonated for me but still real good.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Elwood (3336) - Leesburg, Virginia, USA - JUL 28, 2009
22 oz. bottle of the 2008 vintage. Pours a deep amber with a small, very light tan head. Big boozy fruit nose with lots of tree fruit, a little yeast, and earth. Powerful nose. I am really surprised this one is only 7%. Medium-high carbonation with a medium-rich mouthfeel. Lots of sweet boozy fruit, wood notes, caramel, nuts, and a pretty powerful bitterness on the palate. Medium, boozy finish. I would be interested to see if some of alcohol dies down with further aging. Not bad, but there are better old ales out there.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
kramer (5691) - Sunbury, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 27, 2009
22 oz bottle, 2007 Vintage, via Cletus. Pours a clear dark amber body with a one finger fizzy beige head that fell top a thin film. Heavy toffee and caramel malt nose with maybe a touch of oxidation creeping in. Some light cocoa notes as well. It almost tastes like a bit of a thinner version of Thomas Hardys. Lots of toffee maltiness, some dark fruits, with just a little bitterness on the back end. Light oxidation in the flavor as well. Seems like there’s a bit more alcohol than 7% here. Finishes a little short due to the thinner body. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with a good bit of fizzy spritzy carbonation. I’d like this a bit more ith there were a bit more heft and thickness to the body. Overall it was pretty decent though.

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