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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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jason (1737) - Easton, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 18, 2009
Bottle. Poured a medium brown body with thin head. Aroma is light toffee, cocoa and malty. Flavor has a sweet toffee taste, butterscotch and caramel.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Rciesla (5499) - Exit 15W, New Jersey, USA - JUL 14, 2009
Bottle. Had this on draft in Trenton back in 06-07ish, thanks to Stasko for bringing me out for it. Pours a dark amber body with a tan head. Almond and chewy caramel body with a lighter floral citrus hop character. Sweet and salty with a malty backbone and a modest warming. Good stuff.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
lb4lb (2580) - Austin, Texas, USA - JUN 19, 2009
Bottle from MtGoat. Thanks! Pours reddish and clear with beige head. Smell is malty and metallic with nail polish remover. Taste is alcoholic and sharp. Malty and bittersweet, but really strong on the alcohol. Not very drinkable. Medium body/carb. eh...

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
GRM (3426) - Aylmer, Quebec, CANADA - JUN 14, 2009
Brown bottle, 1 pint 6 ounces, via Philippe Boutin, savoured on June 14 2009; eye: bronze, clear, slight effervescence, creamy beige head, light lacing; nose: scotch, lots of malt, light hops, alcohol, light smoke; mouth: scotch, lots of malt, alcohol, dusty, molasses, light smoke, finale in alcohol, not much carbonation, mildly sweet, medium-full body, liqueur-like texture; overall: quite good FRANÇAIS Bouteille brune, 1 pinte 6 onces, via Philippe Boutin, savourée le 14 juin 2009; œil : bronze, claire, très légère effervescence, mousse beige crémeuse, légère dentelle; nez : scotch, beaucoup de malt, léger houblon, alcool, léger fumé; bouche : scotch, beaucoup de malt, alcool, poussière, mélasse, léger fumé, finale en alcool, peu carbonatée, moyennement sucrée, corps moyen-corsé, texture liquoreuse; en résumé : bien bon

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
LooseCannon (938) - Norfolk, Virginia, USA - JUN 7, 2009
22oz bottle. Pours copper in color with a brown head. Aroma roasted malt and light hops. Taste roasted malt and molassas with bitter finish.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
bigrond (1499) - factoryville, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 5, 2009
I am a big fan of the Smuttynose brand, but for me this beer misses the mark. Its aroma is all alcohol. Its looks very good, but this look is deceiving. palate is so overpowered by a strong alcohol flavor that its lost. At first taste I thought this was an oak barrel aged beer, but the deScription says otherwise. As for drinkability.....none. This is a slow, very slow sipping beer by a fire, on a very, very cold night....arctic cold. skip this one

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
brewblackhole (1588) - Muskego, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 23, 2009
Aroma has that wonderful molassas saturated cake batter,that you occasionly find in these old ales,some hopping comes through as it warms, taste is not as full as the aroma would lead you to believe,but still a hearty cake and chocolate ,combo ,hopping a little harsh,and so reasonably priced , well done

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
GAManiac (1944) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - MAY 3, 2009
1L swingtop shared by Georgiabeer at the Brick Store. Pours a viscous black with a ridiculously dark mocha head that recedes very slowly and settles in as a solid cap with some good lacing. The aroma is of massive sweet malts, chocolate malts, before it warmed up. When it warmed up, the thing turned into a toasted beast with plenty of smoke, toasted malts and espresso. The taste mirrors the aroma and has a massive toasted malt backbone with plenty of dark chocolate and roasted coffee. There are hints of hops as well and plenty of smoke in the finish. The mouthfeel is close to full bodied and coats the mouth with the toasty malted body. This is a great impy stout and one that lives up to its name as it’s toasty, smoky, malty and very tasty. I wouldn’t call it crazy drinkable by any means, but it’s a very good sipper.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
smashteroid (262) - Alabama, USA - MAY 2, 2009
Served on tap at Ginger Man (NYC). Dark brown color with a moderate off-white head. Fruity aroma with a hint of alcohol. Unusual, intricate taste. Nuts, fruits, a hint of chocolate. Something tasted a bit "off". Good amount of alcohol in the taste. Medium mouthfeel. Not my favorite Smuttynose offering, but an average beer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
bleeng (1595) - Houston nowhere near Beersel, Texas, USA - APR 24, 2009
Bomber thanks to Mike over on BA. Dark brown, filtered, clear. Small head. Nose is a bit alcoholy, malty. Taste is very sweet, a bit whiskey-ish (?), very alcoholic for the 7%, rich, a bit funky. I don’t see the brown ale in this but it’s a very drinkable beer. A bit complex too.

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