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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.

   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 itís toasty, smoky, malty and very tasty. I wouldnít call it crazy drinkable by any means, but itís 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 (1562) - 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 donít see the brown ale in this but itís a very drinkable beer. A bit complex too.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BeerandBlues2 (10503) - San Diego, California, USA - APR 20, 2009
Bottle. Pours clear mahogany with an average, fizzy off-white head, somewhat lasting with spare lacing. Aroma is heavy malt (caramel, nutty, toffee), average hop (perfume), average yeast (dough) with notes of pear, alcohol, candy, and apples. Full bodied, sticky texture, average carbonation, and a bitter finish. Long duration, moderate sweetness, acidity, and bitterness.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
yesyouam (1016) - Fairport, New York, USA - APR 8, 2009
Smuttynose Really Old Brown Dog is a very clear, dense, brown ale with a generous, thick, dense, foamy yellow head that has incredible retention. It smells kind of like a home brew. There are notes of green hops, peppercorns and resiny malt that is just a touch sweet. It is full bodied, thick and syrupy. It has a wooden, resiny malt flavor thatís a little sweet and a little bitter. There is almost an umami note. Oak and leather are detected. Itís pretty drinkable. This is a solid Old Ale.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
craftycarl21 (2288) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - APR 4, 2009
chose this brew for my 300th rating due to my love of Smuttynose. Pours a dark brown with a reddish tint, quite nice white frothy head. Aroma is very boozy, with lots of dark fruit, molasses, candied sugars, and other sweet notes. Flavor is excellent- extremely quick hit of dark dark malt and cream- hints of a dark liquor, like some sort of whiskey. Love the alcohol presence- this is one of my favorite traits in a beer. Great palate, creamy and rich- awesome offering from Smutty.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
oteyj (2130) - New Hampshire, USA - APR 4, 2009
Dark reddish brown pour with nice white head. Aroma is dark fruit, caramel malt, some alcohol and some toffee. Flavor is very dark and malty with an Irish whiskey like quality near the end. Booze is prevalent, but not overpowering. Palate is smooth and rich- nothing new from Smuttynose.

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