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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.


Rrauth's rating

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Rrauth (1196) - North Carolina, USA - JAN 26, 2013
2007 at raleigh rare beer fest. Nice full bodied beer that has enough rich taste to overcome a tired palate. Would like to have tried this side by side with a newer one to see how it held up but alas i couldnt. Glad to try it though.


3.5
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Bengibbs6 (53) - Cleveland, Ohio, USA - AUG 20, 2013
Baby bourbon! Ruby copper in color and a nice heady aroma. Sweet vanilla up front with a boozy backside. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Butters (3857) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - MAR 24, 2013
Sampled at Raleigh Rare and Vintage 2013. Vintage 2007. Hazy amber pour with ring of offwhite head. Sweet, but lightly hoppy nose. Almost syrupy on the flavor. A little boozy. Citrusy and a bit oxidized. caramel. alright, but overall, kinda meh.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
TURDFERGUSON (3969) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - JAN 30, 2013
UPDATED: JAN 31, 2013 2007 bottle at rrbf. Pours a slightly murky mahogany with low to medium carbonation, thin off white cream colored head. Nose is dark fruits, raisins, light oxidation, brown sugar, light vanilla.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
17thfloor (2433) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JAN 16, 2013
thx to beermefitz, compared next to a 2012 bottle, I actually like this older one a bit better. Oxidation is certainly there, but flavors have withstood mostly and are quite pleasant, nice and nutty.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
madmitch76 (16111) - , Essex, ENGLAND - MAY 5, 2012
12th August 2008
Cloudy chocolate brown beer with a good cream coloured head. Softish palate, a bit dry. Rich malt with a brandy tone. Smooth and creamy - well offset by good bittering hops that come to the fore in the creamy finish. Quite a contrast but very drinkable.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Macegan75 (708) - Phoenixville, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 15, 2011
Pours a dark brown with lots of head and lacing, nose is brown sugar, dried fruit and aldehydes. First sip is caramel, vanila bean, bruins, and booze. FFinish is slight bitterness like coffee.

2.4
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
oobawa (626) - South Carolina, USA - MAY 16, 2011
Nice looks, red and clear and foamy. Smells slightly funky, and very, very sweet. Which goes well to describe the flavor. In fact, the only trait this beer shares with regular Old Brown Dog is the name. Really Old gets really sweet really fast, the sugary heart of the brew overwhelming any subtle pleasures. More hops could temper this Bit-O-Honey nature, but the needed bitterness never shows. The cloying finish betrays the meager 7% ABV. Worth trying, just not worth trying again. (2/2/09)

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
murphym45 (769) - New York, New York, USA - APR 13, 2011
Bottle I found at the store from 2008. Pours brown with a bit of haze and some tan head. Nice malty aroma with caramel, some dark fruit, dates. Taste is malty sweetness up front with some fruit, toffee. Faint bitterness on the finish. Very nice.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
Jow (2264) - New York, USA - MAR 6, 2011
2008 vintage tasted 3/6/11 growler fill from DeCiciocs smutty nose tasting. Pours deep brown. Tastes of toffee, vanilla, some malt, also some drak fruits. Very enjoyable on this rainy Sunday,and since I just got back from gym might just finish this growler solo style.


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