JohnQPublic (387) - Brooklyn, New York, USA - MAR 15, 2009
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle into red wine glass.
Pours a dark caramel color, a bit hazy, with a fluffy khaki head that settles into a nice creamy layer on top. Some nice lacing.
Nose is caramel coated apples, sweet, rich, and fruity, slightly toasty, with a hint of spicy alcohol.
Starts off with a rich, multi-layered toasty-sweet malt character; burnt caramel and a hint of molasses come through, as well as a a hint of oaky acidity and some toasty breadiness. Within the malt sweetness are notes of apples and pears. Spicy alcohol heat comes out early, as well as a not insubstantial earthy bitterness towards the finish.
Mouthfeel is a bit slick, a bit of fluffy carbonation gives the beer a bit of a creamy texture. Well done.
Drinkability suffers a tad from the alcohol, and the bitterness seems a bit green at this point. Stash this one away for a year and it will only get better. As it is, Iím a fan of English strong ales anyway, and this one certainly gets my motor running. Nice beer, and major kudos to Smutty for releasing a fairly under-represented style in their big beer series.
Butters (3320) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - MAR 24, 2013
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
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.
TURDFERGUSON (3565) - Carrboro, North Carolina, USA - JAN 30, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
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.
Rrauth (637) - North Carolina, USA - JAN 26, 2013
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
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.
17thfloor (2402) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JAN 16, 2013
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
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.
madmitch76 (9867) - , Essex, ENGLAND - MAY 5, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
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.
Phillies08Champs (550) - Phoenixville, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 15, 2011
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
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.
oobawa (626) - South Carolina, USA - MAY 16, 2011
2.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 8/20
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)
murphym45 (769) - New York, New York, USA - APR 13, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
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.
Jow (1375) - New York, USA - MAR 6, 2011
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
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.
Volgon (2761) - Manchester, New Hampshire, USA - MAR 3, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
2008 Bomber drank in March 2011: Pours a clear light brown with almost no head, nose has brown sugar, caramel, and raisins. Medium bodied with a light mouthfeel, light carbonation, starts and ends lightly sweet with a dark fruit ending.