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Smuttynose Really Old Brown Dog Ale (2009-)

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RATINGS: 269   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.61   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 300   ABV: 10%
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One of the challenges here at Smuttynose is that we donít have a pilot system, so we sometimes have to adjust recipes over time. This yearís version really seems to have hit that sweet spot of what we were attempting. Unlike the first vintage, which had a porter/chocolate character, we wanted something between an old ale and a barleywine. To add another element of complexity, we aged this vintage for one month on medium toast oak chips. Enjoy!


3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
danielecamo (797) - ITALY - JUL 29, 2015
In bottiglia. Colore marrone, schiuma beige fine e poco persistente. Aroma di frutta sotto spirito, nocciola, tostato, alcool, malto, caramello bruciato. Al palato corpo importante, alcool ancora un pÚ pungente. Líaroma viene rispettato con tostature evidenti e nocciola intensa. Finale lungo e caldo con un ricordo di tabacco

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jimhilt (2469) - Bow, New Hampshire, USA - JUL 26, 2015
Pours a two-fingered white head that quickly vanishes leaving no lace. Almost clear amber color. Light carbonation and medium bodied. Caramel malt nose. Flavor is sweet caramel malt , hops are way in the background. Very different from the 22oz OBD. High (11.1) ABV is hidden. Bottled conditioned 2/2015. $3.49 for a 12oz bottle from Julioís Liquors Westborough, MA.

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
VRH (56) - Georgia, USA - JUL 20, 2015
This pours a nice bronze colour and greets the nose with tea, vanilla, & custard aromas. The taste is delicious and rich with pecan pie, dates, & pistachios. The palate is full bodied and the finish begins with black walnut & fruit, fading to hints of raisins and buttered toast. Delicious!

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
hawthorne00 (2820) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - JUL 15, 2015
Bottle. Darkish amber with a fat coat of light beige head. 3 Aroma of toffee, hazelnuts, raisins, figs, vanilla. A fair bit of overt alcohol. 7- Considerably lighter bodied than expected, very slightly syrupy. And the taste lacks a bit of bottom end grunt too. Nutty toffee, some dried fruit, oak and lots of vanilla, light spices with a whiff of booze at the end. OK, but a bit thin and very boozy for what itís trying to do. Maybe older would be better.

2.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Luvystypotables (1057) - Virginia Beach, Virginia, USA - JUL 11, 2015
Aroma of malt and whiskey, pours a clear whiskey like color with no head. Sweet malt taste medium body with a mild bourbon like finish.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
kidobutai (514) - Virginia Beach, Virginia, USA - JUL 11, 2015
Poured from a bottle. Small, quickly-dissipating head. Watery color, if that makes sense. Definitely taste the higher ABV, like a scotch.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
tfontana (156) - Fremont, New Hampshire, USA - JUL 9, 2015
Bottle from Harvest Market, Bedford NH. Aroma is rich bready malt with hint of chocolate. Appearance is gorgeous, clear reddish amber with small creamy off white head with nice lacing and light sparkle. Taste, like aroma is medium malty sweetness. Palate is medium to full bodied with thick texture with lively carbonation and nice, long, mildly sweet finish. This isnít a complex beer by any means but is very good at what it does.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
nuplastikk (5071) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - JUN 26, 2015
12oz bottle. Wow. This is really a stellar Old Ale. Has the richness and depth of an English Barleywine, but more caramel and malt centered, luscious brown chocolate. Fruity, sublime ale yeast notes. This is a beer I had scrolled past, I had the older version years ago. I will hold it in high regard from this point. The oak really melds everything together perfectly. A malt monster. Excellent.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
beechner224 (922) - Melbourne, Florida, USA - JUN 12, 2015
Bottle to glass. Pours brown with little to no head. Aroma is malty, bread, a little of burnt sugar. Taste is malty, sugar, hint of molasses. Decent enough. Easy drinking for high ABV.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Mortlach (1287) - Rome, ITALY - MAY 31, 2015
Handpump @Ma che siete venuti a fŗ (Rome). Honey color with a big and persistent off-white foam. Aroma is malt, caramel, some roasted notes, vanilla, ripe fruits, alcohol. Flavour is on the sweet side, caramel, brown sugar, little bitter end, a bit unbalanced, not complex as I expected. Full body, flat. Overall nice.


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