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RATINGS: 225   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.6   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 300   ABV: 10%
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One of the challenges here at Smuttynose is that we don’t have a pilot system, so we sometimes have to adjust recipes over time. This year’s 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!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
Tmoney36 (15) - - AUG 4, 2013
Really interesting brew. Definitely nailed with the old ale, barley wine combo. Definitely has a traditional ale taste with the sharpness and strong barley wine tones. Certainly has the alcohol content to make it a barley wine. Pours deep brown with malty hoppy flavor.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
shigadeyo (2980) - Harrison, Ohio, USA - AUG 2, 2013

Bottle-Conditioned in 2010

5/04/2011: Smuttynose Really Old Brown Dog Ale... Aroma: Really big caramel maltiness, aged rum, definitely alcohol in the nose, hint of sherry. Appearance: Elegant brown color, frothy and thick ivory-colored crown. Flavor: Deep, rich caramelized malts, mildly sweet and smoky, vanilla, dates, golden raisin, nice alcoholic strength. Palate: Medium-full body, smooth, good mouthfeel. Overall: Really, really nice beer, good strength, good flavor, very enjoyable.

Bottle shared by Tmoney99. Thanks Tom! Rating #186 for this beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 4/20
cheap (3974) - Beaver County, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 27, 2013
on tap at the bocktown, nice place. let me tell you, I am not a fan of American wannah be barley wines which this is. not only that, it needs aging, it needs to be really really old. rather fruity sweet smell leaves no hint of the tongue torture within. smells like cotton candy. no co2. cloying and it has this warming sensation every where it goes down your throat. beer like whisky finish. cannot appreciate.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
rbrazell (1593) - Charleston, South Carolina, USA - JUL 25, 2013
Bottle from Market Square. Deep amber brown pour with a small bubbly white head.Toffee, caramel, brown sugar, dates & figs, nuts and earth in the nose. Sweet toffee and brown sugar entry fading into dark dried fruits with a bitter nutty finish. Noticeable alcohol heat in the finish. Would be a nice winter warmer. Probably could use some age too. Not bad though.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
dpvrai (7) - New York, USA - JUL 20, 2013 does not count
Lovely soft caramel, attenuated dates, raisins, but all quite mellow and melded. My idea of what a brown ale should be

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Chipalsa (1307) - Florida, USA - JUL 10, 2013
This was a unique brew for sure. It smelled like a chocolatey porter - lots of toffee and chocolate with a touch of raisins and oak. The taste followed but was much more intense. Undertones of toast, chocolate and hops really satisfy the palate. The alcohol is very well hidden here so be careful ;-).

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
MartinT (7746) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JUL 3, 2013
My Bottom Line:
Nut bread, roasted chestnuts and caramel in this effervescent strong ale.

Further Personal Perceptions:
-A ring of foam surrounds the misty dark amber.
-This was too bubbly for this type of strong brew.
-A light alcohol hit accompanies the balancing bitterness.
-Malts could be better defined.
-The finish is easy and the flavour profile simple.


   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
JHeath99 (841) - Warner Robins, Georgia, USA - JUL 2, 2013
Bottle. Pours a dark brown with very little head that dissipates quickly. Aroma of malts and caramel. Taste of nuts and caramel with a bit of a sweet aftertaste.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
JSteve (11) - Windham, Maine, USA - JUL 2, 2013
Pours dark brown, slight head. Malt and caramel on the nose which follow on tasting with a malt nuttiness. Awesome complexity in this one. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jhp40219 (301) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - JUN 27, 2013
On tap at Rocky’s Sub Pub in Jeffersonville, IN. Pours brown with an orangish red hue. No real head and little lacing. Aroma and taste heavy on malts, caramel, dates, prunes. Almost sort of Belgian tasting. Very sweet with a nice long malty and sweet candy finish. Full body, moderate carbonation, oily texture. Very nice and tastey!

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