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RATINGS: 220   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.59   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!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
shigadeyo (2962) - 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 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jeremytoni (2926) - Swedesboro, New Jersey, USA - JUL 6, 2011
From a bottle poured a brown color with a fair amount of head. Sweet malty flavor with a quick finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
ReggieDunlap (2924) - The dub c, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 27, 2013
Pours a clear deep amber/ruby with a thin off white head. Aroma has light candied fruits and perfume with hints of oakiness. Flavor follows suit and adds layers of faint vanilla and earthy hoppiness. Mouthfeel is full and oily with a fruity/earthy/boozy bitter finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
smith4498 (2910) - Miami, Florida, USA - APR 12, 2014
Pours clear copper color with light tan head. Aromas of toffee, brown sugar, toasted malt and some dark fruits. Sweet toffee and plum flavors with toasted malt and a hint of oak. Full body with moderate carbonation and a syrupy mouthfeel.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Palidor19 (2881) - Brandon, Florida, USA - SEP 14, 2012
This beer is really rich and strong. Taste of fine nuts, caramel and a bit of cola. Not too hoppy but the bitterness is in the Bach. Great all around!! ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
AirForceHops (2711) - Epping, New Hampshire, USA - JUN 4, 2012
22 oz. bottle, 2012 vintage. Ruby color with full off white head. Ample amounts of retention. Aroma of toasted malt, chocolate and oak. Full-bodied with flavors of sweet chocolate malt, molasses, vanilla and a certain amount of spice notes. What type of spice is hard for me to determine. Sticky, syrupy like texture. Lots of malt flavors. Alcohol is very noticeable in the finish. Could really benefit being put in a cellar for a while. Other than that, a tasty brew.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
ucusty (2691) - raleigh, North Carolina, USA - AUG 19, 2009
Bottle from state line liquors in Elkton, MD. Clear brown pour with a thin off white head and spotty lace. I wasnít expecting much from this beer until I got a whiff of all the subtle complexities. Toffee, toast, coffee, and fruits on the nose. Full bodied with a slick mouth-feel. Brown sugar, oak, espresso, caramel, and raisins. Dry alcoholic finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
iowaherkeye (2686) - Ocean Beach, San Diego, California, USA - OCT 7, 2010
22oz bottle, bottle conditioned in 2010 from Amity Wine New Haven, donít remember the price. Clear dark reddish auburn with a 1/2 finger beige head, fair retention. Aroma has some fruity sherry oxidation with a moderate amount of scorched toffee, some decomposing falls leaves and a little tobacco following with some toasted malt to keep things from getting too sweet, not that it was that sweet to begin with. Flavor continues to be a little fruity with the addition of some vanilla and oak notes--didnít realize there was oak in this until I read RBís description--only one month? Itís pretty prominent in the flavor, and upon further reflection (and warming), it is noticeable in the aroma. Still has the toffee (to a lesser extent) and the toasted malts and a bit of the fall leaves. Not getting the tobacco anymore, and I now get some hazelnut notes. The oak is a little strong, but not necessarily overbourbonated beat you over the head strong. The oaky vanilla just kind of mutes the other jazz going on. Finished semi-dry, oaky and hazelnutty with bitterness at a 3, light alcohol. Full body with light to moderate creamy carbonation. Pretty good, though apparently one month of oak is too long with this beer (or switch to French oak chips, perhaps?).

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
tgncc (2662) - Bellmore, New York, USA - MAR 10, 2010
This beer is considerably more like a barley wine than its predecessor. Aroma is fruit, booze, wood. The appearance is reddish brown, off-white head. The flavor is fruit, alcohol, oak, brown sugar. The finish has a piney hop bittering, and a competig booze warming. The body is medium (maybe a little too thin for the style). Good beer, not as enjoyable as its predecessor.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Iphonephan (2657) - McLean, Virginia, USA - JUN 14, 2013
On draft at Whole Foods Tysonís Corner VA. Pours a hazy dark brown with an ecru head. Flavors of vanilla and toffee. Smooth but slightly boozy finish.

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