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RATINGS: 1165   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.37/5   IBU: 30   EST. CALORIES: 195   ABV: 6.5%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Old Brown Dog has been cited as a classic example of the “American Brown Ale” style of beer. Compared to a typical English Brown Ale, Old Brown Dog is fuller-bodied and more strongly hopped.
Old Brown Dog has been around for many years. It was first brewed in 1988 at the Northampton Brewery. In 1989 it won a silver medal in its category (American Brown Ale) at the Great American Beer Festival in Denver. It has since been retired from competition but enjoys love and respect from people all over the world.

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3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
ThisWangsChung (836) - Leonardtown, Maryland, USA - MAY 24, 2013
12 oz bottle into a pint glass. A: Pours a dark chestnut color. The head is a one finger light brown shade, starting off with a rocky texture, but becoming thinner and creamier as it recedes. Some lacing is left on the glass. S: Fairly typical of a brown ale; nuttiness and chocolate are the dominant aromatic notes. I also notice a touch of fruit esters, and even some earthy hops. T: There’s an initial nuttiness on the opening. This slowly transitions to a middle of caramel and a finish of earth, marzipan, and mild pine. Not interesting, but I find that many brown ales don’t fit that criteria. M: I like the creaminess at first...which turns into a less-than-desirable finishing chalkiness. On the plus side, decent dryness and carbonation makes it very easy to drink given its ABV. O: It’s pretty solid. I kind of feel like saying "it’s not you, it’s me" due to the fact that it’s well made and well balanced, but not my thing. Brown ale fans will really like it.


2.6
bwy (87) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUN 6, 2017
A misleading taste where you expect a smokey, earthy taste and instead you get an intense sweetness. Still welcoming but confusing. Reviewed - A Brew With You, Ep. 86

3.7
gripweed57 (2460) - Hamilton Square, New Jersey, USA - MAY 29, 2017
From old tasting notes. Deep reddish brown color. Small beige head. Roasted malt nose. Soft chocolate malt flavor. Long chewy malt finish.

3.8
chinchill (4993) - South Carolina, USA - MAY 26, 2017
12 oz bottle dated "best by" 3/2011 served in pint glass (from 2011 notes). Pours a dark amber with a very slight haze and a small amount of tan head. Head quickly dies to a bubbly partial coat with excellent duration. This is a rich and flavorful brown ale with a strong toasted malt base and a bit more hoppy bitterness (IBU = 15) than usual. A little earthy. Flavor is much stronger and more complex than the aroma. Some noticeable esters despite moderate ABV of 6.5%. Rather full body. Moderate carbonation.

4.7
Susannah (1) - Maryland, USA - MAY 11, 2017 does not count
Love this brown ale! It has a delicious, rich nutty flavor to it. It’s my new favorite!

3
oobawa (1399) - Tennessee, USA - APR 9, 2017
Malt bomb city, caramel and toffee and sweet tea on top of mild, almost undetectable hops. Much more English than the description would lead you to believe, with apple esters and the teensiest bit of floral bitterness falling squarely in Brit territory. Looks...weird, lots of particulate swirling around amid the brown haze, and the nose is flat malt and sweet apple. Palate feels a bit off, too, undercarbonated, which might be why it seems so damn sweet. Still drinkable, though.

3.4
Clarkdvm (511) - Florida, USA - MAR 10, 2017
Bottle. Simple, standard brown. Malty. Not bitter at all. Good but not unique. Represents style well

3.4
john44 (3101) - SW London, Greater London, ENGLAND - FEB 3, 2017
Bottle. Dark Brown-Amber in colour. Malty; roasty malts, smoke, chocolate. Hoppy; spicy fruity hops. Tasty. Good. Very drinkable. (2010-11)

3.7
scotchzombie (589) - Raleigh, North Carolina, USA - JAN 18, 2017
Pours hazy cream soda brown with little head. Aroma is sweet and malty. Taste follows with some nice sharpness. Molasses, brown sugar and real depth of flavor. Very mild backend bitterness. Touch of hop only. Excellent brown ale. I could drink a lot of these. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.7
ByTheirLimpin (321) - New York, USA - DEC 11, 2016
Another favorite I was disappointed to find I hadn’t yet rated. On tap. Clear brown. Fine white head. Nose is roast grain, tied right to the palate. Sweet honey roasted grains, maybe a syrup tease. Perfect early winter fireside slugger. This beer never disappoints.

3.4
melush (4065) - SPAIN - DEC 7, 2016
Bottle 33cl. @ The Beer Garden Store, Madrid, Spain. A: Hazy brown. T: Malt, chocolate, nuts, slightly hoppy.


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