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RATINGS: 1145   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.


3.5
GregMooreNH (273) - Bedford, New Hampshire, USA - DEC 8, 2017
Pour deep mahogany with one finger, dense head. Aroma is caramel and brown sugar. Taste is caramel, roast and a hint of clove. Finish is smooth malt. A very drinkable beer when looking to be sociable.

3
Zilverenmaan (318) - Antwerp, BELGIUM - DEC 3, 2017
Taste sweetish, caramel malts, lightly fruity, somewhat hoppy. Faint but pleasant, lingering hoppy aftertaste. Nothing wrong with it, tastes just too thin.

4
beern (238) - Alabama, USA - AUG 19, 2017
Pours brown with a tan head with an aroma of earthy caramel malt. Tastes of sweet caramel malt with a bread and mildly bitter hop finish. It’s medium to light bodied with moderate to lively carbonation. It’s a bit nutty.

4
angrystar (9) - - AUG 12, 2017 does not count
Caramel chestnut color, smooth drinking, hints of chocolate, caramel. Caramel chestnut color, smooth drinking, hints of chocolate, caramel. Caramel chestnut color, smooth drinking, hints of chocolate, caramel. Caramel chestnut color, smooth drinking, hints of chocolate, caramel. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.3
SolarSam (110) - Interlaken, New York, USA - JUL 27, 2017
Well... It Is Brown. I was looking for more malt expression, and they talk of additional hippiness. Really? It Is brown. Don't know how old. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

2.6
bwy (100) - 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 (2980) - 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 (5396) - 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 (1867) - 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.


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