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RATINGS: 388   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.63/5   IBU: 34   EST. CALORIES: 333   ABV: 11.1%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Old Ale (also known as “Stock” Ale), is a full-bodied beer with high levels of dextrins. In times past, this beer was typically laid up to mature, hence the name. The color varies from rich, dark amber to a very dark brown. This style features fruity, vinuous & deep, malty flavors, giving it an almost port-like qualities. Sight acidity is not uncommon.
Olive, iconic mascot & spirit guide of our brewery, first appeared on our Old Brown Dog label in 1994 & returned, thirteen years later, to pose for our Really Old Brown Dog, a luscious, malt-rich, full bodied “old ale” featuring deep notes of complex fruit. Much like our beloved Olive, this beer will mellow & age gracefully.

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4.1
jgb9348 (6279) - Arlington (Pentagon City), Virginia, USA - JAN 24, 2014
Nice crisp clear brown coloured body with a ruby-tinted body and a slightly muddied glow with a thin oily tan head. Aroma of alcohol, peat, chocolate, pit fruits, malt, ttoffee, earth, peanuts and a touch of light spices - very nice and fragrant. Full-bodied; Super rich chocolatey and malty flavours at first with a good raisin, fig and brown sugar flavour that really persists. Aftertaste shows a mellow and refined yeast bite with a good light fruit note, some mild oak and vanilla tastes and the underlying alcohol warmth. Overall, a very nice beer with the flavours hinging on an American Strong, but with enough complexity and depth to make it feel like a Barley Wine. Definitely worth trying if you can find this one, and even more so if you like Old Ales...or if you like Barley Wines, since this is closest to that! I sampled this 65 cL bottle purchased from Liqour Outlet in Boonton, New Jersey on 06-July-2013 for US$5.66 sampled at home in Washington on 24-January-2014.

4.1
TheBeerGod (6224) - Newport News, Virginia, USA - MAR 7, 2011
Bottle. Dark brown with a short, foamy tan head. Aroma is woody and sweet with chocolate notes, caramel, light vanilla, chewy malt and cake. Taste is rich caramel, oak, vanilla, chocolate cake, sweet malt, and dark fruit. Delicious! Body is medium to medium-full with a delicate, bubbly carbonation. Ends with more vanilla, caramel, chewy malt, molasses, dark fruit and oak. This was one of those beers that caught me off guard and was a great surprise.

3.7
JPDIPSO (6223) - Wauwatosa, USA - MAY 1, 2009
Rater Notes: Originally posted under "Smuttynose Really Old Brown Dog Ale - 7%, 17 Feb. ’09" Many of my thought dealt with my thinking that is was "only" 7%. Very bright ruby tinted copper color with a modest, but stable head of ecru bubbles. Scents of heavy caramel, rich oak, sweet dark chocolate, ripe berries and hint of bourbon vanilla. Not a Strong overpowering aroma, but enough mystery to keep it interesting. The longer it sets the more malty it gets, a plus in my book. There is no mention of barrel aging, but my nose and now my mouth sense some serious oak and booze. Dry caramel, oak and toasted nuts. For 7% this is quite boozy. I’m catching everything from cognac, and kirsch, to bourbon, and sherry. A nice feel, with soft effervescence and light oil. Finish has a light kirsch flavor and the linger is lightly oaky and a decent return of toasted malt. My ears are turning red, so I’m having a hard time believing this is 7%. A nice winter warmer. Too boozy for the heft. Lots of intrigue in this one.

2.2
Inbreak (6117) - Loddefjord, NORWAY - FEB 4, 2016
04.02.2016, 12 oz bottle sampled @ local tasting:
Small shortlasting head. Aroma is slightly sour-ish boozy, weeds, sour caramel, almond essence, grass, minerals, paper, biscuits, hay, caramel malts. Taste is slightly sweet, caramel malts, minerals, weeds, hay, nuts, grass, almond essence, paper, medicine. Medium bitterness, harsh mouthfeel. Meh!

2.8
Glouglouburp (6103) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - SEP 17, 2012
In short: A very big creamy brown ale with some vegetal notes and decaying matter. Something wrong here
How: Bottle 22oz. Consumed when probably close to a year of age
The look: Mostly cloudy brown body topped by a small beige ring of foam
In long: Nose is very malty with light vegetable notes. You can smell the color, it smells like “brown stuff”, really. Taste is creamy sweet oily soggy toasted malts, whole-wheat bread, decaying vegetables, moldy bread, peanut butter, wet leather. A good amount of hops bring a wet tobacco-ish flavor. Overall well balanced. I strangely didn’t have a strong sweetness sensation, good job there. But the Alcohol is a bit apparent. The name is Really Old Brown Ale and strangely I thought there were flavors of old moldy decaying organic stuff in there. Not a bad beer, but certainly not something I will ever buy again. Did you ever walk into a room and forget why you walked in and what you are doing there? I think that’s how an actual old brown dog spends its life.

4.5
Bulk_Carrier (6065) - Vermont, USA - JUN 27, 2014
Reviewed from notes. This was poured into a pint glass and a snifter. The head lasted longer in the snifter than the pint glass but that was the only difference. The rest of the appearance had a nice looking hazy amber to brown to even some light black edges. There was about a finger’s worth of white foaminess coating the top of the beer. The lacing was somewhat speckled and had a glossy foaminess encircling both glasses. The smell took some light milk chocolate and roasted to a nice aromatic vanilla nuttiness. I believe the bottle I had was only two weeks old as I could definitely smell the alcohol on it. The taste took all of those previously mentioned smells along with the alcohol and added a nice light oakiness invading my taste buds. On the palate, this one sat about a medium on the body with more of a sipping sort of quality to it. This one is exactly sessionable as one might think. Overall, though I had this super fresh when I had it, I wouldn’t mind getting another one some day to age. This one definitely makes me miss New England as it was one of my all time favorite old ales.

2.7
Ernesto987 (6050) - Arizona, USA - JUL 27, 2012
Another fucking abortion by smuttynose. Tastes like stale caramel candy and nothing else. Fuckyou

3.7
sonnycheeba (5988) - Federal Hill, Baltimore, Maryland, USA - APR 20, 2012
Tap. Pours hazy, dark amber with thin, fizzy off-white head; decent retention and spare lacing. Aroma is caramel and cookie malt, mixed nuts, earthy hops, figs, molasses, and some earthy notes. Flavor is malt dominate with supporting fruit esters and booze undertones; sweet finish. Full body, low carbonation, and high warmth.

3.7
thornecb (5918) - Marblehead, Massachusetts, USA - MAR 6, 2011
Pours dark amber into a tulip. Off-white head slowly recedes to skim surface. Chocolate, oak and pit fruit aromas. Lightly carbonated and thin with tangy dark caramel upfront and a sweet, lasting nutty hop finish.

3.7
ganache (5908) - New Jersey, USA - MAY 7, 2013
Bomber. Nose with tendrils of smoke, some roast and light ash, minor tar and memories of fruit, maybe some blackstrap. Yeah, that meaty smoke is there, and it is delicious. Aromatic hops are low, but I can see them wanting to get at an old ale while still keeping things American. Deep red-brown body with a lacing, rocky tan head. Taste is fully sweet to start, strongly alcoholic but not fumey or burning, intensely fruity and intensely caramelous, some chocolate in there with the roast, wooden with vanilla and maple syrup, really pleasant molasses and brown sugar, light smoke rising with the medium bitterness and toffee/earth. Wonderful fruit complexity. Mouthfeel is full but not obese, swirling and complex, a sugar rush without overwhelming. Quite malt-forward, a nice sipper; if they could ease in some dryness, this might jump into rarefied air.


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