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RATINGS: 389   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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2.2
Inbreak (6715) - 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!

3.8
Holmen1 (6651) - Stavanger, NORWAY - DEC 6, 2016
Fra flaske (9,6% og bb. nov-20, iflg den lille lappen som var klistret på etiketten) på Mi2 Cardinal, des-16: rødgylden med ok skum. Deilig aroma og smak med appelsiner, tørrede frukter, karamell, kjeks og nøtter. Snev av urter. Deilig bitterhet i den lange ettersmaken. Myk og saftig med mye god, ørk karamell.

4.1
jgb9348 (6584) - 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.

3.7
sonnycheeba (6561) - 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.

3.9
nuplastikk (6512) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - JUN 26, 2015
12oz bottle. Wow. This is really a stellar Old Ale. Has the richness and depth of an English Barleywine, but more caramel and malt centered, luscious brown chocolate. Fruity, sublime ale yeast notes. This is a beer I had scrolled past, I had the older version years ago. I will hold it in high regard from this point. The oak really melds everything together perfectly. A malt monster. Excellent.

3.5
Cletus (6368) - Connecticut, USA - MAY 10, 2009
Pours mahogany with a thin off white head. Smells oaky and caramelly with lots of earthiness. Tastes bitter and dry with an earthy finish.

3.7
jaghana (6363) - Strasbourg (Alsace), FRANCE - SEP 16, 2017
Bottle shared @Freiburg testing. A brown beer, nose is very nice on blond caramel. Aroma is on sweet caramel, vanilla, oak, smooth body, very pleasant and well balance, very good.

4.3
Cybercat (6340) - Georgia, USA - APR 25, 2012
Pours a clear, dark coppery brown, almost mahogany, with a very thick, if not too persistent, pale tan head. Strong aroma has a malty core and a yeasty overtone plus hints of apple, caramel and cloves. Scrumptious flavor has firm malty and yeasty notes plus tones of cloves, caramel and apple. It has a bit of an alcohol-like bite. Texture has average body but is quite lively and fizzy, leaving behind a persistent tingle on the tongue and lips. This dog will have your taste buds barking with joy!

4.5
Marheb (6334) - Montréal, Quebec, CANADA - JAN 6, 2012
UPDATED: FEB 19, 2013 *(Cuvée 2010, 10,9%): J’ai vraiment du mal à comprendre la si basse moyenne compilé jusqu’à maintenant. Ils ne boivent clairement pas la même bouteille que moi, peut-être est-ce la 2009 qui est moins spectaculaire? Peu importe, cette bière est un chef d’oeuvre indiscutable. Magnifique couleur rubis sombre avec un nez explosif qui mérite une pause, le temps qu’on réalise que si les sucres sont aussi goûteux qu’aromatique le malaise de n’avoir qu’une seule bouteille va se faire sentir. En bouche c’est brillant, une tonne de fruits trop mûrs ayant macérés dans l’alcool, des amandes brulés, du chocolat noir et une amertume boisé qui chevauche splendidement l’effort du malt. J’aimerais qu’on me dise comment faire pour enlever des points.

3.7
JPDIPSO (6298) - 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.


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