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RATINGS: 383   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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3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
JPDIPSO (5865) - Wauwatosa, Wisconsin, 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. Im 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 Im having a hard time believing this is 7%. A nice winter warmer. Too boozy for the heft. Lots of intrigue in this one.

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
mike_77 (5864) - Breda, NETHERLANDS - DEC 7, 2015
Mahogany brown colour. Aroma is full of brown sugar and sweet malts. Also some red fruit sweetness. Flavour is also really malty. Feels really rich. Has a light dry bitterness in the finish.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
notalush (5774) - Denver, Colorado, USA - MAY 8, 2009
Pours a dark reddish brown, failing to kick up much of a head - sweet caramel and toffee aroma, with hints of vanilla, toasted oak, roasted nuts - fairly sweet and semi-boozy up front - caramelized sugars and fairly strong coconut through the middle - dries out somewhat on the tail end, as the oak character becomes fairly apparent, and a kind of leafy bitterness manifests - some hazelnut in the finish, and apparent alcohol - not bad, just a little messy.

2.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 6/20
Ernesto987 (5715) - Arizona, USA - JUL 27, 2012
Another fucking abortion by smuttynose. Tastes like stale caramel candy and nothing else. Fuckyou

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
thornecb (5682) - 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
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
EithCubes (5665) - 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.

3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
ClubGonzo (5568) - Bergen, NORWAY - APR 8, 2016
Bottle. Pours a deep orange-hued clear body with a small off-white head. Aroma is caramel, orange peel, almond essence and hints of brown bread and nuts. Taste is brown bread, almond essence, burnt sugar, caramel and hints of alcohol, nuts and toffee. Medium body and carbonation. Fair enough, but no winner.

1.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 4/20
cheap (5542) - Beaver Valley, Beaver County, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 27, 2013
on tap at the bocktown, nice place. let me tell you, I am not a fan of American wannah be barley wines which this is. not only that, it needs aging, it needs to be really really old. rather fruity sweet smell leaves no hint of the tongue torture within. smells like cotton candy. no co2. cloying and it has this warming sensation every where it goes down your throat. beer like whisky finish. cannot appreciate.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
sonnycheeba (5486) - 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.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Cybercat (5342) - 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!


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