Smuttynose Old Brown Dog

Smuttynose Old Brown Dog

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Brewed by Smuttynose Brewing Company

Portsmouth, NH, United States

Style:  Brown Ale

6.7% Alcohol by Volume

30 International Bittering Units

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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.

ID: 6405 Last updated 8 years ago Added to database 22 years ago

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Overall Rank2852
Overall Percentile94.7
Style Rank41 of 1128
Style Percentile96.4
Lowest Score2.3
Highest Score4.8
Average Score3.566
Weighted Score3.521
Standard Deviation0.511

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  • TREBORIUS 308 reviews
    rated 3.8 3 years ago

    Aroma: 7 | Appearance: 8 | Mouthfeel: 7 | Flavor: 8 | Overall: 8

    The beer pours a clear dark amber color capped off with an off-white creamy head that lasts a few minutes. Aroma is roasted malt, burnt wood, light caramel, weak citrusy hops, and yeast. The mouthfeel is average. The flavor is sweet caramel and bread, and followed by a bitter citrusy finish. An interesting flavor for a brown ale.

  • MATTFUNGUS 234 reviews
    rated 4.1 11 years ago

    Aroma: 8 | Appearance: 8 | Mouthfeel: 8 | Flavor: 9 | Overall: 8

    Wish I had a bottle of Moose Drool so I could compare the two. Up until now that is my favorite brown and this one may be my new favorite. Caramel, chocolate and molasses all wrapped up together so none of the three dominate.

  • IABEERGUY 371 reviews
    rated 3.2 11 years ago

    Aroma: 6 | Appearance: 6 | Mouthfeel: 7 | Flavor: 7 | Overall: 6

    12 ounce bottle,that I bought at Family Beer and Liquor in East Dubuque, IL. Pours dark brown with a tan head. Smell is malty, nutty, with a little bit of chocolate and caramel. Taste is very similar with some raisin type flavor going on also. A really enjoyable brown ale.

  • LENUSIK 2067 reviews
    rated 4.0 11 years ago

    Aroma: 8 | Appearance: 8 | Mouthfeel: 8 | Flavor: 8 | Overall: 8

    A brown ale complete with the nutty and caramel notes that I love in the English style. A nice deep brown, semi-clear pour, with plenty of sweet malty notes and floral hops. Flavour has some of the nuttiness coming through.

  • JABAH 1780 reviews
    rated 3.4 13 years ago

    Aroma: 7 | Appearance: 6 | Mouthfeel: 7 | Flavor: 7 | Overall: 7

    Nothing really special with this one. I am finding the balance off a bit, but besides that the flavor is OK. A little rusty at first and bitter (not in the best way), but at the end the hops settles in and has a decent bitter-sweet flavor mixed in with the caramel malts. Might also be a little honey in there too. Color is about medium, not dark brown like some other brown ales. I may prefer nut browns over this though, or a Dutch Brown. There are better ones out there in this style.

  • FARGINGBASTIGE6 1476 reviews
    rated 2.7 13 years ago

    Aroma: 6 | Appearance: 6 | Mouthfeel: 5 | Flavor: 5 | Overall: 5

    Well, folks have raved about it and since the same folks that raved about it left a few spares in the fridge, I gave it a shot knowing that brown ales aren't my favorite. It was quite simply about what I expected... maybe slightly better than a New Castle, but not something I'd reach for over and over.

  • PHILB 2479 reviews
    rated 3.5 13 years ago

    Aroma: 7 | Appearance: 7 | Mouthfeel: 7 | Flavor: 7 | Overall: 7

    Bottle: Poured a clear deep brown color ale with a medium foamy head with OK retention and no lacing. Aroma of deep caramel malt with light notes of molasses and some grain is quite enjoyable. Taste is a nice enough mix between some deep rich caramel malt with cereal and a light subtle touch of molasses. Hops are not very apparent which might be a good thing considering the nice malt base. Body is slightly above average with good carbonation. Well done – nice session beer.

  • RJA 2975 reviews
    rated 3.4 14 years ago

    Aroma: 6 | Appearance: 7 | Mouthfeel: 6 | Flavor: 8 | Overall: 7

    This is my first try of a Smuttynose beer. This old dog poured a deep red with brownish tint. Small frothy white head that settls all too quickly into frothy ring. Strong malty aroma. Subtle pines follow to the nose. The body becomes fuller as it warms in my glass. Dry Finish. Nice complex taste of sweet malt, pine and a strongalcohol presence. I went back for seconds,and.....

  • KINGER 2328 reviews
    rated 3.8 14 years ago

    Aroma: 8 | Appearance: 8 | Mouthfeel: 8 | Flavor: 7 | Overall: 7

    Thanks to Beerhunter for hooking me up with the Smuttynose. Looks great with a large, lasting head atop a clear amber/brown body and sticky lacing. Warming aroma of nuts, chocolate and coffee. Malty body, fairly creamy with a rolling finish. Nice and soft feel to it. Sweet cocoa along with toast and caramel. I taste a heavy use of traditional English malts. An all around solid brown, very enjoyable.

  • CYBERCAT 11711 reviews
    rated 4.1 14 years ago

    Aroma: 9 | Appearance: 8 | Mouthfeel: 8 | Flavor: 8 | Overall: 8

    This one comes out of the tap a cloudy, almost opaque, mahogany brown. Malty aroma has hints of spices and molasses. Rich flavor is mainly malty and has tones of cloves and molasses, as well as a hint of hops and a touch of sweetness. Silky-smooth texture leaves a tasty and pleasant finish.

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