I really enjoy Smuttynose’s Big Beer Series and liked the Old Brown Dog when I reviewed it almost a year ago so it is no surprise that this one scored well with me. What did surprise me was the alcohol content of this one. I had this while cooking dinner on the grill and beer just goes down to quickly when you are cooking meat on a grill and I didn’t really pay attention to the ABV before starting. By the time the burgers were done so was I as finished most of the 22 oz bomber while cooking and was walking a little crooked when I came back in the house.
Beer pours a deep brown with a nice two finger off white head. Aroma is sweet malt and dark fruit and very inviting. Taste follows the aroma with lots of sweet malts, dark fruit, molasses and maybe a touch of alcohol. Mouthfeel is very smooth and goes down far too easy for a 10.9% ABV beer.
Even if you usually do not enjoy brown ales you should give this one a try as it is a wonderful beer that will leave you happy.
Pros: Alcohol is well masked
Cons: Hits harder than it tastes
Alcohol Content: 10.9% ABV
IBU (Bitterness): 20
Brewers Website: Smuttynose
Brewers 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.