Wednesday, August 15, 2018

Smuttynose Really Old Brown Dog Ale

Fill date: 2017

Judged to 2015 BJCP Style Guidelines for: 17B Old Ale

AROMA: Strong fruity character with distinct notes of plum, red grape and raisin. Also quite malty with confectionery-like notes of toffee, caramel and treacle. Mild oxidative character in the form of honey/lemon or sherry/port-like aromatics. Faint butterscotch, though it complements the base palette rather well. Subtle, smooth alcohol. No hops (none needed). 11/12

APPEARANCE: Hazy shade of deep copper/reddish-brown (22-27 SRM). Large beige foam never completely dissipates. 3/3

FLAVOR: Luscious, sweet and delicious at all times. Begins with an authentic fruity character akin to fruit punch or sangria (plum, red grape, raisin, cherry, etc.). Followed quickly with sweet syrup-like flavors of toffee, treacle, caramel and a hint of butterscotch. The old/oxidative quality is present, but remarkable subtle. Bitterness is low, but palette doesn't seem wildly unbalanced or cloying. Alcohol is noticeable, but clean and tame - works with the natural taste of the brew quite well. 18/20

MOUTHFEEL: Medium body; moderately-low carbonation. Texture is smooth and soft. Aftertaste is rather clean considering the massive malt base. At 10% ABV, this is not exactly the sipper due to the alcohol being so gentle. 5/5

OVERALL IMPRESSION: Delicious, drinkable and to-spec. That's what makes for a World Class brew. Amazing that this niche style is a year-round offering. 10/10


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