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Smuttynose “Old Brown Dog” #5

December 23, 2011 8:43 pm

That’s right – it’s keg #5 of the OBD.  It’s one of the most popular beers so it’s become something of an annual winter tradition.

Smuttynose “Old Brown Dog” #4

October 7, 2010 7:30 pm

What can be said that hasn’t already been said?  As Old Brown Dog keg #4, I think it’s safe to say this is an annual tradition every fall… and every fall I’m surprised by how GOOD it is.

Smuttynose “Robust Porter”

January 7, 2010 9:42 am

smuttynose robust porterI love their “Old Brown Dog”. We’ve served it three times, most recently (Dec ’09) lasting only one week, but I wanted to switch it up. The “Robust Porter” has an impressive “A-“ rating on Beer Advocate with over 600 reviews so I imagine it’s a solid competitor to the “OBD”.  We’ll see….

Here’s what Smuttynose has to say about it;

GOLD MEDAL WINNER – Porter , 2001 Great American Beer Festival
JUDGED GRAND CHAMPION – Best Porter in the USA – 10th Annual US Beer Tasting Championship

This hearty, mahogany colored ale is brewed to evoke the dark, full-bodied ales that were a favorite of dockworkers and warehousemen (hence the name “Porter”) in 19th century London. It is a good bet that when Dickens’ Mr. Pickwick sat down for a pint, we would have been drinking an ale much like our Robust Porter.This is a smooth and very drinkable beer, characterized by its well-balanced malt and hops, plus subtle notes of coffee and chocolate.
“Full-bodied and malty with undertones of coffee and chocolate and a bright, hoppy finish, in style it’s like Cary Grant’s accent: the best of British and American.” – The Boston Globe, November, 2005

VITAL STATISTICS
OG: 1064 TG: 1018
Grain Bill: pale 2-row, carastan, dark crystal, special “B,” chocolate
Hops: Cascade
IBU’s: 15
Color/Number: Dark chocolate brown
ABV 5.7%

Kicked during the Super Bowl, 2/7/2010.

Smuttynose “Old Brown Dog” #3

December 22, 2009 2:58 pm

Smuttynose Old Brown Dog Ale BottleYes, it’s third appearance.  I think it’s safe to say that it’s an annual winter tradition and that it’s consistently one of the most popular beer served.

Smuttynose’s description of this beer; “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.”

Kicked 12/31/09 after just 9 days to become the fastest consumed beer ever.

Smuttynose “Old Brown Dog” #2

October 1, 2008 6:00 pm

This is the second year we’ve had OBD on tap, and we’ve served it at TripAdvisor, too.  It’s always been a huge hit so I’m glad we can get it again.  It’s also going to be paired with Southern Tier’s “Pumking”.  Decisions, decisions, decisions….

Smuttynose’s description of this beer; “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.”

Kicked during the Friday-after-Thanksgiving session, 11/29.

Smuttynose “Shoals Pale Ale”

April 1, 2008 11:45 am

One of our celebratory kegs for to mark the finish of my, rrr… our, ‘man cave’ home renovations. The inaugural Smutty “Old Brown Dog” was such a hit I decided to have another award-winning sampling from Smutty, this one a bit more “summery”.

Smuttynose describes this beer as, “Our interpretation of a classic English beer style is copper-colored, medium-bodied and highly hopped. Its flavor is delightfully complex: tangy fruit at the start, with an assertive hop crispness and a long malty palate that one well-known beer writer has compared to the flavor of freshly-baked bread.”

I gave this beer an, “A-” in my BA review and said, “Poured a nice deep amber color. Smells very similar to their Old Brown Dog Ale but more floral and citric. Good tasting beer with a slightly bitter aftertaste… This would be a great summer BBQ beer.”