Smuttynose “Old Brown Dog”
This brown ale is sort of a classic. On the nose, caramel with semi-roasted chocolate malts, raw grains, and dried fruits. The palate delivers a crisp introduction of toasted grains, chocolate, and eventually a roasted malt. Herbal hops end up becoming the main focus, eventually adding a fruity, orange flavored sourness that balances nicely with the bitter and sweet that’s already established. Mouthfeel begins a little sharp, but quickly mellows out and gets smooth, ending a little dry.
Overall, I think this is a good brown that embodies the style well, but in doing so, I find it less memorable. It drinks like an ale, but tastes more like a soft stout. I wouldn’t mind having this in my fridge at all times, because it’s a subtle, yet flavorful drinking experience that would be welcome any season of the year, or enjoyed at any time of the day. I recommend it.
Malts: 2-Row, Munich 10L, C-120, Chocolate
Hops: Cascade, Galena, Willamette
Portsmouth, New Hampshire