2012 Vintage - Smuttynose Brewing Company, in Portsmouth, New Hampshire, microbrews many fine ales; their Really Old Brown Dog is their premier Old Ale. Old Ales (aka "Stock" Ales), are a full-bodied beer with high levels of dextrins. In times gone by, old ales were laid up to mature, and from this tradition they get their name. Old ales vary in color from rich, dark amber to a very dark brown. Old ales typically show fruity, vinuous and rich, malty flavors, verging on port-like tastes; slight acidic is pretty common. Really Old Brown Dog sports the image of Olive, Smuttynose's "mascot and spirit guide;" similar to this puppy, the ale will mellow and age gracefully. Really Old Brown Dog's color is dark reddish brown with a large, foamy off-white head leaving sheets of lacing. The aroma carries brown sugar, toffee, some dark fruits, golden raisins, a bit of cherry, and a tint of alcohol (at 10% ABV, you're going to smell and taste it). Wonderful flavors of brown sugar, toffee, caramel, dark fruits, herbal hops and oak. Designated driver is a good idea when sipping Really Old Brown Dog.