This is going to be my actual first beer review of iHeartBeer. I was given this beer (actually took it from my dad who has had it in his fridge for 6 months now) from my father who, god bless him, his idea of straying from his normal beer selection is to go from Natural Light to Natural Ice. I have never tried this beer but it was a great night out, fired up the grill and grabbed a glass.
The first thing I noticed right away from the first couple sips was that this beer had a much higher alcohol content then what I normally drink. The 2010 brew has a 10.9% alcohol content and while I never mind a beer with a higher percentage sometime more is not better.
Like I’ve said before, I don’t pretend to be a beer aficionado. I simply follow the philosophy of “i heart what i heart“. The first thing I like to do when I am trying a new beer it to look up the beer. I went to the Smuttynose website and they describe the Really Old Brown Dog as a “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.”
First thing I did was fire up the ol’dictionary.com and look up a couple of colorful adjectives. First, what the hell are “dextrins”. Dextrins: a soluble, gummy substance, formed from starch by the action of heat, acids, or ferments, occurring in various forms and having dextrorotatory properties.
Hmmm not a good start.
“The color varies from rich, dark amber to a very dark brown.”
Ok, this was true, it was definitely that color what’s next… “This style features fruity, vinuous & deep, malty flavors, giving it an almost port-like qualities. Sight acidity is not uncommon”
Ok, not going to lie…had to look up “vinuous“ but I believe they meant “vinous” which as you can see is fruity alcoholic beverage. This was definately true. If you’re a fan of a fruity flavored beer then this might be down your alley. Not judging…there are plenty of great fruit flavored beers. Just didn’t think this was the beer for me. Now it might of been the 10.9% alcohol talking but towards the end of the bottle I was enjoying it more…in fact I know it was the 10.9% alcohol.