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Smuttynose Ry(e)an Ale - Smuttynose Brewing Company

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Smuttynose Ry(e)an AleSmuttynose Ry(e)an Ale

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Ratings: 206
Reviews: 125
rAvg: 4.16
pDev: 10.34%
Wants: 85
Gots: 31 | FT: 5
Brewed by:
Smuttynose Brewing Company visit their website
New Hampshire, United States

Style | ABV
Rye Beer |  7.70% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

Brewed exclusively for Julio's Liquors. This is an Imperial Red Rye Ale, aged in bourbon barrels hand-selected by Julio's Loch & Key Society.

(Beer added by: Bierman9 on 05-17-2010)
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3.75/5  rDev -9.9%

hvy1, Jun 26, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

megamass, Jun 26, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -9.9%

zestar, May 31, 2014
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4.16/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Re-reviewing an aged 2011 bottle (I mention it in the old review below). I felt that this was really bourbon-heavy when fresh so I figured I'd retry it. This bottle is now close to 2.5 years old.

A: Bottle cap pops off with just the tiniest hiss. Pours a nice mahogany. Small tan head that fades out quickly. Not much carbonation left in this one. Minimal lacing.

S: Sweet raisins and spicy rye. Especially spicy when swirled. Caramel layered over both. Pretty subtle, probably due to the almost still nature of the beer. Pleasant still, however.

T: Huh, not at all like I remember it. Lots of sweet caramel, vanilla and light raisins up front. Spicy rye in the middle turning into some oak in the finish. Lingering rye, light bourbon and oak between sips.

M: Pretty syrupy for only 7% or so. Probably due to the lack of carbonation.

O: It seems the age has done this one a favor. I felt it was pretty barrel-heavy and a bit harsh when I originally had it. This has mellowed out and the flavors are well integrated to boot. Nicely balanced and fairly sweet. The barrel and rye aspects really work together nicely. I have two more bottles of this, will have to try another next year.

Original review from 01-09-2012:

Super fresh 2011 bottle, just released two days ago.

A: A dark, murky rusty brown pour. Decently thick tan head. Retention and lacing are both quite decent. (4)

S: Smells almost like pure bourbon. Lots of toffee, vanilla and caramel notes. There is a spicy rye element that tingles the nose, versus the alcohol that tingles in real bourbon. No noticeable hop aroma. (4)

M: Nice spicy rye up front immediately followed by a heavy, heavy bourbon backbone with again, lots of toffee caramel and vanilla. Lingering rye spiciness in the aftertaste. (4)

T: Surprisingly thick given the medium ABV. Smooth and creamy. (4.5)

O: Definitely a unique beer, not sure I've ever had or even heard of a bourbon barrel rye beer. It has the mouthfeel of a MUCH heavier beer which gains it extra points. It is quite heavy on the bourbon but honestly I'm not surprised given how fresh it is. I bought a couple extra bottles so age might help calm it down a little and let the rye shine more.(4)

Overall 4.05.

Dope, Apr 19, 2014
Photo of chefhatt
3.98/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I know this beer isn't made anymore, but I had this one for a while.
It pours a deep reddish color body with no head and the carbonation is gone. The smell is straight up bourbon. Taste is the same way all sweet bourbon. mouthfeel is smooth and overall this is a good beer and I would say it aged well.

chefhatt, Mar 31, 2014
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4/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Awesome bomber from dope, split with my brother into pint glasses.

A: Clear, dark amber body (clear until the yeast/sediment is added from the dregs of the bottle), plenty of khaki lacing and good head.

S&T:: Pretty big toasted caramel and spice...bourbon is definitely prominent...huge bready malt backbone and a moderate fruity/spice essence (I'm thinking its the rye but it could be the yeast?). Lots of sweetness...strong vanilla component, I'm guessing from the bourbon barrel...maybe some butterscotch and toffee as well. The fruitiness does stick out a bit, blending well with the spiciness. There is some nice woody/toasted flavors as well.

MF: Full-bodied, and not overly hot. Velvety smooth mouthfeel.

O: A dandy of a barrel-aged rye beer. Still not my favorite style, though this one had a lot going for it.

Scotchboy, Mar 21, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

DersOne, Feb 16, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

beerpirates, Feb 08, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -9.9%

BColton1, Jan 20, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -15.9%

acurtis, Jan 20, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -9.9%

djrn2, Jan 20, 2014
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4.6/5  rDev +10.6%

tbone1384, Nov 04, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -21.9%

DelicateDelirium, Oct 28, 2013
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4/5  rDev -3.8%

jaxon53, Oct 13, 2013
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4/5  rDev -3.8%

Kegatron, Sep 25, 2013
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3.78/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Bottle pour at mrbubbler's tasting.

Pours a clear copper with a foamy khaki head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. Small streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, rye, caramel, bourbon, and wood aromas. Taste is much the same with caramel and bourbon flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of woody bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer that is tasty but the smell is slightly better in my opinion.

UCLABrewN84, Aug 26, 2013
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4/5  rDev -3.8%

drewone, Aug 25, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

Smurf2055, Jul 31, 2013
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4.18/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bomber into a snifter. The brew appears amber in color with a slight haze. A yellowish stained finger of froth rests atop slowly fading leaving a full wall of patchy lace on the glass.

The aroma includes notes of vanilla, caramel, toffee and coconut. Some toasty biscuit grain inclusion is present underneath alot of barrel presence which almost trumps all the underlying character. A slighky fruity whiskey note emerges across the back. Overall a solid smelling brew with huge barrel influence.

The flavor includes a note of bready grain upfront mingles with some touches of fruity alcohol. Like the aroma suggested, it displays a huge amount of barrel character but not in a boozy sense. It is soft and enjoyable with flavors of vanilla, coconut and caramel.

This is a medium bodied brew with a modest amount of carbonation. It is smooth and easy drinking with lots of barrel character that integrates quite nicely with the rye but at times feels almost like it dominated the base instead of complimenting it. Regardless, a very enjoyable brew.

stakem, Jul 12, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +14.2%

Casey3236, Jun 30, 2013
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4/5  rDev -3.8%

IrishColonial, Jun 28, 2013
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4/5  rDev -3.8%

billab914, Jun 28, 2013
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4/5  rDev -3.8%

bird22, Jun 21, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

CheapBeerBuzz, May 17, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

LambicKing, Feb 01, 2013
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Smuttynose Ry(e)an Ale from Smuttynose Brewing Company
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