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: 207
Reviews: 125
rAvg: 4.15
pDev: 10.36%
Wants: 85
Gots: 30 | 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:
Beer added by: Bierman9 on 05-17-2010

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.
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Photo of zoolzoo
4.01/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Grabbed a 22oz at Julios...

A: Deep mahogany at its core, approaching cherry red around the edges of the glass. An impressive two finger cream head slowly dissipates into a lingering cap. Honestly, this is one of the better looking beers I have seen as of late.

S: Big wood notes dominate the nose. Whiskey barrel, vanilla, and cinnamon.

T: Opens up like a hot beer without actually being hot. In this way, it reminds me of Brooklyn Dark Matter (which I loved). Bite of the barrel up front without any need to shutter because of alcohol. Wonderfully spicy - nutmeg, cinnamon, vanilla...all of this translates from the nose. I think the spiciness of the the rye creates a great base for this beer. I'm also getting a honey like sweetness which rounds everything out well.

M/D: Getting thicker as it warms. Heavy side of medium but well carbed. Prickly carbonation keeps drinkability up. Assertive flavors, deep complexity, and only clocking in at 7.70%. An excellent beer.

Photo of AleWatcher
4.2/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Split this with my buddy Ryan-- RTrain12-- for obvious reasons..
After carefully looking at the beer for 40 seconds I smelled it and took a sip and while in the process of exclaiming how amazing this beer might be... I knocked my glass over. It was awful.
Ryan was nice enough to pour me half of his glass. Thanks bud.

Looks coppery auburn with a creamy whitish head of 2 fingers. Spotty lacing but great retention.

Smells bourbon and vanilla. Some malts make an appearance but are quickly overshadowed by the boozey and vanilla notes. The sweetness hits first-- mostly maltiness mixed with sweet bourbon. There is a Ginger root note hiding in the dry rye and vanilla that reminds me of Ginger ale. I like the dry finish-- very delicious.

The body is on the full side of medium, and my only complaint would be that this needs a little more carbonation. Otherwise, this is a grey little sipper. I could finish Ryan's half of the bomber with ease!

Overall-- excellent beer. Worth trying and worth seeking out.

Photo of johnnnniee
3.88/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle picked up at Julio's courtesy of mixylplik3, thanks for the opportunity Matt.
Pours a deep dark brown with deep garnet highlights and a huge off white head that slowly dissipates but never totally falls. Nice nose. Smell is sweet with candy sugar and dark fruit mixed with some vanilla oak and bourbon. Some light caramel/toffee in the aroma but no hint of rye that I could find. Taste is sweet up front, kind of reminds me of an old ale at first. Light caramel, toffee, and sweet cherries lead off the race but are quickly overcome by bourbon and oak. Spicy rye pokes its head up quickly but is shut down by a mild higher alcohol burn. Long lingering sugared dark fruit sweetness in the finish. Medium body and a surprising level of creaminess in the mouthfeel. Light to medium level of carbonation. I love what this beer can become, but I feel that right now the flavors are less than harmonious. The alcohol burn needs to mellow a bit and the flavors need to meld. I enjoyed this beer but I think with a little age this one will become fantastic. I wish I had more of this to age.

Photo of Stigs
4.05/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz bomber, served in a DFH oversized snifter

A - pours with almost half an inch of lightly frothy and bubbly tan colored foam. the beer is very dark brown/ruby in color and slightly hazy.

S - semi-sweet chocolate enters the nose first before a lightly spicy rye, some mild dark fruits, vanilla, and a subtle kiss of bourbon.

T - starts off with a cola like sweetness which lasts through most of the drink, rye seeds, vanilla, birch root, maple, and vanilla. the bourbon is just a nice compliment to everything else. very mild alcohol at the end along with

M - light bodied and very tight effervescent carbonation. finishes sticky sweet (but not cloying) with lingering birch, vanilla, and light bourbon aftertaste.

D - well, i liked it...fairly easy drinking. as mentioned the bourbon is very nice and subtle, and melds well with everything else. while being a bit subtle, the flavors dont really jump out at you...which may be a good thing.

Photo of mdfb79
4.22/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From 7/9/10 notes. Brought to a local DC tasting.

a - Pours a dark brown color with no head and light carbonatioin.

s - Smells of vanilla, whiskey, and oak. Little bit of grain of wheat. Very enjoyable.

t - Tastes of vanilla, whiskey, oak, and tropical fruits.

m - Medium body and moderate carbonation, with a tiny bit of heat.

d - I thought this was a really good rye beer and I really enjoyed the vanilla and whiskey in the smell. Would like to try again.

Photo of koopa
4.28/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22oz bomber received as an extra from a generous BA thanks!

NOTE: I prefer drinking this one at a warmer temp. than BA recommends.

Appearance: Pours an attractive hazy brown with copper folds. The crown is 2 fingers, dirty khaki to light brown, displays great retention and good lace.

Smell: Loads of rye, oak barrel sweetness, a hint of bourbon, and a dash of floral hops.

Taste: Same as the nose but with a more pungent bourbon soaked vanilla note and a light nuttiness.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with good carbonation.

Drinkability: The abv is a bit hefty but the flavor profile is excellent and the mouthfeel cooperative.

Photo of Wasatch
4.3/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks goes out to ybnorml for this brew.

22oz. Bomber

Pours a very nice dark golden copper color, nice carbonation, nice one-finger creamy tan head, with some thick sticky lacing left behind. The nose is malty, sweet, slight bourbon note, and caramel. The taste is sweet, malty, very nice bourbon note, and a nice touch of caramel. Medium body. Very Drinkable, this one is a gem, glad to have gotten a chance to try it. Thanks Wayne.

Photo of radshoesbro
4.38/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is delicious!! Thanks to checkii for sharing.

Pours ruddy brown with good head that leaves spotty lace. There are waves of bubbles across the top. Good looking brew!

Smells of a beautiful barrel aged cinnamon and musk. Very sweet smelling.

Tastes of rich barrelly goodness! Hops and rye are present with a sweet alcohol, but not hot.

Lightly medium bodied and delicious!!

Photo of wagenvolks
3.61/5  rDev -13%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle at a tasting, courtesy of thickerfreakness.

Ry(e)an pours into my snifter with a deep, rustic copper hue that has a nice breadth to its color. A well-retained khaki head floats up top, but doesn't last long. The aroma is almost overwhelmingly green with wooden barrels, Pinesol, and lemongrass. Toffee sweetness from the malts lurks in the background with some orange peel, but this Rye Beer is dominated by the smell of fresh bourbon barrels.

The flavor tones down the younger qualities displayed in the aroma and replaces it with a healthy backing of rye and toasted caramel malts. Lots of tropical fruitiness in the middle. Booze is spicy on the finish, but not too hot or over-powering. Mouthfeel is surprisingly light and almost fluffy with a tight, yet effervescent carbonation level. All in all, Smuttynose has delivered a unique Rye that's pleasing, but has a little too much going on upstairs for my palate. Be interesting to see how this one ages, but the fresh bottle wasn't up my alley.

Photo of SFLpunk
3.76/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz brown glass pry-top bottle.

Appearance: Not really impressed so far. Pours a murky orange-tinted brown with some cream-colored head that fades quickly and no lacing/spotting.

Nose: Big, salty, sweet rye malt. Lots of vanilla too, and some leather. Sea weed comes to mind too, strangely enough. And nutmeg. Odd and densely packed with aromas.

Palate: Good tight carbonation, and some alcohol prickle right off the bat. Medium-bodied and somewhat sweet but not cloying. It seems to me that barrel-aged rye's tend to be drying on the finish. That salty note is there but citrus juice and flowers join the party. Notes of rawhide, cream and pumpernickel round things out and the finish is almost tannic and closes on a sharp alcohol note.

Notes: An interesting beer for sure and well made to boot. Better than the Lenny's RIPA on Rye. I'm not convinced that hoppy Rye beers are better for oak ageing, but it's a new style and I'll need to try more as they come out. Grab this if you see it though, for sure.

Photo of TMoney2591
4.1/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served in a Devil's Backbone willibecher.

Big thanks to monsterzero for this bad boy!

I don't get all the parentheses, but anyone who knows me knows I use 'em enough to allow this. This brew pours a translucent ruby-garnet topped by a finger of off-white micro foam. The nose comprises plenty o' bourbon and oak, walnut, vanilla, and peppercorns. The taste holds notes of bourbon, oak, ginger, brown sugar, light maple syrup, vanilla, and a bit o' rye. I honestly expected more rye, but the subtlety in that department balances out the more up-front bourbon barrel flavors. Tne body is a heavy medium, with light carbonation and a thick, almost chewy feel. Overall, a tasty treat, but the lack of rye holds it back from being great. Definitely worth a try, though, especially if you like the barrel-aged goodies.

Photo of donkeyrunner
3.57/5  rDev -14%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

I stopped by Julio's on the way back from Mohegan Sun and there was a line. So I stood in it. Lo and behind there was a beer tasting and release of an exclusive Smuttynose beer. I think Forrest Gump had a thing about if you see a line, stand in it. Especially if said line ends at a liquor store.

Cloudy red clay brown. Thin white head never diminishes and just takes the ride down mine glass. No retention but the stubborn, elevator-esque head more than makes up for that. Ugly color though.

Aroma is great. Rich caramel and toffee with a bourbon, rye spice. Not necessarily alcoholic, let's call it a boozey sophistication. Barleywine fruity esters spring up as the beer warms.

Aggressive and forward at first, the rye hits first then is immediately followed by a bourbon kiss. A caramel and molasses sweetness calms the bourbon and rye down. Eventually the two blend and compliment into a compensatory relationship. Richness ensues.

I like a lot of things about this beer; the bourbon, the molasses, rye etc, I just don't think it comes together as a whole in an easily accessible package. Raw and ADD.

Photo of portia99
4.35/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle poured into a Portsmouth tulip.

A - Pours a deep reddish tinged brown with a finger of creamy tan colored head. The head lasts a good long time and never totally fades away...just dies to a foamy layer with a thick collar and some lacing left behind.

S - I get a bit of sweetness up front, some spicy rye, light alcohol, some diacetyl, bourbon and some oak with a hint of vanilla.

T - Spicy rye up front followed by a caramelly sweetness and nice bourbon flavor and some alcohol. Some good oaky, woody flavors with light diacetyl, and a surprising fruitiness that lingers behind (thinking its cherry, but not 100% sure) along with a real grassy/green hop flavor too.

M - Medium bodied with medium carbonation level. Carbonation is pretty creamy and a bit foamy. Alcohol taste is there but not picking up any warmth. Grassy hops linger well into the aftertaste.

D - Pretty easy drinking, especially for a barrel aged beer. The time in the barrel seems to have added a bunch of complexity here which really works. Definitely isn't overdone though - in fact one of the better balanced barrel aged beers I've had. Excellent to drink right away - no need to sit on these, but it will be interesting to see how this develops over time.

Photo of jlindros
4.52/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I have been waiting for this beer for about a year. I was one of the lucky few who went down to Kentucky with Ryan and Julios to pick out the barrels of bourbon. He then mentioned to me a short time later that the barrels would be dropped off at Smuttynose to make some type of awesome beer. I knew Smuttynose would do it justice, and here it finally is, and I have to say it lived up to the hype!

A: Served just slightly chilled into my Smuttynose Big Beer tulip/snifter glass it makes a large 2 finger head of fluffy and fizz which fades at a medium pace and slows to a crawl after a few seconds. The beer is a slightly clear dark maroon reddish brown color with lots of dark shades but nice light coming through, and I can almost swear to see little flecks of oak char, but I think that's just my imagination. I can also see light refracting through like sunlight beaming through clouds from the heavens.

N: Beautiful nose, especially if you are a bourbon or rye whisky drinker. Lots of malts to start, very rich, some darker malts but mostly crystal malts. A nice rye malt aroma as well adds a touch of spice and fruit. I do get a hint of roasted malt though. Then comes the really nice part, all the bourbon and oak. I get a nice bourbon aroma, not strong alcohol, just the nice caramel and rich bourbon soaked oak aromas. The oak is lighter with a little charred oak aroma. The oak also brings some vanilla to the table, adding a nice subtle balance to the spicy rye and heavy rich malts. There is a slight rye whisky aroma too, for anyone familiar with them. With all that there is almost no hint of booze aroma.

T: The taste starts very rich, with tons of malts again. Lots of crystal malt, caramel flavors, a little sweetness but not much. There is a dominate spicy rye flavor too, with some fruit qualities. The rye also seems to dry the flavor quite a bit, especially as it warms. As it warms the thick slightly syrupy malt seems to melt in my mouth like candy, and turns almost to a fluffy caramelized bourbon flavor. The bourbon comes through after a few seconds, adding some bourbon flavor, but not as much as the nose had. It adds some caramel and rye whisky flavors, and the slightest hint of booze. The oak also shines as it warms especially, adding more caramel and toasted oak flavors, no woody resin though, and more vanilla imparted. The layers of malts, to bourbon, to rye, to vanilla and oak are crazy and very tasty.

M: Starts a little thick and slightly syrupy but as it warms in the mouth, it melts like butter into a soft and slightly velvety nice body, and has a good amount of carbonation.

F: It finishes pretty dry, as I could tell it would. The longer it sat in my mouth the drier it got, and is a characteristic of the rye. The rye dominates part of the finish, with the initial spicy rye taste. It then turns to a slight woody esther finally, but not too much, with a slight more oak. Somewhat sticky as well with residual syrupy feel, but not sweetness left. It also leaves a long lingering fruit flavor on the back of the tongue. Most of the malt and bourbon flavors disappear quickly though, which leaves a little to be desired on the finish, as the rye just takes over and kicks everything else out the window.

As I expected with our hand selected barrels, Smuttynose delivered, and perhaps even better than I expected. This is such a complex and delicious beer, and is more drinkable than you would expect. I only wonder how the 2 cases I plan to buy will age. As we get ready to head back down to Kentucky again this coming Monday, I look forward to amazing whisky selections we can pick, and whatever amazing beer Ryan has in store for us next year.

Photo of kmo1030
3.93/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

pours a reddish light brown with a thick finely bubbled finger and a half head. very appetizing.
the aroma has got a fair amount of bourbon, followed by orange, nectarine, vanilla, caramel, and some more nebulous spicy characteristics. aomething in there vaguely reminds me of sunscreen.
the first thing that strikes me about the taste is substantial coconut character. derrived from the bourbon barrels i'm sure, the coconut reminds me of a pina colada. there is a lot of other complexity based around the bourbon, including vanilla, caramel, and the faintest bit of smokey charcoal. there are also some fruity things going on mostly a near marachino cherry type flavor, and just a bit of citrus. again, there is a a bit of a spicy quakity that can be more directly traced to the rye.
the mouthfeel is pretty full bodied with a fine carbonation.
overall decent drinkability. it ended up earier drinking than i thought it would after the first few sips. once it got to near room temp it gained some complexity and seemingly dried out a bit. this is a very unique beer that i'm glad i gave a shot. i'm not sure i'd get another though unless it's to throw in the cellar to see what happens. well worth the price of admission though, especially to share.

Photo of brewandbbq
4.32/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle.

Pours hazy amber with a reddish hue and an inch-plus of tan froth. Torn ropes of lacing thoroughout the glass as well as a partial skim coat on the surface.

Aromatics lead off with a blast of sweet malt and bourbon. Pepper-studded cherries with toffee and booze. A hint of tartness perhaps with vanilla and appleskin.

On the chewy side of medium bodied with a tacky, sticky mouthfeel. Slightly syrupy.

Bourbon, crystal malt, and caramel-drizzeled red apples start the palate. Boozy and sweet. Vanilla and cherries follow through with brown sugar and more whiskey. Hints of pepper-dusted grains throughout.

Finishes with lingering booze, sweet malt, and red fruits. Prickly in the throat with more heat than you'de expect at 7.70% ABV.

Tasty. Quite bourbony and certainly a big beer. Too sweet for my taste at this point, but maybe it will dry up and round out in the cellar with time.

Photo of Gosox8787
3.93/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Presentation: 22 oz. bomber bottle, picked up on a recent trip to Julio's poured into my Smuttynose snifter. I have another bottle that I'm saving for a while as well.

Appearance: Dark brown with ruby edges. Big twoi finger beige head with a ton of retention. Took almost half an hour for the head to recede. the head almost sticks to the glass for the hour it took me to drink this.

Aroma: A lot of bourbon and whiskey from the barrels is present. Some nice brown sugar and sweet caramel backing as well.

Taste: The bourbon and whiskey also take center stage here. There is a touch of a tangy, sour mash note overall, more than I've experienced in other bourbon barrell aged beers. Vanilla and molasses provide a nice sweet backing. A lot of sweetness throughout this beer.

Mouthfeel: Smooth and medium bodied. Coats the glass well and provides a velvety texture and coating.

Drinkability: The strength of the bourbon and sweetness really make this a sipping beer for me. Feels to be about the ABV listed, as it doesn't disguise the ABV well. Easy to finish a bottle, any more would be difficult.

Overall, an interesting combination of a bourbon barrel aged beer and a rye beer. Really sweet flavors that can be a bit dominant. It will be interesting to see how this develoips over time. Right now, it just needs a counter to the sweetness, which can overwhelm.

Photo of connecticutpoet
4.4/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass, this red, slightly hazy beer produced a three finger head, which died to a rocky lacing. Looks pretty good.

Aroma was of vanilla, whiskey, oak tannins, and rye. Quite a blend. I liked it quite a bit, although if I hadn't picked up rye I would have had to knock it down a notch.

Taste began with a smooth, prominent whiskey foretaste. This was followed by a rye bite which was very welcome and did not clash. Bitterness was low. A pretty good balance, in my opinion.

Mouthfeel was smooth and creamy, especially on the aftertaste. Very mellow indeed.

Drinkability is good. I don't know if I would have more than one in a sitting, because of the kick. Also, although the whiskey was welcome, by the end of the bottle it had started to get a little heavier than I liked.

Photo of Jwale73
4.5/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz. bottle served at 50 degrees in my ST tulip. Poured with a luxurious 3.5 inch, creamy, dense, tan-colored head that exhibited excellent retention. As the head gradually recedes into a solid, quarter inch cap, intricate honeycombs of delicate lacing are formed on the walls of the glass around the entire perimeter - I've never seen lacing like this. Body was a semi-hazy, dull, burnt red. Nose reveals a buttery quality with a hint of oak, as well as a toasted malt character and perhaps the merest suggestion of a singular dark fruit. Taste consistent with nose - layers of complexity here. I also get some vanilla accents in the mix. Mouthfeel is medium-light with a mild carbonation and a creamy quality across the tongue. This beer has, by far, exceeded my expectations. It is delicate, complex and extremely drinkable at 7.70%. Not sure I would classify it as a Rye beer; perhaps more of an American Strong. Nonetheless, however you classify it, it is a spectacular beer. This is exactly why Smuttynose is one of my favorite breweries.

Photo of cbutova
4.8/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Reviewed from notes, I expected this to be good but it surely is great.

A- Pours out a dark brown with red hues around the edges. A creamy cream colored head builds to two fingers and retains very well for an aged beer. A huge coat of fine lacing is left by a medium pillow atop the beer.

S- Subtle but nice whiskey and wood notes. Sugary dark fruit aspect. Maybe sherry? Some rye as well in an aroma that has good strength.

T- Wood/oak and whiskey notes blend with dark fruit (cherry) and some cocoa. Viney notes, good rye flavor, tiny alcohol, raisins. There is some hop presence that lends very grassy, earthy and even spicy flavor. Amazing balance of some great flavors.

MF- Low-ish carbonation in a moderate body that has nice cream to it. The palate is left fairly warm by alcohol, feels warmer than 7.8%.

DB- Great price and flavor, amazing use of barrels. Could easily drink the whole bomber. Awesome balance of sometimes overpowering and overused flavors, but not here!

Photo of rudzud
4.92/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Simply an excellent beer. Bought 3 bottles at Julio's Beerfest. This is the first one I've cracked.

Appearence is a deep mahogony color. Nice fluffy two finger head that seemed to hang around for the duration of my beverage.

Sugary smell with buterscotch and huge notes of bourbon. The aroma of this beer keeps bringing me back for more!

The taste was just like the smell, only subdued. nice warming bourbon taste, sweet malts. I would drink this every day if I could.

Mouthful was pleasant. Typical stickyness one would expect

Dangerously drinkable! So smooth at that alcohol level that one simply cant stop drinking it.

This is my favorite smuttynose by far. I wish they would add this to their lineup somehow. Want to drink this every night after work. Just excellent.

Photo of NEhophead
4.35/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22 fl oz brown bomber served in a Portsmouth Brewery snifter.

Pours a slightly hazy tea-tinged burgundy with dull ruby highlights. A delicate off-white head breaks to a semi-intact sheet and a rim of lacing around the sides.

Vanilla and light honey aromas over tart citric fruit (apples, oranges, and pear). Sharp, yet inviting bourbon notes.

Warming, moderately sweet vanilla notes over a toasted, sweetened malt character. Faint hints of diacetyl which work well to balance the slightly spicy rye and sweet touches. The bourbon flavor is certainly noticeable in its slightly sour quality; however, not overpowering in the least.

A little more than medium bodied on account of the sweetness, but rather drinkable. Given the bourbon barrel aspect, the usual gaseous quality is surprisingly absent.

At 7.7% alcohol by volume, this offering is well crafted and drinkable for a barrel aged beer. Quite tasty and worth seeking out.

Photo of smcolw
3.48/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours a light brown and cloudy. The initial head is literally over-the-top of my 24-ounce glass. Leaves light lace on the glass.

Lots of darker, sweeter malt aroma. Smells like brown sugar.

Very sweet, like a light barley wine or a scotch ale--lots of molasses. I do not detect any rye. Very low to no hop in this beer. Very rich from malt sugars in this beer. Low alcohol, perhaps due to the high malt sugar level.

Not a style for me, it's like a super strong Scotch ale and it's a little too sweet for that.

Photo of silentjay
4.52/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

a hazy brown-mahogany with a huge light tan head that holds on to the glass and retains well.

smells of bourbon mostly with some butterscotch, booze, brown sugar, caramelized sugar, oak, vanilla, maple syrup, caramel, toffee, a bit of rye bread and spice underneath. wow, very aromatic!

taste is sweet of bourbon and oak with some vanilla extract. a tad boozy, but not in a bad way. pure maple syrup, butterscotch, and toffee sweeten up the underlying rye spice which comes through a bit more as it warms. warming booziness. sweet bourbon flavors dominate throughout, and may be a bit much for some people, but work perfectly for me.

full-medium bodied with a syrupy feel left in the mouth after the swallow. sweetness lingers for a long, long time.

goes down so smooth. a sipper, due to the strong flavors, but not too harshly boozy, though booze is present throughout. Rye fades maybe a bit too much into the background. You have to like bourbon-aged beers to enjoy this one, but if you do...

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over a year later: hasn't aged as well as expected. lots of old ale flavors with some rye and barleywine qualities and a bit less of the wonderful bourbon. its still amazing, but I thought it would increase in complexity, rather than decrease.

Photo of steve8robin
4.3/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Got this brew at Julio's springfest 2010...

A: Dark ruby brownish with a 1/2 inch off white head that fades at a decent pace. Very good.

S: Smells of sugars, port, citrus, malt, oak, and barley upfront. Very good.

T: Sweet sugar malts upfront blended with some rye bready flavors and hints of booziness in the middle. Good

M: Leaves an awesome stickiness on the palate, yet, not over powering. Very good.

D: Goes down super easy. I love it. Very good.

All in all, this is a great one time brew. The Smutty folk should consider making this a standard brew. Best rye ale I've tasted so far. Gotta try this one.

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Smuttynose Ry(e)an Ale from Smuttynose Brewing Company
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