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Smuttynose Julio's Fashionably Old Ale - Smuttynose Brewing Company

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Smuttynose Julio's Fashionably Old Ale
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30 Ratings
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Ratings: 30
Reviews: 7
rAvg: 3.6
pDev: 15.56%
Wants: 2
Gots: 3 | FT: 0
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Smuttynose Brewing Company visit their website
New Hampshire, United States

Style | ABV
American Strong Ale |  11.40% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: johnnnniee on 08-02-2013)
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Pahn

New York

4/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22oz bottle into a red wine glass.

Appearance: Dark reddish brown. Long lasting frothy light tan head, thick lace wall in its wake.

Smell: Whoa, just straight oak and bourbon. Reminds me of the batch of Sebago Bourbon Barrel Aged Barleywine I reviewed (the next batch smelled more like birdseed, but was still amazing). Straightforward, but what's wrong with that?

Taste: Whoa again, is this a strange beer or what? They must have used quite a bit of orange peel, because it's heavy in the taste. Creamy body lifts up the big American oak aftertaste. The malt is unassuming (and the hops absent), just acting as a conduit for the thick oak and orange peel.

A weird one, but I like it.

Mouthfeel: Full bodied. Creamy. Moderate carbonation, but enough. Not dry but not at all sugary either. Very very nice; probably was good going into the barrels, and even better afterward.

Overall: Creative beer, and very tasty. Definitely worth picking up if you go to Julio's and like malty, oaky beers. Smuttynose remains underrated by most beer geeks.

Serving type: bottle

07-11-2014 04:54:37 | More by Pahn
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HuskyHawk

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev +11.1%

06-22-2014 03:18:38 | More by HuskyHawk
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BGsWo22

New York

3/5  rDev -16.7%

06-11-2014 01:17:10 | More by BGsWo22
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petermethot

New Jersey

3.75/5  rDev +4.2%

06-08-2014 03:07:16 | More by petermethot
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hoppymcgee

Connecticut

3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

05-24-2014 13:20:56 | More by hoppymcgee
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ryan1788a5

Massachusetts

3.84/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

22o bottle poured into a globe.

A: Red-orange color. Awesome clarity. Pillowy off-white head retains well at a half an inch. Small dots of lacing.

S: Barrel aromas of bourbon, vanilla, and oak are forward on the nose. Sweet malt notes of caramel and perhaps some candy apple shell. Fruity whiffs of marmalade and juicy red berries are tight and subtle. More distinct orange scents come out as the beer warms.

T: Sweet malt base of caramel with hints of crust and toast. Oily and zesty orange flavors cut through the heavy malt base. Oak and bourbon pick up steam on the back end and become more prominent in general as the beer warms. Mild spicy alcohol. Finishes with caramel,toasted grain, and drying oak and bourbon.

M: Big, thick body. Chewy. Citrus oils. Carbonation feels forced, but works well to provide a firm but gentle scrubbing action. This seems to play up the citrus flavors.

O: Feels like an experimental one-off bottling of Smutty barleywine. A pretty decent beer though. The orange peel takes over perhaps a bit more than it should, but a pretty solid offering all around for a more spur of the moment, account-special release.

Serving type: bottle

05-15-2014 20:54:56 | More by ryan1788a5
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jim_carignan

Massachusetts

3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

04-18-2014 01:31:08 | More by jim_carignan
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TripelMark

Massachusetts

3.75/5  rDev +4.2%

04-14-2014 18:51:15 | More by TripelMark
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ZEB89

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

02-26-2014 04:10:03 | More by ZEB89
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vonnegut21

New York

3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

01-21-2014 21:47:02 | More by vonnegut21
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scotv

New York

3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

01-20-2014 21:00:33 | More by scotv
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Rekrule

Massachusetts

1.5/5  rDev -58.3%

11-26-2013 12:16:39 | More by Rekrule
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Chugs13

New Jersey

3.75/5  rDev +4.2%

11-24-2013 23:48:27 | More by Chugs13
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pburland23

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +11.1%

11-24-2013 03:01:16 | More by pburland23
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ElGallo

New Hampshire

4/5  rDev +11.1%

11-17-2013 03:08:12 | More by ElGallo
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drumenigma

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev +11.1%

11-11-2013 00:44:53 | More by drumenigma
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deltatauhobbit

Maine

3.76/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours an amber/orange color with a thin head, fizzes away quite quickly without much lacing on the glass.

Smell has a strong sweet malt aroma, picking up a touch of orange, hints of bourbon and burn on the nose, nothing that dominates the overall smell but works rather well with one another.

Taste starts out with a malt front, sweetness at first with a fruitiness that mixes up the typical malt flavors, the aftertaste is dominated by a bourbon-y aspect that seems a bit forced and doesn't mix well with the other flavors, strength is quite apparent but not overwhelming which makes it odd that the alcoholic finish seems out of place, this needs a good amount of age in order to mellow and meld with the main beer flavors, carbonation is a nice level with a decent body.

Serving type: bottle

11-08-2013 23:07:34 | More by deltatauhobbit
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GrindFatherBob

New York

4.5/5  rDev +25%

11-05-2013 05:16:19 | More by GrindFatherBob
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DelicateDelirium

Massachusetts

3.25/5  rDev -9.7%

10-28-2013 01:26:31 | More by DelicateDelirium
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WanderingFool

Massachusetts

3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

10-26-2013 23:12:16 | More by WanderingFool
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Massbmx

Massachusetts

3.75/5  rDev +4.2%

10-17-2013 15:39:20 | More by Massbmx
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jlindros

Massachusetts

3.85/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Been waiting to review this for a little while, the other special barrel aged beers they made for Julios were awesome, but Smuttynose has been going downhill lately, so I was a little worried about this one.

Pours a smaller but decent almost 1 finger foamy bubbly head that fades at a med pace, bit of lacing, over semi hazy mahogany reddish brown orange color.

Nose brings lots of bourbon right away, barrel as well, a vanilla buttery oak barrel with loads of sweet bourbon, a juicy bourbon, a lot more than I remember when I tasted it at the release party, so that's a good sign that it got better. Under that is sweet candy malts, a little toasty brown sugar almost maple like, a bit of a reddish candy malt with toffee, butterscotch candies as well. Hard to get anyhting else under all the bourbon.

Taste starst again with lots of bourbon, and again a big barrel presence. Sweet toasty wood, caramelized wood sugars, with some vanilla and toasted oak, and plenty of sweet bourbon again. Then the booze kicks in right away, a warming tingly booze, mostly clean booze but a bit of an ester profile. Then into the sweet characters, a maple syrup like flavor again, a little maple creams actually, and into brown sugar, molasses, caramel, little toffee, butterscotch candies, etc. It all comes together to a nice candy flavor, the maple creams, bourbon vanilla barrel, butterscotch, etc. Finish is a little sweet but dries quite a bit, a big wave of warming tingly booze washes over as it dries as well, little sticky, more bourbon and anestheizes my mouth a bit like it was actual bourbon, bit more candy and vanilla barrel lingering with the bourbon.

Mouth is fulled bod, plenty of warming tingly booze, decent carb.

Overall not bad, I remember it being fairly bland when I first tried it, but that was a small sample glass, and it's aged a bit since then, so it seems to be shining a bit more now. However, still not nearly as good as the Ry(e)an ale. I also think this will age well, and I'll ahve to try it with the orange bitter since i skipped over that.

Serving type: bottle

09-20-2013 01:48:26 | More by jlindros
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jdhilt

New Hampshire

3.9/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a two finger cream head that fades quickly to a ring leaving traces of lace. Almost clear amber color. Good carbonation and medium bodied. Bourbon nose and flavor is heavy with bourbon, but after adding some of the orange bitters (a little nip is included), the bourbon was more mellowed. High ABV is hidden. $8.99 for a 22oz bottle from Julio's Liquors Westborough, MA.

Serving type: bottle

09-14-2013 22:42:13 | More by jdhilt
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Jwale73

Rhode Island

4.03/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

22oz. bottle served in a tulip. Pours an umber hue with a loose, half-inch cream-colored head that disperses into a soapy slick that clusters around the edges. Tiny bubbles adhere and effervesce below the surface. Arcs and spots of lacing coat the glass on the tilt side after each sip. Nose is quite interesting with the interplay of orange and bourbon co-mingling in a novel way. There's also a hint of something herbal as well as a suggestion of chai. Taste consistent with nose, but definitely a bit more muted, less bold and a little thin. There's also a slightly medicinal character that lingers at the finish. Mouthfeel is medium-light with a lively carbonation that falls short of prickly. There's also residual burn at the back of the throat between quaffs - not sure if it is attributable to the carbonation, the alcohol or both. Overall, not a beer I would recommend for aging, and not my favorite big beer from Smutty; however, the nose is really quite interesting and the alcohol is extremely well-hidden for the abv. This beer could use more of a malt presence to the backbone in my opinion; however, it's definitely worth a try if the opportunity presents.

Serving type: bottle

09-05-2013 01:48:18 | More by Jwale73
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DrunkinYogi

Connecticut

3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

09-03-2013 15:02:51 | More by DrunkinYogi
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Smuttynose Julio's Fashionably Old Ale from Smuttynose Brewing Company
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