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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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82
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32 Ratings
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Ratings: 32
Reviews: 8
rAvg: 3.59
pDev: 15.04%
Wants: 2
Gots: 3 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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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Photo of smcolw
3.6/5  rDev +0.3%

3.5 3.5 3.75 4.0 3.5

The bottle comes with a small vial of orange bitters. There's a frothy head on the initial pour, but it settles to a set of rim bubbles. Dark amber color and cloudy. Little lace.

Creamy and buttery aroma. Plenty of alcohol to the nose with a touch of hop bitterness at the end of the smell. Slightly sweet.

Very rich body with an equally low carbonation level. With the orange bitters, I think this beer is awful--it's orangey, oily and strongly alcoholic. Without the bitters, it's a much better beer (and the basis of this rating). The only commonality is the powerful warming alcohol. Not overly sweet, but there is a good dollop of hop spice.

smcolw, Aug 22, 2014
Photo of WoostaBia
3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

WoostaBia, Aug 15, 2014
Photo of Pahn
4/5  rDev +11.4%
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.

Pahn, Jul 11, 2014
Photo of HuskyHawk
4/5  rDev +11.4%

HuskyHawk, Jun 22, 2014
Photo of BGsWo22
3/5  rDev -16.4%

BGsWo22, Jun 11, 2014
Photo of petermethot
3.75/5  rDev +4.5%

petermethot, Jun 08, 2014
Photo of hoppymcgee
3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

hoppymcgee, May 24, 2014
Photo of ryan1788a5
3.84/5  rDev +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.

ryan1788a5, May 15, 2014
Photo of jim_carignan
3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

jim_carignan, Apr 18, 2014
Photo of TripelMark
3.75/5  rDev +4.5%

TripelMark, Apr 14, 2014
Photo of ZEB89
3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

ZEB89, Feb 26, 2014
Photo of vonnegut21
3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

vonnegut21, Jan 21, 2014
Photo of scotv
3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

scotv, Jan 20, 2014
Photo of Rekrule
1.5/5  rDev -58.2%

Rekrule, Nov 26, 2013
Photo of Chugs13
3.75/5  rDev +4.5%

Chugs13, Nov 24, 2013
Photo of pburland23
4/5  rDev +11.4%

pburland23, Nov 24, 2013
Photo of ElGallo
4/5  rDev +11.4%

ElGallo, Nov 17, 2013
Photo of drumenigma
4/5  rDev +11.4%

drumenigma, Nov 11, 2013
Photo of deltatauhobbit
3.76/5  rDev +4.7%
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.

deltatauhobbit, Nov 08, 2013
Photo of GrindFatherBob
4.5/5  rDev +25.3%

GrindFatherBob, Nov 05, 2013
Photo of DelicateDelirium
3.25/5  rDev -9.5%

DelicateDelirium, Oct 28, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

WanderingFool, Oct 26, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +4.5%

Massbmx, Oct 17, 2013
Photo of jlindros
3.85/5  rDev +7.2%
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.

jlindros, Sep 20, 2013
Photo of jdhilt
3.9/5  rDev +8.6%
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.

jdhilt, Sep 14, 2013
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Smuttynose Julio's Fashionably Old Ale from Smuttynose Brewing Company
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