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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

Brewed by:
Smuttynose Brewing Company
New Hampshire, United States

Style: Rye Beer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.70%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
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.

Added by Bierman9 on 05-17-2010

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 207 |  Reviews: 125
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4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

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3.25/5  rDev -21.7%

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4/5  rDev -3.6%

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3.75/5  rDev -9.6%

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4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

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4.17/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed Blind, thanks to abraxel...

A: The beer pours a deep dark redish-brown with almost no head at all. There are only a few bubbles that form from a vigorous pour. It coats the glass nicely, has good legs, and leaves no lacing on the glass as it drinks.

S: Ohh boy. This beer is complicated. I get sweet malt, stone fruits, vanilla, caramel, leather. This beer is a wacky mix of smells, but it all seems to sort of work. I'm guessing that this beer has seen some time in a barrel, as I get a good amount of sweetness throughout. Not too much booze in the nose.

T: Hmm. Really interesting. It's sweet to start with big malt, caramel, and vanilla right up front. In the middle, I get a lot of the date, plum, cherry, and leather notes. Again, this is a weird mix of awesome. The back end returns to over the top sweetness. More and more caramel and vanilla develop as it warms. I get some booze in the finish, but nothing too overwhelming.

M: Full bodied beer. It's sticky sweet and coating, but it lacks any semblance of carbonation.

O: I really enjoyed this beer. It's not something I would want to drink all of the time, but it's solid. I'm glad I shared this over Thanksgiving with a few friends.

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4.45/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2010 Vintage. Poured into a goblet.

Very nice pour. Milk chocolate brown, with a bit of haze. Super, silky white head.

Aroma is all barrel and oak. I get a touch of citrus in the smell as well.

Taste is absolutely potent. Tons of a bourbon and booze, with a bit of fruitiness smoothing everything out. The finish is a bit rough, like a cheap scotch, but it suits these big flavors well.

Mouthfeel is full and sticky. Really nice finish.

This brew is fantastic if you can find it. I have a 2011 that I'm going to let ride another year or so. The 2010 was perfect right now.

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4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

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4/5  rDev -3.6%

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4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

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4.02/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

pours a thick copper, hints or syrup and little to no head

straight smooth bourbon, soft vanilla, a bit of heat

hard to believe this is a rye ale, there really is no bite. very sweet and plenty of smooth bourbon. faint citrus hops, mostly in the finish.

mild to moderate carbonation, some bite in the finish along with some burn.

over all, a nice sipper. love that it is a great BA beer with a lower ABV. only flaw is the sweetness is a bit much. i would drink this again, very enjoyable.

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4/5  rDev -3.6%

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4/5  rDev -3.6%

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4.47/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Batch No. 2. Poured from a 22 oz bottle into a 8 oz snifter.

A- pours a dark amber, brown with a 1 finger tan head. Nice trails and bubbles of lacing remain on the glass.

S- huge bourbon flavors but not alcohol smell. Tobacco, chocolate, vanilla, oak and toffee.

T- delicious bourbon, vanilla, leather, chocolate, tobacco, sweet toffee. Not a much spice from the rye, but may be overpowered by the bourbon.

M- medium body and carbonation. For a lower abv barrel aged beer, there is almost no heat in this beer.

O- very good BA Beer. Reminiscent of very good BA Barleywine. Has great flavors and aromas that make this beer.

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3.5/5  rDev -15.7%

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3.8/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a dull looking mahogany brown with a thin yellowish head that fades quickly. There is a slight lacing and almost no head retention. The nose is modest and presents mainly notes from the barrel aging ie. caramel, vanilla, plumb, coconut. The taste presents a huge amount of sweet coconut with barely any rye...except a touch in the lingering, spicy aftertaste. Not much of a rye beer...in fact it would be hard to find any rye if I didn't know it was technically a "rye beer" and therefore had to have rye present. The mouthfeel is a medium-full body beer with a sweet lingering bourbon aftertaste. Good beer, but it completely masks the rye taste and mouthfeel.

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4.75/5  rDev +14.5%

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4.75/5  rDev +14.5%

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

Pours a lighter brown color with a slightly reddened tint along the edges. There is a small off-white head that recedes rather quickly.

Aromas begin with strong amounts of rye bourbon, almost completely dominating. There is a bit of sweet caramel maltiness to help to balance the boozy rye.

The tastes follow the nose pretty much with a small amount of sweet caramel malt but the spicy rye bourbon jumps right in to assert itself. Oak, vanilla and whiskey continue to emerge and dominate the flavor profile.

The mouthfeel is medium to thin bodied with medium to low carbonation. Finish is slightly hot and boozy from the barrel aging.

Overall this drinks much boozier than any beer of this low an ABV should. The base beer is almost undetectable because they barrel aged an amber ale; maybe partial barrel aged would have been a safer voyage but this basically drinks like a boilermaker (shot of whiskey dropped in a beer).

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4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

Smuttynose Ry(e)an Ale from Smuttynose Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.15 out of 5 with 207 ratings
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