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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Smuttynose Brewing Company
New Hampshire, United States | website

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.

BEER STATS
Reviews:
125
Ratings:
207
Avg:
4.15
pDev:
10.36%
 
 
Wants:
83
Gots:
30
For Trade:
5
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Photo of Kinsman
4.24/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Lately I've been on a bit of a kick for both barrel aged beers and rye beers and since Smuttynose is already one of my favorite breweries, there was no way I would pass up the chance to try this beer.

Dark reddish copper hue with some ruby highlights and a creamy tan head, about 2-3 fingers thick and fades to leave a sticky looking lace around the glass.

Aroma is heavy on the vanilla/woody oak barrel and bourbon aroma which seems to mask a few of the other aromas. A bit of the bready rye character can be detected but the effects of the barrel appear to be too strong on the aroma.

Wow, first sip reveals much of the same sweet vanilla and brown sugar with bourbon character but it does not overwhelm the taste as much as it did the aroma. The bourbon seems to be sweet but not boozy. Much more room for the rye malts too come through with some of bittersweet spice to it. In the end, rye is there but the bourbon barrels do most of the work on your palate, and I have no problem with that. Still though, I'm curious as to what this rye beer tasted like before barrel aging, which would certainly help give a better understanding of the beer and its flavor profile.

Mouthfeel is smooth and really creamy, which is just about what I would expect for Smuttynose. Keeping the ABV down I think helps keep this from being a hot and boozy mess in your mouth.

Overall, I'm really loving this beer. What I don't like about this beer is that it is brewed exclusively for Julio's. Where's the love for your home state Smuttynose? I propose you brew this beer exclusively for sale in the state of New Hampshire and Julio's can go find a brewer in their own state to brew a beer for them.

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Photo of augustgarage
4.12/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks as always to ShogoKawada for this one - even if I weren't a fan of Julio's and their whiskey selection, how could I turn down my namesake beer?

Poured from a 22oz bomber into my Spirit Sippers snifter.

Burnished rosewood liquid, dark enough that clarity is difficult to judge, though the body glows Carnelian and Venetian Red. A soapy head slowly recedes to a parchment-colored concave half-finger. Pasty, then sandy lacing, leaving arcs behind amidst parallel lines of tears.

Bourbon up-front in the nose: vanillin, coconut, faint tobacco, booze. Some fruit is suggested as well, but the bourbon overwhelms whatever else might be present.

Slightly tart triticale notes on the palate, along with alfalfa-like notes and a mild bitterness - a wave of barrel notes comes on next, suggesting everything noted in the aroma. Keeping the ABV down makes you focus on the beer as a whole rather than just the bourbon notes I think - well crafted. Dry grainy finish, though whiskey-like sweetness pervades the aftertaste.

Medium-light bodied, smooth yet crisp and almost salty.

Rich flavors but nothing overbearing - I'll miss this when it's gone; a shame it was a one-off. Another winner from Smuttynose.

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

A- Pours a dark brown color with hints of copper and a 1.5 finger, tan head.

S- Bourbon, rye, vanilla, oak.

T- Caramel, raisin, fig, bourbon and deep rye notes.

M- Thick with medium carbonation.

D- Extremely drinkable and just got better as it warmed. Incredible take on a rye beer ... wish I had more.

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Photo of Chico1985
3.81/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I've been on the fence about buying this since the release, decided to finally pick one up at Julio's.

Appears to be dark brown, but is actually pretty light with red and orange highlights when held to the light. Light beige head is huge and sticks around forever, almost looked infected at first. Eventually stays at a finger leaving decent lacing.

Brown sugar is big in the scent here, the bourbon smells great as well, lots of vanilla and caramel. Unfortunately it seems to lose alot of it's potency with warmth.

Taste pretty much follows the nose, brown sugar is a major presence. I get the bourbon flavors but not much of an oak/barrel taste. Definitely raisins/dark fruit. Not much rye at all at first but starts to show through alot about halfway through the bomber. Earthy and grassy hop notes. Unlike the smell, the taste improves as time goes on.

Pretty smooth, creamy mouthfeel. Carbonation is about medium. This beer is hotter than expected, but I wouldn't call it boozy. Sweet to begin with, grows as it warms.

A good beer, winds up being pretty dessert-like. A minor complaint is the bourbon kind of dominates, I'd like to try the base beer (if it exists.) But the combo of a rye ale and the bourbon presents some interesting flavors for sure. Good price for a barrel-aged beer too.

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Photo of mdaschaf
4.2/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Review from notes 11/20/10.

A: Pours a dark brown/copper color. One finger light tan head with moderate retention with some nice lacing, leaves a nice ring around the glass.

S: Nice vanilla aroma. The brown sugar and molasses are very strong from the barrels. There is a little bit of woody oak and caramel malts.

T: Nice dark fruit and the bourbon hit you upfront. The vanilla and rye blend together nicely in the midpalate. It is rounded out with some caramel malts.

M/D: Medium bodied with nice carbonation. You can taste the alcohol a little bit, but in a good warming way. Overall, very nice, easier drinking than other similar beers I have had.

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

Poured from a 22oz bottle into a tulip glass.

A: The beer is a deep reddish brown color, with a thin off-white head that fades quickly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains bourbon, fruit, rye malts and some hops.

T: The taste starts out with sweet flavors of bourbon, caramel, some fruit and some spice. Then a hearty rye malt character comes in. The hops presence is mild but complementary and brings a good balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

D: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, good kick, good representation of style with a small variation as I haven't seen too many bourbon barrel-aged rye beers, this is a decent beer to drink for a while if you want something different.

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Photo of GregSVT
4.23/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22oz bomber into a snifter - courtesy of jyoungsbcp

A: Pours a hazy red/amber with a big tan head that slowly fades to a layer across the top and leaves a ton of lacing on the glass. Damn fine looking beer.

S: The nose is vanilla, butterscotch, and a hint of rye spiciness in the background.

T: Tastes like nothing I've ever had. Butterscotch and vanilla are on the forefront followed by an interesting rye bready flavor and some light cherry on the finish. At first it tastes like a barrel aged scotch ale but the rye adds a different flavor on the finish.

M: The feel is full bodied and very creamy. Excellent stuff.

D: Big flavors and a relatively low ABV make this pretty drinkable. I'd love to have it again.

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Photo of kels
3.96/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Awesome to get a chance to try a specialty brewed beer. Thanks for sharing, pwoods!

Beer pours a nice shade of rusty brown full of great apricot highlights. It's quite murky and opaque, and only the slightest hints of carbonation can be seen rising throughout. The initial skim of a fizzy eggshell head fades quickly to spots and bubbles that float atop the liquid and leave little slippery spots of lace that quickly disappear from the walls of the glass.

Bold aromas in the nose are complex and hard to interpret. The one thing that is distinctly present is the smell of the barrel. The bourbon note is prominent, and the wood is very forward, too. There's a lingering smell of spent, old grain. Maybe that' the rye, but otherwise I'm not seeming to find it.

Flavors in the beer impress more than the aromas. The rye is definitely present in a spicy, nutty kind of way that's distinct from the boldness of the bourbon and the oak. The heat of the bourbon is nice and the char of the oak pairs really nicely with a vanilla sweetness and a dark-cherry syrup. The finish presents a little crisp green apple and honey sweetness that hangs around really nicely in the aftertaste. Feel has a bubbly, champagne-like quality that lends a lightness to the heavy flavors and keeps the finish less than sticky.

Overall a really interesting, complex, and more-intense-than-expected-for-a-7.7%-beer. Nice and tasty, albeit overwhelming at times - this is one I'd recommend getting a sip of for something really different.

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Photo of pwoods
3.6/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Thanks to rpstevens for this in my Secret Santa package.

22oz. brown bomber poured into a RR wine glass. Shared with Kels.

A: Pours a murky orangish rusty brown. Moderate head on the pour, without much retention or lacing.

S: Quite a bit of alcohol in the nose and some tart fruitiness. Plenty of barrel as well. Sweet malts, not really smelling the rye.

T/M: Still a good bit of alcohol but not too hot. Alcohol has a bit of citrus like pungency. Lots of tart fruits... not so much barrel infection but I'm not sure where it would be coming from. More of the sweet malts with some deeper flavor and some of the rye coming out with light spiciness. Body is only about medium with mild carbonation.

D: 7.7% is surprisingly low considering all the very present alcohol. I would have guessed this at over 10%. Not the easiest drinker, especially since it's only 7.7%.

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Photo of younger35
3.95/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Super generously received this brew from jmu500 for no reason at all. Just share with friends he said. Amazing. Drank from my Surlyfest mug while grilling with a buddy.

Appearance- pours a lightly murky copper orange with a small half finger dirty white head. Not a ton if stating power but a small cap and collar do manage to stick around.
Smell- Has a very sweet and boozy nose upfront. Lots of fairly rich caramel that is very barleywine-ish. Sort of buttery smelling as well with a touch of vanilla. The hops are a bit more pronounced though with a fairly aggressive citric tone. Honestly don't get a lot of rye in the nose.
Taste- oh wowsa's! Very much more balanced and smooth than what I was expecting. A big rush of toffee and butterscotch upfront followed by a super mellow woody touch. The bourbon is noticeable but it's integrated so well with the beer. I get some vanilla along with a tiny bit of underlying rye. It's spicy I suppose but like everything else its very much integrated. The hops I got in the nose (and booze as well) is very subtle and extremely balanced. The finish has the lightest touch of sweetness along with more woody vanilla.
Mouthfeel- Fairly aggressive carbonation that is not on par with the rest of the beer. Honestly the worst part of the beer.
Drinkability- I really really enjoyed this beer (and so did my buddy, he's never tasted a bourbon barrel aged beer). The rye isn't necessarily front and center but there are a lot of big flavors in this brew. The carbonation also needs toned down a bit but otherwise tremendous brewski. Thanks much, amazingly generous!

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Photo of MasterSki
3.86/5  rDev -7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I picked this up at Julio's on my way back from Portland. Served in a Sam Adam's perfect pint glass.

A - Two fingers of light tan foam that settle to a thin cap, and leave behind nice solid lacing. The body is a nice hazy brown color.

S - Big earthy bourbon, roasted grains, light cocoa, and kiss of zesty rye when the beer warms up a little bit. Reminds of Three Floyds beers where the barrel largely obliterates the base beer.

T - Chocolate and caramel malts, oaky vanilla, toasted grains, light rye, and a bit less bourbon than was found in the nose. Finishes with some light roast bitterness and some barrel tannins.

M - Smooth, medium-thin body. Medium-low carbonation, with a sticky finish. I thought this was stronger than 7.7%, would have guessed more like 10%.

D - I went for a second pour of this one, and liked it more than most at our tasting. It was significantly better than the Scotch Ale.

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Photo of aerozeppl
4.55/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

From notes

A: Deep reddish orange color with a quarter finger of white head and some lacing. Surprised to see both the amount of head and the decent head retention with the barrel aging. Really excellent.

S: The bourbon is there is spades but it is a nice mix of spirit and barrel. Nice oak note with some vanilla. Spicy. Rye bread. Caramel. Rich malt. Touch of leather as well. I love the smell of this beer.

T: Really wonder what the percentage of rye is on this one. Quite spicy. The barrels and the rye ale work so well together. The bourbon is not nearly as strong as it is in the nose. More mellow. The coconut and vanilla come through again from the oak. Little brown sugar as it warms up. Really nice and complex.

M: Smooth and a really nice creamy mouthfeel. Sometimes barrel aging can dry a beer out even more but that was not the case with this beer.

D: Drinks much bigger than it is. I love this beer. I have grabbed a few bottles every time I am at Julios and will continue to do so until I run them dry. Well done.

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Photo of alleykatking
4.2/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 22oz bottle. Got in trade with tai4ji2x and was excited to see this in the box!

A- Pours a darker chestnut color. Two finger light beige head shows medium retention and caps the beer nicely. Ringy lacing with light streaks on the sides of the glass.

S- Bourbon is really in this beer. Brown sugar and molasses also dominate toward the front with a nice dose of rye. Light vanilla notes fall in the background giving way to a nice oak aroma. Some light caramel malts with a touch of leather notes in the ending.

T- Bourbon is right in the forefront which I wasn't expecting. Good thing for me I like the taste of bourbon. This gives way to a darker fruit mixture that gets balanced out with some asky and vanilla tones. A nice spicey rye comes through in the backing with a hint of caramel malts and some light brown sugar. The alcohol in the ending to me comes in the form of light bourbon and is warming.

M- Medium mouthfeel. Carbonation is good for the style. Bourbon, oak, and rye left on the palate with pretty much the same as far the aftertaste goes. Medium-heavy drying on the palate from the alcohol. Flavors are more bourbon than anything else even though the balance of the beer isn't too off otherwise. Clean flavors even with the bourbon bite to this beer.

D- This beer is good. If you like bourbon barreled beers then you will not be let down. The alcohol in this is right there pretty much the entire time but never really took over the overall flavor of the beer which was nice. I would like to get a couple more bottles of this beer when and if I could.

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Photo of jrallen34
3.37/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A clearish light brown beer, ugly. A light tan head ok retention, but watery lacing...The aroma is tons of bourbon, with rye and touch of spice. Too much bourbon for me, not balanced...The taste is more of the same, generic bourbon that most ok ba beers taste like, woodford reserve anyone? The bourbon dominates and I'm just not into it at all. Way to hot.

Not worth trying.

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Photo of Arbitrator
3.9/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Chilled bottle into a glass. Part of a very generous box from portia99. Thanks, Bill!

A: Pours a clear, but dark, mahogany body in my snifter. The beige head rises to two fingers in height; it leaves a thick collar and thin film on the beer after a minute or so of waiting. It leaves some curtains during sips.

S: Bourbon, spicy oak, brown sugar, and molasses. It's organic and sweet in the nose, but the addition of the spice reminds me a bit of honey. Small vanilla presence.

T: Bourbon is quite apparent on the taste, and stronger than the nose suggested -- but it does not obliterate the base beer. It lends a caramelly presence that blends well with dark fruit, brown sugar, and molasses for an overall sweet, dessert-like experience. I'd liken it more to a scotch ale. Vanilla and hints of coconut are detected throughout. I don't taste the rye, but there's a definite spice in the finish; that and a small, lingering warmth make for an enjoyable sipping experience.

M: The beer is not hot, but the spice of the rye contributes some warmth. The carbonation is low, producing a creamy effect. The body is on the sweet side, and there is enough oak to counteract the sugars (though, nicely, not enough to be astringent). I like the mouthfeel of this one.

D: A really artfully made beer. I find it on the sweet side, but it's not unbearably so.

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Photo of craytonic
4.75/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Shared by kkipple at a dirty south tasting

Appearance: Dark brown with a bit of mahogany; nice tan head with some good lacing

Smell: Very nice bourbon element to it with some nice brown sugar, sweet molasses, brown sugar, vanilla, caramel, oak, leather and spice.

Taste: similar to the above; tons of delicious bourbon but it is somehow not overpowering; followed by a nice sweet brown sugar / molasses note with oak, caramel, vanilla and leather in the back end. Very tasty

Mouthfeel: Creamy and full, my second favorite part of this beer after the smooth, smooth bourbon

Drinkability: I was tempted to steal mike's glass as he didn't seem that impressed; I loved this one.

I acquired a few more of this and upped the score. Excellent beer.

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

Bottle shared by drabmuh. Thanks Matt!

A: The beer appears slightly hazy and is chestnut brown in color. Atop the beer sits a half inch of head that leaves a decent amount of sticky lacing on the glass.

S: The aroma is an enticing mix of bourbon, rye, vanilla, malt, oak barrels.

T: What a fabulous beer! I was completely taken by surprise. Everything found in the aroma shines through in a masterfully crafted beer with balance, subtlety and complexity.

M: Medium bodied and packed with flavor throughout. Alcohol presence is there, but I wouldn't describe the beer as hot.

D: Very drinkable. I would really like to have this again.

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Photo of NCSUdo
4.6/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle

A: Pours a very thick looking amber under a medium white head. Nice retention and lace.

S: Fruity and very woody, vinous, caramel, toasted, hint of bourbon, but wood character is the story for me more than the bourbon which will show up next.

T: Again, very woody, bourbon is very apparent, fruity, sweet, spicy rye, hint of alcohol. Bourbon much bigger in the taste for me.

M/D: Medium to full bodied, carbonation is touch high but contributes a little to some creaminess. Drinkability is good. Maybe the most barreled character I've had in a beer. It says bourbon barrel aged and it delivers. Very good.

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Photo of kbanks13
4.01/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured this at today's tasting I was at.

Poured an orange/red brown body with a light khaki head that was pretty dense and had good retention. Smelled like vanilla and caramel. Good and nutty nose too, but it was a bit overly boozy to my nose. Tasted sweet and nutty with vanilla and booze. Someone had likened it to wine because of the funkyness of the rye and the alcohol from the bourbon barrels. Felt medium in body with somewhat high carbonation, slick but satisfying. Drank really nicely and almost everybody loved this beer.

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Photo of rye726
4.8/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Read Mike's review on this and decided I needed to give it a try. And I must agree, it is a very special beer.

Pours a woody brown with a silky tan head. Excellent lace and retention.

Nose has rye, candy malts, bourbon and oak. Huge depth and complexity.

The whiskey barrels paired very well with this beer. Superb balance.

Full, creamy body is perfectly carbonated. Should age well.

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Photo of Hojaminbag
4.42/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Ry(e)an has a body that is somewhere between dark red and brown. The tan head has solid retention and leaves a few spots of lacing behind.

Barrel characteristics dominate the aroma, with a healthy dose of bourbon, wood and some vanilla. Hints of dark fruits mix with a bit of rye malt.

Right up front the bourbon makes its presence know, but not in a burning, overwhelmingly boozy way. In fact, the initial shot of bourbon flavor gives way to a deep, almost fruity flavor that tastes as much like port as it does whiskey. Next comes some more barrel notes, including wood and a bit of vanilla. I also taste a moderate amount of coconut nestled in there, and it is an excellent addition. Besides the bourbon and the barrel, the malt adds flavors of both rich caramel sweetness and rye bread. A hint of citrus and some bitterness come out in the finish. The strength of Ry(e)an is its ability to feature a flavor profile that is influenced by barrel aging without masking the base beer or making the drink taste like bourbon. Very tasty beer.

The body is moderate, but it manages enough heft that this complex beer doesn't feel wimpy.

Ry(e)an really impressed me. From the first sip I thought it was great. I split the bomber with a buddy (who also thought it was fantastic), but I would have no problem polishing this off by myself. A good balance between barrel and beer is what does it. I'm actually disappointed that I didn't buy a few bombers; I hope it is still around on my next trip to Julio's. Also, for a barrel aged beer, I find that the 7.5 ABV and price are both pretty good.

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Photo of womencantsail
3.9/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: The pour is a dark amber color with about a finger's worth of khaki colored head.

S: Lots of barrel influence is detectable right off the bat. Vanilla, oak, and bourbon really dominate that aromas. I get some rye as well as a subtle fruitiness behind all the barrel.

T: More bourbon and vanilla to the flavor with a mild warmth to the beer. A lot of rye and what seems to be candied orange peels along with caramel and brown sugar.

M: Medium in body with a surprisingly lively carbonation, but I appreciate it.

D: This beer was good, but it's completely overwhelmed by the barrel/bourbon. I was left to wonder what the original beer really tasted like.

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Photo of mikesgroove
4.88/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

decided to end my night with this one last night, simply stated one of the best beers i have ever had. served at cellar temp and poured into a snifter this one was consumed on 11/06/2010.

the pour was perfect with a deep reddish brown color and a wonderful head of creamy tan that i swear just would not relent in any way at all. coating the sides and obscuring the other side of the glass completely, i could not imagine this beer looking any better then this.

aroma is instant barrel, loads of light rye, vanilla, hints of caramel and molasses, simply amazing flavor and consistency here. i am blown away by how well this comes across. each sip was like a toffee, caramel, and just wonderfully brilliant flavor explosion, i really count not have asked for this to taste any better. smooth, creamy filling finish was just perfect. i could have an did sip on this one all night.

overall one of the beers that truly lives up to the hype for me. a superior offering for sure.

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Photo of deltatauhobbit
4.57/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Pours an incredibly dark amber color that's close to being a brown ale, thin tan head that fades fairly fast and leaves very little lacing and nary a cap, from the darkness I can't tell if it's hazy or not, would be a perfect 5 if not for the lacking of head.

Smell has a nice aroma of caramel malt along with the perfect blend of bourbon and wood, probably one of the most balanced barrel aged beers that doesn't go overboard or doesn't age it enough.

The taste has a very soft mouthfeel, the carbonation really helps in this regard by being quite assertive but isn't harsh, the caramel malt melds with the bourbon and oak, the barrel aging comes through more in the aftertaste and leaves also a slight burning sensation, a subtle dark fruit presence is in the forefront of the flavor, the heat seems a bit much for a 7.7% beer and ultimately holds this beer back from being almost perfect.

Really wishing I picked up a few extra bottles because I have a feeling this one will age quite well and will only get better. The next time I'm at Julio's, I definitely will.

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Photo of Lazerlobe
3.9/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a full opaque garnet with a few fingers of head the color of aged paper.

S: Upfront with bourbon, oak, vanilla and a suggestion of candied fruits. Caramelized sugars and other sweets play in the back (pan fried cotton candy?). Reminiscent of Red Brick 15th Anniversary.

T: As with the nose, the bourbon is present but mellow. I respect the appropriate use of barrels. Some vanilla and weak tannins come out, with the burnt sugars following faithfully. The rye character is faint for me, bordering absent. It is too ephemeral to pin down but I recognize some of the grain flavor in the aftertaste after the other players have settled down.

M: The alcohol appears well masked with a nice amount of carbonation for an ale.

D: I'm really enjoying the balance but this is a little too sweet to want to finish the entire bomber. I'll do it anyway.

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Smuttynose Ry(e)an Ale from Smuttynose Brewing Company
4.15 out of 5 based on 207 ratings.
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