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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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3.75/5  rDev -9.6%

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4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

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3/5  rDev -27.7%

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3.75/5  rDev -9.6%

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4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of jegross2
3.88/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewing the Smuttynose Ry(e)an Ale from the Smuttynose Brewing Company.
Score: 87

Bottled on the 265th day of 2011 (October 23, 2011). Served in a Three Floyds' teku glass and enjoyed on 06/03/12 with Robbie Moy.

Appearance: Pours a deep, dark mahogany color with a finger of khaki head that settles to a thick bubbly ring around the glass. Good lacing, good retention, good cling. 4/5

Smell: Rye, caramel malt, and ample creamy vanilla. A little sweet onion and sugary molasses. 3.75/5

Taste: Lots of sugary sweet caramel upfront followed by some creamy vanilla flavor. A nice rye kick on midpalate. Lots of sweet malt. Lingering sugary molasses flavor. Mild red grape flavor too. 3.75/5

Mouthfeel: Full bodied, minimal carbonation. Smooth mouthfeel. Malty finish. 4/5

Overall: A solid malty beer that isn't cloyingly sweet by any means, but it certainly teeters the line of "pretty malty sweet" at points.

Recommendation: Not particularly worth seeking out, but definitely worth trying.

Pairings: Goat cheese salad with pecans with balsamic.

Cost: $8 for a 22 oz (bomber) bottle.

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

A: Hazy, deep ruby with an awesome pale brown head. Very appetizing beer.

S: Huge bourbon, oak, vanilla, a slight cherry-fruitiness, some spicy notes. Very nice!

T: The bourbon barrel flavor is huge here, but it's nicely blended with the slighty tart fruitness of the malt. Huge impact, yet it goes down very smooth. If I had to make one criticism, it does become slightly medicinal at times to me.

M: Feels sweet and slick, goes down very quickly for a beer with such huge flavor.

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3.68/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 3.5

Dark mahogony in color almost 1-finger head that fades to just a ring of fizziness around the perimeter. Looks a little lifeless. But a little lacing does occur.

Aroma gives off bourbon right off the bat. Big notes of vanilla as well. Rye is then noticeable underneath that.

A medley of favors bring to mind fig, cherry, brown sugar, bourbon, with rye sitting underneath its all. It's quite sweet. Some bitterness is lacking.

Mouthfeel is a little thin but it also feels slick and syrupy so that prevents it from being too thin, I think.

Overall the layers of flavor and aromatic notes are interesting and fairly impressive, however, it's quite syrupy and the levels of favors here need some modifying. The bourbon overtakes the flavor profile a bit too much and some added bitterness and dryness might do this some good. Worth trying once but I won't get it again.

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5/5  rDev +20.5%

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3.75/5  rDev -9.6%

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3/5  rDev -27.7%

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3.75/5  rDev -9.6%

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4/5  rDev -3.6%

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5/5  rDev +20.5%

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5/5  rDev +20.5%

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4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

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4/5  rDev -3.6%

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4/5  rDev -3.6%

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

22oz bottle poured into a snifter

Pours a rather clear mahogany--amber color with some tiny bubbles forcing their way to the top. A thin ecru cap rose and fell rather quickly. Stray dots of lace here and there.

Big nose on this one. Toffee, sweet cherries, bourbon, oak, vanilla, and spicy rye. The bourbon influence is well attenuated and adds layers of complexity.

Sweet cherries hit my palate first before the bourbon takes over. Dry oak, bourbon, and vanilla lend a nice depth to the profile. Spicy rye comes through in the end with a bit of booze. The finish is spicy, sweet and dry from the oak.

Medium body with a mild carbonation that works perfectly. Slightly creamy with a nice dry, spicy finish.

This was a pleasant surprise for me. Every sip brought on deeper layers of complexity and flavor. My only complaint is I didn't buy more.

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4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -15.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

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

Pours a really dark, thick, brown amber with a one-finger, very light brown head. Not much lacing or retention. Nice barrel characteristics in the nose, vanilla and oak. Also sour cherries, caramel and hints of rye. Very similar characteristics in the flavor profile. Smooth caramel and toffee flavors, hints of vanilla initially which fade as the beer warms, sour cherries, spicy rye malt and a hint of booze. Excellent flavor, sweet, spicy and sour all blend nicely for a complex pour.

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