Smuttynose Julio's Fashionably Old Ale | Smuttynose Brewing Company

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Smuttynose Brewing Company
New Hampshire, United States

Style: American Strong Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 11.40%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Added by johnnnniee on 08-02-2013

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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3.8/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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3.6/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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3.67/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

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3.6/5  rDev 0%

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.

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3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

Photo of Pahn
4.03/5  rDev +11.9%
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.

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4/5  rDev +11.1%

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3/5  rDev -16.7%

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3.75/5  rDev +4.2%

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3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

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3.85/5  rDev +6.9%
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.

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3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

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3.75/5  rDev +4.2%

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3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

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3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

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3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

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1.5/5  rDev -58.3%

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3.75/5  rDev +4.2%

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4/5  rDev +11.1%

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4/5  rDev +11.1%

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4/5  rDev +11.1%

Photo of deltatauhobbit
3.8/5  rDev +5.6%
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.

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4.5/5  rDev +25%

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3.25/5  rDev -9.7%

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Smuttynose Julio's Fashionably Old Ale from Smuttynose Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.6 out of 5 with 36 ratings
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