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Smuttynose Julio’s Ry(e)an Ale

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RATINGS: 117   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.68/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 240   ABV: 8%
Rye ale aged in Sazarec rye whiskey, Buffalo Trace bourbon, and Four Roses bourbon barrels, brewed exclusively for Julio’s Liquors in Westboro. This beer was on sale on Sunday, May 23, 2010, at their 8th Annual Spring Beer Fest.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
JCB (3999) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - OCT 23, 2010
22oz from wavers1 - thanks, Baker! The pour is a deep dank dark orange to amber, with a slightly too still body. Huge bourbon nose, even overpowering. The mouthfeel is a bit slick, enhanced by the sweetness of the malt profile and the booziness. But the barrel has more complexity in the taste than in the nose, yielding a beer that’s kinda wheatwine-ish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
nickd717 (3780) - San Francisco, California, USA - JUN 23, 2010
Bottle shared at a tasting by someone in the local BA group. Pours a great clear dark reddish-brown color with an off-white head and good retention. Aroma is rye, caramel, fruity notes, and mild bourbon. Flavor is slightly sweet, caramel and toffee malt, rye, vanilla, oak, and bourbon. More oak than bourbon. Palate is decent. Medium-bodied with a smooth mouthfeel and soft carbonation. Pretty good beer overall.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
TheEpeeist (3604) - Media, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 18, 2010
22 oz bottle. Hazy brown with a foamy beige head. Nose is candi, rye and bourbon. Medium body with a buzz. Taste is grape, caramel and yeast finishing dry with bourbon and bitter rye. Quite lively for a barrel aged beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Marheb (3534) - San Diego, California, USA - FEB 2, 2013
Une instable bombe de whiskey, assez épicé, vanillé dans un corps moyen. L’alcool n’est pas si bien dissimulé, voyons voir avec l’age.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
jrallen34 (3499) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 30, 2011
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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Beerlando (3342) - Orlando, Florida, USA - AUG 17, 2010
Bomber. The pour yields a clear, deep and dark crimson to cherrywood colored body. A small, creamy, steadfast head of khaki colored foam gives dense, pronounced sheets of lacing that cling hard to the glass. The nose, while admittedly a bit boozy, shows mouth watering notes of caramel, toasted toffee, dates, and bright cherries. Vanilla is pervasive throughout, offering a woody, spicy element that seems plays nicely with the caraway seed and crusty rye bread notes. Flavors are just as nicely constructed. Toasted toffee and caramel are rich and decadent, but not overly sugary, seemingly lightened by charred, spicy oak and soft, semi-dry cherry elements. The yeast profile seems very bready, hinting at both rye and pumpernickel. Medium-full in body, with soft yet persistent carbonation and a pleasing, semi-dry finish, the palate manages to satisfy from a weight standpoint while avoiding any annoying stickiness. Being a huge fan of Sazerac Rye, Buffalo Trace, and Smuttynose, I was salivating at the thought of this brew. Thankfully, it did not disappoint. Excellent beer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
SrSilliGose (3326) - pouring bus, New Brunswick, CANADA - SEP 11, 2010
UPDATED: MAR 5, 2012 bottle! a drunk rate. cotton candy, butter, musty mint. candied sugar.. boozy caramel. sweet brown sugar. sweetness brown. sugar syrup and muddled bourbon and rye. underwealming.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
puzzl (3257) - New York, New York, USA - JUN 24, 2010
Bottled. Big, rich, incredibly buttery, sweet oak aroma, a ton of bourbon. Lots of bourbon in the flavor, the fairly balanced, not too boozy, not getting a lot of complexity out of this, though. A bit of marshmallow, licorice, wheat.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
auerbrau (3197) - Ithaca, New York, USA - MAY 19, 2011
22oz Bottle shared at RIFT meeting. Big bourbony nose over some spicy rich grain. God this is good. A solid show of barrel over nice rich, spicy, malty complex grain base. Clean, bright and fresh. I love the barrel character and integration. The barrels and the booze balance the sweetness nicely for a refined, complex sipper. Excellent.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
ryan (3186) - Beltsville, Maryland, USA - JUL 9, 2010
Huge bourbon nose, some spicy rye, some caramel and toffee. Taste is moderately sweet, a bit boozy and lightly bitter. Lots of bourbon, some rye, toffee, pretty sweet. Decent.

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