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Smuttynose Julio’s Ry(e)an Ale

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RATINGS: 116   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.67   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 240   ABV: 8%
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COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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.


4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
daknole (9101) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - AUG 21, 2010
Brownish pour, goldish head. Aroma is loaded with sweet bourbon, vanilla, raisins, oak, booze...mmmmm. Flavor is sweet, bourbon, vanilla, brown sugar, woody notes...damn good beer!

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
dionysus (1448) - Arizona, USA - AUG 22, 2010
Huge thanks to daknole! Bottle pours murky amber brown with a khaki head. Sweet bourbon soaked caramel, rye bread, vanilla, raisins, oak, and brown sugar all rounded out with some earthy hops. Overall body is moderate to full, moderately sweet and finishes lightly bitter. I think i’m in love....

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
AirForceHops (3174) - Epping, New Hampshire, USA - OCT 24, 2010
22 oz bottle shared this with liveFREEorRYE on 10/ 23/ 2010. I’m really glad I made the stop at Julio’s in Westboro, MA. Aroma is a woody bourbon barrel smell. A ton of head that just wont go away, with ridiculous lacing, literally just covers the glass. A butter popcorn fragrance. Up front is a bourbon wood taste(possibly oak wood) a raisin flavor in the center. The finish tastes exactly like movie theater butter popcorn. Has a nice creamy mouth feel that is not too thick yet very rich. A truly unique beer that should be sipped and enjoyed SLOWLY. We let this sit about 20 minutes as it warms the bourbon barrel boozy taste comes through and gets stronger. A complex beer that I could rate 10 times and get different flavors every time I drink it. A very good beer to hold and cherish. Put one in your cellar! I’m going to get a few more bottles and let them age.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
wavers1 (877) - Notown, California, USA - JUN 21, 2010
bottle courtesy of masterhomebrewer, thanks! nice pour, deep ruby with a great head and nice retention and excellent lacing. nice sweet and spicy rye and bourbon nose, huge on both. very sweet and caramel like. nice taste, excellent in fact. very smooth, sweet, bourbony, awesome. great mouth and palate, tight shit.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
HeadyDE (502) - Delaware, USA - DEC 30, 2012
Bomber pour into snifter..darkish crimson red like color..slight head rests on top..pretty active carbonation..nice looking beer..intrigued from the start..aroma is pleasing consisting of bourbon..vanilla..cream soda..wow..complex nose..mouthfeel is very good on this..smooth..creamy..silky texture..slight alcohol warmth on finish..palate has most of the same flavor as the nose with perhaps a touch of molasses and brown sugar..gets even better as it warms..this is a fine offering and a really good sipper on a winter evening...one of the better less than 10 percent abv barrel aged beers..very impressed with this..wish i had picked up a few more bottles of this from julios..hard to not like this unless you really dislike bourbon aged stuff..very good..

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Lothore (550) - California, USA - MAR 29, 2014
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.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
VikingHammer (506) - Lynnfield, Massachusetts, USA - JUN 4, 2010
22 oz bottle, Pour dark brown with some red highlights and a nice off white head. Moderate lacing in my De Dolle tulip. Aroma is amazing. Some herbs,bourbon, fresh rye bread, caramel and a hint of vanilla. Full bodied for a rye ale with just the right amount of carbonation. Smooth and very well balanced. Amazing beer. Going to get more.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
markwise (4467) - North of Tampa, Florida, USA - JUL 10, 2010
Thanks kiefdog for the share. Pours opaque copper amber with a tan head. Nose is orange, sugar, rye, whiskey, vanilla, bourbon, caramel, and slight grain. Flavor is similar with lots of bourbon, vanilla, whiskey, caramel, rye, and sweetness. Very unique, barreled rye beer. Medium body with lingering bourbon and vanilla. Extremely palatable for a rye beer.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
SuIIy (1983) - Burlington, Vermont, USA - JUN 5, 2010
Bomber. Pours a redish brown color with a big foamy off white head. Head remains about 1 finger tall throughout the session, amazing retention. Loads of bubbles stream upwards. Lacing is thickly coated on the glass. Nose is heavy vanilla, bourbon and oak notes. A nice herb noted is present as well. Palate is full, thick, chewy with a light tongue tingle, feels clean but a light coating is present. Flavors of bourbon, vanilla, light caramel and dill pickles, def feels like I just ate a pickle, and not in a bad way.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
ElDuderino (183) - Hyde Park, Massachusetts, USA - JUN 22, 2010
This beer is so perfectly crafted. There is a huge smoky, roasty nose with a wide range of earthy barrel notes. The body pours a burnt ruby color with a creamy tan head, lots of lacing. On first sip the body feels light and active, with lots of barrel-esque tingly notes dancing on my tongue. The whiskey is as lively in the palate as it is in the flavor, but never overwhelms. The flavors are good strong chewy malts, tobacco, whiskey, and maybe some field greens (chard/kale). The flavors only get more aggressive and complex as the beer warms up, with the barrel notes getting a slight sour bite (I’m thinking more sourdough sour, not bret). I am just blown away by this beer. Cheers Smuttynose and Cheers Julios.


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