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Smuttynose Julio’s Ry(e)an Ale

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RATINGS: 117   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.68   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 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
ElDuderino (184) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Ratman197 (11504) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - AUG 18, 2010
Bomber thanks to Doodler poured a lightly hazy dark reddish amber with a lasting amber head. Aromas of bourbon, oak, rye, carmel, light cherry and light vanilla. Palate was medium bodied and smooth with a dry finish. Flavors of rye, bourbon, oak, cherry, carmel, light vanilla and a hint of spice with a smooth dry lingering carmely bourbon finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
dcschiller (2207) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - JUN 28, 2011
(22oz bomber acquired in a trade). Pours a hazy dark ruby/mahogany colorw ith thin tan head. Some nice, active carbonation. Aroma has some whiskey, green apple, ripe fruits, and some bourbon. Damn! This is a really tasty beer! Taste is sweet from the malts and the barrels. Again, the green apple and fruits and very visible which I didn’t think would be the case. Of course, there is the mix of rye whiskey and bourbon, but I think they work well together. The beer is fairly thin-bodied but the flavors have come together in a great way. This far surpassed my expectations.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Huhzubendah (3084) - Washington DC, USA - AUG 2, 2012
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. Serving type: bottle Reviewed on: 12-02-2010

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
merc7186 (2653) - North Tonawanda, New York, USA - NOV 3, 2013
A: Brownish/Mild Amber Hue, Passes Little Light, Off White Head, Mild Lacing S: Vanilla. Oaky, Molasses, Mild Caramel T: Bourbon, Vanilla, Caramel, Molasses, Mild Rye M: Average Carbonation, Medium Bodied, Semi Sweet Overall, a nice beer but the bourbon barrel take away from the rye flavor too much in my opinion.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
craftbeerdesign (2254) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - AUG 1, 2010
tasting on 7/30/10. deep red pour with a 1/4" white head. light bourbon nose with dark fruit notes. medium to big body with sweet malts and dark fruit. some dark cherry coming through the most. more of the same on the finish. overall a tasty beer, but the barrels didn’t shine enough for me.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
auerbrau (3191) - 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 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
hamilton23 (618) - Alpine, California, USA - AUG 19, 2011
Poured from 22oz bottle. Pours a murky chestnut brown with a finger of beige head. Aroma is some bourbon a bit of rye and maybe just a touch of vanilla. Taste follows the nose. Good beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Rosebud butternuts (2396) - Denton, Texas, USA - DEC 20, 2011
UPDATED: DEC 27, 2011 Bottle thanks to theeepiest. poured brownish with a beige head. aroma and flavor were toffee, caramel, vanilla, bourbon, brown sugar, and some pepper added on the flavor. body was thick and slick with medium carbonation. Excellent stuff for sure.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
ThirstyBird (2252) - London area, Greater London, ENGLAND - MAR 7, 2013
Old rating from 2010. Appears slightly hazy reddish brown with a tan head that goes to a ring. Smell is rich malt, vanilla, light smooth bourbon. Taste is sweet rich malt, smooth bourbon - delicious. Medium body nicely carbonated and smooth. A very tasty beer.

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