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RATINGS: 181   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.53   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 198   ABV: 6.6%
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A winter seasonal made with all English Pale & Crystal malts. Hopped with Phoenix, Kent Golding, Challenger, and Target hops in the boil and dry hopped.


4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
dyetube (1313) - McKinney, Texas, USA - JAN 30, 2010
this beer pours a deep copper with a thin white head that diasipates quickly. the aromas are fruit, malt and nut. the flavors are figs, nut and malty sweetness. I really liked this one! cheers!

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Chipper (303) - Red Lion, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 27, 2010
Dark amber, nearly copper color with a small white head. Sweet malty aroma, with some dried fruit and toffee. Taste is a little bitter but mostly sweet malts. The finish is a little dry, but this is not what I was expecting.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
BarZigKin (511) - San Antonio, Texas, USA - JAN 24, 2010
12oz bottle from Whole Foods. Dark amber body with a slight tan head (that recedes fairly quickly). Malty, toffee aromas combined with bready goodness. Tastes of toffee, caramel, roasted malts and raisin. Thin to medium mouthfeel with a slight to moderate bitter finish. Not as smooth as I would have hoped.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Mora2000 (5930) - McKinney, Texas, USA - JAN 20, 2010
Pours a copperish color with a white head. The aroma is hops with some toffee and biscuit malt. The flavor is earthy hops along with caramel malt and toffee. Medium mouthfeel and carbonation. Another good seasonal beer from Real Ale that was recently released in bottles for the first time.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Hopper (827) - San Antonio, Texas, USA - JAN 19, 2010
An amber color beer with a pretty good looking head. The aroma is fruity hops & quite pleasant. The taste was lightly fruity with a slight bitter end that left good lacing on the glass.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Rusty (1543) - Mesa, Arizona, USA - JAN 17, 2010
pours a light trans brown with a tan head. aroma is caramel hops malt. flavor much the same. bitter woody finish good esb

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
SphinxTX (2876) - Mata Gorda, Texas, USA - JAN 15, 2010
Bottle. Pours a clear brownish red with nice soapy beige head. Aroma is nice hoppy floral, a little nutty as well. Flavor is packed with hops, nice grapefruit and pine notes are very upfront and also has a light nutty taste once you get past all the hops and ends with a crisp bitter. Mouth feel is medium body with medium-high carbonation. Overall, all you really get is hop flavor, I find that the hops are just too overpowering and are not letting the nice malty flavors come through. But it is tasty.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
degbert (1345) - Austin, Texas, USA - JAN 11, 2010
UPDATED: MAY 25, 2011 Bottle. This is a rerate of the 2011 release. Pours a medium red-brown with a cream head. Might have a little chill haze. Nose is black cherries and toast. Drinks rich and bitter -- notes of black tea and cherry, finishing with a clean hops bite. Finish lingers and turns a little espresso-bitter at the end. I still like this beer.

4.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Petethegod (1) - Texas, USA - JAN 8, 2010 does not count
The Phoenix Double ESB (Extra Special Bitter) from Real Ale is a beer with awesome packaging and a great taste to boot. I took a gamble buying it and it was well worth the purchase. If you like other brews from Real Ale, you will not be disappointed with this one.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
angrypirate06 (1387) - Texas, USA - JAN 4, 2010
On draught. Clear dark ruby pour with a soapy beige head. Aroma is chocolate, nutty and malty. Flavor is pretzels, bitter and plenty astringent.


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