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RATINGS: 176   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.54   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.


3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Rusty (1536) - 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 (1061) - 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.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
blutt59 (5999) - Dallas, Texas, USA - DEC 23, 2009
Cask, golden brown with slight head, mice malty bitter aroma, flavor shows lots of promise but gets alittle cloying and bitter, nice finish

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Rosebud butternuts (2396) - Denton, Texas, USA - DEC 23, 2009
on cask at ginger man plano with mar. poured a very nice looking gold with an off white head. aroma was awesome with grapefruit, fruity, and spruce. flavor was grapefruit, grass, pine, and caramel. body was slick with no carbonation.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
mar (4778) - Dallas, Texas, USA - DEC 23, 2009
on cask at gingerman Plano. deep amber with a smooth cream head. bready nose, along with some light smoke. very nice on the palate, thick bready malt flavor with a light roasted finish.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
MaltOMeal (1090) - Land of Sugar, Texas, USA - APR 18, 2009
on tap at flying Saucer. Pours a dark amber with a large tan head. This one was too cold and could not pick up much aroma. What I did get was malt. Taste was roast malt, nut and grain. Mouthfeel had a slight bitterness to it.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Cavie (3748) - Fort Worth, Texas, USA - APR 10, 2009
(Cask) Cloudy rust color, creamy head. Thick feeling. Small hops flavor but also brings sweet flavors as well. Bitters on the finish but flavors still stand stand strong. Nice.


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