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RATINGS: 183   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.55/5   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 198   ABV: 6.6%
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.

   AROMA 1/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
jezmez68 (404) - Chesterton, Indiana, USA - FEB 3, 2008
On tap at Flying Saucer, Houston. Amber in color with small head that disappears, malty, a bit more of a tingly finish than the Real Ale Rio Blanco, but other than that, no real difference.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
oreogobbler (228) - Austin, Texas, USA - JAN 30, 2008
Fruity with a slight malt aroma. Med. amber brown off white head good lacing. Malty and some good hop flavor. Nice bouque of fruit. Velvet smooth palate.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
slimchill (1044) - Austin, Texas, USA - JAN 30, 2008
Draught. Strong fruit aroma, grape jam. Bright red beer with a cream-colored head. Mild hop presence, slight acidity. Palate is thick and chewy but sharp at the same time.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
djd07 (6619) - Houston, Texas, USA - JAN 29, 2008
On draught at Flying Saucer. Has a dark ruby/brown color with a medium tan head. Sticky lacing on the glass. The aroma is a strong malt. The taste is a sweet malt with a smooth finsh, easy to drink, a great english strong ale from Real Ale.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
pintsize (1042) - Austin, Texas, USA - JAN 29, 2008
1-26-08 tap
Clear amber with good head and lacing. Smells of fruity and floral hops and some malt undertones as it warms. Sweet and slightly strange malt flavor. Drinkable and somewhat unique.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
lb4lb (2580) - Austin, Texas, USA - JAN 28, 2008
On tap at the draught house. Pours a dark maroon color with a medium beige lasting head. Nice looking beer. Smell is fruity, hoppy, gummy, with big hop presence for the style. Not what I expected from something called an ESB or labeled as an ESA. Either way, extremely drinkable, fruity and hoppy but smooth with alcohol hidden well. Very nice beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
bleeng (1595) - Houston nowhere near Beersel, Texas, USA - JAN 18, 2008
On tap at the Dig Pub in Cedar Park TX. As is far too common, this beer was way too cold. Thus the nose was not evident in the pour. Dark brown almost opaque with a small white head. Taste of burnt malt, a bit sweet and tart/bitter (can this be?) with a mild hop profile. The alcohol is well hidden. Mouth has a thickish feel with good flavoring on the finish. A very smooth, easy drinking beer-could be a mini-session beer if they bottled it. Good job and one of Real Ale’s better efforts.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
RollinHard (1024) - Fort Worth, Texas, USA - MAR 28, 2007
Just in time for 80 degree weather, Fort Worth gets this "winter" seasonal. Pours a dark red/brown color with a lasting off-white head. Aroma is pretty strong and biting, with a lot of citrus hops and burnt roasty malt. Taste has a similar "American strong" quality about it, with a lot of caramel and toast malt tastes and bitter, almost stinging hop flavor. Towards swallowing I taste a lot of pears, which makes it obvious that this is the same brewer that does Sisyphus. Finish has an odd amount of fruit flavor and the bitterness is citrus and woody at the same time. Interesting, but the pear taste is kinda off to me.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Zinister (1423) - Houston, Texas, USA - MAR 15, 2007
Tap at Rudyardz. Reddish brown with small head that disappears. Good hopped nose with baked malts. Good malt flavor with well integrated hops and a great bitter finish. Nice.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
TexasAggie12 (64) - Burnet, Texas, USA - APR 20, 2006
Nice dark brown pour. Head was tanish white, that disolved quickly. Had a strong alcohol and malt aroma. Has a malty, fruit, alcohol flavor. Has a nice bite at the end. Good drinker.

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