newshound (20) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - APR 1, 2008
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Real Ale Spring seasonal. On draught @ The Ginger Man - Austin. Served in pint glass. Initially pours with thin head, then bare surface with light lace, very clear dark red/brown color. Strong spicy sharpness (not from carbonation): a very apple cidery aroma and taste... apples, dried cherries and sweet liquor on the nose as well. As it warms I taste cotton-candy Bubble Yum, candied apples, caramel apples, rusty-stemmed apples, even some allspice. Head finally swirls into thick foamy head towards mid-point of glass. Warms into a sweet-smelling cologne aroma. Very nice. Nice buzz after just one.
kidmartinek (2968) - austin, Texas, USA - MAR 26, 2008
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: APR 9, 2008 Real ale does it again. Darker copper color pour kinda like milk chocolate in a glass, smaller head, moderate body. Smells of sweet medium heavy malts, alcohol, and tastes of sweet malt, with a smoothness and drinkability that surpasses even that of Budweiser. Little bit of chocolate in the taste. Clean smooth finish. Nothing but strong, smooth-flowing malt. Yes, itís better that St. James Gateís Guinness.
fly (1392) - austin, Tejas, Alabama, USA - MAR 23, 2008
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Nice, malt and rich without being cloying. I often find beers of this sort to be just a bit too much for me. Subtle in man ways while still being very flavorful and appealing. (thanks for letting me steal half your pint Deniz, it was well appreciated).
lb4lb (2112) - Austin, Texas, USA - MAR 23, 2008
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at Uncle Billyís. Pours a dark copper color with a medium lasting beige head. Smell is rich and malty with faint hints of peatiness and maybe a slight bit of alcohol. Taste is rich, dark caramelly malt again with subtle flavors of peaty smokiness and just a touch of welcomed alcohol. Some light tartness to the malt as well. Really a rich, decadent beer almost bordering on a super malty barley wine with a small typical "Scotch Ale" influence, yet with a just barely a medium body. Very drinkable and a great new beer.
amc3000 (47) - alhambra, California, USA - MAR 23, 2008
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
growler! nice looking /tasting new addition to the great beers of Real Ale.
aroma is slightly twizzler like.very nice balance for a heavy. might sneak up on you with the alcohol. (9.6%?)