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RATINGS: 36   MEAN: 3.58/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.46   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 270   ABV: 9%
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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Zinister (1423) - Houston, Texas, USA - APR 3, 2008
On draft at Flying Saucer, drank with KAggie97. Mahogany pour with lingering head that leaves pretty lacing. Nose of nuts, brown sugar, caramel apples and spices. This developed as it warmed, as it was served too cool. Flavor is thick and sweet, with honey flavors and some hops. Reminds me of an almost cloyingly sweet brown ale, but much, much better. Very nice, but needs a bit of tweaking to nail.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
newshound (20) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - APR 1, 2008
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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
kidmartinek (3742) - austin, Texas, USA - MAR 26, 2008
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, it’s better that St. James Gate’s Guinness.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
fly (1419) - austin, Tejas, Alabama, USA - MAR 23, 2008
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).

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
lb4lb (2555) - Austin, Texas, USA - MAR 23, 2008
On tap at Uncle Billy’s. 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
amc3000 (47) - alhambra, California, USA - MAR 23, 2008
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%?)

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