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RATINGS: 41   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.54   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 270   ABV: 9%
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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
djd07 (5039) - Houston, Texas, USA - APR 17, 2008
On tap at Flying Saucer. Has a dark amber color with a medium frothy light tan head. The aroma is a sweet malt and raisin. Decent lacing on the glass. The taste is a rich malt with a dark fruit finish. A very easy to drink scotch ale that hides the alcohol well. Really enjoyed this one.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
texasbartender (160) - Sugarland, Texas, USA - APR 14, 2008
Pours a dark brown red. Nice thick white head. The nose carried with it notes of dark caramelized fruits. The taste is what you would expect from the nose a very sweet flavor of dark fruits, maybe plumbs. The alcohol is well hidden this beer, it is one I will need to be careful because it goes down so easy.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
DaMenace123 (253) - Houston, Texas, USA - APR 8, 2008
Draft at Draught House. Tasted of sweet caramel and sugar. I found it enjoyable, maybe it would be more so during the cold months. I couldnít taste any alcohol but I felt it afterwards.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
MaltOMeal (1092) - Land of Sugar, Texas, USA - APR 4, 2008
draft at Flying Saucer while waiting for KAggie to show up. Pours a dark amber/copper color with a reddish tint. White head. Couldnít pick up much smell at first because they served it cold in a cold glass. After warming some, the scent became more apparent. Aroma of sweet caramel malt, some dark fruit and hint of alcohol. Taste was of same dark fruit and sweet caramel malt. Mouthfeel was medium-to-thick and a little sticky with alcohol well hidden. Although it didnít have an alcohol feel in the mouth, I sure felt the buzz afterwards. Not a bad first attempt at a Scotch Ale by Real Ale.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
KAggie97 (3529) - Ugly, Hot, and Humid Spring, Texas, USA - APR 3, 2008
Tap at Flying Saucer, suffered through with that danged t-sip Zinister. Pours a deep amber with a nice off-white head. Aroma is a curious blend of banana, suigar, and bubblegum... um, is this a weizen or a Scotch Ale??? Flavor is Autumn leaves, stale sugar-coated malt, and a slight hint of peat in the finish. Thick palate. Good, but by no means great; Iím looking for more peat in the finish. Perhapsh the next batch (the sophomore effort) will be better? I"m expecting nothing less. Stay tuned.

   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 (3741) - 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, itís better that St. James Gateís Guinness.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
fly (1420) - 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 (2570) - Austin, Texas, USA - MAR 23, 2008
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.

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