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RATINGS: 34   MEAN: 3.85/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.68   EST. CALORIES: 291   ABV: 9.7%
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Wine Barrel-aged Real Heavy Ale. First release aged 3 months in a blend of French and American oak barrels, but upcoming releases will be solely aged in American Oak.


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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
TXBadger (1334) - Dallas, Texas, USA - JUN 19, 2014
Pours a reddish brown color with off-white head. Oak, dark fruits, scotch, sweetness, and some nuts on the nose; follows onto the palate. Finishes warming.

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jkwalking05 (3686) - Arlington, Texas, USA - NOV 15, 2013
On tap at World of Beer. Hazy brown with a small off-white head. Aroma is of heavy peat, wood, smoke, plum, raisin, leather. Taste is of peat, smoke, leather, raisin, whiskey and oak.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
travita (3913) - Frisco, Texas, USA - NOV 14, 2013
The look is a off white head, murky, and reddish brown in color. The smell. Is melted caramels, sweet, syrup, wood, scotch, whiskey, and nice. The taste is much the same, boozy, and good.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
JStax (2955) - Devola/Marietta, Ohio, USA - NOV 11, 2013
Hand bottle thanks to errl. Poured into a brandy snifter. Pours a murky brown with a thin, beige head of foam. The aroma is very wine forward and initially made me think this was going to be sour. The taste lent nothing of the sort. Being into that sort of thing, I was just slightly let down about that. The taste was more red wine and earthy sweetness. Some fruity complexities snuck in there as well. Nice barrel treatment. Kind of wish I had opened it a little sooner.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
wchesser (1144) - Denver, Colorado, USA - NOV 6, 2013
Hand bottle extra from errl. You’re the man. Deep cloudy brown. Thought this was bourbon barrel aged from the initial nose....lots of vanilla barrel characteristics and super caramel and toffee malts, light smoke maybe some dried orange peel. Taste is sweet malty core but cleansing red wine tannins and tardiness shows through with a lingering peaty smokiness. Really unique and all works well together. Tad hot.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
jhamp9 (1034) - Corinth, Texas, USA - SEP 19, 2013
Murky red brown pour with no head. Aroma is tart berries, caramel, and strong barrel. Tart has an initial tart fruitiness to that goes into caramel and brown sugar sweetness. Wood and some tannic qualities are also in there. Slick texture. This is an interesting beer.

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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
kevinator (887) - The Colony, Texas, USA - JUL 25, 2013
Nice twist on the real heavy. Pleasant sweet malt aroma associated with Scotch Ale with an additional fruity twist. Very dark brown with a minimal head. Smooth and oily. Sharp caramel flavors with an alcohol bite. The oak became apparent about half-way through with a mix of dryness I guess came from the wine barrel. Good strong stuff.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
bleeng (1510) - Houston nowhere near Beersel, Texas, USA - JUL 20, 2013
Draft at Mellow Mushroom Spring TX. Brown and murky with no head. It’s ugly. But one sniff of the big barrel aging brings this to life. Taste is full of barrel, some sweetness that’s not offputting (not a fan of too sweet beers) and goes down way too easy. Alcohol is present but fits in. Very nice!

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
rougeau13 (1987) - Richmond, Texas, USA - JUN 12, 2013
Muddy brownish color with a thin head. Aroma full of fruit and wood. Taste is sweet malt and fruit with plenty of wood and some booze. Nice.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 13/20
Wordsworth (130) - Austin, Texas, USA - FEB 17, 2013
Pours a murky, swampy amber with a thin white head. Smells like cranberry and whiskey. Tastes of various dark fruits, candy and light malt. Sweet with a light, creamy mouthfeel. Packed with flavor. Pretty good and very unique.


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