BarZigKin (511) - San Antonio, Texas, USA - JAN 24, 2010
12oz bottle from Whole Foods. Dark amber body with a slight tan head (that recedes fairly quickly). Malty, toffee aromas combined with bready goodness. Tastes of toffee, caramel, roasted malts and raisin. Thin to medium mouthfeel with a slight to moderate bitter finish. Not as smooth as I would have hoped. Mora2000 (6158) - McKinney, Texas, USA - JAN 20, 2010
Pours a copperish color with a white head. The aroma is hops with some toffee and biscuit malt. The flavor is earthy hops along with caramel malt and toffee. Medium mouthfeel and carbonation. Another good seasonal beer from Real Ale that was recently released in bottles for the first time. Hopper (827) - San Antonio, Texas, USA - JAN 19, 2010
An amber color beer with a pretty good looking head. The aroma is fruity hops & quite pleasant. The taste was lightly fruity with a slight bitter end that left good lacing on the glass. Rusty (1547) - Mesa, Arizona, USA - JAN 17, 2010
pours a light trans brown with a tan head. aroma is caramel hops malt. flavor much the same. bitter woody finish good esb SphinxTX (2875) - Mata Gorda, Texas, USA - JAN 15, 2010
Bottle. Pours a clear brownish red with nice soapy beige head. Aroma is nice hoppy floral, a little nutty as well. Flavor is packed with hops, nice grapefruit and pine notes are very upfront and also has a light nutty taste once you get past all the hops and ends with a crisp bitter. Mouth feel is medium body with medium-high carbonation. Overall, all you really get is hop flavor, I find that the hops are just too overpowering and are not letting the nice malty flavors come through. But it is tasty.
degbert (1773) - Austin, Texas, USA - JAN 11, 2010
UPDATED: MAY 25, 2011 Bottle. This is a rerate of the 2011 release. Pours a medium red-brown with a cream head. Might have a little chill haze. Nose is black cherries and toast. Drinks rich and bitter -- notes of black tea and cherry, finishing with a clean hops bite. Finish lingers and turns a little espresso-bitter at the end. I still like this beer.
Petethegod (1) - Texas, USA - JAN 8, 2010 does not count
The Phoenix Double ESB (Extra Special Bitter) from Real Ale is a beer with awesome packaging and a great taste to boot. I took a gamble buying it and it was well worth the purchase. If you like other brews from Real Ale, you will not be disappointed with this one. angrypirate06 (1388) - Texas, USA - JAN 4, 2010
On draught. Clear dark ruby pour with a soapy beige head. Aroma is chocolate, nutty and malty. Flavor is pretzels, bitter and plenty astringent. blutt59 (6564) - Dallas, Texas, USA - DEC 23, 2009
Cask, golden brown with slight head, mice malty bitter aroma, flavor shows lots of promise but gets alittle
cloying and bitter, nice finish Rosebud butternuts (2396) - Denton, Texas, USA - DEC 23, 2009
on cask at ginger man plano with mar. poured a very nice looking gold with an off white head. aroma was awesome with grapefruit, fruity, and spruce. flavor was grapefruit, grass, pine, and caramel. body was slick with no carbonation.