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Real Heavy - Real Ale Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
87
very good

25 Reviews
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Reviews: 25
Hads: 105
Avg: 3.91
pDev: 20.72%
Wants: 5
Gots: 23 | FT: 1
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Real Ale Brewing Company
Texas, United States | website

Style | ABV
Scotch Ale / Wee Heavy | 9.70% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: chadspivey on 03-23-2008

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Reviews: 25 | Hads: 105
Reviews by elNopalero:
Photo of elNopalero
4.03/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this on draft. Pours a rich, luscious caramel color. Malty aromas and a big malt profile. It’s chewy, with a nice finish that leaves me wanting more. Heavy? Not necessarily, but definitely a big boy of a beer. (Update: it's stronger than I realized--but it hides it's alcohol well. I had no idea it was nearing 10%) A limited release that I wish I saw more of.

12/2011 update: After a year’s aging a vanilla sweetness comes out that wasn’t present before. A nice surprise.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of Tiernan
4.02/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Ldgrem
4.41/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Mora2000
4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sampled on tap at the Freetail-Real Ale barrel-aged festival in San Antonio. This was the 2009 version. I don't believe the regular Real Heavy was brewed in 2010. Only the barrel-aged version, The Highlander, was brewed this year.

The beer pours an amber color with a white head. The aroma is sweet caramel malt with some alcohol. The flavor is caramel, dark cherries, brown sugar and a little of alcohol. I remember this beer being more boozy so I think the year of aging helped mellow the beer out, which is good in my opinion. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

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Photo of glid02
4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at the Flying Saucer in San Antonio, TX.

Pours a hazy chestnut brown color with a one-finger off-white head. The head recedes into a wispy layer on top leaving solid lacing.

Smells of deep caramel malts with good amounts of spiciness and hints of brown sugar and butterscotch. As the beer warms the caramel malt influence increases a bit and the aroma sweetens.

Tastes very similar to how it smells. Sweet caramel malts with hints of toastiness kick things off. Quickly joining in are mild amounts of spiciness along with hints of nuts and butterscotch. The nuttiness and butterscotch carry through to a mildly bitter ending that manages to leave a bit of sweetness lingering on the palate.

Mouthfeel is good. It's got a nice thickness with grainy carbonation.

Drinkability is also good. I finished my glass without a problem and could have another.

Overall I continue to find that this is not my favorite style by a decent stretch but I could certainly appreciate one this well done. Worth a shot, especially if a fan of the style.

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Photo of JuniperJesus
3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of javlin624
4/5  rDev +2.3%

Photo of lowgear
4.2/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

this is certainly a nice new addition to the Real Ale family of beers. the color is a nice dark brown and the aroma is somewhat twizzler like.it is well balanced between malt and hops,and this one will sneak up on you with it's 9.6% alcohol content. overall a nice example of a wee heavy style.

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Photo of skadean
4.78/5  rDev +22.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of BKotch
3.93/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of pagesofphotographs
3.94/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Andresa
4.68/5  rDev +19.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Westyn
3.75/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of mikesgroove
4.12/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

hickory brown with a very cloudy and hazy consistency to it. Not bad overall, I could see some carbonation, barely making it out through the haze. Very nice looking indeed.

deep malty backbone was starting to push through. Lots of sweet notes taking over on this one, with hints of caramel, vanilla and nice earthy grains starting to come to the front. Definitely, some wood somewhere in its history as the aroma of oak was huge on this one. Lots of caramel and vanilla starting to take shape here, really lightning it up and make it that much sweeter

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Photo of Big_Dave
3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of StevenLaValley
3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of cmbeddoe7997
4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Kips
3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of blastoderm55
3.92/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Stoffel
4/5  rDev +2.3%

Photo of IBUnit63
4.1/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Rustic praline color; head is rather thin.

Sweet, sweet malt and alcohol with faint tone of hops.

Like drinking dessert - a little creme brulee and bountiful alcohol work well together

Coats the mouth like caramel sauce

Awesome stuff but very heavy - good for sipping

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Photo of chadspivey
3.88/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Since their's no "wee heavy category", I listed it as an american strong ale.

edit: I sumbitted a request to change the style to scotch ale/wee heavy. Didn't see the style until someone pointed it out to me.

Pours a dark rusty brown color with a tan one finger head.

Smells of dark fruit and alcohol and even a slight yeast character.

Wow the alcohol is quite present. It's still a damn fine beer,though. I taste dates and figs and hints of plums. Caramel malts. Did I mention the alcohol in the taste? Still very nice.

Medium to full body. Fits the style.

I'd be surprised it this beer was under 9%. One pint would do me good.

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Photo of ilikebeer03
3.89/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

pours a deep copper/brown. not much head. half finger after fairly rough pour. fades quickly. nose is sweet biscuity malts and peat malt.
delicious. sweet maltiness with slight, but nicely present heated malt. real great beer.

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Photo of monk2021
4.08/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of JohnBender
4/5  rDev +2.3%

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Real Heavy from Real Ale Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 25 ratings.