- Aroma: 19/20
- Appearance: 18/20
- Flavor: 19/20
- Mouthfeel: 18/20
- Overall: 19/20
Total Score: 93/100 Points
The rating above is from my recent tasting.
Review of May 8, 2018: Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass at the Flying Saucer Pub in downtown Fort Worth.
Every bit as good as I remembered, maybe even better. A tinge more sweetness maybe, some maple notes, but still fairly dry. Aroma is reminicent of Paulaner Salvator. So much flavor for a relatively low alcohol beer (5.4% ABV).
Review of August 22, 2013 previously posted on Beeradvocate.com:
AR: 4.75 AP 4.75 F: 5 MF: 4.75 OA: 5
Most of my high rated beer reviews are of beers that clobber the drinker with flavor. Beers like Aventinus, Chimay Blue, etc. But this beer is rated extremely high because it is balanced and near perfect in its drinkability.
Today for kicks I decided to drink it alongside another classic Brown Ale, Brooklyn’s Brown. Both beers are extremely good (Brooklyn is much hoppier but less nutty and toasty) but RA takes it to the next level by keeping everything perfectly balanced. Dry yet malty and rich. Bitter yet a hint of caramel. Toasty yet fresh. It is a dance that is so enjoyable to experience. I think what I like best about this beer is the nuances. The slight hint of almonds. The tiny bit of spices. The molasses and maybe honey. The tiniest bit of dark chocolate. It’s all suspended in beautiful harmony.
Of course I don’t believe in objectivity when it comes to writing beer reviews. This beer was the one I used to drink at the end of the night back in 2001 after a long night of pedicab driving in Austin. I remember long talks about Wendell Berry and agrarianism with a middle-aged pedicab driver (originally from Louisiana as I recall) while drinking this beer. I remember how good it tasted then and how much opening up a bottle reminds me again of those days from long ago.
Review of February 23, 2010 previously posted on Beeradvocate.com:
AP: 4.5 AR 4.5 F 5.0 MF 4.5 OA 4.5
Amazed I haven’t reviewed this beer before. I’ve been drinking this beer since I think 2001 (maybe earlier). One of my all time favorites.
One tasting note – Freshness is essential on this beer. I’ve had it both fresh and not-fresh (I bring them back from Texas to Oklahoma and tend to save them too long). Tonight I’m drinking one that is very fresh and I’m just blown away.
Ok to the beer at hand…
Dark brown clear brew with a short head. Malty sweet toasty aroma. The flavor is complex. Lots of toasty-ness. Remarkably dry. Lots of coffee notes. Maybe a tinge of dark chocolate. Maybe a tiny bit of brandy. Hops are not dominant but they are there, mostly in some of the bitterness.
Lingering aftertaste. Sweet on the sides of my mouth bitter on the tip of my tongue.
Mouthfeel is outstanding. Fluffier and fuller than I remembered.
Definitely a sessionable beer.
Here’s to many more years of drinking this special beer!