We wanted Week of Wood to be a normal calendar week. Really. The problem is, people keep taking their delicious beer and hiding it in barrels, and we keep finding it. It's just due diligence, our duty, to continue our tribute to these wood-aged gems. Enter Real Ale's 17th Anniversary Ale, aged for the past year in Maker's Mark and Four Roses barrels to gain entry to their Mysterum Verum series. This strong ale (at a dangerously undetectable 13.9%abv) boasts a peach and orange aroma over heavy vanilla and oak, vying for attention over Belgian yeast and four varieties of German hops. Fruity, spicy, woody, celebratory.