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Anniversary Ale XV - Real Ale Brewing Company

Anniversary Ale XVAnniversary Ale XV

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BA SCORE
88
very good

222 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 222
Reviews: 94
rAvg: 3.94
pDev: 10.66%


Brewed by:
Real Ale Brewing Company visit their website
Texas, United States

Style | ABV
Russian Imperial Stout |  9.80% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: drummermattie02 on 06-25-2011)
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titty_mcbitty

Texas

4.1/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A: black with a coffee foam head.

S: smoke, bitterness, coffee.

T: sweet chocolate, roasty malts, coffee beans, milk chocolate, cream, nice hop character. I think this one is aged, as I'm at the anniversary party at real ale and everything seems to be aged. Not sure though.

M: heavy like a hammer and velvety.

O: a good brew. I've had a few already and am a bit tired, but this beer seems well put together.

Serving type: on-tap

04-23-2014 04:57:42 | More by titty_mcbitty
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chinchill

South Carolina

4.06/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A 3 year old 12 oz bottle.
A: Dark red-brown: clear.
Feel: Full body with near perfect carbonation.

Rich and fruity aroma, with a similar but stronger flavor.
Lingering aftertaste. Very good flavor balance including bitter/sweet.

O: easily recommended.

Serving type: bottle

04-07-2014 01:14:07 | More by chinchill
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mactrail

California

3.95/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark brown with a golden glint. Nice beige foam doesn't stick around too long, but leaves plenty of lacing and a sprightly mouthfeel. Poured from the 12 oz bottle bought at Texas Wine Cellars in Fredericksburg, TX.

Sugary sweet to start. Brown sugar and burnt sugar. The hops come on suddenly in a rush of bitterness. This is quite a complex and interesting interplay of flavors. A touch of sourness from the burnt malt. Warm caramel flavors with a winey character. Sort of a Vermouth taste of sweetness and bitterness. Hot and spicy on the tongue. Quite pleasant sipping and conveys a lot of flavor as well as power.

Serving type: bottle

05-15-2013 04:23:27 | More by mactrail
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kellypodz

Texas

5/5  rDev +26.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Real Ale 15th Russian Imperial Stout has taken the throne as my favorite beer OF ALL TIME. It's not black as night, but it's close. Mocha head starts thick but dissipates to a ring of bubbles. Lots of chocolate in the aroma. The beer doesn't report to be wood-aged; but I'm getting oak on the nose as well. More chocolate on the tongue with some coffee notes, and a mild citrus hop on the finish. I wish this wasn't a one-time only brew. I have five left I will be rationing cautiously.

Serving type: bottle

03-31-2013 01:19:47 | More by kellypodz
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HardTarget

Texas

4.04/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Opaque black glass refused to allow even strong back lighting to show anything more than a thin slightly ruby edge. Long lasting tan foam clings to the edge of the glass leaving distinct, widely spaced tide marks.

Smell:Black strap molasses mingles with dark roasted barley. Sweet, burnt, under attenuated , this is a tough neighborhood more than a refined fireside sipper.

Taste: Sugary malt cut with West coast citric hops save the day! The charred blackened nose runs as a ribbon through the candy base giving a complex, satisfying and easy drinking beer (for close to 10% abv.).

Mouthfeel: Body is a tough thin but that helps lighten the beer. Carbonation is almost cask, a bit low in my view, but it doesn't hurt the package much.

Overall: A great celebration beer for a great Texan brewery. Looking forward to many more, and hope this one shows up on a seasonal rotation!

Serving type: bottle

02-19-2013 04:43:28 | More by HardTarget
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brentk56

North Carolina

3.73/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 2.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: The liquid is an inky brown but, with even a hard pour, very little head could be raised; lacks lacing, too

Smell: Dark fruit (blueberry, black cherry and prune) with roasty undertones of chocolate and molasses

Taste: Roasty, with chocolate and dark fruit joining through mid-palate; after the swallow, the molasses adds earthy sweetness but the roasty elements dominate the finish

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body with low carbonation

Overall: A cut above the other beers I have sampled from this brewery but still a middle of the road example for the style

Thanks, Phoenix2443, for the opportunity

Serving type: bottle

02-10-2013 23:34:42 | More by brentk56
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inlimbo77

Delaware

3.9/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz, 2011?
Foothills stout snifter

A: Pours pretty dark brown, leaning to almost completely black. About a quarter finger of tight bubbles tan head. Faded quickly into a ring around the edges.

S: Really deep dark chocolate. That blueberry strange fruity sweetness. Roast malts. Coffee. Although the coffee is certainly secondary.

T: Tip of the tongue, it's all dark chocolate bitterness. Deep rich cocoa. Lingers. Then you get that touch of blueberry sweetness or fruitiness. Roasted malts. Slight dark coffee. Finish is long and lingering with that dark cocoa flavor. Sticks on the palate.

M: it's full bodied but nicely carbonated. Could here the bubbly carbonation during sip.

Serving type: bottle

12-27-2012 14:38:13 | More by inlimbo77
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facundoCNB

New Jersey

4.58/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

pours a thick black with a slight foamy ring of carbonation. smells of sweet chocolate, coffee, raisins, dates, vanilla. very sweet flavors of toffee, vanilla, chocolate, and molasses up front followed by a tar-like coffee/roasted bitterness. a very delicious stout with a full mouthfeel.. heavy, rich, creamy, low carbonation - everything you expect from a russian imperial stout.

one of the better RIS i've encountered, and by far the best beer from real ale.

Serving type: bottle

12-10-2012 14:13:29 | More by facundoCNB
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TMoney2591

Illinois

3.48/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served in a Freetail 2012 shaker pint glass.

Thanks to twiggamortis420 for this bottle!

I remember having this a while ago, not sure why I didn't make any concrete notes about it, but an opportunity has shown itself for some revisitation. Oh yeah. This stuff pours a very deep black-brown, verging on onyx, topped by a finger of tan foam. The nose comprises roasted malts...and nothing much else, really... Honestly, it just smells like mildly-roasted barley. Straight up. Okay... Oh, wait, there's occasionally a spike or two of booze, as well. Yup. The taste brings in more of the same, along with some bitter dark chocolate and some light pine resin. The body is a hefty medium, bordering on true heft, with a very light moderate carbonation and a chewy feel. Overall, this is still a decent impy stout, but I feel the year has not been kind to it. I'd drink another if given the chance, but I wouldn't hold out very high hopes.

Serving type: bottle

11-29-2012 02:54:23 | More by TMoney2591
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genitempo

Texas

4.03/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A - Midnight body into a snifter. Khaki-colored head with heavy lace coating the glass.

S - Syrupy chocolate with subtle, roasted malts , hint of a licorice burn/dark fruits

T - Upfront, the chocolate and nutty malt show up, but quickly dematerialize. The strong note is one of bitterness with a blend of dark fruits. The bitterness endures. I encourage you to savor the taste prior to taking your next sip. I've been told that the bitterness if one of coffee and licorice, and I have to disagree. The taste of licorice in beer abiding on your palate is, in my personal experience, unsavory. But this bitterness is different. I feel like it is very citrusy, with a hint of dark chocolate. I think that citrus flavor can be explained by the hops used.

MF - Medium bodies, heedless carbonation. (I have to interject opinion over subjectivity: RIS and Medium body is almost an oxymoron. An Impressive RIS has weight.)

O - The XV is a fantastic beer, especially for Real Ale to bottle. But I must admit, the best way to enjoy this beer is casked and barrel-aged. Hands down, the best beer I've had this year (2012 Pumpkinator was a very close 2nd) was the barrel-age cask of XV. This beer needed to be bottled for all the right reasons, but judging it based on it's bottle is undermining it's potential.

Serving type: bottle

11-26-2012 09:11:44 | More by genitempo
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rudzud

Massachusetts

3.75/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Received as an extra in a trade poured into a dogfish head chalice.

A - Poured a deep dark brown black hue with a nice one finger mocha that left light side lacing and a very thin blanket.

S - Aromas of light chocolate, roasted malts, bitter grounds, and light soy sauce.

T - Taste is similar to the nose with more bitter roast and slight Russian imperial soysauce.

M - Mouthfeel is a bit on the thin side for my liking. Actually quite thin.

O - Overall this wasn't a bad ris it just was too thin and a bit much soy sauce.

Serving type: bottle

11-08-2012 21:31:19 | More by rudzud
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ghostwalker

Massachusetts

4.33/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Deep, dark body with a finger of frothy tan head.

Nose is rich dark malt with a piney hop note.

Flavor is reminiscent of GDs Yeti. Rich and smooth, plenty of stout-ness, but with a huge hop bite. Huge malt body gives me molasses, coffee, dates, a hint of soy, then the pine blast finish. Tasty as I could hope for, great stuff.

Mouthfeel is slick and coating, with moderate carbonation, but then there's the hop strippiness on the finish. Really nice.

Overall, an outstanding brew from this Texas brewery. I've never had any of their other beer, but I will look forward to doing so after this treat.

I received this brew as an extra in at least three trades. Glad that I have a couple of more of these to age and enjoy.

Serving type: bottle

09-15-2012 22:39:02 | More by ghostwalker
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TheHopMonster

New York

4.05/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: pours a dark black with a fast dissipating head. Completely black, no light shines through the glass, no visible bubbles; leading to an intensely malted brew.

Smell: Fresh ground coffee, Intense chocolate, and deep earth. Slight sweet tobacco aroma

Taste: Alcohol upfront with sweet malt at the finish. second sip is deep earth with mushrooms; very natural.

Deep imperial stout, intense yet kind with a slight throwback to Irish stouts that have a slight vanilla backbone. Very pleased with its complex taste but it lacks body and a sticking taste. Head dissipates too quickly.

Serving type: bottle

08-31-2012 02:32:11 | More by TheHopMonster
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tut2528

Illinois

3.5/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Shoutout to fatbeats18 for this one, thanks man!

A: black body, completely opaque even when held up to the light. Creates about 2 fingers worth of light tan colored thick head with phenomenal lacing. Moderate size bubbles stick to the sides of the glass.

S: the usual components of the style are easily picked up. I get a nice balance of coffee grounds, chocolate, so sweet dark fruits, malt, and a touch of vanilla. I also notice some hops lingering in there as well.

T: very similar to the nose (all the same components), except I find more toasted notes here and the alcohol makes itself present.

M: full bodied, leaves a slight toasty aspect on the tongue along with some bitter hops.

O: a slightly above average brew in my opinion. The drinkability is high, I just don’t find it all that much different than other RIS.

Serving type: bottle

08-28-2012 05:31:09 | More by tut2528
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mjurney

Texas

3.98/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Black color, can't see through the light. Thick tan color head, looks very creamy. Has a nice lacing on the glass everytime I take a sip.

I get lots of roasted and smokey malts in the nose. Some hint of espresso and dark chocolate.

Deep dark roasted malts up front. Espresso, ripe black cherries, hint of black licorice, there some smokiness in the back end. Peppery finish, yet very smooth. Body is medium-full.

Serving type: bottle

08-22-2012 22:56:08 | More by mjurney
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jaasen64

Massachusetts

3.55/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle thanks to SSW117. Split 3-ways in a mini-tasting- 4 ounces each. Poured into Founders snifter.

A- Pours a fairly opaque dark brown black with some light carbonation. Some decent lacing.

S- Some cocoa, light alcohol, light roasted malts. Not too much aroma strength.

T- Cocoa, some booze, very light roastiness, some licorice, and mlats. Pretty average taste for a RIS.

M- Medium bodied, low carbonation, a very tiny bit of heat, fairly smooth, decently easy to drink.

O- This was a nice average RIS. Easy to drink, nothing that really stood out about it though. I enjoyed drinking it, probably wouldn't go out of my way to get it though. We had a few RIS tonight and this was around the middle.

Serving type: bottle

08-08-2012 02:03:42 | More by jaasen64
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cavedave

New York

4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Thanks to the Tx. trader who shall, due to my poor org. skills, remain nameless.

Pours a darkest brown, glugs in thickly, half inch of dark beige lather, kicks back to a floating island and skimpy ring. Mmmm.

Alcohol spice, licorice and rooty sweet, nice roasty behind it all, burnt caramel and dark malty stone fruit, some bitter like a ghost. Med. strength but what a nice aroma.

You can taste that this is the mellow and meld that a bit of age can do, though that may not be a good thing here. All the flavors of the nose, with cherry the most forward, combine into a really satisfying conglomeration, but one that isn't as out front and in your face bold as a well aged Impy stout can/should be. All together a fine brew, but one that suffers in comparison to many wonderful offerings we are blessed to enjoy.

Thin for style, nicely low carb., juicy but mildly unsatisfying finish, the worst feature of this one.

Not that this one is around much now, but I would gladly get another and recommend an easy score of this now-aged stout.

Serving type: bottle

07-22-2012 19:19:21 | More by cavedave
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gford217

Georgia

3.6/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours dark chocolate brown, definitely not completely black, with a small tan head that lingers as a thick collar.

Aroma is sweet with molasses and licorice on top of the roasted malt backbone. There are coffee hints and still some hops hanging on after the months in the bottle.

Taste is hoppy up front with lots of heavily roasted malts and chocolate. There is licorice and coffee before a bitter roasty finish.

Mouthfeel is light to medium bodied with more carbonation than I was expecting. Comes across a little watery vs. most in the style.

This is a heavily roasted and hoppy impy stout and a pretty tasty one at that.

Serving type: bottle

07-20-2012 03:48:47 | More by gford217
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homebrew311

Illinois

3.8/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Received via trade. Poured into tulip glass. Appearance is opaque and jet black, brown head with nice lacing sticks around. The nose starts with a large dose of chocolate malt paired with delicate notes of black licorice and a touch of booziness. I don't really get much in the way of roasted barley on the nose. Dark bitter chocolate comes in big on the taste as well. Lots of depth to the flavor with notes of dark fruit, a hint of herbal hoppiness, and a bit of a boozy bite at the end. The finish is heavy on the bitter side and certainly cancels out any sweetness from the big malt bill. The mouth feel is thick and slightly oily with mild carbonation. Overall, this is a flavor packed Imperial stout that is a little to bitter for my tastes.

Serving type: bottle

05-31-2012 05:19:13 | More by homebrew311
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abraxel

Michigan

3.15/5  rDev -20.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

A - Looks a little thin while pouring, but once it's settled in the glass it's nicely black, with pleasant lacing.

S - Lots of sweet, fruity, dark, plums and raisins, with a shadow of roastiness. It's not very complex or interesting, but smells good.

T - More of those dark fruits, and a fair amount of roasty bitterness and some molasses. The flavors seem a little messy and don't mingle well, though. It's a little one-dimensional for a RIS, but it's not horrible.

M - Weak. Quite thin, with a bit too much carbonation bite.

Overall, not bad, but kinda meh.

Serving type: bottle

05-23-2012 23:36:52 | More by abraxel
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silentjay

Massachusetts

3.53/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

pitch black with a decent dark mocha head that quickly starts to recede leaving behind decent lacing.

lots of molasses, some woody hops, caramel, toffee, root beer, licorice.

lots of licorice and molasses, mostly molasses. very sweet almost an aged Old Ale malt profile. woody/earthy hops bring in some tobacco leaf and a bit of citrus pith.

full bodied and sticky with decent carbonation (if not too heavy) and a long-lingering sweetness.

well.... I liked it a bit, but not a lot. It's like if you took a 2008 Old Stock Ale and mixed it 75/25 with a fresh Storm King. I'd rather either of those separately, I think.

Serving type: bottle

05-03-2012 02:21:54 | More by silentjay
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DCon

Missouri

4.05/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Enjoyed on-tap @ the Schlafly Repeal of Prohibition Festival @ the Schlafly Bottleworks in Maplewood, MO. Tapped from the White/Red Tap Handle w/ 15th Anniversary on it into a 16oz Schlafly Cup.

Appearance- Received with a 1 finger, dark brown head that has great retention. Has the deepest brown body you can find in an Imperial Stout. Leaves a few suds behind but doesn't stick.

Serving type: on-tap

04-16-2012 21:09:12 | More by DCon
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kscaldef

Oregon

3.98/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours very dark, with just a ring of mocha bubbles. Lots of chocolate aroma, with some roasty woody notes. Taste is a mouthful of dark chocolate with enough carbonation to keep it easily drinkable. Medium-heavy body, but dry; not at all syrupy or cloying. Very solid, well-made brew.

Serving type: bottle

03-28-2012 04:48:32 | More by kscaldef
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peensteen

Ontario (Canada)

3.9/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thank you to LadyOfMuchBeer for sending this my way.

Dark and near black in colour, tan coloured head with some lace left behind. Nose is of coffee and roasted malt, liquorice, bakers chocolate and even some molasses scents show up as well. Taste is of coffee up front, roast and some earthy hop, chocolate of of both milk and dark varieties, more coffee and roast flavours in the finish. Mouthfeel is a little thin but still works well here, lightly carbonated with touches of cream as well. Quite good overall, good drinkability and very flavourful, thanks again for this great extra Laura.

Serving type: bottle

03-17-2012 01:54:13 | More by peensteen
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Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

3.93/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Black with a little head. A story in coffee, very fresh tasting. Good for what it is. A nice very coffee tasting IS. Real Ales has picked it up a notch from the basic stuff I tried from them years back. Very good drinkability, and surprising as I am not a coffee drinker. Nicely hopped.thanks for sharing Pino.

Serving type: bottle

03-16-2012 02:46:54 | More by Sammy
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Anniversary Ale XV from Real Ale Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 222 ratings.