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Anniversary Ale XV - Real Ale Brewing Company

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Anniversary Ale XVAnniversary Ale XV

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BA SCORE
88
very good

227 Ratings
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Ratings: 227
Reviews: 95
rAvg: 3.94
pDev: 10.66%
Wants: 6
Gots: 41 | FT: 1
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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beesy

Ohio

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

Poured from a 12oz bottle in a Duvel snifter. Thanks to Tommyhock for sending this in a trade.

A - pours a very dark brown with some deep mahogany hues at the edges. A 3/4 finger medium-dark tan head forms and dissipates fairly quickly. A slim margin of foam resides along the edges.

S - lots of chocolate upfront that blends into large amounts of dark roasted malts and dark roasted coffee. A slight scrid note from the heavy roasted malts. Once I homed in on the dark roast coffee, it became very apparent - reminds me of fresh ground espresso from Stauf's. I roused the glass and the aroma sweetened with more chocolate and maybe some dark fruits present.

T - Lots of flavor. Chocolate, coffee and roast all mixed together well. A very slight touch of caramel sweetness on the back of the palate. The thing that stands out most is the massive hop bitterness that comes out of no where. Slight citrus/pine hints in the bitterness. Long lasting bitterness suggests a bittering hop such as Columbus or Chinook. I didnt detect much in the way of hops in the aroma. I might have liked to age this a few months to take the edge off the bitterness. Maybe a slight note of alcohol detected, but covered well by hop bitterness.

M - medium bodied. I might have wanted a tad more body to hold up to the bitterness. However, once aged and the hop bitterness resided a bit, it would be a good fit.

D - low for me. The hop bitterness put it too out of balance to kick back too many.

Overall, a fine brew that could benefit from a bit of aging.

Update for 11/17/12 bottle:
Bitterness is still very firm and hasnt seemed to relax much. Notes of alcohol have reduced and maybe a little fading of the coffee profiles as it seems more chocolately with a slighly chalky profile now.

Serving type: bottle

01-10-2012 04:12:54 | More by beesy
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Alieniloquium

Florida

3.55/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

12 oz. bottle poured into a snifter.

Appearance - Deep black body. Small khaki head. Settles to a medium collar and some surface wisping.

Smell - Pretty intense. Coffee. Burnt malts. Soy sauce. Raisins. Dark chocolate. The whole spectrum of imperial stout aromas.

Taste - Slightly ashy and burnt up front. Coffee malt. Kinda sweet. Raisins in the back end, maybe from a bit of oxidation.

Mouthfeel - Intense. A little hot and boozy. Medium carbonation. Medium heavy body.

Overall - Slow sipper of a beer. But interesting.

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4.1/5  rDev +4.1%
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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.

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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.

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Anniversary Ale XV from Real Ale Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 227 ratings.