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Anniversary Ale XV - Real Ale Brewing Company

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Anniversary Ale XVAnniversary Ale XV

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very good

229 Ratings
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Ratings: 229
Reviews: 96
rAvg: 3.94
pDev: 10.41%
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:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: drummermattie02 on 06-25-2011)
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2.5/5  rDev -36.5%

Gonzoillini, Jan 02, 2012
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2.75/5  rDev -30.2%

ShanePB, Mar 28, 2014
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3/5  rDev -23.9%

notalumberjack, Mar 04, 2012
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3/5  rDev -23.9%

rbrowder, Jan 26, 2012
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3/5  rDev -23.9%

TexAggie011, Dec 25, 2011
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3/5  rDev -23.9%

birchstick, Nov 06, 2013
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3/5  rDev -23.9%

jl28r1, Sep 16, 2012
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3/5  rDev -23.9%

ReyG006, Sep 17, 2012
Photo of bread112
3.03/5  rDev -23.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Served at a Real Ale's anniversary party in a plastic cup on 6/25/11.

Perfect day for a stout with the relative humidity at 104, no seriously! First impressions: light to medium roast with an coffee underlining. Light body. Tad bit high on carbonation for this style of beer. Reminds me of their coffee porter. Finishes with coffee and a bit of bitterness hop finish.

Overall: There're are a lot of representations of this style on the market. Many push the limits and some miss the mark. This one missed the mark. Looking towards the future to taste the same beer with a bit of age and in a barrel?!?

Label as: session-able RIS

bread112, Jun 26, 2011
Photo of abraxel
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.

abraxel, May 24, 2012
Photo of AgentZero
3.15/5  rDev -20.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A - Black beer that browns on the edges. Head bubbled up tan for just a second. Fades to nothing, no stick on the glass.

S - Very chocolatey smelling beer, that's by far the most dominant note. Smells somewhat like carob.

T - Tastes a lot like chocolate, almost milk chocolate at that. It's fine for what it is, but the finish is horrible. Tastes like tar and chalk and lingers for too long.

M - Medium bodied, some soft carbonation.

O - Passable, but nothing I would want to drink again. It's a sweet stout and the aftertaste just killed it.

AgentZero, Oct 05, 2011
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3.18/5  rDev -19.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Review from my phone, so apologies for weird autocorrect and shortened review.
Stopped in trinity hall with the girlfriend and was pleasantly surprised to see this on rotator. Server told me it is served in a sort of flute, but asked for it to be in a tulip before he brought it. Came out with about a finger of head and looked nice and dark!
Nose was a little disappointing, it seemed a bit muted. For some chocolate, coffee, hint of ginger, and booze. After it warmed more I got some anise out of it.
Taste was following the nose, very lacking in the flavors department... they were all there, but really toned down.... with anise coming out more as it warmed, as did the boozy finish.

the biggest issue I had was how thin it was. it looked like it was going to be this big thick masterpiece, but wasnt. really thin for the style... almost seemed watered down. It was nice and creamy, though which made it MUCH more enjoyable than it actually was.

crusian, Aug 07, 2011
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3.25/5  rDev -17.5%

Duff27, Jan 09, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -17.5%

DonFrap, Aug 09, 2012
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3.25/5  rDev -17.5%

Knapp85, Jan 19, 2014
Photo of bisonkron
3.38/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Light black in color, with a light brown head. Lacing sticks around to the end. Carbonation seemed a bit low.

Smelled sweet and roasty. With some chocolate and dark fruit.

Very smooth with sweetness and chocolate following the nose. Roasted malt and coffee. Body is light.

Overall: Very easy drinking, but lacked a bit of kick in the flavor. Does not seem like it would hold up well with age, but perhaps they will barrel age some.

bisonkron, Jun 26, 2011
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3.43/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Put in fridge for 5 minutes then poured into Tulip.

Appearance-Looks pretty dark to me. Head came out as a nice bubbly khaki head that dissipates fairly quickly.

Smell-Sweet dark malts, some cherrys. Was hoping for more.

Taste-Sweet malts, Pretty roasty. Some vanilla and anise like flavor. Hops are there, but not exactly coming through that well. I do get some light booze, but I can definitely feel it more then I can taste it.
EDIT: When I came down to the final few ounces, I really started getting some more booze.

Mouthfeel-A little watery, would like a little more body on it. Nonetheless it's very easy to drink.

Overall-Not that bad of a beer, but nothing to brag about. Not very viscous of a stout which makes it easy to just drink, but just not very flavorful.

SWMeyer4141, Oct 03, 2011
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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.

TMoney2591, Nov 29, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -11.2%

XicanoBeerRun, Jan 01, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -11.2%

cdwil, Dec 29, 2011
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3.5/5  rDev -11.2%

cpinto6, Mar 26, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -11.2%

nmann08, Oct 15, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -11.2%

bbadger, Nov 28, 2011
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3.5/5  rDev -11.2%

BeerHunter76, Jan 19, 2012
Photo of tut2528
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.

tut2528, Aug 28, 2012
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Anniversary Ale XV from Real Ale Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 229 ratings.