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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

226 Ratings
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Ratings: 226
Reviews: 94
rAvg: 3.94
pDev: 10.66%
Wants: 6
Gots: 40 | 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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whoneeds8

Texas

3.7/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours black into a tulip glass with minimal head, like about 1/8th of an inch of tan head. The scent has all the right smells, roasted malts and chocolate, but it's just not as strong as it should be. The taste is alright for an "Russian Stout", but there's just no imperial about it. The body is medium to just a little thin for the style.

Overall: I'm glad that Real Ale is bottling rare brews like this, but it just isn't up to their historical rare beer greatness.

Serving type: bottle

09-08-2011 23:51:14 | More by whoneeds8
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amphion1065

Massachusetts

3.7/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle into a Portsmouth tulip, courtesy of htomsirveaux.

It pours a classic RIS black. A half-finger coffee-colored head quickly recedes. Moderate lacing.

A rather beguiling aroma to this one. It's definitely sweet: dark fruits, and a lot of cherries, combine with a brown sugar scent. What's strange to me is the very evident hop profile, which almost makes this smell like a Black IPA. There are definite citrus fruits in the nose, and though that combination doesn't sound terribly appealing it works here.

A very hoppy RIS. Very present bitterness from the hops are accentuated by some roast. An unmistakable taste of citrus fruits, and even more sweetness in the form of molasses. Virtually zero alcohol in the mix.

The carbonation is a little high, but not to a distracting degree. The minimized alcohol presence certainly helps this in the drinkability category.

One of the most hop-forward imperial stouts I've ever tried, this would be an interesting candidate for cellaring. Though it's far from hot, I'd imagine that a lot of the underlying sweetness will only become more present over time, though it's quite fine as is.

Serving type: bottle

10-13-2011 23:42:27 | More by amphion1065
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bmwats

Louisiana

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

poured froma tap into a tulip.

a: black. pours about a qtr. finger brown-white head. settles fairly quickly. leaves a nice foam blanket on the surface. some pretty substantial lacing. leaves some dry sticky residue in it's wake.

s: dark unsweetened chocolate. a little molasses, and roasted coffee beans.

t: roasted malt and espresso with a bitter touch of black licorice.

m: bitter bite. dry finish. high alcohol character.

d: bitterness and alcohol qualities make this a sipping beer.

atmosphere is nice. deep, dark appearance. fair head, and really nice lacing. nose is typical of the style nut well done... dark chocolate, roasted espresso, and licorice. flavor follows suit, dark roasted malty flavor, with hints of sweet and bitter. overall, this is a really good quaff.

Serving type: on-tap

10-05-2011 01:39:04 | More by bmwats
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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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JamLand

Texas

3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

06-26-2013 23:23:41 | More by JamLand
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gtermi

Texas

3.75/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: The Beer pours a very nice dark brown/ black body with a nice inch thick brown head.

S: There is a bit of roasted malt on the nose, but other than that, there just isnt that much to me.

T: Now this is where the beer really shines to me. It has a lot of great roasted malt with a very strong amount of alcohol. As the beer lingers, you start to pick up some chocolate and coffee flavors.

M: This is very smooth for an Imperial Stout, but it has a little burn on the back of the throat. Nothing too great, but not bad either.

O: I really enjoy almost all that Real Ale puts out and this was another great one. I wish this was one of their year-round beers because I would get this all the time.

Serving type: bottle

02-19-2012 03:30:36 | More by gtermi
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greenspointexas

Texas

3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

12-14-2013 22:40:39 | More by greenspointexas
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ROGUE16

Delaware

3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

09-24-2013 23:25:43 | More by ROGUE16
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thebigredone

Wisconsin

3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

07-26-2012 23:34:06 | More by thebigredone
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ms11781

Massachusetts

3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

07-29-2012 15:39:42 | More by ms11781
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smonice

New Jersey

3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

03-11-2013 00:03:48 | More by smonice
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ThirdEyePA

Texas

3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

12-14-2011 02:40:23 | More by ThirdEyePA
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Siggy125

California

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

Poured from a 12oz bottle to tulip glass. Dark espresso black in color. Pillowy tan head leaving lots of lacing on the glass.

Burnt roasted malts on the nose with resiny hop presence.

Taste similar to aroma. Burnt toffee and malts with burnt black coffee overtones. Hefty hop presence, but seems to mellow with temperature increase. Dark bitter chocolate on the finish with a strange lingering salty-sweetness.

A fairly bold RIS with medium body mouhfeel. I apired with some smoked almonds, very nice.

Serving type: bottle

03-02-2012 02:59:20 | More by Siggy125
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ncaudle

Virginia

3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

07-26-2013 23:30:01 | More by ncaudle
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phishbone23

New York

3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

01-25-2013 13:56:20 | More by phishbone23
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jordanmckell

Texas

3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

07-24-2012 03:55:03 | More by jordanmckell
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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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hilgart1

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

02-11-2014 02:21:59 | More by hilgart1
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jbeezification

Texas

3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

09-26-2012 02:58:00 | More by jbeezification
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duff247

Texas

3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

07-18-2013 04:34:39 | More by duff247
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madtowndmb1

Wisconsin

3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

02-17-2013 00:28:16 | More by madtowndmb1
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sliks96

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

11-11-2012 02:46:53 | More by sliks96
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archero

Texas

3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

09-30-2013 02:46:18 | More by archero
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EgadBananas

Louisiana

3.78/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours black. Medium tan head, nice lace. Nice, but subtle roasted malt aroma. Taste is fairly chocolaty, roasted, with a light coffee note. Feels thick, full, and creamy. Nothing disappointing there. Solid RIS, but I think some age might do it well. I'm up to the challenge.

Serving type: bottle

09-09-2011 02:47:05 | More by EgadBananas
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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
Anniversary Ale XV from Real Ale Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 226 ratings.