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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

229 Ratings
THE BROS
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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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: drummermattie02 on 06-25-2011)
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3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

phishbone23, Jan 25, 2013
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4/5  rDev +1.5%

4DAloveofSTOUT, Jan 11, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -17.5%

Duff27, Jan 09, 2013
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5/5  rDev +26.9%

ilikebeer03, Jan 07, 2013
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4/5  rDev +1.5%

ZombiesAteMyDog, Jan 02, 2013
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4/5  rDev +1.5%

Morey, Dec 29, 2012
Photo of inlimbo77
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.

inlimbo77, Dec 27, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +7.9%

Renegrenade, Dec 22, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -11.2%

t0rin0, Dec 17, 2012
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4/5  rDev +1.5%

MoonpieCCSD, Dec 15, 2012
Photo of facundoCNB
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.

facundoCNB, Dec 10, 2012
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4/5  rDev +1.5%

sil1, Dec 06, 2012
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4/5  rDev +1.5%

SteeleWright, Nov 29, 2012
Photo of TMoney2591
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
Photo of genitempo
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.

genitempo, Nov 26, 2012
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4/5  rDev +1.5%

gshak, Nov 14, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

sliks96, Nov 11, 2012
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4/5  rDev +1.5%

bbcd, Nov 10, 2012
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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.

rudzud, Nov 08, 2012
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4/5  rDev +1.5%

oldp0rt, Nov 03, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -11.2%

CoryR, Oct 22, 2012
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4/5  rDev +1.5%

frogfan, Oct 11, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +20.6%

TheStashRide, Oct 08, 2012
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4/5  rDev +1.5%

raffy313, Oct 04, 2012
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4/5  rDev +1.5%

LambicKing, Oct 01, 2012
Anniversary Ale XV from Real Ale Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 229 ratings.