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

234 Ratings
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Ratings: 234
Reviews: 97
rAvg: 3.93
pDev: 10.69%
Wants: 6
Gots: 43 | 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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3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

Photo of duff247
3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

Photo of Jame515
4/5  rDev +1.8%

Photo of lackenhauser
4.38/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Black-as in jet black. Could use a bit more of a head. Looks almost still though it is definately carbonated. Sweetish, toffee like aroma-somewhat burnt caramel like. Deeply roasted flavor but has a very prominant, upfront sweetness to it like it is an imperial milk stout. Burnt and bitter roasted flavors. Molasses and treacle. Full and sticky mouthfeel-again quite sweet all around. Velvety smooth. Very drinkable and enjoyable. Well done-might be a touch sweet for some folks.

Photo of peensteen
3.9/5  rDev -0.8%
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.

Photo of CoryR
3.5/5  rDev -10.9%

Photo of DonFrap
3.25/5  rDev -17.3%

Photo of CraigTravor
4/5  rDev +1.8%

Photo of elNopalero
4.1/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a stout black with these wonderful heavy coffee aromas. There’s a bit of a sweet finish to the nose as well. Quite the boozy kick to the palate. I get some black licorice on the finish as well—nothing like the Stone RIS they released this year, definitely more subdued, but hints of it. It’s oily, not a heavy beer, and oh so good. I don’t know how it is in bottles because I’ve only had it on draught but I love it.

Photo of HardTarget
4.04/5  rDev +2.8%
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!

Photo of JRod1969
4.25/5  rDev +8.1%

Photo of Hopmodium
4.25/5  rDev +8.1%

Photo of inlimbo77
3.9/5  rDev -0.8%
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.

Photo of crossovert
3.9/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle. Cellar temp.

IT pours a dense black with a foamy tan head.

The smell is nice, a mix of sugars and cocoa with a bit of dark fruit and yeast action.

The flavor is nice. It has a rich roasty bitter cocoa flavor along with some caramel and dark fruits. It is mildly alcoholic which is nice considering the abv.

The mouthfeel is just a tad it think, but I really like the mouthfeel.

Photo of AlCaponeJunior
3.95/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Black as night with a 1/4" head that didn't last long, and so-so lacing.

Smell is lots of roasted and burnt malts, dark chocolate, coffee.

Taste follows smell, with loads of coffee up front, tons of semi-sweet baker's chocolate, a plethora of malts, burnt and roasted, a little bit of sweetness and ample bitterness from a well balancing hops presence.

Feel is full and bitter, lingeringly bitter from the hop, and with a slight choco-coffee finish. Alcohol a bit noticeable on the finish.

Overall it's tasty and a pretty good RIS. Certainly worth a try, and I'd be happy to have a four pack of it too.

Photo of jaasen64
3.55/5  rDev -9.7%
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.

Photo of thebigredone
3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

Photo of bmwats
3.73/5  rDev -5.1%
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.

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4/5  rDev +1.8%

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3.5/5  rDev -10.9%

Photo of LakerLeith
4/5  rDev +1.8%

Photo of facundoCNB
4.58/5  rDev +16.5%
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.

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3.5/5  rDev -10.9%

Photo of LambicKing
4/5  rDev +1.8%

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3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

Anniversary Ale XV from Real Ale Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 234 ratings.