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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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: drummermattie02 on 06-25-2011)
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3.5/5  rDev -11.2%

nmann08, Oct 15, 2013
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4/5  rDev +1.5%

Jame515, Oct 01, 2013
Photo of archero
3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

archero, Sep 30, 2013
Photo of ROGUE16
3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

ROGUE16, Sep 25, 2013
Photo of PhatAtUT
3.5/5  rDev -11.2%

PhatAtUT, Sep 22, 2013
Photo of bh123
4.25/5  rDev +7.9%

bh123, Sep 01, 2013
Photo of roodie
4/5  rDev +1.5%

roodie, Aug 06, 2013
Photo of ncaudle
3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

ncaudle, Jul 27, 2013
Photo of duff247
3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

duff247, Jul 18, 2013
Photo of jheezee
4/5  rDev +1.5%

jheezee, Jul 02, 2013
Photo of JamLand
3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

JamLand, Jun 27, 2013
Photo of RealAleBlanco
4.5/5  rDev +14.2%

RealAleBlanco, Jun 15, 2013
Photo of dbc5
3.5/5  rDev -11.2%

dbc5, Jun 13, 2013
Photo of thebouch01
4/5  rDev +1.5%

thebouch01, Jun 12, 2013
Photo of SmellsofMahagony
4/5  rDev +1.5%

SmellsofMahagony, May 22, 2013
Photo of mactrail
3.95/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark brown with a golden glint. Nice beige foam doesn't stick around too long, but leaves plenty of lacing and a sprightly mouthfeel. Poured from the 12 oz bottle bought at Texas Wine Cellars in Fredericksburg, TX.

Sugary sweet to start. Brown sugar and burnt sugar. The hops come on suddenly in a rush of bitterness. This is quite a complex and interesting interplay of flavors. A touch of sourness from the burnt malt. Warm caramel flavors with a winey character. Sort of a Vermouth taste of sweetness and bitterness. Hot and spicy on the tongue. Quite pleasant sipping and conveys a lot of flavor as well as power.

mactrail, May 15, 2013
Photo of csfcmitchell
4/5  rDev +1.5%

csfcmitchell, May 13, 2013
Photo of kellypodz
5/5  rDev +26.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Real Ale 15th Russian Imperial Stout has taken the throne as my favorite beer OF ALL TIME. It's not black as night, but it's close. Mocha head starts thick but dissipates to a ring of bubbles. Lots of chocolate in the aroma. The beer doesn't report to be wood-aged; but I'm getting oak on the nose as well. More chocolate on the tongue with some coffee notes, and a mild citrus hop on the finish. I wish this wasn't a one-time only brew. I have five left I will be rationing cautiously.

kellypodz, Mar 31, 2013
Photo of BackRowBaptist
5/5  rDev +26.9%

BackRowBaptist, Mar 19, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

smonice, Mar 11, 2013
Photo of JeffSuttonTX
5/5  rDev +26.9%

JeffSuttonTX, Mar 10, 2013
Photo of HardTarget
4.04/5  rDev +2.5%
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!

HardTarget, Feb 19, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

madtowndmb1, Feb 17, 2013
Photo of JAHMUR
3.5/5  rDev -11.2%

JAHMUR, Feb 12, 2013
Photo of brentk56
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

brentk56, Feb 10, 2013
Anniversary Ale XV from Real Ale Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 229 ratings.