Anniversary Ale XV - Real Ale Brewing Company
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3.95/5 rDev +0.3%
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.
05-15-2013 04:23:27 | More by mactrail
5/5 rDev +26.9%
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.
03-31-2013 01:19:47 | More by kellypodz
4.04/5 rDev +2.5%
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!
02-19-2013 04:43:28 | More by HardTarget
3.73/5 rDev -5.3%
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
02-10-2013 23:34:42 | More by brentk56
Anniversary Ale XV from Real Ale Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 227 ratings.