Anniversary Ale XV - Real Ale Brewing Company
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4.33/5 rDev +9.9%
Deep, dark body with a finger of frothy tan head.
Nose is rich dark malt with a piney hop note.
Flavor is reminiscent of GDs Yeti. Rich and smooth, plenty of stout-ness, but with a huge hop bite. Huge malt body gives me molasses, coffee, dates, a hint of soy, then the pine blast finish. Tasty as I could hope for, great stuff.
Mouthfeel is slick and coating, with moderate carbonation, but then there's the hop strippiness on the finish. Really nice.
Overall, an outstanding brew from this Texas brewery. I've never had any of their other beer, but I will look forward to doing so after this treat.
I received this brew as an extra in at least three trades. Glad that I have a couple of more of these to age and enjoy.
09-15-2012 22:39:02 | More by ghostwalker
4.05/5 rDev +2.8%
Appearance: pours a dark black with a fast dissipating head. Completely black, no light shines through the glass, no visible bubbles; leading to an intensely malted brew.
Smell: Fresh ground coffee, Intense chocolate, and deep earth. Slight sweet tobacco aroma
Taste: Alcohol upfront with sweet malt at the finish. second sip is deep earth with mushrooms; very natural.
Deep imperial stout, intense yet kind with a slight throwback to Irish stouts that have a slight vanilla backbone. Very pleased with its complex taste but it lacks body and a sticking taste. Head dissipates too quickly.
08-31-2012 02:32:11 | More by TheHopMonster
3.5/5 rDev -11.2%
Shoutout to fatbeats18 for this one, thanks man!
A: black body, completely opaque even when held up to the light. Creates about 2 fingers worth of light tan colored thick head with phenomenal lacing. Moderate size bubbles stick to the sides of the glass.
S: the usual components of the style are easily picked up. I get a nice balance of coffee grounds, chocolate, so sweet dark fruits, malt, and a touch of vanilla. I also notice some hops lingering in there as well.
T: very similar to the nose (all the same components), except I find more toasted notes here and the alcohol makes itself present.
M: full bodied, leaves a slight toasty aspect on the tongue along with some bitter hops.
O: a slightly above average brew in my opinion. The drinkability is high, I just don’t find it all that much different than other RIS.
08-28-2012 05:31:09 | More by tut2528
3.98/5 rDev +1%
Black color, can't see through the light. Thick tan color head, looks very creamy. Has a nice lacing on the glass everytime I take a sip.
I get lots of roasted and smokey malts in the nose. Some hint of espresso and dark chocolate.
Deep dark roasted malts up front. Espresso, ripe black cherries, hint of black licorice, there some smokiness in the back end. Peppery finish, yet very smooth. Body is medium-full.
08-22-2012 22:56:08 | More by mjurney
3.55/5 rDev -9.9%
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.
08-08-2012 02:03:42 | More by jaasen64
4/5 rDev +1.5%
Thanks to the Tx. trader who shall, due to my poor org. skills, remain nameless.
Pours a darkest brown, glugs in thickly, half inch of dark beige lather, kicks back to a floating island and skimpy ring. Mmmm.
Alcohol spice, licorice and rooty sweet, nice roasty behind it all, burnt caramel and dark malty stone fruit, some bitter like a ghost. Med. strength but what a nice aroma.
You can taste that this is the mellow and meld that a bit of age can do, though that may not be a good thing here. All the flavors of the nose, with cherry the most forward, combine into a really satisfying conglomeration, but one that isn't as out front and in your face bold as a well aged Impy stout can/should be. All together a fine brew, but one that suffers in comparison to many wonderful offerings we are blessed to enjoy.
Thin for style, nicely low carb., juicy but mildly unsatisfying finish, the worst feature of this one.
Not that this one is around much now, but I would gladly get another and recommend an easy score of this now-aged stout.
07-22-2012 19:19:21 | More by cavedave
3.6/5 rDev -8.6%
Pours dark chocolate brown, definitely not completely black, with a small tan head that lingers as a thick collar.
Aroma is sweet with molasses and licorice on top of the roasted malt backbone. There are coffee hints and still some hops hanging on after the months in the bottle.
Taste is hoppy up front with lots of heavily roasted malts and chocolate. There is licorice and coffee before a bitter roasty finish.
Mouthfeel is light to medium bodied with more carbonation than I was expecting. Comes across a little watery vs. most in the style.
This is a heavily roasted and hoppy impy stout and a pretty tasty one at that.
07-20-2012 03:48:47 | More by gford217
3.8/5 rDev -3.6%
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.
05-31-2012 05:19:13 | More by homebrew311
3.15/5 rDev -20.1%
A - Looks a little thin while pouring, but once it's settled in the glass it's nicely black, with pleasant lacing.
S - Lots of sweet, fruity, dark, plums and raisins, with a shadow of roastiness. It's not very complex or interesting, but smells good.
T - More of those dark fruits, and a fair amount of roasty bitterness and some molasses. The flavors seem a little messy and don't mingle well, though. It's a little one-dimensional for a RIS, but it's not horrible.
M - Weak. Quite thin, with a bit too much carbonation bite.
Overall, not bad, but kinda meh.
05-23-2012 23:36:52 | More by abraxel
3.53/5 rDev -10.4%
pitch black with a decent dark mocha head that quickly starts to recede leaving behind decent lacing.
lots of molasses, some woody hops, caramel, toffee, root beer, licorice.
lots of licorice and molasses, mostly molasses. very sweet almost an aged Old Ale malt profile. woody/earthy hops bring in some tobacco leaf and a bit of citrus pith.
full bodied and sticky with decent carbonation (if not too heavy) and a long-lingering sweetness.
well.... I liked it a bit, but not a lot. It's like if you took a 2008 Old Stock Ale and mixed it 75/25 with a fresh Storm King. I'd rather either of those separately, I think.
05-03-2012 02:21:54 | More by silentjay
Anniversary Ale XV from Real Ale Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 227 ratings.