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Anniversary Ale XV | Real Ale Brewing Company

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Anniversary Ale XVAnniversary Ale XV

Brewed by:
Real Ale Brewing Company
Texas, United States

Style: Russian Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.80%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
None provided.

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 248 |  Reviews: 98
Reviews by Siggy125:
Photo of Siggy125
3.73/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle to tulip glass. Dark espresso black in color. Pillowy tan head leaving lots of lacing on the glass.

Burnt roasted malts on the nose with resiny hop presence.

Taste similar to aroma. Burnt toffee and malts with burnt black coffee overtones. Hefty hop presence, but seems to mellow with temperature increase. Dark bitter chocolate on the finish with a strange lingering salty-sweetness.

A fairly bold RIS with medium body mouhfeel. I apired with some smoked almonds, very nice.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of dwpiercetx
4.53/5  rDev +15%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Great addition to the Real Ale lineup. It is a solid RIS. Too bad it's an anniversary ale...because I would love to be able to buy this year-round and for years to come.

It was dark like a stout should be and the head was a nice dark tan that held for a while. Tasted the alcohol since it was above 9% but it didn't shield the taste of the malt and hops. It was smooth even at +9%.

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Photo of ms11781
3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

Photo of LtCracker20
3.95/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Pours an almost black body with ruby hues. A 1-finger khaki head that falls pretty quickly to a thin cap. Leaves some nice lacing.

S- Very roasted aroma, some bitter chocolate, and espresso.

T- Bitter chocolate, roasted malts, slight citrus and piney hop flavors as well.

MF- A little on the thinner side, but still a moderate body.

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Photo of guajolote
4/5  rDev +1.5%

Photo of tut2528
3.51/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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.

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Photo of Gonzoillini
2.5/5  rDev -36.5%

Photo of silentjay
3.53/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

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Photo of 4DAloveofSTOUT
4/5  rDev +1.5%

Photo of Captainren
4/5  rDev +1.5%

Photo of lpotter
4.25/5  rDev +7.9%

Photo of Alieniloquium
3.55/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

12 oz. bottle poured into a snifter.

Appearance - Deep black body. Small khaki head. Settles to a medium collar and some surface wisping.

Smell - Pretty intense. Coffee. Burnt malts. Soy sauce. Raisins. Dark chocolate. The whole spectrum of imperial stout aromas.

Taste - Slightly ashy and burnt up front. Coffee malt. Kinda sweet. Raisins in the back end, maybe from a bit of oxidation.

Mouthfeel - Intense. A little hot and boozy. Medium carbonation. Medium heavy body.

Overall - Slow sipper of a beer. But interesting.

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Photo of ColdPoncho
4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks Charlie

A - The pour is surprisingly light in color, quite transparent and red-brown, but it fills nicely to a deep dark brown body with a nice amount of fluffy tan head.

S - Smoked meats, dark fruits, nutty, chocolatey, a touch boozy. Pretty good.

T - Lots of roasted malt flavor, some heat of alcohol and hops, some sweet fruity and smoky notes. Much more roasty than I'd expect or like, but it's pretty good. Some nice chocolate stuff.

M - smooth, full, nice body.

O - Kind of unimpressive, but not offensive. It's good, not great. I don't think this is a candidate for extended aging.

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Photo of Glibber
4.25/5  rDev +7.9%

Photo of chilly460
3.97/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a very dark brown with a decent tan/brown head that fades to an outer ring. Decent lacing.

S: Hints of chocolate and coffee with a good bit of dark fruit, some citrus hops in the background. Nice complexity.

T: Basic taste up front is chocolate and medium roast coffee. Slight vanilla or sweeter flavor in there too. Finishes with some sweeter hops, nice surprise.

M: The feel has a nice creaminess with a medium-full body.

O: Very solid beer, easy to drink with decent complexity.

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Photo of DucksFan16
3.77/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of cavedave
4.02/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of EgadBananas
3.73/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours black. Medium tan head, nice lace. Nice, but subtle roasted malt aroma. Taste is fairly chocolaty, roasted, with a light coffee note. Feels thick, full, and creamy. Nothing disappointing there. Solid RIS, but I think some age might do it well. I'm up to the challenge.

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Photo of SWMeyer4141
3.41/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Put in fridge for 5 minutes then poured into Tulip.

Appearance-Looks pretty dark to me. Head came out as a nice bubbly khaki head that dissipates fairly quickly.

Smell-Sweet dark malts, some cherrys. Was hoping for more.

Taste-Sweet malts, Pretty roasty. Some vanilla and anise like flavor. Hops are there, but not exactly coming through that well. I do get some light booze, but I can definitely feel it more then I can taste it.
EDIT: When I came down to the final few ounces, I really started getting some more booze.

Mouthfeel-A little watery, would like a little more body on it. Nonetheless it's very easy to drink.

Overall-Not that bad of a beer, but nothing to brag about. Not very viscous of a stout which makes it easy to just drink, but just not very flavorful.

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Photo of mactrail
3.94/5  rDev 0%
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.

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Photo of crossovert
3.9/5  rDev -1%
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.

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Photo of Yulles
4/5  rDev +1.5%

Photo of TMoney2591
3.46/5  rDev -12.2%
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.

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Photo of XicanoBeerRun
3.5/5  rDev -11.2%

Photo of drummermattie02
4.25/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Real Ale anniversary party. Pours black with a nice tan head. Leaves good lacing and legs.

Lots of hops in the nose and a nice roasted coffee note as well.

Taste is slightly sweet with quite a bit of hop bitterness. Roasted malt and coffee in the finish. Very smooth finish despite the hops, I suspect this will age well.

Overall a very good beer from one of my favorite Texas breweries.

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Anniversary Ale XV from Real Ale Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.94 out of 5 with 248 ratings