Anniversary Ale XV | Real Ale Brewing Company

Anniversary Ale XVAnniversary Ale XV
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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:
No notes at this time.

Added by drummermattie02 on 06-25-2011

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 248 |  Reviews: 98
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4.5/5  rDev +14.2%

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4/5  rDev +1.5%

Photo of brystmar
4.12/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I'll preface this by saying that my expectations coming in were rather low. I'm from San Antonio and always *want* to like local brews, but I've never had anything from Real Ale that wasn't "blah" at best.

Strong aromas of roasted malt, caramel, chocolate, toffee, and other sweet malts too. Really enjoyed the nose on this.

Taste is strongly dominated by roasty malts. Sweet malt and hints of caramel pop up as well. Pretty one-dimensional for an imperial stout, but this is pretty well done.

Voluptuous body, nicely carbonated. Happy to say this one exceeded my expectations.

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3.5/5  rDev -11.2%

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3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

Photo of TXhomebrewer
4/5  rDev +1.5%

Photo of 2378GCGTG
4.23/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a 12oz into a Duvel tulip at 48 degrees.
Appearance- 1.5 inch mocha head, with good lacing, some rather interesting larger bubbles formed in the head (maybe this is an indication of greater protein content?), anyhow retention was great

Smell- Chocolate, roasted malt, very dark fruits and just a hint of hops

Taste: Chocolate starts the taste, velvety on the pallet but is pushed aside by the malt and dark fruits. All of this is followed by a slight coffee taste, which is finished by an awesome hop balance.

Mouthfeel: Syrupy, with a light carbonation. Thinner than I typically like in a stout, but it works well with the flavors.

Overall: This is an awesome interpretation of the style, the mouthfeel and appearance are different than I typically see for this style, but it works. I think this will age well for 6 months or so.

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Photo of mdfb79
4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Received as an extra from xpimptastikx; thanks Michael. Always interested in a new RIS. Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into my DFH tulip.

a - Pours a very dark brown color, almost black, with two inches of dark tan head and moderate carbonation evident. Head lasts for a minute or two, and leaves a tiny bit of lacing on the glass.

s - Smells of roasted malts, chocolate, vanilla, bitter chocolate, coffee, dark fruits, toasted malts, light alcohol, and light caramel malts. Very roasted and chocolatey, and pretty sweet, but I like it.

t - Tastes of roasted malts, sweet chocolate, bitter chocolate, raisins, sweet dark fruits, coffee, light vanilla, and alcohol. As it warms up some light caramel and toffee, and more burnt and toasted malts.

m - Medium to full body and low carbonation, smooth and a bit creamy. Pretty nice body.

o - Overall a pretty nice RIS. A bit on the sweet side, especially in the nose, but overall a nice RIS. Lots of roasted notes and chocolate, and pretty creamy thick body. Would have it again.

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4/5  rDev +1.5%

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4/5  rDev +1.5%

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4.5/5  rDev +14.2%

Photo of mikesgroove
4.17/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thick with no head, none at all, nadda, not even a bubble. No lace ethier, very odd for an RIS. Smell was very nice. Deep dark chocolate and roasted coffee mixed in with hints of vanilla and sugar. Very sweet, and damn near perfect smell on this, fine job, very rich and desert like. The taste was strong, and definatly packed a punch. Very sweet, with the biggest flavor here being roasted coffee and chocolate. Definate alcohol presence here whci at 10% is not shock. Again the feel was very thick, but the lack of carbonation hurt it, as it did not feel as creamy as it could have been. This left the mouthfeel a bit dull and flat. The finish was nice, dry and somewhat hoppy. This one needs more carbonation. The flatness in the mouthfeel takes away from the great aromas and flavors it possess

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Photo of smithjl10
5/5  rDev +26.9%

Photo of Captainren
4/5  rDev +1.5%

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4/5  rDev +1.5%

Photo of bonkers
4.2/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to texasfan549 for this one, poured into a SA perfect pint glass. The beer is thick, deep obsidibean pour, little tan head, no lacing. The aroma is sweet, burnt roasted malts. The beer has lots of dark fruits, roasted malts, coffee notes, and toffee. The finish lingers. The body is full, light carbonation. I liked this more than most, I felt it was well balanced and well done.

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4/5  rDev +1.5%

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3.5/5  rDev -11.2%

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4/5  rDev +1.5%

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4/5  rDev +1.5%

Photo of eclipse54
4.12/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A 12 ounce bottle from optimator13; thank you! Poured into a Deschutes tulip glass...

Black body with about a finger’s-breadth of foamy brown head. The head dissipates quickly, leaving a ring around and numerous legs of bubbles throughout the surface of the liquid. Scattered patches/strands of dark lacing are left on the glass.

The aroma is of chocolate, cocoa, vanilla, caramel, roasted malt, faint pine, a hint of citrus, and sweet cane sugar.

It tastes of vanilla, chocolate, molasses, a hint of dark licorice, ample cane and brown sugar, some faint hops/citrus, and a roasted malt backbone. Surprisingly well balanced; reading the label suggested there would be a greater hop presence than found, but that was quite pleasant. It seems to have spent an acceptable amount of time in the bottle at this point.

Mouthfeel is a bit on the thin side from what was expected, but that does add to the drinkability of this offering. It’s disappearing quicker than anticipated (I’d hoped it would be more of a sipper...).

Overall, a tasty RIS that I’m very glad to have tried.

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

A: Standard RIS appearance ... some spotty lacing. Just a thin cap of foam after a few minutes.

S: Burnt toast, pine-y hops, licorice.

A: Burnt roasted malts, dark chocolate, more pine hops. A subtle dark cherry note. A bit of booze too.

M: Creamy, lingering pine bitterness.

O: Laying down a bottle for a year down the road, see how this develops.

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5/5  rDev +26.9%

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5/5  rDev +26.9%

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4/5  rDev +1.5%

Anniversary Ale XV from Real Ale Brewing Company
Beer rating: 76.6% out of 100 with 248 ratings
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