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Real Ale 15th Anniversary (XV)

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RATINGS: 121   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.7   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 294   ABV: 9.8%
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A Majestic Ale For A Momentous Occasion. This noble brew evolved from its common cousins, porter and stout, by necessity to endure the long voyage to the Russian royal court. Colossal additions of American hops are used to balance the robust malt character and infuse this ale with their distinctly citrus-like qualities. 15th Anniversary Ale can be consumed now or laid down for further enjoyment. Take some home to share with friends and family at your court.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
hopscotch (9519) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - OCT 31, 2011
Bottle… Pours tar black with a small, creamy, beige head. Decent retention. The aroma is full of caramel and dark chocolate with hints of blackberries and black cherries. Full-bodied with an oily mouthfeel and soft carbonation. Balanced nicely, the flavor offers fruity cherries, blackberries and raspberries swimming in rich, bittersweet dark chocolate. Finishes quite roasty and moderately bitter. The berry esters are a real treat here! Bottle courtesy of ericandersnavy!

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 6/20
jrallen34 (3483) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - OCT 28, 2011
bottle... dark brown beer, watery tan head, no retention but ok lacing... the aroma is severely lacking, wet grains, wet roast, skunk, toast, not a good start... the taste is equally lacking, watery cigarette ash, harsh... don’t bother

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
onceblind (4521) - Denver, Colorado, USA - OCT 15, 2011
GABF 2011. Black with a thin tan head. Deep aroma of heavy roasted black malts, dark bakers chocolate, molasses. Flavor was equally dark and roasty. Smoky dark bakers chocolate, a touch of coffee, pretty sweet and really big. Loads of dark chocolate malt. Great stout.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
SudsMcDuff (5934) - .....Manchester United.........., Texas, USA - OCT 13, 2011
Tap @ Saucer .. pours a deep brown .. medium foam .. roast and tar mostly .. way to easy to drink, just wish i could get a few bottles.. . is the perfect candidate, as long as the viewer can deal with cheeriness that borders on insanity.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
crossovert (7887) - Illinois, USA - SEP 30, 2011
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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
markwise (4543) - North of Tampa, Florida, USA - SEP 29, 2011
Thanks to ericandersnavy for this one as an extra in trade. Cheers, Eric! Pours a dark stout brown with a tan head. Nose is roast, dark chocolate, licorice, some earth, slight dark fruit, and hop bitterness. Flavor is roast, spice, earth, dark chocolate followed by a rush of hop bitterness which goes into lingering cocoa and licorice in the finish. Medium bodied and slightly boozy. Interesting imperial stout.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
travita (4150) - Frisco, Texas, USA - SEP 25, 2011
Bottle. Black in color light tan colored head and dark. The smell is roasty, soy sauce, burnt malts, earthy hops, does not seem to balance jumps around. The taste is really roasty, burnt malts, coffee, and ok. Super roasty.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
rougeau13 (2025) - Richmond, Texas, USA - SEP 20, 2011
UPDATED: JAN 20, 2013 Black, with a small light brown head that fades quickly to a lightly lacing ring. Aroma of smoke, wood, coffee, licorice and chocolate. The taste is rich coffee and chocolate with a nice woody background. Malty and sweet with a nice easy bitterness. Creamy, full bodied, mildly dry, slight alcohol presence. Not the top of the imperial stout pile, but quite good.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
KAggie97 (3529) - Ugly, Hot, and Humid Spring, Texas, USA - SEP 18, 2011
Pours a deep black with a nose of coffe grounds, chocolate, and light pecan smoke. Flavor is chocolate coffe with a finish of brackish smoke. Thick mouthfeel. A great beer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
brokensail (11550) - Orange County, California, USA - SEP 16, 2011
A: The beer pours almost black in color with a small khaki colored head. S: Sort of roasty with a bit of prunes and licorice. A little bit of molasses sweetness, coffee, maybe some earthy hop notes. Really kind of bland for an imperial stout. T: Licorice and burnt sugar, some dark fruits (probably raisins), and an overall sweetness. A definite bitterness and roasted malt note, maybe some coffee and molasses. M: Smooth, medium bodied and medium carbonation. O: Sort of disappointing and bland for an imperial stout. Not what I was hoping for.

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