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Real Ale 15th Anniversary (XV)

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RATINGS: 120   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.71   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.


4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
bbcd (214) - Austin, Texas, USA - JUL 26, 2013
brown, nearly black. creamy brown head with fairly long retention and a lot of lacing. chocolate, anise, dark fruits, a slight unfortunate metallic aftertaste. medium-heavy sweet, medium bitter. full body, creamy feel.

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
kevinator (847) - The Colony, Texas, USA - JUL 4, 2013
Nice and tasty. Strong sweet and roasted aroma with some alcohol. Very dark coffee color with virtually no head. Oily and slightly heavy palate with a sharpness at the end. Tastes of roasted malts, coffee and dark chocolate are up front. There was some hops bitterness to finish it. This also had a dryness to it. Improved as it warmed. Rivals The Kracken.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
mikedR (1075) - Gilbert, Arizona, USA - APR 25, 2013
Courtesy of Scott O! This one is nice -- can't recall seeing an imperial in a 12 oz before. Deep black pour. Strong stout body: rich malt flavor and aroma, with no bitterness but a nice roastiness. Overall flavor I'm getting is stout-stout-stout -- and that's a good thing. Picking up some coffee and chocolate as well, tho I think that's to be expected. In a word, this is solid. I don't vote Republican, but this is a dubyah stout: no nonsense and quite sure of its convictions. Recommended! ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Glouglouburp (5938) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - APR 4, 2013
In short: A sweet and roasty stout with awkward spicy & minty edge. Ok.
How: Bottle 12oz, consumed 6 months after receiving it from my BA friend Scott, thanks buddy.
The look: Black body topped by a medium tan head with medium retention and leaving lots of lacings on the glass.
In long: Nose is medium roasty, roasted cookies, fresh green minty notes. Taste has molasses cookies, strong roast presence but without coffee/chocolate, Dare Foods Bear Paws™, fruit cake, a clove-like spiciness, pleasant green minty flavor, light milky notes. Doesn’t feel sweet on the attack but has plenty of residual sugars in the after-taste. Pleasant full body with a lively carbonation. Not a bad beer at all but some flavor elements clashed with each other (roast, clove-ish spiciness, minty hops) and the whole thing was a bit awkward. This Texan brewery caused controversy by using ROMAN numerals for this anniversary beer, it makes it less Americans, Obama is being blamed.

3.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
AdamJackson (2344) - Enfield, New Hampshire, USA - APR 3, 2013
1 finger brown head, deep black pour. Tons of chocolate and roastiness. Sweet, mellow finish, burnt coffee beans, a bit of astringency and charred oak. Nice but a bit thin for a 10% beer.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Phatdog1 (179) - Brentwood, New Hampshire, USA - MAR 5, 2013
12 oz bottle compliments of Crajun. Split between 2 sample glasses. Poured a thick oily black, little to no head. Nose of earth, dark fruit and coffee. Thick mouthfeel with a nice blend of coffee, raisins, dark chocolate and brown bread. Hint of pumpernickel, am I crazy? Slight boozy finish, but just what you'd expect from a RIP. not best in class, but well worth seeking out! ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
JStax (2773) - Devola/Marietta, Ohio, USA - JAN 25, 2013
Poured from a 12 ounce bottle. Pours a darker brown to black with a thin tan head of foam. The aroma is a musky, earthy, chocolate, roasty, and mildly sweet. Mildly bitter and most definitely roasty on the palate.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
JakeSparks (124) - Alvin, Texas, USA - JAN 21, 2013
the truly amazing imperial stout from texas. at first it was too big but after a few sips, amazing

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
BelgBeerGeek (1297) - Antwerp, BELGIUM - DEC 30, 2012
Thx to Tstocksrtom !

Head: small, espresso
Colour: black
Smell: reminds me of Mikkeller Beergeek Breakfast, so strong coffee and roasty aroma !
Taste: coffee, roasted malts, tad irony and medium bitterness at first, then it gets a bit more boozey with touches of anise and charcoal, end is dry and grassy, very good !

3.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
bitbucket (2159) - Kirkland, Washington, USA - DEC 3, 2012
12oz. bottle Pours opaque black with a lacy tan head. Aroma is sweet molasses and roasty malt with a touch of coffee and chocolate. Taste starts with molasses and coffee, but gets ashy quickly. There is so much char in the finish that it’s hard to appreciate the hops. This beer would probably be great in three or four years, but today it is sort of disappointing.


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