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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 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
GAManiac (1944) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - JUL 19, 2012
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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jhamp9 (1204) - Corinth, Texas, USA - JUL 9, 2012
Black pour with a khaki head that fades to a ring. Aroma is molasses, licorice, a hint of coffee, and a little alcohol. Taste starts with molasses and licorice then goes to chocolate, coffee, ash, and bitterness in the finish. Very good.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
StefanSD (2218) - Lakeside, California, USA - JUL 9, 2012
12 oz bottle from Crajun. Thanks. Pours an opaque black color with a small tan head. The aroma is molasses, anise, dates, raisins and a trace of coffee. The taste is roasted grains, with black licorice, molasses, dark fruits and burnt toast. The palate is full, viscous and creamy with soft carbonation. The finish is long and dry. Overall: simply outstanding brewski.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
fonefan (37272) - VestJylland, DENMARK - JUN 6, 2012

Bottle 12fl.oz. @ [ Edinburgh Danish Invasion Tasting) by cgarvieuk - Edinburgh ].

Clear dark red brown colour with a average, frothy, good lacing, mostly lasting, off-white head. Aroma is moderate to heavy malty, roasted, chocolate, light coffee. Flavour is moderate to heavy sweet and moderate bitter with a long duration, chocolate. Body is medium, texture is oily, carbonation is soft. [20120422]

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
coldbrewky (1475) - Hippetown East, New York, USA - JUN 3, 2012
bottle from the great Texan, KAggie. I am running between the raindrops today attempting to get some work done in the hop yard...the damn things are growing like crazy with all this rain. I needed some sustanance, not wanting to get all drowsy with a full stomach I decided to consume this on my first break of the string-trimming session. A quarter acre of hops is alot to do on an empty stomach. This pulled me through the worst of the hand work. Dark as a black steers toucous on a moonless prairie night. Now that I have the Lebowski quote and the Texas homage out of the way.....(the Aggie sent me big beers from the big state). ring of tan head, nose of dark malts and cold coffee. Yes, a harbinger of things to come. body is large but not overly so. Coffee comes out early that is well entwined with dark bitter malt. I will not do my usual rant on the overuse of coffee since this was not the case..but pretty close for my picky self. This one is looking at me from the glass and daring me to keep going...you are on. Sweet tingly finish with some hints at bing cherries. Lacing looks like monochromatic abstract art found on the sides of rail cars. If this came in larger bottles it would be dangerous.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
FrogThor (7) - - MAY 26, 2012 does not count
Dark and malty. Almost like a darker version of their coffee porter. Would drink again.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
kp (10884) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - MAY 20, 2012

Name: 15th Anniversary
Date: May 06, 2012
Mode: Bottle
Source: Tasting, First Sunday
Appearance: black, wispy tan head, bits of lace
Aroma: rich chocolate aroma, light roasted
Flavor: rich roasted flavor, bitter dark chocolate, only a hint of balancing sweetness
Aroma: 6/10; Appearance: 7/10; Flavor: 7/10; Palate: 6/10; Overall: 13/20
Rating: 3.3/5.0
Drinkability: 7/10
Score: **+ /4

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
michael-pollack (4960) - King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 20, 2012
12oz. Bottle: Got in trade from Errl; THANKS Chris! Aroma of malt, chocolate, roast, slight soy, iodine, and back-strap molasses. Poured very dark brown in color with a small, brown head that became creamy and dense as it lasted as a film on top of the beer, as well as around the edges. Opaque. Sparkling. Very good lacing. Flavor is medium to heavily sweet and slightly bitter. Tastes of malt, roasting, chocolate, iodine, licorice, and a hint of bitterness. Medium body. Average texture. Average carbonation. Medium sweet, lightly bitter, malt, roast, chocolate, iodine, licorice, slight hop finish is lightly chalky and lightly dry. 9.8%ABV is completely hidden throughout.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
crosamich (431) - Twin Falls, Idaho, USA - MAY 2, 2012
Slight burnt malts, chocolate aroma, bittersweet cocoa flavor, thin head that sticks around for a spell, some raisin or maybe prunes? Thin body, drinks easy.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BeerCast_Rich (1902) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - MAY 1, 2012
[355ml bottle courtesy of cgarvieuk] Black pour, large tan head. Reduces very quickly to a thin lacing. Strong boozy aroma of vanilla and alcohol. Sweet, slight sherry and raisin flavour but there’s plenty of deep, almost spicy malt. Chocolate in there too. Nice stuff [22042012]

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