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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.


4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
mmmbeer (1225) - Austin, Texas, USA - APR 22, 2012
For a 4 Pack that I bought 6 days ago, it’s about time I had one! Served in a shaker- poured a nontransparent solid black (only description available until another color other than black comes along), 5mm darkened tan head formed and did lace mightily. Aroma of enough hops to choke a horse, hate, and a burnt to hell malt- I like it. Hits the mouth with a wide body, malt was indeed burnt to hell but it loved every minute of it, the harshness of the malt plus the hop wave in the middle makes for a fantastic acidity on the finish with cocoa beat into submission- but at least it puts out a whimper. If you don’t like it, go put your tiny balls in the freezer beer bitches...yeah!

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
TChrome (1409) - Bedford, Texas, USA - APR 22, 2012
Beer pours black with a modest, retained dark tan colored head. Aromas hit all the right notes for an impy stout, coffee, very roasty, some light hop citrus. Flavor is quite sweet with some nice bitterness in the finish. The finish is dry as well. This is quite a great beer. Hats off to Real Ale!

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
dantheman278 (1359) - SCOTLAND - APR 22, 2012
Bottle at cgarvieuk’s Danish Invasion. Deep black pour, thick off-white head sticks around. Big nose, surprisingly hoppy, real roast malts, hint of vanilla, blackberry fruits. Bittersweet chocolate, some light vanilla, lovely mellow roast malts, hint of sweet coffee, prickly alcohol, ever-present citrus hops and a nice long finish. Lovely.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
cgarvieuk (13936) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - APR 22, 2012
bottle at The Danish Invasion tasting ...dark black ... thin tan lacing ... soft dark malt roast nose ... soft toffee dark roast ....sweet roast ... dark malts ... soft chocolate ... toffee roast ...

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
vyvvy (3876) - Florissant, Missouri, USA - APR 16, 2012
Sampled at Schlafly 2012 Repeal Fest. Pours dark brown with a tan head. The aroma has lots of roast, cream, dark cocoa, light anise and some alcohol. Full body that is rich with frothy carbonation on the finish. The flavor starts with lots of roast, earthy / spicy hops and some char - very full and rich. The finish is pleasantly abrasive from both the earthy hops and roasted malt. Well done imperial stout.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
phaleslu (6204) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - APR 16, 2012
Draft sample at the Schlafly Repeal of Prohibition Festival, 2012. Pours a deep, mostly opaque, kind of murky dark brown with a small tan ring for a head. The hops are noticeable immediately in the aroma, along with some roast and a lot of bitter dark chocolate. The flavor brings all the same notes along with orange peel and toasted sugar. Medium-bodied, with a bitter mouthfeel and modest carbonation. Hoppy imperial stout. Not bad.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Strykzone (4783) - Wood River, Illinois, USA - APR 14, 2012
Sampled at repeal. A lightveating black pour. This is all about chocolate and is almost like drinking a chocolate pie. A bit of fitrus hops are found way down deep. Nice.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
beerbill (3324) - Laurel, New York, USA - APR 14, 2012
12 oz. bottle courtesy of a trade with crajun. Pours a deep opaque brown with clear reddish brown edges when held against sunlight. There is a moderate tan head that lasted through the first quarter of the glass and left substantial lace. Pleasant aroma of chocolate and roasted malt. Very flavorful with ample roasted malt, a bit of char, and chocolate. Fairly smooth, creamy mouthfeel. Medium-full bodied. Very good!

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
BelgianBeerGal (3102) - Panama City, Florida, USA - APR 2, 2012
Secret Santa 2011 bottle. Nice impy stout. Very darkly roasted with some bitterness from burnt toast and cold coffee notes. Still a fair amount of hop bite left too. Pleasant overall.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BMan1113VR (7822) - Los Angeles, California, USA - APR 2, 2012
Bottle. Pours with a black hued body with brown highlights and a lasting deep brown head with really good lace and retention. Aromas are bready, biscuity, dry, bitter roast, bakers chocolate, light herbal hop, coffee, nice roast, iodine, backstrap molasses, tar, lightly citrusy and earthy qualities. medium alcohol, vanilla and very light esters. Smells dry. Flavors are dry, roasty and very bitter. Black IPA hoppiness. This beer seems to be in the same vein as Stone’s RIS. Very bitter, citrusy, herbal hop character, bready malt, medium dry roast presence (seems character malts are more toast than caramel). Pretty clean yeast wise. A few burnt flavors, molasses. Medium carbonation, full bodied, lingering bitterness, dry warming and roasty (but not astringent or acrid). Solid and potent.


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