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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 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jbeatty (1133) - New York, USA - JAN 7, 2012
Pours a thick oily black, medium tan head. The head leaves, but the nice lacing remains. Aroma of cedar, soft chocolate blended with vanilla, herbal hoppiness, and roasted coffee finish. Taste starts with sweet chocolate malts, strong roasted coffee, dry bitter finish. Smooth feel, but not quite as full as I’d prefer. Not bad overall, but a bit thin for me and not as bold or cohesive as better stouts.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
IrishBoy (3920) - Bakersfield, California, USA - JAN 1, 2012
12 oz bottle from Hopper; thanks a bunch! Nose is chocolate, toffee, and light vanilla, black with reddish brown edges and a small cinnamon tan head head that laces lightly but dissippates quickly. Flavor is chocolate with moderate pepperiness and light bitterness with a chocolatey and coffee laced finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
crajun (1046) - , Texas, USA - DEC 29, 2011
UPDATED: JAN 27, 2012 Wow; this brewery keeps improving; this is a VERY good impy stout! roasted black pour. Nice roasted aroma. GREAT palate - very velvety smooth. Taste was a nice combo of roasted stuff, a chocolate cocoa powder and slight alcohol will have again drink COLD

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
daknole (10041) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - DEC 26, 2011
Dark pour. Tan head. Smoke, coffee, cocoa aroma. Flavor starts bitter, cocoa, espresso, roast.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
taphandle (1135) - Texas, USA - DEC 26, 2011
Deep brown or black - not much head. Aroma is chocolate. Taste is a deep porter with a very slight burnt, harsh edge which flows into some vanilla in the finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Ughsmash (7267) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 24, 2011
Bottled. Poured fairly deep brown with a short-lived khaki head. The aroma picked up bright, fresh, earthy and sprucey bitterness plus peppery alcohol and rye over buttery chocolates, black patent, and some vanilla.. quite bright overall, and I’m not sure it worked. The flavor found slightly less buttery and very roasty black malts at the core, with scratchy, earthy bitterness and peppery boozage around.. pine showed on the latter half.. finished with a lot of fresh citrus hoppy bitterness and full alcohol warmth.. this got better as the drink progressed. Heavier-bodied with filling, perfectly-adequate carbonation on the palate.. velvety feel across the middle, with heavy hops and alcohol cutting through at the proper times.. this wasn’t great, but it grew on me, and I’d have another.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
GODiSSOUTHERN (388) - Virginia, USA - DEC 22, 2011
Really tasty. Slick mouthfeel. Bittersweet chocolate and espresso. Nice citrusy bright hop feel on the finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
Tabednar (139) - - DEC 18, 2011
12.18.2011 - Houston, TX Bottle Wonderful celebration to a fantastic brewery. Great rendition of one of my favorite varieties. Just try it!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
after4ever (6486) - Brier, Washington, USA - DEC 16, 2011
12-oz. Thanks Bob! Jet black with very little head. Dark coffee nose, big and toasty. Oily and charred. Sticky thick body. Lots of oily, roasty, gourmet coffee on the mid-palate. Gets dry at the end. Big, dark, heavy, and lovely.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
reggiedunlop (3397) - The dub c, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 12, 2011
Pours deep brown/black with ruby hues...medium mocha head. Aroma has dark fruit and tobacco...hint of vanilla. Flavor has a bit more vanilla...very roasty with burnt toffee and slight smoke...definite dark fruit. Mouthfeel is heavy and creamy with a roasted warming dark fruit finish.

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