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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.


4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
SPDickerman (913) - Texas, USA - SEP 1, 2011
Pours pitch black with with small brown fizz. Smells of rich, dark chocolate and coffee, espresso, maybe a touch of licorice or molasses. Tastes rich, bittersweet, chocolate and coffee. Full-bodied with a smooth texture and soft mouth-carbonation, Real Ale XV (15th Anniversary Imperial Stout) finishes bittersweet.

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 19/20
llcooldave (1065) - San Antonio, Texas, USA - SEP 10, 2011
Caramel cola colored head and black in appearance. Dark cocoa aroma notes mixed in with some fresh roasted coffee and followed by a sweet alcohol ester. Really nice sweet roasted malt flavor and some sepresso bitterness. Dark chocolate notes as well. It kinda reminds me of an Oreo cookie (minus the filling of course). Overall, it’s like drinking a straight shot of 100 proof Awesome. They need to brew this more often!

4.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
blm225 (8) - Texas, USA - AUG 31, 2011 does not count
It is actually a pretty decent stout. They are calling it a Russian Imperial Stout. I think they got this one right. It is very chocolatey with the hoppyness up front and not as much in the aftertaste. It is not edgy or harsh as some IRS tend to be. It has hints of milk chocolate, bitter oranges, and raw cocoa. with dark chocolate slight coffee aftertaste with a bit of sweetness. It actually has good flavor at colder temperatures of 40 degrees but I recommend 50 - 55 degrees to savor the flavor change and complexity. My tasting is the bottled version. I bought a whole case the day after trying this one. Highly recommended. Looking forward to trying the draft and Mysterium Vernum versions of this ale.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Crispy34 (349) - Texas, USA - AUG 14, 2012
Poured from bottle. Poured black with a pretty tan head. Smells of sweet coffee and malt. The taste starts out as dark, dry malt, and then the hops settle in slowly. It is actually pretty interesting how the flavor unfolds. The dark dry stout flavor just melts into a slight hop flavor and finishes dry and a little boozy. The palate is just like all good stouts, so good palate. Overall, I am glad I bought a four pack. I will age some and see what else this beer can produce.

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

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

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Cavie (3748) - Fort Worth, Texas, USA - AUG 16, 2011
Tap at Gman FW. Pitch black, no light gets through. Light tan head. Aroma is dark malts, heavy brown sugar, milk chocolate and roasted notes. Flavor is dark malts, fairly bitter, some dark chocolate notes but man is this good. Well done for sure!

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
degbert (1061) - Austin, Texas, USA - SEP 1, 2011
Bottle. Pours an opaque black with a long-lasting cinnamon head. Nose is dates, figs, strong tea, and spice. Taste is rich and malty with a touch of sweetness -- there are almost port-like notes in there, along with espresso and licorice. Finishes long, with the bitterness predominating. Pretty damned good.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
SudsMcDuff (5789) - .....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.

4.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
GODiSSOUTHERN (353) - Virginia, USA - DEC 22, 2011
Really tasty. Slick mouthfeel. Bittersweet chocolate and espresso. Nice citrusy bright hop feel on the finish.


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