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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.


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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 itís hard to appreciate the hops. This beer would probably be great in three or four years, but today it is sort of disappointing.


3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
chinchill (1724) - South Carolina, USA - APR 6, 2014
A 3 year old 12 oz bottle. Dark red-brown: clear. Full body with near perfect carbonation. Rich and fruity aroma, with a similar but stronger flavor. Lingering aftertaste. Very good balance.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
gkeh (186) - Texas, USA - FEB 25, 2014
Wow. A dark, dark brown pour. Tan head. Aroma is chocolate, vanilla, earthy tones, tasted malts. Taste follows suit. Thick mouthfeel, dry finish. Loved it.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
alexsdad06 (5342) - Ohio, USA - JAN 3, 2014
Bottle shared by someone in the group (from notes). Pours a dark brown color with a small off white head. The aroma and flavor had roasted malts, dark chocolate (somewhat powdery on the nose),mild dark fruits, and a splash of citrus. Decent bitterness at the finish. Decent enough under the radar beer.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
jkwalking05 (3646) - Arlington, Texas, USA - DEC 31, 2013
(Backlog) Bottle. Black in color light tan colored head and dark. The smell is roasty, soy sauce, burnt malts, earthy hops, does not seem to balance jumps around. The taste is really roasty, burnt malts, coffee, and ok. Super roasty.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
dresden (812) - Saskatchewan, CANADA - OCT 19, 2013
Bottle from sxsw 2012. Black, low carb white a short tan head. Lots of rich chocolate aroma, dark choc, roast malt. Great chocolate balance of sweet milk and dark bitter. I didnít try this fresh but this is sipping incredibly right now.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Errl (1518) - Plano, Texas, USA - OCT 9, 2013
Bottle and tap..Pour is dark black with a tan head..Nose is very nice chocolate, light sweetness, roast, burnt chocolate, bitter, earth..Taste is burnt, roast, rich brownie, chocolate, light sweetness, caramel..A nice sipper

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
brystmar (1206) - Dallas, Texas, USA - SEP 26, 2013
Black body, scarce brown head. Aroma is dark chocolate, unmalted grain, caramel, a bit oxidized Deeply roasted, surprisingly hoppy. Bready. Sweet in the middle, disappears into bittersweet chocolate. Moderate booze character on the back end. Needs more body.

Solid.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
ROGUE (2085) - Newark, Delaware, USA - SEP 24, 2013
12oz bottle. Pours a very dark brown color with a two finger tan head. The aroma is a mix of roasted malt, chocolate and some pine. The flavor is very hoppy for an imperial stout, with some roasted malt, coffee and chocolate, but what really comes through is a heavy dose of bitter pine. Medium to body and medium carbonation.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
madmitch76 (14513) - , Essex, ENGLAND - SEP 15, 2013
24th February 2013
Opaque black beer with good pale tan head. Palate is light and a little airy. Medium dark malts, no roast or bitterness. A touch of chocolate. Traces of aniseed and licorice. A little malt cream. Finishes soft and dry with a little licorice bitterness. All right!

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
UDBeernut (1627) - Moving to Jax, Florida, USA - AUG 16, 2013
pours deep plum amber with a creamy tan head that reduces to a light cap. coffee, licorice, finish has light chocolate. body is mostly full but does feel thin at times.


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