Thursday, January 26, 2012

Real Ale 15th Anniversary Ale ....

After 3 weeks of IPAs, I thought I would change up a bit and sample some stouts.  So let's start things off with a Texan: Real Ale Brewing Company's 15th Anniversary Ale, a Russian Imperial Stout.  Their web site shows 9.8% ABV and 70 IBUs.  Twelve ounce bottle.

This stout poured with a medium head, which was a rich brown in color.  The color of the stout itself is a very dark blackish-brown; you can't see any light through it even if you hold the glass up to the light.  There is a nice hint of coffee to the aroma and some sharpness that you get from higher alcohol.  Flavor is on the strong side, with a lot of malt.  It definitely has the taste of a higher-alcohol beer, and some caramel-like sweetness.  It gives you a little warmth as it goes down - a good winter beer.  The aftertaste is slightly bitter.

Real Ale Brewing Company
Blanco, Texas

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