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Sierra Nevada 30th Anniversary Fritz & Kenís Ale

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RATINGS: 706   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.95   EST. CALORIES: 276   ABV: 9.2%
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First of series. Fritz Maytag, owner of San Franciscoís Anchor Brewing Company, is regarded as the founding father of the craft brewing movement. Frtiz agreed to guest brew this very special ale with us in honor of our 30th anniversary. As a nod to the dark ales and stouts that seduced both Fritz and Ken in the early years, we bring you this pioneering stout, a rich and roasted ale, perfect for aging, and worthy of your finest snifter. Enjoy!


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4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
gabbama (203) - Dayton, Ohio, USA - AUG 20, 2011
UPDATED: OCT 11, 2012 8/20/2011: Pours nearly black with a light brown head. Sweet, chocolaty malt aroma with some alcohol. The flavor has lots of dark roasted malt with chocolate, coffee, and molasses. Nice hearty mouthfeel with a long, bitter roast finish. This one lives up to what I would expect from Sierraís anniversary. Really looking forward to trying the other bottle after another year or two of aging. UPDATE 10/11/2012: So my willpower only made it just over a year before I had to try it. The flavor and aroma have mellowed and evened slightly. Itís a deliciously balanced flavor. The extra year definitely improved it, so if you also have one aging, try to hold off a little longer!


4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
beertholomeus (989) - California, USA - JAN 16, 2015
Pours black with a tan head. Rich chocolate, roasted malt, caramel, coffee, soy sauce and hop aroma. Rich chocolate, coffee, roasted malt, caramel, hop, soy sauce, smoke and anise flavors. Full body and average carbonation. Mild oxidation. Chocolate, roasted malt and soy sauce finish. 2010.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
chinchill (2435) - South Carolina, USA - JAN 14, 2015
[From nots.] This black stoutís opaque body supports a nice tan head. Aroma: Dark roasted and near butnt malts with hints of coffee and molasses. Taste: Rich and moderately complex flavor. Primary flavor is certainly from the dark roasted malts, which bring more smokiness and less coffee that expected based on the aroma. A nice contribution of hops adds complexity and bitterness. Mouthfeel: Full-bodied. Light carbonation. Very smooth mouthfeel is not as creamy as ideal, but that might require nitro. O: A high quality imperial stout, no doubt. While not strongly smoky, I donít care for smokiness in most beers and enjoyed this one a little less because of it. Pushs the border on dark roasting without actually crossing over into the burnt range.

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
bytemesis (3825) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - DEC 22, 2014
Bottle thanks to Stawn! Pours inky black, medium super creamy brown head, lasts a long time and laces well. Aroma is roasty with notes of chocolate, anise, and a bit of smokiness. Flavor follows, lots of anise and chocolate in the body, dark roasted malts lend a smoky flavor as well. Light plus sweet, medium bitter. Full body, creamy mouthfeel. This is an interesting take on the style and a really nice beer.

3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
tricyclist (953) - Florida, USA - DEC 15, 2014
Large sample pour, fairly black, with almost no head. Nose is fully roasted and dark, some burnt coffee notes. Flavor is similar, fairly roasted throughout, not quite burnt. Dark coffee again. Not bad for four years old. Not overly oxidized.

4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
cobaink2 (129) - seattle, Washington, USA - DEC 7, 2014
Bold coffee notes with a little bit of chocolate and a funky backend that I can not put my finger on. Seems that with time the coffee notes really shine through.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
teorn88 (3397) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - DEC 4, 2014
Backlog rating. Keg at CBC Islington tap takeover, London. It pours a deep black color with a small beige head. Aroma is bold with roasted malts, cocoa powder, vanilla bean, leather and wood. Taste is quite sweet with dark chocolate, bourbon, vanilla, wood, roasted malts and slight alcohol kick. Overall, top notch impy

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
alexsdad06 (6250) - Ohio, USA - NOV 29, 2014
750 ml bottle shared with drsordr. Pours dark brown to black in color with a medium sized tan head. The aroma and flavor have roasted malt, dark chocolate, coffee blends well with everything, medium plus body, solid drinking straight forward stout.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
drsordr (1316) - Loveland, Ohio, USA - NOV 29, 2014
Bottle shared by alexsdad06 pours opaque black with thick tan head. Nose light roast, milk chocolate, faint mineral, molasses. Taste slight muted but similar to nose. More bakers chocolate in flavor. Late palate mild bitter. Chocolate on the finish. Nice mouth feel.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
radiomgb (2438) - Peterborough, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 23, 2014
Black in colour, thin beige head, light lacing. Aroma is roasty, some burnt malts, some sweetness, dark chocolate. Flavour is of chocolate, light caramel, some hops, roasted malts. Roasty mouthfeel, medium body, moderate carbonation. Finishes sweet, roasty, long. Nice stout, good roast.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
punkska101 (1064) - Chambly, Quebec, CANADA - NOV 21, 2014
UPDATED: NOV 22, 2014 Bottle shared with the crazy bunch a: dark chocolate, roasty, caramel app: pitch black beige head t/p: full body with long bitter finish. O: excellent. Like the maltiness and nice chocolatiness. Well brewed and highly recommend


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