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Sierra Nevada 30th Anniversary Fritz & Kenís Ale

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RATINGS: 704   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!


4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
drpimento (2294) - La Crosse, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 27, 2010
This bottle courtesy of Paul B, mucho thankso Paulo. Poured with a nice fine foamy frothy thick tan head and good lace. Color is an opaque brownish black. Aroma is a volatile mix of dark ripe fruit, coffee, roasted malt, cocoa. Flavor is like that but much bigger. Sweet bitter in the end with some of the roastiness. Full body and great carbonation. Long finish with some booze. Bit rich for a session.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
durhambeer (2500) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - MAR 27, 2010
Bottle from Samís in Durham. Pours deep dark brown, damn close to black. Billowing light tan head. I got a whiff of hops at first, but thereís so much more going on here. Nose of figs, bitter cocoa, some hops, mild licorice, some yeast. Hint of smoke. Similar taste... a bit salty, with really nice bitter finish. Relatively light but lively and dry palate. Unique and delicious.

4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
norsedoc (248) - Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 27, 2010
Black with small tan head. Cocoa on the nose. Tastes of roasted black malt and licourice. Long, slightly bitter finish.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
drfabulous (4194) - Lexington, Kentucky, USA - MAR 27, 2010
Bottle bought in Decatur. Super chocolate and roast. Very rich stout that pours heavy carbonation. Some dark fruit. Really nice.

4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
BBB63 (6155) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - MAR 27, 2010
Bottle and served in NB Worthy glass: Nearly pitch black with an initial huge fluffy tan head which left excellent lace upon the glassware. The aroma has notes of fig, coffee, chocolate, walnuts, liquorice, tobacco, leather and a hint of grassy and resiny hops vapours. The taste is well balanced between the sweet and chocolaty malts, light earthy components, mild dark fruit twanginess and moderate hop and coffee-ish bitterness. Complex without being over the top. The mouth feel is lively and must I say a tad over-carbonated, but still sort of lush and oily too. Finished with a moderate astringent bite and some alcohol. Overall, a very nice stout I would gladly pay for again, too bad I bought only one bottle while in Michigan.

3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
dimenhetfield (2487) - , Florida, USA - MAR 27, 2010
On tap at Funky Buddha. The color is pitch black with a dark foam head. The aroma has chocolate and coffee notes. The taste is pretty smooth with an after taste that lingers on the tongue.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
tennessejed420 (927) - Denver, Colorado, USA - MAR 26, 2010
25 oz. bottle. Careful - this stout has a much bigger head than most, I poured it heavy trying to get more head and got more than I bargained for. Anyway, color is jet black while the head is more a light cocoa brown color. Hoppy aroma for a stout, of chocolate covered orange, i.e., some chocolatey smells with a citrus hop tone. Very subtle licorice like aroma too. Silky, soft mouth feel characteristic of well made imp. stouts, full bodied but not syrupy. Taste is all roast, with some chocolate tones, with a bitterness on the finish thanks to the hoppyness which was much more present in the aroma and less noticeable in the flavor, but definitely present. An interesting and nice take on the imp. stout, definitely feels like sierra nevada brewing, which in my book is top notch. Very enjoyable.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
RollinHard (1024) - Fort Worth, Texas, USA - MAR 26, 2010
Pop goes the cork! Iím impressed. Pours black with a fairly large, creamy light-medium brown head. Sticks around forever. Aroma is very "west coast" with a blast of piny, earthy hops amidst strong roast coffee, burned toast, dark rye, espresso, and dirt. Too "roasty" for chocolate to crop up. Flavor follows suit with espresso, earthy hops, dirt, very dark chocolate, dark rye and pine. Finishes with coffee, earth, toasted dark rye, burned biscuits and a lingering hoppy/roasty aftertaste. Creamy and thick mouthfeel, but never that heavy, with no alcohol presence whatsoever. Effortless to drink. This is a home-run all the way around! This is a beer that reminds me of when and why I got into imperial stouts in the first place. Great!

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
JohnnyJ (4553) - San Diego, California, USA - MAR 26, 2010
Bottle. Black pour, big frothy tan head. Roasted malt, dark chocolate, molasses, cold coffee, alcohol heat, and pretty hoppy. Interesting how this one will age, to take off the heat and bitterness. Good beer, but not "amazing".

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
DalzAle (2000) - Eden Prairie, Minnesota, USA - MAR 26, 2010
Bottle. Big pop from the cork, and poured black with a big billowing creamy brown head that lasted for some time. Aroma was molasses, dark chocolate and some vanilla. Flavor hit me as very smoky right off the bat, then warming boozy black licorice, some vanilla and a decent amount of hops. A very good beer that grew on me as I drank it; but not outstanding.


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