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Sierra Nevada 30th Anniversary Fritz & Kenís Ale

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RATINGS: 692   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!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
jazz88 (2551) - San Francisco, California, USA - MAR 25, 2010
Bottle. Black color with a lush creamy brown head. A malty, chocolate, licorice, and light coffee and roasted malt aroma. A quality nose that impresses more and more as it warms. It hardly tilts to the fruity side of imperial stouts. Smooth and creamy on the palate with a delicious chocolate roasted malty finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
daknole (9052) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - MAR 25, 2010
Black pour, brown head. Aroma is a bit smoky, chocolate, roast, and some cedary notes. Flavor is roasty, creamy, sweet, coffee, bitter hops. This beer is really well done and I am guessing it will age very well. Good stuff!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
CheersMate (1309) - Fremont (Seattle), Washington, USA - MAR 25, 2010
750 ml. bottle from Greenís on Ponce De Leon. Nice presentation. Didnít have the inky/oily viscous pour I thought it would have, but this still looks pretty good. Nice black opaque body, with a soft brown khaki-colored head. Head fades away slowly; this beer is looking fairly good. Very nice toasty, almost woody, aroma. Rich chocolate aroma is subtle, but manages to come through.Wow, that is a damn nice flavor. Nice hop flavor kicking in at the end. Some roast, wood-like flavors, and chocolate blend perfectly well together. Surprised, there was no wood-aging. The bitterness and roast qualities are so harmonious it is sickening. Nice silky-smooth creamy texture. I havenít had a swig of the beer in minutes and that flavor just sticks to sides and roof of my mouth. Only thing I feel that could use improvement is the aroma. I didnít get that nuanced aroma I was hoping for, and that I know these two legendary breweries are capable of producing. Great imperial stout, and I am looking forward to their other special releases.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
portableparty (1909) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - MAR 25, 2010
Pour is a brown black with a very tight bubbly head and strong lacing. I did not get any exsplosive scents coco or coffee but maybe some roasted malt and soil. Taste is soy spice some nuts and maybe a little vanilla or malases. Palate is very fizzy medium chaulky feel and slightly hot swallow. I was obviously built up for this one and did not get what I was thinking, or what I read. My bad!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
after4ever (6111) - Brier, Washington, USA - MAR 25, 2010
750, corked and baled. thanks clint! pours jet black with a dense and creamy dark tan head. big coffee nose, very rich roasty and toasty undertones. creamy medium body with lively carb, great fresh impy. coffee, chocolate, toast, and roast on the mid palate. mild lingering coffee finish. delicious.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
bvc (1156) - Kenmore, Washington, USA - MAR 25, 2010
750ml corked and caged, thanks scrizzz. Pours a deep black, with a thinner looking body and a think a tightly carbonated tan head. Nose is roasty with quite a bit of coffee, nice light nuttiness, hint of dark cocoa and a very faint earthy hop. Lots of dark roasted nut, coffee, licorice, nice earthy bittering. Well made stuff.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
scrizzz (2223) - Bothell, Washington, USA - MAR 25, 2010
Strong roasted aroma, little salty brine edge. jet black, creamy slick tan head. very thick syrupy body, intense roast, chewy coffee bean, some vanilla.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
WeeHeavySD (3360) - San Diego (Hillcrest), Oregon, USA - MAR 25, 2010
99th rating of this brew. Tap at birch and barley. Black pour with a light brown head. Nose is quite roasty and rich. Taste is sweet, malty and a bit of a coffee vibe pretty decent low alc impy.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
thirdeye11 (5537) - Dallas, Texas, USA - MAR 24, 2010
(750ml bottle) jet black pour, huge deep tan head and excellent lacing on the glass! Nose of cream, cocoa, fudge, coffee. Taste of semi-sweet chocolate, cream, roasted malts, cola, and sweet nuts. Very carbonated, extremely creamy and toasted nutty finish. This is a superb beer!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Mora2000 (5664) - McKinney, Texas, USA - MAR 24, 2010
The beer pours a black color with a huge tan head. The aroma is smoke and roasted malt. The flavor is chocolate, roasted malt and quite a bit of smoke, which was unexpected. Thick mouthfeel and low-medium carbonation.

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