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Sierra Nevada 30th Anniversary Fritz & Kenís Ale

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RATINGS: 711   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.96/5   EST. CALORIES: 276   ABV: 9.2%
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 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Suttree (5682) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - MAR 28, 2010
Black, dense beige head. Really swell aroma of dark chocolate and marshmallows. Some mysterious herbal notes, too. Flavor is Chocolate and coffee and vanilla with some nice woodsy notes. Tasty stuff.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
nbutler11 (1267) - Rota, SPAIN - MAR 28, 2010
Bottle generously shared by daknole -- thanks! Pours roasted black with a trim brown head. Smells earthy -- loaded with toasted malt and barley. Tastes of each with added notes of ash, chocolate syrup, and leathery hops. Nice.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
gorditoabd (629) - San Diego, California, USA - MAR 27, 2010
Bomber. Oh, joy! Pours a thick brown-black with an explosive amount of brown sugar-colored foamn head. Thick, creamy head in layers, like frosting on a cake. I try to let it die down, so as to catch some aroma, but it just wonít dissipate enough, so in I dive! BIG choco-flavor on this one, with just a touch of coffee and booze. Mostly, though, this tastes like a chocolate stout, not an impy, which is to the good, I guess, though I love an impy. The ABV does come in on the downward burn, so itís not a total wash, but itís such a small part of the overall show. Milky mouthfeel, almost like the re-melted remains of a freezer-burned, pre-melted chocolate shake. Interesting stuff. Not your classic impy, but certainly a fine, enjoyable brew. Glad I have another bottle to let it age.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
IndianaRed (3120) - Boise, Idaho, USA - MAR 27, 2010
Very nice caged and corked bottle pours a very nice deep black in my snifter. Impressive full tan head. Coarse and blocky, even after a rather delicate pour. Roasted aroma and a nice roasted slightly charcoal flavor. Very little of the coffee or chocolate notes in other examples of the style. Straight forward and simple but good.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
msante79 (2217) - Mount Prospect, Illinois, USA - MAR 27, 2010
Cork and caged 25oz bottle. Pours very dark brown with tan head. Aromas of roasted malts and chocolate. Flavors of roasted malts and chocolate with some light coffee and caramel. Finishes dry and roasty with abundance of chocolate. Big thick mouthfeel like a chocolate milkshake but not syrupy in any way. No sign of ABV. Big thick chocolaty stout. Good stuff.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
danielcurtis81 (1519) - San Diego, California, USA - MAR 27, 2010
Served from a cage and cork 750 mL bottle from Windmill Farms. Pours a deep brown black with a huge thick and dense brown head. The aromas are rich with roasted and lightly burnt malts, milk chocolate, a touch of tobacco. Full rich flavors of heavy roasted malts, milk chocolate, smoked sausage. The milk chocolate really lingers in the after taste and the smoke continues to build with time. Tasty brew for sure...Happy Anniversary!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
SSSteve (4007) - - MAR 27, 2010
750ml bottle. black under a large, creamy tan/brown head. the appearance of this is superb. roasty, milk chocolate, spicy aroma. major roasty flavors. milky palate. long, lingering roasted barley finish. so smooth and easy to drink it could easily pass as a regular stout instead of imperial. encompasses the best qualities of the style.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
drpimento (2626) - 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.

   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.

   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.

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