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Sierra Nevada 30th Anniversary Fritz & Kenís Ale

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RATINGS: 722   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.96/5   EST. CALORIES: 276   ABV: 9.2%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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!


3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
CaptainCougar (7133) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - MAR 29, 2010
On tap at Church Key DC: Pours an opaque black with a spotty-lacing dark tan head. Has a fresh piny hoppy nose with a sweet dark caramel and roasted maltiness with a touch of dark chocolate. Starts with good fullness and a fairly rich dark chocolatey maltiness with some coffee flavor and a fairly assertive piny hoppy balance before a bittersweet roasty finish. A pretty good west-coast style imperial stout.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
TheGent (656) - , Massachusetts, USA - MAR 29, 2010
pretty awesome brew right here from two godfathers of american beer. Murky brown/black color with a deep tan fluffy head that laces nicely. The aroma is a mix of chocolate, vanilla and a hint of spiceiness. The taste is rich bitter chocolate and coffee and a unctuous character when you hold it in your mouth. A dry bitter finish with some barnyard taste that lingers. Great big stout, going near the top of my list.

2.6
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
deyholla (9636) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - MAR 29, 2010
Bottle at the 2010 March Metro Detroit tasting. Poured black with a medium brown head. Aroma had an awkward note of grain bin and horse blanket with a slight hint of coffee. Flavor stared with harsh dark grains with a similar grain bin flavor and a bit thin.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
jrob21 (3304) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - MAR 29, 2010
On tap the Young Augustineís. A fine new non smoking bar in Atlanta with real beer afficionadoís running the place. A smooth and incredibly drinkable impy stout. Nice chocolate aroma and a good roasty malt flavor is all you need here and all you get. These guys are known for their hops and ipas but represent another style with a well crafted recipe here.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
dtborelli (322) - Sacramento, California, USA - MAR 29, 2010
Sierra Nevada 30th Anniversary Stout Pours black with a thick brown head and nice retention. Aroma is smoky coffee and slight hops. Flavor is slightly smoky and malty with coffee and a lingering medium bitter aftertaste. Well balanced, and not overpowering for an imperial. Alcohol is pretty well hidden. Good brew and I will cellar a bottle or two for winter.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
joshwilfong (1200) - Cleveland, Ohio, USA - MAR 29, 2010
pitch black with large tan head. roasty and sweet malt to nose. high carbonation for the style. a lot of low crystal malt with some roasted flavor and alcohol that adds depth only. a very flavorful and well made brew without being over the top perfectly exemplifying both sierra and anchors approach of gimickless brews. very nice

4.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
slitcher (267) - Freeport, Illinois, USA - MAR 29, 2010
Pours midnight black with a thick tan head that lasts. Aromas of cocoa and dark fruits. Flavor is dark chocolate, vanilla and toffee. Very creamy mouthfeel. The 9.2% ABV is masterfully hidden. This stout is just incredible!

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
DocLock (9242) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 29, 2010
Bottle from Frank Smithís. Pours onyx with huge 4-finger tan head. Nose is heavy dark malt, pruney fruit, rauchy malt, dark choc. Tastes dark patent malty, rich, complex, hot, with dark choc, prune, dates, and a heavily rauchy initial flavor. As it warms, it gets hotter, a bit palate thinner, but still maintains a solid complexity and balance. Not for the meek, this one isn;t one youíd expect to see from Sierra Nevada, but I am glad they made this type of beer.

4.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
LtDan (1806) - Los Angeles County, California, USA - MAR 29, 2010
Appearance: Pours a midnight brown with a fluffy tan head. Aroma: Dark chocolate, cocoa powder and dark fruit. Taste: Dark chocolate cake, cherry, charred oak and burnt malt. Mouthfeel: Silky with moderate carbonation. Overall: A super balanced decadent Imperial Stout. Itís amazing right now, so donít feel compelled to wait for it to mellow or what have you.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
rmussman (1701) - California, USA - MAR 29, 2010
Sampled in a bottle and on tap at City Beer. A really nice stout. Pours jet black with a dark thin head on it. Really nice crisp drink. Flavor is packed full of caramel cereal malts. Really nice brew.


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