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Sierra Nevada 30th Anniversary Fritz & Kenís Ale

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RATINGS: 715   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 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
DocLock (8978) - 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.

   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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
rmussman (1702) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BVery (8912) - Plymouth, Minnesota, USA - MAR 28, 2010
Tap at Toronado. Dense black pour with a thin off white head. Aroma is dark chocolate but faint. Medium body with a smooth texture. Taste is earthy, dark chocolate, and smoky. Very good.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Suttree (5768) - 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 (3221) - 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 (2222) - 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!

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