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Sierra Nevada 30th Anniversary Fritz & Ken’s 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 Francisco’s 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!

Jesterdeal's rating

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Jesterdeal (1985) - Marlton, New Jersey, USA - JAN 30, 2013
Aroma of delicious molasses, prunes, dark chocolate and slight soy. Pours black with tan film. Taste is great with chocolate, pine hops, and finishes with roast coffee. Fantastic stout.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Beerhunter111 (12257) - Hasborn, GERMANY - NOV 7, 2015
Leicht trübes dunkel orange braunes Bier mit einer mittelgroßen beigen Schaumkrone. Geruch sehr malzig, harzig, citrusfrüchte, leicht holzig. Geschmack sehr malzig, harzig, reife Früchte, leicht holzig.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Koelschtrinker (14076) - Köln (Cologne), GERMANY - NOV 7, 2015
Malzig würziger, mild getreidiger Antrunk. Noten von Bourbon, leicht holzig, trocken werdend. Weich, süffig, der Alkohol ist wenig erkennbar. Nicht übermäßig besonders. 10/9/9/8/9/9

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Benzai (11312) - Oirschot, THE NETHERLANDS, NETHERLANDS - MAY 23, 2015
Bottle shared by Joes & Judyvv @ "Zunt Om Nog Langer Te Bewaren" tasting (ZONLTB). Opaque pitch black color, hazelnut brown colored head that lasts for quite a while. Aroma is malts, roast, liquor. Taste malts, roasted malts, lightly roasty, liquor, nicely bitter. Medium body and suitabke carbonation. Good one!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
DutchDrebus (5093) - Oirschot, NETHERLANDS - MAY 23, 2015
Bottle @ SONLTB tasting. Pitch black with a small beige to light brown head. Smells roasty, sweet, coffee, some alcohol. Tastes salmiak, salty liquorice, sweet, some alcohol, roasty, coffee. Full body, nice carbo.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Homer321 (2980) - Melboring, Florida, USA - APR 18, 2015
Draft at TBBT for their anniversary party. Pitch black, minimal head. Served a little cold. Difficult to discern much past a deep roast coffee. Taste is coffee and chocolate. Not much bitterness and a tad sweet but not too sweet or cloying or anything. No sign of the alcohol. Stops short of any oxidation too. This held up really well.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
beertholomeus (1362) - California, USA - JAN 16, 2015
Pours black with a tan head. Rich chocolate, roasted malt, caramel, coffee, soy sauce and hop aroma. Rich chocolate, coffee, roasted malt, caramel, hop, soy sauce, smoke and anise flavors. Full body and average carbonation. Mild oxidation. Chocolate, roasted malt and soy sauce finish. 2010.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
chinchill (3344) - South Carolina, USA - JAN 14, 2015
[From nots.] This black stout’s opaque body supports a nice tan head. Aroma: Dark roasted and near butnt malts with hints of coffee and molasses. Taste: Rich and moderately complex flavor. Primary flavor is certainly from the dark roasted malts, which bring more smokiness and less coffee that expected based on the aroma. A nice contribution of hops adds complexity and bitterness. Mouthfeel: Full-bodied. Light carbonation. Very smooth mouthfeel is not as creamy as ideal, but that might require nitro. O: A high quality imperial stout, no doubt. While not strongly smoky, I don’t care for smokiness in most beers and enjoyed this one a little less because of it. Pushs the border on dark roasting without actually crossing over into the burnt range.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
bytemesis (5175) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - DEC 22, 2014
Bottle thanks to Stawn! Pours inky black, medium super creamy brown head, lasts a long time and laces well. Aroma is roasty with notes of chocolate, anise, and a bit of smokiness. Flavor follows, lots of anise and chocolate in the body, dark roasted malts lend a smoky flavor as well. Light plus sweet, medium bitter. Full body, creamy mouthfeel. This is an interesting take on the style and a really nice beer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
tricyclist (1118) - Florida, USA - DEC 15, 2014
Large sample pour, fairly black, with almost no head. Nose is fully roasted and dark, some burnt coffee notes. Flavor is similar, fairly roasted throughout, not quite burnt. Dark coffee again. Not bad for four years old. Not overly oxidized.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
cobaink2 (224) - seattle, Washington, USA - DEC 7, 2014
Bold coffee notes with a little bit of chocolate and a funky backend that I can not put my finger on. Seems that with time the coffee notes really shine through.

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