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Sierra Nevada 30th Anniversary Fritz & Kenís Ale

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RATINGS: 725   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 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
GreatLibations (1854) - Last Supper, Arizona, USA - SEP 1, 2011
Ahh Bach! This brew is crazy. Pours blackish with a tall lasting head that slowly recedes like a Dutch oven. The smoke on the nose reminds me of a good Islay single malt, throw in some pecan shells and cocoa. Full nectar with excellent carbonation. This brew is smoky, I love it! Intense smoke balanced by a touch of malty sweetness and chocolate. The finish lasts and lasts. TRUMP!

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
SPDickerman (1194) - Texas, USA - MAY 10, 2012
Pours pitch black with a large sudsy head. Smells roasted and of licorice or anise. Taste is strong roast up front, with a bit of licorice-like and alcohol kick that all blend together amazingly (especially with two years of age). Full-bodied with a slick texture and soft mouth-carbonation, Sierra Nevada 30th Anniversary Fritz & Kenís Ale (Imperial Stout) finishes incredibly intense, amazing.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
rajendra82 (1053) - Alpharetta, Georgia, USA - APR 2, 2010
From the classy label artwork, fantastic wire cage and natural cork topped bomber packaging, the cascading pour that settled into a pitch black body and a gigantic khaki head, this beer was visually perfect. The aroma was not overtly stout like, as the hops were the first thing evident, there were notes of toffee, vanilla, and chocolate under that blanket, and everything was melded oh so beautifully. The taste was another "oh my gosh" moment as the sip revealed a flavor profile worthy of a kingís feast. Toffee, coffee, vanilla, raisins, licorice, chocolate, and possibly even banana flavors raced past my tongue with each sip, and amazingly none dominating the other. Silky smooth across the palette with nary a harsh edge to be found. What a beer this is. I got to get me some extra bombers to lay down. A fantastic way to celebrate the 30th anniversary. You remain a class act Sierra Nevada, with your original vision undiluted despite tremendous expansion.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 20/20
Shrews629 (193) - Kentucky, USA - FEB 8, 2011
A tremendously dark brown/black color. Only the most faint ruby glow at the very bottom of the glass when held directly to the light. A very dark tan, creamy, smooth head that lasted forever. It is tremendouslty thick. Looks like a milk shake. Unbelievable lacing. Iím in awe already!!! Incredibly well balanced aromas of coffee and chocolate. They are both pronounced, but in no way overpowering and thats a good thing. Some dark fruit notes are mingled in perfectly well to temp me even further. No booze in the nose. Some roasted malt gives it a nice comforting aroma. Perfect!!! The flavor is matched with the aroma. Coffee and chocolate. Not as much of the dark fruit, however none is needed at this point. A wonderful stab of alcohol right at the very end raises the eyebrows and makes me want for another sip. Some dark, roasty fruit notes do make an appearance as it warms a bit. Very well balanced and even with a touch of bitterness. Medium/full mouthfeel. Very, very smooth. Creamy with a slippery, oily type of feel. Leaves a touch of warmth after the initial swallow. Leaves plenty of flavor on the palate, however I would have liked just an itty, bitty, bit more. Iím by no means complaining because itís still superb. Nicely dry to finish. I am completely taken back by this beer. Easily the best beer that I have had thus far. Nearly perfect in every aspect in my opinion. Iím in total amazement. Iím giddy. The head and appearance, smell and taste are all truly exceptional. I should really look no further because most everything I try from this point on will be a dissapointment. Super easy to drink and itís incredibly enjoyable. I canít wait to pick this up again if they still have it available. Everthing about this brew is well balanced. I highly, highly recommend this.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
chubbz (3) - California, USA - MAR 17, 2010 does not count
Got this at the Monterey Deli in SF (Johnny rules). Dense black with beige head, this is some serious beer. Aroma is coffee but also fruity. Soft silky creamy mouthfeel. Big alcohol up front and in aftertaste, but does not overwhelm the coffee or the fruit (I think strawberries). Simply amazing. Nice bottle for the shelf too...

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Cletus (6355) - Connecticut, USA - APR 16, 2010
Pours dark brown with a lasting, light brown head. Smells of rich, chocolate, coffeem dark fruit, roasted malt. Tastes of dark chocolate, pepper, some nice hoppy hints, some fruity hints. Taste yields lots of rich cocoa, chocolate, roasted malt, touches of caramel and molasses as the beer warms. An excellent beer from an excellent brewer honoring two amazing people!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
eyes_wide_shut (107) - Haifa, ISRAEL - FEB 26, 2011
At a tasting, thanks YK23, bottle, pours strong black with a nice brown head that dissipates quickly, coffee and smoky aroma, strong coffee and bittersweet chocolate taste, roasted and smoked flavors, bitter aftertaste, and overall an outstanding beer.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Nimrod979 (206) - Hagerstown, Maryland, USA - JAN 8, 2011
This is one gorgeous beer. Pours like used motor oil with a 3 finger pillowy tan head. Very enticing aroma of chocolate, coffee, and roasted malts. Flavor is pretty much the same, a little smoky but itís smooth and velvety, perfect mouthfeel though a little light. and as with any Sierra thereís plenty of hops here to give it a nice balanced flavor and slightly bitter finish. You can taste some alcohol on the very tail end of it too. Excellent beer!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
poisoneddwarf (2297) - Coeur dí Alene, Idaho, USA - MAR 21, 2010
UPDATED: MAR 11, 2012 3/21/10 rating: 1 pt., 9 fl. oz corked bottle poured into snifter. For rating #300, I chose this, Sierra Nevadaís 30th Anniversary Imp. stout. Note all the 3s and 0s there. Thereís some meaning there regarding Mayans and such, Iím sure, but Iím not really sure what. NIce toasted malt character; smells doughy. Pours dark brown to almost black with a medium tan head and neat lacing. When the head dissipates a bit, a cool looking scuzz of foam is left on the surface; when I tilt the glass, it reminds me of a brown ocean receding. Itís interesting how you can discern quality in a beer just by looking at it before it even hits your lips. Taste is absolutely delicious. Flavors of coffee, smoke, homemade bread and alcohol permeate the senses. Taste is sweet, then a little bitter (nothing like the Yeti I drank before this, however). Finishes with a slight tang. Very balanced, unlike that aforementioned beer. Carbonation is a little low, but it isnít to the detriment of the beer like it was with Great Divideís Yeti. Silky smooth. Overall, Iím very impressed with this collaboration between two of Americaís greatest, oldest craft brewery pioneers. What would we have ever done had Fritz Maytag stuck to selling washing machines and had never entered the beer world? Itís a scary thought, folks. 8,5,9,4,17

3/11/12 rating. So this has been aged two years now. Beer is now completely impenetrable black with a huge tan head that takes itís sweet long time to recede. It was about five minutes before the head died down enough for me to be able to drink the damn thing. The aroma now imparts leather, tobacco and anise, making me hike the aroma score up a point--I love those aromas in a stout. Carbonation is soft but still there, body full, mouthfeel creamy. Itís about as perfect as you want your mouth to feel like after drinking beer, making me hike the palate score up a point to a perfect 5. Aging has definitely improved this beer quite a bit. I remember when it first came out I thought it was a quality, yet pretty standard impy stout. Now itís risen above standard, becoming truly great. 9,5,9,5,18.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
SSSteve (4006) - - 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.

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