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Sierra Nevada 30th Anniversary Fritz & Kenís Ale

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RATINGS: 698   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.95   EST. CALORIES: 276   ABV: 9.2%
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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 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
funkleshite (17) - California, USA - MAR 30, 2010
Bottle from bevmo. One in the fridge, one in the cellar. Pours pretty darn dark with a darker than tan head. Raspberry and chocolate on the nose. Chocolate, leather, dry fruit, very creamy but a dry hoppy finish for being a fairly rich stout.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
kmyers8807 (176) - Ohio, USA - MAR 31, 2010
Draft. pour was black, tan head with lacing that stayed until I finished drinking. Dark burnt chocolate with a coffee bite. The fruit hints at wanting to come threw but doesnt seem too. I also pick up hints of pepper and licorice. With a little time laid down, letting the fruits develop and the burnt chocolate/coffee to mellow and blend, it could really be good.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
TeamTrappist (830) - jericho, New York, USA - APR 2, 2010
Tap. Poured a dense black with a big foamy beige head. Nose is dark chocolate,burnt malts,and coffee,but more chocolate than coffee. Itís full bodied with an almost chewy mouthful. Very little sweetness in this,almost like a bitter coffeee miilkshake with no sugar. The chocolate notes reminded me of dark baking chocolate and the coffee notes reminded me of ground coffee. Neither flavor really jumped at me and made me keep reaching for my glass. Some light fruit and hop notes. Finish is dry and bitter.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
DYCSoccer17 (3345) - Woodland, California, USA - APR 2, 2010
Bottle purchased from Nugget in Woodland. Aroma is sweet and roasted with a mustiness and a metallic presence as well. Fair to decent. Beautiful pitch black body with a very impressive, strong, rocky tan head that leaves great lacing. Between this and the pop of the cork, and the presentation is easily a 5. Flavor is lightly sweet and chocolatey in the start, before it becomes a bit astringent in the middle. Some strong roasted, and partially burnt malt flavors follow through the finish, creating a relatively dry finish with some metallic, spicy, burnt bitterness late. A nice imperial stout, but nothing too exciting.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Terminus (3272) - Las Cruces, New Mexico, USA - APR 3, 2010
bottle-So, this stuff made it to new mexico and i was more than suprised to see it in 3 different stores here in Las Cruces. This beer pours black with a fizzy, highly carbonated beige head. Its funny because i had an idea of what this beer was going to look like and it was exactly what i thought. Nose of char, ash, woodsy notes, lite hops (when cold), major charred black patent note and some lite alcohol (more than i was expecting but still there). Kind of reminds me if Bigfoot was in a stout form. big char notes when cold with some dark chocolate. The problem with the beer was the palate-way too carbonated and detracted from the initial flavors of this brew. as it warmed, the body became a bit more round, but it still had an ashy thing going on. Also, the alcohol became more aparent as it warmed. Long dark chocolate and woodsy finish. Im not really into big stouts anymore so this was a challenge for me to finish. I had higher expecations for this one, so im somewhat disapointed with it. Hopefully the imperial helles and barleywines will be better.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Walt (2449) - Austin, Texas, USA - APR 5, 2010
Pour is black with a huge and big bubbled light brown head...the head almost seemed like the beer was infected, it was so large...smell is roasty and sweet with nice rich dark chocolate flavors...a bit of coffee came out as it warmed...taste is sweet and chocolatey...rich and smooth with light milk chocolate notes followed up by some even more rich dark chocolate...some nice light roast coffee flavors come out towards the finish...a nice chewy and creamy mouthfeel...finish is nicely quick...this is a very well done but mild and very middle of the road imperial stout...

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
WisconsinBeer (709) - St. Paul, Minnesota, USA - APR 10, 2010
Bottle. Pours a deep brownish black color. Foamy espresso colored head. Flavor is roasted malts and espresso, dark and roasted predominates. Mildly sweet, mostly roasted flavors are prominent. Mild dry hop finish. Solid.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
tgncc (2848) - Bellmore, New York, USA - APR 12, 2010
Tap @ Rattle n hum, NYC. The aroma is coffee, dark bitter chcoolate. Appearance is a deep brown, tan head. The flavor is roasty, milk chocolate. The finish is roasty, slight hop bittering. The body is medium/thick to thick. Decent, not as good as I had hoped.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
sebletitje (6849) - Enghien, BELGIUM - MAY 9, 2010
dark brown, thick mocha head. Aroma, roasted malts, grainy, light hops and plenty of chocolate malts. Flavors, thick chocolate mouthfeel, light touch of coffee, lingering soy/smoke flavors mixed with a lot of bitter chocolate. warming. Starts off nice, but ended being just way too thick on the palate for me to really enjoy it.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
argo0 (11590) - Washington DC, USA - MAY 10, 2010
75cl bottle. Large brown head atop black body with brown edging. Aroma is moderately sweet, roast, bittersweet chocolate, light grapefruit. Taste is moderately sweet, roast, bittersweet chocolate, grapefruit/pine, some alcohol. Medium-full body, light stickiness.

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