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Sierra Nevada 30th Anniversary Fritz & Kenís Ale

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RATINGS: 695   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 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
DYCSoccer17 (3333) - 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 (3254) - 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 (707) - 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 (2831) - 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 (6830) - 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 (11568) - 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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
elihapa (1525) - Honolulu, Hawaii, USA - MAY 19, 2010
On tap, Najas. Pours dark brown, murky, with a small tan head. Aroma is nutty, lightly smoky, some soft prune notes. Mouthfeel is slick, medium-full, slightly oily. Flavor is heavy; a blend of sweet caramel, vanilla, smoky wood, touch of biscuit, milk chocolate. Overall, the flavors never really came together for me. This honestly tasted more like an imperial brown ale than a RIS.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Boutip (4775) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - JUN 10, 2010
Bottle: Poured a pitch-black color ale with a large foamy head with great retention and very good lacing. Aroma of liquorice with some sweet malt is bordering on being grossly sweet but still manager to retain some balance. Taste is somewhat too sweet with some liquorice notes and some rich sweet notes with no coffee/black chocolate or roasted notes I usually associated with the style. Body is fuller then average with great carbonation and a creamy texture. Not bad but too sweet for my own taste, prefer my imperial stout to be more bitter.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
doubleo (1433) - San Diego, California, USA - JUN 20, 2010
Pours black with a medium sized, creamy, light brown head that leaves sheet lace. Smells mellow, sweet and roasty and malty with some dishwater. Tastes of roasted malts, sweet with chocolate and malts. Old ale-ish with some dishwater. Dishwater dominates the finish. Full body, smooth carbonation.

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