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Sierra Nevada 30th Anniversary Fritz & Ken’s Ale

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RATINGS: 692   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.95   EST. CALORIES: 276   ABV: 9.2%
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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!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
DYCSoccer17 (3319) - 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 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
WisconsinBeer (705) - 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 (2816) - 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 (6678) - 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 (11530) - 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 (4726) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
madmitch76 (15073) - , Essex, ENGLAND - JUL 2, 2010
22nd May 2010. ChrisOs ’Blue Ridge Mountains Of Virginia’ tasting! Opaque black stout, frothy tan head. Fresh tasting beer! Fresh dark malt - a little nutty. Creamy fresh malt with a touch of coffee. A little hop in the finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Crit (3350) - Surrey, British Columbia, CANADA - JUL 18, 2010
Black,creamy tan head.Nose is alcoholic,roasty,dark fruits.Huge dry bitter roast profile,med alc heat,lasting bitter cocoa end.Great body

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