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Sierra Nevada 30th Anniversary Fritz & Kenís Ale

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RATINGS: 709   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.96   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!


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4.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
chickenflea (350) - Oviedo, Florida, USA - JUN 29, 2010
750 mL shared by my good friend Jason. Thanks bro! I have high expectations from this one due to its packaging and pedigree. I am not disapponted. The appearance is typical imperial stout: black body, foamy, dark tan head. The aroma is also typical for the style, but with a distinctive American slant. Itís super roasty with espresso notes all over the place and very assertive hops. Also in the bouquet are fruitier notes buried under hints of leather, molasses, pine, and espresso. The flavor is simply beautiful. Even bittersweet cacao flavors provide a vessel for sharp, roasty espresso; dark fruits, pine, leather. The finish is colored by an ashy woodiness with lingering bitterness. The finish was one of the longest I have had. This beer just keeps on giving. This is a world class take on the style. Thanks, Sierra Nevada, for keeping the faith.


3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Benzai (10100) - 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!

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
DutchDrebus (4775) - 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.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Homer321 (2755) - 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.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
beertholomeus (1184) - 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.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
chinchill (2999) - South Carolina, USA - JAN 14, 2015
[From nots.] This black stoutís 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 donít 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.

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
bytemesis (4641) - 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.

3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
tricyclist (1044) - 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.

4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
cobaink2 (177) - 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.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
teorn88 (3599) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - DEC 4, 2014
Backlog rating. Keg at CBC Islington tap takeover, London. It pours a deep black color with a small beige head. Aroma is bold with roasted malts, cocoa powder, vanilla bean, leather and wood. Taste is quite sweet with dark chocolate, bourbon, vanilla, wood, roasted malts and slight alcohol kick. Overall, top notch impy

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
alexsdad06 (7031) - Ohio, USA - NOV 29, 2014
750 ml bottle shared with drsordr. Pours dark brown to black in color with a medium sized tan head. The aroma and flavor have roasted malt, dark chocolate, coffee blends well with everything, medium plus body, solid drinking straight forward stout.


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