Sierra Nevada 30th Anniversary Fritz & Ken's Ale

 
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RATINGS: 724   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.96/5   EST. CALORIES: 276   ABV: 9.2%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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!

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4.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Nephilium (1821) - Cleveland, Ohio, USA - APR 7, 2010
This started with a cork making a loud and assertive pop as it came out of the bottle. The beer has a roasted aroma, with hints of chocolate and tobacco. Pours an opaque black, with a large light tan head. Nice rich flavor, with roasted coffee notes, and a bit of chocolate in the finish. Slick mouthfeel, with just enough carbonation to refresh the palate. This is truly an exceptional beer.


4.2
Bacchus66 (951) - South Carolina, USA - JUL 9, 2017
750ml bottle. Dark brown, nearly black pour with a full brown that eventually fades to a persistent cap. Great lacing. Rich aromas of coffee, dark chocolate, dark roast malt. The flavors are complex like the nose, with added raisins, molasses, burnt brown sugar, chicory, campfire. Lots going on here. Wonderful full body and lingering sweet roasty finish. Not really noticing the alcohol. Excellent beer, too bad not much chance of scoring another one.

3.6
mR_fr0g (13517) - Hertfordshire, ENGLAND - MAY 28, 2017
Bottle shared at Cotteridge convention 05/03/2016. Many thanks to Scopey for this one. A clear black brown coloured pour with a thin tan head. Aroma is woody liquorice, earthy brown bread, boozy. , old coconut. Flavour is composed of smooth and woody, earthy, brown sugars, cinnamon and balsa wood. Some age. Palate is semi sweet, moderate carbonation, full bodied, little stale.

3.6
jw0406 (1305) - atlanta, Georgia, USA - MAR 1, 2017
2010 bottle. Pours a black color with a small white head. Aromas of booze, roasted malt, dark fruits. Full bodied, incredibly smooth, aged perfectly.

3.1
gephross100 (943) - Bellaire, Texas, USA - SEP 4, 2016
Pours pitch black with no head. Chocolate vanilla wet cardboard. Hot finish. Light mouthfeel. Oxidized.

3.9
bnokk (545) - Lee, Massachusetts, USA - JUN 12, 2016
2010 drinken in 2016. APPEARANCE- extremely black slight head and lacing is minimal. NOSE- deep rich notes, highlighting fig notes. slightly boozy. FLAVOR- slightly bitter. Suprising considering the way it looks and smells. I was encouraged to open it but it seems like it was opened a little too late in its aging life, or perhaps a little too early to really change in character. I’m really intrigued by it.

3.8
JohnGalt1 (1721) - Boise, Idaho, USA - MAY 19, 2016
Black brew is completely opaque until held to a light and a bit of deep brown shows near the stem of the goblet... Dark brown head.. okay retention and lacing. Nose is simple yet very forthright in everything expected from a West Coast Impy Stout.... very roasty... some dark fruits that make me think of Bing Cherries... and a blast of dry cocoa. Flavor is surprisingly dry throughout.. roasty dark malts... some cocoa combines with espresso... more char than I normally like, but I appreciate in this setting.... very dry on the finish. Expected medium body with an abundant carbonation that seems on the high side for me.

3.9
The_Osprey (9159) - Richmond, Greater London, ENGLAND - APR 16, 2016
Bottle share at Cotteridge II as Sierra Nevada 30th Anniversary Fritz & Ken’s Ale. Many thanks to The Kernel via Scopey. Opaque black, no real head. Aroma is fruity and hoppy, liquorice, floral. Body is smooth, soft carbonation. Taste is again very hop-forward – floral, salty, tangy, pine, smooth coffee, roast malt and a pretty dry finish. Very nice. (3.9)

3.5
Theydon_Bois (20636) - Hazlemere, the lower Xhitlerns, Buckinghamshire, ENGLAND - MAR 29, 2016
Bottle split at Cotts Convention II, thanks to the Kernel rotter, 05/03/16. Pitch black with a moderate tan cap. Nose is chocolate biscuit, spice trail, roasted malts. Taste comprises toffee, chocolate malt, oaty notes, light spice, fruit rinds. Medium + bodied, fine carbonation, semi drying close. Ok impy stoot.

4.2
Garrold (5608) - Sheffield, South Yorkshire, ENGLAND - MAR 12, 2016
Bottle. Cotteridge Beano v2. Black. Tan head. Rich, vinous roast. Taste is dry and light bitter. Vinous. Rich and smooth. Lovely.

3.8
RichTheVillan (8248) - Birmingham, West Midlands, ENGLAND - MAR 7, 2016
Bottle at CWC II; black pour with a creamy dark tan head, aroma has powerful bourbon and rich dark fruits, taste has sweet dark fruits, big bourbon, ABV is present, roast malts, big beer.


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