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30th Anniversary - Fritz And Ken's Ale - Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

30th Anniversary - Fritz And Ken's Ale30th Anniversary - Fritz And Ken's Ale

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BA SCORE
94
outstanding

936 Ratings
THE BROS
94
outstanding

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Ratings: 936
Reviews: 654
rAvg: 4.24
pDev: 9.43%


Brewed by:
Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial Stout |  9.20% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: bigbelcher on 03-13-2010)
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mverity

Florida

3.9/5  rDev -8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Inky black in color with good amount of light brown head and a thick collar. Aroma is very roasty, some dark sugar, some black currant, great earthiness. Thick body, silty mouthfeel and low carbonation. Taste is charred, deep earth, great use of roasted malt like all SN stouts, some coffee and mahogany-like wood.

Serving type: bottle

02-27-2014 03:59:36 | More by mverity
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HuskyinPDX

Washington

4.3/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bottle opened on 12.2.13

A - Pours a brown-motor oil black with a fine dark tan head that just sits there.

S - Very roasted, smokey, chocolate.

T - Chocolate fudge, roasted malt, very nice.

D - Lower, but enough carbonation with a heavy body.

O - Fudge and roasted, so nice and warming. This has held up nicely.

Serving type: bottle

12-30-2013 03:31:18 | More by HuskyinPDX
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AndyAvalanche

Massachusetts

4.25/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

750 ML bottle poured into a Sierra Nevada 30th Anniversary Snifter (intentionally of course). Liquid comes out dark brown and black. Starts dark brown but darkens more and more as the stout rises up in the glass and becomes mostly black. Dark brown highlights on the edges and bottom of the glass. The liquid itself has a nice syrupy effect to it and each sip leave some nice coating to it. Darker than tan corrode head with various sized bubbles, per usual most of the big bubbles go away and the smaller ones stick around for quite awhile. Not crazy, but there's better than average lacing to it.

Smell is quite good and contains aromas of plenty of roasted malts, even over roasted and slightly charred. There are hints of chocolate, medium roasted black coffee beans, burned caramel, and some hints of licorice/anise and a slight touch of alcohol (well more of a tickle from the alcohol), has some similarities of a dark fruit liquor. Really good balance.

The flavor is a slight step up from the aroma, a little stronger. Equal amounts of both bitter and sweet dark chocolate. There's more of the dark dehydrated fruit (fig, plum, raison, ect.) than in the smell. Some medium roasted coffee beans, a charred mix of sugar, brown sugar, caramel and maybe some toffee that lingers towards the end. All in all everything here is a really nice blend.

Mouthfeel is good, probably the heavier end of medium body in my opinion, flavor lingers but not too long based on the style. Very smooth, with a nice not too sharp yet dry finish at the end. Drinkability is on point, this is one that can be consumed by a single beer lover by themselves without an issue. I expected this to be a slow sipper (which is what I'd recommend), but this one drinks pretty quick. Like this beer a lot, aged for 3+ years and it's still really good, wouldn't hate to see this one out again.

Serving type: bottle

12-14-2013 03:20:32 | More by AndyAvalanche
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SafeAtFirst

Wisconsin

4.31/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Black. Very little head.

Roasted malts, dark chocolate, some prune/raisin, spiced alcohol.

A little caramel sweetness up front quickly fades into bitter chocolate and espresso.

Solid in the mouth, low carbonation, rich and luxurious. Smooth finish, alcohol is barely perceived.

Well done, wish I had more.

Serving type: bottle

12-01-2013 03:35:45 | More by SafeAtFirst
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MasterSki

Illinois

4.09/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

I bought this bottle a while back, so this is aged 2.5 years I guess. Served in a plastic cup.

A - Tan foam slowly settles to a thin cap, collar, and some mild lacing. Very dark brown body.

S - Baker's chocolate, touch of umami, roasted malts, hints of char and anise. This has held up quite well; I don't remember much difference in flavor profile from when I had it fresh, but quickly consulting early reviews I glanced at.

T - The taste is quite a bit sweeter, with notes of caramel, milk chocolate and more peripheral roasted malts and char. Mild espresso bitterness that lingers into the finish. No obvious alcohol, and perhaps a bit of sweet oxidation creeping in.

M - Medium-full body, roasty texture, with some mild lingering stickiness on the palate. Lower carbonation, and again no obvious alcohol warmth.

D - A solid, well-crafted beer, as is usual from Sierra Nevada. This has aged quite well and I imagine a barrel-aged version would be quite delicious; does such a thing exist? In any case, the beer is good enough to warrant a re-brew. Shared this with a few friends and it went down super easy.

Serving type: bottle

11-20-2013 21:17:36 | More by MasterSki
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Boto

Connecticut

4.44/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle: This one pours an inky, opaque dark brown color. There was quite a large dark tan head on it. Some lacing. The aroma is very nice. Chocolate, but not sweet. Some earthy and piney hops. Getting a hint of raisins also. The taste is quite good. Nice balance of a touch of sweetness and a touch of bitterness. Notes of chocolate, raisin, roasted malts, pine and earthy hops. A lot going on in this one. An excellent beer!

Serving type: bottle

11-17-2013 19:46:20 | More by Boto
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ryan1788a5

Massachusetts

4.24/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

750ml bottle poured into a large snifter. This bottle has been cellared for 2 or 3 years now.

A: Deep black pour with a sandy colored head. Retention is good, and a quarter inch of head always remains atop the beer. Lacing wraps a jagged, broken ring around the glass and dots it with medium sized spots.

S: Bakers chocolate and black cocoa. Unsweetened cocoa. Earthy and piney hops have mellowed with time. Booze soaked raisins and berries. Jab of alcohol. Age has made the nose mellow and seamless.

T: Chocolate fudge sauce is the initial taste sensation. This quickly dries into bitter and unsweetened chocolate flavors. Woody and acrid tastes from the more heavily roasted malts have been smoothed over with time. Earthy and piney hops received the same treatment. Brief flashes of raisin and red berries. Perhaps a suggestion of vanilla bean. Whisper of alcohol. Dry finish of earthy hops and unsweetened cocoa.

M: Thick in body. Full and creamy with a mild sense of viscosity. Weighty, as it should be.Low carbonation. Very smooth and silky.

O: Another beer I am glad I hung onto for as long as I did. This was great fresh, but time has really helped to take the edge off of the hops and the more acrid roasted malt flavors. These harsher flavor profiles have mellowed and melded into the rest of the beer, and it now drinks that much more easily. This is what makes cellaring worthwhile.

Serving type: bottle

11-12-2013 22:39:38 | More by ryan1788a5
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BeerFMAndy

Wisconsin

4.36/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

750 ml bottle poured into a Sierra Nevada tulip.
9.2% ABV,

A - Pouring completely black, this stout forms a dense mocha-colored head that drapes the glass in lacing as it cascades down to a thick skim of bubbles.

S - Clearly aged, this beer has a slight musty, wet cardboard twang to it which interferes with the voluptuous malt profile at first but the rich chocolaty aroma wins out with both milk and dark nuances. Lactose sweetness balances notes of molasses while caramel finishes out for a thick and rich aroma and notes of charred oak.

T - The first few sips suggest milk chocolate and sweetness with underlying caramel notes, but out of nowhere, it's like getting past the shell, biting into a chocolate covered espresso bean. Holy coffee! Bold, black coffee abounds with molasses bitterness and sticky consistency while maduro cigar tobacco finishes out beautifully with woody undertones.

M - The beer's rich and creamy mouthfeel introduces itself briefly before introducing cold, dry bitterness of roasted chocolate malt and coffee bean. Full-bodied and smooth, this beer has wonderful balance of sweetness and lingering bitterness.

O - Somewhat scary at first, the beer exhibited some oxidation in the aroma but the beer's powerful malt profile overcame and has done a wonderful job of developing into a (differently) rich and flavorful stout that marries chocolate and coffee together wonderfully!

Serving type: bottle

11-05-2013 23:21:18 | More by BeerFMAndy
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zeledonia

Minnesota

4.1/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Bottle from around early 2010, when this was released. Bought at a time when I was buying way more beer than I could drink, and finally digging deep into that old stash. Tasted 5 October 2013.

Pours deep coffee brown coming out of the bottle, and thinner than I'd expect, but opaque black in the glass. Big two-finger medium-tan head. Excellent retention and lacing. Despite the light pour, it's really nice.

Smell is heavy on the chocolate, rich and fairly sweet. It's right in the middle of the sweet-to-roasted spectrum, with both powerful milk chocolate sweetness and some slightly bitter dark roast. Quite nice.

Taste is big and rich, with a strong roasted bitterness. Not quite charred, but close. The sweetness is there, but it's definitely outdone by those dark, woody, coffee notes.

Feel is a little light for an imperial stout, but otherwise solid. Carbonation is medium-low, which is fine. Just a bit thin.

A solid stout. Not overpoweringly sweet or over-roasted, and that makes me happy. Nothing special about it, but very well balanced.

Serving type: bottle

11-02-2013 03:06:42 | More by zeledonia
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cjoc83

Pennsylvania

4.19/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Found this at a bar a few weeks ago for $13. Drank last night and reviewed from notes.

A - Pours a viscous, motor oil-like pitch black with an initial 3 finger mocha colored head that recedes fairly quickly and leaves a good amount of lace for a 9.5% stout.

S - A huge roasty character jumps out at me first, but underneath lies semi-sweet chocolate, brown sugar, a kind of earthy pumpernickel bread, and surprisingly some slight solvent alcohol. Wouldn't have expected any booze after 3 years, but its slight and doesn't detract from the beer.

T - Again, big roasted malts and bitter bakers chocolate up front, followed by a melange of flavored middle of the mouth; molasses, brown sugar, slight char, milk chocolate sweetness. Really balanced, no one flavor steals the show, they all come together quite nicely. Age has done this beer good. Finishes with a mix of bitter roast and a chocolate syrup sweetness. Slight warming alcohol in the back of the throat. Very nice.

M - Quite thick and chewy with a fittingly low amount of carbonation. Coats the mouth with flavors.

O - This was a very good brew when it was originally released, and while I don't think the age has quite pushed it into greatness, it's close. Yeah, there are better stouts out there, but this was a thoroughly enjoyable sipper. The balance of flavors in particular was pretty impressive.

Serving type: bottle

10-18-2013 19:13:30 | More by cjoc83
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templar316

Pennsylvania

4.89/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Wow!! I hope they brew this again! Pours thick and black with a toasted oak head. Smells awesome; figgy dark fruit, rich chocolate, dark rye. The mouth feel is incredible, it rolls smoothly leaving behind layers and layers of biscutty, bready malts. Chocolate, caramel and bitter rye; there's a depth of flavor and heavy body which makes me wish I'd bought a case!

Serving type: bottle

06-04-2013 03:44:15 | More by templar316
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BenZ

Virginia

4.4/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

This beer is great. 95% of ISs have something not quite balanced: too sweet, too bitter, not bitter enough, too roasty, etc. This thing is thick, really well balanced, not cloying, very complex. I would have figured the booziness wouldn't have been so pronounced since it's been cellared for a couple of years, but it helps keep the beer ethereal. Man, I really wish I had bought a few more of these. I also didn't have it fresh, so I don't know if it got better or worse. Really great beer.

Serving type: bottle

05-27-2013 00:16:25 | More by BenZ
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JayQue

Virginia

4.21/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Can't believe I held onto this one so long! The last of my 4 30th Anniversary beers. Poured from a corked and caged bottle into a pint glass. Big light tan head with excellent retention. Dense brown color with only a tiny bit of light at the bottom of the glass. Thick film of tan lacing down the opposite side of the glass from where I tilted it up. A good looking beer.

Nice aroma of toasted malts and a little vinuous (port wine) flavor. Taste is pretty similar, but there is an element of semi sweet chocolate that is missing in the nose. Really flavorful. The aging probably helped.

Mouthfeel is rich and creamy. There is a warming alcohol effect but no alcohol bite (probably because of the aging).

This is a great beer. I drank the whole bottle myelf and enjoued every sip.

Serving type: bottle

05-23-2013 01:06:58 | More by JayQue
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GreesyFizeek

New York

4.56/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the Tap and Mallet in Rochester, NY. A holdover from their SN tap takeover, and a great find.

Pours dark, dark black, inky, and velvety-looking. Nice head, maybe an inch, brown color, mocha. Smells roasty and chocolaty.

Very roasty, bitter flavor, bit of smokiness, possibly peat-like, intense dark chocolate. So creamy and bitter at the same time.

Full body, low carbonation.

Awesome find, but sad I'll probably never have it again.

Serving type: on-tap

04-26-2013 03:53:08 | More by GreesyFizeek
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bigfnjoe

Pennsylvania

4.09/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a corked and caged bottle into a Duvel tulip

A- pours black with a one finger dark brown head. The head is solid and sticks around for a decent bit of time, gorgeous looking beer

S- getting some light char, modest chocolate, solid roast. Not bad, just not overly pronounced

T- nice mix of both sweet and bitter chocolate coming through, with some solid roast and slight char. No heat or booze at all. Overall, pretty tame, but solid

M- pretty big body, very thick. Loving it

O- really solid imperial stout. Doesn't kick you in the face with huge flavors, but just very well-balanced and nice to drink

Serving type: bottle

01-20-2013 21:38:20 | More by bigfnjoe
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TWStandley

Massachusetts

4.28/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into my Delirium Tulip.

Poured a very dark black color with a dark-medium brown head. Head was pretty dense.

Smelled of light coffee, some chocolate covered raisins, a touch of vanilla and alcohol.

Taste was great. Nice and roasty without being overpowering. First you are hit with some chocolate which gives way to some bitter coffee notes. Pretty layered.

Mouthfeel was spot on for me. Thick but not too syrupy. I drank it at room temp and it was nice and creamy.

Nice brew. Really enjoyed it. It is not too overpowering so putting down the whole 750ml is do-able. The flavors are great and the mouthfeel is where it should be.

Solid (but what else should I expect from SN)?

Serving type: bottle

12-17-2012 15:58:40 | More by TWStandley
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VernonKell

Michigan

4.35/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle. Pours deep, opaque, brown. Two fingers of fluffy brown foam. Aroma of chocolate, malty coffee, and some caramel. Basically it smells awesome. Head settles to a thin covering. Very strong up front, with chocolate followed by coffee. Finishes with a dry sweetness. The abv shows up with a slight kick on the finish but it's not at all unpleasant. Overall a great brew, I wish I would've been able to review it when it was produced a few years back instead of today. I can only say that two years after bottling it is a great brew. Balanced, complex and tasty. I may just have to track down another bottle.

Serving type: bottle

11-30-2012 03:27:03 | More by VernonKell
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SkeeterBoganski

Colorado

4.13/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From a 750ml cork and cage...poured in to a snifter.

A - deep black with some brown head finish; significant lacing, retention

S - dark chocolate; dark coffee; fig or raisin; toasted malt

T - very chocolaty; roasted coffee; slightly sweet in the vein of the aforementioned fruits; a bit of vanilla and caramel; the coffee keeps coming through; maybe burnt cocoa

M - pleasant carbonation; sticky and kind of dank; plenty of richness; smooth; a little alcohol burn on the backend

O - this was a real pleasant surprise...at $9.99, I bought three and glad I did; this is a really tasty stout that doesn't try too hard; it's got some bourbon-flavored stout balance with the right amount of hoppy goodness. Good stuff.

Serving type: bottle

11-30-2012 02:39:45 | More by SkeeterBoganski
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Beerandboards

New Mexico

4.19/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

From a 750ml cork and cage

A - Very dark black. Pour down the middle produces a good amount of light brown head that retains for a long time. Lacing down the glass. Pretty good looking glass of beer.

S - Baker's chocolate, some dark fruit dates figs type smell, toasty malts, getting some baked goods, graham cracker type notes

T - Really hits all my personal favorite points. The beer is ~2.5yrs old, I never had the opportunity to have it fresh, but right now its drinking very very nice. Leads with a light, almost milk chocolate taste, there is some bitterness that starts in mid way with the malty and roast notes coming in, definitely a sort of graham cracker type flavor in there. Finish is bitter bakers chocolate that lingers for quite a while.

M - I only wish it were a little thicker. Being new to aged beers, I dont know if this is to be expected, but, either way, its a very minor complaint. Viscous, coating mouth feel. Silky smooth.

O - This one is very very good. Definitely got me obsessed with aging stouts. Like I said above, I'm new to this game, but I dont know that this one is going to get much better. My only regret is that I dont know what it was like fresh. The guys at SN are absolute pros and this is an absolute home run. If you run across one, consider yourself lucky and drink it now. Awesome beer.

Serving type: bottle

11-13-2012 01:52:27 | More by Beerandboards
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PDXHops

South Carolina

4.3/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I would have sworn I'd reviewed this stuff fresh. Oh, well... 750 ml cork-and-cage bottle poured into an Olde Hickory glass. Sizeable tan head with incredibly tenacious retention. Plentiful soapy lacing as well. Dark and lovely down below.

Smells of berries, figs, roasted and burnt malts with hints of smoke and soap. I caught myself kinda wondering if this stuff was gonna be a bit on the awkward side, but one sip made me a believer. (And of course now I'm kicking myself for not grabbing more while I had a chance; I've only got one bottle left after this one.) There's a smoke-and-leather thing going on here that reminds me a lot of HOTD Adam, which happens to be my favorite beer. Add a lush, velvety feel and you've got a winner on your hands. Great balance of roast/burnt malts, bitter chocolate, moderate sweetness and dark fruits with the smoky/leathery combo tying it altogether. Pleasantly warming. Interestingly, I recall having an impression of this stuff fresh as something along the lines of "nice big roasty stout, pretty straightforward", but it's cellared into something quite interesting. Very nice indeed.

Serving type: bottle

10-10-2012 01:35:10 | More by PDXHops
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twiggamortis420

Texas

4.33/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750 mL bottle pours a rich black color with a tight-bubbled, light brown head. Pretty decent retention and lacing, especially considering the age.

Roasty malts mingle with dark fruit galore, some tootsie rolls and...what IS that? Damn...A-HAA, smells exactly like a Fig Newton!

Taste is really mellow and the Fig Newton influence carries into the taste along with some black licorice and brown sugar. The malts are a nice blend of roast and dark chocolate. It still has a minty hop presence that has lessened tremendously, I prefer it like this as opposed to fresh, I thought it was too bitter when released. I cant get over how smooth the beer drinks at this point, I also cant believe this is already 2 and a half years old. Excellent beer and I am glad I put these away for awhile, much better now than fresh for my palate anyways. I only have one more of these <sad face>.

Serving type: bottle

10-05-2012 00:59:25 | More by twiggamortis420
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hooliganlife

Missouri

4.38/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

cork pop pours dark thick chocolate with cocoa head. light retention. some nice body.

sweet vanilla, hints of bourbon, light sweet roasted malt, and booze.

very vanilla forward with a subtle bourbon (even though it's not BA), char roasted malt and sweet fruit in the back. light molasses and licorice.

for a 9.2% stout, thick chewy body, mild to moderare carbonation.

for 2.5 years old, and 9.2%, this has aged magnificently.

Serving type: bottle

09-25-2012 18:14:27 | More by hooliganlife
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warnerry

Michigan

4.3/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Big pop as the cork comes off.

A - Pours pretty much pitch black with almost two fingers of creamy brown head. Head has excellent retention and maintains a thin cap throughout.

S - Even after two and a half years, there are still some piney hops in the aroma, along with some milk chocolate and quite a bit of cocoa. Prominent roasted malts with just a touch of char.

T - Nice chocolate malt taste, with a lot of milk chocolate to go with the cocoa taste, complimented by some faint pine and grapefruit hops. Surprised the hops have held on this long. I did have this fresh a couple of times, and I don't remember it being exceptionally hoppy, so surprising that the hops have lingered this long. Also some vanilla and coffee, but chocolate is clearly stealing the show here.

M - Medium/full mouthfeel, but definitely not heavy. Mostly dry.

O - This has been a very enjoyable stout throughout the first two and a half years after bottling. At this point, it is very easy drinking, with a little hop bitterness to compliment the malty base. Not sure how much longer this will hang on, but it is drinking very well right now.

Serving type: bottle

09-24-2012 01:33:22 | More by warnerry
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davey101

Connecticut

4.28/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

750ml bottle into DFH signature glass at room temperature. Julian date puts it at February 22, 2010. Nearly two and a half years old. These nitrogenated SN bottles still freak me out whenever I open them, massive champagne style pop.

A - Pours a pitch black body with a massive fluffy three finger high light mocha head. Settles down to a thin cap with edging. Great lacing and retention.

S - Despite its age, the hops are still present. Piney and light grapefruit work off of some roasty and charred malts along with milk chocolate and coffee beans. Excellent aroma.

T - Starts off with some fading piney hops mixed with milk chocolate. Light layers of cocoa powder, sweet vanilla, liquorice, roasted malts, and some coffee. The finish is slightly bitter and charred. Its complex and interesting, yet at the same time simple and approachable.

M - Medium to light bodied. Probably a touch thin for the style, but it carries the flavors well. Ample carbonation which helps.

O - A delicious stout that has held up very well over the last two years. Its not barrel aged or over the top, just a very simple and tasty stout which is starting to lose the hop bite that SN is so well known for.

Serving type: bottle

08-13-2012 02:53:15 | More by davey101
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BedetheVenerable

Missouri

3.9/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation: 25oz high-shouldered brown bottle, corked and caged, with classy label. Cage says 2010; didn't know I'd had it that long. Split with my wife into two Chimay chalices.

Appearance: This pours a pitch black hue, capped with a substantial, thick mocha cap with really nice retention.

Smell: Dark and rich, with a bit of chocolate, lots of dark fruit and molasses, and just a hint of booze. Robust and pleasant, though I'd like a bit more roast.

Taste: Big, bold mix of roast (that I was missing in the aroma), fruity/earthy hops, and a bit of booze. This isn't hot, but it's fair to say that it tastes like 9.2% abv. Lots of dry chocolate malt, a bit of burnt malt, and some dark fruit.

Mouthfeel: Rich and full, quite nice.

Conclusion: After two plus years in the bottle, in admittely not perfect storage conditions, this is quite nice. I generally prefer English-style RISs to their American Double/Imperial couterparts, with a few exceptions. This is one of them. At around $10-12 for the 25oz bottle, this is one that I'd pick up again if it were ever available. Nicely done!

91-92

Serving type: bottle

08-04-2012 23:47:26 | More by BedetheVenerable
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30th Anniversary - Fritz And Ken's Ale from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
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