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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

933 Ratings
THE BROS
94
outstanding

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Ratings: 933
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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JohnQVegas

Tennessee

4/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

750 ml bottle into The Bruery tulip. Cellared since release; I reviewed this shortly after release, but like so many reviews on here, it somehow disappeared into the ether. Rereviewing now with 10 months on it.

Pours pitch black, with a towering 2-3 finger tan head on top - very creamy, dense, with excellent retention and beautiful sheets of lacing. Can't imagine a 9% R/AIS looking any better than this.

Nose is nose carries notes of chocolate, molasses, and hints of tobacco; moderately roasty, hinting at pretzels of all thing.

Roastiness is big and right at the forefront, with blackstrap molasses and espresso coming through strongly alongside hints of chocolate and black breadcrust. Almost savory because of the roastiness, very dry, with a lingering bitterness reminiscent of an imperial dry stout. Alcohol is hidden quite well. A bit one-dimensional at this point, but not bad by any stretch. Very tasty, though was a bit better when fresh. Will be interesting to sample this one at intervals.

Mouthfeel is smooth, creamy; medium-full in body, with a silky, slick character that makes it go down easily. Dry, lingering bitterness on the finish is the only thing that hinders drinkability at all, and that only moderately. Very nice beer, though better fresh; looking forward to trying it in another 6-9 months t osee where it's at then.

Serving type: bottle

01-21-2011 22:14:13 | More by JohnQVegas
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A - Pours a brown-motor oil black with a fine dark tan head that just sits there.

S - Very roasted, smokey, chocolate.

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

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