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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

(view ratings)
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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Reviews by bobhits:
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bobhits

Kentucky

3.2/5  rDev -24.5%
look: 5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Cork explodes out of the bottle, I'm just glad I didn't put a hole in my ceiling! Poured into a Seirra XXX sifter.

A thick oily, creamy, coco brown head. Leaves the bottle an extremely dark brown, but once in the glass I can't get anything but pitch black. This is LOVELY. Amazing lacing and it leaves just a wonderful effect on the glass.

Burnt malt with a sweet thin porter like smell. I really don't have a word in my vocabulary to explain it. But it's a smell that makes me think of a thinner and sweeter, but fair bodied stout. This often goes with lighter oatmeal stout. Almost sour but more of a fungus like smell. It isn't bad or anything you'd want to avoid, but I don't care for it either.

Nothing thin about this bad boy. Bitter! It opens sweet like any thick high abv stout will. That burnt malt is just a caramel pleasure, but it goes so bitter and funky. A piney hope profile with some off putting wood that blends amazingly well. I like to think of this as a beer where the sum of all the parts are much greater than the individual parts. This beer exemplifies this.

Part of me dislikes this flavor and a part of me loves it. It's really strange and hard to place.

This beer drinks and feels just amazingly. Smooth creamy and well carbonated. It is a sipper as all beers of this style should be. A hair too easy to drink but not going to happen tonight.

28.77 equivalent for a 6 pack. A bit expensive all things considered. 9.99 for a bottle which is what I base this on. Amazing honestly how that works out.

Serving type: bottle

10-07-2010 08:10:44 | More by bobhits
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30th Anniversary - Fritz And Ken's Ale from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
94 out of 100 based on 936 ratings.