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

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BA SCORE
94
outstanding

944 Ratings
THE BROS
94
outstanding

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Ratings: 944
Reviews: 655
rAvg: 4.24
pDev: 9.43%
Wants: 61
Gots: 177 | FT: 6
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 coldmeat23:
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coldmeat23

Oklahoma

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

GLASS: Snifter
TEMP: Cellared @ approx 55 degrees

Before me sits a large globe of beautiful blackness. It rests under a cloud of brown foam, which is two-fingers thick and holding. The retention on this is amazing. As it is slowly receding (ever so slowly), it leaves a sheer wall of lacing that is most impressive.
In the realm of Imperial Stouts, this one has definitely nailed the looks department, perfectly.

The nose is filled with a very large roastiness. A nice hint of smokiness peaks through. A light swirl brings forth notes of espresso and cream, with hints of vanilla. A nice touch of chocolate is complemented by light traces of caramel.

Light traces of milk chocolates, sprinkled heavily with cocoa powder, open this one up. A light hint of vanilla lulls you before the onslaught of roasted malts take over. The malts bring a bitter citrus hop bite along with them, as well as loads of dark chocolate and dark roasted coffee notes. Then you get balanced back out by some light hints of dark fruit sweetness. This is followed by a big dose of smokiness, which is forward enough that it comes off as almost meaty. Finally, the malts wrap back around your tongue, bringing a very slight trace of caramel with them. This helps give you a deep, rich and lingering finish, which is neither overly sweet nor overly dry.

The body is medium-to-full and the carbonation level is mild-to-medium. This presents a very nice smoothness, which is complimented by a medium level of creaminess.

I see no problem with being able to drink this one fairly regularly, aside from it's availability, of course. It is rich enough that it would fall into the category of dessert/occasion beer, though.
Very well done and worthy of celebrating Sierra Nevada's 30th Anniversary with. I only hope that the rest of the series produces beers as good as this one....and that I get lucky enough to try those also.

Serving type: bottle

05-26-2010 20:18:50 | More by coldmeat23
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4.38/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured this 750 mL brown bottle into a New Belgium globe. The body was opaque black/brown. The head was dense, tan in color, and stayed throughout the drink.

The smell was cocoa powder and damp fresh grain.

The taste was of overripe stone fruit. A nice char met the mild alcohol. Deeply fruity with hints of metal. Creamy coffee and cocoa. Bright rich grains shine through. The char bitterness lasted a long time in the finish. However, there was a sweet residue on my lips after each sip.

The body was smooth and rich. Medium to mild carbonation.

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3.9/5  rDev -8%
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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.

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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.

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.

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