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

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

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BA SCORE
94
outstanding

941 Ratings
THE BROS
94
outstanding

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Ratings: 941
Reviews: 654
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 jlindros:
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jlindros

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

With all the talk about this one, I've been excited to try it, and now I finally get to.

A: Poured into my special SN 30th balloon glass. Opens with a nice lout thwop. Dark rich creamy and super thick 1.5 finger head fades very slowly and leaves a thick lacing on the glass. The beer is pitch black with no light escaping, as it should be.

N: Nose is nice and luscious. It starts with a lot of dark malts. A nice roasted malt with some coffee, black patent malt, some dark chocolate, earthy bitter stout, cocoa, maybe even chocolate milk, more dark sweet malts, and just a hint of booze. With that is also a slight sweet syrupy aroma with caramel and brown sugar. At the end is a slight spicy and earthy hop character.

T: Thick and luscious to start. A little boozy but not too much. Lots of heavy malts, lots of spicy roast character. A little coffee, scortched bitter earthy charred malt flavors. Black patent malt, not much for chocolate anymore. Some bitter hops with an earthy and spicy character as well. Somewhat chewy malts and slight creamy with the luscious taste. Slightly sweet with more sugary substances, caramel, slight molasses. A heavy earthy bitter hop character really builds as well. I can pretty much taste the pure darkness. THere is also a little soy sauce and saltiness that gets a little unpleasant.

M: Pretty thick and luscious, slightly syrupy, and quite a bit of carbonation especially for the style and feel.

F: A strong bitterness really comes out on the finish as it builds. It's earthy and spicy, almost like chewy on a raw hop pellet. Slightly sweet as well with a little sticky sweetness. That lingering bitter charred malt flavor and scorched coffee bean bitterness really lingers. The salty soy sauce also lingers.

Overall a very slow sipping RIS that I would recommend sharing. It'll be hard to get through this whole 750 by myself. It has some nice dark flavors, lusciousness, and pretty bitter, but also very thick, and too much of that salty soy sauce. I would really like to see how it does with some age on it.

Serving type: bottle

04-10-2010 02:26:38 | More by jlindros
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30th Anniversary - Fritz And Ken's Ale from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
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