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

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Ratings: 976
Reviews: 659
rAvg: 4.24
pDev: 9.2%
Wants: 63
Gots: 178 | FT: 8
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:
Beer added by: bigbelcher on 03-13-2010

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 976 | Reviews: 659
Photo of Sammy
4/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bomber from Premiere Gourmet. Pours thick and creamy black with off white head. Big roasted coffee aroma. Taste is a bold in-your face stout, with expresso coffee and chocolate. I noticed less chocolate as the bitter an slightly astringent flavours built up. I finished it. Not so balanced, really toward the bitter side of the dial.Above average mouthfeel.

Photo of t0rin0
4/5  rDev -5.7%

Photo of UCLABrewN84
4/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours an opaque black with a 1 inch dark khaki head that fades to a thin film. Random splotches of lace line the glass on the drink down. Smell is of dark roasted malt, espresso, and cocoa powder. Taste is of dark roasted malt, espresso beans, bitter dark chocolate, and a slightly smoky or roasty flavor. There is a roasty/smoky bitterness on the palate after each sip. A low level of carbonation makes for a smooth and creamy mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good stout from Sierra Nevada but I wasn't expecting the smoky flavor at all.

Photo of djrn2
4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

Photo of zestar
4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

Photo of acurtis
3.75/5  rDev -11.6%

Photo of GRG1313
4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

Photo of nmann08
4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

Photo of kjkinsey
5/5  rDev +17.9%

Photo of Thorpe429
3.79/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Incredible look to this one. Pours a thick black with a Duvel-esque dark tan head which lasts for ages and settles down to a permanent half-finger at the top of the glass.

S: Not the greatest. The roasted malt seems to take everything over and the faint hints of coffee, chocolate, and brown sugar really get left behind.

T: Not quite as off-balanced as the nose, but the roasted character of the malt still gets a bit in the way, overwhelming everything else. Once you get past that, some pretty good flavors.

M: A little too must roast, leaving a dry taste in my mouth. Sometimes nice with a good coffee beer, but this was strictly a malt-driven dryness, and I didn't particularly care for it.

D: Not bad overall, but I was definitely expecting better from two legendary brewers. I've got some more to hang onto, and I'll see how it develops over time.

Photo of metter98
4.1/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Uncorking this bottle resulted in a huge pop. It poured dark black with very little head, but some bubbles consistently remained around the edges of the glass.
S: Aromas of dark malts dominate the smell and there are some hints of chocolate, coffee and licorice. Faint smells of alcohol become detectable as the beer warms up.
T: The flavors mainly consist of roasted malts, although there is a good balance and some bitterness from the hops comes across, particularly in the finish.
M: It feels smooth, rich, and dry on the palate.
D: Although the alcohol is hidden rather well, this beer is better sipped. I couldn't picture having more than one of these in a single sitting.

Photo of olradetbalder
4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

Photo of brentk56
4.46/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: It's a beauty, with a viscous black color and a rocky, two finger head that coats the sides of the chalice; impressive stickage

Smell: Roasty and chocolatey, with undertones of char; hints of alcohol come through as well

Taste: Dark chocolate and graham cracker sweetness, up front, with a developing roasty character and hop kick that arrives by mid-palate; hints of roasted pecan appear as well; after the swallow, the chocolate flavors dominate though the roasty elements persist into the finish; nice example of char that adds character to the aftertaste without taking away from the other elements

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body; exceptionally creamy, with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: Love the chocolate flavors, the hop balance and the mouthfeel (Tasting this again in December 2010, I added a few comments and bumped the score in several places - the beer just gets better with a bit of aging.)

Photo of jaydoc
4/5  rDev -5.7%

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

Fritz & Ken's is an outstanding beer that is both powerful and poinient with roast, malt, and hops. Simple in its design, yet complex in its strength and execution.

A deep, deep dark brown beer inches extremely close to opaque black. Truely viscous with a motor oil consistency. The beer carries a dense and mousse-like medium tan head that laces and retains as well as any beer can. The look of this beer rivals the best.

Deep aromas of roasted coffee, cocoa, and molassas are accompanied by softer malt notes and bold hop character. Comming from these guys, I guess a non-hoppy beer cannot be considered.

Flavors of the roast are very dominat- showing deep espresso flavors, burnt cocoa, and lighter elements of char and campfire. The roast is backed up by flavors of molassas and malted milk (think Whoppers candies). No fruits (maybe a background licorice note), but the estery mix is foregone by the aggressive impact of pine, citrus, and fresh cut grass derived from the deliberate hop additions. Hop flavor rivals but don't overwhelm the roast, but the bitterness from them give a complex balance to the sweet along side of the acrid roasted grains. The aggressive hop character seems to accentuate a phenolic character and lacquor taste burried deep in the beer but as the carbonation lessens, these flavors are much less noticable.

Definately as viscous as the appearance advertises as the initial sips are thick, chewy, and robust. But as the abundant carbonation subsides, the beer lessens in intensity and becomes quite drinkable for it's strength and aggressive taste. Hop bitterness and alcohol help to dry the beer considerably but the beer is to remain malty and roasty 'til the bitter end.

This is a fantastic beer. Memories of Bell's Batch 7000 come to mind. I'm having trouble deciding whether the hop flavor and bitterness help or hurt the drinkability of the beer. Aaah, the delimas of a Beer Advocate...

Photo of Phyl21ca
3.5/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle: Poured a pitch-black color ale with a large foamy head with great retention and very good lacing. Aroma of liquorice with some sweet malt is bordering on being grossly sweet but still manager to retain some balance. Taste is somewhat too sweet with some liquorice notes and some rich sweet notes with no coffee/black chocolate or roasted notes I usually associated with the style. Body is fuller then average with great carbonation and a creamy texture. Not bad but too sweet for my own taste, prefer my imperial stout to be more bitter.

Photo of Knapp85
4.05/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This one poured out as a very dark looking black color, the head was pretty large and needed time to settle down before I could take a sip. The lacing was pretty nice here, seemed to be pretty sticky. The smell of this stout had a big amount of hops in it, I was getting more hops than the chocolate malts and stuff from this brew. The taste of the beer had a good bite to it, some piney hops flavors mixed with the soft roasted malts to really dry things out in your mouth. The mouthfeel was on the heavier side which was nice. Overall I liked this brew but I still didn't think it was the best one.

Photo of westcoastbeerlvr
4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

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

Was very excited to try this one and decided to order one up on tap as soon as I saw it flowing. Served cold and poured into a pint glass.

The pour was dark as night, thick and inky black with a nice two finger head of cocoa brown on top that really capped it off just about perfectly. Dripping tan lace down the sides it really just looked the part quite nicely i have to admit.

Aroma is of deep roasted malts, lots of cocoa, a touch of a light peat, or smoked flavor and a really well balanced and nicely put together coffee bitterness. This carried over well into the flavor which was rich, creamy and smooth with hints of light chocolate that welcomed the palate first and were soon followed by a nice blend of coffee, roasted malts, light hop notes that dried the palate out quite nicely and a rich, even, semi dry and sweet finish.

Overall very solid and something I am sure will do well over time. Glad I could dry this one fresh.

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

definitely an elite stout that has benefited from some time in the cellar. same as all of this series. pours a rich milk chocolatey color with a small tan head. heavy nose of alcohol, chocolate, and coffee beans fresh ground. flavor is very roasty, evolving into a nice semisweet chocolate tone with a mild bitter coffee/dry hopped type finish. mouthfeel is nice, just right for this beer. not super bubbly, but not syrupy and heavy like a lot of big stouts can be. this was a lovely bottle of beer, and one of the more well balanced big stouts ive had. bravo, this whole series was gold

Photo of womencantsail
4.26/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at Toronado SD

A: The pour is almost black in color with a fluffy tan head that leaves sheets of lacing all the way down the glass.

S: The nose is a bit one dimensional, really only giving off notes of coffee and roasted malt. There's a bit of bitter chocolate, but it is subdued.

T: I was pleased by the fact that the depth of flavors I was hoping for was there. A nice bit of roast and coffee flavor along with plenty of bitter chocolate, and some sweet caramel. There was also a slight smokiness to it which I didn't necessarily expect.

M: The body is medium with a creamy carbonation. There is a touch of alcohol warmth to it as well.

D: There is a touch of alcohol presence to the beer, but it really doesn't detract from the enjoyment. I really liked this beer and look forward to aging a couple bottles of it.

Photo of largadeer
4.11/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750ml bottle into a tulip. The body is pitch black with three fingers of thick tan froth. The head settles slowly to a half-inch cap, which remains solid for at least half an hour. This is an unusually beautiful imperial stout, and the bottle deserves note as well, corked and caged with a simple but elegant label.

The aroma is rife with rich chocolate malt, roasted grain and black licorice. Hints of spicy, savory woodsmoke, citrusy hops and alcohol are noticeable on a lower level.

Chocolate malt is strong on the palate, along with nougat, leafy hops, toasted nuts and a bit of smoke. Roast and licorice present themselves near the finish, lending a beautiful balance to the initial richness. The thick, chewy texture is offset by an upper-moderate level of carbonation. This is a remarkably balanced beer, a no-nonsense example of the style with plenty of finesse and no gimmicks. High recommendations.

Photo of oberon
4.37/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Great to see this collaboration.Poured into a tulip glass a ink black,a large billowing mocha head atop that left rings of lace behind as it settled into a frothy top.Big bitter chocolate,mollases,and espresso roast in the nose,a lingering fruity tinge shows through as well,alot of good stuff going on.Robust dark roast coffee on the palate,even a light smokiness come in to play.Highly roasted with bitter chocolate,this is a nice not overly sweet impy stout,I really enjoyed this alot.

Photo of ChainGangGuy
4.08/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Audacious-looking black body crowned with a head of tan-colored foam.

Smell: Roasty, charred maltiness with full notes of bold coffee, cocoa bars, blackstrap molasses, and acrid smoke. Minor secondary notes of citrus and quality, soul-warming alcohol buried underneath the stronger malt scents.

Taste: The well-roasted malts unquestionably have command over the taste, imparting deep flavors of espresso, bittersweet chocolate, molasses, and smoked French vanilla beans. Medium sweetness. Solid load of hops with tastes of pine needles and citrus zest. The fair amount of hop bitterness couples with a hint of astringency from the burnt malts. Roasty, warming, bittersweet finish.

Mouthfeel: Full-bodied. Medium-low carbonation. Very smooth mouthfeel.

Drinkability: Simply, it's a quality, tasty stout. I'll cheerfully chuck a few bottles away in the cellar.

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

It's that time of year again, the presage to the holiday season, where I pay tribute to the horrible shared cultural memory of Prohibition, by marking American Repeal Day, in the only way that I humbly can - by cracking the biggest, baddest bottle of Yankee adult potable in my fridge. This year, the honor (American spelling, just this one time) falls to this 25oz bomber, procured from lovely Missoula, MT this past summer.

This beer pours a solid black, with ever so slight reddish edges, and a voluminous tower of dense foamy milk chocolate head, which settles maddeningly slowly, rendering some of the thickest panelled lace that I have yet seen. It smells of roasted malt, dry chocolate, coffee grounds, campfire smoke that has seen salted meat, and bitter floral hops. The taste is strong chocolate malt, a bit more bitter coffee, a bit of briny smoke, and edgy earthy, floral hops. Any and all booze is so well integrated, I barely register any additional warming. The carbonation is quite soft, the body big, slick, smooth, and dead creamy - the chocolate milk metaphor applies here too. It finishes sweet and chocolaty, the various bitter elements still mostly swamped.

One well produced big stout - enveloping, warming sans the heat, and still charmingly easy to put back.

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30th Anniversary - Fritz And Ken's Ale from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
94 out of 100 based on 976 ratings.