30th Anniversary - Fritz And Ken's Ale - Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
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4.3/5 rDev +1.4%
Bottle opened on 12.2.13
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.
12-30-2013 03:31:18 | More by HuskyinPDX
4.25/5 rDev +0.2%
750 ML bottle poured into a Sierra Nevada 30th Anniversary Snifter (intentionally of course). Liquid comes out dark brown and black. Starts dark brown but darkens more and more as the stout rises up in the glass and becomes mostly black. Dark brown highlights on the edges and bottom of the glass. The liquid itself has a nice syrupy effect to it and each sip leave some nice coating to it. Darker than tan corrode head with various sized bubbles, per usual most of the big bubbles go away and the smaller ones stick around for quite awhile. Not crazy, but there's better than average lacing to it.
Smell is quite good and contains aromas of plenty of roasted malts, even over roasted and slightly charred. There are hints of chocolate, medium roasted black coffee beans, burned caramel, and some hints of licorice/anise and a slight touch of alcohol (well more of a tickle from the alcohol), has some similarities of a dark fruit liquor. Really good balance.
The flavor is a slight step up from the aroma, a little stronger. Equal amounts of both bitter and sweet dark chocolate. There's more of the dark dehydrated fruit (fig, plum, raison, ect.) than in the smell. Some medium roasted coffee beans, a charred mix of sugar, brown sugar, caramel and maybe some toffee that lingers towards the end. All in all everything here is a really nice blend.
Mouthfeel is good, probably the heavier end of medium body in my opinion, flavor lingers but not too long based on the style. Very smooth, with a nice not too sharp yet dry finish at the end. Drinkability is on point, this is one that can be consumed by a single beer lover by themselves without an issue. I expected this to be a slow sipper (which is what I'd recommend), but this one drinks pretty quick. Like this beer a lot, aged for 3+ years and it's still really good, wouldn't hate to see this one out again.
12-14-2013 03:20:32 | More by AndyAvalanche
4.31/5 rDev +1.7%
Black. Very little head.
Roasted malts, dark chocolate, some prune/raisin, spiced alcohol.
A little caramel sweetness up front quickly fades into bitter chocolate and espresso.
Solid in the mouth, low carbonation, rich and luxurious. Smooth finish, alcohol is barely perceived.
Well done, wish I had more.
12-01-2013 03:35:45 | More by SafeAtFirst
4.09/5 rDev -3.5%
I bought this bottle a while back, so this is aged 2.5 years I guess. Served in a plastic cup.
A - Tan foam slowly settles to a thin cap, collar, and some mild lacing. Very dark brown body.
S - Baker's chocolate, touch of umami, roasted malts, hints of char and anise. This has held up quite well; I don't remember much difference in flavor profile from when I had it fresh, but quickly consulting early reviews I glanced at.
T - The taste is quite a bit sweeter, with notes of caramel, milk chocolate and more peripheral roasted malts and char. Mild espresso bitterness that lingers into the finish. No obvious alcohol, and perhaps a bit of sweet oxidation creeping in.
M - Medium-full body, roasty texture, with some mild lingering stickiness on the palate. Lower carbonation, and again no obvious alcohol warmth.
D - A solid, well-crafted beer, as is usual from Sierra Nevada. This has aged quite well and I imagine a barrel-aged version would be quite delicious; does such a thing exist? In any case, the beer is good enough to warrant a re-brew. Shared this with a few friends and it went down super easy.
11-20-2013 21:17:36 | More by MasterSki
4.44/5 rDev +4.7%
750ml bottle: This one pours an inky, opaque dark brown color. There was quite a large dark tan head on it. Some lacing. The aroma is very nice. Chocolate, but not sweet. Some earthy and piney hops. Getting a hint of raisins also. The taste is quite good. Nice balance of a touch of sweetness and a touch of bitterness. Notes of chocolate, raisin, roasted malts, pine and earthy hops. A lot going on in this one. An excellent beer!
11-17-2013 19:46:20 | More by Boto
4.24/5 rDev 0%
750ml bottle poured into a large snifter. This bottle has been cellared for 2 or 3 years now.
A: Deep black pour with a sandy colored head. Retention is good, and a quarter inch of head always remains atop the beer. Lacing wraps a jagged, broken ring around the glass and dots it with medium sized spots.
S: Bakers chocolate and black cocoa. Unsweetened cocoa. Earthy and piney hops have mellowed with time. Booze soaked raisins and berries. Jab of alcohol. Age has made the nose mellow and seamless.
T: Chocolate fudge sauce is the initial taste sensation. This quickly dries into bitter and unsweetened chocolate flavors. Woody and acrid tastes from the more heavily roasted malts have been smoothed over with time. Earthy and piney hops received the same treatment. Brief flashes of raisin and red berries. Perhaps a suggestion of vanilla bean. Whisper of alcohol. Dry finish of earthy hops and unsweetened cocoa.
M: Thick in body. Full and creamy with a mild sense of viscosity. Weighty, as it should be.Low carbonation. Very smooth and silky.
O: Another beer I am glad I hung onto for as long as I did. This was great fresh, but time has really helped to take the edge off of the hops and the more acrid roasted malt flavors. These harsher flavor profiles have mellowed and melded into the rest of the beer, and it now drinks that much more easily. This is what makes cellaring worthwhile.
11-12-2013 22:39:38 | More by ryan1788a5
4.36/5 rDev +2.8%
750 ml bottle poured into a Sierra Nevada tulip.
A - Pouring completely black, this stout forms a dense mocha-colored head that drapes the glass in lacing as it cascades down to a thick skim of bubbles.
S - Clearly aged, this beer has a slight musty, wet cardboard twang to it which interferes with the voluptuous malt profile at first but the rich chocolaty aroma wins out with both milk and dark nuances. Lactose sweetness balances notes of molasses while caramel finishes out for a thick and rich aroma and notes of charred oak.
T - The first few sips suggest milk chocolate and sweetness with underlying caramel notes, but out of nowhere, it's like getting past the shell, biting into a chocolate covered espresso bean. Holy coffee! Bold, black coffee abounds with molasses bitterness and sticky consistency while maduro cigar tobacco finishes out beautifully with woody undertones.
M - The beer's rich and creamy mouthfeel introduces itself briefly before introducing cold, dry bitterness of roasted chocolate malt and coffee bean. Full-bodied and smooth, this beer has wonderful balance of sweetness and lingering bitterness.
O - Somewhat scary at first, the beer exhibited some oxidation in the aroma but the beer's powerful malt profile overcame and has done a wonderful job of developing into a (differently) rich and flavorful stout that marries chocolate and coffee together wonderfully!
11-05-2013 23:21:18 | More by BeerFMAndy
4.1/5 rDev -3.3%
Bottle from around early 2010, when this was released. Bought at a time when I was buying way more beer than I could drink, and finally digging deep into that old stash. Tasted 5 October 2013.
Pours deep coffee brown coming out of the bottle, and thinner than I'd expect, but opaque black in the glass. Big two-finger medium-tan head. Excellent retention and lacing. Despite the light pour, it's really nice.
Smell is heavy on the chocolate, rich and fairly sweet. It's right in the middle of the sweet-to-roasted spectrum, with both powerful milk chocolate sweetness and some slightly bitter dark roast. Quite nice.
Taste is big and rich, with a strong roasted bitterness. Not quite charred, but close. The sweetness is there, but it's definitely outdone by those dark, woody, coffee notes.
Feel is a little light for an imperial stout, but otherwise solid. Carbonation is medium-low, which is fine. Just a bit thin.
A solid stout. Not overpoweringly sweet or over-roasted, and that makes me happy. Nothing special about it, but very well balanced.
11-02-2013 03:06:42 | More by zeledonia
4.19/5 rDev -1.2%
Found this at a bar a few weeks ago for $13. Drank last night and reviewed from notes.
A - Pours a viscous, motor oil-like pitch black with an initial 3 finger mocha colored head that recedes fairly quickly and leaves a good amount of lace for a 9.5% stout.
S - A huge roasty character jumps out at me first, but underneath lies semi-sweet chocolate, brown sugar, a kind of earthy pumpernickel bread, and surprisingly some slight solvent alcohol. Wouldn't have expected any booze after 3 years, but its slight and doesn't detract from the beer.
T - Again, big roasted malts and bitter bakers chocolate up front, followed by a melange of flavored middle of the mouth; molasses, brown sugar, slight char, milk chocolate sweetness. Really balanced, no one flavor steals the show, they all come together quite nicely. Age has done this beer good. Finishes with a mix of bitter roast and a chocolate syrup sweetness. Slight warming alcohol in the back of the throat. Very nice.
M - Quite thick and chewy with a fittingly low amount of carbonation. Coats the mouth with flavors.
O - This was a very good brew when it was originally released, and while I don't think the age has quite pushed it into greatness, it's close. Yeah, there are better stouts out there, but this was a thoroughly enjoyable sipper. The balance of flavors in particular was pretty impressive.
10-18-2013 19:13:30 | More by cjoc83
30th Anniversary - Fritz And Ken's Ale from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
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