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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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934 Ratings

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Ratings: 934
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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Photo of MatthewWilde


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

Sample: 1 bottle 2010

A: Pitch black, pours a strong dark brown head, moderate internal carbonation, not translucent

S: Strong fragrance, heavy espresso, roasted malt, apparent elements of chocolate and even chicory, touch of alcohol

T: Heavy flavor, similar to the nose, strong roasted malt, cocoa powder coffee bean, bit of an alcohol taste but no burn, aging has definitely helped this along

M: Incredibly smooth and quite drinkable even given its style and abv, only slightly drying on the palate, moderate espresso afetrtaste

O: A complex and very powerful stout, definitely worth a try, could certainly be aged for five or more years

Serving type: bottle

07-12-2012 02:46:05 | More by MatthewWilde
Photo of bishopdc0


4.6/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Popped this bottle for my sisters annuversery.

Shared with multiple people. I poured into my cantillion tulip.

the beer is dark black with a huge tan head. the head clings to the glass leaving thick laces up the side.

The nose is wonderful spicy chocolate creamy if it didnt taste so good i would just keep smelling.

The taste is well wonderful. Pulled this from my cellar at 55 degrees. Temp is perfect. Starts spiced from hops and the creamy chocolate comes in. At no point did i think this beer was too sweet and it is far from a dessert beer. The chocolate malts dry the tongue and leave a lingering bitter that is smooth and never harsh. very nice.

Serving type: bottle

06-11-2012 01:36:57 | More by bishopdc0
Photo of Reaper16


3.9/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750mL bottle served into a globe glass

Pours a deep cola-brown color. It's pretty near black, with some brown-red tinges to the very edges of the body. Nearly a full finger of lion's pelt colored head.

The aroma is quite earthy at this point in the beer's aging process. Silt and sand and button mushrooms. Lots of black malts, but not really any roast to speak of. There's a bit of a vinous quality to the nose: dark cherries, mostly. Lots of top notes to the nose, but not much depth.

The flavor of the beer is quite a bit better than the nose. Black malts like dark chocolate ganache all over the place. Heavy anise flavor, too. Some coffee and some remnants of green hop flavors. The dark cherries from the nose make an appearance towards the midpalate, and the beer finishes flush with dark red fruit and coffee roast.

The beer has a pleasing, sweet slickness in the mouth. The body feels a bit light at first, but it is pretty solidly on the heavy side of medium-bodied. It's probably thinned out from aging.

Overall, this is a good imperial stout. Not great, but well-executed, tasty, and not samey tasting like a lot of impy stouts can be.

Serving type: bottle

06-06-2012 03:54:16 | More by Reaper16
Photo of mintjellie

Ontario (Canada)

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

Pours pitch black with two fingers of dense tan head. The head is lacy and very retentive - this is a damned near perfect looking beer. There's a notable vinous note to it's aroma that reminds a little of port wine, and it goes well with the roastier chocolate/coffee notes and more delicate fig and brown sugar tones.

Bittersweet up front with a pleasant coffee flavour that doesn't come across as heavily roasted, with fruitier undertones of raisin and dried cherry. Char only really shows in the finish. Medium to full-bodied and finely carbonated - feels smooth and velvety in the mouth, but a bit more weight wouldn't harm it.

This is a delicious stout with a very pleasant estery flavours and relatively light roast flavours for the style. It's flavourful and very approachable. I also wonder if aging had something to contribute to that wine-like quality the aroma has.

Serving type: bottle

05-24-2012 03:55:00 | More by mintjellie
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4.43/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750 ml bottle into snifter; bottled 2/20/2010. Pours pitch black color with a 1 finger dense dark brown head with good retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lasts. Some nice soapy lacing on the glass. Aromas of big dark roasted chocolate, raisin, caramel, coffee, charred malt, toffee, vanilla, bread, tobacco, earth, and light herbal hops. Fantastic aromas here with great balance and complexity. Taste of big dark roasted chocolate, caramel, molasses, coffee, raisin, biscuit, earth, charred malt, toffee, tobacco, vanilla, and light herbal hops. Good amount of roasted bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of dark chocolate, biscuit, coffee, raisin, caramel, toffee, charred malt, earth, tobacco, and herbal on the finish for a while. Great flavor balance and big complexity. Medium carbonation and very full bodied; with an extremely lush, creamy, and fairly slick mouthfeel that is very nice. Alcohol is extremely well hidden, with hardly any warming noticed at all after the finish. Overall this is an absolutely fantastic imperial stout! Very complex, robust, and balanced; and very smooth to sip on.

Serving type: bottle

05-10-2012 05:01:16 | More by superspak
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3.05/5  rDev -28.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Sierra Nevada's 30th anniversary Imperial Stout. ~2 years old at this point. C&C 750 poured into a snifter.

Dark but not black hole dark; good dark brown head with good retention. Aroma has plenty of sweetness, dark fruit, roast and anise. Tastes sub par with medicinal notes; some roast is present. Medium body, medium carbonation. Overall just an Imperial Stout with nothing too compelling about it.

4.5, 3.5, 2.5, 4, 3

Serving type: bottle

04-25-2012 04:23:51 | More by tewaris
Photo of Steasy66


3.48/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bomber into snifter
A- Nearly jet back, very thin dark head
S- Anise, wood, roast
T- Big anise flavor, lacking in malt/roast
M- Really thin for an IS, low carbonation
O- I didn't mind this beer. Its not much of an IS, but I really liked the strong anise flavor/aroma. If you don't like anise, there isn't much here for you.

Serving type: bottle

04-14-2012 17:36:41 | More by Steasy66
Photo of abrand


4.48/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Cage and corked bottle poured into snifter.

Pours jet black with no visibility and a 2 finger tan head that fades quickly. Smells of roasted malts and chocolate. Some sweetness but dominated with roast. Nice smelling beer. Taste is spot on and very smooth for the big abv. Lots of roasted coffee and sweet sugars. Very thick on the tongue. Overall this is great. A very good collaboration.

Serving type: bottle

04-02-2012 02:55:22 | More by abrand
Photo of MrHassellYaHurd


4.68/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a tulip glass. Perfectly opaque black with a tan and thickly creamy head. Beautifully long-lasting lacing.

Dark French-roast coffee, sweet toffee candies, vanilla, and a sweetly alcoholic background with tons of delicious roasty notes.

Initial roasted barley bitterness with sweet toffee and a subtle vanilla background. There is a bit of alcoholic sharpness on the tongue, but strangely enough, no burn.

Full-bodied and viscous, with a lasting sensation of a rich essential oil coating on the tongue.

Forgive this terrible review — I'd just written a well thought-out and thorough bit about this amazing beer, but have somehow managed to convince Firefox that I wanted to go back a page.

Serving type: bottle

03-18-2012 03:11:05 | More by MrHassellYaHurd
Photo of LiquidAmber


4.5/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Review from 7/2011 notes. One year old properly cellared bottle. Poured into a Black Raven pint glass. Pours a very deep brown, appearing black. massive thick light brown head and lacing. Aroma of smoky and roasted malts, vanilla, coffee. Very smoky malts with molasses, roasted malt and vanilla, a malt and strong coffee finish. Smooth and now more balanced than the original fresh review last year. The hops have faded, and the coffee finish is more predominant. A very tasty imperial stout that has aged well. Review from 7/2011 notes.

Serving type: bottle

03-15-2012 03:28:06 | More by LiquidAmber
Photo of Merkur


4.18/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Beer pours a dark black with a good amount of brown head. About two fingers worth.

Beer smells very strongly of dark chocolate and roasted coffee.

Beer tastes very strong of the same elements in the nose. Fairly malty with a very strong boozy aftertaste during the first sip. The booziness seems to go away as you sip it and the flavors open up as it warms.

Beer is the right mouthfeel. Not too thin and not too thick.

Very enjoyable imperial stout.

Serving type: on-tap

03-03-2012 15:34:23 | More by Merkur
Photo of HardTarget


4.13/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Black glass holds a dirty halo with spotty coverage.

Smell: Dark, rich roasted barley, vinous red wine, mild oak barrel tobacco. Grown up, somewhat sophisticated.

Taste: Stout, meet Barleywine. Double Imperial? Triple Imperial! They didn't skimp on the malt bill, this has serious depth with a full almost overpowering flavor. I've aged mine out, and I think I note the beginnings of some souring which I don't care for, but are just a side note in a very complete taste.

Mouthfeel: Little oily, a loud report when the cork gave way showed off a full, but far from fizzy carbonation.

Overall: A celebration beer, and a well earned celebration. Cheers to Sierra Nevada, looking forward to XL and beyond. Cheers to Anchor and Fritz Maytag!

Serving type: bottle

02-29-2012 01:39:16 | More by HardTarget
Photo of TheHoppiest


4.83/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 750 ml bottle into a goblet. Was gifted this by a good friend and am quite eager to see how it stacks up against their 30th Anniversary Black Barleywine.

Pours a very, very dark brown, almost black, with a 3/4" tan head comprised of very tight tiny bubbles that oh-so-slowly reduces to a creamy looking lid with mild lacing down the sides.

Baker's chocolate, dark coffee, alcohol, and molasses first greet the nose. Hints of vanilla, dark fruit (cherry?) and figs are present as well. Smells quite rich, like a sweet dessert.

Tastes very nice, with dark roasted coffee, chocolate nibs, dark cherry, a malty middle, and creamy vanilla. There's a bitter chocolate taste that gives way to a hop bitterness as it finishes, with alcohol vapors wafting up the nose and down the throat.

Very thick in the mouthfeel, creamy up front, with a dry boozy finish that borders on chalky but never crosses it.

An excellent stiout that I'm sure has benefited from the aging it already has undergone. I have one more in the basement that I may give another year or two to see how it does. Thank you Jason for this awesome brew, Cheers!

Serving type: bottle

02-13-2012 11:05:57 | More by TheHoppiest
Photo of SLeffler27

New York

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

An enormous, glistening, chestnut head forms a dense mousse over a dark, black beer. The head seems to be in it for the duration, depositing big patches of lace and syrupy film on the tulip glass.

Molasses, fresh wheat bread and chocolate nibs play well with deep roasted malt and coffee beans. After some contemplation, sweet orange citrus plays a counter-balance.

Elements of the aroma are enhanced by a rich, full roasted malt. An initial, quick, bold finish is replaced by a subtle balance between sweet and bitter flavors. There are lots of underlying nuances to be explored in this Anniversary Ale.

A full body with velvety, smooth texture and soft carbonation, this one ultimately turns dry with a lightly warming alcohol. A great experience.

Best for sipping but tempts one as a thirst quencher. I was just as happy to finish the bomber with dinner.

Serving type: bottle

02-07-2012 22:18:49 | More by SLeffler27
Photo of StonedTrippin


4.33/5  rDev +2.1%
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

Serving type: bottle

02-06-2012 05:40:02 | More by StonedTrippin
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4.22/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Review is from notes made on 3/27/11.

I poured 1/2 of the big bottle into a large snifter, resulting in a fluffy, 2-3 chocolate milk-colored head. The body is just about pitch-black with just a slight brownish tint around the edges. The lacing looks like a descending firework and is pretty sticky.

The smell contains a roasty character with dark chocolate undertones. It borders on a smoky, charred meat smell. Frankly, it makes me want some barbecued pork to go along with it. When swirled, the smell is more milk chocolate, with the roast and smoke more the background. Notes of vanilla and caramel are also present.

The taste presents a roasty twang upfront and on the sides of my palate. This is enhanced by a hop presence, although the bottle is close to a year old, so I'm not positive about that. The roasty twang then transitions to a fairly sweet milk chocolate and caramel flavor on my tongue. The finish is relatively dry, roasty, and hoppy.

The mouthfeel is just a hair short of awesome. There is quite the bite on my palate from the roasty/hoppy combination and the beer is fairly creamy, but it is just a tad light for the ideal of the style.

If this wasn't a one-timer, I would look for it again. I find it to be very tasty, and while it isn't upper echelon, it is very good. Quite easily quaffable.

Serving type: bottle

01-31-2012 22:28:36 | More by TCHopCraver
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4.65/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Sampled at the 2010 Stout tasting in a Orval Chalice.

750ml limited release corked & caged bottle.

Pours an inky black with a small very brown head. It's got a strong malty nose.

Taste is really nice & smooth, easy drinking and has a slightly chalky finish but still quite mild and easy drinking.

1/22/2012 re-review

This is now two years old, curious to see how its aged. 750ml corked & caged bottle poured into an 8oz mini-nonic glass.

Pours a very dark black color with a small very creamy, fine chocolate milk colored head. Nose is a bit sweet, light roast coffee or dark chocolate, mellow and nice.

Taste is still very strong and sharp, the 9.2% abv is still there but fairly well balanced with dark slightly astringent maltiness, roast/burnt flavors come along with a surprisingly thin and light body, sharp carbonation. Finish is like dry dark chocolate.

This has held up well over the past couple years.

Serving type: bottle

01-22-2012 20:53:17 | More by kingcrowing
Photo of rapidsequence


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

750 ml bottle. I think this is almost two years old now, but I can't remember when it came out.

Appearance: Typical beautiful SN look. Opaque black, thick medium brown head that leaves some nice lacing in my snifter.

Smell: Very roasty with leathery notes. Bitter espresso more than chocolate. Herbal, grassy hops notes are still there.

Taste: Big on the roasty bitterness, without being astringent. Espresso beans and woody, charcoalish roast. Some sweetness and chocolate in the background attempts to balance, but roast wins, by a long way. Almost too much roasty bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Medium with a soft creaminess. Very good.

Overall: I can't remeber what this was like fresh, but this is pretty damn good now. Definitely strong on the roast. A very assertive, tasty stout.

Serving type: bottle

01-22-2012 02:13:51 | More by rapidsequence
Photo of drgarage


4.33/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed on tap at Toronado SF.

Age has been good to this one. When fresh, this struck me as a pretty standard imperial stout. Tasty, but nothing special. With a year on it, it's become something beautiful -- significantly better than Abyss 2010 with the same amount of age on it (at least for this keg).

I won't go on with a bunch of adjectives, but I'll just say it tasted like drinking a pumpernickel pretzel covered in cacao nibs. Just lovely in every regard and no hint of its ABV to be found. Wish I were enjoying another now.

Serving type: on-tap

01-21-2012 02:27:00 | More by drgarage
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4.15/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Corked and caged 750 ml bottle. Served at cellar temp.

Dark cola brown body. Clear around the edges (in the light). Beautiful, tall, two fingers of thick, creamy, dense, dirty sand brown head. Nice lacing up the sides of the flared snifter. Nose of milk chocolate, cocoa, candied figs, Concord grapes, caramel, and a modest dose of roasted coffee.

Strong roasted coffee bitterness greets the tongue. Roasty sweet malts soon come in, with rich notes of chocolate, sweet dark fruits, and smoky caramel. Bitterness becomes a little stronger, with herbal, woody, tannin flavors. Finish is bittersweet, with lingering licorice, dark chocolate, espresso, and herbal hops. Medium-full body with a slightly prickly feel. Even after more than a year of cellaring, this beer is mighty bitter and roasty. Still, a tasty sipper!

Serving type: bottle

01-21-2012 01:56:26 | More by alexgash
Photo of JTSbeerislife


4.75/5  rDev +12%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22 oz bottle, purchased 2/2011, no date code on bottle, well stored since purchased.

Poured into a Dogfish Head Snifter.

Pours a thick, creamy, one finger head, which slowly reduces to a lasting eighth inch cap. Some nice sticky lace hangs on the glass.
Black opaque color, with a medium dark tan head. Beautiful!

The aroma first hits you with a blast of rich, roasted malt, then bitter dark chocolate with hints of espresso, and even some hops buried in the back. As the Ale warms there is lots of interplay between the chocolate and espresso as each tries to dominate, but ultimately neither one does. Powerful and distinctive.

Unbelievably entry on the palate of powerful, exceptionally rich, bitter, deeply roasted, chocolately malt and caramel. Lots of flavors of dark unsweetened chocolate and strong bitter espresso. Very full mouth feel and perfect, fine, carbonation make for an exceptionally balanced Ale. As the Ale warms everything intensifies. Seems at its best at about 55 degrees. Incredibly delicious! Quite complex!

Extremely long finish of dark chocolate, bitter espresso, and roasted malt. It clings to your mouth like glue and will not be washed away! Lasts forever! Wow!

What an amazing Stout! One of the best I have ever had. Like a fool I had the opportunity to buy several bottles of this, but purchased only one.
Of the 30th Anniversary series, I consider this one to be the best, IMO. Of course the 9% ABV is impossible to detect. This Stout tastes like it was just tapped even after a year in bottle (it was stored in a temperature controlled wine cellar).
I would have to say this is one of the top 10 stouts that I have ever drunk that was not barrel aged.
Highly Recommended, but because of the age of this bottle beware of storage conditions.

Serving type: bottle

01-13-2012 01:04:49 | More by JTSbeerislife
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New Hampshire

4.18/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a tulip. The color is black and is accompanied by a giant fluffy tan head.

The aroma has nice citrusy hops to go along with roasted barley and some anise.

The flavor has some nice chocolate to go with the bitter roasted malts. The hops are well integrated throughout, leaving a great balance.

The mouthfeel is great; this is very velvety. This is pretty light in body for a stout.

This has everything, hops, chocolate flavor, some anise, drinkability! The only thing it's missing is -bals. This is top notch!

Serving type: bottle

01-09-2012 01:21:50 | More by andrewinski1
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North Carolina

4.75/5  rDev +12%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Dark black pour with very dark mocha head, almost 2 fingers worth. Exceptional lace and crazy head retention. Very nice looking glass of beer.

Dark burnt caramel, deep roasted malt and coffee, rich fudge chocolate all combine for a sweet and tempting aroma. Citrus hops underneath give accentuate all of the other darker flavors.

Rich dark chocolate, espresso roast coffee, touch of caramel and a hint of vanilla combine for a very rich flavor. Very deep and complex. Good bitters in the finish with touches of dark chocolate and a hint of citrus - maybe even a hint of raspberry.

Creamy rich mouthfeel. Very substantial.

Truly an outstanding stout and my favorite of the 30th anniversary series.

Serving type: bottle

12-21-2011 02:41:22 | More by beer2day
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4.08/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Dark brown with a light brown head.

S: you can smell the alcohol behind the chocolate and coffee smells.

T: Very bitter but not from the hops, the bitterness comes from the grain. The chocolate and coffee are Very dominate.

M: Fills the mouth nicely. A little undercarbonated though.

O: Very good. Worth having.

Serving type: bottle

12-14-2011 04:12:53 | More by jvillefan
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4.1/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 750ml Corked and Caged Bottle

A: Pours with a lush foam head, and then continues with some beautiful lacing.

S: Bittersweet Chocolate, Roasted Coffee, and some Graham Cracker

T: Has a lot of roast character after almost two years, as well as still having some unsweetened cocoa flavors. It also has some raisin and coffee characters.

M: It has a rich, thick, and nice mouthfeel over the tongue. It has a really nice carbonation that helps release the rich smokey and bittersweet cocoa flavors.

O: Definitely holds up to time. All the rich bittersweet and smokey flavors come through. It also has some rich earthy and woody hoppiness that comes through still. This beer is still drinking very well, and I imagine it will drink well for years to come.

Serving type: bottle

12-14-2011 03:58:40 | More by PaulStoneAnchor
30th Anniversary - Fritz And Ken's Ale from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
94 out of 100 based on 934 ratings.