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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From:
Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
 
California, United States
Style:
American Imperial Stout
ABV:
9.2%
Score:
94
Avg:
4.24 | pDev: 9.2%
Reviews:
667
Ratings:
342
Status:
Retired
Rated:
Oct 13, 2021
Added:
Mar 13, 2010
Wants:
  62
Gots:
  189
SCORE
94
Outstanding
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Rated: 4.35 by LesDewitt4beer from Minnesota

Oct 13, 2021
 
Rated: 4.25 by brittanylicious from Indiana

Jul 28, 2020
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Reviewed by BKotch from Texas

4.19/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25
Not bad for 10 years old. It's definitely lost some, but not all, carbonation. Aroma and flavor are quite impressive. Kinda sorry that this got lost in the back of the cabinet because it was probably a 4.5 at some point, but still, damn good job, SN.
Jul 12, 2020
 
Rated: 4.25 by heysuz from Indiana

Jul 03, 2020
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Rated by KingFarm from Maryland

3.63/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
If you still have a bottle cellared, you might consider enjoying now. Would be a shame to miss this gem’s peak...
Jul 22, 2019
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Reviewed by marchoftheclouds from Illinois

5/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5
Review 1/22/2019: One of the first beers I bought to cellar. If I knew what I know now over 8 years ago I surely would have bought more than one! It’s everything I love in a great beer. The presentation is beautiful. The cork, label and cage top cap make it look classy.

My buddy from Wisconsin know me: If it smells like coffe and chocolate, you can’t see through it and it’s kind of “chewy” it’s a keeper.

It smells incredible still. It tastes incredible still. If they could make a normal beer this good all the time (store beer, gas station) it would be so incredibly popular.

I only wish I had more.
Jan 23, 2019
 
Rated: 4.27 by Beer21 from Florida

Oct 21, 2018
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Reviewed by Pegasus from Texas

4/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Appearance; Obsidian in color, with a small, dense tan head, which persists very well. Thick, fine-beaded lacing utterly coats the glass wall in an unbroken sheet.

Aroma: Cold coffee, roasted black malt and bitter cocoa dominate the aroma. There is also a mild note of vinous alcohol, which is rather subtle, considering the rather high ABV of 9.2%. There is also a note of wood, perhaps American oak?

Taste: The taste begins with a surge of roasted malt, bitter cocoa and cold coffee. The roasted malt dominates the taste from start to finish, but the cold coffee and bitter cocoa are solid counterpoints. Mild citric and pine hops provide a counterpoint to the malt. There is a little earthiness in the undercurrent, but quite understated. Finishes with a lingering note of bittersweet chocolate.

Mouth feel: Quite full and very soft, with delicate carbonation.

Drinkability/notes: Truly excellent, even after too many years of proper cellaring. Another example of a beer where I regret the fact that it cannot be had again.

Presentation: Packaged in a standard 750 ml brown glass bomber, with a cork and cage, served in a South American Pilsener-style glass.
Jul 04, 2018
 
Rated: 4.12 by ckeegan04 from Texas

Jun 19, 2018
 
Rated: 4.5 by swierczt from Connecticut

Apr 28, 2018
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Reviewed by rodbeermunch from Nevada

4.1/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
Pours a middle of the road, average darkness and viscosity kind of stout with 1" cherry cola like appearance head. Aroma was pure roasted barley.

Taste was pretty much an imperialized version of their classic stout. Tons of roast, no adjunct. Hides alcohol well, old school C hops and their requisite bitterness carried with them, but tamed are restrained within all that malt. Its amazing how straight up this is. Not frilled up with anything but the most normal or traditional ingredients for a stout. Filling like a dark bread, but never a chore. Well done.
Jan 15, 2018
 
Rated: 4.5 by liamt07 from Canada (ON)

Aug 25, 2017
 
Rated: 4.25 by csfcmitchell from Texas

Jun 29, 2017
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Reviewed by TheManiacalOne from Rhode Island

3.99/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
Poured from a 750ml caged & corked bottle into a large snifter glass. Since Sierra Nevada Brewing’s 30th anniversary was in 2010, this beer is about 7-years-old.

A: The beer is a very deep dark brown color with a short light brown head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains chocolate, coffee, roasted malts, molasses and a faint touch of hops.

T: The taste starts out sweet with flavors of chocolate, coffee and molasses. Then a hearty roasted malt character comes in. The hops presence is very mild but complementary and brings a good balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Smooth and a little crisp, medium-to-heavy body, light carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

O: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, good kick, good representation of style, this is a solid stout to drink for a while.
Apr 24, 2017
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Reviewed by Drinksonme616 from New Hampshire

4.54/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5
A shared beer. Should have taken more tasting notes. Aged well with little to no oxidation. Smooth and not overly roasted at all. Mellow and delicious with a slightly full mouth feel. Highly enjoyable.
Apr 23, 2017
 
Rated: 4.57 by KensWorld from Florida

Jan 29, 2017
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Reviewed by JamesBondGA from Georgia

4.35/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
pours a light chocolate color with a light tan head with a slight lacing. toffee, caramel, molasses, coffee on the nose. Upon tasting, you get a malty taste, then caramel, molasses and coffee. Light carbonation. Wanted more from this brew.
Dec 05, 2016
 
Rated: 4.5 by RBorsato from Virginia

Nov 20, 2016
 
Rated: 4.03 by baklo from North Carolina

Oct 15, 2016
 
Rated: 3.75 by PassMeAZima from Kentucky

Jul 04, 2016
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Reviewed by colts9016 from Idaho

3.99/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
Poured into my Stone RIS glass at 50 degrees. The beer has a two finger medium tan head with decent retention. The color of the beer is dark and murky. Some carbonation bubble are visible on the side of the glass.

Sticky toffee aroma, caramel, chocolate, coffee, roasted malt, bread yeast, citrus, and some floral,

Caramel, dark roasted malts, bread, chocolate coffee, bready, yeasty, perfume, grassy, and some toffee.

The mouthfeel is creamy, slightly carbonated, and finish last.

This beer is good the age on it made it nice. The nose was so promising, the taste was a bit of a let down. good imperial stout nonetheless.
Jun 17, 2016
 
Rated: 4 by calcnerd from Pennsylvania

Jun 03, 2016
 
Rated: 4.28 by Thirstygoat from Illinois

May 01, 2016
 
Rated: 4.37 by bobv from Vermont

Feb 04, 2016
 
Rated: 3.77 by PatrickCT from Connecticut

Jan 26, 2016
 
Rated: 3.5 by t2grogan from Arizona

Dec 21, 2015
 
Rated: 4.98 by RUN-4-B33R from North Carolina

Dec 16, 2015
 
Rated: 4.28 by CJNAPS from California

Dec 07, 2015
 
Rated: 4.04 by Jamato14 from North Carolina

Oct 20, 2015
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Reviewed by StJamesGate from New York

4.1/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Jet with umber head that fades under the ABV. 4
Soy, prune, ash, licorice, and burnt sugar. 4
More licorice, ash, Thai fish sauce, kola, black strap molasses, and a touch of vanilla. 4.25
Brown sugar syrup end and salty linger.
Silky, medium, chewy, heat. 4

Smooth and charred with a touch of sour. Maybe sat too long - a bit too umami. Opens into mellowness but not especially worth the wait. 4
Oct 09, 2015
 
Rated: 4.16 by DucksFan16 from Tennessee

Sep 25, 2015
 
Rated: 4.04 by spycow from Illinois

Aug 26, 2015
 
Rated: 4.83 by Jakethesnake503 from Indiana

May 09, 2015
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Reviewed by Mersh from Connecticut

4.15/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
For a 5 year old non barrel aged stout this has held up very well. A nose filled with roasted malts and dark fruit accompanied by a slightly viscous body. Toffee, dark fruits, some tobacco, malts upon malts and charred chocolate roll over your tongue to flavor town. Impressed again that this held up so well, a very complex stout. Cheers to Ken & Fritz.
May 03, 2015
 
Rated: 4.39 by grahamboudreaux from Tennessee

Mar 26, 2015
 
Rated: 4 by nathanmiller from New York

Mar 17, 2015
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Reviewed by HopfenUndMalz2015 from California

4.71/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75
A: dark chocolate color, finger thick tan foamy head, thick sticky lacing
S: waited a bit to warm up.....aromas of dark chocolate, caramel, molasses, and roasted coffee.
T: very malt forward, caramel, dark chocolate, molasses, raisin, and toffee, well balanced with slight bitter finish to creamy, buttery lingering. Alcohol is not overpresent, well balanced with the malt and hop.
M: full bodied mouthfeel light carbonation
O: An outstanding stout. One of my all time favorites.
Feb 10, 2015
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Rated by Unclejesse33 from Virginia

3.28/5  rDev -22.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25
Slightly above average stout, what more to say
Feb 07, 2015
 
Rated: 4.39 by paresis from Massachusetts

Jan 10, 2015
 
Rated: 4.5 by Cosmic_Chieftain from Indiana

Jan 07, 2015
30th Anniversary - Fritz And Ken's Ale from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 94 out of 100 with 1009 ratings