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

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997 Ratings
30th Anniversary - Fritz And Ken's Ale30th Anniversary - Fritz And Ken's Ale
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
California, United States
sierranevada.com

Style: American Double / Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.20%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by bigbelcher on 03-13-2010

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

BEER STATS
Ratings:
997
Reviews:
663
Avg:
4.21
pDev:
9.26%
 
 
Wants:
62
Gots:
187
For Trade:
7
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Photo of Sammy
4/5  rDev -5%
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.

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3.75/5  rDev -10.9%

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4/5  rDev -5%

Photo of UCLABrewN84
4/5  rDev -5%
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.

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4.5/5  rDev +6.9%

Photo of spycow
4.04/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of StonedTrippin
4.3/5  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

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5/5  rDev +18.8%

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4.25/5  rDev +1%

Photo of Knapp85
4.05/5  rDev -3.8%
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.

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4/5  rDev -5%

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4.5/5  rDev +6.9%

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4/5  rDev -5%

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4.25/5  rDev +1%

Photo of metter98
4.1/5  rDev -2.6%
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.

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Photo of BEERchitect
4.38/5  rDev +4%
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...

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4.13/5  rDev -1.9%
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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Photo of emerge077
4.08/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Sheets of tan lacing in the glass, long lasting skim of chocolatey froth. Black with a reddish brown ring at the edges, in the light.

Sweet roasty coffee aroma, creamy and toasty. Toasted almonds come through, with some cafe con leche behind it. Definitely milky/lactic in character, with some bittersweet chocolate.

Creamy, full body, lots going on in the flavor. Deep roast, dark chocolate, coffee, with a nice undercurrent of hop bitterness. Woody tobacco, bakers chocolate, coffee, all the hallmarks of a nice stout. Very smooth, also like a cafe con leche. It hangs on the palate, but is never cloying. The residual bitterness fades into a roasty aftertaste. Overall, it's a really enjoyable sipper.

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4.46/5  rDev +5.9%
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.)

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Photo of oline73
4.37/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle into a goblet.

Appearance: This beer is black with no light getting through at all. there is a one finger tan head that disappears completely.

Smell: The smell of this beer is nothing short of amazing. Initially there is a mildly sweet roast with hints of cocoa. There is also a smokey characteristic that brings everything together very nicely.

Taste: There is a lot of smoke and roast throughout each sip. In the background there is a dark chocolate note, and there isn't much sweetness at all. The finish still contains the roast, and there is also a little bit of alcohol.

Mouthfeel: On the thicker side of medium body. The carbonation is quite mild and the finish is dry.

Drinkability: I really like this stout. The smoke flavor is really doing it for me. Overall I would say it is smooth and quite well balanced.

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Photo of zeff80
4.17/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured out an opaque, jet black color with a small yet thick, caramel colored head of bubbly foam. It left some sudsy, soapy residue on the glass.

S - It smelled of roasted malt, chocolate, caramel and some boozy alcohol. There was also a mild coffee/espresso aroma.

T - Great blend of sweet and bitter. Chocolate, caramel, toffee and dark fruits provide the sweetness while coffee and piney hops bring the bitter.

M - It was crisp and smooth with a dry finish. A medium to full bodied beer.

D - This was really pretty good. I'm glad I got an opportunity to try this one.

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3.5/5  rDev -16.9%
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.

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Photo of largadeer
4.11/5  rDev -2.4%
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.

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4.25/5  rDev +1%

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4.42/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750 ml bottle into snifter, bottled on 2/20/2010. Pours dense pitch black color with a 2 finger dense dark tan head with great retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Nice dense soapy lacing clings on the glass. Aromas of big dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, caramel, molasses, toast, dark bread, tobacco, char, smoke, licorice, raisin, plum, and roasted earthiness. Incredible aromas with fantastic complexity and balance of dark/roasted malt and light-moderate dark fruit notes; with great strength. Taste of big dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, caramel, molasses, toast, dark bread, tobacco, char, smoke, licorice, raisin, plum, and roasted earthiness. Good amount of roast/char bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, caramel, molasses, toast, dark bread, char, smoke, licorice, raisin, plum, and roasted earthiness on the finish for a while. Incredible complexity and balance of big dark/roasted malt and light-moderate dark fruit flavors; with a great roasted bitterness/sweetness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Light-medium carbonation and very full bodied; with a very creamy, smooth, and fairly slick/chalky mouthfeel that is great. Alcohol is extremely well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is an absolutely incredible imperial stout at 4.5 years old. All around fantastic complexity and balance of big dark/roasted malt and light-moderate dark fruit flavors; and very smooth to sip on for the big ABV. An insanely delicious offering.

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