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

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30th Anniversary - Fritz And Ken's Ale30th Anniversary - Fritz And Ken's Ale
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30th Anniversary - Fritz And Ken's Ale30th Anniversary - Fritz And Ken's Ale

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

Style: American Double / Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.20%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Added by bigbelcher on 03-13-2010

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of bennetj17
4.31/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Deep black color, doesn't appear overly viscous. The head is thick and long-lasting, a nice espresso brown foam. Aroma of sweet chocolate with only a light roastiness. The grassy hoppiness of the beer is almost the predominant note in the smell.

Has a milky thickness on the palate. Intense roasted malt with a slight fruit character in the middle. Bitter dark chocolate lingers nicely in the finish. Very balanced flavors, and any note of alcohol heat is well disguised. The carbonation is quite nice for a heavy stout, no denying it after the healthy "pop" from the cork.

I did not expect to like this beer so much. Dark chcocolate fans would be pleased, it's bitter and doesn't get too sweet. I will have to pick up some more, might age it a few months but this one is ready to drink now...

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Photo of wagenvolks
4.28/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Corked & caged bottle into a Corsendonk tulip. Served at slightly under cellar temp.

Outstandingly beautiful beer, this. An opaque, black coffee body supports a creamy cap of cookie dough foam. The head builds smoothly to an inch in height and shows no indications of settling within the first five minutes. The smell suggests roasted black patent malts and freshly-ground coffee beans. A bit of sweetness chimes in from caramel and toffee malts. Baker's chocolate and earthy hops are in full effect, too. Aromatically, Fritz & Ken's Ale reminds me of a slightly muted blend of Great Divide's Yeti and Stone's IRS.

Coffee is the dominant theme here, as the little black beans jump out at the palate on the first sip. Rich, dark layers of roasted black malts and bitter dark chocolate follow suit. Decadent, to say the least, with a drinkable complexity that Sierra Nevada seems to know well. The finish is more roasted dark malts and a touch of soily Earth. Mouthfeel is a bit lighter than expected, and a tad over-carbonated. The underlying body has the consistency of (you guessed it) iced coffee. Overall, a spectacular first release for Sierra Nevada's 30th Anniversary. If Fritz & Ken's Ale is any indication of how the remaining three will turn out, then I'll start waiting in line right now.

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

A: completely black, with a very solid head on it. That thing doesn't budge!!

S: Dark malts, a bit of bitter chocolate, and some bite from what I assume are cascade hops. A bit of dark berries as well.

T: Roasty with notes of chocolate, then a big hit from the hops.. which fades into a bitter chocolate flavor, and finishes smooth with a lingering roasted flavor.

M: Everything that it should be. Medium to thick, good carbonation.

D: A very nice beer. Glad I got to try this. It is elegant, and to the point. It has a great balance between the hops and the malt, and does so without effort, or a lot of hub-bub. Straight to the point stout, and damn good.

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

I have been waiting for this day for what feels like forever now. It's been about 3 months since I found the Sierra30.com site and could not wait to get my hands on this beer.

The 750 cork popped louder than any cork that I have popped with smoke rising from the mouth of the bottle. I love that sound.

A - A deep dark black with absolutely no hints of light making its way through. Poured a huge 3 finger coffee head into a snifter that is taking forever to calm down for me to enjoy this fine beverage. It finally settled to a solid 1 finger head that looks like sea foam with a big heaping clump of foam in the middle of the glass that produced amazing lacing left behind.

S - Coffee roast, malt-bomb, a bit smokey, maybe some licorice, a little dark chocolate. There is also something sweet there tickling my senses that I just cannot figure out.

T - Roast coffee upfront and a bit boozy, but not anything overpowering that can't be handled. Some sweet malts following and a hop bitterness that leaves the cheeks towards the back of your mouth puckered. After you get some sweet licorice that sticks around for a while followed by smokiness that lasts until you take another sip.

M - Quite light going in, but leaves a nice coating of sweet licorice goodness around for a nice long time that is quite chewy.

D - AMAZING... Definitely worth the wait. I am going to try to get all the bottles that are easily available in my area as I think this one will age amazingly.

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Photo of BMoney575
4.28/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Sampled on 4-10-10
Bottled in 2010

Pours completely opaque jet black. A huge tan head sits on top in a thick layer, leaving chunky, sticky lacing.

Smell is very malty and sweet, with notes of molasses and anise. Not overly complex, but well balanced.

Taste is thick and malty, sweet with a smoky kick. Flavors of oak and anise are in there, with the smoke really coming in on the finish. The bitterness is surprisingly low, and really only comes in on the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel is perfect, extremely thick and creamy, the flavor has nowhere to hide.

Drinkability is surprisingly good for a fresh stout, and the alcohol is imperceptible.

Overall, a very good beer, and I look forward to trying one with a little age on it.

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

10 oz draft pour into a wide mouth pokal for $5.95. I was excited to see this brew on draft so shortly after it was released, especially in PA.

A: Billowing dark khaki colored head, foamy and creamy, 2.5 fingers high with better than average retention. The film is distributed unevenly, slightly lopsided with big and small bubbles. Lacing sticks in barely interrupted sheets.

S & T: Lightly roasted chocolate malts, black malts and semi fudgy plus a hint of espresso in the aroma as well. There is a heavy doughy yeast presence. (Think day old sour dough bread.) Lightly earthly. The hop presence is very noticeable, being a well blended combination of citrus, grass and herbs. The aroma *could* be slightly more pronounced. Being a little hot on the nose (and palate), I bought a bottle to see what some age does.

M: Even at this young age, this is one smooth imperial stout. Medium full creamy body and texture. Delicate effervescence reminiscent of nearly flat soda. Come to think of it, this beer is a little cola-like on the palate as well. Overall, very soft and balanced.

D: Very high.

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Photo of jlindros
4.03/5  rDev -5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

With all the talk about this one, I've been excited to try it, and now I finally get to.

A: Poured into my special SN 30th balloon glass. Opens with a nice lout thwop. Dark rich creamy and super thick 1.5 finger head fades very slowly and leaves a thick lacing on the glass. The beer is pitch black with no light escaping, as it should be.

N: Nose is nice and luscious. It starts with a lot of dark malts. A nice roasted malt with some coffee, black patent malt, some dark chocolate, earthy bitter stout, cocoa, maybe even chocolate milk, more dark sweet malts, and just a hint of booze. With that is also a slight sweet syrupy aroma with caramel and brown sugar. At the end is a slight spicy and earthy hop character.

T: Thick and luscious to start. A little boozy but not too much. Lots of heavy malts, lots of spicy roast character. A little coffee, scortched bitter earthy charred malt flavors. Black patent malt, not much for chocolate anymore. Some bitter hops with an earthy and spicy character as well. Somewhat chewy malts and slight creamy with the luscious taste. Slightly sweet with more sugary substances, caramel, slight molasses. A heavy earthy bitter hop character really builds as well. I can pretty much taste the pure darkness. THere is also a little soy sauce and saltiness that gets a little unpleasant.

M: Pretty thick and luscious, slightly syrupy, and quite a bit of carbonation especially for the style and feel.

F: A strong bitterness really comes out on the finish as it builds. It's earthy and spicy, almost like chewy on a raw hop pellet. Slightly sweet as well with a little sticky sweetness. That lingering bitter charred malt flavor and scorched coffee bean bitterness really lingers. The salty soy sauce also lingers.

Overall a very slow sipping RIS that I would recommend sharing. It'll be hard to get through this whole 750 by myself. It has some nice dark flavors, lusciousness, and pretty bitter, but also very thick, and too much of that salty soy sauce. I would really like to see how it does with some age on it.

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

A- Solid black pour with a large generous defined tan head.

S- Roasted/chared malt, slight smoke, some cocoa powder.

T- Along with smell, chalky roasted malt up (and overall dominance) front, bitter middle (can actually taste grassy hops here), ending with chocolate and java notes.

M-Smooth rich and bold on the palate. Full bodied and medium/high carbonation.

D- Good, but overall to much roasted/burnt malt. The complexity of flavor and full bodied mouthfeel is great.. what a quality brew.

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

Pours a pitch black with 1 and a half finger head that slowly trims to half finger. The head is tan which is always pleasant.

I smell dark chocolate, espresso and a hint of piney hop presence.

This is a well balanced beer. I'm impressed by how hoppy this stout is, but it is well placed and does not overpower. Up front, there is a combination of mild chocolate malts and coffee. This blends to a bitter hop and mild acidity aftertaste. I do detect some smokiness in there somewhere.

The mouthfeel of this beer is interesting considering its 9.2%. I would say it is lighter than most 9%er's but medium bodied in general for its style.

This is a very drinkable stout.

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

Poured from a bottle into a Portsmouth tulip. The beer pours pitch black with a three finger mocha head that comes to the top of the glass and fades slowly, leaving frothy lacing on the sides of the glass.

The smell is over-roasted malts, dark chocolate, molasses (lots of molasses, very similar to the Abyss). Beyond the dark and roasty notes there is some milk chocolate and hints of coffee. This is not a complex smelling beer, and that is one of it's strengths. The malts, chocolate and molasses are clean and straight forward.

The taste mirrors the smell almost exactly. The roasted malts and dark chocolate introduce the flavors, followed by hints of milk chocolate and molasses. The over-roasted malts give off a charred quality that complement the overly sweet molasses and slight alcohol sweetness very well.

The beer is more carbonated than most imperial stouts, which I appreciate, especially something as heavy as this. The flavors are clean, straight forward and well balanced and the beer has a nice dry finish. I think the best quality of this beer is it's simplicity, it achieves everything an imperial stout should without doing anything "different" or "unique". It's outstanding without being extravagant.

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Photo of wolffman17
4.03/5  rDev -5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Fritz & Ken's pours black with a thick, long-lasting head. The foam is about as dense as it gets. Plenty of lace clings to the sides of the glass.

Complex aroma. Heavily roasted malts give this a lot of tobacco elements. Did they use smoked malt? More Black Patent than usual? Char and burnt come to mind...perfect for the campfire. Alcohol fights but attention and stays in the background.

First thing I notice in the taste that's not in the smell is the hops. This brings a fresh balance to the heavy roastiness noted in the aroma. Contrasting to the nose, more of the typical coffee and chocolate flavors come through on the palate, though the burnt characteristics are still in the forefront. Solid aging candidate for sure. I'd love to see what happens when the hops fade a bit.

Good mouthfeel; thinner than expected based on reading other reviews. I'm getting more of a lingering stickiness on the tongue than a full-bodied mouth.

Easy drinkin'. Alcohol doesn't come through much at all. Complex enough to keep me eager for that next sip.

Enjoyable beer. The aroma sticks out to me as the most unique aspect.

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Photo of Clydesdale
4.36/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours an opaque midnight black. The tall, dark brown head is dense, frothy, and creamy, with excellent retention. Loads of lacing are left stuck to the glass as the head slowly subsides.

S: Heavily roasted malt notes are most noticeable, as expected. Strong aromas of dark chocolate, alcohol, and molasses, with lesser (but still vibrant) coffee and fruity citric notes. Perhaps a light touch of vanilla as well.

T: Smooth, roasted and burnt malt notes up front, with a modest sweetness. As expected, dark chocolate, coffee, molasses, and charcoal all make appearances here. Some definite alcoholic spice is also present. A flash of herbal and citric hop flavor contributes a bit of bitterness into the finish.

M: A robust, full-bodied imperial stout. Impressively smooth on the tongue - actually, I wouldn't have minded a bit more heft/chewiness in that regard. Roasted dryness and alcoholic heat are noticeable towards the finish.

D: A smooth, finely-flavored beer to commemorate SN's 30th. Aside from a bit of alcoholic punch, this is impressively smooth and well rounded. Definitely on the roasty/bitter side for an imperial stout; sweetness is kept on the low side throughout.

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

A dark black with energetic tan rocky head, sticks with some longevity and leaves a good showing of lace. I don't know what I could possibly ask for it to look better.

Aroma is toasty dark grainy malt, bready with a hint of licorice candy and soft sweetness. A little mild fresh hop profile shows through the darker grains.

Taste is soft, getting stronger during the sip, building with powdery cocoa into dark blackened toast without being at all burnt. Pops with hop brightness, bittering the dark grains and adding a distinct hop flavor, then settling again to a richer bitter chocolate and barky leather flavor. I'm really loving the lingering cocoa aftertaste.

Feel is fantastic. A nice big stout with mild soft feel on the palate, with full frothy carbonation and a very well done balance between dry/bitter/smooth mouth coating finish. A little sticky on the lips, but not heavy at all. Very nice.

Drinks very nicely for a big stout. Excellent flavor, but certainly strong on hops, perhaps off-putting for those who don't love a strongly hopped stout. Fantastically full without being too rich or heavy. Very well done.

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Photo of goldbot
4.43/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Jet black pour with loads of thick, dark brown head. Spotty but thick lacing.

Lots of rich, earthy coffee and dark chocolate notes. Roasted malt, with a slight burnt edge. Some fresh hops give a hint of pine at the end.

Smooth, creamy chocolate flavor and hints of coffee. Minor roasted flavors round it out, balanced with a subtle hoppiness in the finish, and leaving a slightly sweet chocolate aftertaste.

Very rich, creamy, full body and mouthfeel. Coats the mouth with thick chocolate flavor. Low to moderate carbonation. Overall a very smooth and mellow stout with great balance of flavors.

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Photo of Magpie14
4.41/5  rDev +4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: heavy and dark tones throughout. A massive formation of mocha colored froth both rocky and chunky gathered on top. This is one of the exceptional brews concerning head retention, quite impressive with tons of lasting power. Lacing is more in the category of sheets and massive globs. Some speckling is present but only in fine and thin numbers. Absolute madness in the glass. Presentation is a 5'er!

S: loads and loads of roasted and blackened malts hit the nose. Smells start to get a bit open fire-roasted malts and charred after a while. These whiffs allow for some exploration of bitter coffee, molasses for sweets, and some earthiness...possibly hop orientated

T: the palate is a mirror image of the nose...massive malts. Dark, rich, and bitter malts reign on the palate. A few augmentations are present, one being the oily crushed coffee beans blending within the malts, much stronger than I smelled. In addition to this are the hops that squeak out citrusy and pine needle goodness. Even more intriguing is the profile of the hops, they are dark and mysterious with a light coating of chocolate/cocoa powder and blackstrap molasses. Sip after sip finds the malts getting robustly roasted and fully-loaded with various grain overtones. This is a huge beer, no doubts about it

M: full and heavy body with very mild carbonation. Extremely smooth to drink and very delightful. The flavors are relatively strong and could deter some with the strong and bitter/charred maltiness. Another plus is that the alcohol remains hidden. Pretty incredible stuff

D: absolute monster of a drinker. Not for the faint of heart. Any stout drinker should get a hold of this bad boy. I was able to pick my bottle up from Butch's Dry Dock, thanks Lancer Man. What do you know, another great Sierra Nevada brew

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

Deeep dark black with a giant tan head. Great big clumpy lacing.

Smells like coffee and a sort of tobacco smell. Even some anise there too. Alcohol.

Whew much more emphasis on espresso like flavor. Still rest are there along with some serious roastiness.

Viscous and slightly creamy with some nice even carbonation. Sweet and coating finish.

Kind of heavy but not super filling and easy on the palette. But still pretty drinkable.

Great beer. I love ris's nummy nummy.

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

Poured into a snifter from a nicely labeled corked and caged bottle.

A - Pork popped nicely. Poured a thick black with a tall tan head that was nicely dense with some chunky bubbles. Head slowly recedes leaving a nice lace on the glass.

S - Smell included a nice mix of dark chocolate, raisins, citrus with roasted coffee.

T - Nice light coffee flavor followed by seet caramel and finishes with a slight coffee bitterness.

M - Robust, complex and creamy feel. Nice

D - Overall excellent. I think I'll pick up another one and let it age to see if it gets better.

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Photo of benclimbs
4.23/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pours back and beautiful with a thick brown head and plenty of

lacing - smell is lots of yeasty fruit with a bit of cocoa mixed in there, quite typical for a big stout, but a bit more sourish/fruity stuff going on than usual for such a dark charactered beer.

taste is very intense, multi-geared and terrific, a mix of dark roast coffee, dark chocolate and some very present raspberries and prunes, wow!

a very nice stout from a great brewery these compilation beers are so cool!

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Photo of JerzDevl2000
4.18/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked up this bad boy even though it's been warm as anything out this week here in the northeast! I heard there wasn't much of this available and since I love both Sierra Nevada and Anchor, I had to give it a try. Although I think they should stick to the hoppy goodness beers, this wasn't bad at all and went down pretty easily!

I love the cork too - nice touch and boy did it pop when I opened this bad boy up. Nice pour to this - a deep hue, frothy head, and some lacing as well. Not terribly aromatic but the mouthfeel was balanced nicely and although I split this with a friend, I could have easily downed this all by myself. Nice toffee taste up front and then the bitter chocolate and slight citrus hops kick in behind it. Could there be a touch of valencia in the midst of this smooth darkness? I don't know but if there is, it fits in well with everything else! The aftertaste has the slight dry-hopped characteristic that you'd expect from these guys and this never comes off as being overpowering or unbalanced.

This isn't weak but if you didn't look at the side of the bottle, you'd be hard pressed to guess how strong this is. I could only taste a bit of the alcohol in the aftertaste and no doubt, this is worth finding. Here's to another 30 years and for a beer that is worth finding, even if Stout season is quickly fading away!

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Photo of SkeeterHawk
4.32/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a deep black color with a thick and creamy 1/2" tan head after a relatively aggressive pour. After a minute, the head was a bit less than half its original height, but it is not falling much beyond this. There isn't a whole lot of lace left on the glass after drinking.

Aroma: I initially got lots of roast and some chocolate along with a substantial amount of aroma hops. The hops are mixed. There is some citrus here, but it is reserved compared to the floral that I believe is more British style hops. After the head starts to fall a bit, there is a substantial amount of caramel coming out. This is a very rich beer.

Taste: Interesting! There is a toffee in the flavor that I didn't even notice in the aroma, and it is actually a big part of the initial flavor profile. There is abundant coffee that wasn't as apparent in the aroma either. So the initial flavor is quite the hodge-podge of flavors, and you really only have to just pick them out. As the beer warms up some, the bittering hops are becoming more apparent, and it almost comes across as Northern Brewer...I wonder if this was Fritz's contribution? The overall body is medium to heavy with plenty of carbonation. The alcohol is noticeable, but is not overpowering as it could be and adds noticeable warming on the back of the throat in the finish...this is the major contribution.

Opinion: Overall I think that this is an excellent beer. Right now, it is a little "green". The hops are a bit "catty" in the finish and I know that this would succumb to the roast and such as the beer ages. I would prefer to try this beer again is 2-3 years and I think that it would be even more complex then. Either way, now, later, whenever, this is a great beer and one that I would not hesitate to drink again just about any time. Recommended!

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Photo of JoEBoBpr
4.2/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a DFH snifter from a corked and caged bottle with an awesome label.

A - Cork pops with and excellent amount of energy. Pours a nice dark dark chocolate brown with a tan head that is about 1.5 inches tall. very dense with some chunky bubbles in the center from the active carbonation flying up. As the head slowly recedes there is some nice sticky lacing on the glass.

S - Up front Wow. Awesome complex aroma. Some nice chocolate cake matched up with some mild roasted coffee some hints of hazelnut as well as some nice caramel sweetness. Awesome.

T - Roasted coffee is first followed by the nice chocolate cake sweetness and bitterness. Very delicious. The finish is very coffee like with some acidic hints as well as nice roasted and robust character. As it warms you can get a hint of the hops very much a SN beer in that aspect.

M - Nice and robust and complex flavor. Good creamy feel. Great balance between CO2, roasted malts and hops.

D - Very good for a beer of this style but ABV might knock you down a bit.

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Photo of zoso1967
4.43/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours dark black with a wonderful dark tan head that sticks around forever and leaves great lacing. The aroma is full of bittersweet chocolate, roasted malt, some chalkiness, coffee aromas and some pine. The taste is wonderful and similar to the aroma. Coffee, Cocoa, roasted malts, a burnt smokiness and some molasses. Piney hops fight with astringency from the roasted malt in this wonderfully balanced and delicious. The mouthfeel is on the heavier side of medium, but still much lighter than one would expect for such a substantial beer. It's also nicely smooth, but the finish is a wee bit sticky icky. Quite drinkable for style and a great beer to start this 30th anniversary series.

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

The pour formed a dark brown color with good clarity, massive and dense dark tan head that was well-retained. Lace. Aroma includes dark chocolate, plums, raisins, alcohol. Citrus hops present but in the background. Taste carries through more chocolate, moderately-high bitterness. Dry finish. Alcohol is present but not harsh. Medium-full/full bodied. Moderate-low carbonation.

Refill, please. Wonderfully done. Impressive now and I'd expect great things over time from this one. Will certainly be setting several aside.

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Photo of sk8man121
4.23/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle poured into goblet.

A: Pours a dark chocolate tint with a massive dark beige head. Thick pour, that's for sure.

S: Smells distinctly of cocoa powder. Almost smells as if someone opened a packet of Swiss Miss in here! Also a slight hop aroma which balances things out nicely.

T: More cocoa and hops with roasted malts and a slight alcohol hotness joining the party. Very enjoyable.

M: Thick as can be; almost syrupy. The hops make it tolerable. than anything.

D: Definitely more of a dessert beer than anything, but very, very tasty and well balanced. I would imagine a year or two in the cellar would cool the alcohol down slightly, but it isn't overly noticeable and this is definitely drinkable right now.

Very nice offering. Looking forward to the other 30th beers.

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Photo of Flashsp2
4.22/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

SN 30th Anniversary into medium chalice

Merengue mocha head that three fingers deep and lingers over an
impossibly black body with minimal highlighting of deep brown around
the edges.

Nose is roasty, smokey french roast coffee, pine resin, dark cocoa
syrup. A subtle fruitiness.

Palette is sweet cocoa powder, french roast coffee, syrupy pine resin
hoppiness, bright fruitiness, woodyness. A straightforward, simple,
big stout.

Heavy, slick mouthfeel with a low-medium carbonation.

Easy drinking. A pretty approachable big stout that isn't super
intense, but is still enjoyable.

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30th Anniversary - Fritz And Ken's Ale from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 4.24 out of 5 with 1,001 ratings