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30th Anniversary Series - Fritz & Ken's Ale by Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
American Stout
9.20 % ABV


 
Review by orbitalr0x on 07/10/10  
 
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
94 3 10 19 5 10 2010
Big pop from the cork leads to a lovely smooth, viscous black pours into my Sierra Nevada snifter. Coal black and devoid of light with a solid two fingers of creamy tan head on top that leaves some nice lacing. Really looks beautiful in the glass. Aromas of rich, dark roasted malts upfront. Luscious dark chocolate with a touch of coffee. Hops peek through as well. Just bright and inviting overall.

First sip is smooth and creamy with wonderful deep roasted malts all over the place. Rich chocolate makes an upfront showing along with a touch of coffee as well. Vibrant, deep and a bit earthy even, the flavor here really is sublime. Flows down with a touch of hoppy bitterness that pairs in perfectly. Wow, just a straight up really awesome stout here that yet again cements my love for both Sierra Nevada and Anchor. Good show!

Mouthfeel is freaking lovely....super silky smooth with a solid heft and perfect carbonation. This is just pure drinking pleasure for me. A wonderfully tasty stout and awesome collaboration from two brewers that have all my respect. Well worth seeking out, really wish I had another bottle!

Served In: Snifter

Review by tavernjef on 05/12/10  
 
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
92 3 10 18 5 10 2010
Dark, nearly ebon pour only to get thicker, richer, and darker as it fills the goblet growing an immensely tall fluffy broken chocolate brown topping of thick poofy foam. Like a scoop of chocolate ice cream the top sits and melts slowly into the top leaving a massive sheeting of cake crusted lacing across the glass. In a word, Impressive!

Soft yet boldly present nose that's heavily deep, dark, and full of roastyness. Creme brulee, bittersweet dark chocolate, and charred malts fill the air as light peppery notes and warmth add a nice layer of complexity.

Happy 30th to me! Whoops, I mean to SN! Wowzaa! What an excellent way to celebrate as this stuff is quite the yummy complex taster of a stout. All the fullness and robustness is matched well with its flavors as hugely deep and dark roastyness of espresso dryness, dark chocolate bitterness, and charred maltyness mearges into a big mass of earth found dead center onto the palate. Every corpuscle of the mouth is used up in a charred tone of blackness as bits of espresso coffee dryness and super dark chocolate bitterness squeeze out even more. Just a tiny life boat of any kind of sweetness is tossed about way off to the side with some milk chocolate, vanilla, and caramel. But that is nearly capsized in the Sea of the dark black charryness.

A brute mass of blackened stuff. Heavy, dark, darker still, decadent, lush, full, creamy soft and smooth body with lots of balanced dryness. Has layers upon layers of it. Very complex and very full. The 9.2% is nowhere to be found and while it maintains a crazy dry complex blackenedness its creamy smoothness creates an ease of accepting drinkability.

Again, Happy 30th to SN! This is a big way to celebrate if there ever was one. Amazingly yummy stuff! Raw, black, dry, and in your face with 30 years of experience behind it.

Price: $10.50 Served In: Goblet

Review by k3n on 03/27/10  
 
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
86 3 9 18 4 9 2010
This is a fine looking beer. The first pour produced a pillowly blanket of finely packed bubbles an inch thick. Beautiful. Over time the bubbles die down to about a 1/4" but resurface with swirling. The beer itself is a deep, impenetrable brown that lightens a bit at the edges.

The smell is all roasted malts. The taste is again roasted malts with an undertone of unsweetened chocolate and coffee. A pleasant drying bitterness is the finish. Mouthfeel is nice, with plenty of body, and also plenty of carbonation to keep it from getting to heavy.

Sierra Nevada knocks another one out of the park.

Served In: Tulip

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