Year of New Beer: 30th Anniversary Fritz & Ken's Ale, Sierra Nevada Brewing (CA)

Written By: Dion on 01/17/2018

I figured a SN birthday beer was appropriate as I celebrate my own earthly anniversary. Nearly 8 years of age on this one, and time has been kind to its development. The nose opens with cocoa powder, heavily roasted malts, raisins and prunes. Warmth allows molasses and caramel notes to build atop some smoked meat and light soy. On the tongue, the malts present as dark chocolate and coffee, with a grilled citrus peel adding to the earthy bitterness. Bread crust, burnt sugar, and hints of vanilla arrive with warmth. Black licorice, soy, and pine bitterness on a thick, viscous finish. Extremely well-hidden alcohol. Very nice beer.