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Sierra Nevada 30th Anniversary Jack & Ken’s Ale

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RATINGS: 563   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.86/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 306   ABV: 10.2%
Jack McAuliffe was the first American "micro" brewer. His tiny New Albion Brewery in Sonoma, California inspired countless dreamers to start small-scale breweries of their own. Jack agreed to guest brew this very special ale with us in honor of our 30th anniversary. This Black Barleywine Ale is a nod to the legendary ales New Albion served at their legendary summer solstice parties. Rich with bittersweet and roasted malt flavors, balanced with whole-cone American hops, this robust ale should age gracefully for years.

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   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
esox (1225) - Oulu, - JAN 19, 2012
Sierra 30 Deep ruby colour, thick creamy head is beige. The nose is freshly hopped, slightly citrusy, pol leny and mangoish. Some apricots. Sweet, toffeyish and creamy malts, loads of raisins and dried peaches, strawberry notes and a hint of licorice. Light bready roastedness, milk chocolate and just a hint of alcohol in the finish. Resiny, balancing bitter finish. Silky, very smooth texture, full body. Lovely, complex beer with amazing drinkability and warming strength.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Whatup14 (1710) - Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 24, 2016
Bouteille 750ml, bottle share. Couleur brun foncé presque opaque, mousse beige. Arôme de malt caramélisé, alcool, mélasse, épices, oxydée. Goût de malt caramélisé, épices, alcool. Carbonatation faible, corps dense.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
mathieuc (3391) - Québec, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 24, 2016
Pours a very dark brown with a light beige head that leaves pretty nice lacing. Nose is really hop forward with some tobacco in the back. Taste is not that sweet for a barleywine with some rich toffee notes, more green hops and some oxidation. It plays well with the rest, though. A little hot still, a tad more than you would expect from a 10% beer. Medium-full body, low to medium carbonation. A pretty good sipper!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
czar (7889) - Québec, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 22, 2016
bottle at tom’s epic tasting 2016. pours unclear medium dark brown-red with a small light beige cap offering some retention and lacing. raisins, dates, roasted chocolate, brown sugar sweetness, spices. moderate carbonation, light to medium body - very oily; semi-sweet woodsy-spicy finish. nice black barleywine.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Stoned99 (1321) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 22, 2016
2 ounces at tasting. Aroma: molasses, candied fruits, licorice, caramel, oxidated . App: dark red, small off white head leaving good lacing. Taste and palate: medium body, big licorice and raisin, sweet finish. Overall: this one didn’t age really well. I gave it a few more points considering it wasn’t drank when released. It sure didn’t age really well. Really oxidated.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Franckg (1279) - Trois-Rivières, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 22, 2016
Bouteille. Robe brune avec de minces reflets rougeâtres. Léger voile de mousse. Arômes de sucre d’orge, malt caramelisé, prune, mûres confites, touche d’anis et mélasse. En bouche, Malt caramelisé légèrement épicé, prune, sucre d’orge, vanille, baies, bois. Texture assez onctueuse et corps moyen à rond.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
tom10101 (5389) - Quebec, CANADA - OCT 22, 2016
Bottle (750 ml), shared. 5+ years old. Very dark amber with a small beige head leaving little lacing. Aroma is oxidized/madeira with weird minty notes, roasted malts, raisins and mild spiciness. Taste is sweet with madeira/oxidized notes, raisins, roasted notes, alcohol and mild spiciness. Full body. Medium carbonation. Raisins finish. Oxidized but otherwise good black Barley Wine.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
JulienHuxley (5640) - Trois-Rivières, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 22, 2016
Bottle shared. Deep red brown pour with thin tan head. Aroma is very roasted, tons of Madeira, so oxidized, minty. Taste is very rough, roasted, oxidized, lots of booze. Palate is full bodied, hot alcohol, light carbonation.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Viper666 (3271) - Richelieu, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 25, 2016
Où, Quand, Comment : Bouteille, dégustée le 9/14/2013.
Visuel : Couleur : brune foncée. Apparence : semi-voilée.
Arôme : Caramel toffee, houblon herbeux et résineux, léger de fruits (raisins), notes rôties.
Goût : En entrée de bouche : Léger goût fruité (raisins, notes de fruits foncés) avec des petites notes épicées. Une dominante maltée de caramel et de malt sucré légèrement rôti est présente une moyenne amertume de houblon herbeux et résineux ainsi qu’avec des notes d’alcool.
En bouche : Corps : moyenne. Effervescence : moyenne-douce. Texture : légèrement huileuse. Finale : moyenne-longue, composée d’un moyenne amertume d’alcool, de houblon herbeux et résineux avec des notes fruitées et sucrées.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Meade2016 (1) - - JAN 4, 2016 does not count
Just opened a bottle on 01/04/2016 which I had cellared/saved and wow, very good...

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
shoulderbroken (3831) - Tokyo, JAPAN - JUL 26, 2015
Bottle. Thanks Tim! Medicinal, roasty, bit of spice. Taste is good, treacle, bit of sweetness, booze, dark chocolate but sweet too, caramel, very nice as it warms. Warm and full bodied.

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