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Sierra Nevada 30th Anniversary Jack & Kens Ale

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RATINGS: 550   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.86   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 306   ABV: 10.2%
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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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
crazyvin (2026) - New York, USA - JAN 25, 2014
A nice black body with a tan head that had decent retention and no lace. Aroma had a bold presence of oak and pine notes upfront. Subtle vanilla mixed in with bold caramel malts and there was a nice sense of alcohol. Flavor was initially sweet upfront, bitter balanced it out and the finish was of alcohol. There was a nice vanilla character to it. A smooth body and minimal carbonation were a plus. Good beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Errl (1898) - Plano, Texas, USA - MAY 27, 2014
bottle..Pour is dark brown with a off white head...Nose dark caramel s, toffee, some hop spice..Taste is some coffee, bold roast, bitter, hop spice..

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Zymurgeist2 (1212) - Redwood City, California, USA - MAY 15, 2014
Aged for 3 years in cellar and serves in a tulip. Aromas of rich cocoa married with earth/floral hops and moderate alcohol. Deep, deep brown, cola brown highlights and dark tan head. Rich, complex flavor of roasted coffee, moderate high bitterness and chocolate.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Narnad (1486) - Wonder Lake, Illinois, USA - JAN 27, 2014
Pours a deep brown with a huge, dense, brown head. Aroma has a strong hops presence with notes of deep citrus, light grassy notes with a very strong caramel, toasted malt presence with a light roasted note and a very big, boozy, almost whiskey like finish. Flavor starts off with a light chocolate, strong caramel and hefty toasted malt presence. The hops compliment the sweet maltiness with a very pronounced citrus, light pine and grassy bitterness. The alcohol comes in late and melds very nicely with sweetness and bitter from earlier. Body is modest with a medium amount of carbonation but looses a bit of body to the alcohol. Overall a very nice beer that stokes the fire for these cold, snowy days of the year.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Iphonephan (4016) - McLean, Virginia, USA - JUN 23, 2014
From a 75 cl bottle courtesy of Andree’s secret stash. Pours a hazy dark amber with an ecru head. Aroma of caramel. Flavors of dark cherries some oxidation but still quite tasty.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
GothGargoyle (1574) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - APR 18, 2014
Dark brown with a beige head. Aroma is caramel, honey, raisins, brown sugar, toffee. Full bodied, sticky mouthfeel, bittersweet on the palate. Taste is toffee, toast with marmalade, burnt citrus.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Cybercat (3800) - Georgia, USA - MAR 15, 2014
Pours an opaque chocolate brown with a bit of a buff head. Aroma has sweet caramel, woody, and bourbon-ish notes. Flavor has a strong alcohol bite as well as caramel and woody notes. Smooth, viscous texture is fairly fizzy. Glad I caught a snort at the HMOG!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
llcooldave (1161) - San Antonio, Texas, USA - FEB 1, 2014
Black in the glass. Flavor and aroma of fig, prunes, mocha and spice. Overall, very tasty. Thanks to BarZigKin for holding on to this gem and sharing.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Steasy66 (1038) - Minnesota, USA - MAR 14, 2014
Black, big foamy tan head. Aroma is surprisingly hoppy, a swirl brings out some chocolate with toffee undertones. Flavor is odd and not at all like a barleywine. Sweet roasty chocolate with some alcohol in the finish. Strange beer, maybe I waited too long on it.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
beerfest5 (1204) - Dublin, IRELAND - JAN 21, 2014
Wow, this one packs a punch, like a robust Baltic porter combined with a west coast ultra hoppy barleywine. Thin head that dissipates quickly, good lacing on the glass, leaves nice lines down the edge of the glass like a whiskey. Aroma is of dark fruit, caramel, roasted coffee beans, and some floral hop notes. Taste is the same, tough to hide the booze but this does a good job of it. Wonderful finish.

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