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Sierra Nevada 30th Anniversary Jack & Kens Ale

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RATINGS: 545   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.


3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
skoisirius (1716) - Earth, Washington, USA - NOV 16, 2013
I’m currently rating every SN brew I’ve ever had in one clean sweep. I grew up on the classic SN Pale having it around during high school, and since have watched SN grow into a national representation of incredible craft beer. Living 45 mins away is a treat for the random growler fill. Keep up the amazing work and thanks!

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
Pyrmir (3352) - Uppsala, SWEDEN - NOV 7, 2013
Sample from bottle @sbwf13. Near black with beige head. Aroma is sweet, malty, alcohol, toasted, caramel. Taste is sweet and fruitier than nose, raisins, figs, toasted, sugar, toffee and alcohol

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
mrhoppy (1285) - Santa Clara, California, USA - OCT 13, 2013
Pours a mahogany body with a medium beige head. Aroma of roasted malt, cherry, raisins, caramel, pine, toffee, and grapefruit. Flavor is a lot stronger and darker than other Barleywines I have had. Notes of caramel, cherry, roasted malt, herbs, raisins, and citrus.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Blairgus (2610) - California, USA - SEP 27, 2013
27 sept 2013, bottle. Dark brown/black. Nose is big alcohol, sweet malt, toasted caramel. Med body and moderately fizzy. Raisins, burnt toast crust, sugary malt. Really nice. Bitter chocolate finish. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
SudsMcDuff (5825) - .....Manchester United.........., Texas, USA - SEP 26, 2013
750ml bottle, corked .. . Pours a deep brunette .. . Medium foam, strong lacing .. . Grain, booze, brandy, and frosting .. . Pretty good but i liked it fresh better .. . . Trail mix is just an inconvienant way to eat M&M’s.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
UDBeernut (1720) - Moving to Jax, Florida, USA - SEP 15, 2013
bottle bought about three years ago pours rich mahogany brown with an ample cream colored foam head. nose of toffee and biscuit frames pitted fruits and light caramel in the mouth. body is creamy but full. a nice sipper, wishing i had another bottle right now.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Prufrockstar (960) - Seattle, Washington, USA - SEP 10, 2013
Bottle. Pours dark brown with tan head. Aroma of chocolate, oxidation, brown sugar, vanilla and caramel. Old beer goodness. Sherry and chocolate. Sweet up front, dry finish. Full body. Light carb, slick, smooth texture. Overall: nice. The chocolate and oxidized flavors play really well with each other. Would have been interested to try this fresh, because it comes together very well right now.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Beergeek23322 (2268) - Chesapeake, Virginia, USA - SEP 8, 2013
August 2010. 750 ml. corked and caged bottle. Dark brown with a large tan head. Aromas of dark fruit, roasted malt, caramel and spice. Awesome mouthfeel and lightly bitter finish.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
McGrupp612 (139) - Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 17, 2013
Yum! Have had this in the cellar and forgot about it! What a pleasant surprise! Black pour with a thick tan head. Aroma consists of coffee, roasted malt, toffee, caramel and dark dried fruits. Flavor follows with a little bit of the roasted malt and coffee, toffee, caramel, raisin, dried fig and a whisper of dried cherry. There is a lingering bitterness that dries everything out on the finish (like an aged bigfoot). Very drinkable, I’m sad that this was my last bottle. Overall, I’m very impressed and thankful that I hung onto this as long as I did

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
shigadeyo (3010) - Harrison, Ohio, USA - AUG 1, 2013

1/05/2011: Sierra Nevada 30th Anniversary Estate Black Barleywine Ale... Aroma: Caramelized maltiness; citrusy hops lurking. Appearance: Deep brown, ruby highlights; thick, lasting mocha-colored head. Flavor: Caramel and roasted malts; sharp spicy and earthy hops; coca nibs; sweeter citrus comes through in the finish. Palate: Medium to medium-full body; smooth. Overall: Good, non-offensive, unique; worth having once.

1 pt 9.4 fl. oz. corked and caged bottle (Alc 10.2% by Vol) shared by Tmoney99. Thanks Tom! Rating #518 for this beer.


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