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Sierra Nevada 30th Anniversary Jack & Ken’s Ale

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RATINGS: 556   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.87/5   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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Cybercat (5124) - 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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Steasy66 (1116) - 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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
llcooldave (1188) - 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 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Narnad (1518) - 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 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 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
beerfest5 (1207) - Cloneen, 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
harrymel (1551) - Spokane, Washington, USA - DEC 24, 2013
Reviewed from notes verbatim on 9/23/10 A: Deep brown, barely visible light. Thick, whipped tan head. Strong lacing. Great. S: Chocolate, pine, bread, coffee. Quite nice. I keep leaning back for a whiff. T: Burnt cocoa, coffee notes, pine. A hint hot on the alcohol front. Warm, thick finish belabors the intensity of this beer. M: Thick and vicscous rivaling beers such as ten FIDY in thickness. Good carbonation. D: Absolutely fantastic! Wish this was a regular offering. One and done seems to little. Guess I will need to stock up because this one’s gonna age so well. Serving type: bottle 03-18-2011

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
XaenDovet (1282) - British Columbia, CANADA - DEC 8, 2013
Bottle share taster. Dark brown, amber highlights. Aroma of tart raisin, chocolate. Taste is tart, followed by a sustained dry finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Steve_0 (3745) - Denver, Colorado, USA - NOV 27, 2013
Bottle at the parentals with my dad. Pour is deep, murky brown with a frothy brown head and great lacing. Caramel, toffee, woody, minty, roasty, herbal, figgy, and plummy aroma. Taste roasty, slightly oxidized, black licorice, chocolate, raisins, figs, toffee, sticky bread, and biscuity with a lightly roasted finish. Creamy mouthfeel with soft carbonation. Pretty good.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
MikeJslc (778) - USA - NOV 22, 2013
Dark brown, clear, tan head. Aroma of toffee, burnt sugar, dark bread crusts, licorice, piney hops. Flavor: burnt sugar, prunes, raisins, toffee, molasses, toasty notes, leather, warming alcohol. Strong, dark and fruity. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

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