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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.


4.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
harrymel (1549) - 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 oneís gonna age so well. Serving type: bottle 03-18-2011

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
XaenDovet (1202) - 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.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Steve_0 (3268) - 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.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
MikeJslc (767) - 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

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
beertholomeus (1106) - California, USA - NOV 18, 2013
Pours black with a khaki head. Hop, chocolate, roasted malt, caramel, alcohol and a hint of oak aroma and flavors. Medium body and carbonation with a roasted malt and alcohol finish.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
skoisirius (1823) - Earth, Washington, USA - NOV 16, 2013
Iím currently rating every SN brew Iíve 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 (3970) - 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 (1289) - 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 (3035) - 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 (6659) - .....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&Mís.


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