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Sierra Nevada 30th Anniversary Jack & Kens Ale

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RATINGS: 538   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.


3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
AirForceHops (2722) - Epping, New Hampshire, USA - FEB 1, 2013
750 ml bottle got in a trade with Adam Jackson awhile back. Thanks for the opportunity. The tulip shows a dark black color with a tiny layer of tan head. Nose is rich toffee smelling malt with light pine hop notes. Starts malty as a Barley Wine does with the pine like hop in the middle of the sip. The finish has a roasted malt that would make you think of a stout. Secondary flavors of figs and pine hops. ABV is totally hidden from the age. The texture of the brew is amazing at this point as well. Absolutely delish.

4.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Alphadelic (1751) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JAN 19, 2013
This is on tap in Jan 2013. Very unbarleywine-like nose. Super cacao flavour with a dry pumpernickel finish. Super savoury. Very impressive

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
Ernesto987 (3372) - Connecticut, USA - DEC 10, 2012
i like beers that finish dry, this one does and many barleywines dont. yay! Laura liked it. decent barleywine flavors, not bad

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Reynolds314 (2103) - Connecticut, USA - DEC 19, 2012
Good barleywine here. The last of this series for me to try and it is quite nice. Really rich nutty, leather, caramel, light toast, plums. Dry robust finish. Nice.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Pastor (790) - Skowhegan, Maine, USA - DEC 20, 2012
This one is holding up well. Still a big hop presence even with the age. Iím still sitting on one for long term. Kind of a style bender for me. Fresh it was like a black IPA but with some age the malts are starting to come forward. Decent beer worth the try

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
TheJester (1728) - Peterborough, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 15, 2013
750 mL bottle. Looks and smells like a stout. As for the taste: itís not a stout, but itís not. barleywine either. American strong black ale? Some roast, but also some booze. Very smooth and creamy. As it warms it does become something approximating a black barleywine. Nice beer.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
matt7215 (2111) - Cambridge, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 24, 2012
750ml bottle shared by jsprime with me and joel. deep brown, tan head. huge rich malty nose. flavour is deep rich and complex. the hops are still showing near the finish. materfully crafted. this is drinking really well right now. thanks for the share jeff.

3.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
Cory (239) - , California, USA - MAR 11, 2013
On tap. Dark roasted malts, toffee, kinda burnt. Light tan head with plenty of lacing. Black. Taste is bitter and slightly sweet.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
wedgie9 (1794) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - DEC 22, 2012
Tasted on 12/20/12 from a corked and caged bottle purchased at Discount Liquors in Milwaukee quite a while ago. Pours very dark mahogany with a thick tan head that slowly recedes to average lace, leaving very thick lace along the inside of the glass. The nose is full of caramel, toffee, brown sugar, and molasses, classic barley wine with a bit more dark roast than normal, and just a light touch of cola. The flavor has some sweetness with all of the caramel, molasses, toffee, and brown sugar noted on the nose, with a bit of nicely roasted bitterness on the back end and just a touch of vanilla. The body is full with average carbonation and a long caramel, brown sugar, molasses, and nicely bitter roasted finish.

4.8
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
alearchist (11) - Scottdale, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 9, 2013
First smell..regular old barleywine type thing going on..but man. The Taste..starts off like some type of black beer i.e. a black lager or black ipa..then i get the barleywine..then a sour finish? One of the most unique beers iíve had the pleasure of drinking. Cheers to Sierra Nevada!


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