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Sierra Nevada 30th Anniversary Jack & Kens Ale

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RATINGS: 547   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 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

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
shigadeyo (3078) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
SDalkoholic (2179) - Linda Vista, California, USA - JUL 9, 2013
Bottle from Whispering Willows Liquor: Created a monstrous sizing of foamed head which took several minutes to retreat while the liquid was a darkish brown color that was completely opaque. As for the aroma, my nose is greeted with a bold scent of malts that suggest a variety of scents such as caramel, toffee brittle, pistachio ice cream, cigar smoke, and dried fruit. The flavor is intensely tart and seem as though some of the yeast has started to break down heavily which I can only assume is the cause why this barleywine tastes like this. Other than that this does have a rich base of caramelized malts that have a sweet taste of maple syrup with just a touch of bitter hops.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
RobertDale (3710) - Lansing, Kansas, USA - JUL 4, 2013
Shared bottle. Pours dark brown with an average tan head. Aroma of malt, chocolate, fruit, and vanilla. Taste is roasted malt, dark fruit, dark chocolate, vanilla, and pine. Very good.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
maekchu (2291) - Hirakata, JAPAN - JUN 18, 2013
Bomber. Thanks to KyotoLefty. Big-times prunes and freshly baked bread. Initial is a lot of heavy dark sugar / sugar balances out with the hopping > a sudden and satisfying change from initial to mid palate / finish is smooth and also quite sugary. Pleasant, rich, with a richly interesting route through the palate stages. Good stuff

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
KyotoLefty (6724) - Kyoto, JAPAN - JUN 16, 2013
Bottle, bought about 2 years ago. Nose of earthy hops, licorice, chocolate, alcohol burn. Sweet and earthy flavour, grassy, smooth, hops still great, with a peppery bitter finish. Nicely smooth and well integrated.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
KansaiBeerLvrs (2361) - Kyoto, JAPAN - JUN 15, 2013
KyotoLefty sharing at Tadg’s party, a good time was had by all! Bottle. It poured a dark brown/black with no real head. It was a very nice black barleywine. It had a fantastic chocolate aroma, lovely creamy mouthfeel, sweet chocolate, boozy but smooth taste with a bit of astringeancy in the aftertaste, excellent stuff.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
reggiedunlop (3219) - The dub c, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 3, 2013
Pours dark brown with a medium creamy tan head...nice lacing. Aroma has mild cadied and dark fruits atop firm roastiness. Flavor has nice roastiness, subtle dark fruit, and hints of coffee and vanilla. Mouthfeel is full and creamy with a roasty/slightly bitter warming finish...tasty!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
beechner224 (776) - Melbourne, Florida, USA - JUN 1, 2013
UPDATED: FEB 8, 2014 Poured from the bottle. Been saving a few for a couple years now. Smells just like a barleywine. Nice tan head and looks a dark dark brown, close to black. Taste is great. The hops of subsided since I last tasted it. Very good beer. Still tastes like a barleywine, but you get a hint of the roasted character, just enough to know something is different here. Glad I still have more. Cant wait to see how if changes still.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
OKplus (787) - Oklahoma, USA - MAY 28, 2013
A - Pours completely opaque with 2 fingers of dense mocha head that retains extremely well. Leaves behind an almost solid sheet of lacing. S - Roasted malt, milk chocolate, pine needles, roasted coffee beans, vanilla alcohol. T - Green hops provide a blast of citrus and pine resin right off the bat. Roasted malt, dark chocolate and caramel, has a woody/peppery bite. Smoked vanilla bean and dark roast coffee. Finishes with an astringent hop and alcohol bite. Hops stick to the tongue long after the finish. M - Full bodied, low carbonation, viscous, warming. Aggressive, robust, and well rounded. An interesting take on the style. Even after aging, the hops are still very strong. The hops fade off in the middle and come back around on the very finish. Glad I saved this for #400. Serving type: bottle 01-14-2012

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