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Sierra Nevada 30th Anniversary Jack & Kens Ale

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RATINGS: 549   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 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
RedSox2004 (1360) - Pacific Palisades, California, USA - SEP 6, 2010
Deep deep dark mahogany red/brown, with a full foamy three-finger head that retained for a long time and left thick cascading lace. Rich malt aromas with bittersweet chocolate, molasses, dark fruit and caramel. Malt sweetness on the palate features berries, chocolate and a hint of licorice, and is offset by a slightly bittering hops. Alcohol is evident, not overpowering, but not exactly warming either. Full body, low carbonation, and the malts win out in the end. Powerful.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
trevor211 (1381) - Seattle, Washington, USA - SEP 6, 2010
Pours deep, dark brown, with a thick, rich, tan head. Dark-roasted grains meet bittersweet chocolate on the nose. Just a touch of molasses and caramel, but itís roasty and dry more than anything else. Flavor is super smooth, very roasty and moves into lots of hops on the back end. Thereís a bit of something like Cuban coffee in here - deep, dark, full-bodied coffee (left on the stovetop a bit too long) with a spoonful of brown sugar in it. Super-tasty, and maybe just a little bit hot - this one would be a serious gem if it laid down for a year or two to mellow that out. Really, really nice!

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Guyute_Pig (102) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - SEP 6, 2010
Bottle. Pours with a medium sized tan head and a pretty dark, not quite black body. Good lace. Aroma of caramel and toffee, a bit of citrus and spicy hops. A little bit of chocolate, toffee, and brandy. Taste is earthy, decently bitter, a bit of chocolate, very bitter cocoa, nutty, earthy. I fancy it a Black IPA mixed with a Barleywine. Love it. Will cellar a few and drink within 3 years, Canít wait to see how this evolves.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
vyvvy (4396) - Florissant, Missouri, USA - SEP 6, 2010
Pours very dark with a dark crimson/bronze hue with a sudsy head. The aroma has dark creamy roasty malt, dark chocolate, cream vanilla and light earthy hops. Very smooth and rich. Medium rich body with some frothy semi-soft carbonation. The flavor starts with roasted dark malt, spicy/earthy hops and an overall roughness to the taste. It is grainy and hoppy with some warm abv and chocolate. The finish has some cocoa and a combo of smooth and harsh earthy hops and there is a lot of roast going on. This is a really nice beer and my favorite so far of this series.

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
bhensonb (11789) - Woodland, California, USA - SEP 5, 2010
750 c&c from Nugget Market in Woodland, CA. Pours black - but ruby in front of halogen - with a 4 finger foamy beige/tan head. Smells much like an IS. Medium plus body with creamy carbonation. Seems smokey. Lots of smooth burnt malt. So it has malt sweetness, but nothing like the typical sugary barleywine. Thereís a lot of hop bitter to balance this one. The finish is lightly sweet with a lot of hop bitter. With time the aroma has a substantial amount of hop. Itís so smooth. It is so drinkable.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Sparky (2244) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - SEP 5, 2010
On tap at Papago. Pours dark brown/near black with a tin tan head. The nose is roasty malt, dark fruits and hops. The taste is burnt malt, dark fruits, citrus hops and resin. Medium mouthfeel. Tastes like a hoppy stout. Tasty stuff.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
1FastSTi (3341) - Glendale, Wisconsin, USA - SEP 4, 2010
Tap. Pours to a deep brown/black body with very little light brown head. The aroma is hoppy and has a dry chocolate caramel base. The flavor is basically a hoppy caramelized coffee dry Irish stout. I really didnít think barley wine when I was drinking this. The body was medium with a nice texture.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Tsotsi (178) - Florida, USA - SEP 3, 2010
750ml Bottle shared by SoLan. Dark brown pour with a tan head. Nose is sweet, citrus hops, slight roasty notes. Flavor is malty, sweet, caramel, nice roast and coffee flavors with citrusy hop flavor towards the end. Love how the roasty flavor last for a while. Medium bodied and a nice beer.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Ratman197 (10438) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - SEP 5, 2010
On tap at Falling Rock poured a clear dark reddish brown with a lasting creamy brown head. Aromas of toffee, dark fruit, light earthiness and toasted malt. Palate was medium bodied and smooth with a dry finish. Flavors of toffee,l toasted malt, light smoke and light earthiness with a smooth dry lingering malty finish.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
CanIHave4Beers (3427) - Pouring Bus, Iowa, USA - SEP 8, 2010
Pours a ruby color with a good head and great lace. The aroma is cherry and resiny hops with some citrus and a mild roastiness. The flavor is plenty bitter with lots of that citrus rind hop character melding with the alcohol and fruity on caramel maltiness that defines bigfoot. There is some cherry and snappy spiciness. This all blends well with a nice earthy character and just the mildest touches of roastiness.


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