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Sierra Nevada 30th Anniversary Jack & Kenís 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 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
craftycarl21 (2338) - Seattle, Washington, USA - SEP 9, 2010
Gorgeous black pour with a thick, tight, tan, frothy head. Aroma holds huge amounts of citrus, wet grass, roasted malt, chocolate, and a touch of molasses-- really nice on the nose. Flavor is an awesome hybridization of styles; big citrus hop profile is forward that has secondary earthy hop presence. This melts into a roasted malt character ala a stout, along with a touch of sweetness from the barleywine side. I would probably peg this as more of an ASA, but either way itís damn good. Mouthfeel is full bodied with great hop bitterness and well proportioned alcohol bite. Excellent brew.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BŁckDich (5464) - McCall, Idaho, USA - SEP 9, 2010
Draft @ The Sushi Bar, McCall, ID: Pours a pitch black color with a nice brown head. The nose is very hoppy and full with a solid dosing of roasted malts, chocolate and caramel malts to accompany. The hops are floral and fresh; mostly dry hopped with a less than bitter flavor. More hops than most barleywines even, add to the party the sufficient amount of roasted malts to make this a contender in any imperial stout lineup, and youíve gone something going. Very unique and complex, quaffable yet a bit hot. This one would age like a dream.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Radek Kliber (7165) - Toronto (Can) Krotoszyn (Pol), POLAND - SEP 9, 2010
On tap at Coles , Buffalo
Aroma mild nose , slight roast on malt , darker hints followed. 7-
Appearance dark brown with amber light. Light beige white top.
Flavor and Palate : medium bodied with fuller front and emptier finish. Woody feel with chewy malt texture , alcohol and brown sugars. Rougher malty-bitter finish with touch of chocolate. Perhaps needs some ageing.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
eaglefan538 (3027) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - SEP 9, 2010
Bottle from SL. Pour was deep brown to black with mahoganey notes, tan colored head (but observed in the dark!). The aroma was roasty, caramel, toffee, darker fruits. The flavor followed, some nuttiness and dryness mixed in there with a touch of hops present. This thing was super drinkable for a big barleywine, dry as all get out and far from sticky sweet anything. A nice job, although probably not my favorite twist (going black) to a bwine.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
wavers1 (916) - Notown, California, USA - SEP 8, 2010
thin black pour wiuth a decent white head, spongey. im cant fet over the cardboard and stale mouthfeel and aftertaste going on. bitter astringency, stale chips, meh. was expecting a lil more.it has a bad aftertaste that lingers for a while and sort fo ruins it. otherwise there is a meritable beer somewhere in there.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Botnik (142) - Fall River, Massachusetts, USA - SEP 8, 2010
750ml bottle. Black with fluffy, light tan head with some lacing. This is not Bigfoot. The sweet, rich roasted malt and with the hop bitterness youíd expect from SN. I like this one.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
nickd717 (4165) - San Francisco, California, USA - SEP 8, 2010
750ml bottle from Chipís in Kill Devil Hills, NC. Pours dark brown with a great lasting tan head. Very dark for the style, but then again they do call it a "black barleywine." Looks great. Excellent lacing. Huge rich aroma of toffee and candied dark fruits, with a little roast and chocolate. The flavor is even bigger. Amazing candied prunes, dates, and sugar plums, yet not too sweet, with big toffee malts and rich chocolate cake. Just a little coffeeish roast to it. Really complex. Incredibly smooth on the mouthfeel. Like full-bodied silk with just the right carbonation level. F the naysayers on this one. A phenomenal barleywine and an absolutely beautiful beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
CanIHave4Beers (3999) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
RedSox2004 (1672) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
trevor211 (1623) - 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!

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