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Sierra Nevada 30th Anniversary Jack & Kens Ale

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RATINGS: 544   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.


4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Leighton (10868) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - AUG 26, 2010
Tap at Blind Tiger, NYC. Pours deep, black-brown with a sturdy, tan head. Roasted, dark malts and earthy hops in the aroma. Flavor is sweet and at first quite roasty. With time and warmth, some dark fruits such as grape and plum come through. Full bodied with average carbonation. Finishes fruity sweet with roasty dryness. Excellent beer, very dynamic, and unlike any other Iíve had.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Indra (2613) - Overland Park, Kansas, USA - AUG 25, 2010
750ml bottle. Enticingly roasty, hoppy, very lightly sweet aroma, spicy and mildly alcoholic with suggestions of earth, pine, dark brown sugar and even some very faint dark chocolate. Color of well-used motor oil with an impressive, lasting, uneven head and spectacular lacing. Flavor profile is very nicely balanced throughout, featuring plenty of roasty, darkly sweet malts and prominent, fresh, spicy, earthy hops, along with aspects of dark cocoa, toffee, peppery alcohol, prune, and some very faint espresso appearing towards the long, bitter finish. Mouthfeel is huge and warming, with copious amounts of carbonation, but lending a smooth, rich, luxurious feel and coupled with a decidedly full body. Outstanding and quite impressive overall. I would agree that this should stand up to cellar aging very well, but it almost seems a shame to think of the hops fading away over time when they are so aggressively complimentary.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
ucusty (2691) - raleigh, North Carolina, USA - AUG 25, 2010
Dark but not too viscous pour. Fluffy tan pour and spotty lace. Aroma is hops and roast. Flavor follows suite. Decent but nothing mind blowing

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
puzzl (3249) - New York, New York, USA - AUG 25, 2010
Tap at the Blind Tiger. Strong, blustering hop aroma, strong and surprisingly hoppy. Flavor is dark, sweet, phenolic, notes of cherry, plum, wintergreen. Very intense. There is some unwelcome roast in here from the stout.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Balazs (787) - Den Haag, NETHERLANDS - AUG 25, 2010
Tap. Poured black with a beige head that reduced to a lacing one fairly quickly. Fruity aroma of plums, chocolate, burnt wood, hops, molassases. Medium dense body, low carbonation. Roasted, dry, hoppy aftertaste. Really good.

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
RickTStiles (745) - Houston, Texas, USA - AUG 24, 2010
Pours black with a monsterous beige head and nice lacing. Aroma of oak, hops and root vegetables. Black licorice and malty sweetness are very strong and seem to in no way interfere with the equally strong hop presence. finish is bittersweet with notes of anise. What an incredible beer!

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
baraciisch (1822) - USA - AUG 23, 2010
Dark ruby in color... Aroma of caramel, malts, toffee, and oak.... Flavor is caramel, dark chocolate, coffee, oak, and tobacco... Finish has hints of alcohol, candi sugar sweetness, and oak... Great beer

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
DYCSoccer17 (3312) - Woodland, California, USA - AUG 23, 2010
750mL bottle from Nugget in Woodland, CA. Cork comes off with a thunderous pop. Aroma has lots of sweet, caramelly, malted notes. There is also a scant amount of smoke and a little anise, too. Good fruity esters present, too. Mildly transparent mahogany body with a large, frothy, homogenous tan head that leaves really nice lacing. Starts sweet and caramelly with some chewy, husky malts. Gives way to a bit of a fruity vinousness in the middle, before this finishes lightly hopped, lightly bitter, and mostly burnt at the end. Fleeting chocolate notes are also present. A bit warming. Not too bad at all.

4.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
hopphead88 (33) - Overland Park, Kansas, USA - AUG 22, 2010
Pours a very dark ruby red with a huge creamy beige head. Aromas of creamy coffee, milk chocolate and caramel. Flavors of toffee, cocoa, coffee and spicy hops. It finishes very long with dark fruits, more coffee, earthy hops, fig and a bit of woodyness. Full bodied and extreamly creamy in the mouth. Excellent!

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
DukeBrewDevil (732) - Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA - AUG 22, 2010
Bomber. At first it didnít seem to have much head, then it slowly cascaded almost like a Guinness till there was a nice full, thick head. Dark brown, but lets plenty of light through. A not overly strong boozy, sweet nose. At first it hits my tongue like a sticky, hopped up, American barleywine, then finishes with a lot more roasted flavors than would fit a barleywine. The chocolate and coffee finish makes this one feel like a barleywine, imperial stout, baltic porter hybrid. Good, though probably not worth the money.


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