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Sierra Nevada 30th Anniversary Jack & Kens Ale

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RATINGS: 550   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 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
RickTStiles (818) - 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!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
baraciisch (2244) - California, 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

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
DYCSoccer17 (3459) - 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.

   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!

   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 didn’t 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
dionysus (1454) - Arizona, USA - AUG 22, 2010
Bottle pours deep brown with some ruby hi-lights. Aroma is chocolate, raisin, fig, brown sugar, and oak. Flavor shows the same with additional baking spices (nutmeg?) and is reinforced with an earthy hop profile. Overall body is moderate with moderate sweetness, and finishes with moderate bitterness. Not bad, just not impressive.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
pinkzambia (1618) - Boise, Idaho, USA - AUG 21, 2010
Bottle: Dark brown with a tan head & bubbles. Toasty malts and alcohol in the aroma. The flavors are roasted and stiff with a slight aftertaste of prunes, alcohol and a little wood. It isn’t as sweet as many BW’s. To be honest, I was expecting quite a bit more from this collaboration.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ansermadide (1526) - Kyle, Texas, USA - AUG 20, 2010
Deep, dark brown color with an amber glow and a long-lasting light brown head. Delectable aroma of malt and alcohol with sugars present. Flavor is sweet, mouth feel smooth. Malty with a well-masked alcohol presence. Thin and smooth... goes down fast and easy. I need more of this!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
TheBeerGod (5498) - Newport News, Virginia, USA - AUG 20, 2010
Bottle - 750mL corked and caged. Black bodied. Thick, frothy, dense brown head. Nose is roasty and piney with citrus notes and toasted caramel. Taste is rather sweet with more toasted caramel, brown sugar, roasted malt, citrus fruit, pine and a touch of molasses. Body is medium with a thick syrupy body and creamy carbonation. Finishes with more sweet malt, brown sugar, burnt caramel, citrus oils, pine and more molasses.

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