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Sierra Nevada 30th Anniversary Jack & Kens Ale

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RATINGS: 543   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 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
pinkzambia (1427) - 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 (1497) - 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 (5166) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
IndianaRed (2314) - Boise, Idaho, USA - AUG 19, 2010
UPDATED: AUG 20, 2010 Caged and corked bottle at Brewforia. Dark brown Black with a lasting tan head. Roasted aroma mostly and again mostly in the flavors. The "Black" dominates the barleywine here. A bit dissapointed.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
paultheguru (650) - Parker, Colorado, USA - AUG 19, 2010
Deep, intense mahogany with a creamed coffee colored head. nice retention rate as well as lacing. Aromas consist of resin, big earthy hop notes. Roasted malt aroma. Flavors were consistent with the aromas, light hints of earthy and floral hop flavors with some nice roasted malt flavors. hints of toffee. lively, thick feel, full body, long finish, yet well balanced. very edgy hops, but obviously so would be the malts...thus the well-balanceness of this brew.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Volgon (2763) - Manchester, New Hampshire, USA - AUG 18, 2010
750ml: Pours a dark ruby with a large tan head, aroma is a complex mixture of cherries, apples, brown sugar, plums, raisins, and alcohol, starts lightly bitter, ends lightly sweet, with some plums. Heavy bodied, mellow carbonation. As much as I would like this to be the greatest beer of all time in a few years, I’m not sure that it is hoppy or carbonated enough to stand the test of time. What else is a beer rater to do but bury a few bottles in the back yard and see what happens when they are dug up in two years?

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
BMan1113VR (7817) - Los Angeles, California, USA - AUG 18, 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 (cascade?) and spicy hops. A little bit of chocolate, earth, brandy and flan. Strawberry (odd flavor to pick up). Taste is earthy, decently bitter, a bit of chocolate, very bitter cocoa, nutty, earthy. Like biting into raw, medium toasted malt. A bit of a vinous character interlaced with the bitter toasted character. Nicely boozy. A bit of fruit from the yeast in the finish. Substantial body, great carbonation for the style (full, but not distracting). Interesting beer, might have a good year or two in it, but I wouldn’t lay it down for too long like the description says. Pair with leg of lamb. Maybe a bit too bitter right now.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
SledgeJr (3577) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - AUG 18, 2010
On tap at the Crescent Moon. Pours black with a medium thick creamy light beige head. Large roasted and green hop aroma. This tastes much more like a big roasty imperial stout than it does a barleywine. Good, but not a phenom. Perhaps it is a bit brash at this age. We shall give it some bottle time and then revisit.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
blutt59 (5999) - Dallas, Texas, USA - AUG 18, 2010
bottle, dark brown with reddish highlights, longlasting tan foam, aroma of brown sugar, raisins,prunes,bready malts, flavors of smooth hoppy roast, raisins, bitter chocolate, malty, finish is bitter sweet and could be more refined but a really nice beer still

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
GAManiac (1944) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - AUG 17, 2010
750mL bottle poured into a tulip. Pours close to black in the glass though it shows through as a hazy dark brown in the light. The head is huge and fluffy, receding to a thin cap and leaves good lacing. Roasted black malts, floral and earthy hops, dark chocolate and a bit of citrus. Alcohol burn in the nose and a bit of pine resin. The taste has a nice citrus bitterness up front with a hefty dark malt backbone. Chocolate, coffee, caramel and a dry, earthy bitterness in the finish. The mouthfeel is medium bodied and sticky with hops - bitter grapefruit and pine. I really consider this an amped up black IPA. There’s plenty of roasted chocolate malts and caramel sweetness underneath but the hops are what jump to the forefront. Very drinkable.

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