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Sierra Nevada 30th Anniversary Jack & Kens Ale

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RATINGS: 545   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
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
blutt59 (6019) - 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

4
   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. Thereís plenty of roasted chocolate malts and caramel sweetness underneath but the hops are what jump to the forefront. Very drinkable.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 13/20
944play (350) - Santa Rosa, California, USA - AUG 17, 2010
Draft at Toad in the Hole. Deep brown with large tan head. Green herbs and some mild tropical fruit aromas. Strikingly varnishy bitterness and chunky dried fruit sweetness. Piercing bubbles cut an otherwise overwhelming palate down to reasonableness. This would be a less bracing after a few months of cellaring.

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
egajdzis (5336) - Spring Mount, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 16, 2010
[BBD 10] Dark brown mahogany color with a small, light tan head that left nice lacing on the glass. Aroma of dark fruits, some caramel, brown sugar, citrus, and alcohol. Taste of brown sugar, dried fruits, raisins, caramel, vanilla, and light alcohol in the finish.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
zizzybalubba (1421) - Elizabeth City, North Carolina, USA - AUG 16, 2010
750 mL bottle from Total Wine in Chesapeake, VA. This is listed as a black barleywine but it actually pours closer to a dark brown and appears like a cola. Still, itís blacker than your average barleywine. The aroma is chocolatey and a bit smoky; very much reminds me of a strong porter more so than a barleywine given the lack of hop aroma. The flavor is certainly smoky upfront but there is a generous hop presence of perhaps spruce and pine. This is really quite interesting and certainly a unique offering. I would expect this to age quite well.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 13/20
tastybeer (1728) - Bloomington, Indiana, USA - AUG 16, 2010
Bottle, thanks tarheels. Pours brown with a tan head. Flavor is caramel, roasted malts, brown sugar, light hoppiness.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
GT2 (8444) - San Diego County, California, USA - AUG 15, 2010
750mL. Pours a muddy deep ruby to mahogany looking black in the glass with a massive, reverse cascade, billowing creamy tan head that has excellent retention and very good lacing. Cantaloupe, fresh melon nose. As it warms more mint comes through in the nose as well as some licorice. Actually smells a little bit like jagermeister- there is a sense of impending heavy alcohol spiciness. Taste is not too intense though- not a piney hop bomb. It is soft, some coffee coming through, maple syrup, brown sugar, perfectly balanced bitterness. Iím sure it will age well but there is no spicy alcohol here nor a big dry hop presence so itís good to go right now. Very soft and balanced on the palate.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
SphinxTX (2876) - Mata Gorda, Texas, USA - AUG 15, 2010
Bottle. Pours a great looking black with thick, creamy tan head. Aroma of dark roast, coffee, dark fruit, alcohol and a grassy hoppiness. Flavor is sweet, dark roasted grain, coffee, alcohol spice, a bit of dark fruit, some brown sugar, alot of hoppy pine, very malty with a sharp hoppy bitterness. Mouht feel is heavy body with low carbonation. Overall, a very bold, flavorful beer....I will age a bottle for a few years to see how it turns out...

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
daknole (9115) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - AUG 15, 2010
Walter hooks it up! Black pour, off white head. Dates, figs, raisins, and light brown sugar. Flavor is hoppier than I expected. Some brown sugar, dried figs. Interesting.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
keepersj12 (2693) - Sicklerville, New Jersey, USA - AUG 15, 2010
Pretty good on itís own but Iím going to stash a bottle away for a year or so to see if it mellows. Right now it has a malty aroma from a nice looking dark amber with a big foamy tan head. the flavor starts malty and yeasty and then comes a big bitter end. It has a very peppery tang to it that is very crisp. After taste is warm with an alcohol burn. Good stuff.


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