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Sierra Nevada 30th Anniversary Jack & Kens Ale

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RATINGS: 546   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.


3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
keepersj12 (2742) - 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.

4.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
handsomejn (71) - Arkansas, USA - AUG 15, 2010
Pours pitch black with foamy tan head. Moderate lacing. Loved the sweet malty smell the minute I opened the bottle, not so much in the glass. Rich semi-sweet malty taste with very little hop offset, noticed more on the long finish. Some maple, dark fruit. Rich on the tongue and the alcohol is very well hidden.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
radagast83 (4902) - Fairfax, Virginia, USA - AUG 14, 2010
Sampled from 750ml bottle. Pours a dark, but relatively translucent brown color with a medium tan head. Aroma is sweet malts, touches of dry syrup, touch of hops but not a whole lot in there when compared to the malty character. Flavor is actually a pretty mild one - expected a lot more alcohol bite to it. Smooth.

3.8
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
crusianbeer (116) - Texas, USA - AUG 14, 2010
bottle from Sams Beer and Wine in Carrollton... Thanks Matt pours a deep dark black with about 3 fingers of head that keeps growing out of the glasss... not much on the nose here at all, smells sweet, thats about it... maybe a bit of barley. taste, whoa, this is interesting. Sweet, hoppy, barleywine flavor for sure, and then ends in a roastiness with some chocolate on the dry finish. Definitely an interesting barleywine. I like this. ABV is hidden really well, but can tell it is present. mouthfeel is nice, and very drinkable. this is really interesting, worth a buy for sure.

3.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Peregrinari (148) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - AUG 14, 2010
Still not write as good as the first but definitely light years better than the train wreck that was the helles. An interesting beer I canít define but if I has to I would call a double imperial black ipa, not a black barleywine. Aroma somewhat boozy but nice with some molases and hops. Finish is swert but not over powering. Slid!

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
goldtwins (4320) - Nesconset, New York, USA - AUG 13, 2010
Poured a very deep brown color with a large creamy tan head. The cork released with a good amount of force. Mildly roasted with a semi-sweet chocolate. Pine hops mix through adding another layer without taking over. The flavor is sweet but not overly done. Good roast with more of a bitter chocolate. Hops run through the flavor from start to finish. Warming finish with a light alcohol. Medium bodied with a bitter finish. Nice beer.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
alexanderj (3331) - Branson, Missouri, USA - AUG 13, 2010
On tap; poured a dark black color with not much head. Aroma of sweet malt, caramel, fruit, alcohol and earth. Flavor was different but just not too great for me. Robust flavor. Earthy, fruity and hoppy. Just not my cup of tea. Rerate; upped it a bit...really need it too warm up to bring everything out.

4.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
NJDevilz69 (28) - Egg Harbor Township, New Jersey, USA - AUG 10, 2010
750ml bottle, When I turned the cork to open the bottle it jumped from my hand landing half way across the room, (Fortunately no beer was lost). Poured with a huge tan head. Color is dark brown almost kinda amber, no transparency at all. Aroma is kinda subdued for a barley wine I thought. Some yeasty notes but not as plumy or jammy as some I have had. The 10.2 hides well I think, a lot of the time BWís tend to burn this one didnít strike me that way. Faint chocolate with some anise on the finish. Very well done that is 3 in a row on the 30thís.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Arayaga2 (1805) - portland, Oregon, USA - AUG 10, 2010
Brown / black with several inches of dense, brown, dimpled head. Aroma is yeasty when first uncorked, and cocoa, sprucey hops, and dark, Christmas-cakey fruits emerge thereafter. Taste is a confluence of several kinds of bitterness, alcohol burn, and fruit, and not unlike a rum-cake. Highly bitter, and lightly carbonated, the mouth-feel borders on oily. Rating #1100 $9/750

4.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
SSSteve (3801) - - AUG 8, 2010
750 ml bottle. pours a deep brown, almost black with ruby highlights under a large, foamy, beige head. aroma is a showcase showdown of toasted malts, black malt, chocolate and hops. flavor is heavy with chocolate and dark malt with some floral hops and a bit of licorice spice. full body. a bit hot right now. need hold one for a couple years. a dark barley wine. another winner from this series.


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