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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 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 13/20
tastybeer (1847) - Indiana, USA - AUG 16, 2010
Bottle, thanks tarheels. Pours brown with a tan head. Flavor is caramel, roasted malts, brown sugar, light hoppiness.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
GT2 (9272) - 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.

   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...

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
daknole (10255) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
keepersj12 (2920) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
handsomejn (72) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
radagast83 (5606) - 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.

   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.

   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!

   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.

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