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Sierra Nevada 30th Anniversary Jack & Kenís Ale

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RATINGS: 563   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.86/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 306   ABV: 10.2%
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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
rlgk (18323) - GŲteborg, SWEDEN - OCT 2, 2011
Stockholm Beer & Whisky Festival 2011. Dark amber beer, smallhead. Malty aroma, figs, raisins, dades, sweetish with only notes of hops. Malty nutty flavor, alcohol, sweet fruits, grass and bread, a bit sugary.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
harrisoni (17352) - Ashford, Kent, ENGLAND - FEB 11, 2012
Bottle at Chriso FullersGales tasting. Black beer with lasting beige head. Staleish hoppy aroma. Better in mouth. Its good really tasty lovely chocgood hop good balance. Hits you on the backside.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
brokensail (16057) - Dublin, California, USA - SEP 10, 2010
A: The pour is a very dark brown color with about a fingerís worth of tan head on top. S: Sweet dark malts, toffee, and slightly burnt sugar lead the nose. Some slightly piney hops along with an alcohol note. T: The flavor is a bit harsh. The hops and burnt character of the malt give a very bitter feel right away. The alcohol is also noticeable, though this seems like less of a problem to me. The sweetness is there, with some toffee and caramel, but certainly overshadowed by the bitterness. M: The body is excellent (quite full), with a smooth, low carbonation. D: I hope this one improves as it ages. As it stands, this is not a beer I would drink fresh.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Oakes (15806) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - DEC 12, 2011
Very dark brown. Thin foam. Has a black IPA aroma of wood and floral hops, and slightly chocolatey black malts. Tastes more like a bw, with lots of malt, fairly chewy, and some alcohol late with light chocolate. A fairly high hop bitterness.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Dedollewaitor (15579) - Odense, DENMARK - MAR 29, 2011
Bottle @ J&C, Friday Session Tasting, 2011. Thanks. Pours dark brown with a creamy beige head .Nose is sweet and vinous. Chocolate, dark fruit and alcohol.Chewy malty. A bit of raison, sweet and salty liquorice and alcohol. Full bodied. Lovely B. W - the best Iíve had in a while!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Theis (15152) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - DEC 18, 2010
Bottle at ōLbaren - thanks to ??? Almost black - light brown head. Burned, fruity, ok hoppy, sweetness, soya, alcoholic, berries, chocolate, high malty, caramel, notes of dark sugar, licorice. OK.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jtclockwork (14999) - , New Jersey, USA - APR 2, 2011
Bottle. Pours black. Off white head. Nose of chocolate malts, toffee, caramel candy and hops. Taste of chocolate, rich licorice, toffee, hops and caramel malts. Thick and rich.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
mcberko (14682) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JAN 1, 2011
750mL bottle, pours black with a big beige head. Aroma of pine, chocolate, caramel and slight dark fruits. Flavour is much bigger, with complex fruitiness, caramel malts, a bit of chocolate, roasted malt and and a burnt quality. Excellent concoction here.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
bhensonb (14172) - Woodland, California, USA - SEP 5, 2010
750 c&c from Nugget Market in Woodland, CA. Pours black - but ruby in front of halogen - with a 4 finger foamy beige/tan head. Smells much like an IS. Medium plus body with creamy carbonation. Seems smokey. Lots of smooth burnt malt. So it has malt sweetness, but nothing like the typical sugary barleywine. Thereís a lot of hop bitter to balance this one. The finish is lightly sweet with a lot of hop bitter. With time the aroma has a substantial amount of hop. Itís so smooth. It is so drinkable.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Tmoney99 (13612) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JAN 7, 2011
Bottle. Poured reddish brown color with an average frothy light brown head that mostly lasted with excellent lacing. Moderate to heavy toasted malt, alcohol and hop aroma. Medium to full body with a smooth texture and flat carbonation. Moderate to heavy bittersweet flavor with a medium to heavy bittersweet finish of moderate to long duration. This is a complex good American Barleywine.

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