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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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Theis (13410) - 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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Oakes (12612) - 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 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
bu11zeye (11942) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - OCT 19, 2010
(750ml bottle) Pours a mahogany body with a medium beige head. Aroma of roasted malt, cherry, raisins, caramel, pine, toffee, and grapefruit. Flavor of caramel, cherry, roasted malt, herbs, raisins, and citrus.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 12/20
Travlr (11900) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - NOV 7, 2010
Draft at Taphouse in Ghent. Deep yellowish brown color, small off white head. Aroma of caramel, taste of caramel syrup with a tiny bit of hops toward the end. Pretty straightforward.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
argo0 (11535) - Washington DC, USA - OCT 10, 2010
75cl bottle. Large tan head that mostly dissipates atop dark brown body. Aroma is surprisingly muted considering whatís in store -- moderately sweet, caramel/chocolate, some grapefruit. Taste is moderately sweet, grapefruit/pine, bittersweet chocolate, caramel, light alcohol, cherry/raisin. Soft medium-full body, light acidity.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
jcwattsrugger (11083) - Florida and, New Jersey, USA - NOV 22, 2010
Tampa Wkly Gathering @TampaPourhouse-on tap-pours black with a tan head that laces. Aroma is mild sweet hops. Let it warm-resin, dark malt. Taste is resin/herbal hop with some bite, 2nd dark malt. Not a black BW to my taste, but a nice black IPA.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
bhensonb (11079) - 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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Leighton (11029) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - AUG 26, 2010
Tap at Blind Tiger, NYC. Pours deep, black-brown with a sturdy, tan head. Roasted, dark malts and earthy hops in the aroma. Flavor is sweet and at first quite roasty. With time and warmth, some dark fruits such as grape and plum come through. Full bodied with average carbonation. Finishes fruity sweet with roasty dryness. Excellent beer, very dynamic, and unlike any other Iíve had.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
brokensail (10935) - Orange County, 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 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
kp (10886) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - DEC 25, 2011

Name: Jack & Kenís
Date: August 21, 2010
Mode: Draft
Source: Taco Mac, The Fred
Appearance: black, frothy tan head, solid lace
Aroma: roasted malt aroma, touch of caramel sweetness, lots of floral hops, hint of pine
Flavor: rich malt flavor, lots of black malt bitterness, sweet caramel and chocolate, touch of fruityness

Name: Jack & Kenís
Date: August 24, 2011
Mode: draft
Source: bsp
Appearance: black, creamy tan head, solid lace
Aroma: sweet chocolate and caramel aroma, roasted
Flavor: lots of hop flavor, roasted malt, black chocolate bitterness, touch of caramel sweetness, citrus, long bitter finish
Overall: mellowed out nicely over a year but still a great hop presence

Aroma: 7/10; Appearance: 7/10; Flavor: 7/10; Palate: 6/10; Overall: 15/20
Rating: 3.6/5.0
Drinkability: 7/10
Score: *** /4

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