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Sierra Nevada 30th Anniversary Jack & Kenís Ale

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RATINGS: 555   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.87/5   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.


3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Scopey (10703) - Croydon, Greater London, ENGLAND - FEB 14, 2012
Bottle at Chrisoís Fullers-Gales Tasting (thanks to EdKing). It pours very dark brown, with a moderate tan head. The nose is pine, treacle, resin, sweet caramel, brown sugar and ground coffee. The taste is pine, caramel, toffee, roasted malt, dark fruit (fig, prune and currant), charcoal, roasted malt, coffee, booze and solid bitterness, with a dry, warming finish. Full body and moderate carbonation. Decent stuff indeed.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
hopdog (10498) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 1, 2011
On tap. Poured a deeper brown with reddish tints and a smaller sized off white head. Aromas of toast, caramel, and lighter citrus. Tastes of toast, caramel, toffee, nutty, chocolate, and citrus. Alcohol overall well hidden.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
hopscotch (10427) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - OCT 23, 2010
BottleÖ Pours black with a huge, frothy, off-white head. Excellent retention. The herbal, rooty, espresso nose is also a touch floral. Full-bodied with a buttery mouthfeel and modest carbonation. Leans bitter with essences of coffee, dark chocolate and blackstrap molasses. The burnt, bitter finish ends up grassy.

3.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
adnielsen (10312) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - DEC 4, 2010
Tasted in a bottle at the Parade of Darks at Wynkoop in Denver, Colorado. Quite dark burgundy appearance with brown appearance. Typical barleywine aroma. Wine-like flavor thatís fairly strong but quite drinkable. The notable part is the dark body. Pretty interesting.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
DSG (10073) - Tel Aviv, ISRAEL - APR 8, 2012
Bottle sample at a tasting at Daganís place. Thanks Dagan. Dark brown to black with a beige head. Roasty aroma with chocolate and a bit of alcohol. Sweet malty flavor with bittersweet, a touch of coffee and a dry alcoholic finish. Medium-bodied. A bit too alcoholic

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
DrSilverworm (9513) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - DEC 22, 2011
750ml bottle. Somewhat translucent black color, nice light brown head, a bit of loose lace. Really nice. Very light carbonation, smooth texture, good dryness. Really good! Great, smooth, bittersweet taste, chocolate in there. Delicious hoppy dark fruit aroma, very complex with a looong aftertaste. A fantastic barleywine. Shared the bottle with Taylor and my mom, they both really enjoyed this.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
GT2 (9411) - Oceanside, 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.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
gnoff (9286) - MŲlndal, SWEDEN - SEP 7, 2011
Bottle at Haket during Gothenburg Beer Festival 2011
Sampled on Friday September 2, 2011
During a beer tasting of the 4 bottles for the 30th anniversary
Very dark red to black color, tan head. Dry, sandlike, spicy, chocolate scent. Sweet, malty, bitter, alcohol taste. Smooth mouthfeel, medium bitterness. Sweet and bitter aftertaste.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
arminjewell (9169) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - SEP 15, 2010
Pours deep black on tap at Sugar Maple, with nice off white head. Aroma is full of bittersweet chocolate, coffee, and roasted malt but with a big pine hop character sticking its way in. Pine and resin up front mix well into a big chocolate, coffee middle with a bitter malt and hop ending. More like a hoppy stout than anything else, but an excellent brew.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
jercraigs (9154) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 2, 2011
2011-09-30. Very dark brown black body with a small frothy tan head. 3+ Malty aroma, light alcohol, sugar, muted roast. 7+ Flavour is similar, rich malt, sort of toasty roasty malt notes. Interesting malt character, I canít quite nail down. 7+ Smooth medium to full bodied palate. Pretty decent, I think I might like this more on a different day. Just not quite what I am looking for today. Bottle shared by HogTownHarry


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