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Sierra Nevada 30th Anniversary Jack & Kenís Ale

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RATINGS: 556   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.87/5   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 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
kp (10884) - 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

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
daknole (10799) - 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 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
DSG (10579) - 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

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
hopscotch (10532) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
adnielsen (10374) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
DrSilverworm (9672) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
gnoff (9430) - 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.

   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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
DocLock (9350) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 10, 2010
UPDATED: SEP 18, 2010 Re-rate, and I will re-rate again for the rubber review. I love the deep maple syrupy mahogany descriptor for this look, with 3 finger loud head. Nose is roasty malt, charred, molasses, hops, heavy oak, cognac, some vanilla, peat. Tastes rich, hoppy, somewhat hot, with charred dark malt, cognacy and peaty scotchy alcoholic malts, some molasses, and oaky notes.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
j12601 (9286) - Poughkeepsie, New York, USA - SEP 30, 2010
Had this during the Backwoods Brewdown up at Hill Farmstead. Pours a brown to black with a medium sized tan head. Citrus, hops, big toffee, caramel on the nose. Medium bodied, sweet. Huge earthy hop juice. Tart roast and tannins. Long tannic and grapefruit tinged bitterness.

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