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Sierra Nevada 30th Anniversary Jack & Kens Ale

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RATINGS: 546   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 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Drake (8617) - Free Union, Virginia, USA - OCT 26, 2010
Served on draft at the Top of the Hops Beer Festival, Charlottesville, 9/11/10. Pours a dark brown color with a thin head. Decent head retention and lacing. Aroma of big anise notes and toffee. The taste is bitter hops. anise, toffee and faint chocolate in the finish. Medium-full bodied.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jtclockwork (8571) - , 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 16/20
JoeMcPhee (8510) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 30, 2011
Dark brown-black pour. The nose has a lot of big hoppiness. Pine and resin over a lot of dark malts. The darkness is kind of restrained and the beer drinks fairly lean and dryish. A little kiss of light roastiness toward the back of the palate. Fresh and hoppy with a little bit of sticky resinousness character on the back of the palate. The malts in here barely register despite the dark pour and the heavy alcohol. The hops are massive in here, but they are a lot more complex than they initially appear. Resin, pine and a bit of dankness that back a little bit of light dark malts. Itís sort of like an amplified version of some Black IPAs but the restrained malt is retained. I really, really like this.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
GT2 (8507) - 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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
MartinT (7952) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - SEP 29, 2010
UPDATED: FEB 12, 2011 My Bottom Line:
This hoppy Black Barley Wine plays within the citrusy and leafy range until a poignant resinous bitterness detaches itself from the caramel and roasted malt base.

Further Personal Perceptions:
-A thick sheet of foam stands atop the brown-hinged blackness.
-Berries appear from the union of hops, dextrins and yeast.
-The malt profile would need to be a tad better developed for this to be world-class, imho.
-After waiting a few months, this malt character is balanced with the hops and thus creates a world-class flavor profile. Great job!
-This is yet another very satisfying Sierra Nevada creation; not that Iím surprised.


   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
gnoff (7933) - 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 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
jercraigs (7921) - 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

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
DocLock (7912) - 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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
BMan1113VR (7867) - Los Angeles, California, USA - AUG 18, 2010
Bottle. Pours with a medium sized tan head and a pretty dark, not quite black body. Good lace. Aroma of caramel and toffee, a bit of citrus (cascade?) and spicy hops. A little bit of chocolate, earth, brandy and flan. Strawberry (odd flavor to pick up). Taste is earthy, decently bitter, a bit of chocolate, very bitter cocoa, nutty, earthy. Like biting into raw, medium toasted malt. A bit of a vinous character interlaced with the bitter toasted character. Nicely boozy. A bit of fruit from the yeast in the finish. Substantial body, great carbonation for the style (full, but not distracting). Interesting beer, might have a good year or two in it, but I wouldnít lay it down for too long like the description says. Pair with leg of lamb. Maybe a bit too bitter right now.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Ughsmash (7154) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - SEP 13, 2010
750mL bottle. Poured deeper garnety-brown with a tall, creamy cap of beige head.. lacing coated the glass as it descended. The aroma picked up biscuit and caramel malts laced with cocoa powder.. pine and coffee accented.. warm, raw alcohol was a little too forthcoming.. solid overall. The flavor found mostly biscuit and chocolate malts at the core, joined by some molasses and essence of coffee roast.. pine bitterness became more aggressive as it warmed up.. hotter and grainy on the finish. Medium-bodied, dry, and roasty on the palate.. showed bursts of juiciness, but never quite got there.. this seemed raw and too fresh, so Iíll have to put a few in the old cellar.

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