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Sierra Nevada 30th Anniversary Our Brewers Reserve Grand Cru

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RATINGS: 500   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.86   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 276   ABV: 9.2%
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Brewers Reserve is a special ale highlighting our pioneering history and the innovative spirit that has carried us through all these years. Is is a marriage of our three most acclaimed ales: Oak-aged Bigfoot, Celebration Ale, and fresh Pale Ale blended together and generously dry-hopped. Come join us in celebrating thirty years with this most special brew. Drink it now, or save it for a future anniversary of your own.


3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
oRos (1221) - sacramento, California, USA - FEB 9, 2014
Bottle shared at california 10k event. Pours ruby with not much head. Taste was sweet dark fruits

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
Beermack (684) - Dublin, IRELAND - JAN 11, 2014
75cl bottle. Hazy reddish brown, very thin off-white head. Thick raisin and caramel on the nose, decent red fruit and pine - unmistakable SN character. The taste is big on the caramel and pine, some light boozy oaked notes, plenty of vibrant grapefruit left in this. Crunchy caramel malt. Bit of harsh booze near the finish. Lingering spices and pine. Really bright hop character in this is so surprising, very enjoyable.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
flannelnomad (57) - portland, Oregon, USA - JAN 6, 2014
I found this 750ml while in Reno for 12 bucks, so I figured since Im on vacay, Id go for it. Pulled the cork with a nice deep pop followed by whiskey aroma pouring out the bottle. Pours with a nice light beige frothy head that stays about a quarter inch in the glass with un-uniform bubbles. Pours a beautiful glowing dark amber/cherry juice color. The aroma is great- whiskey, oak, cherries and dates, candy sugar, vanilla, christmas spices and alcohol. At first sip the first thing I think is that this thing is still pretty hoppy for being about 3 years old. I dont know how Sierra Nevada does it, but their able to preserve hops so well in their high gravity beers i.e. Bigfoot aged for a million years is still hoppy. Anyway, tastes like caramel, christmas spiced hops, vanilla, oak with a hint of whiskey and dried dates. Fairly boozy and nicely hoppy. I thought that the hops from celebration and pale ale would oxidize this thing but I guess the barreled Bigfoot did wonders. Probably peaking, the hops got a little skunky as it warmed up and I think this is as enjoyable as the you can ask for from such a weird grand cru blend. I dont know if it was the best blend SN could have concocted, but thoroughly enjoyable. If anything makes me super stoked for my barrel aged Bigfoot! Fun to try- an only need to drink once type of beer.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
AdamJackson (2967) - Enfield, New Hampshire, USA - JAN 1, 2014
golden copper pour. smells very bitter. like raisins and pine cone. The bitterness is insane. lots of raisin and and pineapple. tons of tropical fruits. very resinous and full of citrus. perhaps the most juicy aged beer Ive ever had. ABV is in full force. spices like cinnamon

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jcos (1600) - Maryland, USA - JAN 1, 2014
Location/Date:3 year old bottle spit with Dave on 12/31/2013.

Appearance: Pours a dark non-opaque maroon.
Aroma: Aroma of caramel, light booze.
Taste: Caramel, some oak, faint hops
Palate:Medium light body.

Summary: A really interesting brew with some age on it, combining the aspects of the base beers. Tasty.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
AirForceHops (3646) - Epping, New Hampshire, USA - DEC 31, 2013
750 ml bottle form Adams cellar. Ruby color with a crazy amount of head lacing the glass. Deep ruby color. The nose is still full of hops even after all this time. Dry hopping gone wild. West coast pine and light citrus with caramel and toffee. The blend of this brew is a bit odd. The dry hopping and the fresh pale ale portion of this beer really should have been consumed fresh. Dead hops float through this brew. Caramel and light hints of pine. Still a good sipper but I bet this peaked two years ago. Not a good brew to cellar. No doubt this was crazy good when it was released.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
volbeerman (21) - Madison, Tennessee, USA - DEC 31, 2013
Aged approx 2 years, Pours with a crimson caramel color with a thin white head. Celebrating New Years Eve with a delicious chewy brew, hence the short review. Happy New Year!!!!!

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
curepute (140) - New York, USA - DEC 20, 2013
Dark amber no head. Burnt sweet toffee nose. Sweet, boozy, bitter, that runs down your tongue and lasts a while.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
skoisirius (1797) - Earth, Washington, USA - NOV 16, 2013
Im currently rating every SN brew Ive ever had in one clean sweep. I grew up on the classic SN Pale having it around during high school, and since have watched SN grow into a national representation of incredible craft beer. Living 45 mins away is a treat for the random growler fill. Keep up the amazing work gentleman!

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Pyrmir (3640) - Uppsala, SWEDEN - NOV 7, 2013
Sample from bottle @sbwf13. Copper color with off white head. Aroma is sweet, flowers, fruit amd wood. Taste is also sweet, oak, vanilla, caramel and fruit


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