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Sierra Nevada 30th Anniversary Our Brewers Reserve - Grand Cru

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RATINGS: 484   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.


4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
superspak (2203) - Michigan, USA - MAR 5, 2013
750 ml bottle into snifter, bottled on 10/8/2010. Pours extremely hazy deep ruby red color with a nice 1-2 finger dense cream colored head with fantastic retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lasts. Nice soapy lacing clings on the glass. Aromas of big orange, grapefruit, orange rind, pear, apple, caramel, pine, toast, toffee, brown sugar, floral, oak, light bourbon, and floral earthiness. Fantastic aromas with big balance and complexity of hop, malt, and oak notes. Taste of big orange, grapefruit, orange rind, caramel, pine, toast, toffee, floral, oak, brown sugar, brown bread, light bourbon, and floral hop earthiness. Light pine and citrus bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of citrus, caramel, pine, toast, toffee, brown bread, floral, oak, brown sugar, and floral earthiness on the finish for a while. Fantastic balance and complexity of hop and malt flavors; with a great subtle oak presence and moderate bitterness balancing the malt sweetness; and zero cloying sweetness present on the finish. Medium carbonation and fairly full bodied; with a creamy, slick, and lightly sticky mouthfeel that is great. Alcohol is extremely well hidden with only a slight warming noticed after the finish; very smooth to sip on. Overall this is an absolutely incredible American strong blended ale! Huge complexity and balance of hop and malt notes; and extremely smooth to sip on. An extremely awesome offering, top notch stuff as expected.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
J_man (665) - Tustin, California, USA - MAR 3, 2013
For my 500th rating, I wanted to have something special. Since Sierra Nevada is near and dear to me and I’ve been aging a few of the 30th Anniversary beers, this seemed like an obvious choice. When I saw this on the label: "Drink it now, or save it for a future anniversary of your own.", I knew this was the one! Ruddy amber body with a light tan head. Wood, candy sugar and cream in the aroma. All of these follow directly into the flavor along with light molasses and leather, and also a surprising coconut milk component . Lots of caramel and butterscotch sweetness that’s balanced by a nice earthy bitterness that’s quite pronounced but in perfect balance. Celebration and Bigfoot definitely come through in their individual deliciousness, and they combine wonderfully. Finishes sweet with a good alcohol warmth. This gets better with every sip and I think aging has improved it from the first time I tried it.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
crazyvin (1858) - New York, USA - FEB 25, 2013
A nice mahogany body with a brown head that had some retention and great lace. Aroma had a strong hop note upfront I could really detect the some of the notes from the Bigfoot. Nice grapefruit and pine hops paired up really well. Sweet caramel malts balanced it out fairly well. Hints of wood and vanilla rounded out the aroma. Flavor was initially sweet malts, great hop notes balanced it out and the oak and alcohol finished out the beer well. Nice amount of carbonation. Overall the Bigfoot seemed to stick out the most, but there was enough of the other beers to keep it interesting.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Marheb (1743) - Montréal, Quebec, CANADA - FEB 18, 2013
(2010): Les houblons ont une présence massive, j’ose pas imaginer fraîchement sortie de la ligne. Différente à chaque gorgée, résineuse, caramélisée.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
GothGargoyle (933) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - FEB 5, 2013
Light brown with a large pale head. Aroma is raisin, toffee, dates. Slightly slick mouthfeel, sweet and bitter on the palate. Taste is toffee, dates, hint of grapefruit skin.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Rrauth (1091) - North Carolina, USA - JAN 26, 2013
Nice brew. Thx canon. Not as good as some. Powerful and a touch sweet. Some alcohol burn. Warming notes. Try if you can ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
madmitch76 (13348) - , Essex, ENGLAND - DEC 29, 2012
19th March 2011
Hazy red - amber beer, little off white head. Semi dry palate, a little crisp. Creamy malt, trace of caramel. Aggressive hop bitterness dominates. Brief glimpses of sweet fruit before the finish. Long bitter aftertaste. Over done the dry hopping I think - the hop bitterness is masking the other flavours.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Elwood (2960) - Leesburg, Virginia, USA - DEC 22, 2012
Serving: 750 ml. bottle from State Line Liquors. I’m very interested to see how this one holds up with age. It pours a murky dark amber with a dense, light tan head. The nose is heavy on the caramel with light pine notes. I’m surprised the hops are holding up. The flavor leans towards the caramel side as well with slight dried fruit notes, a little oak, and light pine. Some breadiness emerges as the beer warms. Full bodied with a lasting finish. This one seems to be holding up well.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
philbertk (1873) - Seattle, Washington, USA - DEC 18, 2012
"A Collaboration of Pioneering Brewers. 22% Ale Aged in Bourbon Barrels, 78% Ale. Blend of Oak Aged Bigfoot, Celebration Ale, and Fresh Pale Ale". Tan orange half inch lacy lasting head. Rich dark amber color.Mellow bourbon oak aromatic complex fruit malt hop aroma front. Surprisingly light medium textured medium sweet somewhat fruity malty Bigfoot dominated body. Medium light fruity sediment. Flavors aged well and mellowed together nicely. Touch of Bourbon heat mixed with lingering sweetness and hop spice in rich complex somewhat overpowering end. Tasty, but too much work to drink. (3.5/5.0)

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
chinchill (1367) - South Carolina, USA - DEC 10, 2012
750ml bottle served in a Unibroue snifter. After a solid ’pop’ of the champagne cork (showing the 1980-2010 anniv. span), this poured a murky orange-brown with a modest but durable beige head. Served a bit too cold at first, the aroma opened up to rich, inviting and complex mix after just a little warming. I am not a fan of bourbon but did appreciate the clear impact on the flavor, with a rather pronounced presence of oak in the finish; both linger on and on in the aftertaste. Both the wood and the bourbon residue had a much more subdued influence on the superb nose, . Medium and, I think, dark malts provide a rich and solid base, with enough hops to lend a spicy/peppery aspect and to render the overall flavor bitter-sweet. Near full body. Surprisingly smooth for 9.2% ABV. [4.25] O: a great brew ... one of those I wish I had a case [or more] of in my cellar.


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