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Sierra Nevada 30th Anniversary Our Brewers Reserve Grand Cru

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RATINGS: 496   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.


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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
waltersrj (280) - Washington, USA - NOV 20, 2010
750 ml caged corked bottle. Pours dark copper with a frothy tan head. Nose is big on hops, fresh citrusy hops and also some earthy undertones, caramel malt, dark fruits, piney hops, oak, vanilla, scorched sugar, and charred oak. Taste is primarily citrusy and piney hops, caramel malt, oak, vanilla, winter ale spices. A great mix of three wonderful SN beers. You really get a taste of each. Awesome Grand Cru. Mouthfeel was creamy, perfect for the style.

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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
TheBeerGod (5220) - Newport News, Virginia, USA - NOV 19, 2010
Bottle - 750mL corked and caged. Copper pour with a thick, frothy beige head. Aroma is rather hoppy and citrusy with spicy notes and big caramel. Taste is big spicy and piney hops, citrus oils, orange, caramel, light toffee and sweet malt. Body is resinous but thick with strong carbonation. Finish is more big caramel notes, pine resin, citrus, orange peel, spicy hops, and chewy malt.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
HonkeyBra (3325) - Lemont, Illinois, USA - NOV 18, 2010
Deep amber pour with medium off white head. First whiff is a bunch of hops, with an aroma of piney hops, fruit cocktail, light herbs, some oak and vanilla. Flavor is strong bitter hops, a bit of oak and vanilla, and a nice amount of citrus. I get flashes from the three beers blended here. Full mouthfeel, finishes long and bitter. This beer is like running into a bunch of old college friends at a bar.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
GAManiac (1944) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - NOV 18, 2010
750ml bottle, Cork pops out with some nice force. Pours a deep, clear copper with an enormous, thick beige head. The retention and lacing is outstanding. First thing I notice in the ode is the hops, with a slightly herbal, minty character. There is a heft caramel malt presence with some sugar mixed in. Taste also starts with a hefty citrus and floral hop kick but itís very smooth, not bitter at all. The backbone of caramel malts and sugary fruits is in full force with vanilla hints. The finish is where the hops bring a little more bitterness as well as some spicy oak. The mouthfeel is surprisingly smooth and with less carbonation than the appearance would suggest. The alcohol heat is present but not overpowering. Another excellent beer in the reserve series for Sierra Nevada. A hoppy strong ale with some nice barley wine characteristics. Well done.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
durhambeer (2500) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - NOV 18, 2010
Bottle from Samís in Durham. Dark copper pour with lovely foamy beige head and great lacing and retention. Nose of sweet malts, a complex hop profile, and a tiny hint of oak. I want more of the Bigfoot, but the Celebration comes out more. The oak is subtle but nice. Full body solid.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Cavie (3785) - Fort Worth, Texas, USA - NOV 18, 2010
Bottle courtesy of barzigkin. Clear dark orange color with light ring of white head. Aroma is fresh, minty and hop fresh. Resin wood. Flavor is sweet hops with some wood, dark fruit and easy grains. Finishes a little spicy with a light tingle.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
hayduke (3342) - Eureka, California, USA - NOV 18, 2010
From a corked and caged 750 mil bottle like all of this series, this may be the best of all. Pours a deep ruby (red and copper) with a foamy head with huge bubbles and lots of lacing. . The nose is ripe fruit with lots of nuances of citrus and floral hops. The body is very full and the mouthfeel is exceptional and rich enough to chew on. The flavor is very complex but well balanced showing burnt caramel, orange, lemon, pear, and other fruits. It finishes with light alcohol warmth, and hints of burnt toast and cinnamon, on top of a delicious bitterness that makes me want this to go on and on. A simply fantastic beer. Back to the store for more.

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   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
flatmatt (1102) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - NOV 17, 2010
750 mL bottle. Pours a clear copper with a large off-white head. Tons of grapefruit hops in the aroma backed with pine resin, caramel, grassy hops, and biscuit. Flavor is again loaded with bright, fresh hops, both citrus and resinous pine, caramel, with sweetness and bitterness and an alcohol tingle. This is great stuff.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
BarZigKin (511) - San Antonio, Texas, USA - NOV 17, 2010
750ml thanks to me. Poured a glowing amber body that had a lasting head leaving nice lacing. Aromas were lightly hoppy, oaky and a hint of malt sweetness. Very subdued. The flavor came to life and was piney, caramel, lightly resinous hops, oaky, medium sweetness and a floral, lingering finish. Fine, soft carbonation thatís active with a medium to full mouthfeel. Comes life as it warms. Iíll be curious to see how it ages.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
502Che (999) - @, CAMBODIA - NOV 17, 2010
Bottle. Pours a clear copper with a tall thick off-white, almost khaki head, which holds and laces. Aroma is of resinous hops, a hint of citrus hops, and the nice big foot malt backbone. The flavor is pretty much the same--sticky resinous hop profile with a sticky, almost doughy, malt backbone. Medium to full bodied with low carbonation. Overall: not super unique, but precisely what I expected from the description--very solid hop/malt balance.


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