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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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3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Naka (703) - Indiana, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 19, 2011
Pours red amber with a thick beige head with reallyy nice lacing. Aroma is brown sugar with citrus hops. Flavor is a serious resiny hop with a good malt backbone. Some tea and... well, the hop has pretty much taken over everything. Pretty good, but like most Sierra Nevada, just has tons of hops.


3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
BeerSkull (1223) - SWEDEN - JUL 12, 2014
(Bottle). Sweet scent of roasted malt, figs and raisins. Taste of roasted malt, raisins, caramel and hops. A little too much sweetness in the taste.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
koleminer20 (541) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - JUL 7, 2014
From notes. Enjoyed at the Ashley’s Rare & Vintage Beer TasteFest on June 07. The pour is a nice ruby color with a light tan head and some sporadic lacing. The aroma is really hot up front. Lots of bourbon and vanilla that fades through a nice caramel malt and a good hoppiness to follow. For the woodiness and vanilla, I love the hoppiness. The flavor also packs some heat. Very earthy, with light roast and a dark fruit presence , while remaining hoppy and dry on the back end. The mough feel is thin, not much carbonation, and the aftertaste is excessively woody and just a touch off, maybe leathery?

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
pdx77 (1193) - Oregon, USA - JUN 27, 2014
On draught at Roscoe’s for Sierra Nevada Summit/Tap Takeover. Super thick copper amber color with tan head. Aroma is oxidized caramel, citrus, and toffee. Taste is incredible, with caramel, toffee, pitted fruit, bitter grapefruit, oxidation, and oak. For such a mishmash of beers, it is very well-balanced.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Iphonephan (3020) - McLean, Virginia, USA - JUN 23, 2014
From a corked 75 cl bottle from Andrew’s cellar. Pours a.ear Deep copper with an ecru head. Aroma of caramel and dates. Flavors of dark fruits. Lots of boozy notes. Aged pretty well.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
thomat (1977) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - JUN 6, 2014
Bottle. Amber with a medium off white head. Fruity and malty tones. Fruit, malt, caramel and hops. Full body with a long dry after taste.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Westmeister (1653) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - JUN 5, 2014
All day beer celebration was capped off by this bad boy from the Brickstore cellar and shared with jrob21. A touch of oxidation showed, but the brew was surprisingly still hoppy with lots of rich caramel and tons of fruits (ripened dark cherries, plums, raisins). The nose was really big still on this and there was a fair amount of complexity.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
jrob21 (2466) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - MAY 30, 2014
Bottle from the brickstore cellar. Happy early birthday West. Well aged barlewine at this point. Lots of chalk and malt texture. Lots of red fruit, cherry, plum. Super wafting caramel aroma. Pretty nice considering the age this is holding up well.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
cobaink2 (49) - seattle, Washington, USA - MAY 26, 2014
Tastes of toffee, caramel with a little burbon on the end. Hops are missing. After a few years I would like to know know what this tasted like young.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
BelgianBeerGal (3102) - Panama City, Florida, USA - MAY 2, 2014
Bottle finally enjoyed in FL. Pours a clear amber-bronze color with a foamy tan head that settles into a nice slick. Aroma is caramel malt and maple syrup but also some sweet hops still hanging in there. Great flavor to it. Sweeter malt with some lingering bitterness in the finish. This has help up decently.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
blankboy (5948) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - APR 29, 2014
[Bottle 750ml] Pours a murky orange-amber, almost brown, with an average mostly-lasting frothy beige head. Nice aroma, sweet, malty and hoppy along with a good amount of dark fruit, a bit of wood, a hint of spice and some brown sugar. Flavour of sweet bready malt, a good amount of piney hops, some wood, brown sugar, dark fruit, alcohol, spices and a woody bitter finish -- quite sweet, a little goes a long way. Average to medium bodied. An enjoyable sipper but this is one to share for me as it’s quite sweet.


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