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Sierra Nevada 30th Anniversary Our Brewers Reserve Grand Cru

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RATINGS: 511   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.85/5   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. It 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.


Acetobacter's rating

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Acetobacter (816) - Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 4, 2011
Enjoyed fro a 750ml bottle in a wine glass. The beer pours a medium amber color, with an initially frothy head that disappears after a few moments. The nose shows some residual piney hop aroma, along with a more prevalent alcohol note. A touch of bourbon/woodiness comes through as the sample warms, but is fairly well-hidden by the aforesaid alcohol note. The palate shows some English crystal malt sweetness in the approach, before transitioning to a not-at-all bitterness, seemingly derived from both the aggressive hopping of Celebration and Bigfoot, as well as from the alcohol content. The latter seems to take over the final notes of the flavor, and lingers in the palate. Carbonation and mouthfeel are appropriate. Overall, a beer that shows tremendous complexity, but also some rather profoundly rough edges. Likely something that would vastly improve and mellow over time.


3.2
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
zgaier (1858) - Coral Springs, Florida, USA - APR 28, 2016
Bomber. Pours Amber with a beige head and sweet caramel, malt aroma. Taste is of caramel and malt as well, with hops and light oak into the finish.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
jjgmd (1925) - Coral Springs, Florida, USA - APR 28, 2016
With Z, pours a dark deep rusty brown color with a nice beige head. Nose is sweet caramel and syrupy. Taste is sweet and hoppy , smooth and nicely balanced. Not over the top sweet like most strong ales. Finishes on the same tasting notes with a nice bittersweet finish . Quaff Score 7 / 10

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
kyzr (1316) - Belgrade, Montana, USA - MAR 28, 2016
Pours amber with off white head. Nose of hops and musk. Taste is surprisingly hoppy with caramel and sweet orange zest. Big alcohol on the finish. From Old Notes.

2.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
magsinva (1073) - Virginia, USA - DEC 30, 2015
Bottle from the NC brewery - this one is pretty to look at, but I’m afraid there might be something wrong with the bottle, or it hasn’t aged well. I’m not getting any of the cherry or fruity notes that others describe, just boring piney bitterness. Pass.

2.8
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
DiarmaidBHK (4056) - Lewisburg, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 30, 2015
Bottle from Sierra Nevada NC. Pours brown with a thick khaki head. leaves a lot of lacing in the glass. not a lot on the nose. a bit of wood on the tongue and a lot of bitterness on the finish. I would have loved to have tried this one fresh. I don’t think it’s aged well.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
sonnycheeba (4815) - Federal Hill, Baltimore, Maryland, USA - NOV 21, 2015
Tap at falling rock. Pours deep ruby. Aroma is cherries, caramel, bready malts, floral hops, and and faint oak. Flavor is decently hoppy with faint sweet caramel notes, and a dry oaky finish. Medium body.

2.8
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
lillunken (61) - Uppsala, SWEDEN - MAR 28, 2015
Testad på Linköping beer expo. Sötsliskig, oljig doft. Smaken är söt, besk och lite blaskig på samma gång. Ganska spretig, obalanserad smak. Hade hellre sett att denna endast innehöll fatlagrad bigfoot..

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
BIK89 (26) - SWEDEN - MAR 28, 2015
Testad på Linköping Beer Expo. Maltig doft där bigfooten dominerar. Ganska obalanserad beska.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Gbgbrouge (375) - SWEDEN - FEB 16, 2015
Poured from bottle, darkish amber with medium off white head. Aroma with notes of caramel, dried fruit, spice and pine. Taste is a nice combo of bitter and sweet, weill balanced and with a very nice after taste. Really nice one!

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Leini (1677) - SWEDEN - FEB 10, 2015
Sample at a tasting event. Amber body with a medium head. Caramel, oak, vanilla and dried fruit.


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