Sierra Nevada 30th Anniversary Jack & Kenís Ale

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RATINGS: 567   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.86/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 306   ABV: 10.2%
Jack McAuliffe was the first American "micro" brewer. His tiny New Albion Brewery in Sonoma, California inspired countless dreamers to start small-scale breweries of their own. Jack agreed to guest brew this very special ale with us in honor of our 30th anniversary. This Black Barleywine Ale is a nod to the legendary ales New Albion served at their legendary summer solstice parties. Rich with bittersweet and roasted malt flavors, balanced with whole-cone American hops, this robust ale should age gracefully for years.

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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Butters (4058) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - SEP 13, 2010
On draft at CAH innsbrook. Dark brown with chestnut highlights and fair tan head. Nose is sweet citrus hops and smokey burnt malts. Flavor is not quite as good as it heavily leans toward the boozy side of things. There is roast, and biscuit, and caramel, and foresty hop resin, but also a distinct acetone that is hard to get over. Hopefully this will fade out with time. Nemesis 2010 was definitely better.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
popery (2141) - San Francisco, California, USA - SEP 12, 2010
UPDATED: SEP 14, 2010 Tap, City Beer Store. Disappointing. This seemed more like a Black DIPA than a barleywine. It pours a very dark brown with a smallish head. The aroma is pine resin, mint, chocolate, roast and caramel. The hops seemed to clash with the roasted malt notes. The chocolate just seemed kinda off. Itís not exactly a mess, but I just didnít much care for the combination. The flavor also has a not quite right combination of hops and roasted malt. The taste seemed to go back and forth between somewhat bland, indelicate bitterness and confused roasted malt notes. Itís a shame because thereís seemed to be some nice caramel backing it all up. Itís relatively dry for a 10% abv barleywine - still some sugariness but either too little for the luxury of better barleywines or the other flavors just got in the way. Mouthfeel is rather harsh for a barleywine. To be honest, I didnít even really want to finish my glass, though itís really not as bad as that makes it sound. Itís just an intense expression of what I donít like about Black IPAs - flavors that clash more than complement.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
jzzbassman (1588) - Arlington, Texas, USA - SEP 12, 2010
Deepest brown pour with a nice sticky toffee head. Caramel malt and sugary aroma. Boozy, fruity, and yeasty, not terribly clean but enjoyable.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
thornecb (5814) - Marblehead, Massachusetts, USA - SEP 12, 2010
Pours deep brown into a snifter. Mocha head with good retention recedes to coat surface leaving no lacing. Oak, chocolate and roasted caramel aromas. Sweet dark caramel upfront turning smoky and bitter in the lasting dark pumpernickel finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
DocLock (10458) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 10, 2010
UPDATED: SEP 18, 2010 Re-rate, and I will re-rate again for the rubber review. I love the deep maple syrupy mahogany descriptor for this look, with 3 finger loud head. Nose is roasty malt, charred, molasses, hops, heavy oak, cognac, some vanilla, peat. Tastes rich, hoppy, somewhat hot, with charred dark malt, cognacy and peaty scotchy alcoholic malts, some molasses, and oaky notes.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
adrian910ss (2571) - Doylestown, PA, USA - SEP 10, 2010
750 ml bottle. Pours a deep maple mahogany color with a thick and creamt beige head. Aroma of sweet malt, caramel, toffee, chocolate syrup notes and hops. Taste of roasted malt, toffee, caramel, citrus, pine notes and hops. Very nice.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
mtjoseph (244) - Murderapolis, Minnesota, USA - SEP 10, 2010
750 Bottle. Pours jet black with a big khaki head. Aroma of roasted malt, toffee, and hops. A big body with high carbonation lends itself quite well to a bitter, resinous hop profile. The taste super roasty with notes of coffee, toffee, bittersweet chocolate, booze, and grassy/piney hops. Quite interesting. Wouldnít necessarily consider this a barley wine because of the super roasted malt profile, but in this day with every style becoming a "black" something or other, this one is welcomed.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 12/20
dmac (6032) - Toms River, New Jersey, USA - SEP 10, 2010
750 MP cork and caged bottle from Cape May. Poured a very good looking super dark brown with a huge foamy beige head. Aroma of oranges, burnt malts, chocolate syrup, grapefruit rind, and alcohol. Great mouthfeel with a medium body and lively carbonation and only a slight trace of alcohol on the tail end of the aftertaste. Flavors of burnt malts, charcoal, grass, grapefruit. As interesting as this was all the usual caramel and toffee flavors were missing from this barleywine.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
SandK (44) - Arizona, USA - SEP 10, 2010
Deep deep coffee flavor for me on this one...but it is surprisingly smooth and has a chocolaty aftertaste that invigorates your mouth. Interesting... S- 3.5/5

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
badlizard (5533) - Berkeley, California, USA - SEP 10, 2010
Black with ruby highlights and a creamy tan head. Molasses cherry and chocolate aroma. Good creamy palate. Tastes of chocolate cherry roasted grain citrus and alcohol. Pretty good.

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