Sierra Nevada 30th Anniversary Jack & Ken’s Ale

 
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RATINGS: 568   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.86/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 306   ABV: 10.2%
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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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3.7
rlgk (18850) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - OCT 2, 2011
Stockholm Beer & Whisky Festival 2011. Dark amber beer, smallhead. Malty aroma, figs, raisins, dades, sweetish with only notes of hops. Malty nutty flavor, alcohol, sweet fruits, grass and bread, a bit sugary.

4
harrisoni (18578) - Ashford, Kent, ENGLAND - FEB 11, 2012
Bottle at Chriso FullersGales tasting. Black beer with lasting beige head. Staleish hoppy aroma. Better in mouth. Its good really tasty lovely chocgood hop good balance. Hits you on the backside.

3.9
mcberko (17825) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JAN 1, 2011
750mL bottle, pours black with a big beige head. Aroma of pine, chocolate, caramel and slight dark fruits. Flavour is much bigger, with complex fruitiness, caramel malts, a bit of chocolate, roasted malt and and a burnt quality. Excellent concoction here.

3.6
Oakes (17668) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - DEC 12, 2011
Very dark brown. Thin foam. Has a black IPA aroma of wood and floral hops, and slightly chocolatey black malts. Tastes more like a bw, with lots of malt, fairly chewy, and some alcohol late with light chocolate. A fairly high hop bitterness.

4
jtclockwork (16581) - , New Jersey, USA - APR 2, 2011
Bottle. Pours black. Off white head. Nose of chocolate malts, toffee, caramel candy and hops. Taste of chocolate, rich licorice, toffee, hops and caramel malts. Thick and rich.

3.1
brokensail (16449) - Dublin, California, USA - SEP 10, 2010
A: The pour is a very dark brown color with about a finger’s worth of tan head on top. S: Sweet dark malts, toffee, and slightly burnt sugar lead the nose. Some slightly piney hops along with an alcohol note. T: The flavor is a bit harsh. The hops and burnt character of the malt give a very bitter feel right away. The alcohol is also noticeable, though this seems like less of a problem to me. The sweetness is there, with some toffee and caramel, but certainly overshadowed by the bitterness. M: The body is excellent (quite full), with a smooth, low carbonation. D: I hope this one improves as it ages. As it stands, this is not a beer I would drink fresh.

4
Dedollewaitor (16158) - Odense, DENMARK - MAR 29, 2011
Bottle @ J&C, Friday Session Tasting, 2011. Thanks. Pours dark brown with a creamy beige head .Nose is sweet and vinous. Chocolate, dark fruit and alcohol.Chewy malty. A bit of raison, sweet and salty liquorice and alcohol. Full bodied. Lovely B. W - the best I’ve had in a while!

4.1
bhensonb (15191) - Woodland, California, USA - SEP 5, 2010
750 c&c from Nugget Market in Woodland, CA. Pours black - but ruby in front of halogen - with a 4 finger foamy beige/tan head. Smells much like an IS. Medium plus body with creamy carbonation. Seems smokey. Lots of smooth burnt malt. So it has malt sweetness, but nothing like the typical sugary barleywine. There’s a lot of hop bitter to balance this one. The finish is lightly sweet with a lot of hop bitter. With time the aroma has a substantial amount of hop. It’s so smooth. It is so drinkable.

3.8
Theis (15152) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - DEC 18, 2010
Bottle at ØLbaren - thanks to ??? Almost black - light brown head. Burned, fruity, ok hoppy, sweetness, soya, alcoholic, berries, chocolate, high malty, caramel, notes of dark sugar, licorice. OK.

3.9
Ratman197 (14830) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - SEP 5, 2010
On tap at Falling Rock poured a clear dark reddish brown with a lasting creamy brown head. Aromas of toffee, dark fruit, light earthiness and toasted malt. Palate was medium bodied and smooth with a dry finish. Flavors of toffee,l toasted malt, light smoke and light earthiness with a smooth dry lingering malty finish.


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