Sierra Nevada 30th Anniversary Jack & Ken's Ale

 
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RATINGS: 565   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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3.5
bu11zeye (13239) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - OCT 19, 2010
(750ml bottle) Pours a mahogany body with a medium beige head. Aroma of roasted malt, cherry, raisins, caramel, pine, toffee, and grapefruit. Flavor of caramel, cherry, roasted malt, herbs, raisins, and citrus.

3.8
slowrunner77 (13231) - Reno, Nevada, USA - OCT 3, 2014
"marketed as some form of hybrid imperial porter/barleywine...ends up not being either. aroma is a bit of sweet and roasted malt, and a sh--load of hops, piney and spicy. pours black, a little viscous, but not as thick in the feel as you expect. flavor is dominated again by the overzealous hopping, which while not altogether unpleasant, kills the complexity i was expecting from this beer and made it instead into a palate wrecking hop bomb. c’mon, guys, show a little restraint when hopping a beer. this is a good beer, but it coulda been a contender! the hops mellowed big time with just a little age. more drinkable, not necessarily better."

4.1
Pinball (12626) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - DEC 17, 2010
clear brown, smooth light brown head. nice aroma, dark notes, hoppy tight balance, roasted grains. flavor is very nice, quite bitter, good hoppy bitterness, with suble notes of pine, huge dark malty base with dark caramel. lots of flavor, just to my liking, supertight and well composed. I liked this one a lot.

3.6
jcwattsrugger (12559) - Florida and, New Jersey, USA - NOV 22, 2010
Tampa Wkly Gathering @TampaPourhouse-on tap-pours black with a tan head that laces. Aroma is mild sweet hops. Let it warm-resin, dark malt. Taste is resin/herbal hop with some bite, 2nd dark malt. Not a black BW to my taste, but a nice black IPA.

3.8
BVery (11461) - Plymouth, Minnesota, USA - DEC 2, 2010
Tap. Rich brown pour with a thin tan head. Awesome barley wine - complex aroma and taste that includes fig, caramel, molasses....a cornucopia of flavors going on here. Yum.

3.8
hopscotch (11451) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - OCT 23, 2010
Bottle… Pours black with a huge, frothy, off-white head. Excellent retention. The herbal, rooty, espresso nose is also a touch floral. Full-bodied with a buttery mouthfeel and modest carbonation. Leans bitter with essences of coffee, dark chocolate and blackstrap molasses. The burnt, bitter finish ends up grassy.

3.7
alexsdad06 (11243) - West Chester, Ohio, USA - OCT 15, 2011
750 ml bottle. Pours a clear deep ruby/garnet color with a medium sized fine light tan head. The nose is roasted malt, herbal hops, caramel with some chocolate. The flavor has an interesting blend of roasted malts, herbal hops, dark caramel with an earthy bitterness. Medium bodied and dry. Fairly smooth.

3.7
DocLock (11191) - 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.

3.7
gnoff (11145) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - SEP 7, 2011
Bottle at Haket during Gothenburg Beer Festival 2011
Sampled on Friday September 2, 2011
During a beer tasting of the 4 bottles for the 30th anniversary
Very dark red to black color, tan head. Dry, sandlike, spicy, chocolate scent. Sweet, malty, bitter, alcohol taste. Smooth mouthfeel, medium bitterness. Sweet and bitter aftertaste.

3.7
jercraigs (11095) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 2, 2011
2011-09-30. Very dark brown black body with a small frothy tan head. 3+ Malty aroma, light alcohol, sugar, muted roast. 7+ Flavour is similar, rich malt, sort of toasty roasty malt notes. Interesting malt character, I can’t quite nail down. 7+ Smooth medium to full bodied palate. Pretty decent, I think I might like this more on a different day. Just not quite what I am looking for today. Bottle shared by HogTownHarry


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