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 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
hopdog (12140) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 1, 2011
On tap. Poured a deeper brown with reddish tints and a smaller sized off white head. Aromas of toast, caramel, and lighter citrus. Tastes of toast, caramel, toffee, nutty, chocolate, and citrus. Alcohol overall well hidden.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Pinball (12031) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
slowrunner77 (11487) - 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. címon, 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."

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
hopscotch (11012) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - OCT 23, 2010
BottleÖ 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
daknole (11000) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - AUG 15, 2010
Walter hooks it up! Black pour, off white head. Dates, figs, raisins, and light brown sugar. Flavor is hoppier than I expected. Some brown sugar, dried figs. Interesting.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
kp (10882) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - DEC 25, 2011

Name: Jack & Kenís
Date: August 21, 2010
Mode: Draft
Source: Taco Mac, The Fred
Appearance: black, frothy tan head, solid lace
Aroma: roasted malt aroma, touch of caramel sweetness, lots of floral hops, hint of pine
Flavor: rich malt flavor, lots of black malt bitterness, sweet caramel and chocolate, touch of fruityness

Name: Jack & Kenís
Date: August 24, 2011
Mode: draft
Source: bsp
Appearance: black, creamy tan head, solid lace
Aroma: sweet chocolate and caramel aroma, roasted
Flavor: lots of hop flavor, roasted malt, black chocolate bitterness, touch of caramel sweetness, citrus, long bitter finish
Overall: mellowed out nicely over a year but still a great hop presence

Aroma: 7/10; Appearance: 7/10; Flavor: 7/10; Palate: 6/10; Overall: 15/20
Rating: 3.6/5.0
Drinkability: 7/10
Score: *** /4

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
adnielsen (10584) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - DEC 4, 2010
Tasted in a bottle at the Parade of Darks at Wynkoop in Denver, Colorado. Quite dark burgundy appearance with brown appearance. Typical barleywine aroma. Wine-like flavor thatís fairly strong but quite drinkable. The notable part is the dark body. Pretty interesting.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
DocLock (10477) - 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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
jercraigs (10258) - 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 canít 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

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
BVery (10124) - 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.

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