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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3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
puggy211 (712) - cordova, Tennessee, USA - JAN 19, 2011
Black beer with a big creamy tan head. Sweet malt and light chocolate aroma. light roast and light cocoa flavor with sweet malt and toffee. Fuller bodied. Malt and toffee lingers with chocolate and light backing hops.


3.7
Sarlacc83 (2287) - Portland, Oregon, USA - MAY 21, 2017
Tap. 7 years old and holding up. A: Nearly black, cappuccino head. N: Oxidation, raspberry, cherry, biscuit, raisin and fig, toffee, touch of cocoa. T: Lightly sweet, quite bitter. M: Medium body, no alcohol, soft carbonation. O: Tasty stuff still. The oxidation has added an extra layer to the beer at this point, and it’s very cool to see that here.

3.5
JK (6160) - St. Louis Park, Minnesota, USA - MAR 11, 2017
2010 bottle. Carbonation is almost gone. It is showing its age. Some dust, malt, alcohol. Moderately toasted and a little coffee.

3.5
BigBeer45 (1532) - Michigan, USA - FEB 9, 2017
Bottle poured into a glass, this beer has a dark brown-black pour with a tan colored one to two finger cover of bubbles, there was nice tan colored lacings on the sides of the glass, the nose had mild coffee aromas with roasted malt, faint chocolate, dark brown sugar and dark caramel sweetness, some dark fruit aromas, a little alcohol to, faint grassy hops in the background, and hints of smoke, the flavors were roasted malt and chocolate, faint dark fruit notes, some brown sugar sweetness and caramel, there was a coffee like bitterness at the finish and the bitterness carried on, the mouth feel was sort of thick, but it appeared to feel almost watery as it warms up, this drink had a nice presentation, it was a dark roasty beer and did not come across as a barley wine style.

3.6
Minderbinder (3469) - Québec, Quebec, CANADA - DEC 1, 2016
Bottle 750ml. Pours dark brown with low beige head. Good lacing. Aroma is of roasted malt, alcohol, fruits. Taste is of bitterness, malt, oxydyzed. Palate: Full bodied. Medium carbonation. Overall: Good, but over the hill indeed.

3.2
JDBaker11058 (2206) - Maryland, USA - OCT 30, 2016
appearance: silky dark brown to black, short dense creamy tan head. aroma: earthy, with wood, cattail, loam, caramelized sugar, toffee, plum, molasses and licorice. taste: roasty at first, with notes of molasses, toffee, espresso; dark fruits like raisin, fig and plum; earthy hops, with vegetal/herbal notes, then a growing herbal hoppy bitterness. finish: dry, slightly chewy palate; lasting dark roast balanced by earthy, herbal hops that now bring a bit of pine and mint to the party. notes: Felt like a hybrid imperial stout/black IPA. Big and rich and boozy, earthy and flavorful. Bottle aged since 2011.

3.6
JPDIPSO (6223) - Wauwatosa, USA - OCT 28, 2016
Dark brown with hints of plum when held to the light. Tall, lasting, tan colored head. Aromas of dark fruit, licorice, and herbal hops. Sweet and herbal flavors. A jaegermeister brew.

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Whatup14 (2004) - Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 24, 2016
Bouteille 750ml, bottle share. Couleur brun foncé presque opaque, mousse beige. Arôme de malt caramélisé, alcool, mélasse, épices, oxydée. Goût de malt caramélisé, épices, alcool. Carbonatation faible, corps dense.

3.7
mathieuc (3990) - Québec, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 24, 2016
Pours a very dark brown with a light beige head that leaves pretty nice lacing. Nose is really hop forward with some tobacco in the back. Taste is not that sweet for a barleywine with some rich toffee notes, more green hops and some oxidation. It plays well with the rest, though. A little hot still, a tad more than you would expect from a 10% beer. Medium-full body, low to medium carbonation. A pretty good sipper!

3.7
czar (9066) - Québec, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 22, 2016
bottle at tom’s epic tasting 2016. pours unclear medium dark brown-red with a small light beige cap offering some retention and lacing. raisins, dates, roasted chocolate, brown sugar sweetness, spices. moderate carbonation, light to medium body - very oily; semi-sweet woodsy-spicy finish. nice black barleywine.

3.6
Stoned99 (1552) - St-Jean-sur-Richelieu, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 22, 2016
2 ounces at tasting. Aroma: molasses, candied fruits, licorice, caramel, oxidated . App: dark red, small off white head leaving good lacing. Taste and palate: medium body, big licorice and raisin, sweet finish. Overall: this one didn’t age really well. I gave it a few more points considering it wasn’t drank when released. It sure didn’t age really well. Really oxidated.


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