30th Anniversary - Jack & Ken's Ale - Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
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Reviews by Beerandboards:
3.86/5 rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
Poured from a bottle into a tall wine glass
Cork comes out with a nice pop
A - an aggressive pour produces a two inch head that sits there for a good while. Looks about like a glass full of medium brewed coffee. Lots of lacing left on the glass.
S - lots of toasty caramel and vanilla along with some alcohol in the background. There are some malt and rich grain type notes as well. Smells pretty nice.
T - very mellow and smooth caramel, vanilla and some dark bakers chocolate bitterness at the end. Really smooth and easy to drink, boozy enough to remind you it's a big beer and take it slow, but the booze is integrated very well into the presentation.
M - spot on. Just on the thicker side of medium, low carbonation. Really presented the flavors well.
O - this is the second 30th Anniversary collab that I've really liked. This one came together really well. I have no idea what this was like fresh, but at the beginning of 2013, it's great!
Serving type: bottle
01-07-2013 06:04:59 | More by Beerandboards
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4.28/5 rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
Made the mistake of leaving this in the freezer overnight and had to thaw it. Having this at a very warm red wine like temperature and it is fantastic. Deep dark chestnut brown with a tan head that billows forth. Smell is delicious and complex. A healthy alcohol presence and sweetness fused to deep notes of toffee and warm sweet brown bread and touch of fruitcake. Lot of dark fruits, raisins and figs mostly. Flavor is incredible. Sweet rich and alcoholic. Lots of caramel and toffee with a healthy roasted grain char. Finish is dry and nicely hopped. Hoppier than most barleywines I've had. It helps to cleanse the palate of the considerable alcohol and make the beer more drinkable. Carbonation is nice, though no doubt it suffered from its frozen to room temperature journey into my glass. Smooth but just a little under carbonated in my circumstance. Weight is thickish and lightly syrupy. This is a great and highly drinkable beer. I would be sipping it slower but as the carbonation has suffered at my neglect I am going a little faster than I might otherwise. Just a superb brew that drinks like a dry irish stout in spite of the abc. If I had not forgotten and froze this one it might be off the charts.
Serving type: bottle
06-21-2014 02:25:02 | More by scootny
30th Anniversary - Jack & Ken's Ale from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
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