30th Anniversary - Jack & Ken's Ale - Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
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Reviews by ChainGangGuy:
4.08/5 rDev -2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4
11 ounce goblet - $7.00 at The Fred in Sandy Springs, Georgia.
Appearance: Pours out a near black body underneath an inch-high layer of chunky-looking, beige foam.
Smell: Distinctly roasty black malt nose with notes of bitter chocolate, burnt toast, and ground coffee. The hops are second to the malts in the nose, but still generates scents of fresh pine and citrus.
Taste: Leading charred barley flavors of roasty coffee, molasses, crushed aniseed, and openly bitter chocolate with some lighter tastes of toast and toffee trailing behind. Faint dark fruitiness underneath all this roast. Moderately sweet, though it's curtailed by a solid charge of Cascade hops bringing resinous pine and citrus peel hop character as well as hearty bitterness. Slight acidity. As one might expect, the finish is roasty, bitter, and fairly warming.
Mouthfeel: Medium-full body. Medium carbonation. Decently chewy mouthfeel.
Drinkability: What say I?? Aye or Nye?! I'll go with AYE. A tad unorthodox, sure, unless we're concocting Black DIPA's now, but it's pretty good for a full eleven ounce goblet's worth. I'll hold off for some time before cracking the bottle I picked up.
Serving type: on-tap
09-21-2010 16:04:00 | More by ChainGangGuy
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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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