30th Anniversary - Jack & Ken's Ale - Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
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Reviews by Dope:
4.15/5 rDev -0.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
A: Pours a very very dark brown with a big and dense light brown head. Fades extremely slowly, almost imperceptibly so. Eventually leaves behind an almost solid wall of lacing. Constant island of foam remains in the center.
S: Very fruity with lots of raisin primilary - a bit of fig and prunes as well. Lots of caramel, molasses and toffee. Maybe a hint of brown sugar? Even a touch of cocoa in there. Very nice.
T: Up front, some nice caramel, toffee and some char from the roasted malt. Dusting of cocoa. Fruitiness is still here but not as strong as in the nose. Raisin primarily in the middle and into the finish. Finishes dry and a little bitter, some earthiness mixes in nicely.
M: Fairly heavy, a touch astringent.
O: Not a bad barleywine. Seems to have a little roasted malt character to it but fairly minimal. Just enough to add a small new dimension to the brew. Nothing earthshattering but a nice tasty and balanced barleywine.
Serving type: bottle
07-30-2012 04:33:12 | More by Dope
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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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