30th Anniversary - Jack & Ken's Ale - Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
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Reviews by Drinkerofales:
4/5 rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
With already more than a year of age on this when I bought it, I think it should have gained and lost all it should by now, or at least I hope so.
Pours dark brown, with a hint of copper. A large mocha head doesn't leave much lace, but has good retention.
Smells big of roasted malts, pine, nuttiness, booze, and sweet candy.
Taste is deep, with roasted malts, coffee, bitter chocolate, grain, sweet caramel candy, with a boozie, piney finish.
Feel is smooth and viscous, a bit of burn on the end. Not super drinkable, but certainly a fine texture.
It's kind of like a stout barley wine. The roasted malts attain the bitter coffee, chocolate flavors, yet the candied aspect is there as well. It's a fine brew, but it's not for me, they don't seem to work well on my taste buds.
Serving type: bottle
04-07-2012 18:52:22 | More by Drinkerofales
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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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