30th Anniversary - Jack & Ken's Ale - Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
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Reviews by Genuine:
4.5/5 rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
Poured from the bomber into a clean Sierra Nevada Pint glass.
This beer is dark....almost no light can get through it, till you see a slight glistening of red that peaks through here and there. Forms an amazing head, pretty quickly, even with a careful pour. The head is medium tan in color.
Smell - Syrupy malty, dark fruity goodness. This beer flat out smells amazing. Lots of roasted malts come through the nose.
Taste - I didn't know what to expect. I was thinking that it might taste like bigfoot but it is no where close, in a good way. This beer contains a huge malt presence that hits you first with its thick, oily mouthfeel, which leads to the notice of the dark roasted coffee/chocolate malts, which lends to a nice little hop bitterness towards the end, with a very pleasing and lingering finish..that keeps you coming back for more.
Mouthfeel - thick and oily, coats the palate and stays around for a while. This beer has a wonderful finish that lingers.
Drinkability - I had no trouble drinking this one. Even at 10.2% abv, the alcohol is well hidden behind the malty goodness that this beer possesses. Very smooth, very easy to drink. Awesome beer to have during a cold winters night or a chilly spring afternoon. I would pick this up again in a heartbeat.
Serving type: bottle
02-16-2011 15:18:16 | More by Genuine
More User Reviews:
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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