30th Anniversary - Jack & Ken's Ale - Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
Displayed for educational use only; do not reuse.
Ratings: 757 | Reviews: 425 | Display Reviews Only:
Reviews by HalfFull:
3.65/5 rDev -12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4
750 ml. bottle opens with a firm pop and pours an opaque brownish black into a wine glass. Touch of ruby in the light but even that is a bit of a reach as this brew is solid dark brown. A bit of haze keeps any peripheral light from breaking through. A nice cap of tan foam holds well.
Nose is a bit nontraditional and lacks the depth of character I would normally associate with a barleywine. In place of that you get more chocolate malt with a hint of roast and a robust hoppiness. Some caramel and alcohol reveal themselves with warming but remain secondary. In a year this may balance out better, rather subdued at this point.
Flavor is subdued as well. Pleasant but a bit too thick for the style and with an aggressive carbonation and just a hint of brown sugar. This makes it quite drinkable however, masking the ABV to a large degree. As others have alluded I think a year in the bottle will help this beer in that the carbonation will mellow and the hops will fade. In the meantime let the beer breathe and warm up to fully enjoy.
An interesting brew, a cross between a Barleywine and a Black IPA. OK, an American Double/Imperial Black IPA....A Barleywine in strength perhaps, but not really in character..
Serving type: bottle
10-29-2010 06:28:22 | More by HalfFull
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.
93 out of 100 based on 757 ratings.