30th Anniversary - Jack & Ken's Ale - Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
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Reviews by Jules11788:
4.35/5 rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5
A: Pours a fat 3 finger-width head, great retention, super sticky lacing; jet-black in color, but exudes a deep dark-red hue when held up to the light.
S: Lots of dark fruits and charred oak; tiny bit of malt in the background with some booziness on the back of the nose
T: Starts off with a little smidgen of dark fruit sweetness; quickly transitions into a mouthful of round, earthy/woody flavors that travel down the tongue; finishes with some nice, bitter charred-oak/dark chocolate flavors that linger; slight sharp booziness on the back of the tongue. This beer is packed with exceptional earthy/woody English Barleywine flavors.
M: Smooth buttery feel on the tongue, with a little dollop of boozy sharpness; medium viscosity.
O: This is a phenomenal Barleywine. It says that it's an American Barleywine, but i can tell you straight up that this is an English Barleywine through and through. There's just a tiny miniscule of sweetness somewhere in the background, but for the most part it's dominated by smokey/earthy/woody flavors. This is a great beer.
Serving type: bottle
08-08-2011 18:27:17 | More by Jules11788
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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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