30th Anniversary - Jack & Ken's Ale - Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
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Reviews by Phelps:
3.43/5 rDev -17.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5
Enjoyed on tap at the 2010 DRAFT Big Pour.
Pours the color of melted dark chocolate, amber tinged at the edges and with more clarity than expected. A minor, fizzy head of light tan quickly dissipates to become a thin ring, leaving Swiss cheese lace.
In the nose, classic citrusy Sierra Nevada hops are noticeable at first, but a little searching reveals a backbone of caramel, cocoa powder and a teeny bit of coffee. The hops are the leaders, but malt is not ignored.
The flavor starts and finishes hoppy, with orange and lemon at the start and pithy bitter grapefruit at the finish. In the middle I get bitter dark chocolate, cocoa and caramel. This would all be well and good, except there's a heavy blast of ethanol upon the swallow. Every sip I take, I just can't get past that vodka flavor.
Redemption arrives in the mouthfeel. Medium massaging carb, velvety medium body, nicely creamy. The beer fizzes up only slightly as it moves about.
If there was ever a candidate for aging, it's this beer. It needs time to allow the alcohol to mellow and the malt to shine.
Serving type: on-tap
12-08-2010 21:53:45 | More by Phelps
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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