30th Anniversary - Jack & Ken's Ale - Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
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Reviews by SiepJones:
4.03/5 rDev -3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Poured into a Snifter
Pours a deep black with a creamy light brown colored head. This beer leaves excellent lacing on the sides of my glass. Lots of brown bubbles stick all around my glass as I take each sip. Scents of sweet carmel malt and lots of cascade hops come from out of my glass. The scent of cascade hop makes me think of Sierra Nevada every time I smell it. I taste lots of carmel and toffee, bread, some pine and earth, as well as some tobacco ash. Very chewy mouthfeel, low carbonation and thick. This is a full bodied barleywine with lots of interesting flavors thanks to the hops and excess malt. ABV is high but is only slightly detectable due to the complex flavor. Would I drink it again, yes. Could I drink it all night, maybe not.
Serving type: bottle
12-19-2010 04:18:04 | More by SiepJones
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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