30th Anniversary - Jack & Ken's Ale - Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
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Reviews by alleykatking:
3.88/5 rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5
Had on tap.
A- Pours a deep amber color with a light brown tint to it. Half finger tan head dies rather quickly leaving a light ring around the beer. Some light streaky lacing on the sides of the glass.
S- This is kind of strange to me but hops are the first thing in the aroma. Sierra Nevada seems to have the same hop profile for most of their beer which this one is no exception. Caramel malts make up the huge beer base which comes through in a big undertone. Light roasted and bitter malts make up the rest of the beer's aroma. Some light alcohol in the tail end of this tingles the nose.
T- There is a big citrus hop blast in the front of the beer. This gets overtaken by a light caramel backbone base. Chocoalte covered darker fruits in the middle of the beer with a light alcohol hint as well. There seems to be two parts to the ending of this beer. Roasted malts come through the first half of the beer. Ending in the second part and overall is a blast of bitter piney hops. There is also a light medicinal alcohol in the ending of the beer. Don't know how I feel about this alcohol bite in the background.
M- Medium mouthfeel. Carbonation is good for the beer. Roasted malts, caramel malts, and light hops left on the palate. Aftertaste is mostly bitter hops, alcohol, and darker malts. Flavor I thought was very balanced for the style. No off flavors with a light annoying medicinal alcohol that fades middle of the beer. Medium alcohol drying on the palate.
D- I thought this beer was fantastic on tap. I ended up having a couple different pours of this beer. I think it will only get better to be honest with a couple years of age on it. Will be buying more to sit on for years to come!
Serving type: on-tap
12-29-2010 06:43:38 | More by alleykatking
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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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