30th Anniversary - Jack & Ken's Ale - Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
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Reviews by bamadog:
4/5 rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5
Appearance: Pour is a dark cola brown and it starts with a decent 1 and 1/2 finger, creamy tan head with decent retention; body is pretty close to opaque, but near the sides where the light penetrates you can see pretty decent streams of carbonation bubbling up; head eventually fades to a complete and fairly thick skim on the surface; a few spots of lacing are left here and there on the sides of the glass.
Smell: Smell is solid -- I can smell the glass of beer from the table, and it's got a definite mulchy maltiness with a touch of dry cocoa powder and caramel; bit of bittering hops are still present and lingering in the back, with a definite presence of alcohol along with it.
Taste: Pretty solid, and really matches the smell perfectly -- it starts out like a big American Barleywine with plenty of bitter and grassy hops, but once it sits on the palate for a few seconds, the multiple darker malts really come through and add a definite earthy bitterness; plenty of booze in this one as well, almost tastes like it's even bigger than the posted 10.2%, and there's nothing wrong with that.
Mouthfeel: Body is of moderate weight, coming in at just over what I would consider medium; it has a dry and filmy stickiness to it and the belly is left quite warm from the alcohol.
Overall: This is one big mother of a beer and it definitely comes from Sierra Nevada with the excellent use of hops. The twist with all of the malts is a nice touch, and definitely a bit of a departure from their usual and standard offerings, and it doesn't seem like something they would put again (IMHO), but I'm certainly glad they did to celebrate their 30th anniversary. Booziness does slow it down a bit and I feel that I need to lower the score just a touch because of that.
Serving type: bottle
05-27-2012 01:28:30 | More by bamadog
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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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