30th Anniversary - Jack & Ken's Ale - Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
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Reviews by brewdoc75:
4.43/5 rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5
A: Pours a lighter black color with strong mahogany hues. A nice, slightly off white head sits on top for a while and dies down. Reasonable lace down the sides. Looks great in my snifter glass.
S: Lots of good stuff here. Initally dominated by dark malts. Roasted grains are there but not like an RIS. Plenty of chocolate. Some nice, rich caramel too. Maybe even some hints of dark fruit, like plum and fig. This is all backed up by a raspy grapefruit and pine aroma from the Cascade hops. Very aromatic. In the end I get more fruitiness with more of the plum character.
T: An extremely flavorful and complex ale. Some light roastiness with lots of chocolate and a ton of caramel. Some toffee notes too. The dark fruits that were there in the nose are there in the flavor as well. Plum, fig, and even a hint of black cherry in the end. The hops round this baby out with a lovely grapefruit bite. Some piney flavors as well. The beer is nicely bittered for the style and balances the beer out. It hides the alcohol well. You barely get a burn at the end. Very nice.
M: Medium-heavier bodied, but not as big as an imperial stout. Very smooth. Moderately carbonated. Very slight alcohol dryness in the end.
D: A really great beer. Kind of like a lighter bodied and less roasty RIS or a DIPA with some roasted and chocolate character. I have to say I'm a big fan of this "Black Barleywine" style. I guess this would be the imperial version of the black IPA. At 10 bucks a bottle, I'm gonna get more of these to cellar. Really a nice beer overall.
Serving type: bottle
09-13-2010 01:22:37 | More by brewdoc75
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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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