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30th Anniversary - Jack & Ken's Ale - Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
93
outstanding

756 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 756
Reviews: 425
rAvg: 4.17
pDev: 10.07%
Wants: 32
Gots: 224 | FT: 6
Brewed by:
Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American Barleywine |  10.20% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Ghenna on 07-27-2010)
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brewdoc75

Minnesota

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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30th Anniversary - Jack & Ken's Ale from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
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