30th Anniversary - Jack & Ken's Ale - Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
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Reviews by davod23:
2.9/5 rDev -30.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 2
So far I have not been impressed with the SN 30th Anniversary Series. I truly did not like the imperial stout, and while the helles was pretty decent, it's not a style that sets my world afire. Let's see what the barleywine brings.
Appearance is quite nice. A medium-thick pour of dark, dark liquid. It looks black at first, but if you hold it to the light you can actually see that it's a deep brown color. Rocky head of bubbles varying in size. Plenty of carbonation in this bad boy.
Smell. Hmm. S'okay, I guess. Roasted, almost burnt grain. Sweet molasses. Lots of piney hops. Not much complexity, not that interesting.
Taste is just okay. Sigh. I had high hopes for this one. I love barleywines, and the idea of a couple of legends in the craft industry brewing a one-off like this was exciting to me. As it stands, this doesn't live up to expectations. A sweetness up front, molasses and caramel perhaps. Grain. Booze. Strongly bitter with dark-roasted coffee and hops. Slightly astringent. Rough, raw. This seems more like an imperial stout/barleywine hybrid than anything, which could be good I think... but this one is a bit jumbled and messy. I think that some time in the corner would be good for this beer.
Mouthfeel is actually quite nice. Full, sticky, ample carbonation. Perhaps the best part of the brew.
It's not a terribly easy drinker, that's for sure. Took a while to get through the bottle, and toward the end was almost a bit of a chore.
I love Sierra Nevada, I really do. I just don't know what's going on in this series. They keep missing the mark, IMHO. Maybe this beer will improve with some time - I think the flavors might meld together better and that it would be good for the beer for the hops to fade out a bit.
Serving type: bottle
08-23-2010 17:38:46 | More by davod23
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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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