30th Anniversary - Jack & Ken's Ale - Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
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Reviews by elNopalero:
4.7/5 rDev +12.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5
Props to XicanoBeerRun for managing to hold on to this bottle for so long!
This pours black—well, a dark, dark burgundy color with an intense amber ruby hue around the edges. Some fizz still hangs around, more than I’d expect with a year’s age. It smells sweet with hints of citrus and candied fruit—candied orange and grapefruit rind—with some booze. Tastes strongly sweet with a mellow hoppiness. Yes, the hops have faded but they left behind a residual pineyness and some chewy heft to balance the roasty malts. Still fizzy enough to say that the effervescence keeps it light bodied for such a big beer. Makes me wish I had notes from last year to compare. Yum.
Serving type: bottle
01-14-2012 22:05:06 | More by elNopalero
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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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