30th Anniversary - Jack & Ken's Ale - Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
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Reviews by mooselvlt:
3.3/5 rDev -20.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3
Poured from 750 that was caged, corked. Cork made a huge pop upon opening. Into a stange
A - Pours a cola brown color with a huge pillow of tan foam (well over 3 fingers). Good retention and slight lingering lacing on this one. Looks good.
S - Dark fruits, licorice, roasty malts. Some hops present there too, but the dark fruits and licorice dominate the nose.
T - Differs from the nose in that the hops are much much more prominent. If you ask me....much too dominant. Reminds me a lot of Bigfoot in that its a hop bomb.
M - I like the feel for the most part. Its medium and smooth. The downfall is the lingering bitterness from the overload of hops.
O - I was hoping for so much more from this but what I got is another overly-hopped bomb of a brew from SN. I know a lot of folks on here think you have to do this to produce an A+ beer but for me...just overpowers what probably otherwise would have been an enjoyable barleywine. I am not a Bigfoot fan and this is just a pure tangent to that one. Oh well, it was worth a try.
Serving type: bottle
07-05-2011 05:36:59 | More by mooselvlt
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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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