30th Anniversary - Jack & Ken's Ale - Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
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3.13/5 rDev -24.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3
750ml bottle poured into a Troegs Mad Elf chalice.
A - This beer definitely encapsulates the Black Barleywine appearance; perhaps a few bits of brown, but either way it's a lot darker than a typical barleywine. About 1.5-fingers of head arrive to blanket the beer against the rest of the air, with a tan look and decent retention. Lacing is pretty good as well!
S - A very interesting nose to say the least. This is my first foray into the 'black' barleywine character and I can't say it doesn't provide the roast. Even after just popping the cork, I could get a big waft of chocolate, which when smelling the glass, also brings a ton of roast and coffee. Just after this, the typical barleywine aromas come out, with an almost syrupy sweetness, toffee, and big notes of caramel.
T - The taste is an almost carbon-copy of the nose at first, starting at first with a rich, dark chocolate before giving way to absolute waves of coffee roast. Actually, I think the 'black' side of this beer is too overstated compared to the rest of the flavors. By the time the barleywine flavors come through, the roast is still extremely prevalent, so you just get a sweetness following by just a hint of caramel. The finish is incredibly roasty and bitter, making each sip full of that much more coffee than the previous. However, what surprised me was a decently big hop profile in the finish, giving it a nice grapefruit bitterness which complements and cuts the roasty bitterness.
M - Mouthfeel is heavy-bodied with low carbonation. A very full-bodied and at times chewy beer, it will not surprise you that this beer is a heavy hitter. Creamy throughout.
D/O - Drinkability is moderate. I am torn on this beer, as the aroma is awesome, but this taste has much too rosty bitterness for my taste. If this were scaled back a bit, it'd be a great beer, but as of now, it's a hassle to drink after your first few sips.
Serving type: bottle
09-04-2011 04:47:54 | More by nhindian
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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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