30th Anniversary - Jack & Ken's Ale - Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
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Reviews by smakawhat:
4.1/5 rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Poured from the bottle into a wine tulip snifter glass. Much thanks to the DC bottle share gang!
Sample pour brings a very rich creamy light tan head in appearance, with microscopic bubbles, Body is a very dark raisin like currant brown and fairly opaque. Pretty dark and aggressive looking.
The bouquet on this is a bit one dimensional, but it is a huge aroma of serious whipped up milk chocolate. I can get next to nothing else after the fact, but it feels creamy and dominates the senses, with a soft ice cream like texture. Very impressive.
Palate hits with tight noticeable alcohol, changing to a very dominant strong hop pine bitterness. Faint mellow citrus on the swallow, with a large warmth in aftertaste but not overly boozy. Pine bitterness takes over, with mild creamy malt backbone to compliment. Chocolate senses on the nose doesn't translate to the palate.
For an aged barleywine this is holding up pretty solidly, with a real impressive bouquet.
Serving type: bottle
06-23-2013 02:18:44 | More by smakawhat
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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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