30th Anniversary - Jack & Ken's Ale - Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
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Reviews by zeledonia:
4.33/5 rDev +3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5
Picked this up a while ago, finally getting around to drinking it. Can't recall having a black barleywine before, so I'm intrigued. Tasted 16 October 2013.
Pours deep coffee brown, solid black in the center. Two fingers of dense medium-light tan head, good retention, nice lacing.
Smell is really interesting. It's got the malts of a barleywine, and the deep roast and hops of a citrusy black IPA. Totally unique, and a fantastic combination. Like a black IPA juiced up with half dark roasted malts and half caramel malts more typical of a barleywine. I really like this.
Taste is a lot like the smell, if a bit less complex. Heavier on the citrus, melding really well with the roast, almost like orange chocolate. This is really good stuff. Drifts bitter in the finish, as I'd expect it to with the hops and the ABV.
Feel is good; medium-bodied, just enough carbonation, fuzzy. Moderately lasting, allowing the bitter to linger a bit.
I like this beer a lot. I'm really enjoying the crazy hybrid of IPA, stout, and barleywine. It all works together amazingly well, though I do wonder if it's smoothed out over time. Yum.
Serving type: bottle
11-02-2013 03:09:22 | More by zeledonia
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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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