30th Anniversary - Jack & Ken's Ale - Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
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Reviews by zhanson88:
3.65/5 rDev -12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5
Appearance: Jack and Ken's Ale pours about as dark as it gets without being pitch black. A little over 2 fingers of tan head forms that has awesome retention. A nice layer of lacing remains after quite some time.
Smell: Roasted and dark malts obviously form the backbone of this beer. I get some sweet caramel to balance the malts, and a hint of booziness and grassy hops.
Taste: Roasted and dark malts are prevalent up front, followed by caramel sweetness. Some floral hops and booze on the back end.
Mouthfeel/Overall: This beer is close to being full bodied, but not quite. It is very smooth and creamy in the mouth. The carbonation is very fine and barely noticeable. Overall, an interesting take on a barleywine. I'm not really a huge fan of all the roast in this though. Really drowns out all the other flavors. Not bad though.
Serving type: bottle
12-03-2010 03:42:32 | More by zhanson88
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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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