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30th Anniversary - Jack & Ken's Ale - Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

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Ratings: 786
Reviews: 432
rAvg: 4.16
pDev: 9.86%
Wants: 34
Gots: 218 | FT: 7
Brewed by:
Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American Barleywine |  10.20% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Ghenna on 07-27-2010

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of andrewjraab
4.38/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Pitch black with a huge fluffy and brown / khaki head. Nice lace and stick.

S - Toasted malts, caramel, hops, chocolate, vanilla.

T - Rich and robust chocolate, malts. Some hops present in the back end. The velvety smooth and creamy mouth feel coats and lingers on the palate. I enjoyed each sip more and more and the alcohol was present as it warmed.

O - This was literally a once in a life time brew. I have another one sitting in the cellar that I will save for a special occasion. This was simply phenomenal in every way.

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4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

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Photo of Chickenhawk9932
4.04/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours black as night with a tall caramel colored head.

Smells of resinous hops, caramel, sugar cookie, and earthy undertones.

Taste is hoppy up front with bitter pine and resin notes followed by some dark fruit notes fig, raisin. It has a very chewy, malt backbone with sugar cookie notes. It has a full rounded finish slightly dry with oak & earth undertones. A deep dark rich complex brew this.

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4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

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4/5  rDev -3.8%

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4/5  rDev -3.8%

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4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

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4.45/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Had one fresh a few years ago and this one three years later. Major carbonation "pop" once the cork was pulled. Good to hear.

Pours a dark brown color with a billowing beige head that sits atop the brew like cream. Slowly dissolves to a nice layer. Consistent throughout the session. Big lacing.

The aroma is a big blend of malt and dark fruits. Light rubber, brown sugar, tree sap and molasses.

The taste still has a nice subdued hop presence. Dark fruits and malt also dominate the taste here. A touch of sweetness with a dose of bitterness on the swallow. Light salivation on the buds after the sip. Very pleasant tasting which I did not get the first time I tried this in 2010. The blend has mellowed and is gelling nicely.

Mouthfeel is solid. Big bodied ale with silky feel.

Overall I really enjoyed this. I admit I wasn't overly impressed when I drank this fresh, but my opinion has definitely changed. The years have done remarkable work to this intriguing BW. Solid carbonation after many years and the taste is perfectly blended at this point. I think this might be peaking about now and am glad I drank it when I did. Three years is probably the max wait for a BW (IMO) and this was no exception. Awesome work Jack and Ken!! [Double exclamation point worthy]

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4/5  rDev -3.8%

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4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

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4.47/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

750 ML bottle poured into a Sierra Nevada 30th anniversary snifter. Liquid pours out a nice brown sugar toffee brown and a dark brown as it collects in the glass. When you hold it up to the light you can see all all the it's dark brown and mahogany highlights the whole way through. Nice tan colored head with all sorts of different sized bubbles, some very nice lacing and glass retention on this one.

Smell is good. Lots of dark roasted malts with hints of dark fruits, maybe hints of figs and raisins, with an afterthought of brown sugar and toffee. Hops have held up quite nicely on this, has the nice pine and citrus hops that tickle your nose on a finish at the end. Really good smelling beer, my only knock on it is that it's not overly strong.

Taste is great and it's potency makes up for the lack of strength in the smell. Starts off a little earthy bitter, gets gradually sweet and ends bitter again. There's a nice pine flavor and again some hints of bitterness from dehydrated dark fruits. It's followed by a nice sweetness of brown sugar, toffee and even some caramel. Then there is a generous amount of citrus hoppiness to balance it off. I can't express enough how awesome it is that the hops have held up so well.

Mouthfeel is really good, probably the best part. As mentioned before, bitter, sweet, then bitter again. Flavor lasts and lasts on the pallet, it's full bodied. Excellent carbonation level and super smooth. Alcohol is warming but doesn't bite at you. The smoothness covers some of that with a clean, dry, bitter feel at the end to cap it off. Crazy drinkable, I wish I had another bottle to open right now. Great for a cold night like tonight, but could easily be a year round brew. Nice job Jack and Ken!

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30th Anniversary - Jack & Ken's Ale from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
93 out of 100 based on 786 ratings.