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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
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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.

No notes at this time.
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Photo of dfillius
3.88/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pint glass
A: Moderate pour yields 3 fingers of dark tan head with great retention. Dark brown liquid with garnet hues. Pretty, but a tad too much head.

S: Crisp tart apple, some roastiness, some alcohol but not a ton.

T: Hops and estery alcohol rush forward and stay dominant. Roasty black patent malt bitterness lingers in aftertaste. Alcohol is a bit too strong. Would probably improve with a couple years of aging. Good barleywine overall. It's not my favorite style, but it is one of my favorites within the style, next to Hog Heaven and Bigfoot. I like the roasty character.

M: A tad hot. Bitter!

D: Good. I'd not order a second, but I would love to age this one and try it in a couple years.

Photo of KSac4115
4.45/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Beer pours a very dark brown color. Almost completely opaque letting no light through. Tops off with a 2 finger golden brown head.

Smell is very malty with a good blend. Some pine smells in there as well. Very light and sweet smelling. Not a very in-your-face smell but very pleasant.

Taste is malty and sweet as suggested by the smell. Lots of different, mild flavors that are well blended for a complete taste. No real distinct flavor sticks out to me.

Very smooth and thick feel to it. Definitely a heavy beer. However does not have that bite that one might expect with a 10.2% abv beer. Like I said, remarkably smooth.

Drinkability is very easy for one bottle but more than that would be difficult. The sweetness is very powerful. Also the high alcohol content definitely affects this category.

Overall a great beer and definitely worth a try

Photo of larryi86
4.55/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

750 mL bottle poured into a snifter

A- Black with a hint of a burgundy color when held up to a light, and 3 finger tan head.

S- Caramel, dark fruits, with hints of roasted malts and hops.

T- A roasted coffee taste that mixes very well with the dark fruit flavors, and nice hoppy finish. There is a little added sweetness from the alcohol but no burn going down.

M- Smooth, medium to heavy body.

D- For 10.2% ABV this is very easy to drink and enjoy. Not as good as the 30th Anniversary Stout, but still great. Will be buying a bottle to age!

Photo of jamie2dope
3.69/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Jack and Ken's Ale pours out a black color, with a mass of rocky white heading. The nose is a bit muted, even at room temperature. The flavor is pleasant, with some caramel, molasses, dark berries and brown bread. The alcohol is present, but never becomes too hot. The mouthfeel is moderate to heavy, with the darker malt adding a bit of depth. I have to admit that I am not crazy about black IPA or Barleywine, but if anyone was going to do right by this style, it would be Sierra Nevada. So far, this is the best I have had in the Anniversary series.

Photo of djmichaelk
4.16/5  rDev 0%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

750ml bottle into a snifter.

A - Pours a very deep black, with brown highlights on the edges. Huge pillowy head with awesome retention, lasting almost the entire life of the beer and lacing the glass with fingers and chunks of foamy goodness. About as good as you could want a barleywine to look.

S - An interesting combination of caramel and toffee, plus the usual bitterness of the hops that I've come to expect from SN. The aroma of the hops is more piney than anything else, and while it doesn't dominate it makes its presence known. I can't get the sense of german chocolate cake out of my mind on this one.

T - I came into this one with Bigfoot on my mind, and it's not too far from that, which is a good thing. Lots of brown sugar and toffee, plus a bit of vanilla, but balanced by the bite of the hops, which compliment rather than conflict with the maltiness. It's definitely got a sweetness that comes through in the finish more than anything. The abv is fairly well hidden, although you can tell it's there, lurking in the background.

M - Smooth and velvety. Carbonation is very nice; there's plenty of it, but the bubbles are small and not prickly in any way. Full bodied without being fat.

D - Well, I've gone through almost an entire 750ml bottle of it without feeling too much of the effects. Weighing in at over 10%, I'd expect this to smack me in the face, but it seems much more refined than its little brother Bigfoot. Not much heat and very smooth. I'd reach for another without a second thought.

O - This has to be my favorite of the 30th Anniversary line so far. While I've loved all of them, I wasn't as wild about the Helles Bock, but this one really stands out. It makes me REALLY look forward to the release of the fourth bottle, the aged blend. This is a great beer worth seeking out.

Photo of Impfan
4.4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Great syrupy body, extremely complex with esters of caramel, raisin, fig/date/prune, plum, cherry, pecan pralines smoke/wood, tobacco, old leather, pepper, and a bit of citric underpinning with a very nice interwoven malt/hop finish that is very long. There are even hints of amaretto liqueur thrown into the mix, and the balance is quite good. A little rough around the edges, but this one should really age well.

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

A - Pours with a ridiculously massive, four finger head of medium brown foam on top of an opaque, black body. The head settles slowly and leaves a thick curtain of lace on the walls of the glass.

S - A strong aroma of dark caramel malts with some fruity notes of plum and dark cherry. Subtle notes of bittersweet chocolate and rum in the background with a spicy hop character.

T - Dark caramel malt up front with notes of molasses and plums. Some cola notes sneak out in the middle with spicy, herbal hops that have a little bit of woody character. The grain darkens in the finish with more of a molasses sweetness and some bittersweet chocolate that works well with the fruity notes of plum and black cherry. Moderately strong hop bitterness helps to balance the sugary malt and there is some coffee like grainy bitterness to help as well. The flavor lingers long after the beer is gone, continuing to darken with notes of smoke, oak, chocolate, and cigar tobacco.

M - A fairly thick body, moderate carbonation, and a sweet finish.

D - This is a huge beer, in a disconcertingly huge bottle. The malt character is intense and is transforms from an initially caramel influenced first impression to a very dark, chocolate and tobacco finish. The hops are strongly present, but they play a supporting role by balancing and intensifying the malt and never step out of line in a way that would make the beer less drinkable. The finish is really the aspect that separates the simply passable beers from the truly great brews with this style and it is where this one truly shines. It darkens significantly and develops notes of tobacco, smoke, and wood that are subtly distinct from those that would be found in a stout, but have the same level of long lasting, enjoyable complexity. This is a really great barleywine, and I am all the more impressed that it is so good without the years of aging that most barleywines of this strength and complexity demand.

Photo of megahurts4
4.1/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Sierra Nevada 30th Anniversary Jack and Ken's Barley wine

Appearance: Dark brown, huge head, and good lacing.

Smell: Malts, chocolate, and hops.

Taste: Hops, malts, chocolate, and slight sweetness.

Mouthfeel: Medium and malty.

Overall:
It has a great first sip with lots of carbonation. There is also a dessert like sweetness.

Photo of tavernjef
4.33/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Black Barleywine and it shows - Nearly black pour, black, solid black in fact, with a satin gloss appearance with a puffy thick, dark beige crown of creamy, crumbly foam. Lots of iced on lacing, fairly thick and sticky in most places with a wild, unpatterned globular puzzlement placement.

Aroma has nice a muted nose of caramel with a touch to some green, orangish tinted citric hops, a hint to roast, or even char, and a low tumble of vanilla and cinnamon as it warms. Warmth and hops grow in the nose as it sits.

Immensely immaculate in subtle layers of flavor. Starts Baltic Porter-like with deep dark fruits of dark cherry, prune, date, plum, while a very solid under current of caramel liquifies a wonderful sense of creamyness. Quickly driven aside by a broad, but mildly set tone of smoothened roast adds just a touch to some burntness, a bit of chocolate laced in, and a moderately built cindering of fresh, green, waxy, dark orange citrric hops, a pinch of pepper and warmth. One very well put together artful brew that'll smolder your buds into a soothing acceptance of yummyness.

Body is medium smooth, partial creamy in areas with a certain tang and tone of carbonation bite that will mellow with age nicely. Great balance and play of dark fruits, caramel, roast, hops, and warmth. Give this stuff about a year or two and its gonna be killer yum smooth! 10.2%? Barely noticeable, making this one dangerously drinkable brew.

Wow! SN has blown my mind and taste buds away with these Anniversary brews. The subtle complexity of this one is damn nice. Keep em coming!

Photo of billab914
4.03/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 750ml bottle into my Dogfish snifter. It poured dark brown in color with a big, fluffy and dense tan head to it. The head settled down and retreated to the edges of the glass, where it left some very good lacing.

The aroma shows a lot of hoppiness to it. Behind the hoppiness comes the malty, sweet, caramel flavor that I expect in a Barleywine. It has a lot of flavors going on but they are all pretty good and come together nicely.

The taste has a lot of flavors going on. I'm getting a pretty big citrusy, grapefruit, hoppiness to it first. After that I get more of a sweet, malty, molasses, traditional barleywine style beer flavor. Towards the finish more of a bitter, roasted malt flavor comes through with a bit of coffee to it. The hoppiness comes back into play in the finish as well and leaves more of a citrusy, dry bitterness together with the roasted malts. It's not shy on the flavors for sure, but they all come together pretty nicely.

The mouthfeel is on the heavier side with carbonation being slightly below average. Drinkability is good, it had a lot of flavors to it but they were all pretty good ones and they came together relatively nicely as well. A very nice and flavorful beer overall.

Photo of MbpBugeye
3.78/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The second "black barleywine" Ive had this year. In my opinion this is just spurred from the black IPA craze that sprung up recently. I guess a black barleywine is the next progression in this trend. Personally, I think its just that, a trend.

A- While its in my snifter it is indeed black. Topped off with a thin, khaki head the body isnt totally opaque. Some light shows you the browns and reds that hide amongst the darkness.

S- Its smelling like a really hoppy imperial stout, which Ive decided that that is really all this is. Some coffee and nice rich cocoa, the sting of the aggressive hops and alcohol combination and some brown sugar/caramel sweetness.

T- Yeah, its really just a super hoppy imperial stout. Lots of spicy hops and roasted malts. Chocolate comes out on the finish which is very welcome and is the most enjoyable part of this beer.

Photo of flexabull
4.35/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the Alehouse, served in a chalice.

Pours a deep dark brown color with a pretty nice off white head.

Light chocolates, espresso, and toasted malts dominate the nose, with hints of earthy hops.

Taste is full flavored, but surprisingly light and not overpowering. Dark chocolate, creamy espresso, and burnt toasted malt flavors kick in first, then the beer smooths to a light sweet brown sugar flavor, and the finish is only slightly warm, with earthy pine hop notes.

Mouthfeel is very good. Smooth and full feeling.

Drinkability is great. This is drinking great right now, not the brash powerhouse of flavors that Bigfoot is. This is more refined and subtle, yet still quite flavorful. Good stuff Sierra!

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

Pours almost black, but with a reddish/copper/brown translucency at the bottom of my chalice. Head is moderate size, but quickly dissipates to a small ring that lasts, leaving a little lacing on the glass.

Smells of roasted malt, brown sugar, dark cherries, coffee, chocolate, and piney concentrated hops.

First taste is sweet roasted malt with a strong roast profile, then notes of strong bitter black coffee, chocolate, dried dark cherries, and raisins. That yields to a nice dry, hoppy herbal finish.

Body is medium and the round bubbly carbonation gives this a creamy mouthfeel.

This is a great beer. The aggressive roast malt profile is matched by an equally aggressive hop profile, providing a very interesting assortment of flavors and a very drinkable beer.

Photo of sweemzander
4.08/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750mL corked and caged bottle poured into a snifter.

(A)- Pours a dark, pitch black color; the darkest barleywine ever. Produced a massive tan colored fluffy head with great retention behind it. Tons of soapy looking lace left behind many minutes later.

(S)- A heavily roasted component with dry fruit notes of raisin and fig. A light spice to it underneath the roasted component.

(T)- Very similar to the smell. A heavily roasted profile with a spicy barley/hop combo. Dry, with subtle fruit-like notes. Bitter, but fittingly so for it being so fresh.

(M)- A good carbonation level and balance. Heavily roasted with a potent bitterness, but has a good malty background coming through.

(D)- An interesting take on the style. Definitely not your average barleywine, but rather, a fushion of stout and BW somehow. Age will be kind to this.

Photo of Spider889
3.95/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 2.5

Had on tap at Bodega.

They were serving this as the 2nd release - the bock, but after I got home I realized this had been the black barleywine. The review makes more sense now, but I am also confused because it has no resemblance of a barleywine at all!

I've been wanting to try this since SN released their teaser website at the beginning of the year. I never got around to buy some of this despite having several opportunities.

Poured really dark ebony/brown. Looked like a porter. Small dark head, left excellent lace that looked like a spiderweb on my glass. This beer is already much bigger and bolder than I anticipated.

Smelled much lighter than it appeared, sweet and malty, light hop aroma, some alcohol poking through as well.

Full of rich charred malts. Lots of burnt bread and coffee flavors.

For over 10% I am amazed, literally amazed. I would have pegged this at 7.5-8%.

Very full-bodied, medium carbonation. Extremely thick, chewy, and sticky. Slightly boozy still, but I loved it. Overall drinkability suffers though because a single glass of this is a bit of a palate buster. If they still have some left on Friday I'll have to get myself another glass though.

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

Appearance: Very dark amber almost black with a nice cap of tan foamy head. Striking appearance.

Smell: Roasted malt, caramel and floral/pine hoppy.

Taste: Follows the nose with roasted malt, caramel and toffee. So it starts off mildly sweet but then with a mild floral hopping lending bitterness to balance, there's no cloy at all. It's not nearly as hoppy as the nose suggests. Subtle notes of coffee and even a little chocolate appear reminescent of a good stout.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, creamy, smooth.

Drinkability: This one hides the 10.2% ABV very well. Sierra Nevada seems to have combined facets of barleywine with an RIS. It's delicious and easy to drink.

Notes: Excellent. Reviewed from notes taken during the 2010 MN Brew Review.

Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.45/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On-tap 10/1/2010 at Track 84 in Warwick, RI, served in a tulip glass.

A: The beer is a deep black color, with a large off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of roasted malts, dark fruit, some citrus and a good amount of hops.

T: The taste starts out with mildly sweet flavors of chocolate, dark fruit and caramel. Then a strong but not too over-powering hops presence comes in. The malt character is hearty and provides a very good balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet with a hint of hoppiness.

M: Crisp and very smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

D: Very tasty, goes down dangerously easily, not too filling, very well-disguised ABV kick, good representation of style while adding a nice variation, this is an excellent stronger beer that is worth drinking for a long as you're able to keep up with it.

Photo of GabrielM
4.58/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a snifter.

A - deep, dark (almost black) amber color with a 1/2-inch creamy off-white head.

S - hops, hops, and more hops! But not intense hops, mind you. Also a ton of caramel and some malt sweetness in there. Smells inviting and refreshing.

T - very surprising - this isn't the hop bomb that I was expecting (which is a good thing)! Extremely smooth hop to malt ratio with caramel and oak to balance everything out. A little hop bitterness is that last thing on the pallet, but it's very fitting and welcomed.

M - awesome! Smooth, creamy and balanced. Carbonation is right on from start to finish.

D - damn delicious and with barely a hint of alcohol, but I know it's there (10.2 % ABV) because I'm already starting to get a slight buzz. Of course, that could be due to the fact that I'm really excited about this brew and how great it drinks.

Photo of mntlover
4.48/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a black to look at it, nice mahogany highlights when held to the light. Head is big fluffy khaki in color long lasting with great lace a beautiful looking beer.

Aroma is nice roasted malts coffee, coco hints that fade, also nice rich caramel notes underneath the roast. Nice hop notes pine trees mingled with hints of mint.

Taste is wow lots of roasted flavors up front, lots of coffee that dominates, and lingers through out the experience. Good chewy caramel notes rise up for a while with some nice pine. Finish in roasted coffee notes lingering caramel notes along with good pine notes. Bitterness isn't overwhelming seems to be perfect. Not a huge bitter Barleywine but very well balance one almost an IRS but not quite big enough for one. More like a great black IPA on steroids.

Mouthfeel is lighter then i was expecting but seems to go well with this brew carbonation is good mellow adds to the feel, almost to drinkable for this big beer.

Drinkability is great, very tasty full of flavor goes down nice and smooth. Almost to drinkable wheres the alcohol at 10.2% this could be dangerous if i could afford to drink more then one at a time. Highly recommend picking this one up, I know i will get a couple more at least too good not to.

Photo of Axic10
4.5/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 750ml bottle into a snifter.

Appearance: Pours a dark black that forms a half finger of head on the parameter of the glass, moving in towards the middle that is a semi khaki color

Smell: Malt, toffee, chocolate, hops and a nice alcohol burn. Very good nose on this.

Taste: Caramel malt, roasted malt, toffee, bitterness from the hops,

Mouthfeel: Full bodied with a bitey finish.

Drinkability: I went into this beer with high hopes and boy did it deliver. Easily one of the better barleywines I've had. I have 4 more bottles and would love to see this with some age on it...oh hell I'm gonna go buy some more of this tomorrow, it's that good.

Photo of bruachan
3.66/5  rDev -12%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

i think i'm thrilled by the idea of a black barleywine. i also think it's probably not going to be as exciting as i think it will be

smells like a roasty barleywine so far. heavy caramelization, some toffee

and it tastes like a roasty barleywine to the extent that it really tastes like a thin-bodied impy stout. hoppy, even considering the liquid context. tough of dried cherry. bitter chocolate

this is one of those beers that i enjoy drinking but have a tough time finding good things to say about. it certainly doesn't expand my palate in any dramatic fashion. there's a fine line between a RIS and a "black barleywine", and i think Sierra Nevada (or Jack and Ken) walked that line. but, seemingly, all that walking the line accomplished was to blur it. as a homebrewer, if i wanted to turn a BW recipe into a "black BW" recipe, all i do more or less is add some roasted barley

...though it's sweeter than i would like my BW to be

Photo of prototypic
4.22/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Jack and Ken's Ale is a very mahogany color. It's not quite opaque, but certainly looks almost black. Backlighting reveals nice crimson highlights throughout. A soft, tan head covers the top. It's about a finger and a half tall, and recedes rather slowly. Lacing was moderate, but definitely sticky.

The nose is interesting. One whiff suggests that this will be a beer that challenges you. I like that. It starts out with a distinct, roasted malt scent. Dark malts a very prevalent, rather than the typical caramel variety one finds in American Barleywines. Most interesting. Roasted coffee and cocoa are also noticeable. A hoppy scent is noted on the tail. Smells mostly piney and floral. Alcohol is virtually buried. Very interesting.

The flavor is likewise intriguing, and impressive. Roasted malts and coffee kick it off. Dark malts are strong in flavor. It has a slight burnt flavor that's interesting. There's a light chocolate, cocoa-esque flavor throughout. Surprisingly, I'm not getting much in terms of fruit at all, dark or otherwise. That's interesting, and perhaps a first for me, in an American Barleywine. Hops add a piney, slightly floral flavor, and a nice bitter edge. Alcohol is a little noticeable, but is blended well for a 10.2% beer.

Jack and Ken's Ale has a medium body that's nice and smooth. Carbonation is light and contributes much to its nice feel. Drinkability is actually very good. It goes down far too easy for a beer this big. Probably one of the most drinkable, big American Barleywines I've ever had.

Sierra Nevada really blazed a trail with Jack and Ken's Ale. I've never had an American Barleywine quite like it. The strong dark malt presence and very light fruit presence really make it interesting. It really will challenge any peculiar beer explorer. I like it. It's novel, but it works. Definitely recommended.

Photo of whoneeds8
4.23/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Ommegang chalice deep black with a one finger thick froathy white head. Good head retention and lacing. Recent rise in allergens this week causes me to not be able to smell much of anything. I can faintly find a scent of sugary malts. The flavor is very dark for the style, making it very interesting. It's the same malts from a black IPA with out the hops. There isn't much of a carmel flavor that would be normal for a barleywine, just a dark flavor I can't put a name to. It has the perfect body for the style, but the alcohol does cause a bit of a burn. This is a very interesting turn from the norm of the style that actually works very well.

Photo of soupyman10
3.62/5  rDev -13%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Got this one in celebration of closing on my condo. Turned out it was kind of all over the place. Pours a deep brown near black color with a half-finger of head that dissolves quickly, leaving a filmless, headless brew behind. Nose is very nice, big chocolate, raisins, some fruity hops, and toffee. Taste might be there too, if it weren't for the booze that really takes over. Flavors are warming alcohol, fairly bland bitter chocolate, drying hops, and then a slight caramel malt presence in the background. Had a Stone Old Guardian the other day and it hid the alcohol way better than this. Flavor is really just mediocre here, just doesn't taste that good. Body is fine, low in carbonation as a barleywine should be. Not a bad beer at all, but the booziness kind of overwhelms and makes this one a disappointment. If it weren't so expensive I'd probably buy one and put it down but as it stands, I'll just stick with the Bigfoot if I'm in need of an SN barleywine.

Photo of ChanChan
4.26/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured into a Snifter
Head is thick!!! This beer pours more like an imperial stout than a Barley-Wine.
Smell: This Brew smells like your average Barley Wine, its smells delicious but nothing out of the ordinary!
Color: Nice dark amber, not stout dark but more like a mix between a light porter and a dark ale.
Smell: Nothing special this is your typical Barley-Wine smell, nevertheless, many will agree that barley-style wine has some of the most consistent and enjoyable aromas available!!
This brew begins with an unequivocally barely-wine style taste. It finishes very boozy but with a nice warn feeling in the gut!!
I finished this beer in well under one hr. So far this is my favorite Sierra Nevada 30th anniversary brew. The stout was too dry and I think the Bock was nothing special.

Cheers!!

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