30th Anniversary - Grand Cru - Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
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Reviews by Phelps:
3.68/5 rDev -12.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5
Formerly the Grand Cru and now known as Oak-Aged Ale, this is the big daddy of the 30th Anniversary beers, a dry-hopped blend of Pale Ale, Celebration and oak-aged Bigfoot (which would be nice to try on its own, SN). Enjoyed from the tap at Flanny's, poured into a tulip.
Dark, murky burgundy-tinged copper. Lightly hazy, with a fuzzy one-finger light khaki head that recedes quickly to a thin ring, leaving oodles of spotty, jagged lace.
Grassy nose. Bright orange peel, oak, a bit of caramel, dark bread.
The flavor: caramel, grapefruit juice, pine, raisins, lots of grass, burnt sugar. Some vinous oak and dark, overripe oranges are also apparent. Impressive bitterness, though it's also quite sweet on the finish.
Light, prickly carbonation amidst a big, creamy body. No alcohol is noticeable, which is impressive since I'm pretty sure this thing is 9 percent.
A nice blend. It's not as exciting as I expected, but each component beer is showcased. It was, however, amazing with the Flanny's cheddar and fontina macaroni and cheese, with the dish accentuating the beer's malty qualities.
Serving type: on-tap
04-05-2011 21:29:14 | More by Phelps
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3.66/5 rDev -13.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75
Poured into a snifter. Bottle reads 22% aged in bourbon barrels.
A - Pours a deep amber color with a generous 2 finger off-white head that slowly dissipates to a thick lacing.
S - Bourbon up front with carmel, vanilla and hops at the end.
T - Bourbon and carmel to start with a somewhat blank middle and a distinct hops bite on the end.
M - Somewhat thin for a celebration ale. Moderately carbonated.
O - You can taste the various components, the Bigfoot, the Celebration and the Pale ale. Even after being blended, re-hopped and partially barrel aged it hasn't married very well.
Serving type: bottle
03-08-2014 21:33:01 | More by kdahnke123
3.21/5 rDev -23.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25
Pours an amber brown with a bit of orange. Medium tan collar and the head was either non-existent or faded so quickly that I didn't see it by the time it was handed to me. Aroma is boozey, really overly woody, brown sugar. Medium body and very low carbonation . Taste is of raisin, toffee, and some of that woodiness present in the aroma. Taste is more of a barley wine than grand cru.
Serving type: bottle
02-27-2014 01:53:35 | More by mverity
30th Anniversary - Grand Cru from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
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