30th Anniversary - Grand Cru - Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
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3.75/5 rDev -11.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75
750mL kept at cellar conditions for the past couple years. poured into tulip.
A: clear chestnut hue. head is slightly off-white, hinting towards brown. good retention, spotted lacing.
S: a little bit of oxidation hits me at first. disappointing for sure. as I delve further able to get some burnt raisins. plums? a decent amount of clean oak. interesting aroma for sure. im not getting any hop presence as I suspect time did away with their aroma.
T: a bit of heat which is a tad surprising considering how long this has been cellared. there is some dry chocolate flavor. mild roast. similar to the nose, definitely some oxidation. lingering sweetness.
M: moderate carb on a pretty full body.
D: more flavor and aroma develops as the beer goes down. however I still have to acknowledge the oxidation as it was a bit of a let down. wish I had it fresh! seems to be a bit of debate on here as some people are raving it post cellaring and some people are drinking the oxidized brew I had. I guess all I can say is good luck cellar'ers!
Serving type: bottle
06-25-2013 01:17:44 | More by Jimmys
4.13/5 rDev -2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
We crack the cage and cork, pouring a brew of rich, ruby mahogany into our Founders snifters. It holds a three finger head of creamy, cakey orange-tinged cream, showing wonderful retention. This pops away at a slow pace, leaving thick and cratered lacing around the glass as it goes. A thick chill haze is noted, with no sediment. Carbonation appears to be slow and mild. The nose is rich with caramel and pale malt roast, sweet toast, and thick and sticky buttery diacetyls. Toffees, molasses depth, dirty saltiness, crystallized ginger, wet cornmeal, light metallics, softer milk chocolates, fresh cotton, floral hops, light booziness, vegetal tomatoes, and crumbly, biscuity warmth round things off. Our first impression is that it is nowhere near as sweet as you would expect, with the resiny, green qualities of the hops drying us out more than any other beer in recent memory. As we sip, the taste opens with rich caramel sweetness, plum and raisin sugars, heavy buttery diacetyls, spicy herbal hop bite, phenolic plastics, black pepper, green grassiness, and spicy fumes of alcohol. Peaking is a blend of toasted marshmallow sweetness, continued butters, vinyl, spicy booze, herbal and green bark hoppiness, resiny sap, maple sugars, clovey phenols, and biting oaky musk. The end comes with the bitterness of mustard greens, thick caramel sugars, tannic dryness, nectary hop sugars, plum, light roast and smoke of cooked caramels, corny adjuncts, clean brown sugars, dusty pale malts, and PCV piping plastics. The aftertaste breathes of Tootsie Roll sweetness, moderately bittered chocolates, vegetal mineral, graphite, woody mossiness, phenolic plastics, acorn earthiness, herbal and faintly citric hoppiness, gritty roast, fig sugars, honeysuckle, and fusel alcohols. The body is thick and full, and the carbonation is medium, but puts up a hearty froth and cream all around the mouth. Each sip gives fantastic slurp, sip, smack, and pop, and again, generously coats the mouth with foam. This quickly gives way to a resiny, woody, yeasty, bone dryness, sucking all moisture from the lips, tongue, and palate. The abv is appropriate, and the beer sips rather easily.
Overall, what we enjoyed most about this beer was its appearance and its feel. The head remained for what was essentially the entire tasting, leaving foam to lace both the glass and the lip with each sip. This also contributed to the feel, which was happily creamy and frothy at the outset, with insanely drying, resiny slowness left across all of the mouth’s landmarks. The aroma and flavoring were both heavily malt forward at this point in the aging. While this pushed the hoppy balance back a bit, the bulk of the bitterness did, in fact, come from greenness of hops, and the bite of those barrels, despite their lower concentration to the final blend. This beer truly showcased the freshness and bigness of the Sierra Nevada accolades, offering a memory of an anniversary that won’t soon fade.
Serving type: bottle
05-27-2013 02:09:46 | More by TheBrewo
4.71/5 rDev +11.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 5
Winding down an awesome beer tasting night (corked bottles only) and thought I'd crack open another corker.
Appearance - cloudy, bubbly reddish amber. A finger of manila foam on top like melted ice cream. Nice lacing.
Aroma - sticky sweet orange and pineapple, bready malts creep in a bit after setup.
Taste - dark fruit and toasted bread open up the beer. Pineapple and mango at first, giving way to moderate bittering. A great toasty, coffee-like flavor flavor kicks in at the swallow and hangs around through the afterttaste. Oak on the aftertaste and into the finish, what a fun ride this beer is! Ends with dry lingering bitterness, oak, and toasted grain.
Mouthfeel - moderate carbonation and weight. Feels crisp without being too heavy for a strong ale.
Overall - wish I had bought a few more of these. Outstanding. Here's to the BCBT group, good beers tonight, guys.
Serving type: bottle
05-04-2013 02:59:32 | More by brewdlyhooked13
30th Anniversary - Grand Cru from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
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