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30th Anniversary - Jack & Ken's Ale30th Anniversary - Jack & Ken's Ale

Brewed by:
Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
California, United States

Style: American Barleywine

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.20%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Added by Ghenna on 07-27-2010

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of chugalug06
4.4/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Whoa. Cork opens with a nice, bang! Brew is deep dark brown, head lies foamy tan. Lacing is mixed.

Very unique. Quite the aroma! Nice blend of caramel, west coast hops, grapes, roasty malt, and vanilla.

Phew! This brew will take your head off... It's great, not much heat, but smooth sweetness kicked with a bittering amount of prevalent hops. Carbonation is medium and feel is near perfect. Super dark chocolate, roasty caramel malt, smooth, biting, chalky, wet, crushing hop value.

It could still take 3-5 years in the cellar, imo. Hops are ever dominate in this awesome brew! Highly recommended, but if you can, keep waiting for perfection to come.. Flavors are melding wonderfully.

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Photo of Beerandboards
3.87/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a tall wine glass

Cork comes out with a nice pop

A - an aggressive pour produces a two inch head that sits there for a good while. Looks about like a glass full of medium brewed coffee. Lots of lacing left on the glass.

S - lots of toasty caramel and vanilla along with some alcohol in the background. There are some malt and rich grain type notes as well. Smells pretty nice.

T - very mellow and smooth caramel, vanilla and some dark bakers chocolate bitterness at the end. Really smooth and easy to drink, boozy enough to remind you it's a big beer and take it slow, but the booze is integrated very well into the presentation.

M - spot on. Just on the thicker side of medium, low carbonation. Really presented the flavors well.

O - this is the second 30th Anniversary collab that I've really liked. This one came together really well. I have no idea what this was like fresh, but at the beginning of 2013, it's great!

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Photo of MadScientist
4.26/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: A beautiful beer to look at that is very dark brown and deep garnet with good clarity, without a flash light it looks black. The persistent, light brown head is made of compact mousse-like bubbles

S: The alcohol seems to have mellowed and unsurprisingly the hops have died down over the year. A moderately-light citrus hops aroma that quickly fade giving way to bittersweet chocolate and a rich malt aroma backed by a light, floral alcohol aroma and light dark cherry aroma.

T: The initial impression is flavors of bakers chocolate flavor with a firm hops bitterness and a sweet alcohol. There is light dark stone fruit flavor, mainly dark cherries. The balance is fairly bitter, having only a light malt sweetness against a moderately-strong hops bitterness. The finish is medium and the aftertaste is of hops bitterness and chocolate.

M: A medium-full bodied beer with moderate carbonation and a light alcohol warmth.

O: I loved this bee when it was you and fresh for the rich malt, firm hops bitterness and strong hops flavor. A year or so later and this it's still a great beer, a little mellowed and with the aroma and flavor hops substantially muted. I've got another bottle I check on in a year or two and if I find a magic lamp I wish that this beer be brewed on annually.

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Photo of kojevergas
3.58/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

1 pint 9.4 fl oz brown glass bottle with hood and wire cap over a cork served into a New Belgium stem-goblet in me gaff in low altitude Los Feliz, Los Angeles, California. Reviewed live. Expectations are merely above average given the brewery, which I've yet to have anything great from. 10.20% ABV confirmed.

Served after a brief period of rest after removing it from the refrigerator. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

Paired intermittently with chow fun noodles (an odd choice, I know - but I'm hungry and all my money goes to beer, okay?)

A: Pours a two finger khaki colour head of lovely cream and thickness, and great retention considering the high ABV. Lacing is good. Body colour is a solid nontransparent black. No yeast particles are visible. No bubble show. I'm rather impressed. Could this be the beer that changes my mind about Sierra Nevada?

Sm: Caramel, dark malts, cream, floral hop notes, and hints of roast. Some biscuity yeast. And biscuit malt, for that matter. No alcohol is detectable. Maltiness is dominant. A moderate strength aroma.

T: Cream up front, and a quite malty body - definitely nicely layered. Floral hops, hints of roast. Sure, some booziness - but it's well hidden for 10.2%. Some dark malts. Biscuit malt. No real yeasty notes, through. Caramel. Mild spice. It's a tasty little beer, actually. The balance is imperfect but it's a tasty brew. Some middling fruit notes - maybe a hint of fig. Quite the malt bomb, but in a good way. Very pleasant and enjoyable. I like it.

Mf: Smooth, wet, and creamy. Slight overcarbonation. Good thickness and presence. suits the flavours quite well.

Dr: I have to say, I expected worse given the brewery. Sure, it's boozy - but it's also a nice barleywine. I'm glad to have tried it - and while it isn't changing my mind about Sierra Nevada since it's a glorified collaboration, I do fancy it. I'll try to open my mind a bit more to Sierra Nevada, but I've yet to have a truly fantastic beer from them. This is worth a go for barleywine fans, but it's not incredible.


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Photo of vfgccp
4.23/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

2010 bottle opened in Nov 2012.

A - Towering head of khaki foam. Great retention and lace. Coca-Cola black with cherry highlights. Lives up to it's billing as a black barleywine. A great looking brew, I couldn't ask for much more.

S - Thick nose; rum cake, raisin, prune, caramel malt, and dark chocolate. Pleasant sweetness without being cloying.

T - Super smooth. Thick chocolate syrup, dried blueberries, warm booze, plum cordial, and a dry semi-bitter cocoa finish.

M - Thick, full body. Shade syrupy. Low carbonation, but par for the style.

O - A chocolate barleywine, i.e. delicious. A few years did this brew well.

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Photo of The3rdbeer
4.67/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Cellared and well taken care of, poured into Bruery tulip glass. Initial 1 1/2 fingers of thick dark tan head that fades after a minute or so but sticks around as a very thin but completely full lacing that remains even after 6 minutes.

A- very dark brown black, cannot shine a iPhone light through to pick up any light through the other side of glass heavy Lacing remains even 10 minutes in.

S- still has a huge nose of Carmel and toffee with the smell of piney sweet hops almost a lacquer essence, also some spice in the background and a hint of booze.

T- WOW all flavors have mellowed out perfectly. Thankfully no traces of oxidation. Leaves you with perfect harmony. The malt has taken a step back but still present in form of toffee right after malt subsides the piney hop flavor picks up, the sweetness in the hop aroma in the nose has not translated to the hop flavor so it's not cloying at all. Finishing up back with the toasted malt flavor which brings nutty flavors and finally hop resin. A lot of substance at the perfect volume after having all this time to mellow out.

M- carbonation died very quickly but you don't need it. On the fuller side of medium it's lightly mouth coating very nice for the aged profile of flavors

O- I am very glad I sat on this for as long as I did. Although I don't think it would get any better with anymore age. Fantastic barleywine and really taught me what a difference a few years makes for a big beer

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Photo of fields336
4.23/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Chimay chalice. On tap @ city beverage

A: amazing looking head that stays around. The lacing coats the entire side of the chalice an the bubbly thick head stays around

S: brown sugar, pine, caramel, toasted bread, some citrus and touch of fruitiness.

T: a real piney citrus hoppy wave up front with a huge wave of brown sugar and raisin bread, burnt sugar, and toasted bread. Real tasty, don't really even notice the alcohol at all.

M: creamy and full bodied. Somehow not a sipper, and the alcohol isn't blatant

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Photo of rowingbrewer
3.4/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

this beer pours a dark brown to almost black color with a 1-2 finger tan head. the head recedes slowly but leaves minimal lacing on the glass.

the smell is malty and chocolatey and honestly a lot more stout like than barleywine like.

the taste is again more roasty and almost chocolatey with a hint of caramel than i would expect from an american barleywine

the mouthfeel is full to medium body with an appropriate level of carbonation for the style.

overall this beer is deliscious and i enjoyed it, but does not stick to the style very well

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Photo of coreyfmcdonald
4.17/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle split into a snifter

A: Pours pitch black with a finger of head on a vigorous pour. Retention is good for a 2+ year old beer.

S: Very complex - starts out with strong toffee and malted milk balls. Milk chocolate and light roast is just behind this. This smells like a mixture of a Barleywine and a porter in a very good way.

T: Milk chocolate and malted milk balls are upfront, this tastes like an aged porter with some booze. There really is a lot of milk chocolate. No hops are detectable, but some bitter dark chocolate keeps from making this beer too sweet. Age is apparent, but the character it brings is pleasant.

M: On the thick side with low, creamy carbonation.

O: This is an odd, but great beer. A mixture between a porter and a Barleywine, with the age quite noticeable. Roasted malts, malted milk balls, and toffee are what male up the profile of this beer.

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Photo of baseballrock
4.36/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - This magnificent beer pours the darkest shade of brown into my Chimay chalace. The beer rushes out in an effortless rolling flood of the god's nectar. A thick head of mahogany color leaves a considerable amout of fluffy lace along the edges of my glass.

S - The scent of a beer nearly three years old is quite crisp and clean for the aromas of been waiting far too long to escape the the walls of it caspule. A fair bit of anticipated Sierra Nevada hop aroma strike my nose as well as the sweet malt flavors of cocoa and molasses.

T - Beers that have aged and matured as this bottle of 30th anniversary ale really make one appreciate the world of beer. I wish we could all enjoy this once in a lifetime experience. For I have sat on this limited release for too long but I am glad to have finally pulled the cork from its air tight resting place. Finally able to enjoy the smoothness and balnce of complex malt flavors. The flavors slide across my taste buds allowing me to taste the sweet molasses flavor back by a fruity finish. The beer is full of hidden flavors that may or may not be identifiable. A bit nutty with a buttery finish in one sip, and then on to the next sip. This time the subtle hop flavor lashes out.

M - Each sip from my glass flows over my toung with a thick buttery texture. The bitterness still perks up the taste buds on the back of my toung even after many months of mellowing.

I am truely blown away by this beer and as the person with the review just before mine I too have a Bigfoot Barleywine waiting for me. Im not sure what vintage his is, but I have 6 of the 2010 vintage in my cellar and I have decided to pull on up. I think I will have it tomorrow. This was a real treat and I raise my glass to beer enthuistist around the world and say cheers.

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Photo of davey101
3.95/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

750ml bottle into a tulip glass. Julian date code puts this at 2/1/2010.

A - Quite dark for a barley wine...granted its a "Black Barley Wine". Kind of a pitch black body with a red tinge. Lets zero light through. Large light tan head forms and settles down a bit. Super thick foam clings to the glass. Looks great, but it also looks like a stout.

S - That unique Sierra Nevada hop profile. Very piney with a touch of bitter grapefruit juice. Chewy and malty with some dark fruit and brown sugar notes.

T - The nose seemed pretty close to Bigfoot. The taste does not. Starts off with bitter citrus and pine which leads into some burnt and roasty malts. Caramel, brown sugar, and a toffee. Theres a really unique dry cocoa powder finish. Tasty, but there is a large alcohol presence.

M - Medium to thin bodied. Plenty of carbonation. Alcohol hurts drinkability.

O - I was curious how this would differ from Bigfoot, seeing as I just had a 2010 vintage recently. It has the same hop profile (even with two and half years of age) but it takes a slightly different route. Its malty with some dark fruit elements, but the cocoa powder I was getting in the flavor made it really unique. Its a shame the alcohol is so present, because this is a really nice take on the American style barleywine.

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Photo of TwelveOunces
4.08/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750 Ml poured into a snifter

A- Pours black brown but is completely black in the glass. Red hues around the edges. A large two finger of an off tan colored head. Dense bubbles and surprising retention. Very visible alcohol legs.

S- I get a good hop bitterness up front. This beer isn't quite fresh anymore so the hop aromas have faded and changed. I get a bit of a cocoa. A lot of roasted malts. Tiny bit of alcohol. Good caramel and toffee as well.

T- I get a big bitterness up front, An intense and tart feel and flavor from this beer. It comes over with a lot of roasted malts. The roasty flavor leaves behind a slight smokiness as well as an unsuspected mokah flavor. There's a slight hop aroma left over the age that seems almost gone but adds SN's signature bitter citrus flavors. There is a slight chocolate malt flavor in here but this beer is quite toasty.

M- Well carbonated. Alcohol feel is noticeable. Bitter. Leaves behind a milky sour bitterness, strange but tolerable. Good size beer but quite drinkable.

O- This is an interesting take on a Barleywine, Not as good as good ol' bigfoot but an entirely different beer and worth trying. Something different is always something good in my opinion.

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Photo of Falcon91Wolvrn03
3.75/5  rDev -9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance – Pours a super dark, almost black ruby red. Has a huge light brown head that lasts a long time. Leaves lots of spotted lacing on the glass.

Smell – A classic barleywine scent with a bitter hoppiness, malt, raisin, figs, and a rum-like booze.

Taste – Bitter hops and a rum-like booze.

Mouthfeel – Very thick and creamy. Lightly carbonated and boozey, with a bitter aftertaste. Alcohol is not hidden.

Drinkability – I’m not a fan of the bitterness. The bitter aftertaste takes away from the drinkability.

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Photo of johnnnniee
4.2/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a solid dark brown color with faint ruby highlights when held to light and a creamy beige head that shows remarkable retention. Smells of caramel and roast with lots of dark fruits and hints of earthy hops with a touch of sherry. The flavor holds lots of roast and chocolate up front followed by some caramel, burnt sugar, and resinous earthy hops. There's some dark fruit flavor but not like the aroma suggested. A hint of alcohol and a bit of ash towards the finish. Medium body with a moderate level of carbonation and a sweet slick mouthfeel. I'm surprised I hadn't rated this before because I bought a few of these. This is a nice barleywine that seems like its starting to hit its stride.

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Photo of LiquidAmber
4.87/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Review from 8/2010 notes. Poured into a Gulden Draak tulip. Pours a very dark ruby amber, black in the glass, with a nice persistent dark tan head and lacing. Delicious dark fruits, coffee, chocolate and malts with a few other unidentifiable but pleasant flavors. Piney, malty middle with hops and a hop finish. Nice medium barley wine-like body. Very well done and fun to drink. A cross between Bigfoot and a imperial stout. Whoa! I look forward to drinking this over the next 10 years.

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Photo of Dope
4.18/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a very very dark brown with a big and dense light brown head. Fades extremely slowly, almost imperceptibly so. Eventually leaves behind an almost solid wall of lacing. Constant island of foam remains in the center.

S: Very fruity with lots of raisin primilary - a bit of fig and prunes as well. Lots of caramel, molasses and toffee. Maybe a hint of brown sugar? Even a touch of cocoa in there. Very nice.

T: Up front, some nice caramel, toffee and some char from the roasted malt. Dusting of cocoa. Fruitiness is still here but not as strong as in the nose. Raisin primarily in the middle and into the finish. Finishes dry and a little bitter, some earthiness mixes in nicely.

M: Fairly heavy, a touch astringent.

O: Not a bad barleywine. Seems to have a little roasted malt character to it but fairly minimal. Just enough to add a small new dimension to the brew. Nothing earthshattering but a nice tasty and balanced barleywine.

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Photo of MatthewWilde
4.23/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sample: 1 bottle 2010

A: Pitch black, pours a strong medium brown head that lasts, heavy internal carbonation, clearly not translucent

S: Moderately fragrant, very heavy dried fruit notes as well as citrus, quite sweet, touch of alcohol

T: Reminiscent of the nose but certainly more complex, dried fruits, chocolate, roasted malt, light alcohol, very nice

M: Extremely smooth, alcohol is hardly noticeable, a bit drying, though, with a mild fruity malt aftertaste

O: A great example of the style all-around, has aged perfectly, not sure what a few more years would do but superb right now

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Photo of CHickman
4.42/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours opaque brown that shows some chestnut color when held up to light with a huge fluffy 3 finger foamy to creamy tan head that faded slowly and didn’t really move for at least a minute; that head looked like a sponge of bubbles and bounced up and down as I swirled the glass. It left good lacing and foamy rings, also a creamy layer on top. The second half of the bomber poured the same except with a smaller head.

Smells of raisin, plum, booze like rum or bourbon, brown sugar, roasted grains, burnt coffee, cocoa powder, charcoal or burnt wood, piney hops, herbs, wheat bread, candied sugar, mild spices and some floral notes. A strong and sweet nose that you can smell a foot away from the glass, with the booze showing and the sweet complex arrangement inviting more exploration.

Tastes very sweet, with caramel, molasses, maple syrup, roasted malt, raisin, plum, dark fruit, booze like rum or bourbon, brown sugar, candied sugar, toasted grains, light yeast, floral notes like herbs and/or floral hops, burnt coffee, cocoa powder, vanilla, burnt wood, peat moss, smoked malts, licorice, yeast and piney hops; wow, this was complex and sweet with so many flavors in the mix. To sum it up, it’s sweet, boozy and thick, letting the alcohol come through and add to the sensation in a good way. Each sip is a little different, but the sweetness is the main attraction throughout this brew.

Mouthfeel is thick, heavy and chewy, with a densely heavy body, very mild carbonation and an almost chalky bitter flavor at the end which allows the booze to show through yet again. This beer has been aged for 2 years and still has alcohol bite, but not in an offensive heat way.

This was an extremely enjoyable slow sipper that was rich, malty, sweet and boozy with really great flavor that showcased roasted malts, light hop bitterness, booze, coffee and vanilla, and so many other flavors that it leads me to the conclusion that I want to get another bottle since this one was so enjoyable; this is not a style I normally drink, but this beer was so complex and delicious that each sip was like a new adventure. A very high recommendation if you can get your hands on this beer, as I will seek out another bottle in hopes of replicating this experience. It’s an over the top boozy beer experiment, and is taste and sensory bombardment, but man is it a hell of a good ride. A great beer experience from the second the cork pops and lets out a little mist.

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Photo of Gatch
4.58/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Beautiful deep amber with a light golden-brown head.

S: Boozy malt, rum raisin bread.

T: This is two years old so the booze dominates and some of the flavors have faded. But roasty and delicious with very faint American hops.

M: So darn smooth, flavors are great, and it's roasty goodness.

O: This is amazing. It has aged well. Still a few cases of it at Tops in Tempe, AZ as of May 2012!

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Photo of cvm4
4.42/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a dark rootbeer type color. Half finger, creamy tan head. Good lacing.

S - Roasted malt indeed! Getting some sweet candy accompanied with raisins and plums.

T - The taste falls in step with the smell. Lots of depth and a lot going on here. Roasted malts. Bittersweet chocolate. Plum. Dark fruits. Molasses. Nice bitter finish as well.

M - Medium mouthfeel and carbonation. Very smooth but can be boozy as it warms up.

O - Love it, love it, love it! It's too bad this is a one time brew. Everything comes together and all the parts compliment the whole.

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Photo of bamadog
4.02/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pour is a dark cola brown and it starts with a decent 1 and 1/2 finger, creamy tan head with decent retention; body is pretty close to opaque, but near the sides where the light penetrates you can see pretty decent streams of carbonation bubbling up; head eventually fades to a complete and fairly thick skim on the surface; a few spots of lacing are left here and there on the sides of the glass.

Smell: Smell is solid -- I can smell the glass of beer from the table, and it's got a definite mulchy maltiness with a touch of dry cocoa powder and caramel; bit of bittering hops are still present and lingering in the back, with a definite presence of alcohol along with it.

Taste: Pretty solid, and really matches the smell perfectly -- it starts out like a big American Barleywine with plenty of bitter and grassy hops, but once it sits on the palate for a few seconds, the multiple darker malts really come through and add a definite earthy bitterness; plenty of booze in this one as well, almost tastes like it's even bigger than the posted 10.2%, and there's nothing wrong with that.

Mouthfeel: Body is of moderate weight, coming in at just over what I would consider medium; it has a dry and filmy stickiness to it and the belly is left quite warm from the alcohol.

Overall: This is one big mother of a beer and it definitely comes from Sierra Nevada with the excellent use of hops. The twist with all of the malts is a nice touch, and definitely a bit of a departure from their usual and standard offerings, and it doesn't seem like something they would put again (IMHO), but I'm certainly glad they did to celebrate their 30th anniversary. Booziness does slow it down a bit and I feel that I need to lower the score just a touch because of that.

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Photo of pmarlowe
3.73/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Tulip glass.

A: Pours black with a finger and a half of solid, beige, cream-like head. A few swaths of lacing. Very good retention.

S: Malty, with powdered sugar-dusted raisin and plum, mixed with some roast and molasses.

T: Dark fruit, a little caramel, constant mild bitterness throughout, and extremely drying. Bitter + dry makes this a little less appetizing than I'd like.

M: Medium body and carbonation. Nice mouthfeel.

O: Not bad, but not enjoyable enough to drink very much of.

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Photo of shand
4.32/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22oz corked and caged bottle into a snifter.

The cork was broken! After careful corkscrew application, catastrophe was averted. It pours out a black color with a nice finger of head that quickly drops to wisps. The aroma is sweetly malty and roasty, with a surprising amount of hops still hanging on. The taste is very good, it's sweet at first but tempered with a nice amount of bitterness from a triple threat of coffee, dark chocolate, and hops. The mouthfeel is on the heavier side of medium with a good level of carbonation, and the drinkability is good. Overall, this is a very good barleywine, one of the more enjoyable of the style I've had. Holding onto this bad boy for a year and a half surely paid off.

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Photo of lnashsig
4.65/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured for a special occasion! Wife and I 7th year anniversary and good news from a friend.

Also, beer #6 of the #BOTG challenge with @astrosguy celebrating a big come from behind win tonight! A lot to celebrate indeed. Ok, on to the review:

Cork opened with a loud POP! Some smoke hazes off the top of the bottle. Poured from bottle into CBS snifter. Pours a rich black/brown color, nice creamy looking off white head sticks around. Good looking brew. Smell- roasted grain, molasses, bourbon, definite alcohol presence. Taste- whoa. liquorice, brown sugar, dark chocolate. The booze may be on the nose, but its not at all on the palate. This is so smooth, the age has really mellowed it out. For the 10% ABV, there is no booziness at all. Some nice woodiness comes out after awhile. Vanilla notes, oak notes. This is a pretty complex beer, and I am really glad I took a couple yrs to lay it down.

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Photo of Drinkerofales
4/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

With already more than a year of age on this when I bought it, I think it should have gained and lost all it should by now, or at least I hope so.

Pours dark brown, with a hint of copper. A large mocha head doesn't leave much lace, but has good retention.

Smells big of roasted malts, pine, nuttiness, booze, and sweet candy.

Taste is deep, with roasted malts, coffee, bitter chocolate, grain, sweet caramel candy, with a boozie, piney finish.

Feel is smooth and viscous, a bit of burn on the end. Not super drinkable, but certainly a fine texture.

It's kind of like a stout barley wine. The roasted malts attain the bitter coffee, chocolate flavors, yet the candied aspect is there as well. It's a fine brew, but it's not for me, they don't seem to work well on my taste buds.


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30th Anniversary - Jack & Ken's Ale from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
4.12 out of 5 based on 812 ratings.
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