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

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BEER INFO

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

Style: American Barleywine

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.20%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by Ghenna on 07-27-2010

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

BEER STATS
Ratings:
814
Reviews:
436
Avg:
4.12
pDev:
9.95%
 
 
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36
Gots:
220
For Trade:
6
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look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Black with some brown highlights, a frothy tan head with great retention and lacing. Sweet caramel aroma with light roasted and floral notes. Very roasted bitterness up front with caramel rounding it off after a few sips. Roasted bittering linger and stickiness balance a gentle warming in the finish. Notes of stone fruit and nuts. Sticky feel with a light bite yet smooth.

Interesting flavor but rather heavy on roasted malts for my taste. It's fairly complex but not quite enough for a viewing of Sherlock Holmes: Game of Shadows.

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look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750 ml bottle into snifter, bottled on 7/12/2010. Pours fairly pitch black color with a 2 finger dense khaki head with great retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Nice dense soapy lacing clings around the glass, with some moderate streaming carbonation retaining the head. Aromas of big caramel, toffee, toast, brown sugar, brown bread, raisin, plum, fig, chocolate, cocoa, light roast, citrus zest, light pine, herbal, grass, and herbal/toasted earthiness. Very nice aromas with good balance and complexity of dark/bready malt, fruitiness, and light-moderate hop notes; with great strength. Taste of big caramel, toast, toffee, raisin, plum, fig, brown sugar, brown bread, chocolate, cocoa, light roast, citrus zest, light pine, herbal, grass, and herbal/toasted earthiness. Light-moderate earthy pine/roasted bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of caramel, toast, toffee, raisin, plum, fig, brown sugar, brown bread, chocolate, cocoa, light roast, light pine, and herbal/roasted earthiness on the finish for a while. Fantastic complexity and balance of dark/roasted malt, fruitiness, and light citrus/pine hop flavors; with a great malt/bitterness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and full bodied; with a very creamy, slick, and lightly chalky mouthfeel that is great. Alcohol is well hidden with only a slight warming present after the finish. Overall this is an outstanding dark barleywine style. All around awesome complexity and balance of dark/roasted malt, fruitiness, and light-moderate citrus/pine hops flavors; and very smooth to sip on for the big ABV. A highly enjoyable offering, definitely aging well.

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look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Made the mistake of leaving this in the freezer overnight and had to thaw it. Having this at a very warm red wine like temperature and it is fantastic. Deep dark chestnut brown with a tan head that billows forth. Smell is delicious and complex. A healthy alcohol presence and sweetness fused to deep notes of toffee and warm sweet brown bread and touch of fruitcake. Lot of dark fruits, raisins and figs mostly. Flavor is incredible. Sweet rich and alcoholic. Lots of caramel and toffee with a healthy roasted grain char. Finish is dry and nicely hopped. Hoppier than most barleywines I've had. It helps to cleanse the palate of the considerable alcohol and make the beer more drinkable. Carbonation is nice, though no doubt it suffered from its frozen to room temperature journey into my glass. Smooth but just a little under carbonated in my circumstance. Weight is thickish and lightly syrupy. This is a great and highly drinkable beer. I would be sipping it slower but as the carbonation has suffered at my neglect I am going a little faster than I might otherwise. Just a superb brew that drinks like a dry irish stout in spite of the abc. If I had not forgotten and froze this one it might be off the charts.

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30th Anniversary - Jack & Ken's Ale from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
4.12 out of 5 based on 814 ratings.
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