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30th Anniversary Series - Jack and Ken's Ale by Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
American Barleywine
10.20 % ABV

Review by duhast500 on 02/09/11  
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
88 3 10 18 4 9 2011
Poured from the 22oz. bottle into a over sized wine glass.

The color is a dark black with maroon highlights. There is about three fingers of foamy light brown head and a thick amount of lacing left on the glass.

The smell is boozy with a good amount of chocolate malt aroma. A little toffee flavor comes out with a resin like aroma that must coming from he hops.

The taste is chocolate malt with a big pop of creamy flavor. Some bitterness is cutting into the English Barely-wine flavor. Figs, raisins and dried grapes come out as this beer warms into a nice sipper. There is a warming sweetness that is bringing about a pear flavor with a little banana flavor at the very end.

The feel of this beer is big, there is a feel of being on a parade float of a beer. It takes you up and bring you off into new ground of beer flavors. This beer really has flavors that are new to me and truly fabulous.

Served In: Pint Glass

Review by orbitalr0x on 01/15/11  
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
88 3 9 18 5 9 2010
Big pop when the cork comes out...this one pours into my glass a deep black with an easy two fingers of creamy tan foam that sticks around and leaves some nice lacing. Aromas start with a good mix of roast and caramel sweetness bathed in a forward citrus/pine hop mix. Toffee and dark fruits with a little coffee undertone. Quite nice and I like the hop forward aspect of it!

First sip brings a nice malty mix of roast and sweet caramel upfront quickly followed by vibrant citric and pine hop flavors that roll across the tongue. Toffee and dark fruits mix in with a touch of cocoa and coffee. Flows down with solid hop bitterness on the finish. Yum!

Mouthfeel is smooth and creamy with spot on carbonation. Not overly heavy by any means. Quite drinkable for a barleywine of this size. Another tasty brew in the 30th Anniversary series, I wouldn't mind seeing more black barleywines! Cheers to Sierra Nevada, easily one of my favorite breweries of all time.

Served In: Snifter

Review by tavernjef on 10/09/10  
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
82 3 8 18 4 8 2010
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 citric 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!

Price: $10.50 Served In: Goblet

Review by Tip Top on 09/27/10  
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
86 3 10 18 4 8 2010
Ok, I haven't done a review in a while, but I liked this one and I had to take the chance to cut at furley's review a bit.

Nice looking brew. Pours dark brown and mostly opaque. Head is made up of cocoa colored tight bubbles. It's a couple minutes later and there is still a nice draping of foam on top of this one.

Enough going on here that I still smell it through a slightly runny nose. Roasty, but not quite toasty malts. It's obvious this is an American Barleywine, as the hops are very present. Bitter and biting, not so fruity.

Taste is much the same as the smell, but the hops are much more assertive. I don't know what the hell furley was on when he tried this, but it isn't a faint hop bit, it's got a nice bitter brashness to it. Roasty with a bit of chocolate. Really a near perfect balance.

Mouthfeel is medium to full bodied. The bitterness seems to come right along with some fine, tingly carbonation that scrubs the tongue in unison with the hops.

Great effort from one of the most consistently under appreciated breweries out there. Do yourself a favor and grab one. I would suggest drinking it now, as the hops really are playing a major role that I don't think will continue with age.

Price: $10.79 Served In: Snifter

Review by mr. furley on 09/18/10  
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
88 3 10 18 4 9 2010
superb offering from Sierra Nevada.. almost a dream matchup for me. roasty, not at all boozy, chocolatey, a faint hop bite. smoother than tangfred's flaxen hair.

i really loved Fritz & Ken's both on tap and from the bottle but this trumps that. top effort.

Price: $8.99 Served In: Snifter

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