Saturday, October 23, 2010

Sierra Nevada 30th Anniversary Jack & Ken's Ale (Black Barleywine)

This is actually the third release in Sierra Nevada's 30th Anniversary series. I don't review Sierra Nevada's beers enough so I thought it was time for one. Plus I know Henry loves a good barleywine - I was curious to see how he'd react to this one.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Chad9976 (604) - Albany, USA - OCT 25, 2010
Split a fresh 750ml corked bottle with a friend.

Appearance: Looks like a stout: jet black appearance with HUGE, off-white, foamy head. Not what I expect from a barleywine but it’s definitely inviting.

Aroma: Smells like a cross between an IPA and a stout. Very flowery hop scents with roasted barley undertones + rich fruit/syrup notes typical of a barleywine.

Taste: All floral hops up front, finishes with classic stout flavor of bittersweet chocolate. A little bit of dark fruit flavors. I noticed the flavor homogenized rather quickly. Noticeable alcohol presence. Tasty to be sure, but not super delicious.

Mouthfeel: Not too intense.

Drinkability: For such a hoppy, boozy beer it drinks like something much lower. Not that it’s chuggable, it’s still a sipper at heart.

Overall: A very interesting, unique beer. I’d be interested to see how this ages. Barleywine fans may be thrown for a loop, though.

Grade: 8/10

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