Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Sierra Nevada 30th Anniversary Jack and Ken's Ale

I stopped into Al's of Hampden to order a glass of Sierra Nevada 30th Anniversary- Jack and Ken's Ale, a barleywine. The beer pours a dark brown color with a thin filmy head. The aroma consists of toasted malts, raisins, alcohol, and chocolate. The taste is sweet and smooth with lots of toasted malts, raisin, and chocolate. The beer then transitions into a big alcohol bite with a pine hop kick. There is a dry and bitter finish and after taste. The alcohol content is 10.2% ABV. This offering is a top notch barleywine and I wish this beer would be available full time. The amount of flavor that comes through is excellent, and it is not masked by the alcohol content, which can be dangerous.

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