Sierra Nevada – 30th Anniversary Brewer’s Reserve

Tasting: April 17, 2011
Style: American Strong Ale (9.2 ABV)

Aaaah, perfect way to end a weekend of odd jobs. My wife and I are helping out her sister on a house she recently purchased. For my part, I installed ceiling fan; installed new dryer vent; patched hole where old dryer vent exited the house and corrected my wiring fiasco of last week (light wouldn’t turn off). Finally home and ready for a chili and rice dinner. I need a nice beer to carry me through this nice crisp Spring evening.

This one has been awaiting me in my fridge for some time. Part of a year long celebration of releases from Sierra Nevada, this offering is a blend of three of their most popular offerings (Oak Aged Big Foot Ale, Celebration Ale and Pale Ale). All excellent beers and dry-hopped to finish it off. At least for me, Sierra Nevada is a Mount Rushmore worthy brewery — standing side by side with Stone and Founders.

Bam — that was a cork pop. Even made me flinch. Love the billowing smoke that floats out the top of the bomber. Couldn’t resist a snort of that. Surprising strong oak notes. Pours a reddish-brown with a thick creamy head that ended up staying around for a while. Back again for another sniff of my fresh pour and I get some wonderful maltiness. My first sip is a combination of dark sweet molasses, roasted grains nicely balanced against the strong backbone of hops. Finishes with slight alcohol burn and leaves me with a slightly sticky resin sensation (which I love). Reminds me a lot of Celebration, but I can definitely get a lot of Big Foot’s maltiness as well. Really enjoying this one 93 points.

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