30th Anniversary- Charlie, Fred And Ken's Bock - Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
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Reviews by JohnQVegas:
3.98/5 rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4
750ml bottle into Bruery tulip.
Pours a lightly hazy dark copper bordering on brown, with a solid 3-finger khaki head that ever so slowly settles down to about one finger. Excellent retention, and decent lacing. probably 4.3, but I'll swing it up a bit.
Nose is sweet, bready, light toast, with a bit of spicy alcohol making things interesting. Light notes of clean, fresh red berries. There's a just a bit of spicy Saaz in there as well, balancing the whole experience effortlessly.
Taste is again bready, sweet, lightly toasted, lots of bready caramel, lush. Light notes of Saaz come through to balance as you swirl the beer in your mouth, and linger delicately on the long finish alongside a bit of spicy alcohol and some bready remnants. Fairly straightforward, and not precisely to style at all, but what style exactly would fit this better? Failing to think of any, I shrug and go on rating as normal - a very tasty beer that hit a lot of right notes for me. Barely short of 4.5. Will check in again when I drink the next bottle.
Mouthfeel is light yet soft, lush, and creamy. Possibly my favorite aspect of the beer. Beautiful, almost impossible dichotomy. Faint alcohol burn on the swallow is the only thing that keeps it from perfection.
Drinkability is quite good. Delicious, near-perfect mouthfeel, well-balanced and with a nice lightness to it. The alcohol and resulting mild burn hinder it a bit, but still quite good.
Serving type: bottle
06-25-2010 01:43:22 | More by JohnQVegas
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4.18/5 rDev +5.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
From the corked, caged bottle cellared for three years and opened on May 1, 2014. Why? No reason. The first of May! Seemed appropriate. Served about 50 degrees.
Lovely looking copper amber pour with busy carbonation leading up to a lingering off-white head that leaves a little lacing.
Those malty aromas remind me a little bit of a Wee Heavy rather than a Helles Bock but after three years it is bound to be more pleasing to the nose. Sweet, toffee, caramel and little to no hop bite.
The body is medium to full even after three years.
The taste also brings out a vibrant sweet malty character but there is a slight honey-like sweetness introducing itself on the backside as well. Little to no bitter finish but a bit dry. Aging has made this a beautiful beer.
Serving type: bottle
05-01-2014 22:31:19 | More by puboflyons
3.8/5 rDev -3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75
Charlie Papazian and Fred Eckhardt are two of the country's most esteemed homebrewers and writers. Their influential books and steadfast promotion of brewing culture helped propel the craft brewing movement. Charlie and Fred agreed to work with us on this very special brew in honor of our 30th Anniversary. This Imperial Helles Bock is a testament to the ever-evolving brewer's art. Bold yet balanced with distinct toasted malt character, moderate sweetness, and clean floral hops. Brewed in the style of a Helles Bock, released once in 2010.
Poured from a 750ml bottle to a Sierra Nevada imperial snifter. Served north of 57º Fahrenheit.
(Appearance) Pours a creamy eggshell white head of a thick, sudsy consistency. Body color is a very hazy copper orange, with large, reserved carbonation. Retention is above average, with a medium thick surface cover. Appearance has certainly held up well. 3.75
(Smell) Time has imparted a few notable effects in the way this beer smells. The malt bill consists of a wet german pale malt, a caramel note, and a hint of rye. There are pronounced fruity esters of pear and apple that join a largely faded floral and grassy hop murmur. The Spices range from mild clove to zesty cinnamon, but are collectively shallow. Some mild oxidation is obvious. 3.25
(Taste) Malt bill is similar in composition, with a pronounced graininess to join the rye bread note. Fruity esters are more of mellow semi-sweet grape and raisin than of pear and apple, clove is mild. Hop presence is light and faded, some musty grass hops linger. Drinkability is very high and no flavors come off as cloying or forced. It's an enjoyable flavor, even after all this time. 3.75
(Mouthfeel) Texture is slick and mildly thick with a breaded cleanliness, very little off-flavors. Carbonation is light and nonintrusive. Body is light/medium for the style and medium overall. Alcohol presence is light. I really enjoy the texture of this beer. 4.25
(Overall) Perhaps not the best choice for aging, this beer has held up remarkably well over the past 3 years. The drinkability is very high and the alcohol isn't enough to tuck you in for the night. With very few off flavors and an overall enjoyable malt and yeast balance, I'm inclined to recommend this should you happen to find some in the near future. It may not be extraordinary by any means but it sure is tasty. 3.75
Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.'s
30th Anniversary Charlie, Fred & Ken's Bock
Serving type: bottle
07-05-2013 02:25:52 | More by Jadjunk
30th Anniversary- Charlie, Fred And Ken's Bock from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
88 out of 100 based on 499 ratings.