30th Anniversary- Charlie, Fred And Ken's Bock - Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
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Reviews by SFLpunk:
4.28/5 rDev +8.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
750mL brown glass mini-champagne cork (aka regular crown cap sized opening). Proprietary code on shoulder.
Appearance: Crystal-clear with thin white head that recedes quickly.
Nose: Aroma is AWESOME! Fruit loops (lime, orange, lemon and cereal grain) straight up. Lots and lots of hops! Something odd too like a scented cleaning product (but not chemical-smelling).
Palate is bitter right up front with hops and lots of citrus that draws out to lush German dark lager malt. The length of development in flavor is awesome and the finish is persistent and looong!
Notes: An EPIC imperial version of an odd style for American brewers. Is it a good example of helles bock? No. Is it a good example of hardcore American brewing ingenuity? Abso-fucking-lutely!
Serving type: bottle
06-16-2010 02:10:46 | More by SFLpunk
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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
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30th Anniversary Charlie, Fred & Ken's Bock
Serving type: bottle
07-05-2013 02:25:52 | More by Jadjunk
3.56/5 rDev -9.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
Bottle poured into a tulip glass, couple of years old that I found in a box recently. Beer pours a cloudy copper with two fingers of fluffy off white head that quickly dissipates to a film. Good amount of carbonation rising up from the bottom of the glass, tiny bubbles floating up.
Nose is caramel malt, cherry, yeast ester bubble gum, clove, banana, mild grassy hop note.
Probably not the best beer to age, leads with caramel malt, cherry, and fruity ester flavor, but there's a bit of cardboard flavor. Still a bit of hop flavor, slightly grassy and floral on the finish, with some lingering caramel sweetness and the cardboard.
Medium body, with some yeast particles, mildly carbonated so it's very soft on the tongue. Shouldn't have aged it, unintentionally.
Serving type: bottle
06-02-2013 04:12:46 | More by nataku00
30th Anniversary- Charlie, Fred And Ken's Bock from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
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