30th Anniversary- Charlie, Fred And Ken's Bock - Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
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Reviews by eclaycamp:
3.48/5 rDev -11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5
I’ve been hanging onto this one for awhile, and with the temperatures in the triple digits all day it felt like today would be a perfect day to bust out a Helles, even if it’s of the imperial variety.
The cork pops with a nice sound, and the beer pours quite clear. I’m using a flared lip pilsner glass for this affair. The color is actually darker than I expected, as it comes across as more of a deeper gold than that of a light straw. Classic pillowy head that offers nice lacing and sticks around for days.
The beer has a nice bready characteristic followed by crisp lager sourdough character. It comes across as somewhat muted.
The first taste gives a sense of lively carbonation. Mouthfeel is light and refreshing. You just start to get a sense of the grainy malt character when alcohol takes over. There’s also some alcohol warming in the finish, along with some alcohol character. That’s one of the problems with this style of beer – be it imperial pils, helles, or whatever – there’s just no where for the alcohol to go, so it feels in some respects like a regular beer spiked with vodka. That’s not to say this beer isn’t well crafted – it is – but I’m just not the biggest fan of the imperial style when it comes to lighter beers. I do like the initial impression that this beer gives. There’s a wonderful grainy malt flavor that shines through. Unfortunately, for me anyway, it’s just obliterated by the alcohol in the finish. The more you drink it the less pronounced the alcohol character is, as it’s taken over by a sort of honey malt sweetness that I suspect is a byproduct of the high alcohol levels – alcohol sweetness in other words.
Overall this is a very nice beer and a rather unique take on the Helles style. It’s crisp and clean, though the heavy alcohol profile may not be for everyone.
Serving type: bottle
07-16-2011 00:26:38 | More by eclaycamp
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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
4.18/5 rDev +5.8%
look: 2.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5
Source/Serving: 22oz bottle, aged ~2.5 years
S: Lots of honey, moderate perfumy minty floral hops that mingle nicely with apple sauce, caramel, wonder bread (and crust). Hints of banana and straw. Seamless flavor notes with a lot of complexity, mystery, and depth.
T: Caramel apple up front, very tasty and delicious with depth and a sweet-sour liveliness. Moderate mint/floral hops work very well. Bitterness is clean and incredibly smooth. Overall, for an imperial beer this is super smooth, almost creamy (low carbonation), with a definite richness and no rough edges. Lots of melded flavors, very deftly done and the 2 years of aging probably helped to some extent. Not quite the imperial punch I'd be looking for though. Finish is a little dry with a rye bread quality and really makes me want to take another sip.
Notes: Incredibly smooth but lots of flavors. The perfect fall beer with very high drinkability.
Serving type: bottle
04-21-2013 22:16:47 | More by 4000qtrap
30th Anniversary- Charlie, Fred And Ken's Bock from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
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