30th Anniversary- Charlie, Fred And Ken's Bock - Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
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Reviews by zhanson88:
4.1/5 rDev +3.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4
Appearance: Charlie, Fred and Ken's pours a medium golden color with light orange highlights. 3 full fingers of pure white head forms. Retention is awesome, and lacing is abundant. This is a lively looking beer, lots of carbonation rising. I wasn't sure what to expect out of this beer, but it is one of the best looking beers I've ever had.
Smell: I get lemons and oranges right off, along with esters. Some sweet biscuity malts and floral hops show up as well. This is a fairly expressive, crisp, clean scent.
Taste: More of the same in the taste. Some sweet, biscuity malts followed by lemon and esters. Very refreshing. A hint of floral hops and more sweetness at the end. I wish they would have turned the finishing hops up a bit and toned down the sweetness, but this is still a nice flavor. Maybe a bit of spiciness as well.
Mouthfeel/Drinkability: This beer is close to being medium bodied, with quite a bit of carbonation. It gives a lively feel in the mouth. This beer is very easy to drink. Not too heavy and the alcohol doesn't show much. Great effort by Sierra Nevada.
Serving type: bottle
12-01-2010 01:21:53 | More by zhanson88
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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
Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.'s
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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