30th Anniversary- Charlie, Fred And Ken's Bock | Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

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30th Anniversary- Charlie, Fred And Ken's Bock30th Anniversary- Charlie, Fred And Ken's Bock

Brewed by:
Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
California, United States

Style: Maibock / Helles Bock

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.30%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Added by IrieJackalope on 05-29-2010

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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5/5  rDev +26.6%

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5/5  rDev +26.6%

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5/5  rDev +26.6%

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5/5  rDev +26.6%

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5/5  rDev +26.6%

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5/5  rDev +26.6%

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5/5  rDev +26.6%

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5/5  rDev +26.6%

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5/5  rDev +26.6%

Photo of FuzzyGuy84
5/5  rDev +26.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A - Rich amber color, bright and nearly translucent. Lovely caramel head with tiny bubbles and strong lacing.

S - For an 8.3% ABV, there's none of the bitter bounceback I traditionally associate with high octane beers. Earthy floralness, not the bright, citrusy floral smell I'm used to on a regular SNPA. Rich and a little dark - very well balanced.

T - BALANCE. This beer grows and shrinks and morphs in the mouth, but never screams in your face - no flavor overpowers another, and your taste buds remain fully intact.; Warm malt dances with light hop notes for a daring beer. Unique, complex, perfectly executed flavor - an outstanding beer.

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Photo of Doppelmax
4.97/5  rDev +25.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Just another great big beer from SN. My wonderful daughter brought this one up to me from NYC. You have to raise them correctly!

Actually I'm a bit partial as bock is my favorite style but this one hits it out of the park. Imagine this as a Doppelbock a Sierravator.


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Photo of wikk3d
4.77/5  rDev +20.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Appearance - Pours a nice full amber color with a very thick head that takes a while to settle into about a half finger foam. Served in a Sam Adams Perfect Pint glass.

Aroma - Sweet hoppy smell with a hint of lemon and citrus. Floral, maybe a bit of honey as well. Doesn't have a hint of alcohol for an 8% beer.

Taste - Full taste, a bit of hoppiness, not really bitter though, very noticeable sweet citrus and honey flavors.

Mouth - A lot of carbonation, leaves a hint of hops in the back of the tongue. Lasting taste is a little bitter but overall it's very flavorful.

Drinkability - This beer took me off guard, the smell gives you the impression it's going to be similar to most Sierra's and have a bitter taste that's extremely hoppy. It's not. It's full of flavor. The hops are just enough to give it a very unique taste. Great brew. First of the 30th's that I have tried so far.

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Photo of ggroller
4.76/5  rDev +20.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is a very nice bottle. The labels are really cool and the Sierra Nevada stamped cork is a nice touch.

Lots of carbonation and a really soft, sticky head.

I put my nose right down into the head and only get a bit of floral tones.

This beer is super drinkable and it's 8.3%. Fruit, caramel, vanilla, and just a slight bit warming alchohol heat at the end.

If it wasn't so expensive, I'd buy a case and go through it rather quickly.

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Photo of Flava5
4.72/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I poured this into a pint glass out of caged and corked bottle.

The first thing I noticed about this brew is the honey smell right off the get go it smelt like heaven this was my first style of brew like this so I had no idea what to expect but loved it. The nose had bready malts and honey with some small hops smell. The flavor was amazing honey once again on the front but big malt and hop flavor just nice and creamy would drink again. I loved the cloudy amber color and the nice fluffy white head that lasted no time at all but the lacing is awesome. The drinkability is not to high the flavor rocks but it has a nice ABV so a couple does the job for sure. But all around a great beer can't wait to try again.


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Photo of Cannoneer
4.68/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Much anticipation before opening this bottle. Much!

Poured a nice, amber color with solid top. Not much of an aroma, something woodsy and toffee-like. Waited about a minute for the head to settle to take the first sip.

The taste more than makes up for the relative lack of smell. This is an exceptional beer, very well balanced and so easy to drink!

The opening taste is that of pine bark, moderated by bitter chocolate. The bitterness is not overbearing, but among the most pleasant in a beer I ever tasted. The middle notes keep the woodsy, somewhat floral taste going while adding a bit of alcoholic warmth. Still no sweetness detected...until the aftertaste arrives, and it's bready, with cola notes and sweetness, yet still very well balanced with the hoppy finish that leaves one craving for the next sip.

Drinks outstandingly well. A perfect beer overall.

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4.64/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bought a few of each one of this series & kept them (cellar, racked) for future reference. This one really paid off!

Poured with nice carbonation, but not too much. Color is light caramel, aroma is subtle. No oxidation in smell or taste, and the beer has mellowed quite well. Any cloying sweetness is gone, with a nice malt profile remaining; very nice balance with the hops, which obviously have receded in the profile. A very enjoyable beer, and I'll be sharing my one left with a special friend (who can appreciate it).

After seven years, this beer has aged very well. If you've got a properly kept bottle, you can open it with confidence for a special occasion.

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Photo of philbertk
4.63/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Sierra Nevada Brewing Company--SIERRA XXX 30th Anniversary--Charlie, Fred & Ken's Bock--Imperial Helles Bock--A Collaboration of Pioneering Brewers #2--2010 25.4 oz. Bottle. 8.30% ABV. 41 IBU's. (4.5 / 5.0) Helles--Imperial. Rich thick lacy white head. Clear brilliant amber color. Aromatic sweet malt mild floral Noble hop front. Rich smooth creamy mild sweet crusty toasted caramel malty mild fruit delicious Helles body. Smooth tangy hint of hop spice crisp clean end. Flavor gets even better as Brew warms. Penultimate Bock! Sampled 6/12/2010. 2 @ $10.79 Each.

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4.62/5  rDev +17%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Photo of WVbeergeek
4.6/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Appears a deep honey glow golden huewith a bright lightoff white head forms thick and billows above the edge of my glass. Aroma has a beautiful hop nose, some floral citrus grassy notes combine in the fresh smelling hop additions. Toasted bread maltiness along with hints of honey and apple, and tropical fruitiness. Flavor has a dry leafy earthy herbal bitterness through the middle with big rounded malt edges, a ballsy version of the nice Glissade Bock SN produced this past spring. Nice to see a lager this big drink so well, mouthfeel isn't cloying to me at all, a wonderful mix of sweet malts and bitter drying hops even in a malt heavy style like this helles bock. Carbonation was sturdy carried the flavors and heavy malts with ease, fuller bodied brew especially considering this is a lager. Drinkability was killer especially for the style and alcohol, really well constructed and a true fine representative of the past and future of Sierra Nevada Brewing.

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4.6/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured at basement temp in straight ale glass

A: 3-finger head; rich clear orange; good carbonation; decent lacing
S: beautiful sweet hoppy smell
T: very unusual; hops predominate; hints of plum; bitter, much like an IPA; fellow drinker suggested it was like a barleywine
M: heavy, but smooth

overall, quite an amazing beer; very difficult to describe, in part because of how hopped the genre is

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Photo of Bluetick
4.56/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A: Nice golden brown with great effervescence and about half-inch of head

S: Smells malty, a bit of hops...but nothing overpowers or stands out

T: Extremely surprised by the taste. I've had lots of different Sierra Nevada's beers and they've always seemed to have one basic characteristic - an overpowering taste of cascade hops. Some people die for this, other like me like the hops a bit more balanced. This has a a good taste of pine - but honey, malt, a honey are will balanced with the hops.

M: This is where this beer really shines. It literally feels, silky smooth, buttery, and bubbly at the same time - wonderful.

D: It goes down too easy. The alcohol doesn't overpower anything or make it to "heavy".

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Photo of ZEB89
4.56/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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