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

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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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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

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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.

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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.

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look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750 ml corked and caged bottle served chilled into a goblet.

The 30th Anniversary Bock is very hazy amber orange color with thin head. It settles quickly leaving no lacing behind.

Aroma is sweet and boozy with a fruity, slightly oxidized quality that actually works well together.

Flavor is also predominantly sweet but fairly well balanced. It has the same fruity notes as in the nose but also has an earthy hoppy character.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and nicely carbonated. It's balanced and drinkable in a slow sippable way.

Overall an enjoyable bock but probably the least favorite of the SN Anniversary beers.

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look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

750 ml bottle into tulip glass, bottled on 5/25/2010. Pours very hazy orange amber color with a nice 2 finger fairly dense cream colored head with great retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Nice spotty soapy lacing on the glass. Aromas of caramel, apple, pear, bread, toast, brown sugar, grass, herbal, floral, light clove, and earthy peppery spiciness; some moderate cardboard as well that reduce as it warms. Pretty nice aromas with good complexity and balance; despite the oxidation. Taste of caramel, apple, pear, bread, toast, brown sugar, floral, grass, light clove, and earthy peppery spiciness; slight cardboard as well, but not too bad. Lingering notes of caramel, apple, pear, bread, toast, brown sugar, grass, floral, clove, and earthy peppery spiciness on the finish for a good bit. Very nice flavor balance with good complexity; with a nice malt/spiciness balance; and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a smooth and fairly crisp mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a slight warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is a very good imperial helles offering. Nice balance and complexity of malt and spicy flavors; and very smooth to drink for the gravity. The oxidation certainly knocked it down a bit; but it was still a very enjoyable offering.

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30th Anniversary- Charlie, Fred And Ken's Bock from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 3.95 out of 5 with 528 ratings