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Sierra Nevada 30th Anniversary Charlie, Fred & Kens Bock

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RATINGS: 435   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.61   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 249   ABV: 8.3%
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Charlie Papazian and Fred Eckhart are the men who launched a thousand breweries. Their writing on the art of homebrewing and steadfast promotion of beer culture helped propel the craft brewing movement. Charlie and Fred agreed to work with us on this special ale 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 and floral hops.


3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
unclemattie (4267) - Georgia, USA - JUL 21, 2012
Vintage 2010. 750mL bottle, caged & corked. Cork went off like a cannon. (This may have been aged too long...) Pours hazy dark orange color. No head. Looks like fried chicken grease. Loads of toasted malts in the nose. A bit of mustiness and basement aromas. Tastes like an aged English barleywine at this point. Distinctive toasted malt character. Distant tropical tree fruits, apricot, and a large amount of wood-aged character as well. Still has some of the hop bitterness in the finish. Finishes with more of wooded earthy character than expected with a touch of tobacco hidden in there. Wish I didn’t wait so long to open it. (3403)

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Damico (2694) - Royersford, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 18, 2012
Unfortunately I probably should have opened this up sooner than 2 years old, but still good. The body got a bit syrupy being the solo issue. Pours thick but clear amber with a big creamy cream colored head. The aroma brings some spicy and syrupy malts, hops are gone. Flavors are a bit boozy and sweet, but still good overall.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
madmitch76 (16117) - , Essex, ENGLAND - JUN 28, 2012
13th October 2010
Lightly hazy amber beer, short lived off white head. Light palate, starts crisp but rapidly turns soft. Sweetish malts with a little caramel, vaguely tripel like but dark. Well integrated citrus hop. Turns softer with sweet caraway malt. Nicely joined up and very drinkable.

3.8
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Kegmaster (1) - - MAY 19, 2012 does not count
Sampled a bottle at home, smooth almost bourbon taste on the tongue, smells of wood barrel aged malt, a sharp semi-bitter aftertaste that doesn’t linger too long. Mine was a hazy orange-brown color with a foamy tan head that stayed around to the bottom of the glass. An exceptional beer, didn’t notice much citrus in it which is good.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Benjii (3049) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - MAY 11, 2012
In bottle at Craig’s. Pours a cloudy golden colour with a fair white head. Aroma of apricot, mango, caramel and biscuity malt. Similar flavours with apricot, mango, guava and caramel again. Moderate carbonation and a foamy mouth-feel. Lovely.

3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Beersiveknown (3274) - NORTHERN IRELAND - MAY 11, 2012
Hazy mid blonde, white head, collapses to lacing, pineapple nose, dry, quite acrid, touch if sweetness

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
cgarvieuk (15177) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - MAY 11, 2012
bottle at home ... light amber .. thin white head ... soft zezty fruity ... soft toffee malt ... that malt i dont like and soft sugers nose... sweet fruits ... juicy malts ... little orange ... and way to much of that malt i dont like

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
patrick767 (3611) - fort wayne, Indiana, USA - MAY 6, 2012
750ml bottle - Pours hazy dark orange and has a pleasant, fruity aroma with some grainy pale malt. It tastes sweet with a good fruit background. There’s some mild hops bitterness but the malt dominates. The 8% abv is barely noticeable and there’s a dry finish. Good.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
TheRealMGD (551) - Lakewood, Washington, USA - MAR 30, 2012
Xmas ’11 gift form their holiday re-releases of the 30th Anniversary specials. Clear dark gold pour with a rocky off-white head with good retention. Some sediment at the bottom. Nose is lightly sweet and slightly earthy. Medium body and moderate, coarse carbonation. Tobacco, bread, singed sugar, plum and some whisky-like booziness. Finsish is EtOH bitter and slightly sweet. Not for this ale lover, but I appreciate the effort.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 15/20
AdamJackson (2889) - Enfield, New Hampshire, USA - MAR 9, 2012
Picked this up in a trade. It was my favorite beer of last year. I think it’s fallen off or stored improperly. Poured into a basic tulip glass. Still lots of carbonation with a gigantic cork pop.

A - Off leather / yellow pour. Lots of haze and some sediment. Big 4-finger head offwhite to yellow in color.

S - Candy corns, caramel, vanilla, toffee, nuts and some very bready yeast. It’s almost like it has gotten sweeter with age but not in a good way. Disappointing really but smells like it was once a great beer.

T - Earthy and bready taste up front. Some really solid vanilla floral taste on the middle of the tongue. Back of the tongue is a more rotten grape taste like a white wine that went bad.

M - 100% carbonation on a mouth swish, light bodied, lingering rotten grape taste

O - It’s a great beer but this bottle..not so great.



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