Kegmaster (1) - - MAY 19, 2012 does not count
3.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Sampled a bottle at home, smooth almost bourbon taste on the tongue, smells of wood barrel aged malt, a sharp semi-bitter aftertaste that doesnít 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, didnít notice much citrus in it which is good.
Benjii (3049) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - MAY 11, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
In bottle at Craigís. 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.
Beersiveknown (3017) - NORTHERN IRELAND - MAY 11, 2012
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Hazy mid blonde, white head, collapses to lacing, pineapple nose, dry, quite acrid, touch if sweetness
cgarvieuk (14543) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - MAY 11, 2012
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
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
patrick767 (3573) - fort wayne, Indiana, USA - MAY 6, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
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. Thereís some mild hops bitterness but the malt dominates. The 8% abv is barely noticeable and thereís a dry finish. Good.
TheRealMGD (551) - Lakewood, Washington, USA - MAR 30, 2012
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
Xmas í11 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.
AdamJackson (2652) - Enfield, New Hampshire, USA - MAR 9, 2012
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 15/20
Picked this up in a trade. It was my favorite beer of last year. I think itís 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. Itís 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 - Itís a great beer but this bottle..not so great.
Chad9976 (1188) - Albany, New York, USA - FEB 4, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
You donít tend to associate lagers with 750ml caged and corked bottles, much less two-year-old vintages, but thatís exactly how I experienced Sierra Nevada 30th Anniversary Charlie, Fred and Kenís Bock. I tend to be a fan of imperial lagers and "Helles Bocks" such as this, but never experienced a bottle-conditioned vintage before. So maybe this isnít an entirely fair or accurate review, but since there are still plenty of bottles in circulation this review reflects what you might expect if you buy a bottle today.
I split a 750ml bottle with a friend. We each poured it into lager glasses.
Appearance: Bright orange color bordering on dark gold. Slight hazy at first, but becomes extremely cloudy toward the bottom of the bottle. Fine carbonation bubbles are easily visible and they never stop bubbling. Forms a large, white, foamy head which lingers throughout the life of the beer but doesnít lace the glass that much.
Smell: Sweeter and stronger-smelling than your average lager, but still has a distinct lager aroma to it. Hints of honey and light flowers with very slight candy or powdered drink sweetness.
Taste: The bottle doesnít indicate what hops, malts and other ingredients went into the beer, but it is by far the sweetest lager Iíve ever had. Massive honey flavor throughout the palate, but especially on the second half. The head is so big and foamy itís impossible to take a swig without getting some bubbly, dry, biscuity/almost peppery spice flavor at the beginning of each swig. Itís by not means Belgian-tasting, but thereís definitely some Belgian-like qualities to it (which is both strange and impressive considering this is an American lager).
The second half is akin to something Iíd expect in a strong blonde ale - pure honey and caramel, with some butterscotch and other light confectionary flavors (including gold lollipop, which I donít really like). I can tell this beer was brewed with a lot of traditional West Coast hops as there seem to be residual, almost watery flavors of lemon and orange, but with a drier, less flavorful bitterness. Drinking half of this bottle was satisfying and tasty, but the sweetness becomes cloying after not too long. An impressive and interesting experience, but nothing amazing.
Drinkability: Weighing in at 8.3% ABV, itís not surprising Sierra Nevada 30th Anniversary Charlie, Fred and Kenís Bock is a thicker, heavier beer all around. Full-bodied throughout with consistent flavor. Even after two years the bottle is still quite effervescent and bubbly. Itís almost a self-cleaning palate due to the fizziness, although the malty sweetness is strong enough to last. While some carbonation does get stuck in the throat, this is not a beer thatís difficult to get down - itís just not something you drink more than a swig at a time.
BucannonXC5 (857) - San Diego, California, USA - JAN 7, 2012
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Poured from a 1 pint, 9.4 oz. glass into a pint glass. Color was honey caramel. Decent amount of head, probably 1 Ĺ ounces. Healthy amount of frothy, white lacing on the top. Very little film on the sides.
Smelled pungent fruit right up front. Seemed to be plum, pears and raisins. Also a touch of honey and caramel malts. Had some mint in there, too, maybe candy cane?
Not much like the nose in the initial taste. I got caramel up front with a dark fruit backbone. Honey seemed to be in there in all aspects. Feel it all on the tongue after, just slightly bitter.
Medium-to-light body. Oily texture. Lively (moderate) carbonation. Long finish.
Everything about this beer says, ďGood.Ē Not my favorite Sierra Nevada, but one Iíd definitely recommend.
ben4321 (3947) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - JAN 2, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Location: 750 ml bottle from Buy Rite, 12/24/11
Aroma: The nose has some caramel, burnt sugar, and toast, with floral and earthy hop notes too
Appearance: This one pours a slightly cloudy reddish-orange color with a frothy, foamy white head
Flavor: The taste is moderately sweet, with toast and caramel flavors, and a crisp, lightly bitter finish
Palate: The body is medium, it is sticky on the mouth, with a long duration, and a fairly soft carbonation
I thought that this one was pretty solid. The hops may have faded a touch due to a little bit of age on the bottle, but they still do a nice job of balancing out the more dominant malts. The overall components of the flavor profile seem to weld together pretty well. Thereís a little boozy heat present in the aroma and flavor, but it doesnít overwhelm the beer. This was a nice variation on the traditional Heller style.