TheBeerGod (5347) - Newport News, Virginia, USA - JUN 19, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle - 750mL corked and caged. Amber pour with a voluminous white head. Hoppy and floral notes in the aroma along with spicy hops, caramel, dark, grainy bread, and malt. Taste is spicy hops, light caramel, grainy bread, toasted malt, light fruit and floral notes. Body is medium full with a strong creamy carbonation. Finishes with lingering spicy hops, light caramel, dried fruit, toffee, toasted malt and bread.
Maverick34 (2366) - New York, USA - JUN 19, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Tiny glass from R&H. Poured a clear gold with smallish white head. Sweet and bocky malty taste but clean finish. good.
ScottyP (425) - Brentwood, Tennessee, USA - JUN 18, 2010
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a clear gold with thick, slowly dissipating head. Aroma of bread, bubblegum, spice, caramel malt, a hint of hops. Malty sweet and fruity up front, has a nice, slightly bitter finish. Creamy and medium bodied. I enjoy the subtle use of the hops to round out this beer, helps mute the alc content. Very solid for a style that’s usually not my thing. Here’s to 30 years of Sierra Nevada, and to 30 more!
ryan (3186) - Beltsville, Maryland, USA - JUN 18, 2010
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Why? Imperial Helles Bock? Are you shitting me? Who’s idea was this? At 5% ABV, this could have been a great beer. As it is, it’s way too sweet, the hops are completely drowned out, the cracker malts take a backseat to the raw sugars and alcohol.. and it’s just not in any way refreshing. So sad. All three of you should all be ashamed of yourselves.
SledgeJr (3577) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - JUN 17, 2010
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
On tap at the crescent moon. Dark gold with large off-white head. Very Belgian aroma of fruit and bubblegum. An up-front candy sweetness that segues to a midpoint drying hop bitterness. Medicinal quinine finish. Seems like a cross between an imperial pilsner and a Belgian blonde. A good beer but worthy of a 30th anniversary. Sorry, Charlie.
kitschy (326) - Nebraska, USA - JUN 17, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap at the moon. Slightly spicy, sweet nose with floral hops. Tastes like juicy fruit in a malty way. I expected more malt for this style. Interesting, not sure it lives up to the hype I created in my mind.
944play (359) - Santa Rosa, California, USA - JUN 17, 2010
4.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Draft at Toad in the Hole. Clear orange, medium dissipating head. Initial light sulfur, then big rich dried fruit, spicy noble hops. Candylike sweetness is made pleasant by crisp, fresh, complex herbal hoppiness. If beer-flavored popsicles were perfected, they would taste exactly like this. Finishes super clean with just a charming tingle to remind...
hatchattack (255) - Virginia, USA - JUN 16, 2010
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bomber. pours a copper color with a two finger head. aroma little bread, and some sweetness. taste: sweet candy like caramel in the beginning and then bitterness from the hops, and nice finish.
Wegro (331) - Fresno, California, USA - JUN 16, 2010
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a very nice clear copper with a wimpy head. aroma is nice but not very prominent. flavor is extremely balanced with a very full mouthfeel. really very nice palate, hides abv a little too well. flavor has a very nice malt presence with balancing floral hops, but the "imperial" label is misleading if you ask me. really the only problem with it is the price and the misleading imperial label, i feel this should be available in $10 6 packs instead of a 10 dollar corked bottle. 30th anniversary isn’t going to happen again, give us something truly memorable SN
craftycarl21 (2254) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - JUN 15, 2010
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a light amber pour with a medium sized white frothy head. Aroma holds lots of citrus, with lime, lemon, Froot Loops, a touch of white peach, and a bit of grass and hemlock. Flavor starts sweet, with really nice orange zest and a touch of sweet caramel, and then moves to a great hoppy bite, with some grass and spruce, then moves to an awesome hint of toasty malt, German wheat, and floral hop. Awesome progression of flavors. Palate is medium bodied, and mixes hop bitterness with sweet malt beautifully. Top notch beer- so impressed with this series so far.