J_man (796) - Tustin, California, USA - JUN 20, 2010
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
The 2nd in the 4 beer line-up for SNís 30th anniversary. Starts off with a wift of hop aroma out of the bottle, pouring an absolutely beautiful golden orange color with a thick head of very fine bubbles (almost looked like a nitrogen head). In the glass, the aroma becomes a mix of sweet maltiness with slightly woody hops in the background. This beer has the most incredibly creamy, smooth mouthfeel of any beer Iíve ever had! A sweet, lightly toasted caramel flavor with a hint of vanilla is balanced by a near perfect combination of floral hoppiness and dry alcohol. This is not a lightweight beer by any means, but it goes down very easily. The German tradition of a bock is well represented here and taken to a new level. I canít wait to have another bottle!
iowaherkeye (2698) - Ocean Beach, San Diego, California, USA - JUN 20, 2010
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
750mL bottle, no date from Bottle Barn for $8.99. Clear medium gold orange with a two finger yellowish white head, fair retention. Actually smells kinda like a toasty pils. Floral malts up front with some light toast, pale biscuity malts and moderate lager yeast. Flavor follows suit with some added honey and alcohol presence. Bitterness peaked at a 3 in the dry slightly warm finish. Light to moderate carbonation, smooth medium full body. Better than I thought itíd be, but the guys who made this beer are studs, so I shouldíve known better. Just kinda sick of the whole "imperializing" every style. Succeeded here though.
bhensonb (12587) - Woodland, California, USA - JUN 20, 2010
4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
750, c&c from the Co-Op in Davis, CA. Pours like fine champagne - little bubbles on the glass (Maredsous glass) with a foamy 4 finger off-white head and an aged amber gold color. Aromas of mildly roasted malt and light floral hop. Medium plus body with mild carbonation. Flavor is lightly roasted malt and a nice floral aspect. It makes me think oak and astringent in a mild way. I think it finishes balanced, perhaps a tad towards the hoppy side. In the end bitter dominates the mouth. Really good drink.
ManvsCity (183) - Redmond, Washington, USA - JUN 19, 2010
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Rich and creamy lager with a nice hop bite. Bomber pours a deep amber with a two finger off-white head leaving minimal lacing. Really pleasant aromas of honey, fresh baked bread, summer white corn, and watermelon. Tastes of caramel and floral hop resins, in a medium malt base. Light carbonation leaves a smooth after feel but the strong alcohol leaves heat on the tongue and throat.
TheBeerGod (5595) - 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 (2621) - 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 thatís usually not my thing. Hereís 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? Whoís idea was this? At 5% ABV, this could have been a great beer. As it is, itís way too sweet, the hops are completely drowned out, the cracker malts take a backseat to the raw sugars and alcohol.. and itís 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.