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Sierra Nevada 30th Anniversary Charlie, Fred & Kens Bock

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RATINGS: 433   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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
JaBier (4956) - Capital City, Ohio, USA - JUN 11, 2010
Bottle sample at the tasting at Blacklick Wine & Spirits on 6/11/10. Clear amber, med beige head. Aroma of lager yeast, sweet malt and a bit of fruit. Flavor is sweet, crisp and fruit with a slight touch of hops. Very nice.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
michael-pollack (4960) - King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 11, 2010
Draught at TND: Aroma of hops, malt, and some toasting. Poured amber/gold in color with a tiny, off-white head that greatly diminished but lasted throughout as a film on top of the beer. Clear. Slightly sparkling. Flavor is medium sweet. Tastes of hops, yeast, light caramel, toasting, toasted sugar, slight bread, and some general Heller Bock flavors. Medium body. Dry texture. Average carbonation. Hops, toasted malt, light yeast, and slight caramel finish is dry. 8.3%ABV is completely hidden throughout. A very nice bock.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
baraciisch (1920) - USA - JUN 10, 2010
Had at Russian River Brewing Co on draft of all places, definitely worthy of being in that brewery... Very sweet fruity flavor, with a nice reddish glow... Great beer

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Pailhead (4900) - Brownstown, Michigan, USA - JUN 9, 2010
Bottle: The aroma consists of oranges, honey, floral notes, and light grass/straw. It pours a transparent amber with an inch tall off-white head with good retention. The flavor starts sweet with oranges and honey and the sweetness lasts throughout. The finish has some light grassiness and a touch of grapefruit and floral hops. It’s medium-full bodied with moderate carbonation and a somewhat sticky mouthfeel.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
CheersMate (1312) - Fremont (Seattle), Washington, USA - JUN 9, 2010
750 ml. bottle from Green’s on Ponce De Leon. Copper transparent appearance with a slight haze. Nice fluffy head sitting on top of this fine looking beer. Nice and fresh hop aroma with a bit of malt sweetness. Light honey and grass, but nothing disgusting. Aroma is fresh, but nothing exceptionally special. Very sweet malt sugar flavor, with a bit of hop bitterness to compliment the aforementioned flavor. Nice bittering hop freshness with that subtle honey and malt sweetness lingering. Touches of a pine hop flavor coming through. Very nice and crisp, but the aroma is a little boring.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
beersearcher (2334) - Glendale, California, USA - JUN 9, 2010
Tasted at Library Alehouse’s Sierra Nevada dinner. Pours a dark red/brown. This beer is all over the place to me. It is not heavy but it has an alcohol kick to it. Bock maltiness shows up then fades into a note of hops. Complex but not one of my favorites.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Rusty (1536) - Mesa, Arizona, USA - JUN 8, 2010
Pours a reddish brown with a slight haze and a large fluffy off white head that leaves tons of sticky lacing. Aroma is spicy floral hops, pepper, grass, malt, caramel. Flavor is floral hops, spices, grass, malt, caramel, pepper, a touch of nuts, the balance between the bittering and sweetness is perfect, tongue numbing yet pleasant. Not quite the imperial beast I was expecting as this is deadly drinkable, but that’s a bonus. Git Some!

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
nimbleprop (4987) - SouthWest, Washington, Washington DC, USA - JUN 7, 2010
Sampled at SAVOR 2010. Pours a totally clear, burnt orange with some cloudy white head. Aroma is very fruity, malty, sugary sweet, wet corn. Flavor is malts, sugary, corn, apples. Full bodied and sticky on the end.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
beerbill (3458) - Laurel, New York, USA - JUN 7, 2010
750 ml bottle. Pours a mostly clear coppery gold with a moderate linen white head that lasted through the first quarter of the glass and left little lace. Mild aroma of caramel, honey and a few vapors of alcohol. The flavor is malt with some caramel sweetness and mild honey. There is a considerable alcohol presence that emerges at the finish that burns at the back of the throat. As a side note, the label for this beer is probably one of the most attractive beer labels that I have come across in a long time with excellent graphics.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ragesaq (71) - Arizona, USA - JUN 6, 2010
Pretty great beer. The 750 opened with a loud pop and a speeding cork. The glass filled with a nice thick head that stuck around for a while and the beer was a nice brilliantly clear golden hue. Aroma and Flavor was primarily toasty, slightly sweet hops with a touch of doughiness, supported by a nice floral hop aroma and the lightly delicate lager yeast esters. Mouthfeel was balanced slightly to sweet, but well carbonated so it was not cloying and had a slightly dry finish. Pretty good bock, didn’t taste or feel like an imperial. Would buy it again.

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