SSSteve (3891) - - JUN 12, 2010
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
750ml bottle. a clear, syrupy looking, orange colored beer under a small, creamy, white head with great retention. aroma is sweet and malty with honey, toffee, a handful of dried flowers and mild hint of nuts. flavor has just enough sweetness with toffee, peaches, toasted malt, honey, butter, and flowers. palate has just a tad too much carbonation for me. medium body. perfectly balanced. man...this is perfection. both the anniversary beers have far exceeded my expectations so far. i can’t think of enough good things to say about this. a perfect example of how my ideal heller bock would be crafted. wow. keep it up!
philbertk (1873) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JUN 12, 2010
4.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Sierra Nevada Brewing Company--SIERRA XXX 30th Anniversary--Charlie, Fred & Ken’s Bock--Imperial Helles Bock--A Collaboration of Pioneering Brewers #2--2010 25.4 oz. Bottle. 8.30% ABV. 41 IBU’s. (4.5 / 5.0) Helles--Imperial. Rich thick lacy white head. Clear brilliant amber color. Aromatic sweet malt mild floral Noble hop front. Rich smooth creamy mild sweet crusty toasted caramel malty mild fruit delicious Helles body. Smooth tangy hint of hop spice crisp clean end. Flavor gets even better as Brew warms. Penultimate Bock! Sampled 6/12/2010. 2 @ $10.79 Each.
fidel (1302) - Livermore, California, USA - JUN 12, 2010
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Poured golden amber, sweet, caramel, alcohol, honey, spicey, little grassy hops, little citrus, little stone fruits.
dimenhetfield (2487) - , Florida, USA - JUN 11, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Not too much going on with this beer in the aroma department, but what really hits me is the smooth quality it. It has a great balance of flavor and easy drinkability. Most bocks that I’ve tried are harsh but this is one great beer.
bvc (1178) - Kenmore, Washington, USA - JUN 11, 2010
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draft at Malt & Vine. Pours a dull golden with tight perfect uniform off white head. Light honey sweetness, slightly toasted pils malt, touch of grassy saaz hops with a bit of esters and some warming alcohol. Warm toasted malt, pils malt, light grassy honey sweetness, and bittering on the end that toys on the boozy side. Well made, just a bit warm and boozy for me...for the style.
JaBier (5106) - Capital City, Ohio, USA - JUN 11, 2010
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
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.
michael-pollack (4960) - King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 11, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
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.
baraciisch (2187) - California, USA - JUN 10, 2010
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
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
Pailhead (5347) - Brownstown, Michigan, USA - JUN 9, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
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.
CheersMate (1312) - Fremont (Seattle), Washington, USA - JUN 9, 2010
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
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.