donttreadonme (91) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - AUG 26, 2010
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
Special corked bottle - had in the fridge, had an incident, had to drive for 3 hours in the hot sun with it, put back in fridge, let it warm up a bit - still phenomenal. Golden amber glorious pour, complex aroma, taste and finish. Not sure what else you’d want.
joeyeo (3) - , Arizona, USA - JUL 21, 2010 does not count
4.9 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
Tried this beer at the flagstaff brew festival, lighter than i thought it would be. great color and excellent aftertaste
DKS4011 (8) - Black Earth, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 24, 2010 does not count
4.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
750 Caged & corked: resin, caramel, nuts, toast, earthy, orange, clear, frothy, medium sweetness, lightly bitter, full body, creamy, lively, long finish.
Enough of the supplied comment suggestions. I loved this beer! What a surprise! Someone knocked it because it didn’t conform to the Helles Bock standard and that may or may not be true. I’m not there yet with my tasting education. All I know is I like interesting, complex, hoppy, dense beer and this is perhaps my new all-time favorite.
Braudog (5865) - Glenville, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 6, 2011
4.8 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Bottle, caged and corked. Nice rich golden color with a fortress of a white poofy head. The aroma is as strong as a French perfume shop, full of floral body. Wow -- this is quite possibly the smoothest, strong beer I’ve ever experienced. Rich with strong malt and a finessed sweet flavor, yet somehow magically easy to drink, this could be dangerous if you’re not paying attention. Phenomenal. (#4073, 2/6/2011)
Tap (22) - - FEB 23, 2011
4.8 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
I really enjoyed all these anniversary brews. This ones a good standout. it’s almost a perfect example of the hells bock style. Looked forward to tasting this one. Good full beer to try. To 30 more years of great beers.
SSSteve (3801) - - 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!
Marsiblursi (3021) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - DEC 28, 2010
4.7 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
(Bottle, thanks mybestfriend) Pours clear pale amber with an off-white head. The aroma is fantastic - clean and bright with notes of soft vanilla/marshmallows, morning dew, perfumy but subtle rose flowers and fresh white bready malt. This is one of the most perfect aromas I ever laid my nose on. Malt and hops in total harmony. The flavour is light sweet and medium bitter. Perfect floral hops and bright/clean malt. Flowers, subtle honey and new backed bread. The mouthfeel is super soft with a light perfect carbonation. Floral and grassy aftertaste. Medium to full bodied. Almost perfect.
944play (358) - 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...
onceblind (4470) - Denver, Colorado, USA - SEP 17, 2010
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: DEC 31, 2010 Unsure how old this bottle is; purchased in mid June, drank today (9/17/10), approximately 3 months cellared (no patience, obviously). No bottling date on label or cork. Pours a hazy orange color with a large ivory foamy head. Smells of honey, pears, flowery hops, ane a bit of wood as well. Smell is fairly complex. Taste is equally so and wonderfully delicious. I taste some honey, biscuity bread, and some orange citrus. Maybe some banana as well, definitely something else fruity going on towards the end Aftertaste is malty sweet, very low bitterness. Texture is somewhat thick and chewy, low yet exciting carbonation. Drinkable, loveable, complex, and a must-have if you can find it in your area. Perhaps my favourite Sierra Nevada brew!
jmagnus87 (2462) - Rockford, Illinois, USA - JUL 21, 2011
4.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
A 750ml corked and caged from Chuck’s poured into my lager glass. Been saving this one for a while but after working all day at the liquor store with the AC broken, I figured this was the day!
First off, there is one hell of a pop when that cork comes out. Pours a dark golden color with lots of carbonation and LOTS of head, about 3 fingers worth.
Aroma is light citrus hops and some nice caramel malt. Slight scent of alcohol.
WOW, not at all what I was expecting for taste. Medium sweet, medium bitter and lightly sour. You can definitely taste the hops in this bad boy. There is a medium taste of alcohol and the aftertaste is sweet and citrusy like a caramelized orange.
Medium bodied with an oily yet creamy texture. Lively carbonation and a long bittersweet finish.
Overall, this is an awesome beer. If you can find this one definitely buy it so you can give it a try before they are all gone. I know I will if I ever find it again!