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Sierra Nevada 30th Anniversary Charlie, Fred & Ken’s Imperial Helles Bock

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RATINGS: 443   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.62/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 249   ABV: 8.3%
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.

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   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
luv2brew (196) - Chesterfield, Virginia, USA - JUL 23, 2010
Thought this was going to be an imperial IPA, but pleasantly surprised. I have read many books by mr. papazian and mr. eckhardt but thought that an imperial helles bock would be tough if not impossible to pull of, but they pretty much did it. Massive white head with a very light golden color, very little nose. This one comes across as heavy on the malt but definately not overwhelming but very well put together, clean crisp and not alot of alcohol so i thought. Again pleasantly surprised

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
furthur (921) - Eagle River, Alaska, USA - JUN 10, 2016
Bottle at share, THANKS OWEN! Slightly hazy amber, big white head faded slowly. Aroma malt and raisin, fig, anise. Taste is raisin, malt, anise, spices. Palate is very rich, carbonation subdued, a little hot even after all this time.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
JPDIPSO (5673) - Wauwatosa, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 12, 2016
Dark golden color with a tall, mildly diminishing, cream colored head. Big clean floral hops aroma with a caramel and lightly toasted malt background. Perhaps a bit too much hops, but still a very clean aroma. Light sweet start with caramelized malt, hints of light currants, herbal to floral hops balance. Clean finish with just a hint of alcohol, albeit my stomach is starting to feel a bit warmer. Full feel with a bit of bite from the hops to keep it from getting too heavy. A pure and simple (if there is such a thing in the bock world) helles doppelbock. If all bocks were like this I would have very few complaints in my life. 3/10

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Viper666 (3271) - Richelieu, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 24, 2016
Où, Quand, Comment : Bouteille, dégustée le 8/22/2013.
Visuel : Couleur : dorée. Apparence : claire.
Arôme : Grains de malt pâle sucrés, miel, houblon floral et herbeux, notes fruitées et épicées.
Goût : Entrée de bouche : Léger goût fruité (zeste d’agrumes) et épicé (poivre). Une dominante de grains de malt sucrés avec des petites notes de butterscotch est présente ainsi qu’une légère-moyenne amertume de houblon herbeux et floral avec des traces de miel, d’alcool et de caramel.
En bouche : Corps : moyen. Effervescence : moyenne. Texture : légèrement huileuse. Finale : moyenne et aux notes sèches, composée d’une légère amertume d’alcool, de houblon herbeux aux notes florales et épicées.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
RichTheVillan (6823) - West Midlands, ENGLAND - OCT 28, 2015
Bottle from Lee Bickerton cheers Lee; clear amber pour with a creamy beige head, aroma has sweet toffee and some yeast action, taste has sweet toffee, robust malts, light spice.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
DrGD (110) - West Midlands, ENGLAND - MAY 2, 2015
UPDATED: MAY 3, 2015 Bottle. Slightly hazy golden colour with substantial white foam. Aromas of hops, yeast, and flowers, complex and enticing. Taste: lots of malts, a bit of caramel, yeast, combined with hoppy bitterness. Good balance between sweet and bitter, hints of spices. Medium carbonation. A hoppier take on a classic German style, this is a great beer!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BIK89 (26) - SWEDEN - MAR 28, 2015
Testad på Linköping Beer Expo. Färgen är klar och bärnsten. Dofter sött och maltigt. Smakar brödigt.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
lillunken (61) - Uppsala, SWEDEN - MAR 28, 2015
Testad på Linköping beer expo. Doftar som en engelsk barley wine, dvs maltigt och sött. Smakar som en blandning mellan en engelsk barley wine och en veteöl med lite extra beska. Något oljig munkänsla. God men inte överväldigande god.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
chinchill (4338) - South Carolina, USA - JAN 14, 2015
A - A bright light copper/amber body with an attractive creamy white head S - Sweet and malty (pils?), with hints of bread, brown sugar, and spicy hops. T - Malt flavors dominant, and the high ABV is nicely hidden. Tempered sweetness. True to style but enhanced flavor profile that has more boldness (although this isn’t a bold beer) and complexity than usual. M - Medium;light body and smooth, but with moderate-to-lively carbonation. O - A hearty Helles bock. Normally, not one of my favorite styles but this beer was very pleasing and work work well as a session beer. Recommended for Maibock fans. [from notes]

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
tricyclist (1125) - Florida, USA - DEC 14, 2014
Great beer! Large sample pour of bright golden that struggles to build a white head. Nose is some caramel, some light herbal notes, some swee malt. Flavor drinks like a blond dopplebock. Easy drinking for 8%

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
LearninBeer (487) - Sterling Heights, Michigan, USA - DEC 12, 2014
The aroma is malt, bread and Belgium yeast. Pours a clear copper/orange with a mostly diminishing frothy head and good lacing. The taste is sweet, sour and bitter. The body is medium, the texture creamy, the carbonation lively and the finish long. Not bad

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