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

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RATINGS: 439   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.62   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.

Bricks' rating

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Bricks (774) - Delaware, USA - NOV 14, 2010
Thoroughly surprised by this one. Didn’t know what to expect from a "Bock", as German-sounding beers are more "miss" than "hit IMO. This was a great ale, with just the right amount of sweetness. Couldn’t believe it was 8.3%.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
DrGD (108) - 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 (3221) - 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 (1109) - 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 (426) - 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

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
slowrunner77 (7440) - Reno, Nevada, USA - OCT 4, 2014
an interesting beer to say the least. advertised at the local sierra tap house as an imperial helles bock. looks like a bock. aroma is huge...sweet, hoppy, malty, complex. love it. body is full...maybe even a little thick by the end. flavor is complex too, but maybe a touch too heavy. this is definitely a unique, fairly aggressive for the style brew, somewhat sweet...worth a shot."

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
rarbring (1900) - Linköping, SWEDEN - JUL 17, 2014
Overall: Fruity, sweet, apricots, raisins, sherry.
Note: Bottle 650 ml at De Klomp. Reviewed 2014-07-17.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
alliance100 (1043) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - JUL 11, 2014
Draft at Hopcat GR - 2010 vintage - pours a medium orange . Notes of bready malt and citrus . Really cool to see this one held up . Delicious . ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
puboflyons (2637) - Allenstown, New Hampshire, USA - MAY 1, 2014
From the corked, caged bottle cellared for three years and opened on May 1, 2014 to celebrate Spring and my 1,900th rating. The pour is copper-amber leading up to a modest off-white head that fades some but leaves plenty of lacing in its wake. How malty is that? Lots of caramel malts and butterscotch on the nose. A touch of meaty fruit maybe? Not typical for the style but it is probably the best deScription I can think of. In some ways it reminds me more of a Wee Heavy than a Helles Bock. Sweet. Little to no hop aroma. Medium to full body and smooth. Like the nose there is a full and sweet malty character in the taste. Not bitter or dry but truly malted. I never tried it fresh so I can’t make a good comparison but I enjoyed it aged.

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