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

Serve in Dimpled mug, Stein


on tap


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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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Blake (396) - Orange, California, USA - JUN 22, 2010
Had on tap at Haven Gastropub. Pours a hazy orange/brown with very little head that dissipates to nothingness and good lacing. Aroma is toasty with big malts and fruity sweetness. Taste is mostly malts with toffee and caramel and a hint of fruits and wheat. Finishes with slight alcohol flavors and a hop bitterness that just appears at the end of the glass. Very drinkable, amazingly smooth and complex. Lovely beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
potbeerjob (1343) - Denver, Colorado, USA - JUN 22, 2010
Draught from R&H. Clear caramel amber with small white head. Aroma is big apple fruity, almost artificial/candy apple, toasty malt, light straw/hay. Taste is initially sweet dull fruit but goes huge bitter and boozy and back end. I mean huge, a little too much so. Big bitter lingers in finish. A little disappointing but unique.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
StefanSD (2433) - Ouray, Colorado, USA - JUN 21, 2010
750 ml bottle from Bev4less. Pours a translucent copper color with a medium white head that has fair retention and some sticky lacing. The aroma is soft with yeast, sweet grains and malts. The flavor is semi sweet with honey, peanuts, walnuts, lightly biter hops and some molasses. The palate is smooth and full with lively carbonation. The finish is short and dry. Overall: A refreshing brew, but I thought this was really very ordinary.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Ratman197 (14230) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - JUN 21, 2010
750 ml corked and caged bottle poured a clear golden amber with a lasting ivory head. Aromas of straw, fruittiness, toasted malt and some light floral notes. Palate was medium bodied and crisp with a smooth dry finish. Flavors of straw, toasted malt, light earthiness and light fruittiness with a smooth dry lingering earthy finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
J_man (971) - Tustin, California, USA - JUN 20, 2010
The 2nd in the 4 beer line-up for SN’s 30th anniversary. Starts off with a wift of hop aroma out of the bottle, pouring an absolutely beautiful golden orange color with a thick head of very fine bubbles (almost looked like a nitrogen head). In the glass, the aroma becomes a mix of sweet maltiness with slightly woody hops in the background. This beer has the most incredibly creamy, smooth mouthfeel of any beer I’ve ever had! A sweet, lightly toasted caramel flavor with a hint of vanilla is balanced by a near perfect combination of floral hoppiness and dry alcohol. This is not a lightweight beer by any means, but it goes down very easily. The German tradition of a bock is well represented here and taken to a new level. I can’t wait to have another bottle!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
iowaherkeye (2703) - Ocean Beach, San Diego, California, USA - JUN 20, 2010
750mL bottle, no date from Bottle Barn for $8.99. Clear medium gold orange with a two finger yellowish white head, fair retention. Actually smells kinda like a toasty pils. Floral malts up front with some light toast, pale biscuity malts and moderate lager yeast. Flavor follows suit with some added honey and alcohol presence. Bitterness peaked at a 3 in the dry slightly warm finish. Light to moderate carbonation, smooth medium full body. Better than I thought it’d be, but the guys who made this beer are studs, so I should’ve known better. Just kinda sick of the whole "imperializing" every style. Succeeded here though.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
bhensonb (14751) - Woodland, California, USA - JUN 20, 2010
750, c&c from the Co-Op in Davis, CA. Pours like fine champagne - little bubbles on the glass (Maredsous glass) with a foamy 4 finger off-white head and an aged amber gold color. Aromas of mildly roasted malt and light floral hop. Medium plus body with mild carbonation. Flavor is lightly roasted malt and a nice floral aspect. It makes me think oak and astringent in a mild way. I think it finishes balanced, perhaps a tad towards the hoppy side. In the end bitter dominates the mouth. Really good drink.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ManvsCity (183) - Austin, Texas, USA - JUN 19, 2010
Rich and creamy lager with a nice hop bite. Bomber pours a deep amber with a two finger off-white head leaving minimal lacing. Really pleasant aromas of honey, fresh baked bread, summer white corn, and watermelon. Tastes of caramel and floral hop resins, in a medium malt base. Light carbonation leaves a smooth after feel but the strong alcohol leaves heat on the tongue and throat.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
TheBeerGod (6158) - Newport News, Virginia, USA - JUN 19, 2010
Bottle - 750mL corked and caged. Amber pour with a voluminous white head. Hoppy and floral notes in the aroma along with spicy hops, caramel, dark, grainy bread, and malt. Taste is spicy hops, light caramel, grainy bread, toasted malt, light fruit and floral notes. Body is medium full with a strong creamy carbonation. Finishes with lingering spicy hops, light caramel, dried fruit, toffee, toasted malt and bread.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Maverick34 (3145) - New York, USA - JUN 19, 2010
Tiny glass from R&H. Poured a clear gold with smallish white head. Sweet and bocky malty taste but clean finish. good.

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