riversideAK (6252) - Shoreline, Washington, USA - JUN 14, 2010
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Malty sweet nose. Notes of caramel, cookies, lightly nutty. Some floral and peppery hop notes as well. Pours golden with a nice lasting head and sticky lace. The flavor is malty sweet, cookie dough, caramel, toasted sweetness with a medium floral/peppery hop bitterness in the finish that helps it finish dry. Nice carbonation, well done malt forward beer in a style that is not necessarily my favorite.
JohnC (3008) - Mission Viejo, California, USA - JUN 13, 2010
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
I had this on tap at Selma’s in Rancho Santa Margarita, CA. It’s a nicely done malty brew. Pretty golden color, creamy on the palate, it’s easily drinkable.
craftbeerdesign (2254) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - JUN 13, 2010
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
sample at SAVOR on 6/5/10. deep orange pour with a 1/4" white head... spicy hop nose with some light fruit notes and sweet malts. medium caramel / sweet / dark fruit body with a good level of bitterness. clean bitter finish. really nice special limited beer.
drjay44 (3554) - Salida, Colorado, USA - JUN 12, 2010
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
750 ml bottle. Shared with multiple others at brew club. Thanks to Chuck. Pours a thin head over a clear medium gold (SRM 7) body.....nose is sweet malts (light brown sugar, candi sugar), bit of cereal.....taste is dominated by malt, cereal (Grapenuts), with light dried fruits (raisin, cherry), finishing slightly sweet.....mouth feel is medium, carbonation low. Good example with in the style of Helles Bock, malts dominate, hop presence is minimal, and the alcohol is well hidden. BJCP 6/3/15/5/8
brokephibroke (313) - Mead, Colorado, USA - JUN 12, 2010
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
375mL bottle. Clear copper pour with an off white lingering, noisy head. Malty and floral aroma with a little citrus and burnt toast. Flavor starts out pretty sweet, but is quickly overtaken by a bitterness from the hops. This is a nice Bock!
SSSteve (4006) - - 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 (2486) - , 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 (1241) - 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.