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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
riversideAK (6252) - Shoreline, Washington, USA - JUN 14, 2010
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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
JohnC (3008) - Mission Viejo, California, USA - JUN 13, 2010
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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
craftbeerdesign (2254) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - JUN 13, 2010
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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
drjay44 (3554) - Salida, Colorado, USA - JUN 12, 2010
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

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
brokephibroke (313) - Mead, Colorado, USA - JUN 12, 2010
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!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
SSSteve (4006) - - JUN 12, 2010
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!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
philbertk (1873) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JUN 12, 2010
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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
fidel (1302) - Livermore, California, USA - JUN 12, 2010
Poured golden amber, sweet, caramel, alcohol, honey, spicey, little grassy hops, little citrus, little stone fruits.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
dimenhetfield (2486) - , Florida, USA - JUN 11, 2010
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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
bvc (1241) - Washington, USA - JUN 11, 2010
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.

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