30th Anniversary- Charlie, Fred And Ken’s Bock

Hop City, Atlanta, GA, USA.
Blah, ultimately very disappointed consider the supposed gravity of this series.
The biggest problem here was the carbonation and general life associated with the beer – in the end nothing but flat and dull.
Pour was a surprisingly dark, mid-copper body with some large bubbles and a decent head. The problems started as the head faded, both quickly and badly. It left a brown; literally “dead” liquid in the glass which was flat and unappealing. All of this after a decent pop from the corked and caged bottle and some significant gun-smoke.
Nose and tastes gave a crisp, Saaz-like edge (which sat a little oddly against the color of the beer) and there was a good peppery, cracker feel about the initial tastes. The alcohol seemed to build though, and as it did the beer became heavier and less appealing. Coupled with the hard work associated with the body it really slowed the beer down. It got heavy and cumbersome very quickly. This beer was in STARK contrast to something like Rogues recent Maierfest offering which showcased all the great things about the style – this showed virtually none.
Extremely disappointed and a really poor beer when you consider the fact that this was supposed to be something special. One of my favorite styles, badly missed by SN.

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06/16/2010
Format:
bottle
ABV: 8.3 %
Appearance: 2
Taste: 2.5
Mouthfeel: 1.5
Smell: 3.5
Overall: 2
Total: 2.48
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