Dark honey gold hue that glows with a dull solid gelatin appearance. Large puffy crown of dulled white foam lathers up softly and collapses just as soft, keeping a firm and solid collar and a touch of skim. Speckled stringy lacing is stretched in length across the glass.
Aroma has a nice array of bubble gummy candyish malts, fresh bread dough fluffed with dry flour, crispy grainyness, unbaked pie dough, and some dusty husky grassy hoppyness flinted with a bit of peach and apricot.
Taste is a whole lot of clean, soft, wheat-like malt. Breadish and doughy with a bit of toasty grasses edged in as well as a light coating to some sugary sweetness in the midrange. Drys out quite feathery with a nice light puff of hops that flirt about with chalky dryness of starfruit skins, apricot fuzz, and pear texture. Complexity level is crafted in well here with this one, but would have liked to tasted more firmness in the malt load.
Body is a solid medium, smooth, mildly tangy, sweet, and lowly lit with just a nudge of carbonation to push its center from the inside out. Again, a nice complexity emerges as it mixes all sorts of dry puffy yeast, fruit skins, and hops across the back of its candyish malt core.
This actually has alot of things going for it. Charlie, Fred And Ken's Bock has an exceedingly solid drinkability. The complexity of light, airy, mixing textures is pretty interesting and unlike any Helles Bock I've ever had. The notion of Imperial, a la, its 8.3%, is evident only as you get thru it as an after thought/feeling about half way thru the 750. It's not a monster of huge portions, but its crafty edge does show.
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