St. Nikolaus Bock Bier - Pennsylvania Brewing Company
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4/5 rDev +1.3%
12oz bottle poured into a shaker pint.
Dark brown with reddish highlights. Has 1/2 finger of tan head that dissipates quickly.
Cocoa, brown sugar, brown breads and raisin.
Brown breads, brown sugar and cocoa. Dark fruits consisting of raisin & date along with touches of red grape and red licorice.
Medium bodied, smooth and subtly crisp with carbonation.
A nice malty Bock that stays traditional to the style. Easy drinking and smooth.
01-04-2014 19:24:57 | More by justintcoons
3.8/5 rDev -3.8%
Reminds me of Russian black bread. Great example of bock style from an American perspective. I like everything from Penn and this is no different. The consistency is the most enjoyable aspect of the winter beers. Wish that there were more of these in the variety case.
12-18-2013 18:58:53 | More by Beer_Store_Guy
3.94/5 rDev -0.3%
Pours an almost solud dark brown with a finger and a half of foamy beige-colored head. Retains well, laces okay. Looks like a bock.
German grains with a hefty roast pushing coffee, spice, kernel nuttiness, and faintly sour mash noted into the fray. Earthy hops are mellowes by the cereal elements, but twang with a strange, but small, citrusy flair. Echoes clove and caramel vanilla notes through robust malt notes. A classic holiday ale and the smell is always good, every year.
Bitter earthiness with a touch of vanilla, dark sugars, clove-y spice, yeasty nut, and wet German maltiness. Yeast dries out the flavor with added powder, but the feel leans toward 'creamy', still. Medium-to-light roast coffee factors in and delivers more of that good bock nuttiness. Hints of cherried fruit and trail mix. Perhaps, a kiss of chocolate. Body stands up fine with a whoosh and a swish. Carbonation develops late in the mouth, almost inversely, with bubbles getting larger in the finish. Lingers with sparkling tongue spice, wetness on the palate, and a faded alcohol presence. Excellent mouthfeel.
A personal favorite for holiday ales. I drink over a dozen a year, I feel. Always available in my area, and standardly good. Especially, at my local dive bar.
12-18-2013 18:05:50 | More by thecheapies
3.51/5 rDev -11.1%
Pours a dark brown with a nice head and lingering lacing. Slight nose of dark malt sweetness. Light medium body and well carbonated. The balanced flavor of dark / roast malt is pleasant and only hints at sweetness. Smooth crisp finish aided by the carbonation. The roast malt is most evident on the finish and leaves a nice residual flavor.
12-16-2013 21:03:19 | More by tillmac62
3.94/5 rDev -0.3%
A-dark brown color with a smallish tan head and little lacing
S-roasted malt, hint of coffee, light chocolate,
T-roasted malt, light chocolate, slight char, light coffee, hint of molasses, mild bitter finish
F-medium body with moderate carbonation, smooth
O-a solid bock with good flavor and easy drinkability
12-05-2013 03:37:31 | More by MDDMD
2.45/5 rDev -38%
Had on tap at the brewery in a pint glass.
Appearance - Dark, chestnut brown in color. Clear with a no head, no lacing, and no carbonation.
Smell - Not malty at all. Expected to smell a malt bomb here, but I could not detect the smell of the multiple malts used in this style. It is possible the beer may have been served to cold
Taste - Thin-bodied lager with low bitterness. As with the smell, I expected a malt bomb, but I could not taste the sticky, complex, malt flavor associated with this style.
Mouthfeel - Thin-bodied and crisp
Notes: Penn Brewery has made this beer better in the past, and I have positively reviewed it. Maybe I had a bad batch.
11-27-2013 20:49:49 | More by dungledauf
St. Nikolaus Bock Bier from Pennsylvania Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 334 ratings.