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St. Nikolaus Bock Bier - Brewer's Reserve - Pennsylvania Brewing Company

St. Nikolaus Bock Bier - Brewer's ReserveSt. Nikolaus Bock Bier - Brewer's Reserve

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BA SCORE
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131 Ratings
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Ratings: 131
Reviews: 94
rAvg: 4.19
pDev: 9.55%


Brewed by:
Pennsylvania Brewing Company visit their website
Pennsylvania, United States

Style | ABV
Doppelbock |  8.50% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: jcdiflorio on 11-22-2007)
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Dope

Massachusetts

4.2/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

2013 batch.

A: Pours a rich dark brown with a moderate sized and fizzy light brown head. Head fizzes out somewhat quickly with decent thin but wide chunks of lacing.

S: Hmph, very nice. Cocoa, toasted bread and lots of dark fruits. Some stone fruit and some raisins mainly.

T: Again, more of the same. Raisins and dates up front with a nice cocoa backing. I think I get cherries here and there but very subdued. A dry, dry toasted bread in the finish, leading into a surprisingly bitter aftertaste. It's composed of some bitter cocoa, dried fruits and maybe even some earthy hoppy bitterness? Very dry, moisture-sucking lingering aftertaste for sure.

M: Medium bodied, dry and also higher carbonation lends to a deceptively light and airy mouthfeel.

O: Interesting. I find most doppelbocks to be quite sweet but this one is surprisingly dry. Almost too dry. It gives it a crisp, easy drinkability for the ABV but it's a little too much at times. Otherwise has nice malty and yeasty flavors. I enjoyed it, a little different than your typical doppelbock.

Serving type: bottle

03-15-2014 05:35:11 | More by Dope
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Tucquan

Pennsylvania

3.99/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Had this on 20134-01-09 in Columbia, PA. Vintage = 2013

A - Very dark brown with a very short 1/8-finger tan head and moderate lacing.

S - Sweet cherry, fig, raisin, light cinnamon, clove and roasted malt. Pleasant but not as aromatic as the Andech's or Troegs Doppelbocks that I've had recently.

T - Molasses and raisins on toasted nut bread with some sour cherry jam, sprinkled with cinnamon and cloves; but there's a very nice roasted and citrus flesh and zest bitterness that slides in towards the end to keep things refreshing and not too sweet. Dries nicely and leaves me wanting another sip.

M - Ahh. Thick body and light carbonation. Substantial, thick, chewy. Really nice.

O - I particularly enjoyed the flavor and taste of this brew. It's up against of recent heavy hitters as noted above but it stands up well and is worth revisiting. Glad to have received this as a holiday gift.

Serving type: bottle

01-09-2014 22:08:26 | More by Tucquan
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BeerIsland

Pennsylvania

3.76/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Picked up this 2013 version bomber at the estimable Krugel's Georgetown Deli in Wilkes-Barre. Pours beautifully into the goblet. Fluffy head packed it in early but ring and lacing look nice. Extremely deep brown; almost black. Slight spice or something to the nose; otherwise aroma somewhat muted. Not the chewiest DB I've had but decent heft. Alcohol is pretty muted; very drinkable. Very good flavor. Nice beer overall.

Serving type: bottle

01-02-2014 21:54:03 | More by BeerIsland
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Paymygasbill77

Pennsylvania

4.88/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A - Poured from a 220z bomber labeled "St. Nikolaus Brewer's Reserve". This beer pours a nice dark brown with a slight ruby color around the edges. The head is a thick, off-white cream that fills the top of my yards glass.

S - Amazing. Dark malt, coffee, a little toasty with a hint of cacao.

T - The same as the smell. Amazing! The front hits with the warm, sweet, malty, toasty flavor, moves into a small bit of alcoholic hotness and ends with this amazing roasty, chocolate-coffee flavor.

M - A little thicker than the average beer. It coats your mouth in it's glory, tapers off and leaves you wanting more.

O - A world-class beer. I can't believe this was only $5.50 a bomber. If you can get this beer, get it. I am going to buy a case of it so I can cellar it for a year or more... FANTASTIC!

Serving type: bottle

11-24-2013 19:01:27 | More by Paymygasbill77
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AltBock

Ohio

4.06/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

22oz bomber bottle with a realistic picture of jolly old St. Nick. Flanking both sides of the good saint are the words "Brewer's Reserve" in big bold letters. On the outskirts of the label is where you'll find the mandatory US info and a paragraph that talks about St. Nick. If you wish to read it, break out the magnifying glass. You'll find the vintage date right below Santa. My bottle is from 2012.

My Salvator glass seemed fitting for jolly old St. Nick here. The Brewer's Reserve version poured a beautiful deep dark caramel brown that had a cool looking dark cranberry red center. On top of this nice looking beer was a fizzy and short lived light beige head of foam. It fizzled away in about a minute. At least it stuck around for a few seconds before leaving the glass forever. This disappearing act only managed to leave behind a few tiny rings along the edge. At least the color of the beer was nice.

The aroma of this Doppelbock was on the sweet side of things. It wasn't sugary sweet. It had more of a roasted sweetness. Kicking off the aroma was the semi sweet scent of caramel. Right behind the caramel was the lightly roasted malts and nuts. When those aromas had their fun, the beer then finishes up with a subtle whiff of milk chocolate and dark fruits. Not bad. I'm just glad that it didn't smell like a fat man that's been sliding down chimneys all day.

While the aroma was mostly sweet, the taste was mostly roasted. The taste started off with the lightly roasted malt. These roasted malts had a slight sweet undertone to them. Quickly following the malts was the lightly roasted nuts, a small pinch of sweet caramel, and a speck of dark fruits. The dark fruits were too subtle to figure out what kind they were. This roasted beer finished up with a nice slightly sweet milk chocolate bite. In the end, this was a Doppelbock taste that I enjoyed.

This was a medium bodied Doppelbock that had its fair share of carbonation and an aftertaste that was both slightly sweet and roasted. The aftertaste was filled with roasted malts, a few nuts and dark fruits, a little caramel, and milk chocolate. This aftertaste didn't linger. Like the head of foam, it only lasted for about a minute.

I was pleased with this Pittsburgh born Doppelbock. It wasn't overly roasted or sweet. It took the middle ground between the two. Would I drink it again? I probably would. I don't think I would sit on this beer for very long.

Serving type: bottle

08-11-2013 23:57:32 | More by AltBock
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hoptualBrew

Florida

4.21/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

2011 vintage, 22oz bomber

Cola brown with ruby edges. Clear in appearance with no cloudiness present. Actively rising carbon dioxide. A medium light khaki head dies down to a thin film, lacing is rather lackluster.

Sweet toffee candy, mixed nuts, mineral water, bakers chocolate hit the nose in aroma. Really nailed it here. Beautiful meld of characters.

Classic dopplebock flavors, well done. Great balance of sweet german malts with a touch of chocolate and roast character.

Medium body, would probably be more full in mouthfeel if not for the amount of carbonation.

Overall, solid beer and one I wish I had waited to crack open in the colder months but just couldn't stare at it in the fridge any longer. This would be the perfect beer on a cold October/November night by the campfire.

Serving type: bottle

07-29-2013 22:58:29 | More by hoptualBrew
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thecheapies

Pennsylvania

3.96/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

22oz bomber. 2011 Vintage.

Poured into my snifter a ruby-edged chestnut color with hazy translucency. The head was restrained and never really wanted to form. Showing a ring now, after less than a minute.

Musty maltiness with lots of raisin, fig, dark toffee, treacle syrup, bread crumb, and age tang. Smells full and rich with only a small note of oxidation. Definitive German malts. Hints of candi sugar, plum, and nectarine.

Big malty doppelbock with a cornucopia of dark fruits, pomme, breadiness, and caramelly toffee. Held up pretty decently. Some medicinal notes, but they're weak. Raisin, plum, brown bread, toffee, oxidized apple, rye-like spice, milk chocolate, light Band-Aid, and some solvents. Opening salvo of dried fruit. Middle is very bready and the finish follows with a stamp of bitterness and some leftover fusel alcohol. Dextrins very much present. Chewy and still impressively carbonated. Big enough, but I'd still call it smooth and easy. Alcohol has a few bit parts. Body is a tad thin, which is not the preference. Flavors are interesting and wooly.

I recently had a Randall-ed version with rye whiskey-soaked oak chips (2012 vintage) that I thought was excellent. I know this beer rather well. Private Reserve always treats me right and it was fun pulling this from the cellar and seeing what was up. Flavors mellow slightly and the body falters a bit, but the complexity is quite a feat. Recommended for all you German beer lovers out there.

Serving type: bottle

01-21-2013 04:32:42 | More by thecheapies
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ppoitras

Massachusetts

3.9/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle received via Growling at the Moon. Thanks for the brew, Dan!

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed a teensy 1/4"beieg head over the clear reddish chestnut brew. Head is quickly down a skim, with film around the rimand leggy slow-falling lace. Aroma is dark fruits and malt.

Taste is heartily malty sweet to start, dark fruits in the middle, maybe a touch of fusel closing with a light bitterness and alcohol warmth. Mouthfeel is slickery smooth, and drinkability is good. Nice rep of the style, and an enjoyable brew. Was worried about excessive spicing in a holiday brew, but this one's safe.

Serving type: bottle

01-05-2013 01:26:21 | More by ppoitras
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Cylinsier

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

tap

Pours a deep brown, reddish brown glow when held up to light. Minimal lacing for a head.

Smells of mild spice, brown sugar and figs.

Figs, molasses, brown sugar and a hint of licorice in the taste.

Medium to full body with a mild tingle of carbonation on the roof of the mouth.

A pretty tasty beer, a bit cloying but good and manageable. Would have it again around the holidays, but a bit rich to drink a lot of.

Serving type: on-tap

12-22-2012 02:10:46 | More by Cylinsier
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wvsabbath

West Virginia

4.33/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Serving Type - 22oz bottle

Appearance - Dark brown/tan, not much of a head , some decent lacing.

Smell - Dark fruits like plum, rasin, smoked roasty malts, mollasses, brown sugar. Cherry, caramel, cinnamon, chocolate. Some added spices.

Taste - Dark fruits and roasted malts at first. Nice mix of bold chocolate, molassess and brown sugars but not overly sweet. The caramel malts works well with the added spices, which gives a mint like flavor. The finish is malty and really smooth.

Mouthfeel - Malts and sugars really grab the tounge. Palate gets more malts, sugars and spices. Aftertaste is malty, some alcohol , a little thin and watery.

Overall - Excellent, balanced well and super easy to drink. Nothing over the top, straight up soild, and add to the face you can score this for between 4-6$ a 22oz'er, makes it a value also. Worth a drink every holiday season.

Serving type: bottle

12-14-2012 01:20:53 | More by wvsabbath
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irishevans

Alaska

4.85/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

2010 vintage poured into my O.G. Duke Pilsener glass @ 00:10 on 5/17/2012

A- Dark Mahogany color with a slight orange/light brown hue coming through the sides when held to the light. the head is a light tan/cream color, that formed to just under two fingers width, then settled to a thin film. and that later turns into just a ring around the glass with a trace of the film left in the middle. leaves behind a bit of lacing, not overly thick, but that could be due to the sheer age of the glass.

N- Toasted grain, caramel, chocolate, cinnamon, and a bit of date/raisin smell in there too.

T- the Dark fruit comes out right away, along with a bit of boozy heat. the caramel then shows up to the party, followed quickly by the cinnamon coming out. it finishes sweet, and the chocolate taste that is rather subtle in the beginning add itself to the mix more potently. I should add that this is a graduated effect, once one flavor comes out it's there throughout.

M- medium viscosity, but thicker for the style. still nicely carbonated, but not over done. there is a dryness, presumably from some earthy/herbal hops, that don't really seem to affect the taste, but add a nice crispness to the feel. not an overall dry beer though. All in all a great mouthfeel for the style.

O- I'm in love. I think I cracked this it the right time. maybe could have gone longer but I'm quite satisfied with having imbibed it when I did. All this in mind, you had better beat me to the Penn Brewpub this winter, because I intend to get as much of this coming years vintage as my wallet will allow for.

Serving type: bottle

05-17-2012 04:30:37 | More by irishevans
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russwbeck

Virginia

4.43/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A: Great bottle presentation, complete with a gift-style bag and gold wrapping around the top of the bottle. The beer pours a deep amber to brown color with a few fingers of off-white head. Retention and lacing are both OK.

S: Sugary, caramel malts and spices like cinnamon and nutmeg really take the beer over. Smells pretty sweet overall.

T: Thankfully the spices in the aroma aren't all that present in the taste. This is extremely smooth. Caramel malts, hints of roast, sugar, and a slight amount of spice.

MF: Low on the carbonation, this beer is extremely drinkable for how sweet it is. Medium body.

O: This beer probably has a better value than 90% on the market. At $4 a bottle you would be a fool to not buy it. Wonderful balance, very nice presentation, should age well. Cannot go wrong here.

Serving type: bottle

03-10-2012 00:23:18 | More by russwbeck
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gkatsoris


1.95/5  rDev -53.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 1 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

A: Deep dark clear oaky in color. Prett thin head that disapated pretty quickly. Minimal lacing left on glass.

S: Caramel. Brown sugar. Wood. Very Malty. Shoe-fly-pie.

T: Wet hay and wet hay. Grass. Copper. Raw dough. Flour.

M: What I could get to stay in my mouth; very thin.

O: And down the drain it went.

Sorry Redliner8, thanks for sharing it tho.

Serving type: bottle

01-15-2012 02:47:54 | More by gkatsoris
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Stinkypuss

Pennsylvania

4.15/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

St. Nikolaus Bock Bier - Brewer's Reserve
Pennsylvania Brewing Company

Pours a dark brown, pretty much opaque. Aromas of dark fruits, brown sugar and molasses. In the taste, sugary malts, caramel, fig, raisin and dates make for a tasty beverage. Roasted malts are in the background. The presence of alcohol is on the small side, with just a little warmth. There is a hint of spice. Malty, semi sweet, and having little to no bitterness. Mouthfeel is full bodied, with medium carbonation. Overall, glad I finally got to try this one. A nice malty bock that hides its strength and is easy to drink. I believe it is bottle conditioned and would like to try it in that format next.

Serving type: on-tap

01-10-2012 14:04:15 | More by Stinkypuss
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DavoleBomb

Ohio

2.95/5  rDev -29.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Received in a large snifter. I'm guessing at least 12 Oz. 2011 vintage at the brewpub.

3.0 A: Clear dark brown color. One and a half fingers of frothy brown head. Retention is average with no lacing left.

3.5 S: Spice heavy with. Boatloads of cinnamon. Nutmeg and cardamom to a lesser extent. Not much from the beer itself. Caramel and a light booze.

3.0 T: Same as the nose. Spices stick out while the beer itself is weak sauce. Very little going on here. Disappointing.

2.5 M: Lighter medium body. Carbonation level is fine but the beer feels dead on the tongue. Lacking any semblance to creaminess.

2.5 D: I'm pissed that the new operations managed to ruin this beer as well. It used to be a favorite of mine.

Serving type: on-tap

12-28-2011 22:26:54 | More by DavoleBomb
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Jwale73

Rhode Island

3.63/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Batch 1 shared by BeerRay. Pours a beautiful garnet hue with no head, just a thin, bubbly band around the edges. Nose expresses dark fruit reminiscent of fruitcake and a bready character. Taste reveals wet cardboard, subdued dark fruit, some toffee notes and a suggestion of noble hops. Mouthfeel is light-medium with an even, crisp carbonation and a semi-dry finish. Overall impression is that this is a decent brew; however, perhaps a little past its prime.

Serving type: bottle

12-11-2011 23:24:00 | More by Jwale73
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hippityhops85

Pennsylvania

4.33/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Batch 002. Poured from a 750ml green (sigh) bottle into my Yards Real Ale Invitational glass. Bottle reads 7.5% abv rather than the 8.5% noted here.

Pours a beautiful chestnut/deep amber with a good 1 1/2 finger of great, tight tan head. Active carbonation in the glass present. FANTASTIC lacing. Looks great.

The nose immediately hits me with mild cinnamon notes dancing around a really strong maltiness. Reminiscent of chestnuts, decaying leaves and dark fruits.

The taste is so amazingly subtle with a plethora of flavors playing around each other on the palate. Dark fruits, deep malts, cinnamon among others. A true symphony in the mouth.

The mouth feel is spot on. Medium bodied with great carbonation that really brings out the more subtle notes of this malty beast.

This is such a good offering from Penn Brewery. They did absolutely stunning things with the Bock style. This, quite possibly, is the best American offering of the Bock style. Please, pour me more!

Serving type: bottle

12-08-2011 00:53:00 | More by hippityhops85
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Knapp85

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Picked up a bottle of this back marked Batch 001 in 2008. The selling it had been trying to get rid of these for a little while. At that time I really wasn't into buying bombers... I just wanted 12oz. bottles and one day I caved and bought this one. I saved it for a little while and then opened it with some friends. The beer poured out as a dark brown color. The head was a light tan color, the retention and lacing were minimal. The smell of the beer was malty, it had just a little bit of spice to it. The taste of the beer was pretty good, lots of malts in there to sweeten up the brew, some grains and a touch of booze heat in there as well. The mouthfeel of this beer was pretty good, I can't really say that there was anything wrong with it. Overall the beer was drinkable, I've never had the urge to find this brew again since I had it.

Serving type: bottle

09-08-2011 15:57:26 | More by Knapp85
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AgentZero

Illinois

4/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I found this unopened in a dumpster next to an old tire. Or maybe MasterSki brought it, I don't remember.

A - Darker beer, red on the edges, with a mostly mahogany body. Tannish head that left behind some spots on the sides.

S - Reminds me of the fruitcake of beers. Some nuts, fruit, sweet malts, toffee. According to the other people it smells very "bocky". Okay.

T - Malts with caramel, christmas bread, nuts, fruitcake, dark fruits (but not too dark). Alex says there is a hint of treacle, but pretty sure he is making that word up, bo I don't buy it. This is pretty solid.

M - Medium bodied and slightly syrupy.

O - It's on the nose for a bock, or so the Germans would have you believe, and a solid enough beer.

Serving type: bottle

03-19-2011 20:45:11 | More by AgentZero
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johnnnniee

New Hampshire

4.05/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Batch 002
Received from Secret Santa this year and last, thanks for the opportunity KarrHeel03 and DavoleBomb.
Pours a deep brown with great garnet highlights and a smallish creamy off white head that recedes much to quickly. Smells of malt, yeah I know right a bock that's malty go figure. Sweet toffee and caramelized sugars mixed with some sweet plums, and hints of cocoa. Taste is sweet with dark fruits, melanoidin, cocoa, and toffee. The taste is wonderful in its malty sweetness without being cloying. No hop presence detected. Creamy smooth mouthfeel, light to medium level of carbonation, sweet almost syrupy mouthfeel. I enjoyed the hell out of this while watching the Steelers get it handed to them in the Superbowl. Very nice bock.

Serving type: bottle

02-07-2011 01:17:55 | More by johnnnniee
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CuriousMonk

Virginia

3.68/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 750ml bottle into dimpled mug. Pours a brown mahogany body with a small beige head that leaves some spotty lacing. Aroma of malty toffee, herbal hops, and hints of cocoa and pears. Medium body and carbonation. Taste is rich maltiness, with an emphasis on toffee. Herbal hops impart a sturdy bitterness Vague fruity hints are less assertive than in the aroma. A pretty good American bock but I was hoping for better.

Serving type: bottle

01-27-2011 22:34:30 | More by CuriousMonk
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nukem5

Pennsylvania

4.18/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A: Fantastic brown with reddish edges like a glass of Coke or Pepsi,Nice tan cap which dissapears rapidly to a thin layer.

S: Sweet malts and bready infused with some dark fruits like cherrys.

T: Malts and bitterness of barley.

M: Medium bodied and full of chewiness.

D: Keeper this one is. I wait all year for this and never disapoints.This year snagged a few extras and gave them out as well appriciated gifts. (2010)

Serving type: bottle

01-12-2011 06:18:32 | More by nukem5
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nhindian

Pennsylvania

4.08/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle poured into a snifter.

A - Even after a fairly vigorous pour, I was only able to muster about 1.5-fingers worth of head out of the dark brown beer. Head has good retention, however. Fairly clear body with scattered and light lacing.

S - Smell is sweet, sweet malts. Getting notes of toffee, caramel, chocolate, and grapes. However, I'm also getting a bit of an acidic, metallic esther as well.

T - The taste is definitely more sugary sweet on the initial taste than I would've expected. The sweetness upfront transitions well to the darker fruits more prominent in the middle of the taste and has a noticeable figgy taste to it as well. Alcohol comes through in the finish and aftertast.

M - The mouthfeel is surprisingly light with not much carbonation. Creamy body with a long, tannic finish.

D - Drinkability is moderately high. Alcohol is definitely there, but not as hot as the ABV would suggest. Great flavors that combine well, and it wasn't hard to finish the whole bomber.

Serving type: bottle

12-26-2010 07:07:45 | More by nhindian
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IronCitySteve

Pennsylvania

4.1/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a dark brown color with some reddish hues when held to the light. A small off white foam head that quickly dissipates and no real lacing.

S: Lots of caramel, molasses, nuts, dark fruit and bread. Semi-sweet and toasty scents.

T: Not overly sweet, but a lot of malty goodness. The caramel and molasses are most prevalent throughout the tasting, the dark fruit is noticeable on the back end.

M: Nice and creamy taste on the palate.

D: A nice sipping beer for a cold winters day. One or two in a sitting for me. One of my favorite bocks.

Serving type: bottle

12-14-2010 21:50:00 | More by IronCitySteve
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jrallen34

Illinois

4/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Alex for providing this, served in a pint glass...A medium brown with a red hue. A light tan head, not much retention, ok lacing...Typical bock aroma of molasses, bread and fruits...The taste is more of the same, molasses, bread, nut...Alcohol is well hidden, a dry feel

Not my favorite style but this is the epitome of a bock, if you like that give it a shot.

Serving type: bottle

12-12-2010 18:23:31 | More by jrallen34
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St. Nikolaus Bock Bier - Brewer's Reserve from Pennsylvania Brewing Company
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