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

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BA SCORE
93
outstanding

134 Ratings
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Ratings: 134
Reviews: 95
rAvg: 4.19
pDev: 9.55%
Wants: 52
Gots: 8 | FT: 1
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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3.84/5  rDev -8.4%

misternebbie, Aug 28, 2014
Photo of Ozzylizard
4.16/5  rDev -0.7%

2013 vintage at 40 degrees into imperial pint
Aroma of roasted malt
Head small (2 cm), light brown, creamy, slowly diminishing to 2 mm ring and broken layer
Lacing good – large parts of the glass are covered with a mixed bubble size reticulum.
Body very dark reddish brown, clear
Flavor slightly sweet, malty, perhaps a hint of chocolate. No hops, no alcohol, no diacetyl.
Palate full, creamy, soft carbonation

Appearance 3.75, aroma 3.75, taste 4.5, palate 4, overall 4. The final score: 4.16

This is a surprisingly good bock which I found in my cellar yesterday and chilled overnight. I find most of Penn Brewery’s stuff to be mediocre at best, but this old bock is unexpectedly good – good aroma, tempting appearance, smooth palate, and pleasing flavor.

Ozzylizard, Aug 18, 2014
Photo of ramrod666
4.5/5  rDev +7.4%

ramrod666, Apr 26, 2014
Photo of Dope
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.

Dope, Mar 15, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +7.4%

dsshuck, Jan 09, 2014
Photo of Tucquan
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.

Tucquan, Jan 09, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -16.5%

DougAppleby, Jan 08, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +7.4%

spedprof, Jan 07, 2014
Photo of BeerIsland
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.

BeerIsland, Jan 02, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

BillRoth, Dec 29, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

JayKay412, Dec 09, 2013
Photo of Paymygasbill77
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!

Paymygasbill77, Nov 24, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

Hermthegerm, Nov 15, 2013
Photo of AltBock
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.

AltBock, Aug 12, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

Dapper_Dan_Man, Aug 03, 2013
Photo of hoptualBrew
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.

hoptualBrew, Jul 29, 2013
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4/5  rDev -4.5%

indybearsfan, Mar 10, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -10.5%

banger7, Feb 19, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

RJ32S, Feb 15, 2013
Photo of thecheapies
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.

thecheapies, Jan 21, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -16.5%

mkh895, Jan 21, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

yourefragile, Jan 18, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

JJStorm, Jan 14, 2013
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4/5  rDev -4.5%

spycow, Jan 13, 2013
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St. Nikolaus Bock Bier - Brewer's Reserve from Pennsylvania Brewing Company
93 out of 100 based on 134 ratings.