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

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

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BA SCORE
93
outstanding

155 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 155
Reviews: 101
rAvg: 4.2
pDev: 9.29%
Wants: 58
Gots: 20 | FT: 2
Brewed by:
Pennsylvania Brewing Company visit their website
Pennsylvania, United States

Style | ABV
Doppelbock |  8.50% ABV

Availability: Winter

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Beer added by: jcdiflorio on 11-22-2007

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Photo of RobPete
4.99/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Celebrator used to be my favorite Dopplebock. Too bad this brew isn't available year round. I was fortunate enough to snag two bombers last month. I cracked one of them a week or two back and it was so good that I now don't want to open up the other. The best way for me to describe how good this is would be to say that Penn took a cue from Ayinger and created an even more complex Dopple....a perfect one. If you should be fortunate enough to see one of these, don't hesitate to snatch it up!

Photo of woemad
4.45/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle received from @ozzylizard as part of the NBS BIF #1. There’s no precise freshness date but the label says 2014. The label for this bottle says it’s abv is 7.5%, btw.

Poured into an oversized Boston Lager glass, this was a very dark amber colored beer that took on a rubyish hue when held up to light. There was a big, creamy looking tan head that slowly receded, leaving lots of lace on the sides of my glass.

Big, roasty and malty nose to this. I get toffee, dark fruit, whiskey, and a little bit of coffee. A nice mix of sweet and bitter aroma, with a little emphasis on sweet.

The taste is like the aroma (which is generally like all things you eat or drink when you get right down to it). Up front there’s dark fruit and toffee in about equal measure, with a coffeeish bitterness and some whiskey flavor more in the background.

Somewhere between medium and full bodied, with a creamy, coating mouthfeel.

A richly flavorful and well balanced example of an American doppelbock. This is a style of beer that I’d like to see more of in this country. Penn pretty much nailed it. Thanks again, Ozzylizard!

Photo of craft4mike
4.17/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Inglum515
4.28/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of JamieDuncan
4.37/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Outstanding, surprised me, better that I expected from Penn

Photo of Yeldarb92
4.16/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Uniobrew31
4.59/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

The best Dopple Bock I have had yet!

Look- Pours pitch black with a two finger head that retains nicely before reducing down.
Smell- Coffee notes, dark roasted malts
taste- sweet caramelized malts, cocoa notes, low hop bitterness
feel- Substantial heavy lager, full carbonation throughout. Way better carbonation that the original
overall- I rated this high because it is better imo than any other Christmas beer I had this year. It slightly beats out Ayinger and is heads and tails above Spaten the other usual suspects

Photo of gobuccos
4.22/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

2013 release. Malts have come more forward with cellaring.

Photo of Ohiovania
4.16/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of xbrettfavrex
4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

Photo of se4
4.8/5  rDev +14.3%

Photo of StonedTrippin
4.18/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

whoa baby! my first beer from these guys (if i remember right), is enormously delicious. a christmas beer without spice, i love it. this is a classic dopplebock type lager, cold fermented, patient, and clean as they get in the finish for a beer that begins this sweet. dark brown, with a grayish black tint in color, heady and alive, foamy and frothy, almost soapy looking head, it doesnt fade either. the nose is german dark malts, lager yeast, and a strong booze element, almost like an ice beer, in a good way though, not a cheap way. the flavor shows the grain just unfolding in cool layers, dried fruit, raisin, molasses, dried apricot, bakers chocolate, tobacco, figs, pudding skin, and dusty german ritualistic stale grain. its fun and different, and its the only beer that screams at me christmas, without actually containing pine needles, honey, sugar plums (whatever they are), or anything else. one of the best bocks going as far as i am concerned. thanks to my buddy chris for sharing this one from his impressive cellar. lucky i am to be your friend mate!

Photo of mikedellinger
4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

Photo of Rhleocp
3.5/5  rDev -16.7%

Photo of elizur
3.84/5  rDev -8.6%

Photo of Sean32
4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

Photo of BigRizz62
4.35/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of NotMilko
4.68/5  rDev +11.4%

Photo of oglmcdgl
4/5  rDev -4.8%

Photo of schildres
4.68/5  rDev +11.4%

Photo of buzzedup
4/5  rDev -4.8%

Photo of misternebbie
3.84/5  rDev -8.6%

Photo of Ozzylizard
4.16/5  rDev -1%

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.

Photo of ramrod666
4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

Photo of Dope
4.2/5  rDev 0%
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.

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St. Nikolaus Bock Bier - Brewer's Reserve from Pennsylvania Brewing Company
93 out of 100 based on 155 ratings.