1. Extreme Beer Fest. March 20 & 21, 2015 in Boston, Mass. Join us!
  2. The wait is over! Download the BeerAdvocate app on iTunes or Google Play now.
  3. Get 12 issues / year of BeerAdvocate magazine for only $9.99!

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

Not Rated.
St. Nikolaus Bock Bier - Brewer's ReserveSt. Nikolaus Bock Bier - Brewer's Reserve

Displayed for educational use only; do not reuse.
BA SCORE
93
outstanding

136 Ratings
THE BROS
-
no score

(send 'em beer!)
Ratings: 136
Reviews: 95
rAvg: 4.19
pDev: 9.55%
Wants: 54
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)
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Usefulness | Recent | High | Low | Top Raters
Ratings: 136 | Reviews: 95 | Display Reviews Only:
Photo of stewart124
4.58/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Batch 001
Picked this up at the brewery last holiday season.

Pours a very dark amber with a decent tan head that is just a bit sticky.

The smell is not as strong as I would have imagined. Some dark malts are present in the nose with a touch of sweetness. Slight bready note.

The taste is so clean and very very tasty. Bready character with a touch of roasted malts. Lots of caramel.
Mouthfeel is creamy and has a nice sweetness. Finishes dry on the palate. This gets creamier as it warms a bit. Just a solid lager. I could put down a few of these before the alcohol caught up to me. It's well hidden and the only trace is a nice warm feeling in my stomach.

Hops are only slightly present and I can taste just the faintest bitterness.

Aother solid beer from Penn and I'd like to get my hands on another one.

stewart124, Jan 03, 2009
Photo of bkilpatr
4.38/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 750 ml bottle into an Ommegang chalice. 12/29/08. Bottle came in a red velvet pouch, capped (not corked). Batch 001.

Pours a deep mahogany brown with ruby highlights when held up to the light. About a finger of tan head receded to a thin layer. Aroma is very malty and slightly sweet, with a biscuit-like quality. Caramel, toffee, and fig are also in the aroma.

Taste is very malty and somewhat sweet. Plenty of caramel and toffee with lots of dark dried fruits (raisin, date, and fig) and hints of spices. The finish is a very subtle presence of bitter herbal and earthy hops. Very crisp with a pleasantly herbal aftertaste. This is one darn tasty beer.

Feel is almost perfect. Plenty of carbonation keeps this full-bodied beer feeling fairly light but not thin. This helps keep the beer very drinkable. The high ABV (8.5%) is nowhere to be found.

A very good beer from Penn. Tastes great and super easy to drink. Definitely try it if you get a chance.

bkilpatr, Dec 30, 2008
Photo of JayQue
4.38/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A perfect holiday treat! Comes in a red velvet bag with gold foil around the cap - very festive looking. Batch 001

On to the important stuff. Poured into flute glasses, a dense mahogany color with orange / reddish highlights when held to the light. Medium size fairly light cream colored head that fades fairly quickly.

Smell is prominent and pleasant, sweet malts and dark fruit. Tastes very good. Rich and malty...malt is more bread-like than caramel but still somewhat sweet. There is an element of dark fruit and spiciness here but not as pronounced as a Belgian. A little bitterness at the end rounds each sip off very nicely

Mouthfeel is somewhat rich but also a little on the light side. Very drinkable and smooth. This is a very good, slow-sipping holiday beer.

JayQue, Dec 28, 2008
Photo of biegaman
4.58/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Batch 001. 750 ml gold foiled, green glass bottle. Served in a red velvet stocking.

A delicious looking beer that bears strong resemblance in colour to a creme caramel dessert. All subconscious associations to the custard aside, this looks as though it will be one scrumptious bock! It adorns a modest crown of white and, with a strong source of light behind it, becomes illuminated and will take on a most lush tone of mahogany.

The aroma pulsates with a rich, succulent, nourishing, full-bodied maltiness. It smells sweet and sticky but also crisp and toasty. It's also far more complex than most lagers are known to be and boast notes of creamy caramel, molasses syrup and butter pecan. My nose is also definitely picking up on hints of dates, plums, and chocolate covered raisins.

These savory flavours continue to seep through in the taste. The flavours seem to borrow on those of rich desserts: creme caramel, butter pecan pie and fig pudding in particular. Bowls of dried fruits (prunes, raisins, figs) have marked their spot. Even a touch of spice - a tea sort of spice - has also soaked in. Add in rum raisin and spiced eggnog, blend them all together, douse them with molasses and then caramelize with brown sugar - voila!

This beer is nothing short of delicious and seems to have lost none of its edge during the year it spent on my cellar shelf. There's even a vinous, grassy hop presence that seems to conclude each sip, although the bitterness is definitely washed over by all the sweetness. That said, the beer is balanced and maintains an astonishing level of quaffability considering its strength. This certainly one of the best bocks I've tried outside of Germany.

Saint Nikolaus (whom our beloved Santa Claus is modeled after) was said to be known also as 'Nicholas the Wonderworker'. If you ask me it's a wonder how this brewmaster could fit so much flavour and hide so much alcohol to create a bock this quaffable. It is far from overly sweet, far from overly strong and, only perhaps, far too drinkable.

Bocks were traditionally brewed for special occasions, including religious festivals like Christmas. I personally would consider the Winter Holidays to be a perfect time of year to enjoy this style and Penn Brewing has treated me with this late Christmas gift. There is no doubt St. Nikolaus (note the German spelling) would be especially proud of this rendition of the traditionally German style - I bet he'd like to have one too after a long night's work!

biegaman, Dec 27, 2008
Photo of hustlesworth
4.25/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

batch #002

A- festive clear rosewood mahogany, definitely leaning toward the red side. buff colored head is substantial yet light, forming craters and pits all over the surface, as it settles it slopes up the the edge of the glass and really sticks.

S- mineral water, soft smooth milk chocolate and roasted malt, burnt caramel, chalk, brown sugar, dark almost savory fruits, raisin, date fig. though it's not spiced, there are notes of vanilla, cinnamon and nutmeg, and a fruit acidity. even as it warms the aroma isn't very strong, but it IS nice.

T- all manners of chocolate, milk & dark, with some mocha coffee and a sprinkle of cocoa powder. burnt cereal grains, some alcohol esters, vanilla, pipe tobacco, old stone, damp wood, and a zesty herbal hop bitterness combined with the earthy roasty bitterness at the end. more fuitiness as well, this time with currant, blackberry, and cranberry, plus dried dates & figs.

MF- gentle carbonation but still rather generous. this brew feels heavier than it looks. juicy almost full feeling becomes creamy on the swallow with a coating of roasted grain particles.

D- a delicious bock and a very worthy holiday offering, i gotta thank relatives from pittsburgh for sending me this st nick. fresh and satisfying, its starting me off all warm and sweet on a christmas eve.

hustlesworth, Dec 25, 2008
Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.35/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Batch 001. Black cherry chestnut with bonfire orange edges. Atop the beer sits three fingers of creaminess the color of eggnog infused with nutmeg and cinnamon... that is sticky enough to deposit gorgeous sheets of frosted lace. Maybe it's the iconic drawing of St. Nikolaus on the label, but this is one festive looking lager.

For some reason, the nose doesn't hit me the same wonderful way the standard bock's nose did. It seems less powerful and less interesting, but is still good. I get cocoa and coffee beans(especially the latter) along with a subtle spiciness. Tobacco notes appear as the beer warms.

It would be great if I had both versions for comparison's sake because my flavor memory of the other beer is too foggy to specify how Brewer's Reserve differs (beyond being higher in alcohol). It doesn't matter, though, because this is still one of the best lagers to have ever entered my glass.

Even though I just thought it up, 'the darker the bock, the better the bock' sounds like a fine bock motto to live by. This one has enough of the darker malts to deliver notes of chocolate and coffee that are reminiscent of a Belgian dubbel without the estery yeast. Medium-dark fruit is present as well, along the lines of ripe plums and possibly even figs. Other flavors include lightly toasted pumpernickel bread, tobacco and English Breakfast tea leaves.

Hop flavor isn't obvious, but hop bitterness most certainly is. Sweetness (early) and bitterness (late) cooperate in splendid fashion, lending a balance that improves drinkability considerably. As for the slightly higher ABV... buried without a trace. It's a good thing this elixir comes in such big bottles because I'm having a smashing good time.

The mouthfeel could stand to be bigger. It's wonderfully smooth and appropriately bubbled, but with a little eggnog-like creaminess, this already superb beer would be even better. Warming brings out just enough improvement to result in the above score.

Hopefully, Pennsylvania Brewing Company will see the wisdom of releasing St. Nikolaus Bock Bier Brewers Reserve each year. If not, we can at least console ourselves with the standard version, which is every bit as good. I love the bright red velvet bag that the bottle was sold in. It makes a special holiday beer seem even more special.

BuckeyeNation, Dec 08, 2008
Photo of vtfan77
4/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Pours a dark, hazy copper topped with about a half inch of beige head.

S- Very malty, with caramel and toffee in the aroma as well as some dark fruits. The smell is almost reminiscent of an old ale or English barleywine.

T- More of the same in the taste. Sweet, bready malt dominates, with a touch of yeast to add some complexity. A dash of hops adds the slightest bitterness to the lager-smooth finish.

M- Medium-bodied and a bit syrupy. Carbonation is fairly low but strong enough keep it lively.

D- The alcohol isn't particularly noticeable, which, combined with the smoothness of the mouthfeel, makes for a pretty drinkable beer. Downing the whole 750 is no problem.

I'm not typically a fan of the style, but I enjoyed this beer. The flavors were spot-on, making for a tasty and drinkable beer. If you like bocks, then I suggest you seek this one out. Recommended.

vtfan77, Dec 03, 2008
Photo of Pencible
4.08/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Batch 001. This poured a semi-translucent dark chocolate brown with a bit of off-white head. It smelled like earthy caramel and sweet molasses malt, with honey wheat and a bit of copper hops and alcohol. It tasted like roasted chocolate and barley malt, with copper hops and a bit of sweet yeast. It was very thick with a bit of carbonation, and had a bittersweet aftertaste. Overall this was a very tasty beer with clean flavor. It had great body, and it hid the alcohol well, so it was very easy to drink. It's hard to complain, but considering the cost and fancy packaging, I wish this was a doppelbock instead of single. It needs something extra to make it truly special. Maybe a couple years of age will improve it?

Pencible, Nov 09, 2008
Photo of mikesgroove
4.72/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Big thanks for getting this one to me. I have been dying to try this for what seemed like forever. This 750ml bottle that was wrapped in gold foil and capped on the top arrived to me in the red velvet drawstring bag, which I have to admit is a very nice touch. Served at cellar temp and poured into a pilsner glass, this one was consumed on 10/21/2008.

The pour was very nice with a rich and very hazy dark brown color emerging from the abyss. Nice head of tan that reached a height of around two inches before settling back down top earth and leaving behind some very nice side glass lacing. Very thick, and full looking bock.

The aroma was super rich and sweet, really just a joy from the moment I opened the bottle. Nice and rich and airy, caramel, toffee, hints of earthy hops just dancing in and throughout the flavor. Some light spices, cinnamon, nutmeg perhaps, also intruding in upon the flavor, and giving it that little bit of a holiday like hint. The real story though here was just the smoothness and ease of drinkability here. Simply outstanding. Rich and luscious with a decadent, almost dessert like feel to it that was just a breath of fresh are. Rich caramel and toffee like notes just rippling in throughout the finish leaving the tongue coated in rich flavors and really just a fine example of a delicious bock.

In the end, wow, this was damn good. Who would have thought I would have been drinking a Andescher and this is in the same three day period is just absurd. There are far too few of these good bock biers out there anymore and it is a shame. This was one solid beer I would love to see in regular rotation.

mikesgroove, Oct 25, 2008
Photo of francisweizen
4/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Crimson sunset chestnut. Big head and nice lace. It diew quickly though, minimal lacing and retention. Aromas are all big fat German malt. Yeasty fresh baked dark berad, a bit of chocolate and americano. A nice blend. Taste is big malt and bread with plenty of malt and yeast complexity. Hops are lacking. Mouthfeel is big and warming. Finish is dry and hot. Drinkability is good.

francisweizen, Oct 23, 2008
Photo of Sammy
4/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A lovely drinking bock, and happy for me I found it at StateLine Liquors. Pours dark, not overly foamy. Malty yet not too sweet.A tad of sourness, good moderate roastiness and mdoerate chocolate. Balance, above average mouthfeel. Great after dinner digestive. Spot on.

Sammy, Aug 24, 2008
Photo of BEERchitect
4.38/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

It is becomming increasingly difficult to find quality Bockbiers. Lighter than a Dopplebock, but not a watery, bastardized American version either. A solid brown- cola looking color with mild carbonation, creamy head formation that whithered slowly, leaving light traces of lacing behind. Aromas of caramelized sugars and malt give a meloidin rich molassas scent with a rich, meaty, malty, broathy note. Esters of dates, nuts, plumbs, figs, and grapes. Flavors are less sweet, less estery, more malty and with more of a toasty-dry flavor that provides a lot of bittering. A well attenuated, clean, caramel malt flavor remains simple, pure, and unmuddled. Textures are firmly malty with no residual sweetness, cloying, or astringent. A refreshing herbal, grassy hop taste and bittering complements the toasted grains and gives complexity to the flavors and textures. Finishes with crisp bitterness, toastiness, and the first signs of nutmeg, allspice, and clove. The beer would be much better without these- but hey, it wouldn't be marketable as a Christmas beer without them now would it?

BEERchitect, Aug 09, 2008
Photo of russpowell
4.8/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Got this from melbatoast93, Cheers Hart! Or should I say prositz?

Batch 001 pours an effervescent chestnut/ mahogany with 2 fingers of rocky sandy head. Good lacing & head retention

S: Faint herbal hops, a bit of chocolate & not much else, until it warms & then booze & dark fruit take your nose for a ride!

T: Herbal hops, caramel, cakeyness, & a touch of dark fruits up front. A whisper of black patent malt & dark chocolate, a touch of dryness, nice breadyness, apple pie spices, figs & plums as this warms. Finishes fruitty, dry, chocolatey & just a touch of herbal & tobacco hops

MF: Medium bodied, chewy & rich, soft carbonation

Drank very easy, this one took a little while to open up; my suggestion: serve closer to ale serving temps than lager. A very good bock as good as most or better than ones I've had in the fatherland or any where else!

russpowell, Jul 17, 2008
Photo of akorsak
4.38/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A foil-wrapped 750 mL capped bottle presented in a red velvet (or faux velvet) satchel. Batch 001.

A: The bock is a chocolatey brown color, hot chocolate with extra syrup added to darken it up. A 3 finger head arose on pour and is sporadically lacing around the glass. There is little indication of on-going carbonation.

S: Chocolate on the nose mixes with caramel malts to create a semi-sweet aroma. Toffee adds a further dimension of sweet malts, as do dark raisins and some brown sugar.

T: The bockbier is quite thick and luxurient, fully of fruit flavors and boozy warmth. Apples (green, slightly tart), raisins and brown sugar continue from the nose, showing off more intensity than the nose let on. Chocolate, both baker's and milk, emerge in a sour-sweet format. Breadiness abounds, toasted grains that are strong but not too biting, instead assisting the overall flavor profile. A full-bodied ale that sticks to traditional roots.

M: The mouthfeel is malty and full, a warming drink that doesn't overpower the tastebuds.

D: The 8.5% and 750 mL bottle leave me content with the one I've got. This would be a excellent Christmas Eve beer.

akorsak, Jul 06, 2008
Photo of merlin48
4/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 ml batch 001, many thanks to BEERchitect for the bottle! Pours a cloudy chestnut body with a small beige head that leaves delicate patchy lacing on the glass. Aroma is malty toffee, some cocoa, herbal hops, raisins, and some ripe pears. Medium body and carbonation make for a smooth feel. Taste is highlighted by malty toffee with cocoa undertones. Herbal and earthy hop bitterness is up to the task for balance. Dark fruity notes(figs) and some fresh pears in the background serve up some welcome complexity. Very nicely done.

merlin48, Jun 22, 2008
Photo of kwakwhore
4.22/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark brown pour into a Sam Adams pint glass. light tan head which hangs around for a while. Small ring hangs out and leaves a bit of lacing on the glass.
Caramel, fruity notes in the nose.
Nice malty flavors but not too overwhelming. A very small shot of balancing hop bitterness gives a nice balance to the beer. A nice malty finish lingers at the back of the tongue.
Creamy but light sort of mouthfeel. Very pleasing on the palate.
8.5% abv slides right by without being noticed, but as I make my way through a 750ml bottle, I definitely feel it.
This beer is a fine example of the sort of beers(bocks and doppelbocks) that really got me hooked on craft beer.
A rare treat.
Special thanks to jcdiflorio for sending this my way.

kwakwhore, Jun 05, 2008
Photo of brentk56
4.38/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours an ice tea brown color with ruby highlights and a modest head that quickly declines to a ringlet; a few shards and dots of lace around the chalice

Smell: Butter pecan ice cream with a touch of rum raisin and topped with caramel sauce

Taste: Malty flavors build, with butter pecan, golden raisins, maple syrup, cinnamon and a bit of herbal bitterness to balance; after the swallow, it all settles down into a rather malty, but not cloying concoction

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body with moderate to low carbonation; creamy

Drinkability: Although I would like to see a bit more carbonation, the aromas and taste of this beer are extraordinary; I wish more bocks moved in this direction

brentk56, May 06, 2008
Photo of brewdlyhooked13
3.98/5  rDev -5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - pours a nice auburn brown, a finger of creamy light tan foam setting up. Thin sheets of lacing stick to the glass as the head recedes. Nice retention of a thin cover.

Aroma - a light roasted grain sniff, not much more than that.

Taste - solid toasted grain, a sweet, spiced flavor, like mild cinnamon. A light bitterness on the swallow, some mellow chocolate evolving along with the residual (and lengthy) roastiness at the finish. Some smooth warming alcohol emerges with warmth.

Mouthfeel - very smooth and easy-flowing, carbonation is there but tempered better than with the regular Penn bock

Drinkability - why not just make *this* the Nikolaus Bock? Darn tasty.

brewdlyhooked13, Apr 20, 2008
Photo of ncvbc
4.5/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a nice clear and deep brown with reddish hues. A nice creamy off white head caps it off and slowly settles. Smell is big, sweet, and malty. Toffee, caramel, light chocolate. Sweet fruity scents, some maple sugar essence, a hint of spice. Same deal with the taste on this one. The spice is around more in the taste, not in a big way but more as a perfect support to the malts that are tamed thanks to it. Add some toasted, bready flavors, a hint of nuts, and a very subtle earthy hop presence and you have it. Mouthfeel is about medium and creamy but very easy going down and you'd think it's lighter than it really is. Low to moderate carbonation and a good ease of drinkability even for an 8.5% Bock. Overall a very excellent beer. Glad I finally decided to open it and wish I had another now that it's gone.

Thanks to EGledhill for this one...great trader!

ncvbc, Apr 20, 2008
Photo of dacrza1
4.38/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Jet black body with milky soft brown, swiftly settling head--intimidating in its snifter! Malt is considerable, but not obtrusive... smooth early, with a bit of effervescence and a warm finish--not feeling like 8.0%... a bit of peat; rich, full-bodied malt, a little smoke and a pleasant finish... I've had bocks with a third of the alcohol that strained the tastebuds more--smooth! As winnings from a fantasy football wager, this beer (courtesy of Ryan, again!) 2007 batch #001 is a winner also, the second pour producing a smoother, creamier drink--a fitting February/March pleasure.

dacrza1, Apr 12, 2008
Photo of ncrbrew
4.9/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Penn Brewery's regular St. Nik bock leaves milk and cookies for santa. The brewers reserve leaves santa a bottle of Jack and a Louisville Slugger. Get some get loaded. Short of the high abv i'd drink this stuff nonstop. Another great small batch brew from the guys at penn.

ncrbrew, Apr 04, 2008
Photo of deltatauhobbit
4.28/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Thanks to EGledhill for this trade! Been saving this bottle a couple months for an occasion, just passed a big exam so I thought I'd treat myself to it.

Batch # 001

From a capped 750ml green bottle found in a nice decorative bag.

Pours a clear copper color with a good sized creamy head, good retention and good lacing.

Smell is mostly malty with a nice spicy backing to it.

Taste is primarily malty with a subtle spiciness on the sides, more subdued than the aroma, very creamy and smooth, the 8.5% is very well hidden by how easily it goes down, long after drinking you can make out some of the potency but only faintly in the aftertaste.

Now I'll have to try the regular St. Nicholaus to see how it compares.

deltatauhobbit, Mar 28, 2008
Photo of aerozeppl
4.47/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Satin sacked 750ml bottle. Wonderful presentation. $9.99 Bathch 001

A: Nice dark brown reddish color. Some egg shell white head. Bonus points for the satin sack.

S: Waffles. Some malt. Slight dark fruit at the end. Not that much going on but it is all pleasant.

T: Wow. Was not expecting this beer to be this good. Creamy is part of the taste of this. Sweet malt, molasses, nuts, spice, dark fruits, some bitterness. This beer is all over the place. Great considering the relatively low ABV.

M: Creamy and smooth. Drinks like a lager punches like a bock.

D: Super easy drinking. Goes down smooth. No hint of the ABV even though it is low. Really great effort from Penn brewing. Hope they make batch 002 next year.

aerozeppl, Mar 02, 2008
Photo of WVbeergeek
4.4/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appears a murky mahogany brown hue with a large beige head forms fine even thick bands of lacing as it dwindles down my glass. Aroma contains deep complex malt layers filled with dark fruits like plum raisin with mild oak characteristics. Brown sugar with caramelized over ripened fruit soaked in alcohol, with tame herbal earthy hop notes smells great with a touch of holiday spice bread in the finish. Flavor is creamy with soft spice pungent ripened fruit tart raisin with mild alcohol brandy on the palate. A complex mix of oak, dark chocolate, and spiced fruit cake with minimal medicinal herbal hoppiness going on. Damn good well mixed flavors and not just because I'm all about Penn Brewing, this is what St Nick Bock used to taste like every year. Mouthfeel is full of moderate soft carbonation body is medium not too heavy and rides effortlessly smooth along the palate. Drinkability is incredible you finish off a 750ml bottle and you yearn for more so do like my good buddy jcdiflorio did last year and just shell out enough for a whole case. I loved it well balanced awesome flavors and incredibly smooth drinking.

WVbeergeek, Feb 25, 2008
Photo of blitheringidiot
3.75/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Batch # 001. Pours an ominous deep austere mahogany hue with fizzing bubbles rising to a quality laden head cap that oozes down the sides of the glass leaving a tacky lace.

Bright bock laden nose with buscuit and toasted grain waffle proper bouquet. Lightly floral nose with a hint of earthy suggestions.

First swigs: Pecan vanilla ice cream on grain waffles. Malt bill is the showcase, rightfully so. Focused middle of a slight root beer meets vanilla ice cream float. Herbal accents meet a spice cake hint. Nothing to crazy or abrupt other than a proper bock. Amazing how this retains a bock characteristic wthout becoming a doppelbock.

Feel is soft and medium bodied with a soft ginger all dry finish.

Last swigs: Bitterness held in check with a focused toasted toffee malt. My favorite reviews are ones that just go without thinking. This is one of 'em! Props to my brother who bought this for me. Sorta like a baltic porter that is not a stout.

Beer is good. Happy big bock beering.

blitheringidiot, Feb 23, 2008
St. Nikolaus Bock Bier - Brewer's Reserve from Pennsylvania Brewing Company
93 out of 100 based on 136 ratings.