Ol' Saint Nick - Block 15 Brewery & Restaurant
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Ratings: 3 | Reviews: 2 | Display Reviews Only:
Reviews by Reino:
4.08/5 rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4
FYI: I'm not positive on the abv, but I know it's over 9%. The owner, Nick, doesn't label some of his bigger beers by style. This beer tastes like a double red to me, but what do I know?
Appearance- A vigorous pour from my growler into my goblet produces a solid finger in head that has a soft khaki color. The head doesn't last too long, but leaves solid lacing in it's wake. The lacing splatters like a Jackson Pollock the rest of the way. I love the dense, murkiness of this beer. The color is mahogany with apricot highlights that squeeze their way through the bottom and top.
Smell- While the head's hanging around, I get a bunch of sweet, juicy, sugary hops. Pineapple and tangerine are first with some spicy mango and piny hops thrown in the mix as well. I know he used more than a few hop varieties, and they show up early in the nose. As I get into the beer, the nose becomes much more malt forward, smelling much like a really good double red. Waves of caramel, sweet bread dough, and some bubble gum (from the yeast possibly?) take over the hops, proving this isn't a DIPA. It's a very nice smell, but I wish the hops would stay as the main focus.
Taste- I don't know exactly what I'm tasting most of the time with this beer. There's an excellent sugary sweetness that runs throughout, and a bit of heat at the finish. There's also a good dose of fruity hops with a bit of spicy hop backing, sweet caramel and doughy malts. There might even be a splash of chocolate lingering in the finish. You can tell there's a good variety of both hops and malts, which make this beer a joy to drink.
MF- Medium carbonation with a medium-full body. Only after my second pint do I start to feel any wear on my tongue. If I had to nitpick, I guess the body could be a bit fuller, but I don't know what style this is going for and I don't really mind a slightly thinner feel (and it's not THAT thin) that increases the drinkability...
Drinkability- Quite drinkable for the abv. I have had to cut myself off from this beer at the brewpub quite a few times knowing that I have to drive. I really hope Nick starts bottling some of his offerings soon like he said he's going to so that I can share some local love.
Serving type: growler
12-15-2008 01:45:44 | More by Reino
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3.85/5 rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4
First had: on tap at their brewpub
Poured a murky, dark orange-brown, with a patchy beige head. Aroma of cinnamon and spice. Taste was big on the booze up front, spicy mid-palate with nutmeg and clove, a dusting of cocoa powder, subtle fruity notes, leafy, with a very dry finish. Medium-bodied, and nicely drinkable all around. Very good winter beer.
Serving type: on-tap
01-05-2012 03:54:30 | More by Rifugium
Ol' Saint Nick from Block 15 Brewery & Restaurant
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