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Schnickelfritz - Saucony Creek Brewing Company

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Ratings: 134
Reviews: 23
rAvg: 3.68
pDev: 11.14%
Wants: 2
Gots: 8 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Saucony Creek Brewing Company visit their website
Pennsylvania, United States

Style | ABV
Milk / Sweet Stout |  8.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
Pennsylvania German’s translate “Schnickelfritz” to mean a Nix Nux, or a naughty rebellious child who is always getting into trouble. That sums up our family here at Saucony Creek, so in honor of our Pop-Pop’s chocolate covered cherry addiction during the winter months we brewed an Imperial Chocolate Cherry Milk Stout. Schnickelfritz is brewed with dark caramel malts, chocolate malts and lactose to create a smooth creamy mouth feel. Milk chocolate and real cherries are added for a winter warmer treat.

(Beer added by: Knapp85 on 10-20-2013)
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2.75/5  rDev -25.3%

yourefragile, Nov 30, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

WaterCzar, Nov 26, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

On draft at paradise by the slice
Drank on Sunday nov 24 2013
Review from notes
Had a very black color body with no head. Thev aroma as it warmed up was of roasted malt and chocolate. The taste had a very nice chocolate taste with the malt was very valanced. I didn't get any cherry flavor. Mouthfeel was smooth and overall it was a good beer.

chefhatt, Nov 26, 2013
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4/5  rDev +8.7%

JSkone09, Nov 25, 2013
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2.79/5  rDev -24.2%

Appearance is a dark brown with ruby edges and a finger of creamy head. The nose smells like cherries, but it’s more like something artificial than something that may have grown on a tree at one time. The taste is dominated by a cherry cough syrup flavor which is quite unpleasant. I did not get any hints of chocolate and it was difficult to judge the stout qualities with the nasty cough syrup flavor getting in the way.

57md, Nov 22, 2013
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3.85/5  rDev +4.6%

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a poco grande style glass.
A dark black body with barely a 1/2 fingers worth of head. Leaves a nice tan filmy lacing in the glass. Tiny bubbles stream up constantly, with what can be seen in the glass. Love the label!
A strong roasty smell with some faint bittersweet chocolate aromas. Very faint cherry smell, almost closer to a tart fruity smell.
Roasted malts, chocolate, sweet cherries. Body seems a little thin, but makes it very easy to drink. Love that milk stout smoothness and sweetness! This one doesn't disappoint in the flavor or mouthfeel category! Don't pick up on the 8% abv either, very nicely hidden.
Overall, what can I say other than outstanding! The cherries don't over power or dominate the taste. The tartness just adds a little something extra wit h the chocolate and lactose sweetness that is well balanced with the roasted malts. A winner in my book.

jhartley, Nov 20, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

mikehillman, Nov 19, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

egrace84, Nov 17, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

UWBadgerFan4Life, Nov 16, 2013
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3.78/5  rDev +2.7%

Black with brown around the edges, No head to speak of.
Its really tough to get any cherry out of the smell, if I wasn't expecting it I probably wouldn't smell it. Mostly a softened roasty smell of a good stout.
The cherries definitely show up in the taste. There are all in the finish, sometime a bit to much but never crossing past the nice cherry taste to the cherry cough drop taste.
Decent thickness, Overall another good beer from a local brewery.

confer, Nov 15, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

iwillhaveanother, Nov 12, 2013
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3/5  rDev -18.5%

I had this at Brewhouse Grill in Camp Hill

Not sure what was going on with this beer...after reading more I discovered it is a cherry stout
it had tart and fruity flavors I don't expect
The color is deep brown like walnut shells with frothy almost nitro creamy looking head with good retention. The smell has a faint fruit and sour cherry aroma with very little in the way of malt or roasted grain, light sour odor. The feel is okay, moderately carbonated again a bit tart for th style with mild alcohol as it warms

The flavor is not bad, but the feel leads you one way and the flavor another - tart fruity flavor slight yeast taste with mild caramel notes and tangy from start to finish, no creaminess or real roasted flavor you would expect in a milk/sweet stout - not very sweet but alcohol is noticeable as it warms. overall I had finished this so I consider it passable for the style - it just doesn't seem like a traditional take, -it has a fruit taste that distracts from any stout character that supposedly it is based on -I would prefer a more solid less thin base if this is a milk stout with sour cherry fruit addition

Slatetank, Nov 12, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

DaveHack, Nov 10, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

bacher468, Nov 09, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -11.7%

jagada, Nov 09, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

lockewoodfin, Nov 09, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

bigfnjoe, Nov 09, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +15.5%

GeoffreyM, Nov 08, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

Dreadnaught33, Nov 07, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

IdrinkGas, Nov 06, 2013
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3.76/5  rDev +2.2%

The beer was pretty good and an interesting spin on a milk stout. The beer pours zero head which was a letdown for me as the carbonation is very low on this one. The aroma was decent with slight cherries coming thru the stout backbone and a little chocolate. The taste is good, a little syrupy but good none the less with the cherries accenting the beer. This beer is a little sweet and I could not see me downing tons of these. In the end I am glad to have a few and I can check this off the never ending list of beers I have tried.

Bottom Line: See it, give it a try its not bad at all. The ABV is totally hidden.

themind, Nov 06, 2013
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4/5  rDev +8.7%

bshiban, Nov 03, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

lobos62, Nov 02, 2013
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4.19/5  rDev +13.9%

Philbe has the review nailed down accurately so I won't try to duplicate. However, I thought the whole was better than the sum of the parts and was very fond of the taste. I was afraid that the chocolate cherry would be a bit overly sweet as this is not my favorite thing to do to a milk stout but it was subtle enough to enhance and not be cloying It goes down deceptively easily for an 8.0 abv beer.

Villanovan, Nov 02, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

Phillyz, Nov 02, 2013
Schnickelfritz from Saucony Creek Brewing Company
83 out of 100 based on 134 ratings.