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

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

Brewed by:
Pennsylvania Brewing Company
Pennsylvania, United States

Style: Doppelbock

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.50%

Availability: Winter

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by jcdiflorio on 11-22-2007

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Ratings: 177 |  Reviews: 105
Photo of TomVHoupt
4.66/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of drtth
4.02/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer, the 2016 brewing, comes in a bomber size bottle inside a red velvet bag with a draw string tie and the brewery logon printed on it. Hopefully the beer inside the bottle will justify the “Reserve” and the special presentation.

The first pour into a Duvel glass is a dark mahogany color with some reddish highlights and 1” light tan head that slowly recedes to a thin layer on the surface of the liquid and leaves some patches and rings of leggy lacing on the sides of the glass. Sipping leaves some arches and smaller patches of leggy lacing. Even midway through the pour there is lacing on the sides and an irregular island of foam on the surface.

The aromas are nutty, bready and have some dark fruit in the background. There's also a bit of caramel with a hint of alcohol and some earthy spiciness from the hops

The flavors are much as expected from the nose with some nutty, dark bread character and some dark fruit. There's also some maple syrup/dark chocolate sweetness and some caramel, all balanced by an earthy, dark roast and slightly spicy bitterness.

The mouthfeel is on the full side of medium bodied and smooth with the moderate gentle carbonation. The medium length finish begins as the well balanced mix of flavors and sweetness begin fade and allow some dry earthy, dark roast and spicy bitterness that closes out the show as it too slowly disappears on the back of the palate.

Very drinkable beer with a nice combination of flavors and aromas. It's nice to have a beer brewed for the holidays without the addition of spices. I'll certainly be willing to have another. For me the only fault I find with the beer is that the earthiness is a bit too prominent in the ending. Currently I have a second bottle tucked away in the basement to wait for next winter. If my luck holds I'll find a bottle of the 2017 brewing and be able to do a side by side.

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Photo of 57md
4.15/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours a dark brown with copper edges and well over a finger of head. The nose has that classic deep bready essence. The flavor is malty and the body is hearty. There is a really nice touch of sweetness on the finish that makes this offering complete.

This is a real holiday gem. Even though it was not boozy at all, I am guessing that it would still age rather well.

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Photo of ConnorSimpson41
3.49/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of tuowl74a
4.35/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Peaches13
4.1/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Rizzy17
4.04/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of RacerX5k
3.73/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Look. Love the packaging and the original which I always grab when I see it for $2 a pop. But this one? bottom line probably don't need to have it again ...

Start with the look, it's pretty but average. Let's talk aroma, which at first I think has way too much alcohol. Then all of a sudden it morphs into almost the perfect aroma. Malts, chocolate, nuts, yea freshly roasted nuts, chestnuts roasting by the open fire. We know it, let's all sing it.

However, taste follows aroma, lots of hops too which I enjoy but in the end kinda of a mess, too much of this,too little of that. Makes me want an Sam Adams Double Bock, do they even make that beer anymore.

Overall, I tried it, keep the sleeve, pass. Merry Christmas everyone. Tonight is Black Wednesday, can't wait to taste this years BCBCS.

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Photo of madelf66
4.04/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of TonyY
3.88/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of SebD
4/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Waveoff
3.71/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Yancey82
4.28/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of lastmango
4.36/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured a birch beer brown with a 3 finger creamy float head. Lots of lacing. Nose of fresh bread and dark dried fruit. Taste - Wow . . . this is a complex malt bomb! Like eating a really good fruit cake (not that store bought crap) where each bite (sip) yields a different flavor. Roasted malt, raisins, dried fruit, licorice, toffee . . . yum. Carbonation is a bit lighter than expected but this feels right - full bodied and chewy. This is Christmas in a bottle. And I'm drinking a 2014 vintage. Can't wait to get 2015.

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Photo of Mwinek
4.03/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of cptdkirk
4.28/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Brian_L-2056
4.32/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep amber reddish brown color with very little head. Smells like coffee, toffee and roasted malts. Looks to have plenty of carbonation. Initial taste is quite plesant, just like it smells and very mild finish. Really enjoyed this brew and look forward to more

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Photo of Dogleg
3.5/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of billbeers
4/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of tdm168
3.84/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of barflybastard
3.62/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of ItsBeer4Me
4.21/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of RobPete
4.99/5  rDev +19.4%
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!

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Photo of woemad
4.45/5  rDev +6.5%
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!

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Photo of craft4mike
4.17/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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