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

Brewed by:
Pennsylvania Brewing Company
Pennsylvania, United States
pennbrew.com

Style: Doppelbock

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.50%

Availability: Winter

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by jcdiflorio on 11-22-2007

BEER STATS
Ratings:
177
Reviews:
105
Avg:
4.18
pDev:
9.09%
 
 
Wants:
69
Gots:
32
For Trade:
1
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Ratings: 177 |  Reviews: 105
Photo of Inglum515
4.28/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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

Outstanding, surprised me, better that I expected from Penn

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Photo of Yeldarb92
4.16/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Uniobrew31
4.59/5  rDev +9.8%
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

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Photo of gobuccos
4.22/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

2013 release. Malts have come more forward with cellaring.

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Photo of Ohiovania
4.54/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Re-review on a 1yr aged bottle. (2014 release)

Really has developed beautifully. Fresh was underdeveloped. Really nice dark ripe fruits and bready/ biscuity notes are coming through nicely and a little chocolate is starting to develop. Wish I had a second bottle to see what 2yrs would do.

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Photo of xbrettfavrex
4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

Photo of se4
4.8/5  rDev +14.8%

Photo of StonedTrippin
4.18/5  rDev 0%
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!

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Photo of mikedellinger
4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

Photo of Rhleocp
3.5/5  rDev -16.3%

Photo of elizur
3.84/5  rDev -8.1%

Photo of Sean32
4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

Photo of BigRizz62
4.35/5  rDev +4.1%

Photo of NotMilko
4.68/5  rDev +12%

Photo of oglmcdgl
4/5  rDev -4.3%

Photo of schildres
4.68/5  rDev +12%

Photo of buzzedup
4/5  rDev -4.3%

Photo of misternebbie
3.84/5  rDev -8.1%

Photo of Ozzylizard
4.16/5  rDev -0.5%

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.

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Photo of ramrod666
4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

Photo of Dope
4.2/5  rDev +0.5%
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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4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

Photo of Tucquan
3.94/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Had this on 20134-01-09 in Columbia, PA. Vintage = 2013

A - Very dark brown with a very short 1/8-finger tan head and moderate lacing.

S - Sweet cherry, fig, raisin, light cinnamon, clove and roasted malt. Pleasant but not as aromatic as the Andech's or Troegs Doppelbocks that I've had recently.

T - Molasses and raisins on toasted nut bread with some sour cherry jam, sprinkled with cinnamon and cloves; but there's a very nice roasted and citrus flesh and zest bitterness that slides in towards the end to keep things refreshing and not too sweet. Dries nicely and leaves me wanting another sip.

M - Ahh. Thick body and light carbonation. Substantial, thick, chewy. Really nice.

O - I particularly enjoyed the flavor and taste of this brew. It's up against of recent heavy hitters as noted above but it stands up well and is worth revisiting. Glad to have received this as a holiday gift.

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St. Nikolaus Bock Bier - Brewer's Reserve from Pennsylvania Brewing Company
4.18 out of 5 based on 177 ratings.
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