Sunday, December 15, 2013
Penn Brewing St. Nikolaus Bock (7/10)
Penn Brewing follows the German “Reiheitsgebot” beer purity law that limits beer ingredients to water, barley, and hops. St. Nikolaus Bock is a winter bock beer available from November through January. It was the highest rated American bock beer at the National Beverage Tasting Institute in 2004.
The beer pours a deep reddish brown color with a thin white head.
The aroma is very malty, with some hint of spice to it. The flavor is a kind of toasted bready malt with a hint of cinnamon. It’s a very nice beer but there is nothing particularly outstanding about it.
Beer Advocate readers rate it an 89 or “good” while The Bros give it a 90 or “outstanding” rating. Rate Beer gives the brew a 76 overall. That’s pretty close to my own 7/10 rating.
November 2014 update: The folks at Kenny Road Market had a special on this beer, cases of it leftover from the 2013 season. After having a year to age, the flavor improved considerably. There is a lot more malt, caramel, roasted grain, and complexity to it. I'd rate the cellared version at 8/10.
Sweet, Malty, Dry, or Bitter: Sweet
Spice Level: Low
Hops Level: Very Low
Dominant Flavors: Honey. malt, and citrus peel
My Rating: 7/10