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RATINGS: 117   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.46/5   SEASONAL: Winter   IBU: 25   EST. CALORIES: 270   ABV: 9%
A compelling argument for a bigger stocking! It’s the last of Penn Brewery’s Small Batch Brews for 2007. Packaged in a twenty-five ounce bottle with a decorative foil neck and festive velvet embroidered bag, it’s one more present to look forward to this time of year.
At this joyous time of year, do not settle for ordinary beer. You’ve been good. Get what you deserve. Don’t settle for less than the Brewer’s Reserve. 18.5°

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   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
JonR (40) - - APR 13, 2012
Nice poor, not a ton of head, aroma lacking a bit, the first taste is absolutely delicious. Settling into the beer a bit, roasted coffee and caramel taste, a bit more carbination then your typical bock. Not necesarrily a winter beer, name is deceiving, but good when you are looking for a solid dark bock.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
Lucci1981 (1) - - OCT 27, 2016 does not count
Fantastic beer. Give it a try for yourself. The BBA version is one of the best beers I’ve ever had.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
jsporrer (746) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 16, 2016
2015 Brewers Reserve Bottle. Pours a Dark brown with a thin off white ring of foam. Medium body with light carbonation and plenty of lacing. Aroma of sweet malts and a hint of chocolate. Very smooth creamy texture with a light roasted malt flavor and a semi-sweet taste. Not too thick and not too sweet. Very enjoyable.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Dogbrick (11654) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - DEC 31, 2015
Sample at Ericka’s and Nihar’s Holiday Gathering on 12/18/2015. The beer is a dark mahogany color with a medium light beige head that diminishes steadily to a film. Strings of lacing on the glass. Aroma of malt, dark fruit and caramel. Medium to full body with flavors of caramel malt, ripe fruit, mild hops and a bit of tobacco. The finish is sweet with a malty aftertaste. Decent overall.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Beerman6686 (6399) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 23, 2014
This poured a lighter brown with a beige head, aroma of caramel toffee and dark fruits. Flavor similar, light grassy, nothing offensive but lacking complexity.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
bth122 (1499) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 8, 2014
Draft at Penn Brewery. Aroma of caramel, toffee, cocoa, and slight cherry, butterscotch. Medium light sweetness. Alcohol is somewhat hidden. Medium to heavy body. Complex. Rich. Very nice. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
kramer (5914) - Sunbury, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 17, 2014
Bottle. Pours a clear dark brown body under a small fizzy beige head that faded to a thin covering. The nose is strongly malty with a heavy caramel and munich malt sweetness. Just a light hint at the 8% alcohol this is packing. The flavor is rather well lagered and smooth with a heavy sweet maltiness. A little bit of an alcoholic kick on the back end. This is surprisingly good actually, plenty of body and not too overly sweet. A nice light, almost roasty note throughout. Full bodied and slightly clingy with soft fizzy carbonation. Pretty nice surprise with this one, these guys do create some nice lagers.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
DrewFace (967) - Melbourne, Florida, USA - FEB 7, 2014
Bottle share thanks to beechner224. Pours a brownish color with light tan head. Sweet malty aroma with light notes of dark fruit. Very sweet and malty flavor as well, mild fruity notesZ. Some bitterness in the finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
beechner224 (1024) - Melbourne, Florida, USA - FEB 7, 2014
Bottle. Pours a deep amber red, almost brown. Aroma is strong malt sweetness, no hop presence. Taste is smooth, light, not overpowering. Really drinkable. Not a bad beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
can8ianben (1489) - State College, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 3, 2014
Really dark deep aggressive malt backbone. Syrupy sweetness and some faint banana/clove funk. Really drinkable for a 9% beverage.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
boxofrane (2553) - Spring City, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 29, 2013
Bottle from Wegmans. Pours dark brown with red around the edges, some light coming through. The aroma has big caramel, toffee, some chocolate, very malty. The taste has a caramel blast that is simple and a bit cloying. OK

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