Alaskan Birch Bock (Pilot Series) - Alaskan Brewing Co.
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Reviews by MattyG85:
4.08/5 rDev +13.3%
Poured from 22 oz bottle into a Surly Darkness Chalice.
Appearance: Pours a deep, dark, and slightly cloudy brownish copper with a little ruby red. Moderate bubbles and about one finger of off white head that recedes into a few thin patches. Lacing is light.
Smell: A sweet smell of caramel malts and toffee with the birch syrup and a hint of spices. Some hints of citrus and earthy hops in the background. Also a light hint of dark fruits. Smells more like an English Barleywine than a Doppelbock, but it smells good and interesting.
Taste: A nicely sweet mix of bready caramel malts, birch syrup, and toffee. Hints of figs and other dark fruits. A little bit of spice. Nice presence of earthy and citrus hops giving a little more of a bitter bite than you would typically expect from a bock. The syrup blends in nicely. Well balanced.
Mouthfeel: Medium to full bodied with a moderate level of carbonation. Chewy and somewhat syrupy as expected. No noticeable alcohol heat.
Overall: A pretty interesting and tasty beer. Sweet but well balanced by the hops.
04-07-2012 06:06:50 | More by MattyG85
More User Reviews:
3/5 rDev -16.7%
22oz bottle. Pours ruby amber with a small fizzy off-white head that quickly goes to a thin film.
The aroma is sweet caramel and toffee, maple and honey.
The flavor is sweet sugary caramel and toffee with a slightly bitter drying finish. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with low carbonation.
Overall, the syrup adds interesting notes to the doppelbock. It's a bit on the sweet side for me.
05-04-2012 05:05:26 | More by Beaver13
2.23/5 rDev -38.1%
22oz bottle pours red-brown, crystal clear, with a tiny amount of white head. Holy crap, intensely estery aroma. Flavor is similarly chemical. I don't detect any birch-beer like flavor, though there is some sweetness, either from that birch additives or from the normal heavy malt load of a bock beer. I didn't expect much, but this disappoints. Would not try again.
Pros are it looks decent in the glass, there's a pretty scene with a moose on the label, and it hides its ABV very well. Cons are that it hides its ABV with bad flavor. And everything else.
06-05-2012 02:39:40 | More by hreb
3.68/5 rDev +2.2%
Poured a thin head on a cloudy light brown colored body.
The aroma is dry wood and dark malt. Interesting.
The taste is wonderful. It's fairly sweet overall, but less "annoying sweet" than most doppelbocks. There's definitely a syrup flavor with a background of dry malt sweetness.
The texture is slightly sticky with moderate carbonation.
Well worth trying.
05-08-2013 04:37:16 | More by Fatehunter
3.65/5 rDev +1.4%
Acquired this for $6.99 at Discount. Poured reddish brown color into a snifter from the 22 oz bomber bottle. There was a small head that kept some lacing.
Smells of sweet dark malts and a little woody. The taste is very sweet mostly malts up front, some earthy character, slight hop balance and alcohol, some lingering sweet syrup in the finish. There is a medium mouth feel and low carbonation.
This is a pretty good Dopple. It 's a little different, a little cloying but pretty enjoyable too. I would have this again if I ran across it.
12-23-2012 02:25:48 | More by jdkitchi
3.4/5 rDev -5.6%
- Pours a lightly cloudy mahogany brown. The brew has a nice reddish hue as well. Very minimal head.. leaves but a light dusting of off-white thin foam in the center, and a small ring around the edge. Pretty standard for the style.
- A sweet floral and citrus grain bed aroma. Light maple, thick sugars, and an earthy approach with some esters. Tannins and a fruity touch for sure. Creamy oats and grains. Interesting.
- A rather sweet brew with a fruity ester and tannin touch, light maple, and brown sugar. Grassy and earthy bitterness is light, but present. Little bready, but mainly just sweet. It's ok, but I can't say that I am blown away by this brew.
Mouth Feel: (3.5)
- It's a chewy one, and slightly drying. The sweetness lends a little stickiness and a cloying attribute. It's well carbonated with a common yeast.
- I love Alaskan Brewing, but have to say that this brew has 'average' written all over it. There certainly isn't anything wrong with the beer, but it doesn't stand out at all on all marks. I rate beers a 3.5 when they contain the quality I expect from a larger craft beer producer. A 3.0 can be found in a homebrew, but there would usually be something offsetting to get that. This beer doesn't have anything offsetting. It's just a little boring. Perhaps a big fan of the style would like to sit on a bottle awhile and let it oxidize. Not me.
04-05-2012 07:45:00 | More by Docer
3.88/5 rDev +7.8%
Poured from a 22oz bomber into a pint glass. No dating info on the bottle but the website says it's a March 2012 release. It was a rich red-amber color with few carb streams. It had almost no head when poured and what was there quickly evaporated. No lacing.
The aroma is strong on birch syrup and caramel malt. A little booze maybe. Not bad but man it's sweet. The taste closely follows the aroma and again is very sweet. It's dances over the cloying line then comes back. Not getting any of the other traditional doppelbock aromas or tastes but this is supposed to be birch syrup heavy so can't knock it much. Medium to heavy mouthfeel with good sweet aftertaste but lacking in carbonation.
Overall, a good speciality doppelbock that I do recommend if you can easily get. While Alaskan is now in Texas this isn't one of the beers that they offer here yet. Got from Hoss in a care package. Rotation - glad I tried it but wouldn't seek out again. But would try on-tap. [N;O]
06-29-2012 01:41:21 | More by TexIndy
3.6/5 rDev 0%
My palate is freshly raped by a glass of Hop Stoopid (sorry).
Poured from 22oz bomber to pint glass:
Nice looking bock. Looking rather still.
The nose certainly boasts some caramely birch syrup - such a unique ingredient and surprisingly distinguishable from other tree syrups. Nice. A bit of leather and toffee here as well.
A lot of the same notes tend to surface on the tongue with the addition of a pretty distinct mineral type finish. Smells better than it tastes.
The after taste detracts from the feel but the consistency is good.
I always love trying beers that utilize birch syrup.
07-07-2012 02:22:08 | More by yamar68
4/5 rDev +11.1%
Poured into a Gulden Draak tulip. Pours a red-orange amber with active carbonation. One finger fine light tan head with good retention and lacing. Looks nice. Aroma of sweet malt and a hint of birch beer. Flavor is sweet and caramel malt, toffee with a rather dry birch syrup finish. Low hop levels. Medium bodied with a bit of creaminess. A interesting, but low key, take on a doppelbock. The birch syrup counteracts the malt flavors somewhat, so it seems like it could use a bit more malt flavor as a doppelbock. Still interesting and enjoyable to drink. (Reviewed in 2012, moved here from a duplicate listing in the archive section, since this seems to be the main listing).
04-15-2014 02:54:46 | More by LiquidAmber
4.18/5 rDev +16.1%
Alaskan Birch Bock (Pilot Series)
Appearance: dark amber, small head, and some lacing.
Smell: birch and alcohol.
Taste: nice malt and birch notes.
Mouthfeel: medium and smooth.
This is a very nice brew. The flavors are very well balanced.
06-08-2012 03:10:50 | More by megahurts4
3.78/5 rDev +5%
22oz bottle into a stout glass
A: Pours a wood amber-brown with a small light tan head.
S: Sweet, fruity malt - grapes, raisins, prunes, molasses, maple.
T: Maple, figs, brown sugar, caramel, brown bread, light birch spice.
M: Medium-bodied with light carbonation.
O: This was better than I was expecting. The birch is pretty mellow. The beer is a bit sweet, but not so much as to ruin the beer. Pretty good.
11-11-2012 00:44:34 | More by Etan
3.95/5 rDev +9.7%
Poured into a mug.
3.0 A: Clear orange amber color. One finger of frothy beige head. Retention is lacking, but it's possible that that's due to the birch syrup. No lacing.
4.0 S: Wow, the birch really comes through in this. The strongest aroma is maple nut candies, but with birch instead of maple. There's something else that's really distinct, but I just can't figure out what it is right now. Good bit of toffee with some caramel underneath. An almost tanginess that could come from the syrup or the malts. Light booziness. Candied date fruitiness.
4.0 T: Again lots of birch, toffee, and sugariness. Candied date, currants, and plum fruitiness. Not as tangy as the nose, but there's still a little bit of it. It tastes like it smells, but it's a bit smoother actually. Booze is well hidden.
4.0 M: Medium body. Good moderate carbonation that is almost spritzy. Good here. Super smooth.
4.0 D: Of the one other birch related beer I've had, this is by far the best. Done very well, tasty, and great on the palate.
07-06-2012 03:50:26 | More by DavoleBomb
Alaskan Birch Bock (Pilot Series) from Alaskan Brewing Co.
82 out of 100 based on 103 ratings.