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Alaskan Birch Bock (Pilot Series) - Alaskan Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
82
good

106 Ratings
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Ratings: 106
Reviews: 49
rAvg: 3.62
pDev: 14.64%
Wants: 7
Gots: 9 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Alaskan Brewing Co. visit their website
Alaska, United States

Style | ABV
Doppelbock |  8.50% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: jmdrpi on 08-30-2011)
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Photo of kkesty
5/5  rDev +38.1%

kkesty, Sep 16, 2014
Photo of pat61
4/5  rDev +10.5%

Nose: Malty combined with spicy birch syrup
Brownish garnet amber with a slight chill haze under a 2" finely bubbled light tan head. Persistent. Lacy.
Palate: Birch syrup spice, rich malts, some fruitiness from the syrup, mild hop bitterness on the finish.
Big rich body, average carbonation, creamy and smooth with alcohol warming.

pat61, Sep 11, 2014
Photo of SlightlyGrey
3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

SlightlyGrey, Aug 30, 2014
Photo of laituegonflable
3.45/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a vibrant red colour, slight fizz. Head is an off-white ring around the edge, decent lacing. Looks OK, but listless.

Smells like bubblegum. Massive sweetness incongruous with the look - lots of banana, cake batter and apple juice as well. Fruity, light and sweet; needs more grounding for me.

Taste is a bit more toffeed, but otherwise it's all the same notes of the nose, so points for some congruity at least. Banana, bubblegum, some spice notes - nutmeg and maybe some clove - and a nice vanilla note at the back, which sort of assimilates all the others into a bigger whole at the back. Slight metallic edge, but I still think it's a bit sickly sweet at the start. Decent, but really into this.

Fairly smooth with a proteinous body. Bit of spice at the back; quite nice.

Interesting beer, and a well-constructed palate. Not to my taste at all, sadly, but I can see others really enjoying this.

laituegonflable, Aug 05, 2014
Photo of LiquidAmber
4/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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).

LiquidAmber, Apr 15, 2014
Photo of jzlyo
3.25/5  rDev -10.2%

jzlyo, Feb 26, 2014
Photo of dwitt24
4.25/5  rDev +17.4%

dwitt24, Dec 07, 2013
Photo of XmnwildX12
3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

XmnwildX12, Nov 22, 2013
Photo of NodakEric
4/5  rDev +10.5%

NodakEric, Nov 17, 2013
Photo of derkfromwi
3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

derkfromwi, Nov 14, 2013
Photo of jaydoc
3.25/5  rDev -10.2%

jaydoc, Oct 19, 2013
Photo of kjkinsey
3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

kjkinsey, Sep 21, 2013
Photo of schleprock
4/5  rDev +10.5%

schleprock, Sep 13, 2013
Photo of ejimhof
3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

ejimhof, Aug 29, 2013
Photo of Rand_ale_Thor
3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

Rand_ale_Thor, Aug 26, 2013
Photo of abeeronthebeach
4.16/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

A- A deep amber colour, which seemed to fluctuate a little with ruby towards the center and murky brown towards the edges.

S- Delightful, huge berry notes with a massively appetizing, malty bouquet. The best thing about this beer!

T- Sweet with a tart maltiness. Taste of rasberries and cherries. Pretty much what you'd hope for from a doppelbock with added syrup.

M- Fairly low carbonation which I liked. Slightly cloying and thin, but not to the extent that it detracted too much from the overall experience.

O- I would definitely have this again based purely on the beer, although it was quite pricey at $8. Would have only given it a 4, but it disguised the relatively high ABV of 8.5% so nicely that I had to bump it up a notch. I could drink it all day, and at that ABV, that's impressive.

abeeronthebeach, Jul 21, 2013
Photo of Smurf2055
3/5  rDev -17.1%

Smurf2055, Jul 20, 2013
Photo of wvyeager
4/5  rDev +10.5%

wvyeager, Jul 05, 2013
Photo of redleg411
4/5  rDev +10.5%

redleg411, Jun 28, 2013
Photo of vette2006c5r
1.99/5  rDev -45%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 1.75

Birch Bock pours a hazy brownish color wit ha very small head. Their are some sweet birch syrup like aromas, very sugary, and a bit vinegary. The taste has some notes of the birch syrup, and a dull cheap malty taste, strange sweetness to it. Nicely carbonated and full flavor. Overall a very strange beer. Taste like a cheap beer with some log cabin syrup added.

vette2006c5r, Jun 14, 2013
Photo of itracy63
3.25/5  rDev -10.2%

itracy63, Jun 02, 2013
Photo of Zbeetleman
3/5  rDev -17.1%

Zbeetleman, May 15, 2013
Photo of tclang
3/5  rDev -17.1%

tclang, May 12, 2013
Photo of Fatehunter
3.68/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

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.

Fatehunter, May 08, 2013
Photo of SeanSweeney
4/5  rDev +10.5%

SeanSweeney, Apr 04, 2013
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Alaskan Birch Bock (Pilot Series) from Alaskan Brewing Co.
82 out of 100 based on 106 ratings.