Alaskan Birch Bock (Pilot Series) - Alaskan Brewing Co.
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3.45/5 rDev -4.2%
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.
08-05-2014 06:34:52 | More by laituegonflable
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
4.16/5 rDev +15.6%
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.
07-21-2013 00:51:50 | More by abeeronthebeach
1.99/5 rDev -44.7%
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.
06-14-2013 01:54:08 | More by vette2006c5r
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
4.11/5 rDev +14.2%
In my opinion, the beers in the Pilot Series are some of the best work from Alaskan. The taste is general bold and lacks the bothersome oily texture that I can not overlook in their more noted brews.
Poured into a glass, the beer was a murky brown with variation in the shades of brown. The aroma was the expected malty doppelbock type aroma. In fairness, I am not exactly what birch syrup is supposed to taste like, never having had it. I can only assume it is similar to maple syrup. In the initial taste, one detects the sweet malt as well as a certain syrupy sweetness with hints of dark fruit. There was a certain smokiness in the taste, but it was not overpowering. The thickness reminded me a little more of a barleywine than a doppelbock, but this was not a big detractor for me. In the aftertaste, one will notice the maltiness continues with a twang of sourness. The taste on this doppelbock is well developed and nicely rounded. I would certainly do this one again.
03-31-2013 23:13:27 | More by JohnnyHopps
3.86/5 rDev +7.2%
Pours a toffee colored body beneath the thinner off white head which quickly dissolves to leave little lacing behind.
Sweet aromas of birch syrup and brown sugar and hints of fig float from the glass. The aromas are sweet and candy like with typical doppelbock malty sweetness as well.
The flavors are similar featuring the birch maple and brown sugar sweetness the aroma has with hints of earthiness.
The body is fuller with medium carbonation and a nice sherry like, dryer finish.
This is a pretty nice doppelbock, clearly even a bit sweeter with the addition of the birch maple syrup than others but you can certainly appreciate the Alaskan twist.
03-17-2013 23:24:24 | More by CHADMC3
Alaskan Birch Bock (Pilot Series) from Alaskan Brewing Co.
82 out of 100 based on 103 ratings.