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

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Alaskan Birch Bock (Pilot Series)Alaskan Birch Bock (Pilot Series)

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82
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111 Ratings
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Ratings: 111
Reviews: 49
rAvg: 3.61
pDev: 14.4%
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:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: jmdrpi on 08-30-2011)
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Photo of arvidkoval
2.93/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

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3.5/5  rDev -3%

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4/5  rDev +10.8%

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3/5  rDev -16.9%

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3.75/5  rDev +3.9%

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5/5  rDev +38.5%

Photo of pat61
4/5  rDev +10.8%

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.

Photo of SlightlyGrey
3.5/5  rDev -3%

Photo of laituegonflable
3.45/5  rDev -4.4%
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.

Photo of LiquidAmber
4/5  rDev +10.8%
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).

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3.25/5  rDev -10%

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4.25/5  rDev +17.7%

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3.5/5  rDev -3%

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4/5  rDev +10.8%

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3.5/5  rDev -3%

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3.25/5  rDev -10%

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3.75/5  rDev +3.9%

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4/5  rDev +10.8%

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3.5/5  rDev -3%

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3.5/5  rDev -3%

Photo of abeeronthebeach
4.16/5  rDev +15.2%
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.

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3/5  rDev -16.9%

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4/5  rDev +10.8%

Photo of redleg411
4/5  rDev +10.8%

Photo of vette2006c5r
1.99/5  rDev -44.9%
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.

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Alaskan Birch Bock (Pilot Series) from Alaskan Brewing Co.
82 out of 100 based on 111 ratings.