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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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102 Ratings
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Ratings: 102
Reviews: 47
rAvg: 3.61
pDev: 14.4%
Wants: 8
Gots: 8 | 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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Rand_ale_Thor

Wisconsin

3.5/5  rDev -3%

08-26-2013 15:33:44 | More by Rand_ale_Thor
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abeeronthebeach

Washington

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.

Serving type: bottle

07-21-2013 00:51:50 | More by abeeronthebeach
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Smurf2055

Washington

3/5  rDev -16.9%

07-20-2013 04:23:30 | More by Smurf2055
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wvyeager

Colorado

4/5  rDev +10.8%

07-05-2013 20:08:47 | More by wvyeager
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redleg411

Wisconsin

4/5  rDev +10.8%

06-28-2013 19:22:13 | More by redleg411
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vette2006c5r

South Dakota

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.

Serving type: bottle

06-14-2013 01:54:08 | More by vette2006c5r
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itracy63

Alaska

3.25/5  rDev -10%

06-02-2013 01:54:11 | More by itracy63
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Zbeetleman

California

3/5  rDev -16.9%

05-15-2013 04:49:10 | More by Zbeetleman
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tclang

Wisconsin

3/5  rDev -16.9%

05-12-2013 20:55:01 | More by tclang
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Fatehunter

Oregon

3.68/5  rDev +1.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-08-2013 04:37:16 | More by Fatehunter
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SeanSweeney

Michigan

4/5  rDev +10.8%

04-04-2013 01:29:15 | More by SeanSweeney
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JohnnyHopps

Indiana

4.11/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

03-31-2013 23:13:27 | More by JohnnyHopps
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CHADMC3

Connecticut

3.86/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

03-17-2013 23:24:24 | More by CHADMC3
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kingmaker

Louisiana

4/5  rDev +10.8%

02-03-2013 07:36:53 | More by kingmaker
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powdersoldier

Washington

3.75/5  rDev +3.9%

02-02-2013 16:51:53 | More by powdersoldier
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dragomni

Minnesota

3.75/5  rDev +3.9%

01-27-2013 23:51:30 | More by dragomni
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jdkitchi

Wisconsin

3.65/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

12-23-2012 02:25:48 | More by jdkitchi
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CaliMark

California

3.5/5  rDev -3%

12-18-2012 03:19:26 | More by CaliMark
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stript

Washington

4/5  rDev +10.8%

12-16-2012 04:22:28 | More by stript
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Peller80


3.5/5  rDev -3%

12-11-2012 02:14:46 | More by Peller80
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Braz

Washington

3.75/5  rDev +3.9%

11-25-2012 04:21:48 | More by Braz
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jessicapreuss

Brazil

3.5/5  rDev -3%

11-23-2012 21:35:36 | More by jessicapreuss
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irishgreensoda

Washington

3.25/5  rDev -10%

11-20-2012 23:03:27 | More by irishgreensoda
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Etan

Wisconsin

3.78/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

11-11-2012 00:44:34 | More by Etan
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tgraven

Wisconsin

3.25/5  rDev -10%

11-04-2012 04:30:59 | More by tgraven
Alaskan Birch Bock (Pilot Series) from Alaskan Brewing Co.
82 out of 100 based on 102 ratings.