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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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108 Ratings
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Ratings: 108
Reviews: 49
rAvg: 3.62
pDev: 14.36%
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:
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(Beer added by: jmdrpi on 08-30-2011)
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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
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4/5  rDev +10.5%

SeanSweeney, Apr 04, 2013
Photo of JohnnyHopps
4.11/5  rDev +13.5%
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.

JohnnyHopps, Apr 01, 2013
Photo of CHADMC3
3.86/5  rDev +6.6%
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.

CHADMC3, Mar 17, 2013
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4/5  rDev +10.5%

kingmaker, Feb 03, 2013
Photo of powdersoldier
3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

powdersoldier, Feb 02, 2013
Photo of dragomni
3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

dragomni, Jan 27, 2013
Photo of jdkitchi
3.65/5  rDev +0.8%
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.

jdkitchi, Dec 23, 2012
Photo of CaliMark
3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

CaliMark, Dec 18, 2012
Photo of stript
4/5  rDev +10.5%

stript, Dec 16, 2012
Alaskan Birch Bock (Pilot Series) from Alaskan Brewing Co.
82 out of 100 based on 108 ratings.