Alaskan Birch Bock (Pilot Series) - Alaskan Brewing Co.
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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
3.65/5 rDev +1.4%
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.
12-23-2012 02:25:48 | More by jdkitchi
3.78/5 rDev +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.
11-11-2012 00:44:34 | More by Etan
3.9/5 rDev +8.3%
Just a note to any readers - I have a slight cold and my taste and smell is a bit off.
Pours a good amber copper color with a good foamy head.
Taste is very malty and "maple-syrupy?" but nothing overwhelming.
Overall a solid doppelbock, tastes a lot like a homebrew I had recently.
Recommend - yes, share
10-11-2012 03:35:08 | More by drinkyourcraft
4/5 rDev +11.1%
Picked up a bottle of Alaskan Birch Bock based on a sample at the St. Paul Summer Fest a few weeks ago. I have an affinity for "tree" beers after helping make a spruce ale with the MN Home Brewers at the first Teach a Friend to Homebrew day in 2005. The experience helped me get into homebrewing more, so "tree" beers have an odd emotional appeal to me.
Classic doppelbock color: deep copper to ruby. Dirty white head falls quickly over alcohol hotness and deep malt with a clear birch nose. Dark fruits and malt are smoothed by a slick oiliness over, what I assume, is a birch spicy note since it's low on hops. Very fun to drink.
Not a knock-your-socks off beer, but a testament to the creativity of the beer world. I like it and would drink it again.
10-11-2012 02:07:06 | More by FightingEntropy
3.38/5 rDev -6.1%
Birch Bock, a dopplebock brewed with Alaskan birch syrup. The brew pours a beautiful mahogany color, and it is caped with a thin, off-white head that provides spotty lace. Aromas of dark fruit and sweet malt hint at the flavors to come, and a little bit of sweetness pokes through as well. Malt forward, Birch Bock showcases the addition of birch syrup in the sweet finish, with a touch of alcohol lingering too. Medium-light in body, this dopplebock features a lower-level of carbonation. If you have access to ANY Alaskan Brewing Company's beers, do yourself a favor and buy them!
10-08-2012 00:37:48 | More by phishsihq
3.53/5 rDev -1.9%
Appearance: pours a light brown color with a short wispy head that falls apart quickly.
Smell: sweet malt and brown sugar is most noticeable by the nose.
Taste: very sweet malt profile, as brown sugar and ripe dark fruits are up front. Bitterness is mild and alcohol is mildly noticeable too.
Mouthfeel: medium bodied beer. Lightly crisp up front, smoother argue finish. The sweetness lingers on the tongue for a while.
Overall: I expected a little more from this beer, as it just was not as satisfying as I expected. One bomber bottle was more than enough for a session.
10-07-2012 13:19:55 | More by Gavage
3.55/5 rDev -1.4%
22oz bomber purchased a while back at Huckleberry's in Spokane for $8.99. "081112" was stamped on the label, but it's not clear if that's when it was bottled or when it's best by. Considering the style and abv, I'm not too worried.
Poured a reddish amber color with a decent sized off-white head. Said head didn't stay large for long, but never entirely faded away.
Big, boozy scent grabbed the attention at first. There was also some brown sugar-like notes. There's a bit of a nutty scent in the background, as well.
Similar to the nose in that there's a boozy, brown sugary and nutty taste, but there's also a raisiny, dark fruit flavor lurking in the background, providing a little depth, but not enough for this to taste like a leading contender in the doppelbock category.
Body is somewhere between medium and full, with a slightly sticky mouthfeel.
This is a decent attempt at a doppelbock, but it falls short when it comes to the style's general complexity. If this had a little more depth, there'd be more fours in this review.
10-06-2012 20:14:08 | More by woemad
Alaskan Birch Bock (Pilot Series) from Alaskan Brewing Co.
82 out of 100 based on 104 ratings.