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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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BA SCORE
82
good

102 Ratings
THE BROS
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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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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
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tbone1384

Wyoming

4.75/5  rDev +31.6%

11-03-2012 14:07:05 | More by tbone1384
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crobinso

Colorado

4/5  rDev +10.8%

10-14-2012 12:28:36 | More by crobinso
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drinkyourcraft


3.9/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

Serving type: bottle

10-11-2012 03:35:08 | More by drinkyourcraft
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FightingEntropy

Minnesota

4/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

10-11-2012 02:07:06 | More by FightingEntropy
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phishsihq

Colorado

3.38/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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!

Serving type: bottle

10-08-2012 00:37:48 | More by phishsihq
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Gavage

New Jersey

3.53/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

10-07-2012 13:19:55 | More by Gavage
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Glibber

Idaho

3.75/5  rDev +3.9%

10-07-2012 02:45:16 | More by Glibber
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woemad

Washington

3.55/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

10-06-2012 20:14:08 | More by woemad
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2GOOFY

California

3.5/5  rDev -3%

09-16-2012 05:26:42 | More by 2GOOFY
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Caleb

Colorado

4.25/5  rDev +17.7%

09-15-2012 18:43:00 | More by Caleb
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Duff27

Illinois

4/5  rDev +10.8%

09-05-2012 01:26:11 | More by Duff27
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Soneast

Wisconsin

3.25/5  rDev -10%

08-26-2012 03:07:37 | More by Soneast
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bucho

Wisconsin

3/5  rDev -16.9%

08-22-2012 23:34:02 | More by bucho
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mltobin

Connecticut

3.6/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served on-tap at Roman`s in WI.

Appearance is dark copper with one finger head that is off-white in color. Its` nose has brown sugar, nuts and malts. For the taste of this doppelbock, I note raisins, caramel, some more of the nuts. Mouthfeel is medium with a slightly sticky finish. All in all, a pretty good beer, but nothing worth seeking out imo.

Serving type: on-tap

07-29-2012 01:41:25 | More by mltobin
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lacqueredmouse

Australia

4.03/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle purchased from Berkeley Bowl West in Berkeley, CA. Brought back to Australia and shared with @tobeerornottobe and @Laituegonflable.

Pours a lovely clear and bright reddish umber hue, with a mild creamy beige head of fine bubbles. Minimal lacing, but the body is very solid. Body is very solid, and leaves fine carbonation when tilted. Very good looking beer.

Nose is smooth and round, with a bite of slightly medicinal astringency, which cuts through it and prevents it from being unanimously sweet. Sweet banana bread characters, hints of cinnamon bun and a wafty, slightly boozy phenolic note. It's very pleasant.

Taste is, ooh, surprising. I expected that phenolic or biting astringency to be very prominent, but instead, we get a truly sweet, syrupy beer, that doesn't ever get too heavy or overpowering. Mild maple syrup notes, along with a slight piney fragrance (is this birch? I wouldn't know). Feel is clear and smooth, almost glassy as it goes down.

Overall, good stuff: the birch syrup, I think, really comes through and gives an interesting twist, and the base beer is solid. Overall, I'm pretty happy with this.

Serving type: bottle

07-28-2012 02:32:58 | More by lacqueredmouse
Alaskan Birch Bock (Pilot Series) from Alaskan Brewing Co.
82 out of 100 based on 102 ratings.