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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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103 Ratings
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Ratings: 103
Reviews: 48
rAvg: 3.6
pDev: 14.17%
Wants: 7
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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Photo of powdersoldier


3.75/5  rDev +4.2%

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


3.75/5  rDev +4.2%

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


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
Photo of CaliMark


3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

12-18-2012 03:19:26 | More by CaliMark
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4/5  rDev +11.1%

12-16-2012 04:22:28 | More by stript
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3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

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


3.75/5  rDev +4.2%

11-25-2012 04:21:48 | More by Braz
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3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

11-23-2012 21:35:36 | More by jessicapreuss
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3.25/5  rDev -9.7%

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


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
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3.25/5  rDev -9.7%

11-04-2012 04:30:59 | More by tgraven
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4.75/5  rDev +31.9%

11-03-2012 14:07:05 | More by tbone1384
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4/5  rDev +11.1%

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

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
Photo of FightingEntropy


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
Photo of phishsihq


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
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New Jersey

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
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3.75/5  rDev +4.2%

10-07-2012 02:45:16 | More by Glibber
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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
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3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

09-16-2012 05:26:42 | More by 2GOOFY
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4.25/5  rDev +18.1%

09-15-2012 18:43:00 | More by Caleb
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4/5  rDev +11.1%

09-05-2012 01:26:11 | More by Duff27
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3.25/5  rDev -9.7%

08-26-2012 03:07:37 | More by Soneast
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3/5  rDev -16.7%

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


3.6/5  rDev 0%

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.

07-29-2012 01:41:25 | More by mltobin
Alaskan Birch Bock (Pilot Series) from Alaskan Brewing Co.
82 out of 100 based on 103 ratings.