Alaskan Birch Bock (Pilot Series) - Alaskan Brewing Co.
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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
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.