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Alaskan Troppelbock (Pilot Series) - Alaskan Brewing Co.

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Alaskan Troppelbock (Pilot Series)Alaskan Troppelbock (Pilot Series)

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BA SCORE
85
very good

130 Ratings
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Ratings: 130
Reviews: 35
rAvg: 3.73
pDev: 12.6%
Wants: 4
Gots: 4 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Alaskan Brewing Co. visit their website
Alaska, United States

Style | ABV
Doppelbock |  10.50% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: blakelive784 on 03-13-2013)
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Photo of MattyG85
4.21/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 22 oz. bottle into a Surly Darkness chalice glass.

Appearance: Pours a deep brownish amber with a moderate amount of bubbles. About two fingers of off white head that fade into a thin patchy layer. Leaves a decent amount of lacing on the glass.

Smell: A rich and toasty aroma with sweet hints of caramel and dark fruit. Toasted malts upfront with hints of sweet caramel, toffee, biscuit, yeast, and nuts along with some roasty hints of chocolate. Hints of oak and vanilla. Brown sugar sweetness. Big hints of dark fruit with some fig, dates, raisin, and prune. Slight hint of apple and banana as well. Subtle earthy hop presence in the background. A scent of booze as well. Very good full aroma.

Taste: Like it smells, a big sweet toasty malt driven taste with lots of biscuity caramel and dark fruit. Toasted malts with a taste of biscuit, sweet caramel, toffee, nuts, yeast, toasted bread, and some roast chocolate notes. Notes of vanilla, oak, and sweetness from some brown sugar. Big presence of dark fruit with notes of figs, dates, prune, and raisin. Slight taste of dried apple and banana fruit. Slight earthy hop backing and alcohol in the taste. Very rich and good.

Mouthfeel: Full bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation. Rich, creamy, and sweet. Some alcohol heat is felt.

Overall: A very solid take on a Doppelbock. Good dark biscuit and caramel flavor with some solid dark fruit undertones.

MattyG85, Aug 03, 2013
Photo of JohnnyHopps
3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

Appearance - Ther beer poured an amber hued murky brown color.

Smell - The malt begin the aroma, but there are some thick sweet notes here.

Taste - The oaks and malt come to the front. There is some stickiness that reminds me of maple in the mouthfeel. Even having cellared this one for more than a year, it comes off as a little hot. The aftertaste might be described as spicy alcohol.

Mouthfeel - The malts and their sweetness coat the mouth. It feels like an overly hot doppelbock.

Overall - I am glad I traded for this one. Still, I am not sure I would trade for another.

JohnnyHopps, Sunday at 01:17 AM
Photo of yemenmocha
3.25/5  rDev -12.9%

yemenmocha, Oct 21, 2014
Photo of DeadeyeOTDO
3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

DeadeyeOTDO, Oct 03, 2014
Photo of pat61
3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

Bought this bottle 2 days before I drank it and then learned it was 9 months old.
Nose: has a spiciness unusual for the style, some banana and wet cardboard notes - oxidized.
Very beautiful beer pouring brilliant reddish mahogany with an off-white finely bubbled 1/2" foam cap.
The oxidized flavors are not working well with the imperial doppelbock flavors - getting banana on the palate, a little over sweet.
Full body, medium low carbonation.

pat61, Sep 12, 2014
Photo of Lagerquestrian
4/5  rDev +7.2%

Lagerquestrian, Sep 01, 2014
Photo of LiquidAmber
3.74/5  rDev +0.3%

Poured from a 22 oz. bottle into a Celebrator pokal. Pours a medium to dark bronze amber with a thin off-white head that quickly dissipates to light patches; no lacing. Aroma of sweet caramel malt, toffee, brown sugar, dark dried fruit. Flavor follows aroma, with rich sweet caramel malt, brown sugar, dark dried fruit, particularly figs and dates, a hint of oak. Starting flavor is much like an English barleywine, but finishes a bit sweeter and lighter. Heavy, syrupy body with mild carbonation. A big, sweet ale that leans closer to a sweet barleywine than a doppelbock, although the malt body is similar. The sweetness could be close to cloying, but is balanced nicely by a bit of dry oak and some light grassy hops in the finish. Not exactly to style, but tastes good and made for a nice malty slow sipper If this is made again, I'd try it for a cold winters evening when the sweetness and alcohol would be quite welcome.

LiquidAmber, Aug 25, 2014
Photo of woemad
3.4/5  rDev -8.8%

22oz bottle purchased at Mid Columbia Wines and Spirits in Kennewick, Washington, for $7.95. According to the label, this was bottled on August 10, 2013. I’ve sat on it for a while now.

Poured a color somewhere between copper and rust, with a creamy-looking tan head and enough chill haze to make me uncertain as to whether I’m seeing lots of tiny bubbles or little chunks of sediment. Considering that it was bottled 372 days ago, I suspect the latter. The head quickly receded to a thin skiff - not surprising considering how strong this beer is – with a sparse, spotty lace being the only other sign of its once-proud foam dome.

Very big banana-like aroma to this, so much so that it effectively crowds out other aspects, except for an ominous booziness.

Very sweet and malty, almost cloyingly so. There was quite a bit of alcohol heat as well. As it warms, this increases and approaches the point of being undrinkable.

This was a thick-bodied beer. The mouthfeel was coating and syrupy.

Not sure what a Doppelbock Ale is, but I’d prefer to try one in a 12oz bottle, if this beer was a representative of an actual style. As it is, I’m glad to have tried it but won’t feel the need to do so again. Way too sweet and boozy, and too expensive for its limited drinkability.

woemad, Aug 17, 2014
Photo of Big_Dave
4/5  rDev +7.2%

Big_Dave, Aug 06, 2014
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5/5  rDev +34%

KTMinnesota, Jul 14, 2014
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4/5  rDev +7.2%

gnaztee, May 28, 2014
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4/5  rDev +7.2%

Beersnake1, Apr 24, 2014
Photo of mpenning13
3/5  rDev -19.6%

mpenning13, Apr 16, 2014
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4/5  rDev +7.2%

einman, Apr 13, 2014
Photo of ChaseBeer
4.5/5  rDev +20.6%

ChaseBeer, Apr 08, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +13.9%

Cramerican, Apr 07, 2014
Photo of afsdan
4/5  rDev +7.2%

afsdan, Apr 06, 2014
Photo of deNerval
3.25/5  rDev -12.9%

deNerval, Apr 06, 2014
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4/5  rDev +7.2%

Thanx4AllDaFish, Apr 02, 2014
Photo of twj2000
4.25/5  rDev +13.9%

twj2000, Mar 22, 2014
Photo of Wolberjs
3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

Wolberjs, Mar 08, 2014
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3/5  rDev -19.6%

Karibourgeois, Mar 08, 2014
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4/5  rDev +7.2%

tbone64, Mar 08, 2014
Photo of sprucetip
3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

sprucetip, Mar 07, 2014
Photo of falloutsnow
3.16/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 2 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

From: France 44, Minneapolis, MN
Date: Bottled 2013-08-10
Glass: Founders snifter

Doppelbock ale, eh? I suppose this isn't meant to be very "true to style," considering the rather high ethanol content and the oak aging. Fairly sweet and malt-one-dimensional, with the oak and ethanol trying to mask this a bit, but not really succeeding. A bit of honest lagering would have done this beer well, but it's rather rough as it is now. Not a bad beer, but nothing particularly exceptional or good-tasting that I'd want to have again. I'd choose any German -ator over this, any day.

Pours a 1cm tall head of beige-colored bubbles, with retention of less than thirty seconds, the foam fading to a thin ring around the perimeter of the glass. Lacing is minimal, a few dots and lines cling to the walls of the glass. Beer is a dark amber brown color, with light bringing out moderately dark copper-orange-brown hues. Carbonation visible through the hazy (50-60% opacity) body, high in number and activity.

Aroma of moderate-dark caramel-like sweetness with notable oak, dried figs and dates, some cherry-like ester (ethanol?), and buttery diacetyl becoming particularly evident as the beer warms.

Overall flavor is of a notably oak-aged, heavily caramel-like sweetness colored by ethanol and dried fig and date esters. Front of palate tastes brown sugar and moderately dark caramel-like sweetness, oak, slightly spicy ethanol, and mild cherry, dried fig and date-like esters. Mid-palate of moderate-dark caramel malt sweetness, dried cherries, dates and figs, moderate ethanol, oak, and a bit of buttery diacetyl. Back of palate tastes moderate-dark caramel like sweetness, heavy oak, moderate ethanol, and modest diacetyl. Aftertaste of heavy oak, lingering ethanol, and much in-the-background caramel-like sugar sweetness.

Beer is medium-bodied with medium-low carbonation, leading to a lightly foamy (3/5) and otherwise smooth (2/5) mouthfeel that's suitable for the style, but somehow still manages to let the beer feel a bit watery around the edges. Ethanol felt as a moderate burn on the back of the palate and as mild warmth in the nostrils; not a poor showing for 10.5% ABV. Closes very dry, with heavy stickiness lingering on the palate.

falloutsnow, Feb 04, 2014
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Alaskan Troppelbock (Pilot Series) from Alaskan Brewing Co.
85 out of 100 based on 130 ratings.