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Alaskan Troppelbock (Pilot Series) - Alaskan Brewing Co.

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129 Ratings
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Ratings: 129
Reviews: 34
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:
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(Beer added by: blakelive784 on 03-13-2013)
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Ratings: 129 | Reviews: 34 | Display Reviews Only:
Reviews by CurtFromHershey:
Photo of CurtFromHershey
3.95/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a deep amber with fluffy beige head which quickly calms into a persistent cap. Great clarity for a beer that has seen oak. A little lighter in color than I typically look for in a doppel, but otherwise very attractive

Smell is heavy on oak and sweet raisiny malts. Hints of caramel and alcohol. I think the oak detracts alittle bit from this beers potential

Like the nose, the taste is big on oak. Alcohol and fig then take over. Finishes with a decent hit of piney hops. Well played, Alaskan. I rather enjoyed that surprise.

Thick and chewy without being overly sticky. Definite alcohol warming presence. Quite nice

Overall a great doppelbock which I think could hang with the big dogs without the prominence of the oak.

CurtFromHershey, Aug 10, 2013
More User Reviews:
Photo of SmellsofMahagony
3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

SmellsofMahagony, May 04, 2013
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 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 valkyre65
3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

valkyre65, Apr 26, 2013
Photo of crowsoup
4/5  rDev +7.2%

crowsoup, May 17, 2013
Photo of GilGarp
4.15/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Bomber served cold into a goblet.

Troppelbock has a beautiful amber red color with good clarity but almost no head. It looks like an old ale or something similarly strong and low in carbonation.

Aroma is sweet like candied cherries and grapes. Very sweet and with a hint of vanilla.

Flavor is balanced but leaning towards sweet with the same pit fruits from the aroma. It doesn't taste oxidized but I'm really surprised this is fresh off the shelf. It is very mellow and mild for a new beer over 10% ABV.

Mouthfeel is medium-plus bodied and perfectly carbonated for the style.

Overall this is a really impressive beer. It's a fresh beer that drinks like something that's been sitting in the cellar for years.

GilGarp, Jul 12, 2013
Photo of jheezee
3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

jheezee, Jul 02, 2013
Photo of hiphopj5
4/5  rDev +7.2%

hiphopj5, Mar 20, 2013
Photo of BKotch
3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

BKotch, Apr 23, 2013
Photo of TheDrunkGnoll
4.25/5  rDev +13.9%

TheDrunkGnoll, Jun 08, 2013
Photo of JamLand
3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

JamLand, Jun 30, 2013
Photo of Kunstman
4/5  rDev +7.2%

Kunstman, Jul 23, 2013
Photo of Bung
3.79/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

22oz. Dark blood red/brown pour. Half finger of white head. Bubbles permeate throughout.

Aroma, Sweet toffee like malt, caramel and vanilla covered red fruits. Some white grape.

Taste, toasted brown sugar and malt. Some oaky vanilla. The fruit is more cherry like here. A little alcohol warmth.

Medium body, good carbonation level. Drinks well, though just a tad medicinal finishing.
Starts out strong, but fades a little from there. Still not bad for the price.

Bung, Jan 08, 2014
Photo of itracy63
3.25/5  rDev -12.9%

itracy63, Jun 02, 2013
Photo of Thanx4AllDaFish
4/5  rDev +7.2%

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

twj2000, Mar 22, 2014
Photo of gtermi
3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

gtermi, Aug 02, 2013
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 Big_Dave
4/5  rDev +7.2%

Big_Dave, Aug 06, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

mcdsports, Jun 30, 2013
Photo of twiggamortis420
3.04/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

22 oz bomber pours a fairly clear medium copper color...lighter than expected. Small, tan head is fine-bubbled but doesn't stick around too long.

Nose is super caramely...like walking into one of those candy stores on an old school boardwalk where they make fresh caramel. fruits and nuts come to mind as well...dates and almonds specifically. Alcohol too, plenty of that.

Hmmm, wow...not so sure about this one. The caramel flavors are so burnt, its almost chemical-tasting. The over-the-top alcohol doesn't help either. The oak chips don't really smooth anything out either....maybe just add a char-y aspect to it. I'm thinking this one is kind of a mess, now wtf am I going to do with the other bottle I bought? This has cellar experiment written all over it. Perhaps this is a style that does not need imperializing...I feel the same way about wits and pilseners.

twiggamortis420, Apr 14, 2013
Photo of tbone64
4/5  rDev +7.2%

tbone64, Mar 08, 2014
Photo of blakelive784
3.24/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

1 pint 6 fl oz brown glass bottle served in a snifter, reviewed live:

A - Pours a deep, semi translucent amber/copper color with two fingers of thick, creamy, sticky, light tan head. Retention is decent, especially given the high ABV. Appealing, to say the least.

S - Toasted malts, biscuity yeast, sweet buttery caramel, figs, dark fruits, and hot booziness. A little muddy. Very sweet. The alcohol is way too present. Very, very subtle oak notes. On par for the style.

T - Very sweet (almost cloyingly so). Fig and and toasted malts throughout. Vanilla near the finish. Very subtle oak notes are there, but they're overpowered by strong alcohol. It's definitely a sipper.

M - Full bodied, thick and smooth.

D - I wish the oak were stronger. Definitely takes a hit on drinkability. t's not a bad beer; it'd be hard to finish the whole bottle on my own, though. I'm glad I'm sharing it.

blakelive784, Mar 13, 2013
Photo of Zorro
3.45/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A clear dark amber to red colored beer, I will just consider it a red colored ale. Small tan colored head forms then fades.

Smell is decidedly malty. Fair vanilla aroma along with caramel and nuts. Frankly this smells like pecan pie, not necessarily a bad thing.

Starts out sweet and nutty with a fast fade of sweetness to dryness. Slight whiskey flavor. Caramel and nuts are in abundance and a slight astringent taste but it isn't much just hops cleaning up sweetness a little aggressively. Alcohol is completely hidden.

Mouthfeel is good.

Overall an OK beer. Could be a little less sweet. As bocks goes this one is about average.

Zorro, Mar 19, 2013
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Alaskan Troppelbock (Pilot Series) from Alaskan Brewing Co.
84 out of 100 based on 129 ratings.