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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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126 Ratings
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Ratings: 126
Reviews: 33
rAvg: 3.74
pDev: 12.83%
Wants: 3
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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: blakelive784 on 03-13-2013)
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Reviews by ZAP:
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ZAP

Minnesota

4.35/5  rDev +16.3%

A different but delicious take on what seems more like an eisbock to me.

The aroma is fantastic....rich, and goey caramel and dark fruits (black cherries, plums)....nougat and vanilla also evident from the oak aging I am guessing.

The flavor moves more towards a toasty maltiness which combines well with the oak aging...still some dark fruitiness along with caramel/nougat/vanilla

I thought it would drink a little bigger than it is....body is perhaps a bit light for the ABV and feel to this beer....there is a light dry finish...just a bit of a finishing snap that was a bit unexpected but seems to add a needed finishing touch..

Overall I absolutely love the aroma of this beer...the rest is pretty good as well....not your classic doppel but very tasty for what it is...

12-03-2013 05:51:40 | More by ZAP
More User Reviews:
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SmellsofMahagony

Texas

3.5/5  rDev -6.4%

05-04-2013 04:20:23 | More by SmellsofMahagony
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MattyG85

Minnesota

4.21/5  rDev +12.6%

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.

08-03-2013 08:30:15 | More by MattyG85
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valkyre65

Texas

3.5/5  rDev -6.4%

04-26-2013 01:08:38 | More by valkyre65
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crowsoup

California

4/5  rDev +7%

05-17-2013 15:01:27 | More by crowsoup
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GilGarp

Colorado

4.15/5  rDev +11%

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.

07-12-2013 01:47:08 | More by GilGarp
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jheezee

Texas

3.75/5  rDev +0.3%

07-02-2013 03:59:06 | More by jheezee
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hiphopj5

Colorado

4/5  rDev +7%

03-20-2013 20:12:47 | More by hiphopj5
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BKotch

Texas

3.75/5  rDev +0.3%

04-23-2013 05:34:45 | More by BKotch
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TheDrunkGnoll

Texas

4.25/5  rDev +13.6%

06-08-2013 00:30:27 | More by TheDrunkGnoll
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JamLand

Hawaii

3.5/5  rDev -6.4%

06-30-2013 17:25:15 | More by JamLand
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Kunstman

Wisconsin

4/5  rDev +7%

07-23-2013 01:35:04 | More by Kunstman
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Bung

Michigan

3.79/5  rDev +1.3%

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.

01-08-2014 02:08:02 | More by Bung
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itracy63

Alaska

3.25/5  rDev -13.1%

06-02-2013 01:58:51 | More by itracy63
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Thanx4AllDaFish

Texas

4/5  rDev +7%

04-02-2014 16:44:35 | More by Thanx4AllDaFish
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twj2000

New Hampshire

4.25/5  rDev +13.6%

03-22-2014 02:44:21 | More by twj2000
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gtermi

Texas

3.5/5  rDev -6.4%

08-02-2013 03:37:47 | More by gtermi
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LiquidAmber

Washington

3.74/5  rDev 0%

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.

08-25-2014 03:33:29 | More by LiquidAmber
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Big_Dave

Texas

4/5  rDev +7%

08-06-2014 07:33:27 | More by Big_Dave
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mcdsports

Texas

3.5/5  rDev -6.4%

06-30-2013 03:43:59 | More by mcdsports
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twiggamortis420

Texas

3.04/5  rDev -18.7%

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.

04-13-2013 23:41:45 | More by twiggamortis420
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tbone64

Minnesota

4/5  rDev +7%

03-08-2014 13:52:01 | More by tbone64
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blakelive784

Colorado

3.24/5  rDev -13.4%

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.

03-13-2013 01:41:33 | More by blakelive784
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Zorro

California

3.45/5  rDev -7.8%

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.

03-19-2013 05:36:06 | More by Zorro
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BKLRIBS

Texas

3.25/5  rDev -13.1%

05-05-2013 14:51:51 | More by BKLRIBS
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Alaskan Troppelbock (Pilot Series) from Alaskan Brewing Co.
84 out of 100 based on 126 ratings.