Alaskan Troppelbock (Pilot Series) - Alaskan Brewing Co.
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4.94/5 rDev +32.1%
This was better than I could have imagined. A perfect blend of malty lagering, earthy tones, roasted malt, sweetness, and oaky whiskey feel. It's like you poured a wee bit of an amazing scotch whiskey into a ridiculously good doppelbock. Except it's better than that because that could never taste as good as something brewed and aged to taste that way. The smoothness, complexity, and balance are unparalleled in any doppelbock I have ever tried. Get some of this!
06-11-2013 04:00:27 | More by ElCommodoro
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
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
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
Alaskan Troppelbock (Pilot Series) from Alaskan Brewing Co.
84 out of 100 based on 124 ratings.