Alaskan Troppelbock (Pilot Series) - Alaskan Brewing Co.
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3.4/5 rDev -9.1%
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.
08-17-2014 19:38:20 | More by woemad
3.16/5 rDev -15.5%
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.
02-04-2014 07:27:38 | More by falloutsnow
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
3.58/5 rDev -4.3%
Random shelf grab a month ago somewhere between Orange and Palm Springs, CA. Sampled about three weeks ago with Chico1985 and friends. Reviewed from notes.
A- Red bodied with a one finger off white head. Falls fast to a tiny ring, pretty much nothing after a while and lace is hard to come by.
S- Some Amber candi sugar and spiced dried fruits. Apples and red fruits are quite big, some estery hints and slight fresh oak hints.
T- Pretty much spicy yeast leading the flavor with huge spiced raisins, some cherry, dates and good brown sugar toasted malts. Hints of caramel, figs, oak chips are apparent but not overpowering as they can be. Just huge spicy dark fruits.
MF- Foamy and sweet body with higher end carbonation. Fairly silky and some bitter sweetness on the palate in the finish. Warming from the alcohol a bit.
Big spices and dark dried fruits with some malts and sweetness, oak adds some complexity.
12-10-2013 15:50:46 | More by cbutova
Alaskan Troppelbock (Pilot Series) from Alaskan Brewing Co.
84 out of 100 based on 124 ratings.