Alaskan Troppelbock (Pilot Series) - Alaskan Brewing Co.
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2.96/5 rDev -20.9%
Stupid 22oz bottle format. Poured into straight pint glass. Poured an attractive clean, clear copper-amber color with 1/2 inch of slightly rocky, tan head that had moderate retention and and light lacing.
The aroma was very sweet, with some malt showing through, and a strong alcohol scent. A bit sweeter smelling than typical. The sweet malt was strong on the tongue, but not as strong as the the very hot alcohol taste that burned all across the tongue. The burn really lingered at the back of the tongue/top of the throat.
The body was nicely full, but it was so sticky I had to ding it a bit. Drinkability suffered from all the alcohol heat, it was kind of a chore to finish the whole bottle. Overall, an average-ish example of the style. Maybe buy a bottle and put away to see if some time will soften out the heat.
07-11-2013 17:23:30 | More by beertunes
3.03/5 rDev -19%
Big, rich, sweet, and malty brew. Handsome amber brown in the glass with minimal head. Plenty of carbonation on the tongue. Loads of perfume and vanilla in the nose.
Spicy and quite sweet. This has that Maibock sort of earthy sweetness that gets to be obnoxious. Here it is perfumed up with the oak. Quite a jolt of vanilla along with a woody sensation. Bitter aftertaste.
Bitter, barky aftertaste. This is an odd one, and it tastes like vanilla jelly beans. Really not very drinkable. From the 22 oz bottle purchased at Bottleworks in San Diego.
05-03-2013 05:24:08 | More by mactrail
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
3.06/5 rDev -18.2%
651ml brown glass bottle with branded standard pry-off pressure cap acquired at Sunset Beer Co. and served into a Mitchells of Lancaster flared stem-tulip in low altitude Los Feliz, Los Angeles, California. Reviewed live. Expectations are above average; I like Alaskan's work but I've never had a double or triple bock that blew me away. Pilot series. 10.5% ABV confirmed.
Served cold - straight from the fridge - and allowed to warm over the course of consumption. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.
A: Pours a one finger head of light khaki colour. Thin and devoid of cream. Retention is average: about 1-2 minutes - which is acceptable given the high ABV. Body colour is a glowing understated ruby-amber. No yeast particles are visible. No bubble show. Light even lacing as the head recedes.
Overall, it looks pretty good for the style. Not unique or special, but there are no overt flaws.
Sm: Toffee, oak, caramel. Some kind of syrup - perhaps birch. Cream. Residual sugars. Brown malts. Some amber malt. A nice aroma, but surprisingly weak for a doppel/troppel bock. Pleasant, though I'd like more oak character from it. Could be more evocative. No yeast character or alcohol is detectable.
T: It's got a nice malty backbone comprised of brown malts, caramalts, and toffee. Hopping feels English in character; I'd guess Fuggles? No yeast character comes through. I do get some alcohol; it's a bit warm though I wouldn't call it boozy. Plentiful residual sugars. Malting is definitely to style. Well balanced but shockingly simple. Some maple and/or birch syrup. I'm not getting as much oak character as I'd like; it's quite timid. Oak doesn't feel naturally integrated; it's just a light undertone. Lacks a full body.
Mf: Smooth and wet. Nicely thick. Good carbonation. Lacking body. Suits the flavour profile okay; it certainly doesn't feel custom-tailored to it. Unrefreshing. Not oily or gushing.
Dr: Drinkable but disappointing. I hoped for better from Alaskan, but this just isn't up there with the best bocks I've had. ABV does come through noticeably. I wouldn't get it again. The light oak character is a highlight; I wish there was more of it.
06-09-2013 21:51:50 | More by kojevergas
3.08/5 rDev -17.6%
Best by 10AUG13
It's a hazel brown with a scattered etch tan top. Smells like bananas, cocoa powder, alcohol, brown sugar, some vanilla and maraschino cherry. Flavor is malty, some toasted sugar, a little cola, some oak and molasses. Medium bodied with limited carb and an off dry finish. Meh, but I actually suspect a year or two from now it would be decent.
04-08-2013 06:21:43 | More by harrymel
3.14/5 rDev -16%
Poured from a 22oz bomber into a DFH signature glass...
Appearance is probably the best part of this beer. Brown with a ruby red tinge. Looks pretty held up the the light. Swirling up the beer I can get a nice, off-white - very light tan color head that dissipates quickly.... persists at the edges sticking the the glass.
Smell is dominated by buttery caramel notes for me.... as it warms the oak tannins become predominate, but still mostly buttery caramel.
Taste again is dominated by the caramel. At colder temps, it's followed by the buttery flavors, as it warms the oak tannin come out. In the background I get some dark fruit flavors and maybe a little hint of chocolate.
Mouthfeel is kind of thin on the body, with a medium to high carbonation, especially for somethin aged on wood chips. Can be cloying, sickeningly sweet at moments. Definitely feel the heat from the booze, warm up the stomach in a hurry.
Overall - not something I would buy again. the combination of flavors, body, and mouthfeel is a little off-putting.
04-25-2013 03:15:37 | More by Bluestar
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
3.21/5 rDev -14.2%
$8.35 for the 22 oz bottle, best Aug 10, 2013.
A- A clear deep amber brown with a small head of foam, good lacing left behind.
S- Sweet malts and oak up front, lots of booze with hints of fruit.
T- Malty, fruity, toffee, boozy...then a flavour of burnt something, especially in the aftertaste. This one's not playing nice. No signs of any oak that I mentioned in the smell.
M- Full bodied, medium carbonation, at times it gets cloyingly sweet and sticky.
O- I wish I could like it more than I do but at this stage in the game, fresh, it's not firing on all cylinders.
04-14-2013 14:55:39 | More by Bitterbill
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
3.25/5 rDev -13.1%
Live review. Hope I like it!
Clear, ruby-brown goodness. Decent khaki head. looks like it's got some body to it.
Smell is a sweet, kinda sour apple aroma, with some alcohol and sweet malt notes backin it up. Smells unique, but I'm not sure what to expect. The sour threw me off, but it's got me feeling the anticipation
Ah. Well... You got some smokey, caramel sweetness all over, with a hint of that sour apple business highlighting the back end, with the faintest alcohol burn, and some slight wood notes. The barrel flavor is the only part I honestly care for, but the rest of it is almost too... strange. It's kind of a mess of malty sweet madness, and the only thing to soften the blow is the nice barrel-induced finish.
Also needs to either be just a little thicker or have just a little more carbonation. Hits the mouth a little awkwardly.
Overall this is a bit of a let down, but I'm sure there's a lot here for some people. It's just not what I like to see in a bock of any kind.
04-22-2013 14:30:09 | More by BigBarley
Alaskan Troppelbock (Pilot Series) from Alaskan Brewing Co.
84 out of 100 based on 125 ratings.