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Alaskan Troppelbock (Pilot Series) - Alaskan Brewing Co.

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Reviews: 35
Hads: 134
rAvg: 3.65
pDev: 6.03%
Wants: 5
Gots: 4 | FT: 0
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Alaskan Brewing Co. visit their website
Alaska, United States

Style | ABV
Doppelbock |  10.50% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: blakelive784 on 03-13-2013

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of beertunes
2.98/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

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. (822 characters)

Photo of harrymel
3.03/5  rDev -17%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

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. (360 characters)

Photo of mactrail
3.04/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.75

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. (548 characters)

Photo of kojevergas
3.08/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

C+ (2,215 characters)

Photo of twiggamortis420
3.09/5  rDev -15.3%
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. (869 characters)

Photo of falloutsnow
3.15/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 2 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

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. (2,242 characters)

Photo of Bluestar
3.16/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

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. (1,036 characters)

Photo of blakelive784
3.24/5  rDev -11.2%
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. (895 characters)

Photo of Bitterbill
3.24/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

$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. (572 characters)

Photo of BigBarley
3.29/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

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. (993 characters)

Photo of woemad
3.4/5  rDev -6.8%

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. (1,291 characters)

Photo of Zorro
3.45/5  rDev -5.5%
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. (635 characters)

Photo of artdob
3.46/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

This serving didn't begin with a good impression. Very small head gone before you could count to twenty. What is left is a dark tea colored brew.

Nose is malty, some roastiness and light fruit. Taste is sweet and somewhat unique. I'm getting sherry barrel, vanilla, light coffee, and cherries. Roastiness hits after the taste buds settle a bit.

Mouthfeel is mildlycarbonated and leans toward the chewy side.

I chilled this one more than I usually do with my beers. Bet it would be even better closer to cellar temperature. A good after dinner drink in lieu of cheesecake or a chocolate sundae. Watch out cause those other options will kill ya, you know. Beer is better. (675 characters)

Photo of chilidog
3.5/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This was my first pilot, the big10+ abv really caught my eye.

Poured a dark ruby, tan head that faded to not even a film. No lace to be had.

Aroma of dark fruit, sweet malty booze.

Taste is roasted malts, burnt brown sugar, prune, toffee, and wood.

Mouth was a bit thin, carbonation on the flat side.

Overall, worth a buzz try, an ok Dopple, I will continue to seek the pilot series. (388 characters)

Photo of daledeee
3.54/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A 22 oz bottle poured a very dark brown, almost opaque with an off white head that was large but went away pretty soon.

Nose is sweet, caramel.

Taste is malty, caramel, sweet, spicy and hints of licorice. That all sounds good but I found it to be rather medicinal overall. Mouth feel is about right.

I will stick with Aventinus and Celebrator. (346 characters)

Photo of cbutova
3.58/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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. (916 characters)

Photo of KBomb
3.71/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Tropplebock is easy on the eyes. Deep ruby brown color, enduring bubbly head (if not very thick). Quite appealing.

Not much aroma, which isn't unexpected for the style. A little bit of honey and some faint nutty chocolate accent the roasted malt sweetness.

Taste is very sweet: buttery toffee, caramel, fig and brandy-like booziness. Oak was hard to smell, but I do taste a little bit of it now. Finishes with some diacetyl and

Mouthfeel starts off surprisingly dry, but supersweet after taste is cloying and slightly sticky.

There's lots to like in this beer, but the mouthfeel doesn't quite live up to expectations. (622 characters)

Photo of LiquidAmber
3.74/5  rDev +2.5%

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. (927 characters)

Photo of pat61
3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

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. (445 characters)

Photo of JohnnyHopps
3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

Appearance - Ther beer poured an amber hued murky brown color.

Smell - The malt begin the aroma, but there are some thick sweet notes here.

Taste - The oaks and malt come to the front. There is some stickiness that reminds me of maple in the mouthfeel. Even having cellared this one for more than a year, it comes off as a little hot. The aftertaste might be described as spicy alcohol.

Mouthfeel - The malts and their sweetness coat the mouth. It feels like an overly hot doppelbock.

Overall - I am glad I traded for this one. Still, I am not sure I would trade for another. (581 characters)

Photo of barleywinefiend
3.75/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

A : Pours a deep amberish color with some brownish and purple highlights. A big khaki, off white cap sits atop of this. After a few sips a good dose of lacing remains.

S: Loads of oak, candy, dark fruits and a pronounced booze sting.

T: Holy sugary sweetness. Candy covered dark fruits and vanilla go head to head. A big breadiness for malt base, toasted notes with a kick in the pants of booze. The finish is more of the same with a lingering booziness, candy and cloying oak notes with just hint of vanilla.

M: Full bodied all the way. Cloying, sticky sweet, plenty of heat. Syrupy to a degree. Loads of flavor but man is this beer a hot mess on the mouthfeel department

O: Looks good, tastes good, smells good but the mouthfeel was just to hot, sweet and sticky for me. (778 characters)

Photo of roblowther
3.77/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

22 oz bomber poured into a Ayinger Celebrator glass. The beer is a dark caramel brown with minimal head. It smells of toffee, wood, and overall winter goodness. Is that a smell? I'm sure it is. The taste follows suit from the smell, caramel, toffee, and wood. The mouthfeel is slightly carbonated, slightly slick, and overall light. I like this one. Nothing elaborate, but it delivers as it advertises. If only those x-ray specs from the back of that magazine could claim as much... (482 characters)

Photo of Bung
3.8/5  rDev +4.1%
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. (465 characters)

Photo of JackieTH
3.86/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Coppery with a small but persistent head. Nice opening of toasted cereal, maple syrup, hint of bananas, malt and oak on the nose. Taste similarly. Lightly toasted cereal, and pronounced sweetness. Like toasted mini wheats with banana bread and a hint of maple syrup flavor. There is also something a bit off on the finish, unexpected sourness-bitterness, like sour grapes. Mouthfeel is smooth and creamy with mild carbonation and a medium heavy body. Overall this has many good elements, the sweetness is there but not overdone..but with one or two unexpected distractions, such as the late blast of bitterness, it could use a bit more tuning. (643 characters)

Photo of mothman
3.91/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very little head. Color is a caramel brown.

Flavor profile is of oak, vanilla, toffee, caramel, plums, raisins, and other dark fruits. Some molasses. Rich. Very malty no hops.

Mouthfeel: Warming and smooth. Medium to full bodied. Ends dry.

Overall, I really enjoyed this beer. It had a lot of flavors that I liked and the oak really put this beer over the top for me. It was very drinkable. I was surprised to see the low reviews. (433 characters)

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Alaskan Troppelbock (Pilot Series) from Alaskan Brewing Co.
83 out of 100 based on 35 ratings.