Alaskan Troppelbock (Pilot Series) - Alaskan Brewing Co.
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4.09/5 rDev +9.4%
I really thought this one was excellent, as the whole pilot series is really. on tap at the new renegade publik house on university. the pour is rich dark copper in color, glowing in my goblet, with an excellently tall off white head of big airy bubbles and leaving beautiful lacing as it sips. the nose is sweet like birch syrup, very similar to that beer in fact, but balanced by piercing alcohol strength and a gentle woody center. I love the flavor, decadent german malts break the ice, while dried apple notes swirl around with the intense alcohol. this to me is an excellent early spring beer, probably a little past its best month for drinking, but still close to right on in mid may. the sweetness doesn't stay through the finish, but the alcohol does. this becomes a bit of a firebreather as it warms. the subtle complexities of this are what make it stick, its unlike any bock ive ever had, and is probably one of, if not the single best. its a huge malt forward beer that isn't at all filling. mellow carbonation but its enough for this barleywine sized bock. the body is quite full, and the alcohol is sharp. I had no problem with a 10oz. pour of this, and could have pleasurably had about three of them. a really lovely spring offering from Alaskan, not to be missed for anyone waiting to be a bock convert.
05-16-2013 20:23:31 | More by StonedTrippin
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
4.06/5 rDev +8.6%
On-tap at Beachwood I.
A: Pours a red brown with a small off-white head, creamy soapy look.
S: Heavy toffee and malt, dark syrup, smell is a little cloying.
T: Big residual sugar flavour but surprisingly enough with really no cloying flavour at all. Lots of sweet cola and maple syrup with a light undercurrent of oak.
M: Full-bodied, soft carbonation, crisp at the finish to alleviate the sometimes overt sweetness
O: Reminds me a lot of their Birch Bock, just a good well made effort.
06-16-2013 03:06:48 | More by Halcyondays
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
3.75/5 rDev +0.3%
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.
07-01-2013 18:28:31 | More by barleywinefiend
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
United Kingdom (Wales)
3.93/5 rDev +5.1%
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.
05-07-2013 03:21:50 | More by mothman
4/5 rDev +7%
22 ounce bottle into tulip glass, best before 8/10/2013. Pours slightly hazy ruby red color with a 2 finger dense light khaki head with great retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Spotty soapy lacing clings on the glass, with some moderate streaming carbonation. Aromas of big raisin, fig, pear, caramel, molasses, toast, biscuit, brown bread, brown sugar, pepper, clove, oak, light vanilla, herbal, and yeast earthiness. Nice aromas with solid balance and complexity of malt, oak, and yeast ester notes; with good strength. Taste of big raisin, prune, fig, pear, caramel, molasses, toast, toffee, chocolate, brown bread, brown sugar, vanilla, oak, pepper, herbal, and yeast earthiness. Lingering notes of dark fruits, caramel, molasses, toast, toffee, chocolate, brown bread, brown sugar, vanilla, oak, light pepper, herbal, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Damn nice complexity, robustness, and balance of dark malt, oak, and yeast ester flavors; with a great malt/fruitiness balance and zero cloying sweetness after the finish. Medium carbonation and full bodied; with a very creamy, slick, and slightly syrupy mouthfeel that is great. Alcohol is extremely well hidden with only a slight warming present after the finish. Overall this is a damn nice doppelbock style. All around good balance, complexity, and robustness of dark malt and fruity yeast ester flavors with moderate oak presence; and very smooth to sip on for the big ABV. A very enjoyable offering.
12-02-2013 04:15:11 | More by superspak
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
3.74/5 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
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
3.04/5 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
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
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
3.58/5 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 125 ratings.