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Alaskan Troppelbock (Pilot Series) - Alaskan Brewing Co.

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Alaskan Troppelbock (Pilot Series)Alaskan Troppelbock (Pilot Series)

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BA SCORE
85
very good

133 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 133
Reviews: 35
rAvg: 3.73
pDev: 12.33%
Wants: 4
Gots: 2 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Alaskan Brewing Co. visit their website
Alaska, United States

Style | ABV
Doppelbock |  10.50% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: blakelive784 on 03-13-2013)
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3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of BigBarley
3.25/5  rDev -12.9%
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.

Photo of KiMiRaiK
3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

Photo of abex44
4.25/5  rDev +13.9%

Photo of kingmaker
3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of archero
4.25/5  rDev +13.9%

Photo of KBomb
3.74/5  rDev +0.3%
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.

Photo of kjkinsey
3.25/5  rDev -12.9%

Photo of Bitterbill
3.21/5  rDev -13.9%
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.

Photo of twiggamortis420
3.04/5  rDev -18.5%
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.

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4.5/5  rDev +20.6%

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3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

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3/5  rDev -19.6%

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3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

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3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

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2.75/5  rDev -26.3%

Photo of bbadger
3.25/5  rDev -12.9%

Photo of harrymel
3.08/5  rDev -17.4%
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.

Photo of raffy313
3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

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4/5  rDev +7.2%

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3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

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3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

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3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of ncketchum
3.93/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Served in an imperial pint slightly chilled

A - pours a caramel brown, foamy light brown head, fades quickly, lots of carbonation

S - aroma is oaky, lots of sweet malt and a bit of alcohol

T - taste is sweet dark fruit and oakiness up front, little boozy in the finish

M - fairly thin, well carbonated, dry, good amount of heat

O - nice dopplebock, oak aging puts a nice touch to add some complexity

Photo of CommanderOfAwesome
3.25/5  rDev -12.9%

Alaskan Troppelbock (Pilot Series) from Alaskan Brewing Co.
85 out of 100 based on 133 ratings.