Alaskan Troppelbock (Pilot Series) - Alaskan Brewing Co.
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3.76/5 rDev +0.5%
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...
12-08-2013 18:28:15 | More by roblowther
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
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
3.5/5 rDev -6.4%
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.
12-01-2013 01:39:25 | More by chilidog
3.49/5 rDev -6.7%
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.
08-31-2013 03:13:38 | More by artdob
3.95/5 rDev +5.6%
Pours a deep amber with fluffy beige head which quickly calms into a persistent cap. Great clarity for a beer that has seen oak. A little lighter in color than I typically look for in a doppel, but otherwise very attractive
Smell is heavy on oak and sweet raisiny malts. Hints of caramel and alcohol. I think the oak detracts alittle bit from this beers potential
Like the nose, the taste is big on oak. Alcohol and fig then take over. Finishes with a decent hit of piney hops. Well played, Alaskan. I rather enjoyed that surprise.
Thick and chewy without being overly sticky. Definite alcohol warming presence. Quite nice
Overall a great doppelbock which I think could hang with the big dogs without the prominence of the oak.
08-10-2013 21:46:12 | More by CurtFromHershey
4.21/5 rDev +12.6%
Poured from a 22 oz. bottle into a Surly Darkness chalice glass.
Appearance: Pours a deep brownish amber with a moderate amount of bubbles. About two fingers of off white head that fade into a thin patchy layer. Leaves a decent amount of lacing on the glass.
Smell: A rich and toasty aroma with sweet hints of caramel and dark fruit. Toasted malts upfront with hints of sweet caramel, toffee, biscuit, yeast, and nuts along with some roasty hints of chocolate. Hints of oak and vanilla. Brown sugar sweetness. Big hints of dark fruit with some fig, dates, raisin, and prune. Slight hint of apple and banana as well. Subtle earthy hop presence in the background. A scent of booze as well. Very good full aroma.
Taste: Like it smells, a big sweet toasty malt driven taste with lots of biscuity caramel and dark fruit. Toasted malts with a taste of biscuit, sweet caramel, toffee, nuts, yeast, toasted bread, and some roast chocolate notes. Notes of vanilla, oak, and sweetness from some brown sugar. Big presence of dark fruit with notes of figs, dates, prune, and raisin. Slight taste of dried apple and banana fruit. Slight earthy hop backing and alcohol in the taste. Very rich and good.
Mouthfeel: Full bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation. Rich, creamy, and sweet. Some alcohol heat is felt.
Overall: A very solid take on a Doppelbock. Good dark biscuit and caramel flavor with some solid dark fruit undertones.
08-03-2013 08:30:15 | More by MattyG85
3.51/5 rDev -6.1%
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.
07-28-2013 22:30:26 | More by daledeee
4.15/5 rDev +11%
Bomber served cold into a goblet.
Troppelbock has a beautiful amber red color with good clarity but almost no head. It looks like an old ale or something similarly strong and low in carbonation.
Aroma is sweet like candied cherries and grapes. Very sweet and with a hint of vanilla.
Flavor is balanced but leaning towards sweet with the same pit fruits from the aroma. It doesn't taste oxidized but I'm really surprised this is fresh off the shelf. It is very mellow and mild for a new beer over 10% ABV.
Mouthfeel is medium-plus bodied and perfectly carbonated for the style.
Overall this is a really impressive beer. It's a fresh beer that drinks like something that's been sitting in the cellar for years.
07-12-2013 01:47:08 | More by GilGarp
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
Alaskan Troppelbock (Pilot Series) from Alaskan Brewing Co.
84 out of 100 based on 124 ratings.