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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
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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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3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

Photo of falloutsnow
3.16/5  rDev -15.3%
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.

Photo of SaranacinTexas
3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

Photo of SteeleWright
3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of dwtyler
3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

Photo of thereal_adam
4/5  rDev +7.2%

Photo of Bung
3.79/5  rDev +1.6%
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.

Photo of MattSlem
4.5/5  rDev +20.6%

Photo of cbutova
3.58/5  rDev -4%
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.

Photo of roblowther
3.76/5  rDev +0.8%
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...

Photo of dwitt24
4.25/5  rDev +13.9%

Photo of ZAP
4.35/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

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...

Photo of superspak
4/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of chilidog
3.5/5  rDev -6.2%
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.

Photo of Chico1985
3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of ygtbsm94
3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

Photo of vcoggins
4/5  rDev +7.2%

Photo of Zach122
3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of Patdonahue0719
3/5  rDev -19.6%

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4.5/5  rDev +20.6%

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4.25/5  rDev +13.9%

Photo of artdob
3.49/5  rDev -6.4%
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.

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3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

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4.33/5  rDev +16.1%

Photo of CurtFromHershey
3.95/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

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