Alaskan Troppelbock (Pilot Series) - Alaskan Brewing Co.
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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
3.75/5 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
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
4.94/5 rDev +32.1%
This was better than I could have imagined. A perfect blend of malty lagering, earthy tones, roasted malt, sweetness, and oaky whiskey feel. It's like you poured a wee bit of an amazing scotch whiskey into a ridiculously good doppelbock. Except it's better than that because that could never taste as good as something brewed and aged to taste that way. The smoothness, complexity, and balance are unparalleled in any doppelbock I have ever tried. Get some of this!
06-11-2013 04:00:27 | More by ElCommodoro
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
3.85/5 rDev +2.9%
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.
06-05-2013 03:32:44 | More by JackieTH
Alaskan Troppelbock (Pilot Series) from Alaskan Brewing Co.
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