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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

132 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 132
Reviews: 35
rAvg: 3.73
pDev: 12.6%
Wants: 4
Gots: 4 | FT: 1
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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Photo of gtermi
3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

gtermi, Aug 02, 2013
Photo of daledeee
3.51/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

daledeee, Jul 28, 2013
Photo of BurnMeInMyBar
4.25/5  rDev +13.9%

BurnMeInMyBar, Jul 25, 2013
Photo of Kunstman
4/5  rDev +7.2%

Kunstman, Jul 23, 2013
Photo of twelveinches
3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

twelveinches, Jul 15, 2013
Photo of GilGarp
4.15/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

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.

GilGarp, Jul 12, 2013
Photo of beertunes
2.96/5  rDev -20.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

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.

beertunes, Jul 11, 2013
Photo of jheezee
3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

jheezee, Jul 02, 2013
Photo of barleywinefiend
3.75/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

barleywinefiend, Jul 01, 2013
Photo of redmaw
4.75/5  rDev +27.3%

redmaw, Jun 30, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

JamLand, Jun 30, 2013
Photo of rab53
3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

rab53, Jun 30, 2013
Photo of mcdsports
3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

mcdsports, Jun 30, 2013
Photo of flip387
4.75/5  rDev +27.3%

flip387, Jun 25, 2013
Photo of unclekeith
3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

unclekeith, Jun 19, 2013
Photo of Andonato
4.25/5  rDev +13.9%

Andonato, Jun 17, 2013
Photo of Halcyondays
4.06/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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.

Halcyondays, Jun 16, 2013
Photo of mmilyko
4.25/5  rDev +13.9%

mmilyko, Jun 16, 2013
Photo of brotherloco
2.25/5  rDev -39.7%

brotherloco, Jun 15, 2013
Photo of ElCommodoro
4.94/5  rDev +32.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

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!

ElCommodoro, Jun 11, 2013
Photo of kojevergas
3.06/5  rDev -18%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

C+

kojevergas, Jun 09, 2013
Photo of TheDrunkGnoll
4.25/5  rDev +13.9%

TheDrunkGnoll, Jun 08, 2013
Photo of Phyllisia
3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

Phyllisia, Jun 07, 2013
Photo of JackieTH
3.85/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

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.

JackieTH, Jun 05, 2013
Photo of tubeyes
3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

tubeyes, Jun 03, 2013
Alaskan Troppelbock (Pilot Series) from Alaskan Brewing Co.
85 out of 100 based on 132 ratings.