Imperial Bock
Alaskan Brewing Co.

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Style:
Bock - Eisbock
ABV:
12.5%
Score:
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Avg:
3.85 | pDev: 11.43%
Reviews:
5
Ratings:
8
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Alaskan Brewing Co.
 
Alaska, United States
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Retired (no longer brewed)
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zeff80 from Missouri

3.99/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bomber. Poured out a slightly murky, brown color with a small, khaki-colored head of foam. It left minimal lacing. It smelled of toffee, biscuity malt, some oak, caramel and grasses. Bold malty taste with toffee, biscuit, oak, vanilla and pine. Tasted like a barleywine.

Dec 13, 2020
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JohnnyHopps from Indiana

4.46/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - The beer poured a deep copper color with a cracker white head crowning the top of the glass. There was visible carbonation amid the darkness.

Smell - The nose was like sweet maraschino cherries with the chewy notes of a bock. The nose was sweet, but that is the nature of the style.

Taste - As one might expect based of the style, the taste is sweet. Sweet caramel and cherries led the way to a dark and chewy malt backbone. The dark fruits, such as raisin or prune, were present but faint in the scope of the malts. At touch of oak smoothed the malts out with a sense of vanilla. There was only a little alcohol bite at the back, so it would be fair to say the alcohol was masked. The toasty malts left a nice aftertaste that would have went well with barbecue or meats in general.

Mouthfeel - The beer was full bodied and refused to yield to carbonation. It clung to the throat and back of the tongue nicely.

Overall - Why the low overall scores? Give the brewmaster credit for making a challenging style, and making it well.

May 17, 2020
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gandres from Philippines

4.09/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Friday, March 20, 2020 8:08 PM
22 ounce bottle poured to tulip
Sight: Dark amber, small off white foam, appears clear
Smell: very good, aroma of malt
Taste: very good, Sweet, bold complex flavor, slightly bitter
Mouth feel: very good carbonation, some tartness, very good follow through, very good finish
Overall: very good beer, ok to repeat, not look for

Mar 21, 2020
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Suds from Missouri

4.06/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From a tall bomber, this brew is an amber-honey color, very clear and with a slim head. Sweet aroma...honey and rich malt. There is a bit of banana ester and boozy fruit. The taste is not quite as sweet as I expected. Full in body. Intense and wonderful.

Feb 17, 2020
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hreb from Washington

4.01/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Alaskan Pilot Imperial Bock. Eisbock sylte ale brewed with oak chips. 22oz bottle (at 12.5% ABV), best by 050620, and served in a UK beer mug. Garnet brown color, totally brilliant in my glass, crystal clear, with relatively little head formation. A great look for a dark ale. Aroma has the sweet barlewine or old ale quality of unfermented maltose. Flavor builds on that adding multiple layers of tasty doppelbock: candi sugar, munich malt, German hops (not Hallertau but Magnum, according to the website), boozy bourbon. The effect of the oak chips in this beer is, I think, relatively subtle, and not necessarily what I'd expect in the case of a barrel aged stout or other dark beer. Then again, there are layers of flavor here, and they clearly transcend my ability to describe them. Probably not as easily quaffable as Smoked Porter, but this one has a cute seal on the label, which is a huge upgrade over the cheap looking label of the reigning king of the Pilot Series.

Dec 31, 2019
Imperial Bock from Alaskan Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 3.85 out of 5 with 8 ratings