Alaskan Birch Bock (Pilot Series) | Alaskan Brewing Co.

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Alaskan Birch Bock (Pilot Series)Alaskan Birch Bock (Pilot Series)
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Alaskan Brewing Co.
Alaska, United States
alaskanbeer.com

Style: Doppelbock

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.50%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by jmdrpi on 08-30-2011

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

BEER STATS
Ratings:
112
Reviews:
49
Avg:
3.6
pDev:
14.44%
 
 
Wants:
7
Gots:
9
For Trade:
1
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Ratings: 112 |  Reviews: 49
Photo of LiquidAmber
4/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Gulden Draak tulip. Pours a red-orange amber with active carbonation. One finger fine light tan head with good retention and lacing. Looks nice. Aroma of sweet malt and a hint of birch beer. Flavor is sweet and caramel malt, toffee with a rather dry birch syrup finish. Low hop levels. Medium bodied with a bit of creaminess. A interesting, but low key, take on a doppelbock. The birch syrup counteracts the malt flavors somewhat, so it seems like it could use a bit more malt flavor as a doppelbock. Still interesting and enjoyable to drink. (Reviewed in 2012, moved here from a duplicate listing in the archive section, since this seems to be the main listing).

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Photo of jzlyo
3.25/5  rDev -9.7%

Photo of dwitt24
4.25/5  rDev +18.1%

Photo of XmnwildX12
3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

Photo of NodakEric
4/5  rDev +11.1%

Photo of derkfromwi
3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

Photo of jaydoc
3.25/5  rDev -9.7%

Photo of kjkinsey
3.75/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of schleprock
4/5  rDev +11.1%

Photo of ejimhof
3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

Photo of Rand_ale_Thor
3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

Photo of abeeronthebeach
4.2/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

A- A deep amber colour, which seemed to fluctuate a little with ruby towards the center and murky brown towards the edges.

S- Delightful, huge berry notes with a massively appetizing, malty bouquet. The best thing about this beer!

T- Sweet with a tart maltiness. Taste of rasberries and cherries. Pretty much what you'd hope for from a doppelbock with added syrup.

M- Fairly low carbonation which I liked. Slightly cloying and thin, but not to the extent that it detracted too much from the overall experience.

O- I would definitely have this again based purely on the beer, although it was quite pricey at $8. Would have only given it a 4, but it disguised the relatively high ABV of 8.5% so nicely that I had to bump it up a notch. I could drink it all day, and at that ABV, that's impressive.

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Photo of Smurf2055
3/5  rDev -16.7%

Photo of wvyeager
4/5  rDev +11.1%

Photo of redleg411
4/5  rDev +11.1%

Photo of vette2006c5r
2/5  rDev -44.4%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 1.75

Birch Bock pours a hazy brownish color wit ha very small head. Their are some sweet birch syrup like aromas, very sugary, and a bit vinegary. The taste has some notes of the birch syrup, and a dull cheap malty taste, strange sweetness to it. Nicely carbonated and full flavor. Overall a very strange beer. Taste like a cheap beer with some log cabin syrup added.

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Photo of itracy63
3.25/5  rDev -9.7%

Photo of Zbeetleman
3/5  rDev -16.7%

Photo of tclang
3/5  rDev -16.7%

Photo of Fatehunter
3.66/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Poured a thin head on a cloudy light brown colored body.
The aroma is dry wood and dark malt. Interesting.
The taste is wonderful. It's fairly sweet overall, but less "annoying sweet" than most doppelbocks. There's definitely a syrup flavor with a background of dry malt sweetness.
The texture is slightly sticky with moderate carbonation.
Well worth trying.

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Photo of SeanSweeney
4/5  rDev +11.1%

Photo of JohnnyHopps
4.1/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

In my opinion, the beers in the Pilot Series are some of the best work from Alaskan. The taste is general bold and lacks the bothersome oily texture that I can not overlook in their more noted brews.

Poured into a glass, the beer was a murky brown with variation in the shades of brown. The aroma was the expected malty doppelbock type aroma. In fairness, I am not exactly what birch syrup is supposed to taste like, never having had it. I can only assume it is similar to maple syrup. In the initial taste, one detects the sweet malt as well as a certain syrupy sweetness with hints of dark fruit. There was a certain smokiness in the taste, but it was not overpowering. The thickness reminded me a little more of a barleywine than a doppelbock, but this was not a big detractor for me. In the aftertaste, one will notice the maltiness continues with a twang of sourness. The taste on this doppelbock is well developed and nicely rounded. I would certainly do this one again.

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Photo of CHADMC3
3.87/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a toffee colored body beneath the thinner off white head which quickly dissolves to leave little lacing behind.

Sweet aromas of birch syrup and brown sugar and hints of fig float from the glass. The aromas are sweet and candy like with typical doppelbock malty sweetness as well.

The flavors are similar featuring the birch maple and brown sugar sweetness the aroma has with hints of earthiness.

The body is fuller with medium carbonation and a nice sherry like, dryer finish.

This is a pretty nice doppelbock, clearly even a bit sweeter with the addition of the birch maple syrup than others but you can certainly appreciate the Alaskan twist.

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Photo of kingmaker
4/5  rDev +11.1%

Photo of powdersoldier
3.75/5  rDev +4.2%

Alaskan Birch Bock (Pilot Series) from Alaskan Brewing Co.
3.6 out of 5 based on 112 ratings.
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