Birch Bock (Pilot Series) | Alaskan Brewing Co.

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Birch Bock (Pilot Series)Birch Bock (Pilot Series)

Brewed by:
Alaskan Brewing Co.
Alaska, United States

Style: Doppelbock

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.50%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
Duplicate listing.

Added by mothman on 03-10-2012

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 9 |  Reviews: 7
Reviews by Nerudamann:
Photo of Nerudamann
3.8/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a mug.

Look - medium brown in color, clear, with good carbonation and about half a finger's worth of foam that dissipates quickly.

Smell - you can definitely smell that there's a sweeter touch to this one, as in with honey or syrup. Other than that, it seems to have a typical bock-like character to it.

Taste - the taste comes out reversed from the smell. I tasted the bock qualities first, that sort of musky/wheat-like taste, and then in the middle or late middle I felt the sweeter kick, maybe even with a touch of spices.

Mouthfeel - pretty well-balanced, not leaning more toward either the watery or creamy sides.

Overall - very good brew. Interesting to think about while tasting, and good-tasting anyway.

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Photo of blakelive784
3.27/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22 fl oz brown glass bottle served in a snifter, reviewed live:

A - Pours a dark, translucent amber color with a small, tan half finger head. What's there doesn't bother to stick around long.

S - Hints of toasted malt, bready yeast, molasses, and maple syrup. Definitely leans towards the sweet side. Heavy caramel. Mild to moderate in strength.

T - The high ABV is present throughout, and it provides a nice counterpoint to the heavy malt. I enjoy the syrup note, though it's not very strong. A pretty standard doppelbock and pretty underwhelming.

M - Full bodied, thick and smooth. Works pretty well for what's there.

D - It's a good beer, though I've come to expect more from Alaskan. It's a bit simple. I do like the idea of adding Birch, and they should build on that.

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Photo of Zorro
3.55/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Clear light brown colored beer with just a wisp of tan head. Depending on how you look at this it can be called a red colored beer.

Smells sweet and malty with a vague root beer scent. Nut and caramel scents.

Starts out sweet with a strong caramel and nuts flavor. Faint root beer flavor. Bitterness is in the low side of medium for the style. Tastes a little creamy.

Mouthfeel is full.

Overall it is an OK beer.

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Photo of cofeeguru
3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

Photo of Friedmanandeggs
3.89/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got a big ole bottle from the Total Wine, poured it into a big ole pint glass, in my living room, sharin' it with my friend/roommate Matt cause he loves birch and he loves beer.

A -- Like a ruddy, sienna brown with a sandpaper edges. A little bit of sandy head.

S -- Nice, traditional doppelbock. Super malty, apple mash, nutty and sweet.

T -- Matt says he expected more birch flavor. I said that birch isn't a flavor readily available on the palette. Matt disagrees, as he's a huge fan of birch beer. I said you could feel it while it was transitioning from the smooth to the sweet, in the back and underneath the finish. Then we talked about how it's tough to pick it out from the malts, as they're both sweet. Then we kept drinking beer. It's rich. Brown sugar. A little cocoa. I think the birch bark is more pronounced that Matt's giving it credit for but who cares. More esters in the nose than in the taste. I get the faintest bit of lemon on the bite. Frothing it up in my mouth pulls out more of the apple (butter? sauce?), because I'm four years old and don't know how to properly drink things. Really nice, clean finish. I'm sucking it out from my teeth (because, again, four years old) and I was going to say leather (because pretentious) but I think it's more vanilla/old books (because pretentious), but these are all stretches. There's a moment of coppery flatness in the middle but it might just be a figment of my imagination and, regardless, goes away quickly.

M -- Nice. Thick. Smooth. Clear around the edges but that's probably just spit.

O -- As far as doppelbocks go I really liked it. Like I had the Ambidextrous step 2 from Left Hand yesterday, the smoked doppelbock, and was really disappointed, and better experiences with like Devastator and Double Skull, and this one was splendid. No yucky alcohol notes (malt sweetness). A good balance of flavors, nice movement across the palette. All malts, restrained complexity, really smart move with the birch bark syrup (a nice background flavor, a twist, playing with the wood/nuttiness of the style in general), superior execution. Exceedingly drinkable. It makes me feel like I'm in a log cabin. Or wearing plaid. Well done, Alaskan!

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Photo of MADhombrewer
4/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle

Appearance- Dark orange almost crimson coloring. Small tan head. Little lacing.

Smell- A sweet, dull, maple aroma. Accompanied with sweet caramel smell.

Taste- Again with the sweet caramel. Very balanced with a bit of a hop presence at the end. The alcohol is well hidden even though there is a little heat in my stomach.

Mouthfeel- On par for the style

Overall- Good beer. Better than I anticipated. I figured it to be way too sweet, but it was not. This is not something I would cellar.

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Photo of mothman
3.65/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours very little head. Color is a vibrant mahogany ruby copper z

Aroma: raisins toffee caramel and mollasses all present. The birch syrup definitely shows. German yeast and bananas and cloves:

Taste: both syrup shows with a caramel sweetness . Molasses and spices. Some chocolate and vanilla.lots of bananas and cloves.

Mouthfeel:'smooth and syrupy. Medium bodied with a lower amount of carbonation. Ends sticky.

Overall, reminded me of life and limb. Fairly true to style. Decent but nothing i am crazy about.

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Photo of Bitterbill
3.61/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

651ml bottle.

Cool looking label, it pours a clear red with a 2 finger head of foam and leaves some sticky lacing.

The smell is/must be a healthy dose of birch syrup, kind of sweet and sticky that says I'm from a tree. ;^) I'm getting some grain and a bit of a adjunct lager smell that isn't strong, thank goodness, but it's there.

Very sweet taste to it on the first sip and on later sips. The flavour of birch syrup is there alright, and I know because Alaskan used it in their Perseverance Ale as well. Nothing bitter here and the style doesn't call of it so all is right.

On the low end of medium bodied with a light to medium light amount of carbonation so the mouthfeel is pretty darned good.

It's an interesting brew. I see on the label that it needs to be stored in a cool dry place; a suggestion that it can be cellared?

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Photo of rab53
3.54/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Birch Bock (Pilot Series) from Alaskan Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 3.67 out of 5 with 9 ratings