Alaskan Troppelbock (Pilot Series) | Alaskan Brewing Co.

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Alaskan Troppelbock (Pilot Series)Alaskan Troppelbock (Pilot Series)
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3.73/5
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135 Ratings
Alaskan Troppelbock (Pilot Series)Alaskan Troppelbock (Pilot Series)
BEER INFO

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

Style: Doppelbock

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.50%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by blakelive784 on 03-13-2013

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

BEER STATS
Ranking:
-
Reviews:
36
Ratings:
135
pDev:
12.33%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
5
Gots:
5
Trade:
0
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Ratings: 135 |  Reviews: 36
Photo of CesarLopes
3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

Photo of chilidog
3.5/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This was my first pilot, the big10+ abv really caught my eye.

Poured a dark ruby, tan head that faded to not even a film. No lace to be had.

Aroma of dark fruit, sweet malty booze.

Taste is roasted malts, burnt brown sugar, prune, toffee, and wood.

Mouth was a bit thin, carbonation on the flat side.

Overall, worth a buzz try, an ok Dopple, I will continue to seek the pilot series.

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Photo of daledeee
3.54/5  rDev -5.1%
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.

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Photo of cbutova
3.58/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Random shelf grab a month ago somewhere between Orange and Palm Springs, CA. Sampled about three weeks ago with Chico1985 and friends. Reviewed from notes.

A- Red bodied with a one finger off white head. Falls fast to a tiny ring, pretty much nothing after a while and lace is hard to come by.

S- Some Amber candi sugar and spiced dried fruits. Apples and red fruits are quite big, some estery hints and slight fresh oak hints.

T- Pretty much spicy yeast leading the flavor with huge spiced raisins, some cherry, dates and good brown sugar toasted malts. Hints of caramel, figs, oak chips are apparent but not overpowering as they can be. Just huge spicy dark fruits.

MF- Foamy and sweet body with higher end carbonation. Fairly silky and some bitter sweetness on the palate in the finish. Warming from the alcohol a bit.

Big spices and dark dried fruits with some malts and sweetness, oak adds some complexity.

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Photo of KBomb
3.71/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Tropplebock is easy on the eyes. Deep ruby brown color, enduring bubbly head (if not very thick). Quite appealing.

Not much aroma, which isn't unexpected for the style. A little bit of honey and some faint nutty chocolate accent the roasted malt sweetness.

Taste is very sweet: buttery toffee, caramel, fig and brandy-like booziness. Oak was hard to smell, but I do taste a little bit of it now. Finishes with some diacetyl and

Mouthfeel starts off surprisingly dry, but supersweet after taste is cloying and slightly sticky.

There's lots to like in this beer, but the mouthfeel doesn't quite live up to expectations.

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Photo of LiquidAmber
3.74/5  rDev +0.3%

Poured from a 22 oz. bottle into a Celebrator pokal. Pours a medium to dark bronze amber with a thin off-white head that quickly dissipates to light patches; no lacing. Aroma of sweet caramel malt, toffee, brown sugar, dark dried fruit. Flavor follows aroma, with rich sweet caramel malt, brown sugar, dark dried fruit, particularly figs and dates, a hint of oak. Starting flavor is much like an English barleywine, but finishes a bit sweeter and lighter. Heavy, syrupy body with mild carbonation. A big, sweet ale that leans closer to a sweet barleywine than a doppelbock, although the malt body is similar. The sweetness could be close to cloying, but is balanced nicely by a bit of dry oak and some light grassy hops in the finish. Not exactly to style, but tastes good and made for a nice malty slow sipper If this is made again, I'd try it for a cold winters evening when the sweetness and alcohol would be quite welcome.

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Photo of pat61
3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

Bought this bottle 2 days before I drank it and then learned it was 9 months old.
Nose: has a spiciness unusual for the style, some banana and wet cardboard notes - oxidized.
Very beautiful beer pouring brilliant reddish mahogany with an off-white finely bubbled 1/2" foam cap.
The oxidized flavors are not working well with the imperial doppelbock flavors - getting banana on the palate, a little over sweet.
Full body, medium low carbonation.

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Photo of jheezee
3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of BKotch
3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of JohnBender
3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of cdwil
3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of Zach122
3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of kew
3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of Chico1985
3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of spycow
3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of ambruns1979
3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of WastingFreetime
3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of Danobold
3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of canders0927
3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of kingmaker
3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of unclekeith
3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of JohnnyHopps
3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

Appearance - Ther beer poured an amber hued murky brown color.

Smell - The malt begin the aroma, but there are some thick sweet notes here.

Taste - The oaks and malt come to the front. There is some stickiness that reminds me of maple in the mouthfeel. Even having cellared this one for more than a year, it comes off as a little hot. The aftertaste might be described as spicy alcohol.

Mouthfeel - The malts and their sweetness coat the mouth. It feels like an overly hot doppelbock.

Overall - I am glad I traded for this one. Still, I am not sure I would trade for another.

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Photo of Haybeerman
3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of BrownAleMale
3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

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.

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Alaskan Troppelbock (Pilot Series) from Alaskan Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 3.73 out of 5 with 135 ratings
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