Alaskan Troppelbock (Pilot Series) | Alaskan Brewing Co.

Alaskan Troppelbock (Pilot Series)Alaskan Troppelbock (Pilot Series)
BA SCORE
58.5%
Liked This Beer
3.73 w/ 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
Liked:
79
Avg:
3.73/5
pDev:
12.33%
Alströms:
-
 
 
Wants:
5
Gots:
5
Trade:
0
User Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 135 |  Reviews: 36
Photo of woemad
3.4/5  rDev -8.8%

22oz bottle purchased at Mid Columbia Wines and Spirits in Kennewick, Washington, for $7.95. According to the label, this was bottled on August 10, 2013. I’ve sat on it for a while now.

Poured a color somewhere between copper and rust, with a creamy-looking tan head and enough chill haze to make me uncertain as to whether I’m seeing lots of tiny bubbles or little chunks of sediment. Considering that it was bottled 372 days ago, I suspect the latter. The head quickly receded to a thin skiff - not surprising considering how strong this beer is – with a sparse, spotty lace being the only other sign of its once-proud foam dome.

Very big banana-like aroma to this, so much so that it effectively crowds out other aspects, except for an ominous booziness.

Very sweet and malty, almost cloyingly so. There was quite a bit of alcohol heat as well. As it warms, this increases and approaches the point of being undrinkable.

This was a thick-bodied beer. The mouthfeel was coating and syrupy.

Not sure what a Doppelbock Ale is, but I’d prefer to try one in a 12oz bottle, if this beer was a representative of an actual style. As it is, I’m glad to have tried it but won’t feel the need to do so again. Way too sweet and boozy, and too expensive for its limited drinkability.

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Photo of GilGarp
4.13/5  rDev +10.7%
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.

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Photo of sparx1100
3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

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3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of Cramerican
4.25/5  rDev +13.9%

Photo of hardy008
4.06/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark copper color with a one finger beige head, which settles down to a 1/4 inch disc of foam, and leaves spotty lacing. the aroma has toasted malt, and a lot of caramel malt, and pecans.

Very sweet flavor, with caramel and toasted malt, pecans, oak, and some dark fruit. There is some hop bitterness at the end, but it is overpowered by the sweetness of this beer. There is no alcohol taste at all, which is surprising for a beer with 10.50 % abv.

Full boded with low carbonation. Very smooth and easy to drink. While this beer is sweet tasting, it doesn't go over the top with the sweetness, which I appreciate. I'm glad I had a chance to try this.

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Photo of valkyre65
3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

Photo of GrindFatherBob
4.25/5  rDev +13.9%

Photo of thereal_adam
4/5  rDev +7.2%

Photo of WastingFreetime
3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

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3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

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4/5  rDev +7.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +13.9%

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3.25/5  rDev -12.9%

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3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of falloutsnow
3.15/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 2 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

From: France 44, Minneapolis, MN
Date: Bottled 2013-08-10
Glass: Founders snifter

Doppelbock ale, eh? I suppose this isn't meant to be very "true to style," considering the rather high ethanol content and the oak aging. Fairly sweet and malt-one-dimensional, with the oak and ethanol trying to mask this a bit, but not really succeeding. A bit of honest lagering would have done this beer well, but it's rather rough as it is now. Not a bad beer, but nothing particularly exceptional or good-tasting that I'd want to have again. I'd choose any German -ator over this, any day.

Pours a 1cm tall head of beige-colored bubbles, with retention of less than thirty seconds, the foam fading to a thin ring around the perimeter of the glass. Lacing is minimal, a few dots and lines cling to the walls of the glass. Beer is a dark amber brown color, with light bringing out moderately dark copper-orange-brown hues. Carbonation visible through the hazy (50-60% opacity) body, high in number and activity.

Aroma of moderate-dark caramel-like sweetness with notable oak, dried figs and dates, some cherry-like ester (ethanol?), and buttery diacetyl becoming particularly evident as the beer warms.

Overall flavor is of a notably oak-aged, heavily caramel-like sweetness colored by ethanol and dried fig and date esters. Front of palate tastes brown sugar and moderately dark caramel-like sweetness, oak, slightly spicy ethanol, and mild cherry, dried fig and date-like esters. Mid-palate of moderate-dark caramel malt sweetness, dried cherries, dates and figs, moderate ethanol, oak, and a bit of buttery diacetyl. Back of palate tastes moderate-dark caramel like sweetness, heavy oak, moderate ethanol, and modest diacetyl. Aftertaste of heavy oak, lingering ethanol, and much in-the-background caramel-like sugar sweetness.

Beer is medium-bodied with medium-low carbonation, leading to a lightly foamy (3/5) and otherwise smooth (2/5) mouthfeel that's suitable for the style, but somehow still manages to let the beer feel a bit watery around the edges. Ethanol felt as a moderate burn on the back of the palate and as mild warmth in the nostrils; not a poor showing for 10.5% ABV. Closes very dry, with heavy stickiness lingering on the palate.

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Photo of BrownAleMale
3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

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3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of Big_Dave
4/5  rDev +7.2%

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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3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

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4/5  rDev +7.2%

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3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +13.9%

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3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

Alaskan Troppelbock (Pilot Series) from Alaskan Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 58.5% out of 100 with 135 ratings
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