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:
0
 
 
Wants:
5
Gots:
5
Trade:
0
User Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 135 |  Reviews: 36
Photo of valkyre65
3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

Photo of Bluestar
3.16/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Poured from a 22oz bomber into a DFH signature glass...

Appearance is probably the best part of this beer. Brown with a ruby red tinge. Looks pretty held up the the light. Swirling up the beer I can get a nice, off-white - very light tan color head that dissipates quickly.... persists at the edges sticking the the glass.

Smell is dominated by buttery caramel notes for me.... as it warms the oak tannins become predominate, but still mostly buttery caramel.

Taste again is dominated by the caramel. At colder temps, it's followed by the buttery flavors, as it warms the oak tannin come out. In the background I get some dark fruit flavors and maybe a little hint of chocolate.

Mouthfeel is kind of thin on the body, with a medium to high carbonation, especially for somethin aged on wood chips. Can be cloying, sickeningly sweet at moments. Definitely feel the heat from the booze, warm up the stomach in a hurry.

Overall - not something I would buy again. the combination of flavors, body, and mouthfeel is a little off-putting.

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Photo of BKotch
3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of BigBarley
3.29/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Live review. Hope I like it!

Clear, ruby-brown goodness. Decent khaki head. looks like it's got some body to it.

Smell is a sweet, kinda sour apple aroma, with some alcohol and sweet malt notes backin it up. Smells unique, but I'm not sure what to expect. The sour threw me off, but it's got me feeling the anticipation

Ah. Well... You got some smokey, caramel sweetness all over, with a hint of that sour apple business highlighting the back end, with the faintest alcohol burn, and some slight wood notes. The barrel flavor is the only part I honestly care for, but the rest of it is almost too... strange. It's kind of a mess of malty sweet madness, and the only thing to soften the blow is the nice barrel-induced finish.

Also needs to either be just a little thicker or have just a little more carbonation. Hits the mouth a little awkwardly.
Overall this is a bit of a let down, but I'm sure there's a lot here for some people. It's just not what I like to see in a bock of any kind.

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Photo of KiMiRaiK
3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

Photo of abex44
4.25/5  rDev +13.9%

Photo of kingmaker
3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of archero
4.25/5  rDev +13.9%

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 kjkinsey
3.25/5  rDev -12.9%

Photo of Bitterbill
3.24/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

$8.35 for the 22 oz bottle, best Aug 10, 2013.

A- A clear deep amber brown with a small head of foam, good lacing left behind.

S- Sweet malts and oak up front, lots of booze with hints of fruit.

T- Malty, fruity, toffee, boozy...then a flavour of burnt something, especially in the aftertaste. This one's not playing nice. No signs of any oak that I mentioned in the smell.

M- Full bodied, medium carbonation, at times it gets cloyingly sweet and sticky.

O- I wish I could like it more than I do but at this stage in the game, fresh, it's not firing on all cylinders.

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Photo of twiggamortis420
3.09/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

22 oz bomber pours a fairly clear medium copper color...lighter than expected. Small, tan head is fine-bubbled but doesn't stick around too long.

Nose is super caramely...like walking into one of those candy stores on an old school boardwalk where they make fresh caramel. fruits and nuts come to mind as well...dates and almonds specifically. Alcohol too, plenty of that.

Hmmm, wow...not so sure about this one. The caramel flavors are so burnt, its almost chemical-tasting. The over-the-top alcohol doesn't help either. The oak chips don't really smooth anything out either....maybe just add a char-y aspect to it. I'm thinking this one is kind of a mess, now wtf am I going to do with the other bottle I bought? This has cellar experiment written all over it. Perhaps this is a style that does not need imperializing...I feel the same way about wits and pilseners.

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Photo of drinkAK
4.5/5  rDev +20.6%

Photo of sparx1100
3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

Photo of Nightwish1094
3/5  rDev -19.6%

Photo of Danobold
3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of ambruns1979
3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of Dactrius
2.75/5  rDev -26.3%

Photo of bbadger
3.25/5  rDev -12.9%

Photo of harrymel
3.03/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Best by 10AUG13

It's a hazel brown with a scattered etch tan top. Smells like bananas, cocoa powder, alcohol, brown sugar, some vanilla and maraschino cherry. Flavor is malty, some toasted sugar, a little cola, some oak and molasses. Medium bodied with limited carb and an off dry finish. Meh, but I actually suspect a year or two from now it would be decent.

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Photo of raffy313
3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

Photo of Gagnonsux
4/5  rDev +7.2%

Photo of kew
3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of cdwil
3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of BrownAleMale
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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