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Alaskan Troppelbock (Pilot Series) | Alaskan Brewing Co.

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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
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Ratings: 135 |  Reviews: 36
Photo of tbone1384
4.33/5  rDev +16.1%

Photo of CurtFromHershey
3.93/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a deep amber with fluffy beige head which quickly calms into a persistent cap. Great clarity for a beer that has seen oak. A little lighter in color than I typically look for in a doppel, but otherwise very attractive

Smell is heavy on oak and sweet raisiny malts. Hints of caramel and alcohol. I think the oak detracts alittle bit from this beers potential

Like the nose, the taste is big on oak. Alcohol and fig then take over. Finishes with a decent hit of piney hops. Well played, Alaskan. I rather enjoyed that surprise.

Thick and chewy without being overly sticky. Definite alcohol warming presence. Quite nice

Overall a great doppelbock which I think could hang with the big dogs without the prominence of the oak.

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Photo of MattyG85
4.21/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 22 oz. bottle into a Surly Darkness chalice glass.

Appearance: Pours a deep brownish amber with a moderate amount of bubbles. About two fingers of off white head that fade into a thin patchy layer. Leaves a decent amount of lacing on the glass.

Smell: A rich and toasty aroma with sweet hints of caramel and dark fruit. Toasted malts upfront with hints of sweet caramel, toffee, biscuit, yeast, and nuts along with some roasty hints of chocolate. Hints of oak and vanilla. Brown sugar sweetness. Big hints of dark fruit with some fig, dates, raisin, and prune. Slight hint of apple and banana as well. Subtle earthy hop presence in the background. A scent of booze as well. Very good full aroma.

Taste: Like it smells, a big sweet toasty malt driven taste with lots of biscuity caramel and dark fruit. Toasted malts with a taste of biscuit, sweet caramel, toffee, nuts, yeast, toasted bread, and some roast chocolate notes. Notes of vanilla, oak, and sweetness from some brown sugar. Big presence of dark fruit with notes of figs, dates, prune, and raisin. Slight taste of dried apple and banana fruit. Slight earthy hop backing and alcohol in the taste. Very rich and good.

Mouthfeel: Full bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation. Rich, creamy, and sweet. Some alcohol heat is felt.

Overall: A very solid take on a Doppelbock. Good dark biscuit and caramel flavor with some solid dark fruit undertones.

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Photo of gtermi
3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

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 BurnMeInMyBar
4.25/5  rDev +13.9%

Photo of Kunstman
4/5  rDev +7.2%

Photo of twelveinches
3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

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 beertunes
2.98/5  rDev -20.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Stupid 22oz bottle format. Poured into straight pint glass. Poured an attractive clean, clear copper-amber color with 1/2 inch of slightly rocky, tan head that had moderate retention and and light lacing.

The aroma was very sweet, with some malt showing through, and a strong alcohol scent. A bit sweeter smelling than typical. The sweet malt was strong on the tongue, but not as strong as the the very hot alcohol taste that burned all across the tongue. The burn really lingered at the back of the tongue/top of the throat.

The body was nicely full, but it was so sticky I had to ding it a bit. Drinkability suffered from all the alcohol heat, it was kind of a chore to finish the whole bottle. Overall, an average-ish example of the style. Maybe buy a bottle and put away to see if some time will soften out the heat.

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Photo of jheezee
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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Photo of redmaw
4.75/5  rDev +27.3%

Photo of JamLand
3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

Photo of rab53
3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of mcdsports
3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

Photo of flip387
4.75/5  rDev +27.3%

Photo of unclekeith
3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of Andonato
4.25/5  rDev +13.9%

Photo of Halcyondays
4.03/5  rDev +8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

On-tap at Beachwood I.

A: Pours a red brown with a small off-white head, creamy soapy look.

S: Heavy toffee and malt, dark syrup, smell is a little cloying.

T: Big residual sugar flavour but surprisingly enough with really no cloying flavour at all. Lots of sweet cola and maple syrup with a light undercurrent of oak.

M: Full-bodied, soft carbonation, crisp at the finish to alleviate the sometimes overt sweetness

O: Reminds me a lot of their Birch Bock, just a good well made effort.

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Photo of mmilyko
4.25/5  rDev +13.9%

Photo of brotherloco
2.25/5  rDev -39.7%

Photo of ElCommodoro
4.93/5  rDev +32.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This was better than I could have imagined. A perfect blend of malty lagering, earthy tones, roasted malt, sweetness, and oaky whiskey feel. It's like you poured a wee bit of an amazing scotch whiskey into a ridiculously good doppelbock. Except it's better than that because that could never taste as good as something brewed and aged to taste that way. The smoothness, complexity, and balance are unparalleled in any doppelbock I have ever tried. Get some of this!

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Photo of kojevergas
3.08/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

651ml brown glass bottle with branded standard pry-off pressure cap acquired at Sunset Beer Co. and served into a Mitchells of Lancaster flared stem-tulip in low altitude Los Feliz, Los Angeles, California. Reviewed live. Expectations are above average; I like Alaskan's work but I've never had a double or triple bock that blew me away. Pilot series. 10.5% ABV confirmed.

Served cold - straight from the fridge - and allowed to warm over the course of consumption. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

A: Pours a one finger head of light khaki colour. Thin and devoid of cream. Retention is average: about 1-2 minutes - which is acceptable given the high ABV. Body colour is a glowing understated ruby-amber. No yeast particles are visible. No bubble show. Light even lacing as the head recedes.

Overall, it looks pretty good for the style. Not unique or special, but there are no overt flaws.

Sm: Toffee, oak, caramel. Some kind of syrup - perhaps birch. Cream. Residual sugars. Brown malts. Some amber malt. A nice aroma, but surprisingly weak for a doppel/troppel bock. Pleasant, though I'd like more oak character from it. Could be more evocative. No yeast character or alcohol is detectable.

T: It's got a nice malty backbone comprised of brown malts, caramalts, and toffee. Hopping feels English in character; I'd guess Fuggles? No yeast character comes through. I do get some alcohol; it's a bit warm though I wouldn't call it boozy. Plentiful residual sugars. Malting is definitely to style. Well balanced but shockingly simple. Some maple and/or birch syrup. I'm not getting as much oak character as I'd like; it's quite timid. Oak doesn't feel naturally integrated; it's just a light undertone. Lacks a full body.

Mf: Smooth and wet. Nicely thick. Good carbonation. Lacking body. Suits the flavour profile okay; it certainly doesn't feel custom-tailored to it. Unrefreshing. Not oily or gushing.

Dr: Drinkable but disappointing. I hoped for better from Alaskan, but this just isn't up there with the best bocks I've had. ABV does come through noticeably. I wouldn't get it again. The light oak character is a highlight; I wish there was more of it.

C+

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Photo of TheDrunkGnoll
4.25/5  rDev +13.9%

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