mrhoppy (1288) - Santa Clara, California, USA - SEP 2, 2012
I agree with Hopscotch. Candied dates really good. This is first rate stuff. Aroma is awesome. Crystal clear copper. Back ground bitterness. Big sweet beer. cernjoh (183) - Ohio, USA - AUG 17, 2014
Poured from a bottle purchased in May of 2013. Tasted August 17, 2014. Aroma is of caramel and birch. Appearance is slight cloudy golden orange with a one finger light tan head that dissipates rapidly. Taste is of a rich caramel with a slight birch and grass (hop) presence. A very good balance of flavors. Palate is smooth and slightly viscous with a good level of carbonation. This aged well and is one of those beers that gets much better with age. An excellent beer worth buying and sitting on about a year or so. Cheers! kickrjason (24) - - SEP 9, 2012
Very smooth beer. Slightly cloudy but dark copper in color. Residual sweetness from the birtch syrup is very pleasant. Great winter beer. I love the beers from this pilot series.
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Poured from a bomber purchased last year into an Alaskan Brewery Pilot Series Pint glass purchased from Alaskan Brewery a reddish copper with minimal head.
Aroma sugared malt slight birch.
Flavor is subtle grassy caramel. Reminds me of a caramel with slight lemon like citrus.
This is the second time to have this brew the first being over a year ago which I thought was overly tart almost thin. Age definitely gelled the essence of this brew. A thick luscious brew. DConMan (114) - Ballwin, Missouri, USA - JUL 22, 2012
Enjoyed on-tap @ the Beer Shoppe in Yakima, WA for $4 (special). Tapped from a Non-Labeled Tap Handle into a 16oz Beer Shoppe Pint Glass. Saw this one in a 22oz bottle at the shop so decided to enjoy on-tap instead.
Aroma- Tons of sugar and maple sugar hit the nose first. The sweetest malt you can find as well. Strong and enjoyed it!
Appearance- Received with no head... Tapping issues? Deep amber/light brown body with decent clarity. Leaves a few suds behind.
Flavor- Burnt sugar and caramel comes around very rich and dominant. Awesome! Malty and has a light bitterness at the finish.
Mouthfeel- Medium Bodied, Medium Carbonation, Sweet, Smooth, and a finish like a dessert beer.
Overall Impression- Wow! Not too traditional for the style but enjoyed GREATLY! Reminded me of an aged Thomas Hardy’s Ale. This is a great compliment to this beer! Would love to get a bottle of this but have many others to drink first. Maybe next year. Highly recommend!
SeattleSwede (1) - Washington, USA - APR 29, 2012 does not count
A surprisingly tasty bock. I had it on draft on the Taphouse and ended up getting a growled of it to take home. mttan02 (29) - Tolleson, Arizona, USA - SEP 1, 2012
An interesting take on a doppelbock. Definite sweetness from the birch syrup, but not overpowering. I’d happily drink another. beerguy101 (5360) - Newark, California, USA - MAY 28, 2012
Sampled on 4/28/2012. This Dopplebock pours a medium copper red color from a 22oz bottle. Medium sized off- white foamy head, with decent retention. The aroma is caramel, fruity and sweet, with birch and a touch of maple. A medium bodied dopplebock. The malts are caramel, fruity and sweet. The birch is more in the aroma than the flavor but its there. The hops are herbal and earthy. Mild carbonation. A touch sweet, but that should be expected in a dopplebock. Nice balance. Very smooth. Nice residual sweetness. Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is clean and smooth. Aftertaste is slightly sweet.
maley1 (1273) - Calgary, CANADA - AUG 5, 2012
Reddish copper pour with medium sized fluffy tan head. Aroma of bread, yeast, maple syrup and birch bark. Taste of caramel, toffeee, maple syrup, bread, yeast and hint of ripe red fruit. Full bodied with creamy mouthfeel. This beer is absolutely deliscious, just slightly too sweet but pretty amazing. tennisjoel (1459) - Rochester, Minnesota, USA - AUG 27, 2012
Normally not a fan of doppelbock. Not that I find it to be bad, but usually just more of a boring style in general. That said, this was a nice suprise. The birch syrup is a very nice touch. Very well executed, this is. Would purchase again.