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Alaskan Birch Bock

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Another new addition to the Pilot Series, we have a doppelbock brewed with Alaska birch syrup. They’ve used this birch syrup in a couple of beers, namely the Perseverance Ale. I’m not sure if this is a product that ferments or is just used for added sweetness in the beer.

Stats:
Doppelbock. 8.5% ABV. Alaska. Limited Release.

Nice caramel color with a little bit of head.

It smells very sweet and malty with that brown sugar and vanilla component coming through. It just smells cloying.

Mouthfeels is quite thick, but also has a fairly high amount of carbonation which cuts through just a bit.

Quite sweet with a ton of a malty-ness. It’s got caramel, vanilla, brown sugar, honey. It also has a fairly noticeable bitterness on the finish. Lots of length of caramel and honey.

First of all, this is definitely not a beer for me. It’s sweet, malty, and thick. That certainly doesn’t make it a bad beer, it’s just not for me. It’s a big, warming beer, and has some lovely flavors. Unfortunately, it is a bit cloying and a bit over-the-top. 87 points.

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