Pilot Series: Imperial Bock

Pilot Series: Imperial Bock

Imperial Bock

This is a stronger version of a Doppelbock, which is often produced by freezing a Doppelbock and removing the ice crystals to intensify flavor and strength. Our Imperial Bock shares the same flavor intensity and strength of an Eisbock, but instead of freezing this beer, we brewed it to high alcohol content and then let it rest on oak chips to enhance the mellow vanilla sweetness.

 

Flavor

Imperial Bock is a full-bodied beer with cherry notes and rich toasty overtones. A perfect winter warmer, this beer brings the intensity of alcohol, but also rich smooth vanilla and bourbon-like flavor from the introduction of oak chips. It is full of robust, rich flavor with a slightly dry finish. This big, bold brew is dark brown in color with a sweet malt character and little hop bitterness.

Ingredients

Alaskan Imperial Bock is brewed with glacier-fed water, six types of premium malts and Magnum hops – it’s then rested on oak chips to enhance the mellow vanilla sweetness.

Specifications

  • Original Gravity: 1.100
  • Bitterness: 25 IBUs
  • Alcohol (by vol): 12.5%
  • Color: 26 SRM

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History

Doppelbocks, literally double bock, is a stronger version of the bocks that became famous in Munich, brewed by Paulaner Friars. This richer version of a bock was especially useful while the friars fasted during lent and could not eat solid foods – thereby getting the nickname of “liquid bread.” Alaskan Imperial Bock pays homage to the Eisbock style that was a specialty of the monks of the Kulmbach district of Bavaria and was understandably popular during the winter months for its warming properties due to very high alcohol.

The Story Behind the Label

The spotted seal (Phoca largha) is medium-sized, with adult males growing up to 250 pounds. They can live 35 years and inhabit the icy border areas where sea ice mixes with open water on the continental shelf of the Beaufort, Chukchi, and Bering Seas. While they are fairly rarely predated upon, they keep a lookout for polar bears, sharks, Steller sea lions and even walrus. They have been an important source of food and hides for Native Alaskans for thousands of years. While not the deepest of divers, they can reach depths of 650 feet when hunting fish, squid and crustaceans. There is only one recognized stock of spotted seals in U.S. waters and it is known as the Alaska Stock.