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Tröegs Troegenator Double Bock (Bourbon Barrel Aged) - Tröegs Brewing Company

Tröegs Troegenator Double Bock (Bourbon Barrel Aged)Tröegs Troegenator Double Bock (Bourbon Barrel Aged)

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Ratings: 77
Reviews: 12
rAvg: 4.2
pDev: 8.81%

Brewed by:
Tröegs Brewing Company visit their website
Pennsylvania, United States

Style | ABV
Doppelbock |  11.50% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
The Troegenator has awoken! After hibernating for six months in bourbon barrels, we’re excited to report that Bourbon Barrel-Aged Troegenator is ready for release today at 11am. The barrel-aging process has transformed Troegenator into a lush Double Bock with undertones of vanilla, oak, and toasted coconut amid a warm blanket of tangy bourbon notes.

(Beer added by: FletcherC on 02-06-2014)
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Photo of Duff27


3.4/5  rDev -19%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Thin head that quickly recedes, collar. Dark reddish-brown body.

Sweet barrel notes in the nose. Slight cherry and vanilla.

Taste is a sweet cherry syrup (ala NyQuil) but not that gross. Very simple/one trick pony. Sweet barrel notes and that's about it.

Medium to medium-thin both mouthfeel and carbonation.

Overall, quite disappoint. Enjoyed the barrel notes in the aroma but other than that it was kind of a let down. Thanks for the share TATURBO.

Serving type: bottle

04-05-2014 00:26:11 | More by Duff27
Photo of VelvetExtract


4.01/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-Sampled at EBF. Pours a very dark brown.

S-Dark fruits and bourbon. Vanilla and brown sugar. Very sweet. Bourbon is well integrated in the nose.

T-A pleasant gathering of sweet and fruity. Molasses, brown sugar, plum and raisin. Oaky whiskey notes as well. He whiskey serves as more of a complement rather than taking the lead.

M-Full bodied and creamy. Warms the cheeks. Somewhat sticky.

O-D-I surprisingly have never reviewed the regular Troegenator. I actually may never have tried it. It seems to be a travesty to try this beer without trying it's very popular precursor. Oh well, this was pretty damn good in its own right.

Serving type: on-tap

03-24-2014 23:23:32 | More by VelvetExtract
Photo of BradC


4.36/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a very dark reddish brown, not much head or lacing.

Smells of bourbon, vanilla, light toffee, caramel, booze

You can taste the troegenator base with a nice bourbon edge. Notes of vanilla, dark fruits, caramel/toffee sweetness and a slight alcohol edge.

Full bodies, low carbonation....definitely a sipper

Overall, I'm not a huge fan of the plain troegenator, but like this a little better. The barrel aging took some of the bite off. Definitely hope to get some of this next release.

Serving type: bottle

03-08-2014 02:11:04 | More by BradC
Photo of RacerX5k


3.53/5  rDev -16%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Gotta throw my review out there, since Troegenator was one of my first craft loves, and the new 16oz tall boys just kill. This one, well, I made the trip Allentown to Hershey, Mapquest said 1:13 I flated it in 1:04. The trip was the highlight. Bought 2, drank 1, couldnt wait to sell the other to a nice, young BA getting his beer at cost ...

It's a looker, ok aroma of caramel and whiskey barrel. Taste ok, caramel and whiskey, you can still taste the original which is good. Wasn't a big fan of the whiskey flavor. For my money, Weyerbacher Blasphemy is much better for $10 cheaper a bottle. Just another pricey beer that fails to deliver, but the buzz was good that snowy Sunday night. What day didn't it snow this year?

Serving type: bottle

02-26-2014 13:55:12 | More by RacerX5k
Photo of brentk56

North Carolina

4.04/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a clear mahogany with ruby highlights; the head is large and frothy, leaving shooting star trails of lacing

Smell: Fig and date, buttressed by caramel, vanilla and Bourbon

Taste: Caramel, up front, with the fig and date flavors adding complexity in the middle; after the swallow, the Bourbon and vanilla come into the fray; a bit boozy and rather sweet in the finish

Mouthfeel: Full bodied and slightly creamy, with low to moderate carbonation and considerable warmth in the gullet

Overall: An interesting twist to a doppelbock, though the beer is very sweet and I don't think that the Bourbon treatment works as well as it does for other beer style

Thanks, justanewby, for the opportunity

Serving type: bottle

02-26-2014 01:34:47 | More by brentk56
Photo of stakem


4.04/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml corked and caged bottle poured into a snifter. The brew appears a clear mahogany color with ruby clarity when held to the light. A finger of khaki head appears initially, then quickly and audibly fades to a thin film. A swirl revives the cap but it shows little stability and fades again quick.

The aroma contains notes of raison and bourbon. A little more fruity than the typical troegenator with accenting caramel, vanilla, molasses and just an overall feel of caramelized sugar additions. Some tangy fruity bourbon fills the back of the nose.

The taste is fruity like raisin, molasses, caramel, vanilla and bourbon. It tastes like a fruited version of troegenator with a shot of bourbon and sugar in it instead of being barrel aged. Some of the barrel nuance is felt but it is strangely fruity and not smoothed out or mellowed like barrel aging sometimes can impart.

This is a medium bodied brew with moderate to light level of carbonation. Pleasantly boozy but quite fruity with light barrel treatment but big bourbon feel. This is peculiar, it grew on me as the experience went on. Worth a try.

Serving type: bottle

02-24-2014 15:50:24 | More by stakem
Photo of Tucquan


4.16/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Had this on 2014-02-21 in Columbia, PA

A - Very clear ruby with a very short tan head that fades to nothing quickly leaving almost no lace. Nice. Not wildly complex.

S - Bourbon, toffee, vanilla, coconut, molasses, sweet medium roasted malt. Touch of earthy spice.

T - Bourbon, vanilla, roasted coconut, then emerging from the barrel are the doppelbock flavors of the well-loved Troegenator with some dark fruits, spice, touch of oak, plenty of malt body. Some of the lager yeast is apparent but much in the background. Finishes with a candy apple bit of sweetness, cinnamon, more of the earthy spice, alcohol and some welcome roasted and hop bitterness.

M - Medium-heavy body and light-medium carbonation. Substantial. Creamy yet prickly.

O - An enjoyable slant on Troegenator. I wouldn't say it is better; just different. The bourbon barrel flavors dominate the doppelbock flavors; say 70% to 30%. An Imperial Stout would stand up to this treatment more than a doppelbock. Nevertheless, I'm quite enjoying slowly sipping this new creation from Troegs. Keep the innovation coming.

Serving type: bottle

02-22-2014 04:16:36 | More by Tucquan
Photo of Dodo2step


4.3/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

P- Troegs Brewing Company

A- clear red color with half finger head and no lacing. Looks almost like wine in my snifter glass.

S- vanilla and bourbon dominate. This is gonna be good my friends!

F- the bourbon hits me first followed immediately by some of the oak aged wood. The vanilla rounds it out beautifully. You would think the bourbon would mak eit hard to put down but now, just enough to make it sweet tasting.

M-strong on the booze and you can tell from the first sip. Bourbon coats the mouth and throat and it is very very smooth.

O- OMG one of the top 3 beers from Troegs for me...ranks behind Nugget Nectar and before Perpretual IPA.

Serving type: bottle

02-16-2014 18:26:44 | More by Dodo2step
Photo of jgran737


4.88/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

A: Looks like Red Velvet cake.

S: Vanilla, Vanilla, Vanilla, Bourbon, Bourbon, Bourbon.

T: The taste follows the nose exactly as it should and you get that nice woody taste. The taste and the smell are absolutely perfect in my book.

M: Pretty thick, but I was expecting just a bit more sticky-ness. Nonetheless still very well done.

O: This was my first scratch beer from Troegs and I am just floored by the quality. I'm a resident of PA and I have always enjoyed Nugget Nectar and some of their other offerings, but I was never as blown away as I am with this beer. This is a very wonderful Barrel-Aged offering and I'd recommend it to any Bourbon or Beer enthusiast.

Serving type: bottle

02-11-2014 23:44:27 | More by jgran737
Photo of Slatetank


4.43/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I had a bottle of this at the tasting room in Hershey, served chilled enjoyed from the 750ml in a tulip.

The color is deep ruby with plum like dark hues with translucent clarity and thick biege cap that settles to a ring with fine bead, legs not lace sticks when swirled The smell is great - strong vanilla, caramel, and light bourbon influence yet an almost floral alcohol ester is noted with oak giving a nice depth to the aroma. The feel is great -way better than anticipated with thick sweet, yet nice smooth malt with very gentle woody and warming presence with moderate carbonation and warming alcohol with a dry toasted finish.

The taste is great, it actually is as good as the scratch version I am remembering as I sip this and experience the vanilla from the bourbon soaked wood combined with everything I love about Troegenator - dark toffee, nutty malt enhanced by the benefits of the bourbon aging -nice oak with a warming flavor of alcohol after the swallow. Overall it certainly is not a beer to rush I enjoyed a full 750 ml bottle to myself, yet still did not feel weighed down...by the end of the bottle it starts to show it's strength which is amplified from the base beer...but is smooth enough that you don't really care -well done Tröegs !

Serving type: bottle

02-11-2014 02:07:45 | More by Slatetank
Photo of 1sophrosyne1


4.51/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed at the brewery from a cork & cage 750, poured into a tulip glass.

The core is a stunning cordovan amber--edges more red with the passage of light. Great clarity allows the center to shine a soft brown. Fine carbonation is visible. The head is creamy white, lightly fluffy, and short lived. It leaves virtually no lacing, because the body is dominated by lovely glyceryl legs that give away the bourbon.

The nose is marvelous, essentially half beer, half spirit. Strong vanilla and caramel jump right up with sweetness and a background of smoky burn. The dark fruits and toasted malt come second, and are knitted together so much more logically and artfully than in the standard brew.

The flavor profile is a little less complex than basic Troegenator, due to the strong influence of the bourbon and wood. But it's an improvement. The start is punctuated by a bite of carbonation that quickly steps aside for the slick toffee and vanilla of the spirit. The flavor then dives deep into a mound of dough that holds some subtle currant, prune, and spice. Later in the gulp, some coconut slides in, and right at the end, just a touch of tannic drying makes a perfect counterpoint to the creamy bourbon and it's touch of alcoholic burn.

It's remarkable how beautifully contained the high ABV is contained in this brew. It's barely boozy, and only in ways that reflect its essence the way it should. The burst of carbonation at the start is key, because without it, a full-bodied red wine low on tannins would describe the mouthfeel. But it's more complex, and remains just bright enough despite all the heft. Those legs that coat the glass feel great on the tongue, too. It's remarkable how easy it all goes down, with the grain elements and thirsty yeast blunting the whisky burn and reinforcing the brewing origin.

That mouthfeel makes this monster so drinkable, it's scary. Get to the tasting room before it's gone. Having picked up some to go before it sold out in the store, I'm excited to see what time in the bottle will do, since there's a malty core there that just doesn't have room for its complexities at this young stage. It may be too much bourbon essence to ever let the other subtleties out, but even if that doesn't happen, it will be a treat this coming autumn...if I can hold it that long!

Serving type: bottle

02-10-2014 15:48:20 | More by 1sophrosyne1
Photo of robieobie1


4.61/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served In a snifter

Appears very dark amber color. Nice carbonation of one finger.

Aroma: This is where this brew really started to shine for me. Smell of Vanilla, Caramel, and Bourbon just smack you in the face and make you want to skip right to drinking this beast. Smells sweet, but not overly.

Taste: Caramel, toffee, oak and bourbon. very rich but not cloying. A slight amount of coconut comes through from the barrel aging.

Body: Medium body and easy on the pallet.

Overall: Great beer. I am glad they bottled this and glad I had the chance to snag a few before they are gone.

Serving type: bottle

02-07-2014 15:36:21 | More by robieobie1
Tröegs Troegenator Double Bock (Bourbon Barrel Aged) from Tröegs Brewing Company
92 out of 100 based on 77 ratings.