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Tröegs Troegenator Double Bock | Tröegs Brewing Company

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Brewed by:
Tröegs Brewing Company
Pennsylvania, United States | website

Style: Doppelbock

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.20%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by BeerAdvocate on 02-12-2003

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Photo of Sammy
4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Light reddish colour, good suitable hops, creamy easy drink. Well malted including chocolate malt, carmel. Damn good for the style. Well carbonated. Bit of yeast, toast. Light spiciness and orange mid-sip. Light bitter finish. Unique, I like this brewery.

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Photo of GRG1313
2.87/5  rDev -26.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Pours a deep clear copper with an orange/light brown thick head that quickly fades.

Nose is pure ripe banana with undertones of light coffee and carmel as it warms.

Mouthfeel is thin and watery, although Flavors are assertive but simple. Nicely balanced bitter and malt but simplicity of light coffee, light roasted grain and a short finish (although with a bit of bitter light espresso) make other doublebocks a better choice.

This is not a "bad" beer. It simply is nothing special and not all that food friendly or drinkable. However, bottle has a cool label, I'll give it that!

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Photo of StonedTrippin
4.05/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

tis the season now for this monster. one of the better bocks in the game i think, and truly a genre defining beer for many and rightfully so. this is big sticky brown with a tanned head on it that doesnt budge. its enormously viscous with notes of molasses and dark dried fruit being the dominant aromas. chocolate malt may be in there up front in the flavor, its dry before its sweet. but when it gets sweet it gets real sweet, maple and brown sugar and sticky bread pudding all come from rich darker german malts. the finish is long and just a little hot. a pint or a bottle of this is an interesting proposition. one has you stoked and feeling amazing. enough to make you want another. then it gets you buzzed and too mellow to know your full and well on the way to drunkenness. a third is night night for many, time to get weird for others, but if you are having a fourth in one session, you will inevitably exhibit your inebriation in an unflattering way. just the way it is with this seasonal staple.

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Photo of metter98
3.63/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: The beer is very clear dark amber in color and poured with a finger high white head that quickly dissipated into a thin film of bubbles covering the surface. A light amount of carbonation is visible from the rising bubbles.
S: The nose is rather malty and is filled with aromas of dark fruits such as plums and raisins.
T: Like the smell, the taste is also very malty with a mild amount of sweetness and also has flavors of grapes.
M: It feels medium- to full-bodied, very rich and viscous on the palate with just a little bit of carbonation. There are some warming sensations from the alcohol.
D: The beer isn't that difficult to sip (the alcohol is well masked) but there's no way that I could have more than one of these in a single sitting given its high alcohol content.

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Photo of Knapp85
4.2/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This was probably one of the first Doppelbock's I'd ever had. I didn;t know too much about them or what they were. What I quickly founf out though was how great this one tasted. I found this beer to be very nice from start to finish. The pour was a deep mohagany brown color with a nice looking tan head. The retention was pretty good through out. The smell is sweet with dark malts and some fruits in there along with a touch of hops. The flavors of the beer are pretty intense. The first thing you get is the sweetness of the malts and perhaps some brown sugar. The second thing I get are the roasted malts with some hops tingling my tongue. The aftetaste is try with some subtle sweet flavors still lurking in there. The mouthfeel is very drinkable I think. It makes this brew a little dangerous because of it's high ABV. However, it's a really nice brew one of the best from Tröegs without a doubt.

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Photo of brentk56
4.03/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a slightly hazy burnt sienna color with a thick and sturdy head that leaves some lacing

Smell: Bready, with roasted malt and dried dark fruits on the nose; plenty of caramel with an undertone of cherry

Taste: Sweet and malty, up front, with caramel and fig flavors predominant; the sweetness lingers throughout, though there is some hoppy bitterness in the mix as well

Mouthfeel: Creamy and full-bodied, with moderate, but prickly carbonation

Drinkability: Although it is not a match to its best German counterparts, this is nevertheless a very drinkable brew; in fact you can drink this more readily than a German as it is less of a sipping beer

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Photo of largadeer
3.65/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Dark but clear reddish-amber. A dense one finger head forms, but reduces to a ring somewhat fast.

Smell: Malt-forward and fruity (dates and figs), almost has a melted brown sugar over oatmeal sort of smell to it.

Taste & mouthfeel: Sweet and fruity with a lot of date and raisin flavor. I'd like a bit more roastiness to balance the sweetness of the malt, but this is nice all the same. The texture is medium-full, definitely thick for the style. The finish is sweet but brief, and ultimately clean. Very little bitterness throughout.

Notes: Got this from Dyan - thanks dogg.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
3.7/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle (Courtesy of Adrian910ss): Poured a clear dark brown color beer with a small brown foamy head with minimal retention. Aroma of sweet malt with some dry figs and plums is very enjoyable. Taste is very sweet with good caramel malt and some dry figs and plums. I thought this was closer to a BW then a doppelbock though; I could not detect any of the banana or cloves characteristics that I usually associate with the style. Body is about average with medium carbonation and alcohol is well hidden.

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Photo of Thorpe429
3.65/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes.

Pours a moderate brown color bordering on chestnut with a nice off white head. However, not much lacing at all as it goes down the side of my pilsner glass. The nose brings some lighter amounts of dark fruits as well as caramel and toffee. The flavor is mainly dominated by a bit of caramel and some bread. Medium mouthfeel with good carbonation and a bit of booze. Drinks quite well.

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Photo of emerge077
4.15/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle courtesy of PEBKAC, thanks!

Poured into a cylinder stange glass. A frothy head caps off a high clarity reddish amber body. Sticky webs of lace work their way around the edge.

Dried fruit with nuts and caramel in the aroma. Pretty damn nice! Not too sweet, just about right. A touch of alcohol is noticeable when the glass is swirled.

Taste is dominated by malty toffee and caramel flavors, subtle fruit in the first few sips. A slightly dry, warming finish. Fuller bodied, very smooth. Hard to slow down and sip when it's so drinkable. Reminds me a little of Autumnal Fire from Capital in WI.

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Photo of zeff80
3.97/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to drfabulous for sharing this one.
A - Poured out a clear, amber color with a small, one-finger head of tan foam. Very good retention and some thin rings of lace.

S - It smelled of caramel, sweet malts and some floral notes.

T - Sweet and nicely done dopplebock. Caramel and sweet breads with a malty backbone. A slight boozy, alcohol flavor, too.

M - It was crisp, sharp and smooth. A medium bodied beer with some alcohol heat.

D - This is a very tasty dopplebock. I'm glad I got to try this one.

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Photo of oberon
3.55/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a deep copper/amber color with a light but sticky head,the a aroma is bready and malty not much sweetness in the nose.The tasteTaste is very bready and not really sweet for the style some lingering caramel notes but not much,the ending is rather dry and hoppy for a doppell.Not bad but not sweet enough for me.

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Photo of oline73
3.9/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Served in a standard pint glass at a hotel bar waiting for my brothers bachelor party to start.

Appearance: the beer pours a clear mahogany color with a half finger of light tan head that fades to a ring around the glass.

Smell: sweet and malty with some dark fruit and cherries. I'm getting some brown sugar and molasses notes.

Taste: lots of bready malt with some caramel malt, cherries, and dark fruit notes. Sweetness dominates, but there is enough bitterness to balance things out. Just a bit nutty. The finish is bready and slightly malty.

Mouthfeel: the body is on the syrupy side with tingly carbonation and a dry finish.

Overall: a nice bock to warm you on a cold day. I'd have more.

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Photo of jlindros
3.7/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: A fluffy pillowy head rises up 2 fingers and fades at a medium pace. It's a crystal clear toasty orange color with hints of ruby red.

N: Dark malts, sweet syrupy aromas, toasty malts, some lager aromas, and a little plum fruit. The sweetness adds a touch of brown sugar, molasses, and a little boozy aroma.

T: Starts with a lot of dark wheat, chewy malts, dark malts, and a nice lager flavor. It's pretty sweet as well with a heavy syrupy sweetness, some brown sugar, molasses, and heavy malty sweetness. Some toasty malts with all that and definite lager yeast flavor. It also has some fruity flavors and touch of spice. All that comes with a hint of boozy taste and warmth.

M: Medium thickness, pretty syrupy, and decent carbonation.

F: Still pretty sweet with lingering syrupy sweetness, some toasty malts, and the lager yeast flavor. It gets some bitterness on the finish as well, which seems more to come from the yeast and malts than hops, but there are some light hops in there. I get a slight metallic taste from the lager yeast as well. More dark wheat flavors lingering as well. There's also a heavy sticky sweetness that lingers for a while and makes you smack your mouth quite a bit.

Overall a decent doppelbock, but not quite what I was hoping from Troegs. It's way too sweet, not enough dark wheat and toasty malt flavors, and a slight bad lager aftertaste. However, its still a solid beer.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.49/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Gorgeously glowing titian, heavy on the orange-red portion of the color spectrum. The beer looks for all the world like a DIPA and is one of the lightest doppels that you'll see. The DIPA comparison even extends to the head, an orangish ecru affair that is heavily creamy, nicely tacky and deposits chunks and sheets of lace all over the upper portion of the glass.

The nose is a disappointment because none of the usual doppelbock aromas are present. In fact, I'm finding it hard to appreciate much, even when I get my nose within dipping distance of the beer. What I do smell is more like a maibock than a doppel: blond malt with a smattering of earthy, slightly spicy hops. Chocolate malt is in use, but you'd never be able to prove it by me.

The flavor is somewhere between the extremes of appearance and aroma in terms of quality, but I'll be damned if Troegenator isn't a dead ringer for a maibock/helles bock. What was a sneaking suspicion in the nose is a dead cert on the palate. The blond malt backbone is decently sturdy, though the whole 'meal in a bottle' thing doesn't really apply in this case.

Good use of hops (Hallertau for those keeping score) with a fair amount of bitterness that is able to cut what could have been an overdone malty sweetness. The beer is a little fruity as well, but there's no hint of chocolate, coffee, etc. that could be attributed to roasted malt. The finish is a gradual lessening of what came before and adds nothing of interest.

The body/mouthfeel is a high point, though not as lofty as the appearance. It's medium-full with a lithe smoothness that I'm enjoying a great deal. A restrained amount of carbonation only adds to its likeability. No trace of the 8.2% ABV can be found.

Troegenator Double Bock (like Boston Beer Company, Troegs insists on using the Anglicized version of the name) isn't much of a doppelbock, but is a pretty fair maibock. Worth a look.

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Photo of mikesgroove
3/5  rDev -22.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This one has been sitting around in my fridge for a good long while,
again waiting for the day that I would choose it. Tonight just felt like
I needed to finally give this one a try. I will admit, initially I was
not a fan of the Dopplebock, and have had a a few misses with this style
already. The last couple I had tried had really kinda brought it back to
me and allowed me to sort of really get this style so to speak. So I
pulled this old man on the bottle out of the fridge and told him it was
his night and decided to go ahead and go for it. Now on to see what kind
of damage this one will cause on a rainy summer night. On a side note, it has now stopped raining so I guess it was enjoyed on a steamy summer night...

Poured into a pint glass with relative ease. No head whatsoever even from the beginning. A thin film of lace was present around the top of the glass, but even that faded rather unremarkably and left behin just some token light clingy lace along the sides of the glass. The tone was very nice. I would have to describe it as a rich cherry oak, or mahogany color. A very rich brown with a touch of red to it. Great color on this. Very clear to. For such a rich tone I would have thought that it would have had to be a bit more hazy then it actually was. It was damn crystal clear. Lots of visible carbonation. Chains of bubbles rippling to the surface from the bottom of the glass throughout the session. Other then the color, this had a simply average appearence to it, nothing truly spectacular.

Moving onto the nose on this one. It left me rather underwhelmed would be a polite way of saying it. Just too light for me. What was there was slightly oakey in nature. A slight note of a hope presence was also detected, but was really nothing extrordinary or stood out much. Maybe a note or two of sugary tones and a definate earthy feel. Some burnt wood or roasted barley percolated through at the end, but overall it just came off as a bit light to me. Hopefully the flavor will leave a better and more lasting impression on me.

First sip left me hanging a bit, really. It just felt too thin, not enough life to it and nowhere near strong enough in the profile. What really shocked me was that this was over 8% ABV. I really could not setect that anywhere, I would swear this was floating down in the 4-5% range, not a touch of alcohol could even be detected. The flavors were also somewhat muted. I think part of this may have been due to the watered down nature of both the flavor and the feel. Just felt real thin and light to me. It did have a some detectable notes were found. Lots of earthy hop top flavors in the finish, but even that left it feeling a bit slick. Flavors of burnt wood, and roasted barly were again detected. I really wish it would have been thicker or more robust then it was I just didnt pick any of that up at all. Just seemed too watered down and bland for me.

Overall this one just really underwhelmed me. It lacked the certain something that makes it stand out above the rest. I actually prefered a local Dopplebock, which has scored much lower then this, to be much more appetizing. Maybe it was me it just did not impress at all. I would say it sessionable only because it was so light and the alcohol really did not show through. Will have to try some of the other in the category, to see how it holds up, or maybe I just got a bad batch. Will try one again if it comes my way to make sure. One thing I will give it however was it was definatly not heavy and well suited for a warm summer night!

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.33/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A crystal-clear reddish-amber body lies beneath a creamy light tan head that both holds well and leaves nice lace throughout the glass. Some alcohol is noteable in the aroma, but it adds rather than detracts; mingling with a gently toasty maltiness and light floral hoppiness. It's medium/full body is enhanced by a very fine, median carbonation that gives it a touch of crispness on the tongue before releasing its gasses and becoming creamy-smooth. The flavor is quite bold with a rich, bready and toasty malt. It doesn't have the lightly chocolatey character that some doppelbocks have, but it does contain a mild fruitiness. Floral and spicy hops balance with both flavor and a gently restrained bitterness. Again, the alcohol is present but not overwhelming, and helps to dry the finish and leaves a touch of spiciness at the back of the mouth. An interesting take on the style with more fruitiness and floral hop flavor coming through than many darker & malt-laden versions exhibit. In fact, it's very much like and "XL" helles bock! Quite enjoyable; and probably too drinkable considering its strength! Well worth trying!

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Photo of womencantsail
3.83/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to mikesgroove for sending me this one.

A: This pours a dark caramel color with lots of hints of brown and some red. A nice fluffy white head sits on top.

S: A lot of sweet smells coming from this beer. I picked up a bunch of sugar and malty sweetness. Perhaps some dark fruit aromas. Not really much contrast here.

T: The taste is a bit more impressive than the nose. A big punch of caramel, accompanied by brown sugar and dark fruits. A bit of breadiness helps to even out the sweetness.

M: A low carbonation gives a smooth, slick mouthfeel.

D: I'm not the biggest fan of bocks, but this one was fairly good. I had no problem taking this one down, so I'd have to say it has high drinkability.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.15/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Acquired via trade from SilentSabre, so a big "Thank you" goes out to him for the opportunity to try this beer. Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a pilsner glass.

A: The beer is a deep amber color, with a decent-sized foamy off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of caramelized malt, dark fruit and a little bit of hops.

T: The taste is rich and malty with flavors of dark fruit (raisins & raspberries), caramel and some hops. The After-taste is slightly sweet and fruity.

M: Very smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, very clean finish.

D: Tasty, easy-to-drink, very well-hidden ABV, but slightly filling, this is a beer that is worth staying with for an evening.

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Photo of Rifugium
3.33/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

First had: on tap at Tavern 17, Philly, PA

Poured into a pint glass a hazy chestnut brown with a small, creamy, white head. Aroma was pretty weak, but roasty malts abound for the most part. Toasted bread and malts in the taste, dry and grainy, with hints of raisin and apple skin. Pretty strong alcohol sensation. Medium mouthfeel, and fairly drinkable, but only if it's my only option.

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Photo of TMoney2591
3.87/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served in a Dogfish Head shaped pint glass.

Thanks to Tedwarhc for this bottle!

I miss having ready access to this stuff whenever the mood struck me to grab some. Oh well, that's what trading's for, right? It pours a clear dark garnet-russet topped by a relatively short-lived finger of dirty sandstone foam. The nose comprises caramel, figs, red grapes, toffee, butter, light cinnamon, and light rye bread. The taste seems to want to follow this directive, but a sharp nip of orange peel and astringent (though kinda light) coffee detract somewhat from the otherwise pleasant flavors. It's not enough to completely torpedo the proceedings, but enough to be negatively noticeable. The body is a light-ish medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a smooth, lightly grainy feel. Overall, though a teensy bit thin and that touch bitterly unpleasant on the tongue, this is still a very solid d-bock. Generally good times.

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Photo of superspak
3.98/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 ounce bottle into tulip glass, bottled 2/9/2012. Pours slightly hazy reddish brown color, with a nice 2 finger dense khaki head with nice retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Some spotty lacing on the glass, with a fair amount of carbonation streaming up. Aromas of caramel, molasses, biscuit, raisin, plum, banana, light chocolate, herbal hops, and a touch of alcohol. Some pretty nice aromas with good strength and balance. Taste of caramel, biscuit, molasses, chocolate, raisin, banana, toffee, nuttiness, herbal hops, and light spiciness. Lingering notes of raisin, caramel, molasses, biscuit, chocolate, and herbal hops on the finish for a good bit. Great flavor complexity and balance. Nice maltiness that is not cloying at all. Medium carbonation and body; with a very nice creamy, chewy, and slightly slick mouthfeel. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a small warming after the finish noticed. Quite smooth to drink, but is still a sipper. Overall this is a damn nice doppelbock. Nice flavor complexity and balance; and very enjoyable.

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Photo of Slatetank
4.38/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I had this on tap at Charlie Brown's in Harrisburg the day before Easter-Thanks Grandma!
Served chilled in a standard pint glass

A - Deep bronze almost burgundy w/ a 1/2 inch medium whipped tan head. The cap falls to a film, the beer has good clarity and thick lace adheres

S - Mild roasted malt, dates and dark bread w/ walnuts and mild woodiness of hops makes the aroma inviting and balanced

M- A mix of caramel, toast and spice textures w/ an appropriate moderate carbonation level. The maltiness is full and the feel is round but the db finishes dry and clean

T - A great malt flavor-toffee, and dates like in the aroma w/ a spicy herbal hop flavor and almond like sweet taste. The malt is full w/ dry notes of fresh raisin and mild pepper. The taste has plenty of dark toast flavor w/ mildly woody and slight caramel type sweetness

D - I must admit this is one of my favorite db's and it doesn't dissapoint on tap w/ an all around great drinkability for such a big beer. very spicy for the style, but suits me fine and went well with my chipotle chicken pita and sweet potato fries

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Photo of russpowell
4.59/5  rDev +18%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Cheers to GnomeKing for this, enjoyed in a Andechs glass

Pours caramel/ruby red with a rocky 4 fingers deep sand colred head. Some lacing & head retention

S: Semi-intense breadyness, pepper

T: Breadyness, caramel & slight warming alcohol. Roasted grain & some chocolate notes follows. Brown sugar & hints of cinamon also surface. Finishes warming, bready & yummy!

MF: Chewy with low carbonation & great balance

Drinks very easy for the abv. Lack some style points on asthetics, but a really nice dopplebock, if I could get this all the time it would be in the rotation to be sure!

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Photo of mothman
3.95/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Got this as an extra but I can't remember from who. Sorry.

Poured into Sam Adams sensory glass.

Pours a bit over a finger of dark khaki head. Fades down a bit, with decent retention. Leaves a few rings. Color is a dark copper brown.

Aroma: Sweet, rich, and malty. Some dark dried fruits. Cherries show the most. Also get some caramel malts. Also has a hint of tobacco.

Taste: Again, rich and malty with a bit of sweetness. Dark dried fruits. Cherries and raisins. Caramel and some sweet toffee flavors. Again, I get a subtle tobacco flavor. Big and malty.

Moutfeel: Sweet and creamy. Medium bodied with a good amount of carbonation. Ends really malty with a touch of alcohol showing.

Overall, a decent doppelbock. Fairly easy to drinking. Big and malty with some rich flavors which is good for the style. Glad I got a chance to try this one.

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Tröegs Troegenator Double Bock from Tröegs Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 1,092 ratings.