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Tröegs Troegenator Double Bock - Tröegs Brewing Company

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2,768 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,768
Reviews: 1,059
rAvg: 3.93
pDev: 11.7%
Wants: 108
Gots: 406 | FT: 5
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Tröegs Brewing Company visit their website
Pennsylvania, United States

Style | ABV
Doppelbock |  8.20% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 02-12-2003

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Photo of jhammel01
4.08/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a deep ruby red with an off white, almost khaki colored head. Head does not retain but does lace plenty.

Smells of dark fruits, some fresh bread, caramel and very faint subtle hops.

The flavor of the beer is very well balanced. unsweetened cocoa, caramel, malt, roasted walnut and some breadiness in its full flavored finish.

Medium carbonated, not too overpowering with a little bit of an alcholic burn.

I can see why its one of Troeg's flagships. This a good beer that is always a good bang for your buck.

Photo of billab914
4.03/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into my Dogfish shaped pint glass. Poured a clear deep amber brown color with an off white head filling 1/3 of the glass. Decent head retention and very good lacing as I drank it.

The aroma has a malty and caramely flavor to it with some nice cocoa and chocolate coming through a bit as well. Moderately sweet and bready. Very flavorful and appealing aroma to it.

The taste shows a lot of caramel flavors with some nuttiness and cocoa flavors to it as well. Like the nose it's on the sweeter side and bready. The finish has some bitterness to it to help it from becoming too sweet. All the flavors work excellently together and it's very delicious overall.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied with a little below average carbonation. Drinkability is very good, it's an excellent beer overall. It's very flavorful and well balanced for the style. It doesn't feel like a big beer either and went down remarkably smooth. Very good overall.

Photo of zeff80
3.97/5  rDev +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.

Photo of brianjay
3.8/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From the 22oz bottle and into the old pint glass. I decided not to get fancy with the glassware on this one.

Dark amber body with some crimson hues. The head is light, full of air. It goes down into a weak ring of foam.

The most important part, the taste: Up front there is a nice, full, robust nuttiness. Roasted nuts may be a stretch, but it is the first thing that comes to mind. As the sip is finished, there is the flavor of fermented grapes or berries, sour on the finish of the finish.

Despite it's high ABV and its style as a double bock, this one is not overpowering or too complex. The different flavors balance each other out, making this one frighteningly easy to drink.

Photo of bigfnjoe
3.99/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

A- pours a very dark red, nearly brown. Very slight paper thin white head that fades very quickly. Lacing sticks around the top of the beer. Color is nice, but the head was very disappointing

S- strong hoppiness.. slight alcohol odor, but its nice. Caramel breadiness. Smells divine.

T- oh man, I'm going to have some trouble placing the flavors on this one...mostly a slightly bitter caramel. The alcohol doesn't hide either. Its...very complex.

M- its got a nice thickness to it. Very bready. Not syrupy at all.

D- the alcohol taste puts me off a little, as does the complexity...but its not a bad beer. Good example of the style

Photo of thekevlarkid
4.1/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Out of a bomber bottle this beer was a perfectly clear, ruby-red color with lots of rising carbonation and three fingers of tan head that quickly fell back to a one-finger layer. The retention was so-so overall and left small spots of lacing. The aroma was a malty blend of raisins, caramel, toffee, alcohol, currants and hint of sourness. The flavors were similar minus the sour element and plus some wood, nuts and some light toasted malt. The raisins really came through in the middle and though it was surprisingly (dangerously!) drinkable for 8.2% the alcohol heat did really come through towards the end. As it warmed up I also picked up some semi-sweet chocolate. Rich and maltastic, this one really coated my tongue. The mouthfeel was average, the body full and the carbonation good too.

Photo of russwaddell
3.75/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Intense double bock. It reminds me of three cans of lager concentrated into a single bottle.

Deep copper color. Darker than I was expecting. The appearance telegraphs the taste and mouthfeel, which I like. The total package is very coherent. Thick, tight off-white head.

Really malty smell. Intense. Sweet. Maybe a slight hint of smokiness.

Tastes like it smells, think, sweet and malty.

There's a lot there to the feel. Take it slow and chew it back. I suppose I'm more used to bocks than double bocks, so maybe this is just typically rather than outstanding, but it sure is full bodied for a lager.

Drinkability is good for what it is. I wouldn't want this after a long run, an afternoon of yardwork, or a barbeque in the dog days of summer. On the other hand, I'd say it's a good warm-weather dessert beer drunk cold and out of a goblet.

Photo of mothman
3.95/5  rDev +0.5%
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.

Photo of thetomG
3.8/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Deep amber color with a small amount of white head. Aroma primarily consists of sweet malts. Flavor is similar, but more intense with some slight spices and maybe molasses coming through. Mouthfeel is OK, but I think I wold prefer a bit more carbonation. The sweetness makes this one a bit tough for me to drink, but considering the high ABV is is pretty drinkable.

I'd drink this again, but probably wouldn't go too far out of my way for it.

Photo of jporf911
4.08/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle, bottled May 24th, 2010.

Appearance- Somewhat transparent cherry-brown. Decent off-white head that fizzles away to leave a bit of lacing. With the initial release of bubbles, it's a spitting image of Coca Cola.

Smell- The smell is malty and slightly sweet, very reminiscent of molasses. Hints of dark fruit and hops.

Taste- An intriguing mixture that starts with sweet molasses, vanilla and raisin, and finishes with slightly spicy, bitter hops.

Mouthfeel- Medium-bodied, noticeable but not overpowering carbonation, tingly feeling that spreads from the mouth down the throat.

Drinkability- Although it isn't a typical Bock, Troegenator's Double Bock is delicious enough to drink a few of. Just be careful if you make a session of it because of the 8.2% abv

Photo of jmerloni
4.15/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Dark walnut brown color that is mostly translucent. Head is moderate and caramel-white colored, creamy. Drops quick but retains for a long while after that. Decent lacing. Very still looking and unwavering. Is there confectionary sugar floating on the top??

S - Roasted vanilla bean, dark cherry, molasses malt. VERY molassesy - I am positive that this malt aroma is molasses. Almost no hop aroma.

T - Tastes ENTIRELY like Ben and Jerry's Cherry Garcia. Wow! That's delicious. Wow, that's actually so precise. Molasses malt as smelled. This is delicious. Slight bitter hop aftertaste. Very nice.

M - Pretty whole. Fore taste is very different from the aftertaste and the flavors are more supplementary than complimentary. It is interesting though.

D - Pretty drinkable. This is a very interesting tasting beer and Troegs's crafting decisions with this are clearly very bold. This is not an ordinary Doppelbock. Tastes a lot like Founders' Curmudgeon if Founders had more modesty with that brew (God love them - they are great - but I think they could have done better with that brew). You come to expect great things from Troegs - this is what they do time after time - and this is another great brew that I hope I will have the chance to enjoy again sometime soon. Solid.

Photo of livewire78
4.37/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a dark brown. Head is next to none. Lacing is minimal. Some ruby hues. Looks pretty.

Smells of dark fruits. Plums, raisins, toffee, a hint of chocolate.

Malty the whole way through. Biterness is minimal. Toffee and chocolate. Tastes great.
Finishes sweet and with the chocolate coming through at the end.

Finish is extremely smooth. No bitterness to speak of. Carbonation is just enough for my taste.

One of the go to beers. Alcohol prevents sessioning but overall a very good beer.

Photo of curasowa
3.9/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a rich mahogany color with 1 finger of head that fades to a thin cap with no lacing. Big malt aroma greets the nose, with lots of toasted and molasses notes mixing. The taste follows the aroma, with a big, toasted, malty body. This beer is all malt, with just a hint of piney hops on the way out before a very astringent finish. Body is full, and I would rate drinkability as very good, but I'm partial to the style. Overall a very tasty DB that hides it's 8.2% ABV very well.

Photo of Bouleboubier
4.25/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottle date 3/2010.

Glowing garnet and still, this beer earns points for its shine but falls short of perfection in complexion mainly due to its style - it's not the bock's fault - in other words: dead head.

Rich fruity aroma - I dare say nearly medicinally syrupy. However they managed to produce it, though, it IS rather sensuous - a mix of cherry and grape with a hint of spice and alcohol. A bit like a cough drop....sounds like I'm trashing it a little, but it's there, though. Thankfully it develops away from medicinal more toward cordial.

That "cough drop" element makes a direct hit in the flavor, followed by a flash of bitter, finishing sweet and moderately malty. The mellow and soothing warmth of alcohol flares up momentarily in the aftermath, and fades out.

I may be exaggerating the "cough drop" tip a bit, but I'm calling it like I see it. This is a pretty damn fine beer, nonetheless. A great take on the style. I will be abusing a sixer at some point in the future.

Photo of yeahnatenelson
3.62/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance -- Pours a deep cherry wood color, great clarity, with two fingers of sudsy tan head that fades to nearly nothing.

Smell -- Very aromatic. Dark fruit, molasses, caramel, spice, earthy hops.

Taste -- Very sweet and fruity: prunes, raisins, molasses, and some tart apple. Spice and earthy hop bitterness round out the finish.

Mouthfeel -- Full-bodied, slick, viscous, low prickly carbonation.

Drinkability -- Thought it was a bit heavy and under-carbonated. Given the deep red hue I was expecting more roast character, but to no avail. Not great, but certainly not bad.

Photo of MikeBrandman
4.07/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours into a Sam Adams Perfect Pint glass a deep rich brown body. Slight ruby hues. No visible carbonation, lacing, sediment, or head for the matter. What little trim of head there was was a dark mocha brown as well.

S - Strong smell from right after popping the cap off. Immediate dark fruits like prunes and cherries. Alcoholic warmth to the smell. No hops in the nose. Very inviting and even sensually spicy smell. Slight alcohol taste, but overall pretty well managed.

T - Big malty kick. Fruity esters are there again. Definitely a rich brew. Cherry sweetness and grape bite. Slightly spicy, but not quite hoppy bitterness. Reminds me of an Oktoberfest for some reason (Maibock to dobbelbock comparison?). Overall, a great flavor, but might be too strong to drink for a session.

MF - Full bodied. I can see why the description of the style says it's almost a meal. The thickest lager I've ever came across. Although it compliments the taste well, I think the combination of the big taste and big mouthfeel makes this beer feel a little to big to enjoy.

D - As I said, combination of the overthetop taste and mouthfeel make it hard to have more than one or two in a sitting. I guess that's what 8.2% will do.

Photo of levifunk
3.8/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

22 oz bomber split with another BA. poured into lost abbey sampling glasses.

a - redish brown color.
s - dark fruit. quite sweet. reminds me of an old ale.
t - apples, prunes. very sweet and fruity.
m - med-heavy thickness. lower carbonation than I would have liked.
o - simple beer. not too much going on, although the taste good.

Photo of kwjd
4/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a very dark amber, almost brown colour. Started out with a thick white head, but that dissipated without too much lacing. Smells very fruity, almost like prunes or raisins. Taste has the fruitiness, with a grainy roasted malt flavour. I think I'm getting some nuttiness too. There is a little bit of bitterness, but not too much. Very smooth carbonation.

Photo of biggred1
3.97/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear, dark amber with a creamy tan head that quickly burns off into a thin cap, a bit light looking for the style. Sweet, roasty malt, chocolate and some dark fruit make up the nose. Rich and toasty malt flavors are nicely balanced with spicy noble hop bittering. The alcohol is really well hidden. Medium bodied with bright carbonation. A dangerously drinkable 8+ ABV dopplebock.

Photo of Zekezilla
3.95/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I tried this in a bottle recently and just had it on draft. I'm rating the draft version because it was just a little better but not much difference. Right before I tried the bottled version I tried a very expensive (and German) beer of the same style. I was impressed that this beer really held its own. It has a slightly thick dark brown/reddish color and a slightly viscous feel. Dark fruit and malt comes through, very little hop presence. I can't wait to revisit this one in cold weather.

Photo of stakem
4/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz brown bottle into a pint, no indication of freshness but it was recently purchased in the tasting room so no worries about quality/shelf life.

Troegenator appears a clear dark amber color with a thin lace of tanned bubbles across the top for a head. Faint rising bubbles of carbonation rise to the surface and collect around the inside perimeter of the glass and appear with a color that is slightly stained yellow. Aroma of this beer is pretty much dominated by the scent of malt leaning towards being a bit like dark caramel or a bit like molasses, only a faint trace of hops is present and the slightest touch of butter. Taste is malty sweet with flavors of caramel, slight molasses, and just a bit of buttery tones with a minor hop bitterness and nice alcohol warmth. Medium feel with a modest amount of carbonation and a increasing amount of alcohol character as the beer warms. Once Troegenator warms, it displays a greater depth of the malt profile with flavors that are at times a bit nutty. Overall pretty good.

Photo of Naugros
3.95/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Dark amber to copper in color with an orange glow. Only about a finger of off-white head, no lace to speak of.

In the smell, the caramel is up front with some banana esters. This smells like it's going to be sweet.

Yes, this is sweet. What was smelt in the nose is dealt on the tongue. Tastes like caramelized bananas at the tip of the tongue with a little pipe tobacco sweetness a little further back. There's a faint bitter twang in the wash that lets you know that they did indeed use hops in the brewing, otherwise the hops are very understated as is common with this style.

Medium body. The sweetness makes it seem a bit syrupy until you ignore the taste and concentrate on just how it feels in your mouth. However, it does linger on the lips.

After not being that fond of Victory's St. Victorious, I've come to the conclusion that I'm just that big a fan of this style and rarely seek out another bock after finishing one. Knowing that this is a personal preference, I rated it against my impression of St. Victorious when it came to "drinkability" to be fair.

Photo of DmanGTR
4.32/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Bottle with a bottled on date of 11/13/06. Wow 3.5 years on this baby! Here goes!

A - Faint hiss of the popped cap indicates there's still carbonation. Poured a rich cherry brown, burnt sienna in the light. Beige 3/4" head that faded shortly into a thin ring. 4.0

S - Doppelbock meets old ale. Rich caramel malts and raisins with a light hint of figs. It lacks the sharpness of a fresh bottle, which I think is a good thing in this case. Mildest hint of carob. 4.5

T - Wonderfully smooth. Very much like the aroma but there is a somewhat bittersweet finish. Raisins and caramel all over the palate. Mild cocoa roastiness as well. Is there a tiny bit of sherry as well? This has aged wonderfully. Touch of warmth in the finish. 4.0

M - Medium bodied and still well carbonated. Very smooth and sweet. 4.0

D - Excellent. It was aged into an awesome drinker. I cannot find fault in this aspect. 5.0

The main difference between the aged version and the fresh version is the aroma and taste. The aged version is much more raisiny and is starting to show signs of oxidation from the flavors of figs and slight sherry. I'm glad I found this bottle. Delicious. I recommend buying a few of these and tasting them as the years pass.

Photo of RedBrewer83
3.4/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into tulip...

A: Pours a light amber body that is relatively clear, and a thick three finger head rose but fell quickly leaving minimal lacing.

S: Bready caramel malt, dried figs, faint grassy hop profile.

T: Heavy caramel malt with added dried fruit and faint bitter hops on the finish. No roasted malt character at all and not as complex as most doppels...

M: Medium body with crisp carbonation, clean and dry finish, booze is well hidden. Very clean for a doppel.

D: Very drinkable for the style, despite not reflecting the style very well IMO. Overall, a fun beer to try, but not overly impressed and certainly doesn't compare to the true doppels of Germany.

Photo of Kelly88
3.93/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance is a dark Amber color with a thin head

Smell is of sweet malts and maybe prunes or other dried fruit...

Taste is fruity with a very subtle hop presence at the very end.

This beer has a very great mouthfeel. Smooth as silk with just the right amount of carbonation.

Overall a great beer that hides its high abv with silky smooth flavors. Not a beer that will blow you away, but a beer that does a great job of representing the style

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Tröegs Troegenator Double Bock from Tröegs Brewing Company
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