Troegenator - Bourbon Barrel-Aged
Tröegs Brewing Company

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German Doppelbock
Ranked #5
Ranked #2,372
4.18 | pDev: 9.09%
Tröegs Brewing Company
Pennsylvania, United States
Troegenator - Bourbon Barrel-AgedTroegenator - Bourbon Barrel-Aged
Notes: 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.
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Photo of ryan1788a5
4.18/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12.7oz bottle poured into a snifter.

A: Deep ruby color with some brown hues. Tan head is short-lived. No real lacing to speak of.

S: Sweet malt aromas greet the nose initially. Portuguese sweet bread, toasted crust, treacle, caramel. Soft oak and sweet bourbon meld pretty seamlessly into all that.

T: Follows the nose. A sweet, malty richness is pervasive. Sweet bread, toast, treacle, caramel. Bit of spicy hop bitterness, quickly. Sweet and corny bourbon camouflages itself inside all the malt. Toasty oak and a bit of peppery bourbon spice ride long on the finish.

M: Hefty, Full, weighty, and coating. Chewy and rich. Firm but gentle carbonation prickles a bit. Slight alcohol warmth. Rib sticking, sustaining feel.

O: Troegenator is just such an obvious choice for the bourbon barrel treatment. I like BBA Imperial Stouts as much as the next guy, but beers like this or a good scotch ale or barleywine just fit better. The rich, sweet and easy malt flavors meld seamlessly with the bourbon, rather than competing with it by bringing some big roasty dimension. It just makes for a more harmonious marriage. This is good, easy drinking for such a big beer. It just feels uncomplicated and straightforward, while still being well polished and delivering a huge amount of flavor and body. One of the more hedonistic bourbon barrel aged beers you’ll find.

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Photo of stortore
4.08/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

375 ml bottle into a pilsner glass. 2018 edition, had 1/31/20.

Pours a medium brown, fairly reddish in the light, cloudy, with a two and a half inch foamy head with good retention and a good amount of foamy lacing. Active carbonation. Aromas of bourbon, caramel, malt, tobacco, some oak. Flavors of bourbon, lighter malt, caramel, some chocolate, some oak, light vanilla and tobacco. Smooth, a very good but lighter feeling medium body, well carbonated.

Great barrels, great aroma, the flavor is very good but feels like it could use more malt. Enjoyable.

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Photo of Lone_Freighter
4.22/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2018 bottle. I believe I sat on this long enough and with some break up of the current weather here in Vermont, a bock with some bourbon strength seems like it could do the trick for late Winter.
This was poured into a stemmed lager glass.
The appearance brushed a dark amber to ruddy brown rusty color with a quickly dissipating foamy to bubbly head. Barely any lace.
The aroma had a wonderful blend of sweet red cherries, raisins, dark bread/toast, clean caramel/toffee malt tones, vanilla, light chocolate powder, sweet oak, a whiff of vanilla and some coconut.
The flavor leaned towards the sweet end roaming through the dark fruits, vanilla and chocolate powder with bready flavored caramel tones. Lean aftertaste of bready induced caramel oaky spice edge, light barrel.
The mouthfeel was about medium bodied with a fair sipping quality about it. Some bourbon heat does appear making this a sipper. Carbonation felt fine. Some smoothness but quaint. Finishes with some sticky malty tones but nothing burdensome.
Overall, I'd say the "Troeganator" is there despite the barrel poking its head out for added complexity. It's mostly balanced and I believe I opened this up at the right time, I think.

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Photo of metter98
4.05/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A: The beer is hazy dark brown in color. It poured with no head whatsoever.
S: Moderate to strong aromas of bourbon are present in the nose along with hints of vanilla.
T: The taste follows the smell and has moderately to strong flavors of bourbon from the barrel aging.
M: It feels medium-bodied on the palate and has a low amount of carbonation.
O: I liked the smell and taste of bourbon in this beer but it completely overpowered the underlying beer.

Serving type: bottle

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Photo of Apellonious
4.3/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12.7 fl oz 2018 10.8% version poured into a tulip glass, a pitch blackish brown with a thin ring of tan lace. Aroma is bourbon barrel, molasses syrup, nougat and vanilla. The taste is centered on a slight roasted malt note, bourbon barrel, and cola. The heat peeks through every now and again. The feel is medium, with a moderate to low amount of carbonation. An interesting mix, first time having a BBADB. Worth a try, just know that it’s going to be lighter than a BBA stout.

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Photo of Claude-Irishman
4.48/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Pours a deep amber/cherry colored with an off white fast receding head. Smell is reminiscent of bready malts, barrel notes,raisins. Tastes like bread pudding,cola, bourbon,cherry notes. Feels somewhat viscous, not too chewy but a definite thickness.Adequate carbonation, Finishes sweet (not cloyingly) This 2018 edition is 9.8 not 11.5 as the header says. Overall this is a delicious Doppelbock. Outstanding. I think aging mellowed this out a bit allowing more flavors to come through.

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Photo of WunderLlama
3.73/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Caged and corked bottle poured into a dof glass

Dark cola like liquid, fizzy cola like taupe two finger foam cap quickly recedes to a fizzy layer, nonlacings

Heavy bourbon aroma on the pour

Taste is bourbon , slightly malt

Fizzy sudsing mouthfeel

Nice beer

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Photo of Ozzylizard
3.86/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

$ 11.00 (Including tax)/12.7 oz cork and cage bottle ($ 0.866/oz) from Franklin Beer, Franklin, PA. Reviewed 7/9/19.
Bottle undated other than “Bottled 2018” on the front label. On shelf at point of sale. Stored at 42 degrees and served at 54 degrees in a hand washed and dried Jester King snifter. Final temperature 61.5 degrees.
Appearance – 4.
First pour – Cork pops with a weak “pfft”. Pour is brown, clear.
Body – Dark brown, opaque. When held to the light, becomes translucent at the top.
Head – Average (Maximum 1.5 cm, aggressive center pour), tan, fizzy, quickly diminishing to a tight two mm crown and several thin irregular islands.
Lacing – None. Not unexpected with a 10.8% ABV brew (Marked on the bottle).
Aroma – 4.25 – Malty, much like regular Troegenator, but with a hint of oak and a distinct slap of bourbon. As it warms, oak fades and bourbon overtakes and looms supreme.
Flavor – 4 – Only a little malt from the Troegenator survives, the (cheap) bourbon beats it into submission. A distinct gastric burn builds. No hops, no dimethylsulfide, no diacetyl.
Palate – 4 – Medium, creamy approaching syrupy, soft carbonation.
Impression and interpretation – 3 - I don’t know whose bourbon barrels were used, but the bourbon flavor is distinctly harsh, overpowering the malty goodness of the base doppelbock. Taking three quick swallows numbs my flavor receptors so the harshness mellows. While each component, taken separately, is good, the whole is less than the sum of the parts.

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Photo of opieo
4.73/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

This is a beautiful brew if you are into strong, rich, malty brews. The flavors sre complex. Well balanced and it smooths out as it warms. Take your time and sip. Savor the flavors

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Photo of BJB13
4.08/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Deep caramel brown with good clarity and a robust, malty nose with notes dark fruit and vanilla. Taste is also malty and sweet, dark fruit, caramel and cracker. Body is on the thin side of medium, easy finish, sweet but not cloying aftertaste. Bottle is labeled 2018. I wil look for this on the next release to try one fresh.

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Photo of damndirtyape
3.98/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12.7oz corked and caged bottle, 9.8% ABV, 2018 bottling, served in a snifter.

Appearance: Dark amber with some ruby red highlights, clear, initial light tan head died back to a thin ring around the top. Tiny islands of lacing that slid back down the glass.

Smell: Bourbon, oak, some toasted coconut.

Taste: Bourbon, rich malt with that dopplebock character having some fruity/juicy notes, some oak/vanilla notes, and a finish that is toasted/roasted malt and bourbon whiskey bite. There is a lingering finish that has some sweeter notes to it, but I can't quite place it.

Mouthfeel: Nice thickness, some warming from the higher alcohol (along with a bit of a whiskey bite at the finish), dry finish (a bit astringent), brisk carbonation...maybe a little fizzy.

Overall / Drinkability: A slow sipping and savoring beer. At 9.8% ABV, I'm a bit surprised how strong the alcohol/whiskey bite is - I thought it would be more muted under the strong dopplebock flavor, but I'm thinking this one may have aged a bit too long and the bourbon barrel took over the doppelbock somewhat.

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Photo of teromous
3.45/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

The label says: "BOTTLED 2018"

Appearance: The body is a dark reddish-brown with a deep mahogany hue. It has a short tobacco-stained yellow head that quickly fades away.

Aroma: It smells of bourbon, caramel, and wood.

Taste: It opens with a bit of a chocolate liqueur flavor mixed in with some burnt caramel flavors and a touch of cherry. There is a bit of coffee ground flavor towards the end.

Mouthfeel: It feels a bit thin on the palate. Carbonation feels low. The body is medium.

Overall: The mouthfeel of the beer was disappointing, being fairly lifeless and without texture. This is remedied somewhat by a very nice aroma and good flavors. As a whole the beer is still good but it doesn't feel complete enough for me to recommend it. It's good enough that if you already purchased it you could still enjoy it.

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Photo of larryi86
4.39/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

12.7 oz bottle poured into a tulip

A- A dark brown with a small off white head

S- Caramel, dark fruits, bourbon, oak, slightly earthy.

T- Dark fruits, caramel, bourbon, some hints of chocolate, oak, very well balanced.

M- Smooth, medium body.

O- I love Troegenator and this barrel aged version does not disappoint.

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Photo of LifesAnesthesia
4.34/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

L - Deep black with mahogany highlights around the edges with a thin dark tan head that dissipates quickly leaving behind no lacing.
S - lots of bourbon on the nose as well as some dark chocolate and caramel
T - Follows the nose with dark chocolate and caramel dominating the palate along with notes of bourbon and a slight hint of alcohol as well as dark fruit notes (figs, plums, cherries) along with yeasty malt. Notes of coconut, oak, and earth notes as well. Overall, it's pretty complex, but rewarding.
F - Medium to full bodied with a low to moderate amount of carbonation. Syrupy - slightly.
O - A really solid doppelbock - the bourbon barrel aging really enhances the flavor profile of the original and I prefer this version.

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Photo of russpowell
4.51/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Opens with ressounding pop out of the bottle, corkage action. Hazed caramel with a pinky of tan head. Fantastic lacing and head retention

S: Bourbon, dark fruit, plums, figs,

T: Follows the nose, dryness and brown sugar up front. Bourbon, leafy hops, much dryness , plenty of figs and raisin as thos warms. Finishes dry, figgy with a little brown bread

MF; Chewy, fairly firm carbonation

Drinks great for the slant on the style. Well executed

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Photo of JohnnyHopps
4.11/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Appearance - The beer poured a murky brownish black colow with an off white head.

Smell - The big had a big leathery boozy nose.

Taste - At the front was hot bourbon, the 2018 may need to lay down a while. Other notes included coconut, fruit leather, oak, and nuts.

Mouthfeel - The chewiness of the style was not there. The base beer has better presence.

Overall - The beer was hot, but still quite tasty.

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Photo of Wiskeytango
4.5/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

This beer is great. They got it right. The smell is fantastic the taste is exceptional and the feel is truly amazing. Very strong wiskey oak flavor! High ABV make this one a great fall winter warmer!

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Photo of bluejacket74
4.3/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12.7 ounce corked and caged bottle, 2018 vintage. Stamp on bottle says bottled on 6/18/2018. Served in a chalice/tulip, the beer pours a brownish/red color with almost an inch off-white head that fizzled away quickly. There's a good amount of lacing. I like the aroma a lot, it's mostly sweet and smells like vanilla, bourbon, brown sugar, caramel, coconut and some dark bread. Taste is similar to the aroma, it's mostly sweet with vanilla, bourbon, toffee, brown sugar, raisin, caramel, oak, candied orange and dark bready flavors. There's also a hint of earthy bitterness in the finish. Mouthfeel/body is medium/full, it's slick and smooth with a decent amount of carbonation. I liked this a lot, my only complaint about this was the price. But even then it's certainly worth trying if you've never had it before. $14.99 a bottle.

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Photo of patre_tim
4/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark brown with a ruby tinge, slightly hazy with lots of fine bubbled carbonation, and 3 fingers of off white head.

Smells of creme brûlée, egg tart, burnt sugar, vanilla, and bananas.

The taste follows the nose.

Medium, slightly syrupy body, with moderate to little carbonation.

Got this in Upstate NY, drinking in Ontario on Lake Rosseau, May 30th, 2018. Excellent brew.

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Photo of MikeWard
4/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12.7oz corked and caged bottle into a goblet. freshest by 9/16/17, so 7 months past that date.

very dark wine colored body with minute dark particulates. small cream colored head which dissipates to a thick ring ad faint covering. little in the way of lacing.

sweet candy and bourbon aroma.

initially, there is a pleasant smooth creamy candy flavor with a wash of bourbon. definitely a sipper at 10.8abv, but feels like less. however, as the drink goes on, it does get a bit cloying. glad it's not a 22oz bottle.

close to full on the mouth, faintly bourbon on the finish.

overall, a pleasant enough sweet sipper on a cool spring night. guessing the bourbon faded a bit, giving rise to a sweeter drink than it would have been six months ago.

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Photo of IronLover
4.06/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Raisin brown in color with orangish hues and a hazy murky appearance. Poured with a short, fizzy, off-white foam with low retention. Mellow bourbon and vanilla aromas with notes of brown bread, and dark malt. Full bodied with medium carbonation. Creamy smooth feel up front followed by boozy warmth that turns prickly near the finish. Bourbon and vanilla flavors followed by toasted malt and dark bread flavors. Medium light spicy hop bitterness through the middle. Dark grainy malt and bready malt followed by light bourbon and vanilla from the middle to the finish. Boozy warmth from the beginning to nearly the finish where it quickly fades. Finished with vanilla and sweet bourbon aftertaste. The bourbon presence is unmistakable, but mellow, and allows other malt characters to show their presence. The balance was very good. Smooth, tasty and dangerously drinkable.

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Photo of drtth
4.21/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

2017 bottling

The reddish mahogany colored beer pours out into a snifter glass with a 1/4" light tan head that quickly recedes to a thin ring around the glass with an irregular island of foam in the middle. Sipping creates some speckles and legs of lacing on the sides of the glass.

The aromas include a nice blend of bourbon, some caramel or toffee along with a touch of wood and vanilla from the oak.

The flavors are much as expected from the nose with some caramel sweetness, the bourbon, the oak and the vanilla. There's also some earthy bitterness way in the background.

The mouthfeel is on the full side of medium bodied and fairly smooth with only some very light, prickly carbonation. The finish is medium length and begins as the caramel sweetness, bourbon and oak fade to leave some lightly spicy, earthy dryness to end the show.

Overall I've enjoyed this beer and am pleased I had a chance to try it and wouldn't pass up a chance to have it again. The barrel aging definitely transforms this beer into something different from the base beer but without either increasing or decreasing it’s quality. That said I'll probably not be buying more because on the whole I’m perfectly happy with the regular Troegnator without the bourbon barrel aromas/flavors, (Plus I may even like it just a bit better.)

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Photo of BubbleChamber
4.5/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Aroma of brown sugar, dark fruit, bourbon, some vanilla. Interesting slightly salty, vinegary start, resolving into semisweet malt, bourbon, dark sugar, vanilla, and oak. Not very boozy in taste. Very nice. —Reviewed 2017/06/24

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Photo of Sludgeman
4.23/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Purchased at Arrow Wine for $14.99/12.7 oz. Corked and caged. Poured into a small stemmed tulip.

Surprising light based on the look and aroma. Very drinkable. Barrel-aging not overdone. Better than the regular Troegenator. Have something sweet to eat with this beer. 4.25

A – Pours a brilliant clear amber but opaque brown in the glass with a 2-finger head that dissipates quickly to a thin light brown layer. Good carbonation. 4.25

S – Brown sugar, vanilla, brown bread, slight hint of orange. 4.25

T – Malty white brad, an unsweet bourbon bread pudding. 4.25

MF – Medium body with a semi-dry finish. Carbonation reflected in a slight sharpness. 4.0

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Photo of Vetbidder
3.9/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pour from a 12.7 oz corked bottle. 10.8% printed and bronze color also printed on label. Heavy scent of caramel malt with dark fruits and sweet bourbon. To me this is a murky brown color with a quickly receeding tan head. This is a very sweet brew with a strong caramel element and a sweet bourbon finish. Not much heat for an 11%er. Decently carbonated and thinner in feel than anticipated. Glad to have tried this courtesy of my bro-in-law Todd.

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Troegenator - Bourbon Barrel-Aged from Tröegs Brewing Company
Beer rating: 92 out of 100 with 326 ratings