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

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

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Tröegs Brewing Company
Pennsylvania, United States

Style: Doppelbock

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 11.50%

Availability: Rotating

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.

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Photo of CHickman
4.21/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bottled 02/24/2016, I got this at the brewery last summer and it pours dark chestnut brown color with reddish highlights and a foamy 2-3 finger khaki colored head that was full of bubbles of all sizes that hissed and dissipated quickly, crackling as it went down to a layer on top while leaving minimal spotty lacing.

Smells like toffee, caramel, syrup, sweet malt, vanilla, oak, light booze, dark fruit, syrup covered bread like French toast, faint hops and earthy notes. The oak and malty sweetness work well together as this resembles a fruit cake or French toast with brown sugar and syrup on top. Funny to type it, but it smells like it's a thick brew.

Tastes sweet but the woody notes and boozy aspects balance the sweetness. Flavor is a nice combo of toffee, vanilla, tea leaf, light booze like rum, melot, dark fruit including raisin and plums, maple syrup, faint floral hops, earthy notes, toasted grains, caramel, nutty accents, honey, toasted wheat bread with a lot of butter spread on it, and rye bread or pumpernickel bread. The 10.8% ABV is present and plays a nice role in the meal in a glass presentation. It's tasty, complex and hearty. Das good.

Mouthfeel thick and had syrup-like qualities with very little carbonation, a flat slick feel as it slid down leaving a coating and a sweetness across the tongue mixed with a bitterness that reminded me of getting part of a leaf in your mouth, which may have been from the hops. This was a perfect winter brew and goes down easier than it should.

Overall this was an enjoyable offering which had the German bock experience and flavors represented well.

NOTE: The bottle states they age this "dense, chewy and captivating Double Bock" in OAK not bourbon barrels for over 6 months. Just wanted that out there as I did not get any bourbon flavors.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
4.25/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

super glad they made this one again as i missed it the first time around, and truthfully, this is the essence of winter beer. a style that rarely sees barrel treatment, but is often perfectly built for it. here the barrels add more than the classic woody char and vanilla sweetness, i also get a definite nutty quality, sweet like almonds, with a little honey in there too. the malt base of the original bock is perfect for this, sweet and layered like bread pudding, but also not so thick, and with a little of that european breadiness to it, well rounded, complete, and very dense. the alcohol here is warming but not overly hot, it doesnt slow me down much, but there is a real richness, and adult nature to this, sort of red velvety and regal as well, fashionable and fancy. enormous body, with lots of raisin and brown sugar in here, dried apple, caramel, butterscotch, and coffee crumb cake. the barrels have influenced this a lot in a relatively short ageing period, and this is a huge success in my book. not that normal troegenator need much of a retool or facelift, but this is next level. not for everyone, but as good a strong ale as you will find this time of year if you dont mind a little residual sugar.

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Photo of Marius
3.75/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottle shared thanks to Maakun. Clear dark caramel pour with a thin tan head. Heavy bourbon smell, with vanilla, chocolate, caramel following. Sweet, with a lot of bourbon notes, some coconut and vanilla, caramel. Medium body, low carbonation and a sweet and alcoholic finish.

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Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.24/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottle received in a recent trade.

This one pours a moderately dark brown, with a small white head, and a slight bit of lacing.

Smells like sweet oak, light bourbon, a nice light jammy fruitiness, caramel, and sweet breadiness.

This is nice, because the barrel is present, but doesn't overwhelm the great base beer. It's not super bold, it's quite smooth and very drinkable. The base is obviously nice, there's some slight fruitiness, with good amount of caramel, and some breadiness.

This is medium bodied, with a chewy mouthfeel, and a good level of carbonation.

This is really nice. It's not incredibly bold or brash, but trades that in for drinkability.

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Photo of JerzDevl2000
4.19/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Traded for this a while ago and finally got around to it tonight. Troegs used to be one of my favorite breweries and it was beers like this that got me into them way back when. This wasn't as good as the Nugget Nectar was in it's prime but there were enough flavors here to go along with the strength of this, as I was quite surprised as to how good this was from start to finish!

The pour to this was almost like that of a Weizenbock - plum, with lots of light seeping in around the edges and a nice, thick tan head on top of it. Lots of oak, vanilla, bourbon, and booze in the nose with all of those present in the taste as well. Thick, woody, and sticky, this was a "light" version of a Scotch Ale in terms of the mouthfeel but the presence of plum, raisin, and dark bread served as reminders that this was indeed a Dopplebock. A nice brown sugary sweetness and clean, woody aftertaste gave this lots of life and color as there was a nice slickness that remained from the aging and fruit flavors present here.

This was strong but amazingly, the alcohol could only be smelled and detected afterwards, as it wasn't noticeable when I was enjoying this. One of my favorite beers to this day is the Victory Moonglow and this reminded me of it in so many ways. It's hard to find a Dopplebock that packs depth without overt strength but this beer pulled that feat off beautifully. Perfect for this time of the year and for rekindling my love of Troegs!

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Photo of cosmicevan
3.75/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

big thanks to pete for the kickdown so I can tick...had this for a while, tonight seemed like the right evening. as advertised, this is a double bock with some heavy oak. some soft grapes over oak. oak is the dominant in the nose and the really lose the base beer. if you dig oak aged, this is your bag. it's perty good.

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Photo of DavoleBomb
4.17/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a snifter.

3.25 A: Well hazed dark plum color. One finger of frothy beige head that falls quickly and leaves a lone wisp of lacing.

4.25 S: So many scents! The most potent aromas are plum, brown sugar, raisin, tobacco, caramel, and toffee. The bourbon adds a leathery note along with vanilla, melon, oaky woodiness, and molasses. Sweet smelling but the booze is well hidden.

4.25 T: Tastes just like it smells, except that the bourbon is more pronounced. Leather, vanilla, oak are almost as prominent as the malty flavors. Again plum, raisin, tobacco, and toffee are strong. Brown sugar and tangy caramel.

4.0 M: Medium body. Good moderate carbonation. Pleasantly creamy and super smooth. Just the slightest warming on finish.

4.25 D: Liking this. Really tasty and priced super well.

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

375ml cork and caged bottle, served in a snifter glass.

Pours a medium brown body, light purple hue, one finger offwhite head, low retention, not much lacing. Smells of rich toffee and raisin, crushed grain and biscuit; touch of pumpernickel bread as well. Light resin as well. Flavour follows, with toffee, raisin, a bit of bourbon, light vanilla, bread, more non-specific dark fruit flavours. It's very much a doppelbock and would be difficult to characterize this otherwise. Mouthfeel is medium-full bodied, good carbonation, lighter and slick on the finish with a lingering heat. Very nice BA doppelbock; it's a category that seems to be fairly rare these days so it's nice to try what would probably be a very good example of it.

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Photo of SawDog505
4.31/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a 16 oz Troegs tulip snifter at near room temperature. Pours a beautiful reddish mahogany with a two finger lite tan head that leaves behind minimal lace.

Smell is oaky, woody, dark fruit, vanilla, brown sugar, toffee, and some warming alcohol.

Taste follows nicely but better, starting with oak, vanilla, fig, dates, upfront with brown sugar, toffee, and some alcohol arriving in the wonderfully complex finish.

Mouthfeel is a perfect medium, almost creamy at this temperature, a little dry, and excellent drinkability for 10.8% ABV.

Overall this is a very nice beer that @jzeilinger sent me. Really layered.

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Photo of hman43
3.91/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Look: It pours amber with red hues. It has a light brown head that has low head retention. Overall it has good clarity.

Smell: It has strong malt aromas of toast with low caramel. There are low plum like dark fruit aromas with moderate alcohol. It addition it has oak and sherry like qualities.

Taste: There are rich toast and bread flavors with slight chocolate. There are also plum, alcohol, and some sherry like qualities.

Feel: It has a full body, but not chewy. There is some alcohol warming with a slight bit of it being hot.

Overall: A rather potent, malt driven lager with highlights of toast and bread and other complex flavors in the background.

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Photo of Mongrel
4.16/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My wife says this one smells like a fig newton and I don't disagree. Lots of sweet, dark fruit both on the nose and palate. Also some brighter apple and pomegranate up front and brown sugar and vanilla on the finish. Really well-integrated bourbon flavors, but ultimately a little sweet for my taste (much like the base beer). Still an expert use of the barrel and an interesting improvement on the base beer.

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Photo of BierRunner
3.8/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Wonderful red color. The nose is sweet malt with sour red wine. The taste is also malty but a little to sweet for me. The mouth feel is viscous but lacking carbonation which might have countered the sweetness. It definitely hides its 10% a very well, so be careful.

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Photo of MMOSNN
4.46/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Look - super dark amber red with a one-finger tan head that dissipates quickly. Small ring of leftover bubbles but no lacing.
Smell - lots of oak and bready malts and molasses, booze, vanilla, figs, tart cherries.
Taste - oak, molasses, bready malts, vanilla, and ends with some strong booze notes and coconut.
Feel - low carbonation due to aging, good chewy mouthfeel.
Overall - this is definitely worth a try. I'm a fan of the original, but the aging process did this wonders and made it very complex, yet smooth. It's one of those beers that is perplexing and difficult to explain. I bought a four-pack of this when I visited the brewery so I'm looking forward to having more and seeing how this develops with more time.

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Photo of TimMac898
4.25/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Very smooth beer for the style and alcohol by volume. Troegs does a great job of disguising the high alcohol in their beer l. It is not over welheming. Smooth taste with little head head for the style. I would buy this any day.

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Photo of Newbeergeek1
4.4/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Very happily pounced upon this beer at the brewery as we were headed north and I had looked forward to visiting this brewery. I like the regular Troeg and this stuff is appreciably better and that is saying a lot. I wound up buying more to take to Maine to share with friends. Good stuff.

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Photo of ivehadthatbrew
4.47/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.75

Look (3.75): A deep brown murky color with a thin tan head with very refined bubbles. The bubbles disappear quickly but that's expected for this style.

Smell (4.25): Big toasted coconut and chocolate notes. Nice vanilla that is in the background as well. It's extremely pleasant!

Taste (4.75): Okay, this is me being diased, but Troegenator was probably my first craft beer. Still, chocolate, vanilla, honey, oaky and toasted coconut. Dark fruit flavors like cherries and raisins are also in there. Also big caramel boozey flavors.

Mouthfeel (3.75): Medium to medium plus, definitely on the sweeter side. Not much carbonation to cleanse the palate.

Overall (4.75): Had to drink a Pennsylvania brew in honor of the NFL Draft today. I hope Carson Wentz pans out! Oh right, the beer... I'd take this first overall!

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Photo of Myotus
4.41/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Poured gently at 48°F from a 375ml bottle into a Tröegs Lager glass. Consumed on 26Mar16.
LOOK: 2 fingers worth of khaki foam that shrivels into a line within 15 seconds. Copper in color with a large amount of cloudiness. There is a moderate quantity of medium-sized rising bubbles. Lacing is thick and subtle.
SMELL: Strong aromas of caramel and sweet bread are backed by mild oak, plum, black cherry, fig, vanilla, and toasted coconut aromas. There is a subtle amount of spicy and earthy hop aromas that are just enough to prevent any cloying in the smell.
TASTE: Very strong flavors of caramel and strong flavors of figs, black cherries, and plums explode onto to the palate resulting in an undeniably sweet first impression. Strong sweet bread flavors immediately trail, further adding to the sweetness. Mild vanilla and toasted coconut flavors make their debut and continue to add to the sweetness intensity. Some balance is finally achieved as subtle oak, alcohol, spicy hop, and earthy hop flavors enter. By this point, all previous flavors persist, except for fig and plum, which fade to subtle.
FEEL: The thickness of this beer, for lack of better words, is extremely full-bodied; nearly like drinking syrup. Carbonation levels are low. The two aspects contribute to the insanely smooth and creamy feeling as it goes down. The beer also clings to the back of the throat like syrup. A mild and pleasant dryness comes in at the end along with a mild alcoholic warmth.
NOTE: How do you take an already spectacular beer and make it better? Oak barrel age it! Amazing job, Tröegs! This is one of the best lagers that I have ever had.

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Photo of Rizzy17
3.89/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle from the most recent release into a snifter.

A: A super dark translucent amber. Bubbly, but no head at all. Slightly odd.
S: Vanilla and molasses on the nose. Smells great.
T: Some oakiness. Not as sweet as the nose.
F: Slightly bubbly, but drinkable. Chewy.
O: This is pretty nice, but not super flavorful. No hints of booziness though.

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Photo of larryarms847
3.91/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

750ml acquired in a trade, bottled in Jan 2014, just under two years old.

Pours a ruby red brown with very little carbonation and little haze. Some floaties and slightly thin, probably from age.

Huge nutty aroma up front. Hazelnut, toasted malt, fig/prune/cherry dark fruit notes, vanilla, caramel, and some boozy bourbon undertones.

Less nutty character in flavor. The dark fruit notes that were subtle in aroma take front stage in flavor, followed by sweet vanilla, molasses, subtle oak woodiness, toffee, and some bourbon heat.

Medium-heavy bodied, low carbonation, sweet, fruity, a little too thin.

Overall, this beer has a wonderful aroma and very layered and complex flavor, but I think two years is a bit too long for this one to sit. The body and mouthfeel of this beer drastically changes over time and while the aroma and flavor are still there, this becomes thin and boozy.

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Photo of smakawhat
4.15/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a snifter glass at a tasting. Big thanks to K!

Deep chestnut body brown, a bit clear, but with a nice whispy top. Good tan ring with some nice golden yellow hues.

What a fantastic nose on this. Great hazelnut aromas and toast. Creamy vanilla and good controlled warmth and head. Nice amounts of wood and oak, just overall very impressive, with a great nutty angle.

Palate tones things down a bit to bring you back to earth, giving some slightly less impressions. Matching nutty quality with caramel and toffee thick. An interesting palate feel that's lighter and less bold than the nose expects, crisp slightly but still very chewy almost like wheat. Mouthfeel comes interestingly prickly but smooth as well on the finish.

It's overall real impressive, and a neat experiment for a doppel, but it comes out wonderfully.

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Photo of cpetrone84
3.57/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pour is a hazed copper brown with ruby edges and a small amount of tan head. Nose has a fair bit of bourbon up front, very sweet malts of caramel and dark berry, and hints of boozy. Taste is similar, a bit less bourbon, still very sweet. Sticky caramel and lots of sweet berry malt with a touch of root beer. Medium body, smooth and soft, assertive carbonation.

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Photo of sulldaddy
4.85/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Sampling a cellar temp 750 ml corked and caged bottle poured into a snifter. The beer is a gift from my brother Brian, thank you!
The beer pours a deep mahogany color with some rich garnet highlights. A fizzy beige head of .5 cm foams up and fades away rapidly after the pour leaving only the thinnest of an edge layer.
Aroma is rich with bourbon, vanilla and molasses. I also get some brown sugar and a bit of plum or other dark fruit.
Very appealing nose, that predicts a big malty brew. I dont have any sense of the booze from the aroma, which is good and potentially dangerous.
First sip reveals a smooth textured body with very fine and spacious carbonation. Each sip leaves a little sticky residue on my lips.
Flavor is what is expected from the nose with sweet malt through and through. I get bourbon and vanilla hits with some brown sugar and just the faintest hint of warm booze after each swallow.
The beer is still very drinkable for 11.5%.
This is a malt lovers beer and probably better to split with a friend, but I am enjoying it a lot and dont have anywhere to go after finishing it so I continue on with this tasty treat.

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Photo of inlimbo77
3.56/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

750ml, Dec 2013
Un marked Tulip

A: Deep orange amber color. Fairly still. Slight head on it. Alcohol feet on the glass.

S: Honestly, don't remember much here but know that I wasn't blown away by the nose. Got some bourbon booze heat. Some vanilla notes as well. Wasn't as malty as I was expecting. Been a while since Troeganator.

T: Much like nose...

M: Big medium.

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Photo of philbe311
4.15/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Just shy of two finger's worth of crisp audibly fizzy medium khaki colored froth that quickly away... There is also no lacing left, just a small splotch in the center of the glass and an uber thin collar... The beer is largely still with a few stray carbonation bubbles and small streaks here and there... The color is a warm medium brown with a faint ruby hue...

S - The bourbon barrel aging notes are at the forefront... Vanilla... Some light caramel notes... Some faint banana notes mixed in as well... The original troeganator goodness is a bit obscured, but it lingers beneath the surface... Quite intoxicating...

T - A slight booze presence to start... Next up is a subtle mix of caramel and vanilla... The lite banana notes detected on the nose are also present on the palate... There is also a strong malt base that lies beneath it all... A slight warmth / burn of the bourbon barrel aging lingers in the back of the throat for a bit...

M - On the lighter side of full bodied... Loaded with prickly carbonation... A bit chewy, a bit syrupy and a bit sticky... Fills the mouth completely...

D - I've got mixed feelings on this creation... On one hand it's a rock solid highly enjoyable bourbon barrel aged beer... On the other hand the greatness that is the tried and true troeganator is a bit missing in action... Perhaps some more time in the cellar will see this one develop a bit more... Still highly enjoyable and recommended...

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Photo of Duff27
3.45/5  rDev -16.3%
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.

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