Troegenator - Bourbon Barrel-Aged
Tröegs Brewing Company

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From:
Tröegs Brewing Company
 
Pennsylvania, United States
Style:
Bock - Doppelbock
Ranked #9
ABV:
11.5%
Score:
92
Ranked #4,455
Avg:
4.15 | pDev: 8.92%
Ratings:
337
Status:
Active
Rated:
Mar 03, 2021
Added:
Feb 06, 2014
Wants:
  58
Gots:
  78
SCORE
92
Outstanding
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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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3.96 by DarrellK from Florida on Mar 03, 2021
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4.36/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
by cyginsberg from New York

Delicious! Nice sweet boozines to it. Some vanilla and coconut underlying flavors. Maybe a tiny bit less bodied than I expected as it finishes going down but overall really good.

Jan 25, 2021
 
4.08 by travelguy from Ohio on Jan 14, 2021
 
4.56 by _Adam_ from Maryland on Jan 09, 2021
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4.19/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by VABA from Virginia

Pours a nice dark amber color with a slight head and lacing
Aroma has Bourbon, caramel and fruit hints
The taste follows the aroma with a nicely balanced Bourbon, caramel and fruity flavor
A medium bodied well carbonated beer
A well balanced Barrel Aged Doppelbock

Dec 29, 2020
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4.3/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 2 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75
by PathofChaos from Maryland

Appearance:
Murky, chestnut brown with no trace of head nor lace. Sure, it fizzes up like cola but that fizz vanishes faster than a congressman’s credibility. Looks alarmingly like A&W root beer.

Bouquet:
Thick, chewy chocolate inundated with malted vanilla sits under a shroud dark molasses and black licorice. At the tail end, the aroma reveals a mist of cold bourbon.

Feel:
A surprisingly sinuous medium with a fleeting, viscous caress at the mid-point. Secretive carbonation chatters softly in the distance.

Taste:
Presents an elegant profile of deeply malted crème’ brûlée, coated with milk chocolate syrup. A sturdy foundation of oak infused with vanilla sets the stage for a long-lingered lullaby of sticky sweet bourbon. Then, the distinctive tang of pilsner malts chimes in at the last second.

Dec 26, 2020
 
4 by Chico1985 from Massachusetts on Nov 27, 2020
 
3.98 by Sammy from Canada (ON) on Sep 27, 2020
 
4.18 by Zanico from Ohio on Aug 30, 2020
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4.22/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
by socon67 from New York

Picked up a bottle at the brewery. Caramel colored pour with some sticky slickness as it coated the snifter glass like cough syrup. Smell was of bourbon, but also sweet malty goodness. A very drinkable bock, that is smooth for the style yet has complexity. Some maple flavors and sugary candy notes in the finish.

A nice variation of a base beer I also enjoy. Certainly recommend.

Jul 18, 2020
 
4.17 by Taenim from New Jersey on Jun 26, 2020
 
4.25 by Patches826 from Massachusetts on Apr 26, 2020
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4.18/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by ryan1788a5 from Massachusetts

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.

Apr 14, 2020
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4.08/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by stortore from Illinois

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.

Apr 06, 2020
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4.22/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by Lone_Freighter from Vermont

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.

Mar 08, 2020
 
4.33 by StanleysCup from Maryland on Dec 21, 2019
 
4.07 by smithj4 from New York on Dec 09, 2019
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4.05/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75
by metter98 from New York

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

Dec 09, 2019
 
4.02 by dbrauneis from North Carolina on Dec 09, 2019
 
4.45 by Shantzak from Pennsylvania on Nov 26, 2019
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4.3/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by Apellonious from North Carolina

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.

Oct 19, 2019
 
4.25 by TLA from Pennsylvania on Oct 13, 2019
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4.48/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75
by deleted_user_995920

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.

Oct 07, 2019
 
4.4 by deg from New Hampshire on Aug 03, 2019
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3.73/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75
by WunderLlama from Massachusetts

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

Aug 01, 2019
 
4.19 by DruC4 from Michigan on Jul 24, 2019
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3.86/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3
by Ozzylizard from Pennsylvania

$ 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.

Jul 09, 2019
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4.73/5  rDev +14%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75
by opieo from Virginia

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

Jun 18, 2019
 
4.08 by Pens1967 from Louisiana on Jun 04, 2019
 
4.58 by lccrunchy from Pennsylvania on Jun 02, 2019
 
4.25 by yuno from New York on May 29, 2019
 
4.16 by ItsBeer4Me from Pennsylvania on May 13, 2019
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4.08/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
by BJB13 from Maryland

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.

May 05, 2019
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3.98/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
by damndirtyape from Ohio

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.

Apr 21, 2019
 
4.3 by wvsabbath from West Virginia on Apr 13, 2019
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3.45/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3
by teromous from Virginia

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.

Apr 07, 2019
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4.39/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
by larryi86 from Delaware

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.

Mar 02, 2019
 
4.08 by nwhittin from Indiana on Feb 26, 2019
 
4.5 by paulish from New York on Jan 27, 2019
 
4.1 by nmann08 from Virginia on Jan 20, 2019
Troegenator - Bourbon Barrel-Aged from Tröegs Brewing Company
Beer rating: 92 out of 100 with 337 ratings