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 Marius
3.75/5  rDev -8.1%
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 Rizzy17
3.89/5  rDev -4.7%
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 -4.2%
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 +1.7%
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 -12.5%
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 +18.9%
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 -12.7%
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 +1.7%
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 -15.4%
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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Photo of VelvetExtract
4.02/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-Sampled at EBF. Pours a very dark brown.

S-Dark fruits and bourbon. Vanilla and brown sugar. Very sweet. Bourbon is well integrated in the nose.

T-A pleasant gathering of sweet and fruity. Molasses, brown sugar, plum and raisin. Oaky whiskey notes as well. He whiskey serves as more of a complement rather than taking the lead.

M-Full bodied and creamy. Warms the cheeks. Somewhat sticky.

O-D-I surprisingly have never reviewed the regular Troegenator. I actually may never have tried it. It seems to be a travesty to try this beer without trying it's very popular precursor. Oh well, this was pretty damn good in its own right.

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Photo of dar482
4.68/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The beer comes in a brown to ruby brown color.

The aroma sweet vanilla, toasted oak and coconut, a depth of bready and malty sweetness.

The flavor follows with a dates and raisins, a light grape vinous flavor, a rich toasted oak and light bourbon flavor, loads of vanilla dessert on a depth of malty sweetness, bread pudding, onto the base beer standing up with a semi dry finish, more of that barrel oak lingering on the aftertaste.

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Photo of BradC
4.34/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a very dark reddish brown, not much head or lacing.

Smells of bourbon, vanilla, light toffee, caramel, booze

You can taste the troegenator base with a nice bourbon edge. Notes of vanilla, dark fruits, caramel/toffee sweetness and a slight alcohol edge.

Full bodies, low carbonation....definitely a sipper

Overall, I'm not a huge fan of the plain troegenator, but like this a little better. The barrel aging took some of the bite off. Definitely hope to get some of this next release.

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Photo of RacerX5k
3.53/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Gotta throw my review out there, since Troegenator was one of my first craft loves, and the new 16oz tall boys just kill. This one, well, I made the trip Allentown to Hershey, Mapquest said 1:13 I flated it in 1:04. The trip was the highlight. Bought 2, drank 1, couldnt wait to sell the other to a nice, young BA getting his beer at cost ...

It's a looker, ok aroma of caramel and whiskey barrel. Taste ok, caramel and whiskey, you can still taste the original which is good. Wasn't a big fan of the whiskey flavor. For my money, Weyerbacher Blasphemy is much better for $10 cheaper a bottle. Just another pricey beer that fails to deliver, but the buzz was good that snowy Sunday night. What day didn't it snow this year?

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Photo of brentk56
4.04/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a clear mahogany with ruby highlights; the head is large and frothy, leaving shooting star trails of lacing

Smell: Fig and date, buttressed by caramel, vanilla and Bourbon

Taste: Caramel, up front, with the fig and date flavors adding complexity in the middle; after the swallow, the Bourbon and vanilla come into the fray; a bit boozy and rather sweet in the finish

Mouthfeel: Full bodied and slightly creamy, with low to moderate carbonation and considerable warmth in the gullet

Overall: An interesting twist to a doppelbock, though the beer is very sweet and I don't think that the Bourbon treatment works as well as it does for other beer style

Thanks, justanewby, for the opportunity

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Photo of stakem
4.05/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml corked and caged bottle poured into a snifter. The brew appears a clear mahogany color with ruby clarity when held to the light. A finger of khaki head appears initially, then quickly and audibly fades to a thin film. A swirl revives the cap but it shows little stability and fades again quick.

The aroma contains notes of raison and bourbon. A little more fruity than the typical troegenator with accenting caramel, vanilla, molasses and just an overall feel of caramelized sugar additions. Some tangy fruity bourbon fills the back of the nose.

The taste is fruity like raisin, molasses, caramel, vanilla and bourbon. It tastes like a fruited version of troegenator with a shot of bourbon and sugar in it instead of being barrel aged. Some of the barrel nuance is felt but it is strangely fruity and not smoothed out or mellowed like barrel aging sometimes can impart.

This is a medium bodied brew with moderate to light level of carbonation. Pleasantly boozy but quite fruity with light barrel treatment but big bourbon feel. This is peculiar, it grew on me as the experience went on. Worth a try.

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Photo of Tucquan
4.15/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Had this on 2014-02-21 in Columbia, PA

A - Very clear ruby with a very short tan head that fades to nothing quickly leaving almost no lace. Nice. Not wildly complex.

S - Bourbon, toffee, vanilla, coconut, molasses, sweet medium roasted malt. Touch of earthy spice.

T - Bourbon, vanilla, roasted coconut, then emerging from the barrel are the doppelbock flavors of the well-loved Troegenator with some dark fruits, spice, touch of oak, plenty of malt body. Some of the lager yeast is apparent but much in the background. Finishes with a candy apple bit of sweetness, cinnamon, more of the earthy spice, alcohol and some welcome roasted and hop bitterness.

M - Medium-heavy body and light-medium carbonation. Substantial. Creamy yet prickly.

O - An enjoyable slant on Troegenator. I wouldn't say it is better; just different. The bourbon barrel flavors dominate the doppelbock flavors; say 70% to 30%. An Imperial Stout would stand up to this treatment more than a doppelbock. Nevertheless, I'm quite enjoying slowly sipping this new creation from Troegs. Keep the innovation coming.

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Photo of Dodo2step
4.27/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

P- Troegs Brewing Company

A- clear red color with half finger head and no lacing. Looks almost like wine in my snifter glass.

S- vanilla and bourbon dominate. This is gonna be good my friends!

F- the bourbon hits me first followed immediately by some of the oak aged wood. The vanilla rounds it out beautifully. You would think the bourbon would mak eit hard to put down but now, just enough to make it sweet tasting.

M-strong on the booze and you can tell from the first sip. Bourbon coats the mouth and throat and it is very very smooth.

O- OMG one of the top 3 beers from Troegs for me...ranks behind Nugget Nectar and before Perpretual IPA.

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Photo of jgran737
4.87/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

A: Looks like Red Velvet cake.

S: Vanilla, Vanilla, Vanilla, Bourbon, Bourbon, Bourbon.

T: The taste follows the nose exactly as it should and you get that nice woody taste. The taste and the smell are absolutely perfect in my book.

M: Pretty thick, but I was expecting just a bit more sticky-ness. Nonetheless still very well done.

O: This was my first scratch beer from Troegs and I am just floored by the quality. I'm a resident of PA and I have always enjoyed Nugget Nectar and some of their other offerings, but I was never as blown away as I am with this beer. This is a very wonderful Barrel-Aged offering and I'd recommend it to any Bourbon or Beer enthusiast.

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Photo of Slatetank
4.41/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I had a bottle of this at the tasting room in Hershey, served chilled enjoyed from the 750ml in a tulip.

The color is deep ruby with plum like dark hues with translucent clarity and thick biege cap that settles to a ring with fine bead, legs not lace sticks when swirled The smell is great - strong vanilla, caramel, and light bourbon influence yet an almost floral alcohol ester is noted with oak giving a nice depth to the aroma. The feel is great -way better than anticipated with thick sweet, yet nice smooth malt with very gentle woody and warming presence with moderate carbonation and warming alcohol with a dry toasted finish.

The taste is great, it actually is as good as the scratch version I am remembering as I sip this and experience the vanilla from the bourbon soaked wood combined with everything I love about Troegenator - dark toffee, nutty malt enhanced by the benefits of the bourbon aging -nice oak with a warming flavor of alcohol after the swallow. Overall it certainly is not a beer to rush I enjoyed a full 750 ml bottle to myself, yet still did not feel weighed the end of the bottle it starts to show it's strength which is amplified from the base beer...but is smooth enough that you don't really care -well done Tröegs !

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Photo of 1sophrosyne1
4.51/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed at the brewery from a cork & cage 750, poured into a tulip glass.

The core is a stunning cordovan amber--edges more red with the passage of light. Great clarity allows the center to shine a soft brown. Fine carbonation is visible. The head is creamy white, lightly fluffy, and short lived. It leaves virtually no lacing, because the body is dominated by lovely glyceryl legs that give away the bourbon.

The nose is marvelous, essentially half beer, half spirit. Strong vanilla and caramel jump right up with sweetness and a background of smoky burn. The dark fruits and toasted malt come second, and are knitted together so much more logically and artfully than in the standard brew.

The flavor profile is a little less complex than basic Troegenator, due to the strong influence of the bourbon and wood. But it's an improvement. The start is punctuated by a bite of carbonation that quickly steps aside for the slick toffee and vanilla of the spirit. The flavor then dives deep into a mound of dough that holds some subtle currant, prune, and spice. Later in the gulp, some coconut slides in, and right at the end, just a touch of tannic drying makes a perfect counterpoint to the creamy bourbon and it's touch of alcoholic burn.

It's remarkable how beautifully contained the high ABV is contained in this brew. It's barely boozy, and only in ways that reflect its essence the way it should. The burst of carbonation at the start is key, because without it, a full-bodied red wine low on tannins would describe the mouthfeel. But it's more complex, and remains just bright enough despite all the heft. Those legs that coat the glass feel great on the tongue, too. It's grand how easy it all goes down, with the grain elements and thirsty yeast blunting the whisky burn and reinforcing the brewing origin.

That mouthfeel makes this monster so drinkable, it's scary. Get to the tasting room before it's gone. Having picked up some to go before it sold out in the store, I'm excited to see what time in the bottle will do, since there's a malty core there that just doesn't have room for its complexities at this young stage. It may be too much bourbon essence to ever let the other subtleties out, but even if that doesn't happen, it will be a treat this coming autumn...if I can hold it that long!

Addendum #1: Four months in the bottle certainly don't do this brew wrong. The appearance changes little, except that larger bubbles of carbonation hug the glass within the core. It's still thick with a blanket of glceryl tears. The dark fruits are even more hidden, now, under an emerging malt-nose and chew. Currants and spice are still there in the mouth, though. And somehow, the cherry that's so prominent in original Troegenator is again easier to smell and it comes out late in gulps, too. The end is grainier now, exchanging out a portion of the tannins, as one would expect with the passage of time. I'm holding on for harvest time with the hope of a more varied cornucopia of flavors.

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Photo of robieobie1
4.6/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served In a snifter

Appears very dark amber color. Nice carbonation of one finger.

Aroma: This is where this brew really started to shine for me. Smell of Vanilla, Caramel, and Bourbon just smack you in the face and make you want to skip right to drinking this beast. Smells sweet, but not overly.

Taste: Caramel, toffee, oak and bourbon. very rich but not cloying. A slight amount of coconut comes through from the barrel aging.

Body: Medium body and easy on the pallet.

Overall: Great beer. I am glad they bottled this and glad I had the chance to snag a few before they are gone.

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Tröegs Troegenator Double Bock (Bourbon Barrel Aged) from Tröegs Brewing Company
4.08 out of 5 based on 160 ratings.
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