Tröegs Troegenator Double Bock | Tröegs Brewing Company

very good
3,224 Ratings
Tröegs Troegenator Double BockTröegs Troegenator Double Bock

Brewed by:
Tröegs Brewing Company
Pennsylvania, United States

Style: Doppelbock

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.20%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 02-12-2003

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3.65/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Thank you, jbravato. My last of the Tröegs' sampler he sent out to me. Sat on this for a while, as I always enjoy aging doppelbocks for a bit. Poured out of a 12oz bottle into a pokal glass. Bottling date is listed as "05/11/13."

Pours a reddish amber color with about 2 fingers of slightly foamy head that recedes rather quickly... Eventually next to nothing. Carbonation does well in the glass, cascading upwards just like a heavily carbonated pilsner. Even with the head gone, there's waves of bubbles that gather to the top of the glass in a rather delightful way. Slightly viscous, and other than the lack of lacing or head over all (probably with age) this looks pretty good.

The aroma produces a lot of dark fruit and malt forward aromas classic to the style, all coated above a bit of heat from the booze. Dark candied cherries, raisins, honey-covered walnuts, caramel, toffee, brown sugar, cardamon, and of course, a little bit of clove. However, not really all that spicy, but rather on the sugary side. The smell of raisins and cherries is spot-on here, and even though it's a little sweet, there's a slightly bitter, citrus foundation at the back that holds it together.

At the first sip, there's a an immediate burst of dark fruit, ranging from black cherries to dates, but it quickly subsides and makes way for the breadier and sugary aspects of the beer. Walnuts, brown sugar, cinnamon, honey, caramel, and citrus peel glide underneath a bready, biscuit forward barley flavor coated in some alcohol. Quite a bit of heat on this, too, which is not common with doppelbocks. A little bit more on the citrus-y side, which is a good change of pace. The aftertaste is not very strong, save for the heat that gathers at the throat. The finish is slightly bitter on the grainy side. Not very complex, or too thickened (although it's syrupy), but definitely pretty easy to drink.

The flavors I enjoy are definitely predominant, and the American citrus peel addition is a good change from the German clove flavor. It feels like it lacks more of that robustness I crave in doppelbocks, and the alcohol isn't necessarily subtle or anything. Otherwise, it's a strong take on the style that I'd definitely have again once the time felt right.

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3.88/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a growler into an IPA glass

A: Pours chocolate brown with a red tint. Solid head with nice retention (at least in the IPA glass). Melts into a consistent thin foam that evenly covers the liquid throughout the course of the 20 min drink. Beautifully laces the side of the glass with every tilt.

S: Smells strongly of malt, dried figs and currants. Ethanol is detectable- more than I wish.

T: Tastes strongly of black figs and malt. Slightest hint of walnuts. Also great brightness at the beginning of the sip, acidic like, but not citrus- then quickly a bitter edge cuts in; Tannic almost - like the skins of pecans. Not off-putting though, - it really rounds out to a warm nutty flavor.

M: Medium bodied and moderately carbonated. I am a hop fiend, so for me I wish there was more going on in the mouthfeel - more stimulation upfront. But this beer shines more in the swallow.

O: Overall, certainly a fine double bock. Overall for the alcohol content, I wish there were stronger flavors going on. But a really nice beer and goes beautifully with food.

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3.51/5  rDev -10%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Pours a light tan foam, with fair retention. The head fades to a thick ring with large islands of thin foam overlaid with film atop the body of the beer, nearly creating a persistent cap. A few spots of lacing that fade quickly. The core is a leathery cordovan with more caramel red in soft light. Mostly translucent.

Smells of dried fruits and sweet Irish soda bread (including the currants) along with dates. Some tropical notes are evident with warmth.

The taste is very bready and caramel-sauced fruits and nuts. Almond and brown sugar emerge in the middle with banana floating in with booze and a touch of cinnamon. I would have preferred a final spice note and perhaps some herbal or flinty edges to pull the reins on the sweetness and give balanced character.

The mouthfeel is rather thick and chewy, with the heavy body and fairly low carbonation..Lingers a bit sticky/filmy. Ethanol warmth is shrouded in the malts.

Overall, this brew is nicely styled. More innovation would draw me back to it more frequently. But growlers to go home for spicy barbecue meals never disappoint.

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3.94/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle poured into a tumbler

A- Dark mahogany, light shows through. Two finger head, light tan in color. Retention is decent. Loads of lacing.

S- Caramel maltiness. Brown sugar. Some candied dark fruit.

T- Caramel sweetness. Burnt sugar. Slight sweet bread.

M- Creamy, slightly syrupy (in a good way). Smooth and sweet finish.

O- Delicious. Malt bomb perfection. Sweet. A little bready. Great stuff.

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look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle into a big snifter.

Appearance was a dark brown/chestnut color. Big, fluffy head with pretty big bubbles, cream colored. Didn't last too long but laced well. The beer looks "thick", viscous.

Aroma - holy cow this is fruity! Dark fruit aromas of cherries, figs, dates. As it warms, there is an aroma of molasses and brown sugar.

Taste - wonderful fruit flavors following the nose. Nice level of sweetness. More on the fig/date than cherry, but there is certainly cherry in the flavor. Pretty intense on the brown sugar/molasses as well, especially as it warmed up. So this beer followed the nose pretty well with the layering thing happening. The fruit notes come into play first followed quickly by that sweetness.

The feel was a little syrupy which I found ever so slightly off-putting, but overall very clean on the palate with just that lingering sweetness. I like sweet, so not sure why it bothered me with this particular brew. Not a huge detriment to enjoyment. Alcohol well hidden.

Very good beer - a tiny bit over the top with the overall intensity, but big flavors that are well-layered and a great beer to have with robust food. Paired with beef, roasted taters and winter root vegetables - held its own very well and complimented the meal.

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4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz. bottle poured into a CBS Snifter.

Appearance: Dark, brown with a nice foamy 1" head, leaves nice lacing.

Smell: Caramel roasted malt, with hints of dark fruit.

Taste: Rich dark fruit sweetness over a caramel malty backbone, a nice flavorful dopplebock, sweeter than I expected (not necessarily a bad thing) with little to no bitterness on the finish.

Mouthfeel: Although on the sweet side, not at all cloying, smooth on the palate.

Overall: Very tasty brew and one I wouldn't mind picking up again.

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Tröegs Troegenator Double Bock from Tröegs Brewing Company
3.9 out of 5 based on 3,224 ratings.
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