Scratch Beer 87 - 2013 (Bourbon Barrel-Aged Troegenator) | Tröegs Brewing Company

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Tröegs Brewing Company
Pennsylvania, United States

Style: Doppelbock

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 11.50%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
It’s been quite some time since our last barrel-aged release. Well, we were so excited about this bourbon barrel-aged version of our flagship year-round Double Bock, Troegenator, that instead of bottling it, we decided to make it available exclusively in our Tasting Room! Everything you love about Troegenator is present – the strong malt aroma, rich chewy body, and warm, tingly spiciness. With that said, it was time well-spent in the bourbon barrel for this already dense, delicious treat. The Nator returns after more than five months from its holiday inside Heaven Hill bourbon barrels. The result is a lush Double Bock with undertones of vanilla, oak, toasted coconut, and tangy bourbon warmth. Given the recent Arctic temperatures in Central PA recently, this is one beer that’s sure to warm you up from the inside out!

25 IBU

Added by orangesol on 01-31-2013

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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

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look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A - Served with a dark mahogany body that showcased both red and brown highlights...there was a small head with the initial pour, but that faded quickly and you could hardly find a small lacing was left

S - Bourbon, vanilla, toasted coconut, toasted malts, and caramel all combine in the nose to make a very inviting aroma...the bourbon and vanilla are matched very well and the toastiness of the malts adds some notes

T - Everything from the nose is present on the palate...I would not have been able to pick out the toasted coconut until they mentioned it in the release notes...the bourbon, albeit a little strong, stands out nicely and adds a vanilla note that is perfect...the vanilla transitions into the coconut flavor and the into the sweet, sticky caramel...underneath all these flavors is a rich malt profile (the base of Troegenator) that stands up well to all the additions...the finish provides a mixture of sweet and heat

M - Full bodied...smooth, silky, chewy, sweet...the bourbon makes it a little rough around the edges, but this one didn't have time to settle before it was gone!

O - A great move by Troegs to take the award winning, year round Troegenator and throw it into some bourbon barrels...the result was a wonderful flavor experience that just added to the base to throw some Java Head or Perpetual into cooperating barrels!?!?!

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look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours deep, dark brown with a small half finger tall off white head, dissipating down to a light film, leaving little to no lace down the glass. Goes pretty dead about halfway through the glass.

S - Smells of rich bourbon, caramel, vanilla, toasted coconut, toffee, mildly toasted grains and a touch of booze. Very nice balance of aromas once the bourbon dies down a bit.

T - Starts off with the typical troegenator flavors - toasted grain, caramel, toffee - quickly giving way to hints of coconut, vanilla and warm bourbon. The flavors work very well together and the booze is hidden fairly well, only really becoming assertive at the end of the glass. Finish is sweet with some nice booze burn, leaving the palate dried long after the finish.

M - Medium body with moderate to low carbonation. Smooth, sweet feel with some warm booze at the end of each sip. Like most fresh BA beers, the booze only really gets in the way at the end of the glass.

O - It is about time they do something like this. I was beginning to wonder if all of those barrels sitting back there were empty...The bourbon works very well with the base beer, yet not overpowering it. Get it while you can, it will be gone before you know it.

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4.37/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Draft offering at the tasting room. Served in a snifter, the brew appears a dark but clear mahogany with a finger of yellowish tan khaki coloration. As it fades, it leaves a few spots of lace and after awhile almost appears still until agitated. When held to the light, it shows some ruby clarity through the body and lighter brown around the edges.

The aroma is really nice. The maltiness of Troegenator provides a hint of toffee and almost raisony quality that inmediately transitions into the bourbon barrel aspects. Caramel, vanilla, oak, toasted coconut and an overall sweetness emerge from the glass. As it warms up, a hint of tangy bourbon comes forth with a mild medicinal suggestion.

The flavor is immediately recognizable as Troegenator but souped up quite a bit. The dark toffee malt flavors transition perfectly into the barrel character of oak, vanilla, coconut and a hint of tangy bourbon. There is a mild element of medicinal quality present when focusing on the alcohol but the barrel aging has really morphed this brew into a rich, lucious brew. All the flavors you expect of Troegenator are present except for some of the buttery diacetyl aspects have been scrubbed out by the aging process.

This is a medium bodied brew with a modest amount of carbonation. For 11.5%, this is dangerously easy drinking. Troegenator was really taken to a whole new level here. They really did this brew a great service by having the sporatic onsite draft only, no growler release. However, I cant stress how pissed off I am that I dont have a bottle to take home and enjoy/share with friends. Thank you Troegs for proving you still got what it takes to bring out a surprise that far exceeds expectations.

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4.43/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

I had this on tap at the tasting room. Served chilled in a tulip.

The color is deep chestnut with opaque clarity and quick to drop thin beige foam with tiny beading holding on. The smell is lush with bourbon goodness and vanilla with toffee aroma from the malt and light fruit notes which bring to mind raisins, soaked in bourbon perhaps. The feel is full and semi sweet with light tannin of wood with depth and smooth body for the abv with mild alcohol in the finish and moderate carbonation for the style.

This is a great example of why malt forward beers and bourbon go so well together, the malt flavors of the doppelbock marry well with the light vanilla and oakiness of the bourbon with toffee and nutty flavors with light woody essence and slight sweet tinge of a dessert with vanilla. Overall I loved this, a great combination of Troegenator and bourbon very expertly crafted barrel aged dopplebock.

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4.47/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

a: This was very dark chestnut brown. It was served to me with a small, short lived, bone white cap.

s: Lots of bourbon and vanilla dominating the aroma. The doppelbock underneath was still able to shine through, however. Rich chocolate, toasty grains, and hints of dark fruit.

t: A bit more balanced than the aroma, but still tilted toward the barrel. Nothing wrong with that. The vanilla notes were amazing, a wonderful compliment to the d-bock. Straight bourbon and hints of earthy leather and tobacco were also noted.

m: The barrel thinned this out a bit, making it silky smooth.

o: An amazing beer that I'm very glad I got to try. First BA Troegs offering for me and it didn't disappoint. Cheers to Troegs for skipping the bottles this time around. I'm not suggesting they release all of their barrel aged beers this way, but it does make for a nice change of pace.

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Scratch Beer 87 - 2013 (Bourbon Barrel-Aged Troegenator) from Tröegs Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.27 out of 5 with 32 ratings