909: Troegenator Double Bock

Name: Troegenator Double Bock
Brewery: Tröegs Brewing Company
Country of Origin: United States
City & State: Hershey, Pennsylvania
Style: Doppelbock
Alcohol Content (ABV): 8.2%
First Brewed: 2002

Tasting Notes
Bronze with a big, fluffy head and bready aroma. Sweet malt washed lightly across the palate for a slightly spiced hopped finish. Chocolate and molasses emerge as the glass warms.

Ricky’s Thoughts
I love this label. I have no idea what that is… I mean, most doppelbocks have a goat on the label. Not sure why that is. But this label looks like a man meets goat. The goat has a beard for goodness sake! Anyway, the logo is bright and I dig it. I am not a huge fan of doppelbocks, but the label is enough for me to get excited. That, and the ABV. This is a big ABV for a beer that is readily accessible all over the Midwest. I am stoked to try this one!

In the Glass: It looks like a thick, hearty malty beer in the glass. It has a thin white head, and pretty much no lace. But it looks very appetizing in the glass. I am thirsty, and it is hot outside… but man, it looks good!

Nose: I am picking up some spices on the nose. I stuck my nose DEEP into the glass, and I am getting lots of bread and am really grabbing those Saaz hops. This promises to be a malty beer with loads of flavor.

Flavor: The flavors don’t really kick in until the end, but when they do they are solid. It is a quick malty flavor that splashes across your tongue, but the flavor sticks with you.

Mouthfeel: There isn’t much mouthfeel here. There are some bubbles up front, but that is gone in no time. As you swallow, the back of the tongue gets the smoothness that you expect from a barleywine, but there isn’t nearly the sweetness you get from one of those.

Aftertaste: The aftertaste is strong, at first. But by the time you sit there and swallow a few times, it quickly fades away. The tasting notes talk about the chocolate notes coming out as the beer heats up, so I will wait and see if that is the case.

This beer has a HUGE ABV, but you never get that. There is no heat, and the beer is extremely smooth. The malts help that. I like the label, I like the beer… not the best I have had, but one that I could see myself reaching for time and time again. Oh, and while I was writing this, Tröegs Brewing actually responded to me on Twitter. Make sure to follow @troegsbeer on Twitter to learn more about the brewery! Bottoms up, people!

Troegenator Double Bock – The bottle says: “NA”

Rating: 3/5

Sheryl’s Thoughts
And here we are again.  Tonight’s beer smells really good, I do have to say.  There are lots of smells in there.  I smell some bread at first, then fruit and cinnamon.  I hope it is as yummy as it smells!  The color of the beer is kind of like cinnamon too.  It’s very opaque – you can’t even see through it in the glass.  It’s kind of a dark reddish-brown color.  This looks and smells like a very rich beer, and almost reminds me of a barleywine.  There really isn’t much head, and when you swirl it in the glass, the lace very quickly dissipates.  Well, enough talk about what it looks and smells like – let’s find out how it tastes.

There is a lot of flavor in this beer.  And I like that!  The first taste you get are some spices.  It is definitely rich, as I suspected it.  It is different from a barleywine (at least to me) in that it does not taste as fruity.  Instead it is more of a cinnamon taste, with only a slight hint of carbonation.  Then, when you swallow, the lasting taste is more that of bread.  That flavor hits you more towards the end.  It is a very good beer!  I’m not sure of the ABV on this, but my guess would be high.  The beers I like the best tend to have a high ABV!

I really like the richness and flavor of this beer.  This is one I would definitely pick out again.  Can I have some more?

Rating: 4/5

908 bottles of beer on the wall…

One Response to “909: Troegenator Double Bock”

  • Brian Kieffer

    re: Ricky’s thoughts: “most doppelbocks have a goat on the label. Not sure why that is.” It’s because the style known now as bock was a dark, malty, lightly hopped ale first brewed in the 14th century by German brewers in the Hanseatic town of Einbeck.[2] The style from Einbeck was later adopted by Munich brewers in the 17th century and adapted to the new lager style of brewing. Due to their Bavarian accent, citizens of Munich pronounced “Einbeck” as “ein Bock” (“a billy goat”), and thus the beer became known as “bock”. To this day, as a visual pun, a goat often appears on bock labels.” wikipedia.org

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