traditional German-style doppelbock is usually considered a spring
seasonal, but thanks to season creep American versions tend to compete
with Christmas beers. Troegs has so much confidence in their Troegenator
Doublebock that they actually release year-round and they even package
it in cans (full pint cans to boot). This is definitely one of the best
American examples of the style on the mainstream craft beer market.
I poured a 16oz can into a nonic pint glass. It was canned on 1/26/15 and cost $3.39 ($0.21 per ounce).
Appearance: Beautiful ruby red/mahogany hue; extremely transparent.
Pours to a large, tan, foamy head which retains well but leaves little
Smell: Malt-forward aroma; very sweet with notes of cherry and other dark fruit with a classic lager scent.
Taste: Not surprisingly, there is a lot of malt in this palate. Sweet to
be sure, but not excessive or cloying. There’s a fruity flavor, much
like the aroma, of cherry or plum. A faint hint of toasty flavor due to
the chocolate malt. Hops linger in the background and impart a gentle
dry bitterness. This is not a style that you want especially balanced
anyway. I do get some cough medicine flavor on the back end, probably
due to the alcohol. It’s slightly caramel-tasting, which is nice.
Overall, it’s a tasty and satisfying example of the style.
Drinkability: If there’s one style of beer that’s inherently cloying
it’s probably doppelbock. Troegenator has a thick, sticky, tepid
mouthfeel and does leave a lingering malty aftertaste. It’s low in
carbonation, though that seems appropriate as higher CO2 might scrub the
palate a little too clean. At 8.2% ABV it’s full-bodied to say the
least and the alcohol is easily noticed in all aspects of the brew. This
is a meal in a can.