Monday, March 30, 2015

Tröegs Troegenator Doublebock

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Chad9976 (1316) - Albany, New York, USA - MAR 30, 2015
The 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 lacing.

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. 
Grade: 8/10

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