TorbenJensen (1444) - Valby, DENMARK - OCT 5, 2015
2.7 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Potent double bock with lovely aroma of hard roasted malt, dark bread and a little coffee. The taste varies over dark chocolate, very dark rye bread (pumpernickel), a little hard coffee and roasted malt with a very small tone of smoked malt. The sweetness is relatively high and syrupy, and it’s actually a little sorry for the acts most like a dobbelbock which has been added a portion syrup, rather than a double bock beer with natural malt sweetness. The taste also contains some dried fruits and a bit nuts. Unfortunately, its fruit taste a tart shade of some fruit acid, and it bears it from being completely comparable with the best German double bocks. It has otherwise many fine bars and a soft carbonation that makes it rich in malt flavor. Hop bitterness is also balanced fine, but its a little too high fruit acid (which can resemble cherry), which I do not think belongs in a good double bock. The finish is dry and as such it is a tasty and vinous beer, however, is just a little too sweet and slightly tart.
badgerben (4822) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - OCT 3, 2015
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Deep red color with a thin head. Light brown sugar aroma. Strong, sweet malty flavor. Lots of caramelized sugar. Light dark cherry.
BlindGuardianco (76) - - SEP 4, 2015
4.4 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Tasty doppelbock, not the best I had but solid, Malty and boozie as expected, will try again
9er (87) - Maryland, USA - JUL 26, 2015
4.8 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Six pack thanks to Phil’s ponk ass! Good brew. Semi-sweet malty beverage that was more appealing than I expected. This is a really nice doublebock. It was a nice balance of carbonation and alcohol. The high abv is cloued behing the nice milk chocolate, berry yumminess that is c reated in this bottle. The apprarance was deep reddish to brown. It never left the bottle so citing the exact appearance is not wise here. Well done Toregs, well done.
Mehinaman (8) - Washington, USA - JUN 27, 2015 does not count
4.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
Words can’t describe how much I love this beer. It was an extra in a beer trade I made recently and I like it more than the beers I actually traded for. I can’t even compare it to other Bocks since this is my first besides Celebrator. Only wish it was sold in Seattle!
rentonj7 (202) - Havertown, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 16, 2015
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Gorgeous deep ruby amber. Dried dark fruit aroma: cherries, prunes. Flavor is sweet biscuit and loads of cherry, plum, some raisin, and a hint of dark chocolate. Thick chewy mouth feel. Slightly drying finish but still very sweet. Low carbonation and warming from the alcohol.
Plovmand (7753) - Helsinge, DENMARK - MAY 16, 2015
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. It pours ruby amber with a creamy beige head. Nutty and toasted caramel malty aroma. Chocolate cookies. Flavor is sweet malty with biscuit notes. Nice but a bit one dimensional.
martin00sr (2478) - Haderslev, DENMARK - MAY 14, 2015
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Slightly hazy dark amber. Small, frothy light beige head. Aroma has malt syrup, honey and dried fruit. Similar flavour, alcohol, sweetness and bitterness nicely balanced. Gets very fruity, almost cherry-like. Finish is quite alcoholic.
BVery (9400) - Plymouth, Minnesota, USA - MAY 13, 2015
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Deep amber pour with a quickly receding head. Dark fruit and bread on the aroma and taste. Palate has a little heft, and it carries a touch of a dry finish.
ChadPolenz (1651) - Lakeland, Florida, USA - MAR 30, 2015
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
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.