Welcome back, everyone. Today I’ve got a lager beer for you. A doublebock to be specific. Troegs Troegenator Doublebock to be…even more specific. I’ve have plenty of Troegs beer, but never this one, which doesn’t make sense to me, but I plan to rectify that oversight by drinking this like it was liquid money. Also, it’s the first lager I’ve had in a while, and I’m curious to see what differences I can find between between the two types of beer. Actually, I’ll probably forget and just focus on the flavors, but hey, that’s what really matters, right? So, in those famous words of Colonel Sanders, “Let’s drink!” (some words may have been edited for content).
The bottle aromas begin with sweet, malty goodness, blooming out from the bottle like a cloud of bread. There’s a fruity kick at the back end that seems to consist of mild apples, lending a bit of sweetness to the big bread notes. Additionally, a sweet hint of cherries push in from the sides, working hand in hand with the apples to boost the malts. The overall aroma is a wonderful combination of malts, fruits, and warmth that makes the mouth water.
These same profiles show up in the bottle taste as well. Deep, rich malts wrap around your tongue like a warm, bready blanket. An earthy sweetness is highlighted by a surprisingly potent alcohol kick, nicely masked by the malts, but shining through enough to make you feel it. Hints of apple and cherry essence swirl into the malts every now and then, but their real contribution is a gentle fruit sweetness, and a breath of freshness with each taste. Over the tongue, there’s a crisp edge that bubbles as it makes its way back, but the flavors still manage to cling to the inside of your mouth for a long time. The end of each taste is marked by a slight nuttiness that adds a hint of buttery smoothness to the mix. There aren’t too many different flavors going on, but there doesn’t need to be to make straight forward tastiness.
In a snifter glass, the aromas subdue a bit. The malt strength fades until you’re left with a floral crispness, with just a hint of malts. Subtle fruit notes surround a roasty quality, adding some sweetness to the bouquet. After it sits for a bit, some sweet caramel notes begin to rise up, bringing a nice touch of heavy sweetness that ties a bow around the entire thing. Visually, it pours a dark amber beneath a quick, cream colored head. Held up to the light, it glows a beautiful ruby, like an alcoholic precious gem. Awesome.
The post-pour taste is a deep maltiness that fills the entire mouth. The sweet, alcoholic bite returns, adding warmth to the big bread flavor. Sweet notes become more and more evident as the drinks go by, enhancing the bready richness that dominates over the other flavors. At the back end of each taste, there’s a slight fruity zest that compliments the sweetness of the malts, without adding any additional flavors. It’s a tasty, straight forward beer that focuses on malts and power. And it does so quite well.
Overall, this beer was quite tasty, with a great malty profile. The flavors are simple, yet potent and full-bodied. It brings an alcohol kick, but the richness of the malts hide the potency, allowing each taste to go down silky smooth. From both the bottle and a glass, the flavors last quite a while as a mellow breadiness that screams warmth and comfort. It also looks great, with a rich amber hue under a creamy head. Like most crafts, it can be a bit pricey, but by now, that’s old news.
Some great drinking suggestions would be when those chilly autumn breezes begin to blow the leaves from the trees. Enjoy one of these to stay warm in the early reaches of fall, before moving on to more potent choices. A wonderful malty lager, Troegs Troegenator Doublebock receives a well deserved A-.
Lasting Strength: 10/10
Overall: 9.3/10 A-