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Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Our first attempt at a review...Troegs Troegenator

I like drinking and discovering new beer, but frankly am shit in describing and reviewing it. The below is my first ever attempt to review a beer so bear with me. In typical Skye fashion I jump into the deep end. The good news is Jolly Good Fellows has talented writers that are much better at this sort of thing.

The original plan was to take my own picture 
but I drank away the evidence so here is the
brewery's image
My notes on Troegs Troegenator Double Bock Beer:

This is a BIG beer.  Coming in with 8.2% alcohol, it poured nice brown and had some carbonation, no particles of note. Poured into my Hamm's chalice, it had arrived with minimal head and quickly dissipated.(Not what you seeing in the picture) Definitely more malt forward than originally expected, it drank smooth

While you can taste the alcohol it gives way to a slightly caramel taste with a slightly bitter after taste. The caramel became more noticeable as the double bock warms up.

This is a beer that improves as it warms slightly and continues to reward the drinker through the entire glass. Have a couch ready...this beer will fill you up. The Troegenator lives up to the double bock reputation of liquid bread. After a few you may wish to have a lie down because the potency of the beer will sneak up on you if you aren't careful. 

I like this beer, I always get at least a sixer of it when I see it on the shelves in the autumn. I have found that it has the rewarding character I enjoy out of beer; in other words I don't get bored with it. This year I am going to age the last bottle out one year. I believe it will enhance the character and flavor. 

I recommend this beer to folks who enjoy the bock style and looking for something that has bit more walking through the door. 

Here is the "propaganda" on the Troegenator:

The Troegenator Double Bock, is a dark, strong lager (8.2% abv). It pours into a glass with a bronze to brown color, fluffy white head and bready malt aroma. The Troegenator leaves a rich, warming feeling and subtle spicy flavors. The style, Double Bock, dates back a century or so ago. During periods of fasting without solid foods, the Monastic brewers relied on the double bock; a stronger, richer beer to fulfill their basic nutritional needs. Known to them as "liquid bread," a double bock has a strong malt aroma and chewy rich body. Traditionally these brewers ended the name of their double bock with the suffix "ator", ex. Celabrator, Illuminator, Subliminator... In the spirit of the tradition we give you the Troegenator to provide warmth and richness through the early spring months. A double bock of epic proportions, beware, the Troegenator is deceiving smooth and delicious.

A final note on reviews for this site. Jolly Good Fellows is not a review site. We will review beer we are enjoying but it is not the primary motivation for establishing this place. Reviews are only one piece of the bigger pie. Hopefully at a minimum we will bring you one beer review a week. Thanks again for stopping by! 

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