What happens when Get Blitzed Day rolls around and the ladies at The Year in Beer both want to get blitzed on the same brew? Well, a TYIB Review Off, of course! Read on to get a double review of this Double Bock from Pennyslvania-based brewery Tröegs.
REVIEW OFF: THE BEER
Brewery: Tröegs Brewing Company
REVIEW OFF: CONTESTANT 1, ALLY
Serving Style: Bottle
Glassware: Tulip glass
Drinking Establishment: Stuff Yer Face, New Brunswick, NJ
Primary Consumer: Ally
Sight: Dark amber, like maple syrup. Foamy white head that recedes quickly.
Scent: Sweet malts, with notes of figs and raisins.
Flavor: Malty sweetness balanced with bitter hops, with some citrus zest, raisins, and other dried fruit flavors lingering in there as well.
Feel: Rich, crisp, with moderate carbonation.
Concluding remarks: Chocolate isn’t the only amazing edible being produced in Hershey, Pennsylvania; Tröegs Brewing Company is releasing some pretty great brews that rank highly on the Pint Glass Scale–not least among them their version of the Doppelbock. Winner of many a medal at the Great American Beer Festival and the World Beer Cup, the Troegenator is a well-balanced Bock that lives up to the monastic tradition of being “liquid bread.” It’s a substantial beer, but very drinkable, and the bitter hops and sweet malts complement each other nicely.
REVIEW OFF: CONTESTANT 2, KERENSA
Serving Style: Bottle
Glassware: Pilsner glass
Drinking Establishment: Kerensa’s kitchen
Primary Consumer: Kerensa
Sight: Murky, dark mahogany body with no head.
Scent: Sweet dark pumpernickel bread with a bit of raisins and a lingering note of alcohol.
Flavor: The ‘Nator tastes like liquid creme brûlée bread pudding. (Now if only that existed in food form.) There is a very slight smoke presence, too.
Feel: Thin body with little carbonation. It feels warm from the alcohol content.
Concluding remarks: This is the best Doppelbock I’ve had this month. As there is little carbonation, the complex yet balanced flavor takes the spotlight. The alcohol note is hidden in taste, but you’ll feel Tröegs’s brew in your cheeks. All in all, this Bock is exceptionally delicious.