After a few visits on our tap, Railbenders made its final trip around the Franklin Inn Draft beer track last night. Farewell Railbender Ale. We enjoyed your visit. Now it's time to meet Troegenator...
Located in Hershey, PA, Troegs Brewing Company brings us the Troegnator Double Bock. Apparently, they will only distribute their beer within a three hour driving radius which makes us lucky ducks to be within their range! Check out their super cool artwork at their website (www.troegs.com) too. Their beer labels are great.
The brewery's description: "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."
RateBeer gives Troegenator an overall score of 94 and Beer Advocate seems to be split with an 87 and 94. Upon further "googling" of Troegneator, I found that most reviewers gave it scores in the above average and excellent range. Despite the high alcohol content, most also agreed it was a smooth and pleasant beer and would choose it again.
Before completing this blog post, I made my hubby, John, pour himself a draft and have a drink. I know, I know....his life his tough with a slave-driving wife like me! He says that upon his first sip he could tell it is a well made beer. According to John, "It's very tasty with a creamy head and bit of a hop bite but not bitter. It is delicious."
Come on in and try a Troegenator today. Sounds like it is a great cold weather beer. Let us know what you think of it.
Here are the stats:
Alcohol by Volume: 8.2%
Hop Bitterness (IBUs): 25
Color (SRM): Bronze
Availability: Year Round
Malts: Pilsner, Munich, Chocolate
Hops: Hallertau, Saaz
Look at all the Awards this beer has won:
2011- Gold Medal - Great American Beer Festival - Bock Category
2010 - Silver Medal - Great American Beer Festival - Bock Category
2010 World Beer Cup - Gold Medal - German style Bock
2009 Great American Beer Festival- Gold Medal - Bock Category
2007 Great American Beer Festival- Gold Medal
2006 Great American Beer Festival- Silver Medal
2006 World Beer Cup - Bronze Medal
Beer writer Lew Bryson has named Troegenator Doublebock “The Best Beer I had in 2004”