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Troegs Troegenator from Harrisburg, Pennsylvania
Serving style: Bottle, poured into glass
Location: Two Door Tavern in Williamsburg
ABV: 8.2 percent
Appearance: Deep brown amber. Caramel, but terrific transparency. About a 1/2-inch head.
Aroma: Sweet, full, malty, and caramel.
Taste: Lightly toasted. Starts fruity, but transitions into a tangy, tart finish. Full flavor.
Mouthfeel: Not as intense as expected, but the high ABV makes you pace yourself. Silky. Mild carbonation.
Overall Experience: Oh, this is a good, good beer. Doppelbock is a stronger variation of bock, which is simply a strong German lager. This type of beer has been considered a meal in a glass because it’s so potent. That doesn’t surprise me at all. I enjoyed mine last night with a burger and fries, and had trouble finishing my food because the beer was so filling.
The name made me want it. Then again, stick “-ator” on the end of anything — movie, video game, pork chop — and it’s pretty much a guarantee that I will (a) buy it, (b) consume it, or (c.) try and become it (ERIC THE BEER COLUMNATOR). Turns out, though, this “-ator” actually has a point. Googling around tells me that it’s the code for doppelbock, and more than 200 beers add “-ator” to their names to signal the style. It’s not even 1 p.m. as I’m writing this, and I already learned my something new for the day.
As stated, the brew was delicious. It’s sweet, tangy flavor offset the heaviness of it. The 8.2 ABV, combined with the deep, dark color made it an intimating drink. But if you happen to come across the Troegenator, don’t be scared. Like the Terminator, it’s actually on your side. I passed the glass around my table — two friends who are the polar opposite of beer fans, another who actually knows his stuff — and it was a hit with all three. Plus, the bottle’s label is awesome: A man with horns and a big white beard. I want to drink with that guy.