Troegs Troegenator – Bourbon Barrel-Aged

Val and I started watching “Fosse/Verdon.” I really like it and wasn’t familiar with his or Gwen Verdon’s work prior to the show. The only thing that is confusing is how they keep switching timelines without warning. For some reason, it can’t hold Val’s interest. We have about half the mini-series left, so hopefully she starts liking it better.

ABV: 11.5%

Style: Doppelbock

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “Settle in for an alternate take on Troegenator. An extended stay in bourbon barrels has transformed this fiercely loved double bock into a nuanced layer cake of toasted coconut, creme brûlée, and whiskey-soaked oak. Way back when, Troegenator caught everyone – including us – by surprise, but putting it in barrels was a sure thing. Opulent, silky and downright otherworldly, Bourbon Barrel-Aged Troegenator is for the believers.”

Random: This beer comes in at 25 IBUs.

The beer poured with a half a finger of off-white head. It dissipated quickly and left a little bit of lacing on the glass. The body was a clear, dark brown with light carbonation visible. The nose was filled with bourbon, charred wood and vanilla. The taste had a bit more depth. It had a lot of nuttiness along with sweet caramel. There was some raisin as well. The bourbon was huge on the flavor and was a bit overwhelming. The alcohol on this was noticeable. The body was on the medium side with light carbonation. It had a lengthy finish with bourbon and char. I enjoyed this beer, it was just a bit intense on the bourbon.

Untappd Rating: 4.0/5.0

B.W. Beer Works The Cask

Hawaii did not have a bustling beer scene. I think we went to almost every possible brewery and beer destination on the two islands that we were on. The beers that I had were okay, but nothing mind-blowing.

ABV: 8%

Style: Doppelbock

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “The Cask, named for the Poe short story The Cask of Amontillado, is a dark, smooth, malty, full-bodied & robust beer with toasty malt, toffee notes that one expects from a barrel aged beer (but it is not) and warms the insides from its 8% abv. Best when served in a snifter glass. Being a high alcohol and full flavored beer, The Cask ages well when stored in a cool dark place”

Random: This beer won Silver at a World Beer Championship.

This beer poured with a finger and a half of light brown head. It dissipated at a moderate pace, but only left some lacing on the glass. The body was a dark brown with moderate carbonation visible. The nose was super sweet and off-putting. It had booze, raisins and dates with a huge dose of brown sugar. The taste started off with a lot of booze that was very hot. It quickly went into sherry sweetness along with raisins, dates and some leather. Molasses were there as well. Malt came through as well with a touch of nuttiness. The body was thick with light carbonation. The finish was lengthy and sticky and had the molasses sweetness. I picked this up outside of DC, but I don’t recall what I paid for either. Either way, this beer was a miss for me.

Untappd Rating: 2.0/5.0

Ommegang Collaboration 2016

As I mentioned awhile ago, Val bought me a ping-pong table because I love playing. The cats love being underneath it and chasing the balls. I also love that it makes a perfect table to fold clean laundry on.


ABV: 7.5%

Style: Doppelbock

Trivia: According to, “Today we get our fist look at a new collaboration coming from Brewery Ommegang (Phil Leinhart) and Urban Chestnut (Florian Kuplent). This Collaboration 2016 release will be a Doppelbock Ale based on Urban Chestnut’s doppelbock and using Ommegang’s Belgian house yeast. Urban Chestnut will also brew a version of Ommegang’s Belgian-style dubbel using their signature house lager yeast. This beer hits 7.5%-AbV and this is a 12oz bottle.”

Random: Val bought me fuzzy socks that are perfect when it gets cold in the house.

The beer poured with a three finger, cream-colored head. It dissipated quickly and left a lot of lacing on the glass. The body was cloudy and mahogany colored with light carbonation visible. The nose was filled with nuttiness and sticky caramel along with candi sugar. It had a touch of hand soap along with Belgian yeast. The taste was also quite nutty with the same caramel and candi sugar. It also had a touch of dough and light raisin flavor. It wasn’t overly sweet though, and I would have preferred a little more sweetness. The booze was apparent on this one. It had a thick body with moderate carbonation. The finish was quick with dough and Belgian yeast. The bottle was $3, which broke down to $.25 per ounce. I wasn’t a big fan of this beer. I’m not normally a fan of sweetness, but this beer needed it to be dialed up a bit.

Untappd Rating: 3.5/5.0

Two Roads Henry’s Farm Double Bock

This was another pickup from Half Time. I heard a rumor that Two Roads will be coming to Jersey in a few months, which will be exciting. I really enjoy a lot of their beers and it would be nice to stock them in the fridge.


ABV: 7.8%

Style: Dopplebock

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “Made in honor of our CEO’s great-grandfather Henry, who made a dopplelbock every year on his South Dakota farm to warrant the coming of spring. A classic strong German lager with a robust body and a deep ruby red color. Two Roads’ recipe uses a generous amount of toasted German and North American barley that is lightly balanced with floral hops.

Random: I need a nap.

This beer poured with a one finger, cream-colored head that dissipated slowly. It didn’t leave a lot of lacing on the glass, but a slightly crown was present. The body was a clear mahogany color with moderate carbonation. The nose was very sweet with toffee and caramel malts. It also had some dark fruit as well. The taste also had caramel and toffee, but it had a touch of bitterness as the end of the sip. Biscuit came through after a few sips and dry alcohol as well. The body was thick and chewy with moderate carbonation. It had a long, sweet finish with sweet caramel. This was a nice beer, but it was just missing something for me and was relatively cheap for a bomber at $6.99 ($.32 per ounce). It just didn’t do it for me.

Untappd Rating: 3.5/5.0

Pizza Boy Hop Test #1 (Defibrillator)

The other half and I walked around Philly for a bit and then stopped for a snack. This beer was on tap, which I think was a leftover from Philly Beer Week. I don’t have any experience with this brewery, but I was excited to give it a try. From the look of the website, it’s a brewery in their restaurant which also offers lots of other craft brews. If I’m ever around Enola, PA, this is a place that I want to make a stop at.


ABV: 9%

Style: Doppelbock

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “Our production brewery is located in our restaurant, Al’s of Hampden in Enola, PA. With a 10,000 square foot location and over 100 beers on tap, we’re central PA’s premiere destination for craft beer.”

Random: My back is so itchy. It’s still peeling. My first priority when I get home is lotion. Lots and lots of lotion.

This beer poured with a one finger, tan head that dissipated slowly and left some lacing on the glass. The body was a deep mahogany color with moderate carbonation. The nose was nutty with warm, dark fruit notes. Specifically, I picked up dates. The taste was filled with tobacco and leather. Raisins were present as well. The booze was well-hidden. It had a thick body with high carbonation. The finish was long and dry with dark fruit. This was a big beer to be drinking on a hot day, and I think I would have enjoyed it on a colder day. Despite that, I would have it again.

Untappd Rating: 4.0/5.0

Josephs Brau Winterbrew

Yesterday was definitely a long day for me. I got home around 8 PM, after being stuck in traffic for awhile and then started cooking dinner. We get our groceries from Fresh Direct (which by the way, is an amazing service, and I highly suggest trying it if it’s in your area) and we had just gotten a hanger steak. I made a quick rub and threw it on the grill with peppers and zucchini and it turned out really well. It also helped that I was absolutely starving. Anyways, the lawyer picked this one up for me while at Trader Joe’s. Let’s see how it went.


ABV: 7.5%

Style: Doppelbock

Trivia: This line is contract brewed for Trader Joe’s by Gordon Biersch, a beer chain that I still haven’t been to.

Random: The meow has now moved on to playing with his sushi toys. They’re shaped like sushi and some are filled with catnip.

This beer poured with a half a finger of off white head that dissipated at a moderate pace. It left very little lacing on the glass. The body poured with a clear, dark chestnut color with heavy carbonation visible. The nose was oddly metallic and off-putting initially, but a touch of nuts and maple came through after that improved it a bit. The taste had a significant raisin presence with a touch of licorice twang and some sweet nuts with maple at the end. The metallic note that was in the nose was luckily not in taste. There was a bit of an alcohol burn at the end. The body was on the thicker side with lots of carbonation. Despite the thickness, it went down easily. It had a long finish with raisins. This was a decent brew, but with the warmer months coming, you won’t get to see it again until next year.

Untappd Rating: 3.0/5.0

Samuel Adams Double Bock (Imperial Series)

Ever have a beer in the beer store that you constantly walk by. You think to yourself, “I should pick that up.” But, inevitably, you find something else that piques your interest and you end up buying something else. This is pretty much what has happened with this beer. I’ve always wanted to try it, but never pulled the trigger. I mean, I’ve reviewed plenty of Sam Adams beers on the blog, but lately I’ve been so interested in trying the what seems like 800 new beers getting distributed to NJ that I walk past this one. Well, no more.

ABV: 9.5%

Style: Dopplebock

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “Intense and warming, this indulgent lager is brewed with over a half-pound of malt in each bottle, almost enough for a loaf of bread. Brewed by monks since the 13th century, double bocks are one of the original “big beers”. The bold malts create a deep mahogany color, rich caramel sweetness and smooth body that’s balanced by the subtle citrus of German Noble hops.”

Random: My office chair is perhaps the most uncomfortable chair in the existence of humanity.

This bad boy poured with a half a finger of tan head that was thick as all get out. It dissipated slowly and left lots of lacing on the glass. The body was a slightly cloudy mahogany color with high carbonation. The nose was woody with some sweet caramel malt and lager yeast. It was clean, but very rich. The taste was really full-bodied. I got some nuttiness and then pronounced sweetness with caramel and toffee. The booze on this was more hidden than I expected it to be. The body was thick with high carbonation. This brew was a definite sipper for me and had a long, nutty finish. It was one of the more impressive beers that I’ve had from Sam Adams and worth a purchase. If you’ve had it, let me know what you think.

Untappd Rating: 4.0/5.0

Weihenstephaner Korbinian

I’m almost completely caught up on the posting. I really have to try to find time to post more than once a week, then I wouldn’t get so freaking backlogged. Anyways, I picked up another brew from Weihenstephaner to try. I tend not to like the style, but we’ll see how it goes.

ABV: 7.4%

Style: Doppelbock

Trivia: This comes in at 32 IBUs.

Random: I’ve been watching a lot of World War II movies lately. I just finished “The Boy In The Striped Pajamas” and now I’m watching “Europa, Europa.” The first one, although fictional was very poignant and moving. I would definitely see it again. The one I’m watching now is subtitled in English. It sounds like it’s in Polish mostly.

This poured with a finger of off white head that dissipated slowly and left a bit of lacing on the mug. The body was a clear and deep brown with heavy carbonation visible throughout the body. The nose had licorice, heavy malt, chocolate and dark fruit. This was a malt bomb for sure. The taste was cocoa, licorice and malt sweetness. The booze was pretty invisible in this one. The body was thick with heavy carbonation. The finish was long with licorice pronounced. I could appreciate the flavor in the brew and that this was a well made beer, but it just wasn’t my style. It is definitely worth a try, especially if you like maltier beers. I may even give this a shot in a year or two to see if my tastes change.

Untappd Rating: 3.5/5.0

Smuttynose S’muttonator

This was another beer that Katie bought. She’s quite cute. She goes on the blog and tries to buy me stuff from breweries that I’ve had before and enjoyed selections from. This happens to be one of those brews that has been on my list to try forever. I’ve read great reviews about this, so I was excited to crack the bomber open.

ABV: 8.5%

Style: Doppelbock

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “S’muttonator is a tasty mixture of German ingredients & good ol’ fashioned New England tenaciousness. Our brewers take 30 hours to brew a single batch of this traditional Double Bock. Take your time & enjoy its rich, malty & deceptively smooth flavor.”

Random: I need to try more brews from Smutty. They really have some good selections, especially in their big beer series.

This one poured with a huge head. I think you could infer that from the picture. The head itself was tan and dissipated slowly. Despite the size of the head, the lacing left was quite limited. The body was a slightly cloudy mahogany color with limited carbonation. The nose was nutty and malty with some maple sweetness. The taste was even better than the nose. It started with some sweet malt and then went into serious caramel sweetness with some hop at the end. There was really no booze presence on this one The body was on the thicker side with moderate carbonation. The finish was lengthy and syrupy with generous sweetness. Easily one of the best of the style that I’ve had. I would definitely have this one again.

Untappd Rating: 4.0/5.0

Urbock 23°

All my cat has done tonight is meow at the screen door to go out. If you didn’t know better, you would think that he’s a dog that meows. Since I started taking him outside, he has started to wedge himself in between the glass door and the screen door to try to entice me to take him out on the leash. It’s quite adorable when he’s not constantly meowing. So, here’s another review that I did last week.

ABV: 9.6%

Style: Doppelbock

Trivia: According to, “Eggenberg Urbock beer tastes strong and full-flavoured. No wonder this beer creation is one of the most unique beer delicacies in Austria”

Random: I wonder how many people take their cats out on a leash.

This brew poured with a one finger, pure white head that dissipated slowly and left no lacing on the glass. The body was a slightly hazy, dark orange color with lots of active carbonation. The nose had a mineral quality to it with a floral sweetness which was a little unpleasant. The taste was even more unpleasant. It started with some malt, but then went into this sickly, artificial sweetness. It did improve slightly as it warmed. My thought was that this may have been old. The finish was long and sweet. The body was thick with lots of carbonation. The booze didn’t make a huge appearance, which was a little shocking to me. After a couple of sips, I just wasn’t into this beer at all. I was surprised because I thought that it would have been better.

Untappd Rating: 2.0/5.0