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Bourbon Barrel Doppelbock - Hinterland Brewery Restaurant

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BA SCORE
83
good

84 Ratings
THE BROS
67
poor

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Ratings: 84
Reviews: 26
rAvg: 3.66
pDev: 12.3%
Wants: 7
Gots: 7 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Hinterland Brewery Restaurant visit their website
Wisconsin, United States

Style | ABV
Doppelbock |  7.40% ABV

Availability: Fall

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BrownAleMale on 09-07-2012)
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Hinterland - Bourbon Barrel Doppelbock [Malt Beverage Aged In Bourbon Barrels] (16oz ---> Lefthand Pint Glass : 7.5% ABV)

An extremely loud "pop" as my lighter released the cap from the vessel, a sound that is seemingly meaningless on the grand scale of things, but it never fails to excite my senses a little more and makes me more anxious to enjoy a brew!! An aggressive pour yielded less than an inch worth of khaki colored head, formed of smaller bubbles that sat atop the brownish-ruby colored beer… Not crystal clear, as the beer has a slight haze to it, and an opacity to match, in that it allows a fair amount of light through it… On the nose is a decent amount of sweet maltiness, molasses, a nice helping of whiskey barrel, and a slight trace of tobacco… After my first taste, I was surprised at the delicacy with which it hit my palate!! The sweetness presented by the aroma is much more subdued that I had thought it would be, but the brown sugar is on the forefront of things, mingling with nuances of candied fruits… Midway through some slight coffee notes present themselves, with more hints of tobacco… Nothing overwhelming though, as the whiskey barrel shows up on the back end with a few more traces of dark fruits and caramel… The mouthfeel is pleasant, but just a little too light for me… It allows the sweetness to blend nicely with the bolder elements of the beer, but the finish is still nice and crisp… Overall this beer lacks a certain complexity I've come to expect, and typically enjoy, in barrel aged beers… Somewhat like a 50/50 aged wine, as it's not too oaky, but I feel this beer could have used more of the barrel's influence… Lastly, the hop presence could have been more prevalent, as there's hardly ANY traces of hop flavor in this beer… Another great brew - Cheers!!

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2.85/5  rDev -22.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

From BeerAdvocate magazine Issue #70 (November 2012):

Once you finally break through the black wax seal, you meet a Doppelbock that can't quite standup to the overwhelming bourbon barrel notes. It's too thin too, and as a result creates a fairly one-dimensional bourbon laden beer that doesn't last long on the palate. We would have loved to seen a heartier Doppelbock, with its backbone intact, and a more subtle approach to the barrel aging. As it stands it just tastes like a watery shot of bourbon with some lingering malt.

STYLE: Doppelbock
ABV: 7.4%
AVAILABILITY: Limited

LOOK: Dark copper, creamy off-white lacing

SMELL: Soft oak, bourbon, vanilla, toffee

TASTE: Creamy, smooth, fizzy, thin, sweet, brown sugar, toasty malts, caramel, wood, hints of oxidation, faint boozy linger

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look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

From: Binny's, Lincoln Park, IL
Date: None on bottle (believe this was a late 2012 release)
Glass: Ayinger Celebrator bock glass

Hinterland's Bourbon Barrel Doppelbock is another unfortunate doppelbock to suffer from a barrel aging program that manages to strip most of the life out of it, accentuating only (mostly?) the bourbon and ethanol characters. While this is disappointing, I don't know what the base doppelbock was like going into the barrels, and so while it may have been excellent, I suspect it was fairly average due to the modest bock flavors in this beer. Hinterland's bourbon barrel doppelbock is less of a bourbon-and-ethanol mess than Schmaltz's, but that's not saying too much. Not one I'd pick up again.

Pours a 1.5cm tall head of tan colored foam, made up of small to medium-sized bubbles, yielding a frothy appearance on bottom, sponge-like on top. Head retention is above average at 1.5 minutes, fading to a thick ring around the glass and some small, scattered islands of wispy foam lingering atop the body of the beer. Lacing is present, but minimal, a few medium-sized splotches cling to the sides of the glass. Body is a very dark amber color, with light bringing out orange-brown hues. Carbonation is visible through the transparent body, low in number and activity.

Aroma of modest bourbon and oak character, some melanoidin (caramel-like) sweetness, and hints of chocolate and vanilla. A bit more bland than it sounds, this is still far more nuanced, graceful, and appealing than many other bourbon beers (certainly not a bourbon bomb, like another bourbon-barrel doppelbock I recently tried...)

Dominant flavors are of mellow bourbon and cocoa, with ethanol being close nearby, then some melanoidin characters and licorice. Front of palate is of mellow bourbon and cocoa-on-bread-crusts. Mid-palate is of increased bourbon, reduced cocoa and bread crusts, moderate ethanol, and a bit of licorice and char; makes me forget I'm drinking a doppelbock a little bit, and think I'm drinking a bourbon porter. Back of palate detects an increase in fairly generic sweetness, with ethanol, bourbon, and slightly roasty cocoa also being somewhat prominent. Aftertaste of molasses, bourbon, ethanol, cocoa on bread crusts, and slight licorice.

Beer is medium to medium-heavy in body, with carbonation of medium intensity, resulting in a slightly fizzy (1/5), foamy (3/5), and smooth (1/5) mouthfeel (appearing in that order). Ethanol heat fairly easily felt on the tongue, throat, and in the nostrils, somewhat surprising for a 7.4% beer; I am not impressed. Closes dry, with fairly heavy stickiness clinging to the palate and lips.

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Bourbon Barrel Doppelbock from Hinterland Brewery Restaurant
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