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Bourbon Barrel Doppelbock - Hinterland Brewery Restaurant

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Bourbon Barrel DoppelbockBourbon Barrel Doppelbock

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31 Reviews

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Reviews: 31
Hads: 105
Avg: 3.6
pDev: 21.94%
Wants: 7
Gots: 11 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Hinterland Brewery Restaurant visit their website
Wisconsin, United States

Style | ABV
Doppelbock |  7.40% ABV

Availability: Fall

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: BrownAleMale on 09-07-2012

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Reviews: 31 | Hads: 105
Reviews by Bighuge:
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4.11/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

First of all, trying to get into this bottle was like trying to get into Fort Knox. The wax was like a some cross-linked UV cured urethane. Damn near had to make a trip to the ER after nearly slicing my finger off with the sharp object I was using to chisel my way in. Then after finally popping it, I got crumbs all over that I needed to be careful not to get in the beer. Some probably did. Hopefully no glass shards did. I may be making that trip to the ER after all if they did :<(

Tarnished brown body with a slight beige cap. Lacing comes in the form of rings....moderately spaced. The aroma is strong...I'll give it that. Heavy on the bourbon, which I like, and a slickly sweet aroma as well. Flavor is pretty solid overall. Sweet without teetering over that edge of cloying. Bourbon is noticeable. Fairly malty. Not a lot of depth, but it's pretty good with it's two edged sword of malt sweetness and bourbon. Lightly carbonated and medium bodied. Could use a little heft. Solid beer overall.

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More User Reviews:
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2.92/5  rDev -18.9%
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%

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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Photo of bpfrush
3.75/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of stereosforgeeks
3.5/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of WoodBrew
3.99/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The beer pours a brownish-red with limited head that did not lace. Wonderful aroma, full of candied plums and Bourbon Whiskey. Clean flavours. Sweet dark fruit, toffe, and Bourbon. Lovely, lovely Bourbon. Very harmonious. Vanilla, molasis, subtle char. A Bourbon beer that tastes like beer first, not the other way around. Overal a medium sweet sipper. Nothing over the top....not the best burbon barrel i've had, but a nice beer nontheless.

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3/5  rDev -16.7%

Photo of zimm421
3.42/5  rDev -5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Poured from the bottle into a tulip. Appears a dark opaque brown with a thick, frothy tan head that never completely dissipates. The nose is all sweetness and bourbon. The taste is again all bourbon, oak and sweet, malt. The mouthfeel is sticky, as I expected from the first whiff. Overall, it's just too one dimensional, and not complex enough. An interesting concept, but doesn't blow me away.

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Photo of Kegatron
3.47/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of NSXAG
3/5  rDev -16.7%

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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Photo of apasternak
3/5  rDev -16.7%

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3.75/5  rDev +4.2%

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4/5  rDev +11.1%

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3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

Photo of emerge077
3.6/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Severstad for surprising me with this one! Might be the best of the mixed six... and it's from Green Bay, no less.

Dark brown with glints of ruby in the light, that rich color alone makes this beer fairly sexy. Tobacco stained tan foam, half a glass at first, much more subdued on the second pour, patchy skim and a thin collar around the edges. About what you'd expect for a barrel aged lager.

Sweet whiskey aroma, more of the Jack Daniels/Jim Beam variety. Some woodiness and toasted malts surface too as it warms, as well as alcohol sharpness.

Flavors are as advertised, malty doppelbock base with plenty of bourbon heat and flavor, though a bit sharp and astringent. Base malts are there, lending bready flavors and some light fruity sweetness. Slight ashiness, astringent alcohol burn, mellowed some by the sweetness. Body is on the light side, and doesn't seem to stand up to the barrel. A bit thin and seemingly undercarbed. Overall worth a try, but know that it's a bit boozy and thin. Not sure i'd pick it up in the future.

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3.75/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of BeerFMAndy
4.12/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16 oz wax-dipped bottle poured into a Hinterland tulip.
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A - While wax-dipping a bottle can certainly increase it's attraction, it can also hinder the beer. Case in point; this wax is so brittle it chips and breaks, nearly falling into the beer. My recommendation? Use a knife (carefully!) to cut around the base of the cap, then pry off. Once safely aside, the beer pours a gorgeous deep mahogany color which, despite it's dark nature is clear. A short-lived tan head caps the pour and dots the tulip in specks of lace.

S - Bourbon is immediately apparent through this beer but by no means is it boozy, in fact, Bourbon Barrel Doppelbock uses it's time in the barrels to juxtapose the malt's interaction. Rich caramel and Munich sweetness dwell in the background of this smooth lager but become more open as it warms, blending wonderfully with the charred oak and alcohol warmth.

T - Lost in translation, the rich maltiness of the aroma thins out considerably in flavor, imparting it's nuances but not the full breadth of their capabilities. Amber-like toasted malts trickle in some breadiness while light caramel and Munich sweetness barely come through. Wood paneling is a bit more reminiscent of an old basement rather than typical barrel aging, though this seems to have spend much less time in barrels judging by it's respectably light traces of the spirit.

M - Hinterland's Doppelbock does a fantastic job of minimally aging the base beer for an outcome that's not a pure booze-bomb rife with alcohol heat. But what's not so fantastic is the thin feel of the base doppelbock which would normally be a rich, malty, and sweet German lager. Hinterland get's it right with the crispness and cleanliness of lagering though, and that's quite admirable. I just wish the beer had a fuller body.

O - There's a fine line to walk when one barrel ages beer. To be too thin? Or to sway into utter booziness... It becomes hard to please everyone, but Hinterland does a great job at walking that line down the center, letting their doppelbock breathe and open with an aromatic spirit nose but the base beer just seems rather...flat, regardless of barrel aging. A doppelbock is a rich, hearty style; "liquid bread" to the monks, and while this beer is very nice, it doesn't quite reach that status. Look for this version to be much more drinkable and less filling, a terrific fall treat!

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Photo of Sazz9
3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

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4.75/5  rDev +31.9%

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3.75/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of yamar68
3.98/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Nice looking bock - murky copper/brown body, pretty still looking, a dense beige cap swells to fill the mug, good lacing.

Smooth dark caramel, root beer notes, subtle bourbon character, earthy malts, toffee, a pretty well balanced smelling beer.

Smoky charred oak, dull berry notes, maple syrup, brown sugar, fresh tobacco, slightly bitter on the tail end. Not too potent... very smooth, clean. Could use a bit more body. Not mind-blowing but tasty nevertheless.

Give it a go if you're curious.

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4.02/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Fusebuddy
3.96/5  rDev +10%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of CWhite
4.75/5  rDev +31.9%

Photo of sgoro
3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

Photo of Ri0
3.44/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

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Bourbon Barrel Doppelbock from Hinterland Brewery Restaurant
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