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Bourbon Barrel Doppelbock - Hinterland Brewery Restaurant

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BA SCORE
84
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77 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 77
Reviews: 24
rAvg: 3.72
pDev: 11.02%
Wants: 7
Gots: 6 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Hinterland Brewery Restaurant visit their website
Wisconsin, United States

Style | ABV
Doppelbock |  7.40% ABV

Availability: Fall

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: BrownAleMale on 09-07-2012)
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HistoricalMan, Oct 20, 2013
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3.98/5  rDev +7%
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.

WoodBrew, Nov 24, 2012
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tourdot, Nov 03, 2012
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3.6/5  rDev -3.2%
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.

emerge077, Aug 07, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

MrTana, Nov 04, 2012
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4.1/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16 oz wax-dipped bottle poured into a Hinterland tulip.
No date or info.

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!

BeerFMAndy, Oct 10, 2012
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wallanda, Sep 23, 2012
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enelson, Nov 10, 2012
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3.98/5  rDev +7%
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.

yamar68, Nov 15, 2012
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look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Very nice balance of bourbon flavor and malt .Hinterland has to be the Silkiest doppelbock I've ever had the pleasure of drinking. I'd really like to sip on one these bad boys on a nice fall Sunday at lambeau field. Now I have another reason to go to Green Bay besides watching the packers lose. Really nice beer, give this one a go sometime.

iLovehops23, Jul 28, 2013
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look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Ok let's start with the bottle itself... If you want your beer to be enjoyed, make sure you can open it. The wax was so hard and brittle that it took 10 minutes just to chip it away so you could get some leverage on the cap... Then some wax inevitably made it into the beer itself... Unfortunately packaging is not a rating here, but I wanted to voice my opinion.

A - thin dark copper color, clear with a trace of tan head that dissipates quickly and leaves no lacing.

S - toasted oats, caramel and vanilla... Very sweet, but nicely apparent

T - this reminds me of maple brown sugar oatmeal... The vanilla from the bourbon barrel is up front, with a nice bready backbone. No off flavors here.

M - thin, watery... Would expect something this to be a little thicker in mouthfeel

O - an average doppelbock... I think the bourbon barrel aging plays well, but the base beer was poorly executed

csiewert, Dec 14, 2012
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Bourbon Barrel Doppelbock from Hinterland Brewery Restaurant
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