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Bourbon Barrel Doppelbock - Hinterland Brewery Restaurant

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BA SCORE
84
good

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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tm1956, Nov 03, 2012
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4.11/5  rDev +10.5%

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.

Bighuge, May 03, 2013
Photo of BeerFMAndy
4.1/5  rDev +10.2%

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!

BeerFMAndy, Oct 09, 2012
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3.98/5  rDev +7%

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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3.98/5  rDev +7%

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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3.95/5  rDev +6.2%

after fighting with the wax and bottle cap for over 10 minutes i finally made a dent in the wax and was able to chip away at the cap and fold half of it over. what the fuck guys, i've seen better wax jobs on homebrews made from crayons!

poured a deep brownish red with 2 fingers of head and excellent retention. smells of vanilla, chocolate, subtle notes of bourbon, oak.. very mellow scents from a barrel aged beer.
the flavor is a delicious sweet wet pecan like profile up front, blended with a subtle bourbon vanilla and a faint hint of coffee. not overwhelming on the bourbon, which is good for a change - you get to taste the actual malty sweetness of the beer and the other delicious characteristics.

medium in body, lightly carbonated, slightly watery for a barrel aged beer.

honestly, not a bad beer at all.. very tasty. my only grudge is the damn wax.

facundoCNB, Dec 15, 2012
Photo of wisrarebeer
3.93/5  rDev +5.6%

$7.99 for a half liter Euro style bottle.

I agree with BeerFMAndy -- the waxed cap is attractive but was a dog to get off. I nearly impaled myself several times with a knife trying to chip away at the brittle plastic wax. Skip the wax next time.

A: nice, nearly clear, mahogany color, poured with a decent head that dissipated to a thin wisp of bubbles around the glass
S: definitely malty doppelbock with bourbon barrel noticeable but not overwhelming
T: I didn't think this would be a good mix but Hinterland did a decent job, the heavy malt backbone is still there with a decent and noticeable amount of bourbon barrel throughout
M: very smooth and drinkable for its ABV, but I couldn't see drinking more than a bottle or two at a setting

wisrarebeer, Oct 12, 2012
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Bourbon Barrel Doppelbock from Hinterland Brewery Restaurant
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