Bourbon Barrel Doppelbock - Hinterland Brewery Restaurant
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3.06/5 rDev -17.7%
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.
11-14-2013 06:44:26 | More by falloutsnow
3.6/5 rDev -3.2%
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.
08-07-2013 00:40:03 | More by emerge077
3.29/5 rDev -11.6%
16oz bottle with a plain Jane label. This label just has the Hinterland "H" above the name of the beer. The name looks like a stamp on the side of a bourbon barrel. Flanking the names on both sides is the mandatory US information. A bottled date or best before date would have been nice. This must be the new vintage. There was no wax around the cap.
When poured into a Salvator Pilsner glass, the barrel aged beauty was a deep dark cherry amber with a beautiful cherry red center. Toward the bottom of the beer, there was a sprinkle of honey amber. The only thing that could ruin the appearance for me would be the head of foam. Fortunately that wasn't the case with this beer. On top of this beauty was a 1/4 to 1/2 an inch dirty white almost beige colored head of foam. This head of foam had great slow retention. It left behind a long lasting skim of foam and a small number of tiny blots of lace around the glass. My eyes couldn't get enough of this beer.
The appearance needed a separate paragraph. It's a creature all by itself. Everything else can be rolled into one small sentence. This is one weak barrel aged Doppelbock. There I said it. Everything besides the appearance was just lacking. The aroma was mostly bourbon with some muddled chocolate covered nuts, oak, roasted malt, and dark fruits. It was almost the same story with the taste. The taste was all about the bourbon booze with very little chocolate, roasted malt, oak, and dark fruits backing it up. The boozy bourbon took control of this beer and ran with it.
In the end, this is one of those beers where my sense of smell and taste were jealous of my eyes. I saw everything great about this beer. When it came down to the truly important parts, it was a big disappointment. Would I drink it again? Only if I'm in the mood for a bourbon boozy Doppelbock and I'm never in that mood.
08-04-2013 14:16:46 | More by AltBock
3.48/5 rDev -6.5%
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.
07-28-2013 17:22:04 | More by iLovehops23
Bourbon Barrel Doppelbock from Hinterland Brewery Restaurant
84 out of 100 based on 77 ratings.