Bourbon Barrel Doppelbock - Hinterland Brewery Restaurant

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Bourbon Barrel DoppelbockBourbon Barrel Doppelbock

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BA SCORE
82
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29 Reviews
THE BROS
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Reviews: 29
Hads: 95
rAvg: 3.62
pDev: 9.94%
Wants: 7
Gots: 8 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Hinterland Brewery Restaurant visit their website
Wisconsin, United States

Style | ABV
Doppelbock |  7.40% ABV

Availability: Fall

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Beer added by: BrownAleMale on 09-07-2012

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Reviews: 29 | Hads: 95
Photo of emerge077
3.6/5  rDev -0.6%
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. (1,047 characters)

Photo of jwc215
3.49/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Pours brown with a thn lasting tan head. Spotted lacing sticks.

The smell is of caramel, bourbon, prunes.

The taste is of bourbon/caramel - a hint of honey - very sweet. A hint of earthy spiciness gives some balance.

It is almost full-bodied, somewhat sticky. A bit sharp.

A sweet doppelbock made sweeter by the bourbon. An "interesting" brew - sweet and boozy. (365 characters)

Photo of mothman
3.58/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Lol at taking a long time just to open this beer. Why don't they just put a padlock on this thing?!

Mahogony brown colored. Somewhat fizzy khaki head.

The taste is kind of meh. It lacks the depth of a doppelbock that I was expecting. The bourbon flavors give it a nice boost, but it is still lacking a lot. Very woody and bready. Lots of malts.

The body is fairly thin, but I like how smooth it is. It has a great feel to it.

Overall, I will enjoy this one bottle and that will probably be it. If it had more dopplebock flavors (dark fruits, molasses, etc) this beer would be great. However, most of the bock flavors are muted. (632 characters)

Photo of WoodBrew
3.99/5  rDev +10.2%
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. (441 characters)

Photo of Bighuge
4.11/5  rDev +13.5%
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. (1,004 characters)

Photo of BeerFMAndy
4.12/5  rDev +13.8%
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! (2,399 characters)

Photo of maximum12
3.24/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

First, to Hinterland: take a fucking road trip to New Glarus & get a lesson on how to wax a bottle. I needed seven minutes & three tools to get the stupid thing open. That alone will keep me from buying this, or another waxed Hinterland beer, again, because I'm fucking annoyed before I even peep the beer. Oh, hey, I see other people had this problem, too. 16.9 ounces of well-shaken beer.

Pour is a dull brown with staid red highlights, like a Willmar girl who hasn't been to the salon in too long. Carbonation is quick & done, despite the vigorous handling. Nice dopple nose with caramel, toffee, sweets, & a quick flash of vanilla. Pretty nice.

Bourbon Barrel Dopplebock is as thin as a starving mannequin. Mouthfeel is skeletal, watery & aimless. The base beer is a letdown from the smell: toffee, vanilla, brown sugar, but all washed out & lifeless because of the lack of a backbone. On the plus side, the lack of thrust makes it very easy to drink...perhaps my first session barrel-aged doppelbock.

A big step down from the nose to the mouth, & the base beer appears to be outclassed & pummeled into irrelevance by the barrel: it needs to hit the gym. Overall, just another mediocre beer. But that fucking wax... (1,225 characters)

Photo of BeerAdvocate
2.92/5  rDev -19.3%
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 (791 characters)

Photo of Boto
3.73/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

16oz. bottle: This one was tough to get into. The plastic (seemed harder than wax) seal needed some serious chipping to get past it. The beer pours a ruby tinged brown color. There was very little head on it, and it didn’t linger or leave any lacing. The aroma is nice. Some bourbon, but not overpowering. Hints of vanilla and chocolate. Some caramel also. More of a medium bodied beer. The taste is good. Chocolate and caramel malts. Hints of the vanilla and just a touch of the bourbon. Hints of dark fruits also. Very little sweetness to it. Tasty. Nothing really special about it, but it is still good. (608 characters)

Photo of vette2006c5r
3.06/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Bourbon Barrel Dopplebock pours a dark and deep amber color with a small lacing head. There is a very sweet earthy aroma. The taste is syrupy, noticeable bourbon flavors, with earthy notes. Good body, stronger flavors. Overall its a thick interesting beer. (260 characters)

Photo of brewcrew76
3.63/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Auburn, brown with a tan head and small spotty lacing.

S - Wet oak, vanilla, light bourbon notes and sweet caramel malts.

T - Toasted bread with sweet caramel malts, hint of brown sugar, vanilla and light bourbon notes.

M - On the thin side of medium with light carbonation.

D - Need to work on the waxing of the bottle. Took me almost 10 minutes to pry the wax off. Seems a little thin and watery for a doppelbock and could use a little more complexity from the bourbon aging. (486 characters)

Photo of facundoCNB
3.95/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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. (864 characters)

Photo of WastingFreetime
3.42/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours out a dark brown color with two fingers of tan head that lasts for about two minutes, but doesn't leave behind much lacing on the glass. Medium-light body and carbonation levels. As an aside, the bottle had FAR too much wax on it, I really had to struggle with knives for several minutes to chip away enough of it to pop the cap off.

It has a medium dollop of bourbon flavor and aroma to it that seems well balanced with the caramel, toffee, and dark bready malts. Still, it's not quite at the intensity level of bourbon / wood that most other barrel aged beers I've had present. It's an easy-going BBL aged doppelbock, something I had no idea even existed up until now, and I'm not sure I'd seek this one out again when I can access bolder offerings on the shelf at the store for similar price points. And that thinner body is somewhat distracting. What this beer needs to do is maintain the balance levels of it's parts while turning up the volume knob to 8-10. Because right now, it's at 5. (1,000 characters)

Photo of falloutsnow
3.09/5  rDev -14.6%
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. (2,658 characters)

Photo of wisrarebeer
3.92/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

$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 (743 characters)

Photo of AltBock
3.3/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

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. (1,860 characters)

Photo of BrownAleMale
3.65/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pint bottle poured into a Brewers pint glass

Appearance- Copper color with a small amount of white head that dissipates quickly into a small film above the beer.

Smell- I get a sweet cherry smell with a small amount of a charing smell and a slight hint of bourbon.

Taste- Similar to the nose minus the cherry. Very nice toasty/roasty flavor with a bourbon finish. They do a very good job of making the Doppelbock the star of the show, with a small but great supporting role played by the bourbon.

Mouthfeel- Medium body with light carbonation, very easy on the palate.

Overall- They did a nice job here incorporating classic doppelbock flavors with the bourbon barrel twist. If this was not barrel aged it would be a run of the mill doppelbock, but the bourbon barrel aging does just enough to make this a good complex beer. (829 characters)

Photo of RoamingGnome
3.62/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From 10/20/12 Tasting Notes... 16oz bottle in CBS snifter. Served slightly chilled.

A) This poured out a cloudy Nuttela brown, with about a finger of head, which quickly settled to a collar. Light lacing...

S) Quite bready, vanilla, caramel, and a little whiskey.

T) I got a good amount of malt out of this... Bready,lightly toasted, caramel, vanilla, earthy hops and alcohol.

M) A fairly light body, maybe just thinner than I was hoping. The carbonation was fine. A few rough edges from a mouthfeel standpoint. A decent woody/earthy aftertaste.

O) I like Hinterland, but I think this one needs a little tweaking to be really good, or exceptional. If you come across a bottle, give it a try. It's okay.... (710 characters)

Photo of yamar68
3.98/5  rDev +9.9%
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. (497 characters)

Photo of DaveAnderson
4.45/5  rDev +22.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

I would never think to age a doppelbock in bourbon barrels, but this works so well. Lots of oak and vanilla balanced by the malty doppelbock. Not too sweet, not too anything. Terrific beer. (189 characters)

Photo of csiewert
3.42/5  rDev -5.5%
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 (893 characters)

Photo of NSXAG
3/5  rDev -17.1%

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!! (1,827 characters)

Photo of ncketchum
3.92/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served in a Chimay chalice, cellar temp

A - pours a cola brown with off-white head

S - bourbon, malt, toffee, vanilla

T - good amount of the bourbon comes through, then some sweet toffee, malt

M - fairly thin, a bit of alcohol burn in the end

O - this is a nice offering from Hinterland, glad I got a hold of a bottle. This makes me want to try more of what they have to offer. (383 characters)

Photo of mjryan
3.71/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Whoa! Nice wax job. A beer that makes you work to get at it. I like that haha. Brown/ red beer. 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, just easy and well made. (428 characters)

Photo of Jfriz25
3.46/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.25

2012 vintage

Appearance- Pours a darkish ruby, I can see the bottom of my glass when I tilt it to the light. Not much head but a small ring that lingers around the edge.

Smell- I get vanilla with mild Carmel at the end. I think the barrel is dominating here.

Taste- Carmel sweetness with a nice vanilla note. I get some wood but that's basically it. Again the barrel completely overwhelms the base.

Mouthfeel- Amazingly thin which makes it an easy beer to drink but also leaves some to be desired.

Overall- Flavor is decent but they could easily up the quality of the base beer and make something special. It is odd drinking something with big barrel notes that is as thin as this. The wax sucked but it wasn't as bad as some were making it out to be. (756 characters)

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Bourbon Barrel Doppelbock from Hinterland Brewery Restaurant
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