Bourbon Barrel Doppelbock - Hinterland Brewery Restaurant

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Bourbon Barrel DoppelbockBourbon Barrel Doppelbock

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BA SCORE
83
good

85 Ratings
THE BROS
67
poor

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Ratings: 85
Reviews: 26
rAvg: 3.65
pDev: 12.33%
Wants: 7
Gots: 7 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Hinterland Brewery Restaurant visit their website
Wisconsin, United States

Style | ABV
Doppelbock |  7.40% ABV

Availability: Fall

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BrownAleMale on 09-07-2012)
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4/5  rDev +9.6%

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4.75/5  rDev +30.1%

Photo of emerge077
3.6/5  rDev -1.4%
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.

Photo of Ross_Haddow
4.75/5  rDev +30.1%

Photo of AltBock
3.29/5  rDev -9.9%
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.

Photo of iLovehops23
3.48/5  rDev -4.7%
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.

Photo of apasternak
3/5  rDev -17.8%

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3/5  rDev -17.8%

Photo of ucis
3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

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3/5  rDev -17.8%

Photo of Stevie_Janowski
3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

Photo of mkennedy119
3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of Jfriz25
3.46/5  rDev -5.2%
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.

Photo of Satan70
3/5  rDev -17.8%

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3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

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4/5  rDev +9.6%

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3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of Bighuge
4.11/5  rDev +12.6%
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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4.5/5  rDev +23.3%

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3.25/5  rDev -11%

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4/5  rDev +9.6%

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3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

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3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of maximum12
3.2/5  rDev -12.3%
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...

Photo of GeePee
3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

Bourbon Barrel Doppelbock from Hinterland Brewery Restaurant
83 out of 100 based on 85 ratings.