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Bourbon Barrel Doppelbock - Hinterland Brewery Restaurant

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Bourbon Barrel DoppelbockBourbon Barrel Doppelbock

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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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BrownAleMale on 09-07-2012)
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Photo of NickSMpls
2.5/5  rDev -32.8%

NickSMpls, Dec 09, 2012
Photo of crusu
3.9/5  rDev +4.8%

After chipping away at the cap it poured a nice copper brown- decent head.

Smells like candied sugar, coconut, vanilla, cherry and of course bourbon.

Taste as good as it smells with first warm hints of bourbon and toasted coconut followed by a nice hint of vanilla and maraschino cherries. As the beer warmed to room temp it had hints of raisin and plum. Almost like a Trappist?? Still had lingering notes of vanilla and caramel finishing with a nice gentle after bite.

crusu, Dec 06, 2012
Photo of WoodBrew
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
Photo of Hopstout
3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

Hopstout, Nov 22, 2012
Photo of WastingFreetime
3.43/5  rDev -7.8%

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.

WastingFreetime, Nov 16, 2012
Photo of yamar68
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
Photo of mjryan
3.68/5  rDev -1.1%

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.

mjryan, Nov 14, 2012
Photo of RievyRW
4/5  rDev +7.5%

RievyRW, Nov 14, 2012
Photo of vitters03
3/5  rDev -19.4%

vitters03, Nov 11, 2012
Photo of enelson
3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

enelson, Nov 10, 2012
Photo of equi1ibrium
3.88/5  rDev +4.3%

A - light amber, lacing dissipates quickly

S - malt, toffee, bourbon

T - mostly malt with the bourbon and fairly well balanced

M - not what i would expect for a dopplebock, very thin but not overly so

O - A nice brew from hinterland, but would rather drink a Maple Bock. Nothing I would go
out of my way for but can say I tried. The bottle is is wax dipped they say, but this is plastic dipped and very hard to open. Wax peels off, this you have to chip off.

equi1ibrium, Nov 07, 2012
Photo of MrTana
3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

MrTana, Nov 04, 2012
Photo of Joeyuwp
4/5  rDev +7.5%

Joeyuwp, Nov 04, 2012
Photo of tm1956
4.25/5  rDev +14.2%

tm1956, Nov 03, 2012
Photo of tourdot
3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

tourdot, Nov 03, 2012
Photo of RoamingGnome
3.6/5  rDev -3.2%

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....

RoamingGnome, Oct 30, 2012
Photo of OnWisconsin
4.25/5  rDev +14.2%

OnWisconsin, Oct 20, 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
Photo of BeerFMAndy
4.1/5  rDev +10.2%

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 09, 2012
Photo of ncketchum
3.93/5  rDev +5.6%

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.

ncketchum, Oct 06, 2012
Photo of bpfrush
3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

bpfrush, Oct 04, 2012
Photo of scones
3.4/5  rDev -8.6%

Ok, so before reviewing anything, I've got to agree with the other guy who made the comment about the wax. THEY. USED. WAY. TOO. MUCH. The thing took me probably 10 minutes just to get the cap off, and now I've got all these little black wax shavings on my desk. Sure, it's a nice touch, but jesus jones back it down, Hinterland.

As for the beer when I was actually able to pour it...

Appearance: Deep dark copper brown, with maybe a finger of thin white head. Minimal lacing.

Smell: Definitely get a lot of bourbon straight out the gates, followed by the standard barrel smells of vanilla and oak. A little bit of syrupy smell too.

Taste: Less bourbon than the nose, but definitely present. Sweet and malty, but not as flavorful as I'd like. I mean I really like the flavor, but it's a little weak, almost watery.

Mouthfeel: Too thin. The carbonation is fizzy, not rich, and overall it is lacking in body. I think this is the most disappointing part of this beer - it's like I'm drinking a really really tasty Coors Light or something.

Overall: Good, not great. I'd certainly drink it again, but I doubt I'd buy it again for $6 a pint. Although, this might be a really good session beer - you have to spend so much time fiddling with the wax that there's no way you could get hammered on it.

scones, Sep 28, 2012
Photo of wallanda
4.75/5  rDev +27.7%

wallanda, Sep 23, 2012
Photo of brewcrew76
3.63/5  rDev -2.4%

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.

brewcrew76, Sep 20, 2012
Photo of atone315
3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

atone315, Sep 13, 2012
Bourbon Barrel Doppelbock from Hinterland Brewery Restaurant
84 out of 100 based on 77 ratings.