Bourbon Stout | Hinterland Brewery Restaurant

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Hinterland Brewery Restaurant
Wisconsin, United States

Style: American Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.30%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by jj21 on 03-17-2007

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 25 |  Reviews: 10
Reviews by jj21:
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4.72/5  rDev +31.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Description from the Brewery:
Hinterlands highly acclaimed Luna Coffee Stout lends itself perfectly to barrel aging. We cellar this rich stout for two months in bourbon barrels provided by the Heaven Hill Distillery. The result is a complex beer with a nice background of bourbon and oak. We recommend enjoying this brew slightly chilled. Pour this beer and let it rest while you enjoy another of our award winning selections. It will be worth the wait! Opaque, black and rich.

Wow, get this while it's around! When I first heard about it, I couldn't control the drooling. The Luna Stout was great as it was, but Bourbon Barrel Aged!?!? Pours black with a thin, dense brown head. Black body. Aromas of coffee and chocolate with a backbone of bourbon. Somewhat sweeter than I expected. Tastes a hell of a lot stronger than the percentage leads to believe. Compared to the regular, it's missing somthing withouht the nitro, but is still a fine stout. Probably one of the best session stouts you'll find. I could drink only this for the rest of my life and die a happy man!

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3.75/5  rDev +4.5%

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3/5  rDev -16.4%

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4.24/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a small hand filled swing top growler to a pint glass. The Liquid is a reddish black, the carbonation has faded.due to the exchange. The Head is a small dark tan pad almost lifeless.

The smell is nice very nice, woodsy bourbon and coffee with bourbon and vanilla notes.

The taste is very good this is an outstanding brew despite the almost spent carbonation. The brew is mildly complex, some chocolate and more coffee flavor all washed in a mild bourbon and oaky mix.

The mouthfeel is compromised by the lack of good carbonation, however some does exist. The body is close to full.

The Drinkability is quite good I would love to have some more of this. I hope they deside to bottle it.
This fine brew was brought to be my a great trader and good friend NFLMVP, Prosit und Zum Wohl. MK

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3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

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3.19/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

500 ml bottle, I think, with no bottled on date present, and hardly any information about the beer on the label. Contrary to what this is listed under, this beer is actually called Hinterland Bourbon Barrel Stout. "Stout with coffee added and aged in bourbon barrels. One pint." No abv listed on the bottle. "Brewed and bottled by Green Bay Brewing Company". I have absolutely no idea what to expect with this one.

Poured into a clear balloon snifter.

A - Pours an extremely dark cola brown; opaque black in the glass. Three big fluffy creamy fingers of light chocolate tan head. Looks pretty nice for what it is.

S - Smell is pretty subdued. Some light bittersweet chocolate, hint of vanilla, some cream / lactose sweetness, dark bitter coffee beans, some musty band-aid, and a bit of medicinal alcohol presence. Doesn't smell like your ideal bourbon barrel aged stout, that's for damn sure.

T - Taste is a good deal better than the nose leads you to believe, but it still isn't firing on all cylinders. The bitter dark coffee bean roast is nice, and then there is some powdery cocoa and smooth creamy vanilla on the finish.

M - Feel is of sticky dark bitter coffee beans and chocolate & vanilla. Thin and light for a bourbon barrel aged stout, but it is only 5.30% abv after all. Coarse, moderate carbonation.

Overall, pretty disappointing, considering I paid $7.99 for this bottle. Very one dimensional and uninspired. Truly lacking in depth or complexity, especially for a bourbon barrel stout. This might be the first time I've been truly let down by a bourbon barrel aged stout. Not terrible, but not recommended.

Hinterland Bourbon Barrel Stout ---3/5.

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3.95/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Kind of pissed about this low ABV bourbon Barrel offering. Usually lower than 8% the beer doesn't have much complexity. Into a pint glass

A - Pretty good start actually. Deep dark black not very viscous but thats understandable for the ABV. Deep mocha head and great lacing to boot.
S - Smells like a roasty stout. Not getting much barrel character just coffee grinds, and some porter like drying roasts. Not too much chocolate or bourbon at all.
T - Hmm better than I expected. Bourbon flavor is there and not very watery which is nice. Flavors of oak, vanilla, and some chocolate sweetness is noted. Ashy finish and very dry like a porter but mostly enjoyable.
M - Surprised again such a low ABV can be this creamy and chewy tasting. Not syrup thick but definitely drinks with a medium body.

Overall I guess I was impressed I did pick this up for $6.99 and was mad to see such a low ABV but this beer has the same big bold flavors one would expect with an imperial bourbon stout with a session able ABV. Still I love the bigger stouts more so I don't expect to be picking up another but this is a great beer to give someone who wants to try their first bourbon stout.

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3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

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3.45/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a black with deep ruby tones when held to the light. Thin tan had with very little retention in the glass. Fairly strong bourbon, oaky aromas. Very earthy in nature, peat and dirt undertones to the wood character. Coffee grinds come through as well. Fairly big bourbon flavor on the mouth, again very earthy in character, dirt, peat, coffee grounds, and a hint of vanilla to the toasted malts that make up the backbone. Flavors a bit out of balance, especially the coffee. Fairly smooth, body was a bit thin and watery for a barrel aged beer in my opinion. A good beer, highly drinkable, just not the best example out there.

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3/5  rDev -16.4%

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3.74/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Served in a snifter at Firkin.

Gotta love the barrel-aged beers coming from the hand engines here at the Firk. Good times. This one pours a straight obsidian topped by a half-finger of off-khaki foam. The nose comprises roasted malts, dark chocolate powder, and mild bourbon. The taste brings in more of the same, though the barrel takes a stronger, more central role: yeah, there's some bourbon, but there's also some light buttercream, mild wood, and some mild green apple notes stemming from the barrel, all overlaid on top of the roast and cocoa. The body is a straight medium, with a light carbonation and a smooth feel. Overall, a nice barrel-aged stout, but one I wouldn't be able to elevate into the pantheon of great ones, if for no other reason than the slight green apple-laden wood character in there. Still, not all that bad.

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3.59/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Black with brown highlights and a very thin tan head and patchy lacing.

S - Cocoa powder, roasted malt and light bourbon notes.

T - cocoa, roasted malt, light coffee almost cafe au lait like, more whiskey flavor than bourbon, buttery oak tannin, vanilla, chocolate milk.

M - Somewhat thin and creamy with lower carbonation.

D - Feels like a bourbon aged beer with training wheels. Very drinkable.

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3.82/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: With a decent pour going into a snifter, this beer produced a thick tan colored head with mixed (but mostly tiny) bubbles. Good retention, as it fell it left a coat of lacing on the edge with only the occasional dry spot. Opaque black in color except for the very top of the liquid where a hint of dark brown, reddish hue peeks through.

S: Strong roasted coffee flavor, followed by bakers chocolate an ashy roast aroma and a bit of booze. Some bourbon notes peek through as the beer warms up along with more complex dark chocolate.

T: On the first sip roasted coffee, dark chocolate and caramel flavors come through. A firm bitterness following you from beginning to end that works very well with the chocolate (kind of a subtle pine flavor). The oaky vanilla like barrell flavor isn't dominant on the pallet but enough to keep the beer a little more interesting then a standard american stout, but the bourbon is noticable and takes a front seat on such a standard ABV beer.

M: Moderate body with a mild to medium amount of carbonation. There is some mouth tingling sensation that comes through, maybe from the bourbon? A slight bite of alcohol warming, but keeps your mind on the bourbon flavor (not a bad thing).

O: Flavorful and complex american stout with some nice barrell flavors comming through. Some times with higher examples of bourbon barrel stouts you get a hot mess, this wasn't that way at all, everything balanced nicley. Kudos Hinterland!

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2.78/5  rDev -22.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

on tap at the satellite pub in Milwaukee. pours a clear black with a single finger of tan, dense head that retains well and has light lacings. looks great in the glass, but unfortunately that is where the positive notes end.

aroma is heavy on the bourbon, with a deep roasted character mixed in with the warming character of the barrels. not much else, except for a faint medicinal character (some would call it 'Band-Aids') in the background that does quite well to kill most of the good things about the aroma.

taste what a let down on the palate. light, flabby, and much less flavorful than the aroma would suggest. the same warming bourbon is present, but without the body to back it up, it falls right on its face, a face that happens to be a hollow note of roasted malt that does little to add bitterness or body to the overall brew. this may be the first barrel-aged stout for this BA that could be considered a failure.

mouthfeel is medium bodied and thin (compared to the flavors present), with a finish that only sees a note of bourbon linger.

drinkability is good, but it is so thin on the palate without much character to back it up. this is a curious brew, because Hinterland usually does a decent job with their beers. it almost suggests that the brewers were so exited to get bourbon notes out of the barrel that they went all out on the bourbon and discounted the actual beer itself. not recommended.

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3.08/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I enjoyed this beer on tap at the Milwaukee location. Served in a tall narrow glass.

Appearance: Pours a dark brown color with a billowy tan head that stuck around for a while. Unfortunately, this was the best part of this beer.

Smell: Coffee and bourbon whiskey but fairly faint.

Taste: The main thing that came through was the coffee. The smell suggested the whiskey would be there, but I could barely detect it. The bar tender said this was aged for 6 months, but it doesn't seem as if it was aged even that long.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied and fairly smooth for what I am used to in barrel-aged beers.

Drinkability: Overall, not a bad beer, just not was I was looking for in a barrel-aged beer. The bartender was nice enough to let me have an ounce or so of the regular Luna and there was not that much of a difference. Perhaps I should have started with the regular Luna and then moved to this beer. I would try again but would not seek out.

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Bourbon Stout from Hinterland Brewery Restaurant
Beer rating: 3.59 out of 5 with 25 ratings
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