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RATINGS: 68   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.4   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 225   ABV: 7.5%
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Winterland is deep brown to black with amber highlights. The massive brown head deposits large sheets of lace right down to the very last sip. The dark malt and heavy dark chocolate aroma mixed with a slight juniper scent, give Winterland a sort of chocolate covered berry aroma. The rich roasted malt flavor makes itís appearance first, followed by a dark bitter chocolate flavor. Winterland is reminiscent of a porter or stout with a surprising juniper berry finish.


3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jmohno (1170) - Iowa, USA - JUL 11, 2013
Black with khaki head.Spotty lace. Aroma has some roasted/chocolate,dark berry,mellow/mild sweetness.Mild and somewhat good. Smooth chocolate bittersweet taste,with dark berry,roastiness-ashy and bitter in the finish. More hoppy than not the Juniper may get hidden with the hops-but I think Juniper compliments hops well and can be similar especially with that berry quality I often find in dark beers anyways... Slick.Light yeastiness/alcohol.Lingering roasty bitter.

3.2
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Patrickctenchi (4379) - Coxís Knob, columbus, Indiana, USA - MAY 16, 2013
Black, with a tall, thick, dark brown head. Aroma is powdered chocolate, herbals... Taste is powdery, dry chocolate, with an odd herbal bittering from the juniper....like a licorice, but not quite. Hints of black IPA-ness... Interesting.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
XmnwildX12 (2078) - Farmington, Minnesota, USA - MAY 10, 2013
Bottle share thanks to Jared, dark cola color, minimal head. Malt and roast aroma, taste is similar, bit of sweet cocoa powder like. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Braudog (5935) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - APR 12, 2013
Bottle. Pours a deep, dark, brooding and moody black, with full opaqueness. The head is frothy, thick and sticky. The aroma is rich with cardboard, musk and spice. It drinks with a rugged, rural edge, with a dirty bite all around the outsides. The juniper adds a unique but hard to discern earthy, tree-like bit to it. Downright Scandinavian, and wonderful. (#4982, 4/12/2013)

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Nephilium (1445) - Ohio, USA - MAR 6, 2013
Mild roasted aroma, with a hint of juniper. Pours an opaque black with just a ring of light brown head. Interesting blend of spice and roast, with a touch of bitterness in the finish. Light bodied, and slick mouthfeel. A nice easy drinking beer for a cold night.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
BVery (7233) - Burnsville, Minnesota, USA - FEB 12, 2013
UPDATED: JAN 1, 2014 Bottle. Deep oily dark looking pour with a brown head. Light roast and berry on the nose. Palate is a little thin but not bad. Nice flavor, easy drinking. Solid.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
sfontain (824) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - JAN 13, 2013
16 oz bottle Whole Foods. Wasnít expecting this to be a porter, but, meh... Light brown cocoa-like head; very silky-looking; retains a very thin full covering and heavy lacing down the glass; opaque black; nice. More of a chocolate-based porter, the aroma is heavy on sweet chocolate, but there is decent balance from a roast/coffee note, and I get some ash in this too. Flavor chocolate, roast. Mouthfeel silky but maybe a little heavy on the carbonation; medium body; barely sticky. Nice on the visuals and palate, but the flavor is not remotely discernable from other beers.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
fallingleaves (32) - Colorado, USA - DEC 28, 2012
An opaque dark pour with a brown toasty head that disinigrates into a trace of lacing. The aroma is overwhelmingly of citrus. The taste begins sweet and bright and finishes with a strong bitter taste of hops. Winterland is a challenging brew that goes great with a meal and has much in common with a Black IPA.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Lemke10 (846) - Waukesha, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 11, 2012
A Green Bay based brewery that makes a winter beer brewed with juniper berries. Ok, well I canít say I know what a juniper berry tastes like but Iím game! Kudos to Hinterland for marketing a distinctive 4pk-16oz package of bottles that is cool looking and does not mimic that of Sprecherís. However having lifted a full case of Hinterland at work before, Jesus thatís a heavy case! It pours a pitch black color with a light brown colored head. The scent is strong and robust. There are hints of sweet malts and coffee but not picking out any presence of sweet berries. There is a faint hint of cocoa as well in the mix. The taste is very, very bold. There is a deep, robust, chalky flavor that erupts with a blend of coffee and tart berries. There is also a bitterness that is similar to a black IPA but not quite as strong. Itís flavorful, itís unique, I donít know what else to say. This is certainly a taste that I can say I have never tasted before. There is a unique flavor that the robust brewing process mixed with the juniper berries produces. I will be the first to admit this is a beer that I can understand if people say they do not like. The 4pack-16oz bottles are cool from a beer standpoint, but with flavors like this Winterland you better find a beer buddy to split a bottle with. This is one of those beers that are so bold itíll take you 20-30 minutes to drink a bottle by yourself.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
tmongoose (1472) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - NOV 28, 2012
16oz bottle poured dar brown to almost black with small mocha colored head. Didnít last long. The initial aroma is of dark deep roasted malts with hints of coffee and cocoa. The flavor is about the same with the dark roasted malts and coffee. Leaves somewhat of a bitter taste in the mouth. Also on the back end I almost get a bit of black licorice but then it could be the malts as well. Wish this beer had a warm alcohol burn. Good enough but leaves you wanting more.


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