mrjaxson (330) - .08 Junction, Wisconsin, USA - NOV 29, 2013
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Surprisingly lightweight for a porter -- perhaps the result of the juniper infusion. You catch a scent on the nose and a bit of bitterness in mid, drink, but otherwise its mostly chocolate and, oh how nice, a hint of chocolate deep into the finish. Iím not sure I could drink a lot of this, but one on tap with dinner tonight seemed just right.
jmohno (1184) - Iowa, USA - JUL 11, 2013
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
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.
Patrickctenchi (4449) - Coxís Knob, columbus, Indiana, USA - MAY 16, 2013
3.2 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
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...
XmnwildX12 (2078) - Farmington, Minnesota, USA - MAY 10, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle share thanks to Jared, dark cola color, minimal head. Malt and roast aroma, taste is similar, bit of sweet cocoa powder like.
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Braudog (5949) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - APR 12, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
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)
Nephilium (1453) - Ohio, USA - MAR 6, 2013
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
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.
BVery (7370) - Burnsville, Minnesota, USA - FEB 12, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
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.
sfontain (830) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - JAN 13, 2013
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
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.
fallingleaves (32) - Colorado, USA - DEC 28, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
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.
Lemke10 (856) - Waukesha, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 11, 2012
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
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.