sfontain (850) - 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 (914) - 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.
tmongoose (1872) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - NOV 28, 2012
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
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.
wlajwl (4927) - Quad Cities, Iowa, USA - NOV 18, 2012
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Aroma is roasted malts and a hint of sharpness, probably from the juniper berries. The flavor is malts, coffee, a hint of vegetables, mild spiciness and a tart/sour twang in the finish.
akoeninger (577) - Wisconsin, USA - NOV 5, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Smells sweet and chocolatey, has a nice tan head. Taste is mostly roasted coffee with moderate hops. Though there is an underlying hint of tart that must come from the juniper berries, though it blends un with the hops. It might be more pronounced if let to warm. Smooth and drinkable. I enjoyed it while playing skyrim, the two went well together.
tmoreau (3150) - Lombard, Illinois, USA - OCT 28, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pint bottle poured to a small Czech-pils glass displaying a nearly opaque, black/brown hue, with some ruby highlighting, good persistence to the brownish tan, bubbles & cream head, and curtainy cling to the lacing. The aroma started with a creamy, roasted, cocoa & malted nose, adding a touch of toffee at the end. At this point, the only sweetness in the whole experience was a slight hint that accompanied the malt. With a medium+ body and decent carbonation, the flavor exposed some burnt characteristics that partnered up with a substantially dry, gin-like and earthy bitterness to linger well past the finish. A little parched, but a unique slant to the style with the juniper berry as an adjunct. This was a 2011 bottle with the plain black cap, as 2012->will have logo caps.
Headbanger (3578) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - SEP 21, 2012
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
16oz bottle 9/21/12 (Binnyís Naperville)-42į in English Pint-Pours black with a nice tight two finger tan head. Aroma of roasted malt, coffee, bacon, berries, and chocolate. Taste of the same with more coffee and chocolate coming in. This medium to full bodied brew is well balanced and kicks butt.
Onenote81 (1002) - Winston-Salem, North Carolina, USA - APR 25, 2012
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Originally reviewed: 2/9/11. Bottle poured into a standard conical pint glass. This is one of the darkest Porters Iíve ever poured. Utter blackness like dirty motor oil. Very viscous as well. A small mocha head tops it off. Lots of lacy webbing on the glass. The nose starts sweet with notes of creamy milk chocolate, more dairy, and finishes roasted with hints of espresso and ground coffee beans.
The heavy look carries over to the feel. Moderate chew to this one. Carbonation is in the background, just bubbly enough. Hefty beer. Iím not sure exactly if I have much experience picking out juniper flavor, but this beer says that it is brewed with juniper berries. There is an almost bittersweet twang on the back end of this one, that I can only guess is juniper berry (?). Otherwise this beer is all roasted, almost to a fault. The heavy char and roasted qualities wear on me over the course, and I find the drinkability hindered. I thought there would be a bit more sweetness balancing this one out, but I find it lacking. Itís a good beer anyways. Away from the norm a tad, and thereís nothing wrong with that.
fonefan (40504) - VestJylland, DENMARK - APR 2, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle 1 pint.
Clear dark dark brown colour with a small to average, frothy, good lacing, mostly diminishing, off-white head. Aroma is moderate to heavy malty, roasted, chocolate, dark roasted, strong coffee. Flavour is moderate to heavy sweet and moderate bitter with a long duration, roasted, chocolate, dusty. Body is medium, texture is oily, carbonation is soft.