XmnwildX12 (2079) - 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.
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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 (1821) - Cleveland, 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. BVery (10609) - Plymouth, 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. sfontain (851) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - JAN 13, 2013
16 oz bottle Whole Foods. Wasn’t 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
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 (981) - Waukesha, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 11, 2012
A Green Bay based brewery that makes a winter beer brewed with juniper berries. Ok, well I can’t say I know what a juniper berry tastes like but I’m game! Kudos to Hinterland for marketing a distinctive 4pk-16oz package of bottles that is cool looking and does not mimic that of Sprecher’s. However having lifted a full case of Hinterland at work before, Jesus that’s 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. It’s flavorful, it’s unique, I don’t 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 it’ll take you 20-30 minutes to drink a bottle by yourself.
tmongoose (2504) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - NOV 28, 2012
16oz bottle poured dar brown to almost black with small mocha colored head. Didn’t 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 (6884) - Quad Cities, Iowa, USA - NOV 18, 2012
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 (763) - Wisconsin, USA - NOV 5, 2012
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.