Winterland - Hinterland Brewery Restaurant

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Reviews: 43
Hads: 117
rAvg: 3.85
pDev: 7.53%
Wants: 2
Gots: 5 | FT: 0
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Hinterland Brewery Restaurant visit their website
Wisconsin, United States

Style | ABV
American Porter |  7.50% ABV

Availability: Winter

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Beer added by: BeerFMAndy on 11-11-2010

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Photo of pat61
4.25/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Nose: juniper, slight chocolate, coffee, Appearance: black, brilliant, but dense. Lace like a winter time etching. Palate: very creamy, suspicion of sweetness up front but the juniper in the background working with the hops to dry it out – there is a long lingering juniper hop presence in the aftertaste. Feel: Fine soft mouth filling carbonation. Overall: The juniper is very interesting – it does hint of fine gin. The dark roasted malts go very well with the juniper. Almost like a Russian Imperial Stout with juniper lurking in the background, chicory suggested in the finish. (586 characters)

Photo of scaliasux
3.37/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

L - Very dark brown. Pretty dark, but appears clear. Short-lived, short brown head.
S - Dark malt. Molasses, coffee, toffee.
T - Also dark malts. Burnt toast and coffee. Dry finish. On the bitter side. A touch of citrus. (227 characters)

Photo of TX-Badger
3.92/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a dark brown with plenty of rich tan head. Coffee, roasted malt, and a little raw cocoa bean on the nose; follows onto the palate. Finishes with a roasty char malt note. (175 characters)

Photo of jwc215
3.9/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours very dark brown to black. A large head collapses quickly to be a thin, lasting cover. Trailing lace sticks.

The smell is of cocoa/toffee with a hint of juniper.

The taste is of chocolate, toffee with juniper and a mild roast (coffee) finish. The juniper blends well into the solid porter without being too much. Nicely balanced. Alcohol is very well-covered.

It is medium-bodied, smooth, slightly slick.

A unique, well-done winter brew. A nice, strong porter with a touch of juniper. (493 characters)

Photo of matjack85
3.6/5  rDev -6.5%

I picked up this pint bottle at the Binny's store in Bloomingdale, IL for 99¢. No freshness date.

The beer poured a dark brown color with a 1-finger dark mocha head. The head lasted for about a minute and it left some decent lacing.

It smelled very malty and very fruity.

Very bitter coffee flavor along with lots of berries and a touch of raisin. Somewhat sour as well.

Medium bodied with moderate to medium carbonation.

This is a very unique tasting beer. Can't say it tastes like anything I've tried before. Kind of a cross between a porter and a winter warmer. (576 characters)

Photo of DrDemento456
3.62/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Picked up a 12oz single for $2.79. Into a pint glass
A - Can't knock the color deep dark black brown, can't see through it with a 1/4 inch of mocha head that sticks around for a bit.
S - Smells like a decent porter a bit sour probably from the berries. Mostly hops and smokey ash.
T - Slightly bitter some coffee bitterness, and a touch of drying berries/ashy smoke.
M - Pretty smooth mostly medium bodied not very silky. Bitter.

Overall I don't think Juniper berries was a great addition to this porter. Left it very dry, herbal, and somewhat sour. Not bad overall but still not great. (594 characters)

Photo of buschbeer
3.41/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

ONE PINT bottle
Served in a tumbler

A - This beer pours dark. No light penetrates the body. It is topped with four inches of mocha head.

S - The aroma is roasted malt and cocoa.

T - The taste is much the same. I get some roasted malt and cocoa. I also notice a burnt flavor. The juniper adds a lingering bitterness.

M - Full

O - It is average. I got this as an extra in a trade. I probably would not buy it. (414 characters)

Photo of PorterLambic
2.47/5  rDev -35.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.25

Arrives the color of roasted chestnuts (tis the season), clear with some slight light penetration around the edges. Head is espresso foam colored and decently retained, becoming a clumpy film. Great lace.
Smell is toasted, almost burnt, malt, coffee, cardboard, ashy. Well balanced but I'm a little concerned of what the taste will bring.
Taste is ashy, with a pine note underlying it. Malts are burnt, period. Off-putting.
Medium bodied, lighter effervescence, slight drying in the finish. Stop overcooking the malts and this could be a really good brew. Ain't there as it stands. (584 characters)

Photo of RblWthACoz
3.92/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

This strikes me as quite a Scandinavian porter. There is a mild bit of molasses in the mix there and the juniper does get in on the party. But what's there is not overly intrusive and is slightly past being subtle. I like it. Carbonation is a bit high. Very pleasant drinker. I bet this would be pretty interesting on cask. (323 characters)

Photo of garymuchow
3.64/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into large Old Style glass.
Pours with smallish head, even with some aggressive dispensing. Slightly roast, slightly smoke but a nice berry like quality to the juniper. A neutral yeast quality. Very dark with no real highlights.
Pretty heavy body with a chewy after drink quality. Flavors are much more aggressive than the aroma with a full roast and hints of coffee. Roast is quite drying and lingering. Less juniper noted here.
This certainly fills the bill as a winter beer. Semi-rich, heavy and robust (esp. in the flavor).
Figured it a reasonable beer during the Packers play-off game against the 49er's. (619 characters)

Photo of vette2006c5r
4.16/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Winterland pours a black color with a very small head. The aroma has a smokey malty kick, with hints of the juniper. The taste has a sweet gin like kick, then finishes smokey and dry, and has a bit of a boozy taste. Good full complex flavor. Overall this is a porter with a nice kick, unique, and I enjoy the gin like flavors. (326 characters)

Photo of Lemke10
3.82/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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. (1,422 characters)

Photo of AmitC
4.03/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A very well made brew. I liked it while tasting.

Appearance is excellent for an American porter. Pours pitch black. Very excellent over one finger thick brown-mocha colored creamy head that has decent retention.

Smells of juniper berries and roasted malts. Some minor coffee presence as well.

Taste is very much like a typical porter with some bitterness and a lot of juniper berries presence.

Mouth feel: Medium to slightly easy mouth feel. Dry finish. No astringency, just a tad over brewed with juniper berries.

A Try it once brew. (544 characters)

Photo of WastingFreetime
3.63/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed from notes.

Pours out black with three fingers of fluffy tan head that lasts for several minutes and leaves behind respectable amounts of lacing on the inside of the glass. Somewhat thinner body than usual but lively enough in terms of carbonation.

Smells and tastes of deep charred malt, bitter dark chocolate, strong coffee, and a quasi-Sahti sort of juniper and apples accent streak. The juniper and apples fits in slightly better with the nose than it does in the flavor. It's a solid beer, but the juniper could stand to be reduced by about 15% for a slightly better balance IMHO, as it stands now it piles astringency on top of *even more* astringency until it becomes a bit much to handle. (707 characters)

Photo of mjryan
4.48/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Very dark beer, tan head. Smells of bitter chocolate, coffe and molasis. Chocolate and coffe flavours in the vanguard, followed by a pleasing malt sweetness through the middle. Roasted, bitter finish. Juniper is very subdued. It's there, but it decently takes a back seat. That being said, though it is mellow, the juniper is the rug that really ties the room together. A wonderful stout/porter beer. (400 characters)

Photo of scruffwhor
3.65/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Almost black, dark brownie color. Deep tan head with strong film o' foam that lasts.

Roasty malts give aromas of powdery coffee. Add to that some spicey, almost slightly Ginny juniper berries.

Roasty, instant-coffee flavor from teh dark roasted malts. The malts and the yeast give a powdery dry palate it seems. The berries add just a mildspice note of flavor. Palate starts to get thin on teh finish as it warms. (416 characters)

Photo of sweemzander
3.15/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pint sized bottle poured into a nonic. Thanks for the bottle Craig!

(A)- Pours a fairly thick black color. Produced a good tan colored head with decent retention.

(S)- A rich and spicy aroma with raisin and cocoa. The juniper adds an interesting fruit and spice bit to the mix.

(T)- Heavy on the spice/juniper but eventually flows into some mild roasted and raisin bits.

(M)- A good carbonation level. A bit heavy on the spice character I think; overpowers the rest of the beer profile.

(D)- Not bad, but the juniper and spice really overpowers almost the entire profile of the beer which keeps me from really enjoying it thoroughly. (638 characters)

Photo of Winter
3.98/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The beer pours black in color with some slight amber highlights on the bottom and a tan head. The nose consists of cocoa, sweet chocolate powder, raisins, and juniper. The mouthfeel is full-bodied. Initial flavors of roasted malt and dark fruit appear on the first sips. A closer examination reveals the juniper berry midway and it leads into a long, dry finish. Burnt malt and dark chocolate are also tasted towards the back.

Enjoyable. The addition of juniper berry add a unique taste and twist to the style. Comforting beer to have in hand during the cold winter months. (574 characters)

Photo of mountdew1
3.56/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a dark brown that was slightly translucent. A solid 2 finger head, a bit reddish light brown, lasted about 5 minutes. One of the best pours I have seen for a while. Aroma definitely reminded me of a dark milk chocolate. A bit of sweetness, a bit of bitterness, with some cocoa aromas. A small hint of smoke as it mellowed. Taste was a bit bitter, a small hint of chocolate hiding in the back. A hint of spice, but mostly seemed like a brown wheat bread. Fairly mellow with hints of flavor that poked out. A bit of tingle to the tongue, and a tad watery. Not quite as thick as I normally expect a porter to be. Overall, a reasonable porter. However, seemed to be a strange choice for a winter beer. (704 characters)

Photo of mattfungus
4.58/5  rDev +19%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

very good. I had this side by side with another good winter beer and it was outstanding in comparison.

I am prone to migraines and sometimes porters and winter beers hit me with one. Not this one.

It has a good head, a nice thick syrupy taste, complex hoppy aroma.

It's better cold than warm and it did surprise me how quickly the aroma disappated as it warmed.

Another surprise is one the package it clearly states juniper. If its there thats a shocker. I was even told by one person that they wouldn't even try it because of that. If its theire its very faint and my nose can usually find it.

In their sampler pack this is the first one that disappears for me. (667 characters)

Photo of GarthDanielson
4.08/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a tumbler pint, the beer is jet black, with a light brown, foamy, frothy, dense head that sits a solid two inches atop the brew. Looks very decent. Aromas are a dry roast coffee with a flowery highlight throughout. Great cling along the glass as you move the beer around, and the head retention is impressive. The beer is silky smooth in mouth, with a lightness that makes it extremely drinkable. Flavors are heavier on the coffee, with a smokey roasting feel this time around, and a slight juniper highlight on the initial tasting. Good, solid Porter. The aftertaste is mostly the smokey roast flavor, with a decent linger to the finish. Great winter warmer, although low on the ABV for that. Would make a great campfire beer if you could get it earlier in the year, unless you are a winter camper. (825 characters)

Photo of morebeergood
3.88/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up a six pack for New Years Eve for $11.99 in Brookline. Poured from the bottle into a New Belgium goblet glass. Dark brown color. Thin to medium sized white head. Nice rings of lacing down the sides of the glass. Smell was had a hint of pine, possibly from the addition of juniper berries to the brew. Flavor was a stellar example of a porter. Well balanced amount of dark malt, with just a touch of hops. Very smooth mouthfeel for a beer over 7% abv. Extremely easy to drink. A great porter from a brewery that I just discovered in MA. Paired with a nice steak for dinner, and toffee cake for dessert. (610 characters)

Photo of uwmgdman
4.03/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a snifter, this ale pours jet black with a tan head that diminishes to a skim with very nice lacing left all the way down the glass. The aroma is quite malty, dominated by roasted coffee, with noticeable piney hop aroma, inviting. The flavor upfront is roasted, acidic malt bite with piney hop. The beer finishes balanced between dry, acidic malts and pine hop flavor. I think some of the pine character is from the juniper berries, adding to piney hop varietals. The carbonation is medium, as is the body. Overall a delicious beer and nice wrinkle on the winter warmers available, worth picking up. (611 characters)

Photo of homebrew311
3.53/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: pours a deep dark brown, tan head upon pour, quickly dissipates, decent lacing, some clarity around the edges

S: firm cocoa and roasted malts up front along with notes of tobacco, leather, and huge presence of juniper along with spruce

T: starts off roasty, but quickly gives way to earthy hops and again huge presence of juniper. End has an earthiness that takes away from the overall balance. Leaves a slightly off aftertaste.

Mf: medium body, low carbonation

O: I think the base beer here is quite well made, the addition of juniper seems to throw things off a bit (574 characters)

Photo of smcolw
4.38/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Dark brown color where only a minimal amount of light passes on the edge. Not quite dark enough to be a stout. Modest head, but it lasts and leaves a blanket of lace.

The smell is flaked semi-sweet chocolate and unsweetened cocoa. No coffee notes. A touch of hop.

Classic American Porter flavor. It has some burnt flavors in the background (from black patent malt?), but otherwise it's the tale of dark chocolate and bittering hop in the swallow. Full bodied with a lighter carbonation level. I do taste some juniper berry in the background as advertised on the bottle, but I wouldn't be able to identify it without the hint. It makes the beer seem dry.

All in all, one of the better porters I've had. (704 characters)

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Winterland from Hinterland Brewery Restaurant
86 out of 100 based on 43 ratings.