1. Introducing the Respect Beer® Society. Upgrading your account to a Society membership entitles you to more than a dozen awesome perks, from discounts, to add-free browsing, extended users stats, and much more. Join today.
  2. BEER FEST ALERT: Don't miss FUNK Boston: A Wild & Sour Beer Fest on June 14-15!

Winterland | Hinterland Brewery Restaurant

Your Rating: None
Want it   Got it 
123 Ratings

Brewed by:
Hinterland Brewery Restaurant
Wisconsin, United States

Style: American Porter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.50%

Availability: Winter

Notes / Commercial Description:
None provided.

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

User Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Recent | High | Low | Top Raters
first ← prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | nextlast
Ratings: 123 |  Reviews: 44
Reviews by ruckus232:
Photo of ruckus232
3.75/5  rDev +4.5%

More User Reviews:
Photo of garymuchow
3.64/5  rDev +1.4%
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 Bighuge
4.57/5  rDev +27.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Looks the part. Black body with creamy brown head. Retention and lace properties are very good. Awesome aroma of mocha, java, roasted malt and light berry. Mocha, coffee and roasted bitterness all carry over to the palate nicely. There's also a dry dusting of cocoa powder. The finish is dry and somewhat acrid. Not sure about the juniper. Must be hidden quite well behind all the roasted/chocolate/bitter goodness. Medium bodied and lightly carbonated. Solid and unique porter.

 478 characters

Photo of drizzam
4.23/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

8 - 12" of snow in todays (Spring) forecast...seems like Winterland is what I should be reviewing today!

A - Poured a deep dark brown in color, topped by a very impressive two finger dark tan head. Good head retention and very nice lacing left behind.

S - Dark malt and a heavy dark chocolate abound. That juniper also presents itself in the aroma, mixing nicely to give it a sort of chocolate covered berry aroma.

T & M - Roasted malt first and foremost, with dark bitter chocolate coming in a close second. The juniper berry provides just the slightest bit of sweetness to the mixture. Medium to full bodied, finishes bitter and dry. The alcohol is very well hidden in this one!

D - I'm very impressed with this first offering I've had from Hinterland. Nice complexity, this is a different interpretation of a Porter, and one I've enjoyed immensely. Get your hands on one if you can!

 890 characters

Photo of Chaz
3.83/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a dark reddish-brown in color, and is topped with a dark (nearly brown) tan head. It's a good two fingered head, quite rocky, and just lasts and last. Oodles of sticky lace... great first impression.

Nose is sharp and tangy, obviously quite malty, and has rich notes of roast espresso and cocoa, along with a sweeter base-malt character. Smells sort of dank and dusty too (in a good way...) Hops are here and blend fairly well with the juniper. A healthy dose of anise/licorice in the nose...

Definitely tangy on the first sip, this one's also bittersweet and offers a nice degree of smokey undertone to the roasted malt character. After the initial sip this one tastes a little more refined; sharp and bitter, but with a soft and silky-smooth character as well. Anise notes come on strong early on, but mellow a little as the drink warms. This is much drier than I'd expected; Interesting...

Mouthfeel is definitely in that territory somewhere between stout and porter, and the 7.5% isn't obvious until long into the drink, wherein it is mildly warming ('good balance', I'd say). Bitterness really sticks with you for the long run, like the scent of rain after a morning thundershower.

A complex offering, and a true sipper. Might pair well with a little 'Drunken Goat' (goat cheese). Would probably be a good accompaniment with a mild and smooth cigar.

 1,366 characters

Photo of Winter
3.98/5  rDev +10.9%
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 steveh
4/5  rDev +11.4%

Photo of PorterLambic
2.47/5  rDev -31.2%
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 smcolw
4.38/5  rDev +22%
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

Photo of drpimento
3.88/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Not bad. Served with an average sized, thick creamy, yet foamy, tan head that settles after a few moments and plenty of lace. Color is an opaque black brown. Aroma is roast, malt, cocoa, bit of toffee. Flavor is similar to nose with bittersweet on top with some highlights of fruit and then some carbonic tang. Body and carbonation are good with some sharp points from the hops. Finish is like flavor, fairly long, and seems a little boozy. Quaffable.

 451 characters

Photo of morebeergood
3.88/5  rDev +8.1%
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 whartontallboy
2/5  rDev -44.3%

Photo of scaliasux
3.37/5  rDev -6.1%
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 scruffwhor
3.65/5  rDev +1.7%
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 emerge077
4.05/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Draft at Hinterland in Milwaukee, served in an oversized snifter.

Black body with chocolate mocha milkshake foam, larger bubbles interspersed in the creamy sticky cap. It laced around the sides, and there was some visible carbonation rising to the edges.

Dark roast and some pine resin, reminding me of Alpha Klaus, and the impending holiday season.

Bitter bakers chocolate, piney hops, dry roast, cacao nibs. A multi-dimensional flavor that is far more interesting and beefed up than your average American Porter. Full bodied, rich at first but dry and satisfying in the finish. Some dried tobacco leaf and juniper berry freshness. Overall very nice, and a beer i'd look for again in the future.

 702 characters

Photo of dirtylou
4.23/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16oz single

just picked up on the whole hinterland winterland thing - cute

appearance: served in a great dane imperial pint, very dark mocha body, creamy/foam tan head with adequate lacing left behind

smell: dark roasted malt, pine resin, bakers chocolate, some dark fruits

taste: pretty strong porter here - the juniper berries contribute a fair amount of bitterness. bakers chocolate, dark roasted malts, figs, dark cherries, hints of booze. 3rd straight really impressive beer i've had from hinterland - keep it coming

mouthfeel: full body, bitter finish

drinkability: good

 582 characters

Photo of matjack85
3.6/5  rDev +0.3%

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 jwc215
3.9/5  rDev +8.6%
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 cjgator3
3.6/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of uwmgdman
4.03/5  rDev +12.3%
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 mountdew1
3.56/5  rDev -0.8%
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 robbyc1
4/5  rDev +11.4%

Photo of RblWthACoz
3.92/5  rDev +9.2%
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 deebo
2.67/5  rDev -25.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

A-Poured into a pint glass with a thin finger of skimming tan head above a black,opaque brew.
S-Dark roasted malt with notes of coffee and slightly burnt grain.
T-Like the aroma, slightly burnt flavor. Not much else going on.
M-A bit of an acrid finish, moderate body.
O-Not very exciting. Don't need to have this one again.

 327 characters

Photo of TastyIsBeer
3/5  rDev -16.4%

first ← prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | nextlast
Winterland from Hinterland Brewery Restaurant
Beer rating: 3.59 out of 5 with 123 ratings