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RATINGS: 252   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.31/5   SEASONAL: Winter   IBU: 26   EST. CALORIES: 225   ABV: 7.5%
WinterBock is a strong, dark beer that was used by eleventh century Bavarian monks to help sustain themselves during winter fasts. These creamy bocks ensured that the monks would fast frequently. Gordon Biersch WinterBock is a classic dark double bock featuring 4 different types of malt: Munich malt, pilsner malt, dark roasted caramel malt, and black malt. This is a big beer with a lot of body, and is available seasonally from November through January.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
willblake (2654) - Bel Air, Maryland, USA - JAN 18, 2006
01.18.06 12oz bottle thanks to DarkElf. The label of this beer says 7.5%...hmm...and there is a Trader Joe’s double bock brewed by Gordon Beirsch that is 7.5%. That’s probably what this beer is, or not. The beer is a dark root beer brown with a sturdy beige head that fades quickly to a ring. Aroma is sweet, nutty, slightly vinous, lots of raisin and prune, and some hints of smoke. The beer itself is quite sweet, maybe too sweet, but there’s an addictive background toasted nut something or other that makes me want to just pound the whole glass. Body is creamy and soft but maybe a bit thin, not quite holding up to the burst of booziness. Quirks aside, it’s a fine but average brew.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
mrnutsnbolts (204) - Berkeley, - JAN 17, 2006
Tap @ Raleigh’s. Dark brown with absolutely no head. Sweet, malty flavor with a bit of alcohol. Medium bodied, fairly flat, with a decent flavor.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 12/20
warriorx99 (85) - USA - JAN 14, 2006
Pours a dark brownwith very little head. This is a full-bodied beer with a malty caramel taste. This is a beer that can be thoroughly enjoyed and stands on it’s own.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
ChazMania (660) - Oceanside, California, USA - JAN 11, 2006
Bottle. Decent carmel and mild coffeeish aftertaste. I thought when I had this on tap it was much fuller flavored, more robust. This bottle has a good aftertaste, kinda rich and creamy. Fairly high alcohol content at 7.5%, so not for the average lite beer schlep.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
ultraspank (867) - Alverca, Lisboa, PORTUGAL - JAN 8, 2006
Nose of toasty grains, spice, wheat, and faint traces of vanilla. Pours a clear dark ruby copper. The large tan creamy head is stiff and mostly lasting, leaving fair lacing. The brew starts sweet with no acidity. The finish has a hints of coffee, but stays consistent with the start. Decent balance if you prefer them sweet. The medium body is creamy and soft. Thanks to my friend Aaron, who indulged me with a bottle for Christmas.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
IndianaRed (3120) - Boise, Idaho, USA - DEC 30, 2005
Bottle Pours a clear deep redish brown with a modest light tan head. Fair spotty lacing. Aroma is sweet woody and slightly of alcohol. Some other spices are in there, cinimon, apples maybe. Flavor is malty, robust and sweet. Some flavors of oak barrels and the ABV comes through. Interesting the alcohol is listed on this label at 7.5%. Only slight bitter trailer and fairly lively carbonation. Tasty Thanks OhioDad

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
AleDrinker (1089) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - DEC 28, 2005
Like most of their beers, this one is very mild-mannered. Aroma is of caramel, flavor is sweet. Smooth mouthfeel, easy to drink.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
srauschenberg (7) - Suwanee, Georgia, USA - DEC 16, 2005 does not count
spruce, black, frothy, heavy cloying sweetness, lightly bitter, good winter brew.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jefcon (1536) - Arlington, Virginia, USA - DEC 10, 2005
Draft. Significant tan head on a dark brown brew. The beer is glossy through the glass. Molasses and honeyed aromas preview the sweet, malty taste. Though the beer is lightly carbonated, it has some texture on the palate. Finish is a little syrupy, also of dark fruit.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
OhioDad (2492) - Hilliard, Ohio, USA - DEC 10, 2005
12oz bottle pours deep dark brown with ruby highlights and a nice tan head that fades quickly to a film yet the ring around the edge of the glass laces its way down the glass. Aroma is warm bread, chocolate and caramel malts, and a some salted nuts. Flavor is a nice mix of bread, chocolate, caramel, and just a touch of spice on the finish. Palate is smooth and creamy. Very drinkable and a nice warmer on a winters day. I liked it. Probably the best GB beer I’ve had to date.

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