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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.

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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 12/20
Bricks (793) - Delaware, USA - JAN 6, 2013
Dark amber with a OK slightly off white head. Aroma of candied malt and tastes exactly like it smells. Very sweet. Very smooth. Borderline too sweet, but good.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
GoufCustom (1213) - HONG KONG - OCT 25, 2015

355 ml bottle bought at The Q-Club in SoHo, Central.

Looks: Clear deep Cola ruby-brown colour; Less than one-quarter finger head with residual soapy light beige foam which fades in 10 seconds; Small sticky lacing with zero carbonation.

Aroma: Fragrant and sweet dark malt, with very strong caramel, strong toffee, very strong plums, raisins, light mustiness, sugar, light chocolate, lemon and light grass.

Taste: Medium sweet dark malt, with very light roastyness, strong caramel, toffee, moderate dark fruits, brown sugar, light dark bread, strong lemon, strong bitter hops and sharp grass.

Body: Medium body. Quite slick palate.

Mouth Feel: Good dark maltyness in a pretty smooth background. Moderate roastyness much like a Dunkler bock. Caramel, toffee and dark fruits are not as strong as the aroma. Light breadyness, good brown sugar sweetness to mix well with strong lemony hops. Simple but pretty good!

Hoppiness: Notable lemon and light grass in nose, and much stronger and impressive in taste. Bitterness is head-strong for a lasting, high astringent sweet-bitter finish.

After Taste: Quite dry. Malty and bitter to mouth.

Comments: This one feels more like a Dunkler Bock with strong roast maltyness, very good caramel aroma, subtle brown sugar taste and unexpectedly strong hoppy finish. A twist to the usual German Doppelbock style, with good effect. Nice!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Indra (2711) - Overland Park, Kansas, USA - MAR 28, 2015
On draft at the brewpub in Leawood. Aroma of sweet, darkly toasted malt, toffee, faint licorice and cellar must(?), some slight hazelnut in the background. Clear deep, dark red-brown in color, very slight head. Flavor is lightly sweet, lightly bitter, more toffee, toast and licorice with a tingly finish, plenty of dark malts and faint raisin here at the end, as well. Body is medium, mouthfeel is tingly and low in effervescence. Interesting, some traces of the alcohol here, though, which is unusual for the style and for only being moderately strong at 7.5% abv.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Frank (3596) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 23, 2015
If you keep an open mind about it, Gordon Biersch does a really good job of what they set out to do, at least if you are talking the beers for sale in the brewpubs. This is a dark and slightly cloudy brew w/ a very creamy and long-lasting head. It’s rich and malty, lightly chocolatey and full-flavored. It’s creamy but not at all heavy w/ an earthy bitterness to round things out in the finish. This is pretty much exactly what I look for in a big, malty beer.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
DSG (9317) - Tel Aviv, - MAR 16, 2015
[2/20/15] Draught at Gordon Biersch Mission Valley in San Diego. Dark amber-brown color. Aroma of malt, caramel and some alcohol. Sweet flavor, malty, caramelly, with some toastiness, a nutty note and an alcoholic note. Medium-bodied.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
koleminer20 (1372) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - FEB 8, 2015
On tap at some bar in Louisville on December 27. Enjoyed while watching the Kentucky-Louisville game. The pour was a heavily carbonated dark brown color with that light beige head that falls down slowly. There is a lot of carbonation here, almost too much. The aroma is heavy on malt. There is a light funk before it moves through to come darker fruits. It’s a little nutty as well. Surprising for a dopplebock. The flavor is also pretty sweet. There is a little more spiciness happening here with some good malts and a little burnt toffee. The mouth feel is pretty thin. That carbonation should help, but it doesn’t, and it falls off the tongue. The aftertaste is lingeringly sweet and roasty with a little funk happening as well. It was a strange one

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
Thisis12ptfont (1018) - Los Angeles, CA, California, USA - JAN 26, 2015
Aroma of malt funk, odd caramel, cinnamon, carbonated dark malts, and sugary oats. Very dark auburn in color with fair carbonation. Taste is strongly carbonated cinnamon, maple sugar, sugared caramel, brown sugar and maple flavored malts. Overall, not bad. funky flavors with brown malts, cinnamon and sugar.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
snoworsummer (3729) - baltimore, Maryland, USA - JAN 16, 2015
On tap at Gordon Biersch Harbor East. Pours dark but brown with a fizzy bubbly beige head. Tastes like very roasted malt, chocolate, toffee, and a hint of dark fruits. Medium body and low/medium carbonation. Smells like roasted malt, nutty, toffee, and burnt toast.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
brokensail (14042) - San Leandro, California, USA - DEC 31, 2014
On tap @ Gordon Biersch San Jose. Dark amber pour with a small khaki head. A lot of grape, raisin, and caramel. Slight chocolate and prune. Good orange zest and some raisin. Pretty decent, but just kind of sweet. There’s a lot of sugar to this...brown sugar, caramel, and a ton of dark fruits. Some chocolate and a hint of citrus. A bit of booze and tartness on the finish. Kind of grassy in the finish.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
davidm (1993) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - DEC 24, 2014
very nice beer. Spicy, with good balance, and long length. The best I tried from GB.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
JaBier (5883) - Capital City, Ohio, USA - DEC 20, 2014
Mug at Gordon Biersch Arena District after the Blue Jackets game on 12/18/14. Dark red to brown in color with a thick tan head. Aroma of malt, caramel sweetness, toffee and light roast. Malty flavor with sweet caramel before a slightly roasty finish. Good stuff. Could use a bit more roast for my taste, but pretty good.

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