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RATINGS: 282   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.15/5   SEASONAL: Winter   IBU: 28   EST. CALORIES: 225   ABV: 7.5%
JosephsBrau Brewing Company’s Winterfest is a rich, dark bock, inspired by the beers Bavarian monks brewed to lift their spirits during the long fasts of Lint. Dark roasted Munich and caramel malts worked wonders for hungry monks. Our Winterfest is sure to do the same for you. 7.5% alcohol by volume, 28 bitterness units.

Formerly known as Trader Joe’s Winterfest.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
notalush (5732) - Denver, Colorado, USA - DEC 5, 2015
Clear dark Amber - nose of highly caramelized sugars, raisins, cookie dough, rum balls - sugars in the flavor are overly caramelized/burnt, but not terribly so, I guess - slight bitterness - raisin, cookie dough - alcohol comes on strong in the finish - overall not that good, but drinkable.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
solidfunk (7695) - Washington D.C., Washington DC, USA - DEC 3, 2015
Some roast malt and lots of caramel. Pours black with ok head. Not bad considering the brewer. Light sweet finish. Bottle.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
Aurelius (5094) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - DEC 2, 2015
Sweet, malty aroma. Clear, deep auburn. Non-deScript label, standard longneck. Tasty, I liked this one, generally, but there was an astringent flaw in the finish. Lots of dark/dry fruits, sweet. Has a straw/molasses overtone. Slight mineral notes in the finish as well. Trader Joe’s, Tallahassee.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
gripweed57 (1380) - Hamilton Square, New Jersey, USA - NOV 24, 2015
12 ounce bottle. Mahogany red color. Moderate rocky beige head. Rich roasted malt nose has sweet notes of caramel and chocolate cherries. Sweet roasted maltiness. More chocolate and dark cherries upfront. Chewy sticky mouthfeel brings nutty dark fruit in midtaste. Some resiny hops in finish. A nice interpretation of a Bavarian Doppelbock. A great value at $1.17 per bottle at Trader Joe’s in Princeton, NJ.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
PorterPounder (7404) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - NOV 23, 2015
Tallahassee, Fl - Trader Joe’s - 12 oz bottle. Hazy dark auburn pour, light but persistent eggshell white head. Aroma has some dates and raisins, a hint of chocolate. Solid doppelbock flavor with just the right amount of sweetness, a touch of maple syrup, brief chocolate notes, some bubble gum accents in the back end. Mouthfeel has a decent thickness to it. Good winter warmer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
tysongillmore (362) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - NOV 21, 2015
I didn't take any extra notes when I tried this beer for the first time but I'm gonna try it again and update my comments. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
bergstaden (2449) - Røros, NORWAY - FEB 28, 2015
Dark amber with off white head - Dark malt aroma - Sweet malt body with some caramel flavours - Malt finish with hints of bitterness in the back - This was nice

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
matthewjk (1073) - San Diego, California, USA - JAN 5, 2015
Altogether, a more than acceptable winter beer. Nice little malt and caramel buster, body not too thick. Good for TJ’s buget line. Serving size: multi 12oz bottles.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
BucannonXC5 (1436) - San Diego, California, USA - DEC 20, 2014
Type: 12-oz. bottle Glass: Stone Ruination IPA pint glass From: Trader Joe’s in La Mesa (San Diego), Calif. Price: $5.99 for a 6-pack Purchased: Dec. 19, 2014 Consumed: Dec. 19, 2014 Misc.: Best consumed by April 28, 2015 at 10:50 a.m. Poured a dark caramel, auburn, clear color with 1-to-2 fingers of dark khaki tan head that thinned out rather quickly. Some bubbles coming up from the bottom of the glass. Below average spotty lacing on the sides of the glass. Below average retention on the top. (Sight - 3.75) First whiff on the nose was a pleasant sugary caramel smell. Also got a good dose of toffee, roasted malts, some Oktoberfest elements, brown sugar and molasses. (Smell - 4.00) Tasted similar to the nose, maybe slightly worse. Got roasty bitter malts, caramel, toffee, brown sugar, light maple walnut, tobacco notes and raisins. Also nutmeg and cinnamon late. (Taste - 3.75) Medium body. Sticky texture. Average-to-soft carbonation. Abrupt finish. The 7.5 pct. ABV is well-hidden. (Feel - 3.88) This was a pretty good Doppelbock, although most Doppelbock’s taste pretty good to me. (Overall - 3.75) 3.81 86 B+

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
ttoadee (1293) - Austin, Texas, USA - DEC 14, 2014
Deep bronze pour, decent off white head. Nose is malt, malt, malt. Sweet. Middle is more of the same, mountains of caramelized malt. Finish shows a little alcohol chased by spicy hops to end. Decent.

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