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RATINGS: 253   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.14   SEASONAL: Winter   IBU: 28   EST. CALORIES: 225   ABV: 7.5%
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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 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
BuckNaked (1230) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - DEC 5, 2005
Bottle: Totally clear brown-amber body with a small beige head that quickly fades to a tiny ring around the outside of the glass. Aroma is sweet & bitter caramel, fake chocolate, banana bread, and a distinct metallic scent. Taste is banana bread, caramel, roasted chocolate, bitter malt, that also manages to showcase bitter caramel and metal throughout. Finishes sticky sweet with a very slight alcohol burn, and chocolate-covered plastic aftertaste. Don’t think the hungry monks would be too excited to supplement their diets with metal and plastic.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
SDalkoholic (2089) - Linda Vista, California, USA - DEC 4, 2005
Aroma is fruity and has a trace of banana as well as a background of malt. Color is somewhat amber but i’d describe it as leather brown. Has banana in the flavor and plain caramel. Aftertaste is a little like coffee.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
argo0 (11181) - Washington DC, USA - DEC 3, 2005
(12oz bottle) Clear copper body with small beige head. Aroma is medium sweet, caramel, light metallic. Taste is moderately sweet, caramel, some roast, chocolate, faint metallic. Medium body.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
fordest (1961) - Santee/San Diego, California, USA - DEC 2, 2005
UPDATED: DEC 26, 2007 12 oz. bottle. Labeled as Trader Joe’s. Dark brown pour with a smallish head that doesn’t last long. Aromas were caramel and other roasted malts. Flavors were similar with dark fruit, just a touch of the 7.5% ABV, some sweetness and an ever so slight hop finish. Good stuff.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jeffc666 (1984) - Fairfax, Virginia, USA - NOV 29, 2005
At $6 a sixer this is a steal. Beautiful dark copper body shines when held to a light. Decent tan head. The aroma is sweet, caramel, wort, and some toasted grain. The flavor is pretty decent. Good firm maltiness all around, alcohol comes in early and lingers for a while, maybe a bit too much at first, but a couple of sips cures that. The hop bitterness at the end is odd but not kind of interesting nonetheless. Soft full mouthfeel. Everything a good double bock should be plus some hop bite at the end. Not outstanding but better than many I have had a twice the price.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Panzuriel (1257) - Westerville, Ohio, USA - NOV 23, 2005
Dark Red brown liquid with a nice beige head. Nose is sweet, tangy and malty. Flavor is malty and a sweet toasted caramel flavor. Mouthfeel is a little thinner than expected. finish is warming. A nice winter beer at a good price.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
cbkschubert (2900) - BFE, Arizona, USA - NOV 21, 2005
Deep brown color with a foamy head. Light roasty aroma. Roasted malt flavor comes through nicely. A little spicey and sweet with little bitternes. Well worth the price. The folks at GBBC did a good job on this one.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
StewardofGondor (1934) - Washington Heights - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - NOV 21, 2005
Big hiss as the cap comes off, pouring a deep cherry brown color with brilliant clarity. Audibly fizzing with a cola tan head that dissipates rapidly. Aroma is pretty much right where we want it to be - rich chocolate bock traits, caramel, roasted pecans, chocolate bread pudding and French silk pie. Dispassionate first quaff followed by others, leaving decipherable character traits mainly in the recession - and faults while present on the palate. Chocolate scones drizzled with crumbled Heath bars. Fresh branded leather wrapped around silver spoons, dolling out the dusty remains at the bottom of a box of Cocoa Puffs. Formidably bitter deviation from the standard noble equation. Lively and dulling all at once. Sprits is too accentuated early on and the IBU methodology missed the mark. Finishes with leather like tobacco and a reproachful bitterness. Hell, it was worth a shot.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Saarlander (1685) - Saarlouis, GERMANY - NOV 18, 2005
There were only 3 six packs left at trader joes today, I bought one, and will go back to buy the others tomorrow(If they’re still there!) A sweet enough beer, but hopped well too, A mahogany color, and nice easy drinking flavor. Alcohol doesn’t dominate, but its there. A good beer at a damn good price!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
papajohn (1248) - San Diego (Mira Mesa), California, USA - NOV 14, 2005
Aroma is sweet dark fruit. Reddish brown color with a small fading beige head. Flavor starts sweet with dark fruit and some spicyness followed by a light dry finish. Medium body with lively carbonation. 7.5% ABV very well hidden. At $4.99 a six pack, at Trader Joe’s, I’ll be buying this one again.

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