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RATINGS: 270   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.16/5   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 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Jokes (1453) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 31, 2005
Clear, dark ruby--almost maroon--body with a fluffy, tan head. Sweet, caramelly aroma with cocoa, grains, some molasses and a hint of honey and raisins. The body is relatively full, but not thick or oppresively full. The flavor starts sweet, continues it’s sweet character at the top and finishes sweet, with a light alcoholic twinge. All told, it’s pretty sweet, with caramel, overripe fruit and a light cocoa element. Not overly interesting or complex, but tasty and enjoyable, especially at $5.99 a six-pack.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
JMerritt (1902) - Macomb, Illinois, USA - DEC 31, 2005
Chestnut colored with a large, light tan head that is partially diminishing. Heavy caramel/toffee aroma, similar to peanut brittle with just a slight roast. Roastiness really pops in the flavor, along with roasted nuts, brown sugar, and molasses. Lively carbonation. Finish is slightly metallic, sadly.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
ChillCoat (1029) - Concord, California, USA - DEC 27, 2005
UPDATED: DEC 29, 2005 Bottled. Pours a dark amber color. Clear with very little head. Prunes and malt in the nose. Very roasted flavor of dark fruits with some sugar and a little alcohol. Tons of smoke.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
JohnnyFlake (53) - Henderson, Nevada, USA - DEC 26, 2005
12 oz. bottle - pours a very dark, deep redish brown color, with a modest head. The head disapates rather quickly to less than a 1/4" but never completely goes away. Lacing is fair at best. Aroma is full of semi-weet malts, yeast and banana and hops. Flavor is mostly malt and hops, with hints of coffee, caramel and alcohol. Actually, the alcohol comes forward often. Mouthfeel is kind of light and silky, very dinkable. Aftertaste is light, as well, kind of bitter.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
barleyPops (1142) - Quad-Cities, Illinois, USA - DEC 25, 2005
beer #4 at hey_kevin’s Iowa City gathering. poured a light brown/amber with a tan head. caramel and alcohol aroma. flavors of brown sugar, caramel malt and alcohol. not much in the way of any hops noted.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Illini08 (542) - Raleigh, North Carolina, USA - DEC 24, 2005
Sampled at hey_kevin’s Iowa City gathering. This one poured a light brown color and had some malty/caramel sweetness in the nose. Flavor was malty up front, but the finish was pretty weak. The hops in the finish were almost undectectable.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
soulrefugee (46) - Illinois, USA - DEC 23, 2005
Uncomplex but rich dopplebock taste that is well worth the low price. Has some of the characteristics of barleywine but not as strong of alcohol. I do recommend it if you like the rich winterbrews and if you are not looking for a strong hops flavor on this particular drinking experience.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
heemer77 (5208) - Urbandale, Iowa, USA - DEC 23, 2005
UPDATED: JAN 26, 2007 Tasting for a second time, thanks to hey_kevin. Poured a medium amber body witha light tan head. The aroma was bready caramel with funky alcohol and perfume. There is also a hint of almonds. The taste had burnt toast and some buttery peanut shells. The alcohol was strongly detected in this one. A little too sweet for my tastes.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
brauer (7) - Virginia, USA - DEC 23, 2005 does not count
Nice brew overall. The aroma is that of a malty bock style beer. The full flavor of the roasted and munich malts comes through on the taste. Hints of coffee and light smokiness apparent on the aftertaste. This is a powerfull brew and and exceptional value for the money.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
JPDIPSO (5133) - Wauwatosa, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 19, 2005
Deep rich cherry/mahogany wood color with a diminishing head of tan bubbles. Dark caramel and lightly roasted malt aromas. Rather uninspiring aroma. Thick and full feel with just enough carb lift to keep it from getting to heavy. The flavors are light and calming, but not very complex. Nice malt flavors, with a touch of toffee and some prunes and figs. A rather simple, but tasty doppel.

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