scotchzombie (421) - Raleigh, North Carolina, USA - DEC 27, 2013
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours dark brown reddish amber with a foamy yellow-beige-white head that leaves scattered lacing and hangs around awhile. Aroma is toasty malts and bread. Taste is earthy roast malt, caramel, dark fruit, chocolate and bread with noticable bitter on the back and in the aftertaste. Good balance of sweet and bitter. This beer shocked me - I was not expecting such an excellent doppelbock (I am a big fan of the style).
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BeerFanDan17 (1033) - Brunswick, Maine, USA - DEC 5, 2013
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Nice, warming doppel with lots of pitted fruit and raisins. Pours a medium-light caramel with a tall, thick head.
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Fredis23 (515) - Hickory Hills, Illinois, USA - NOV 30, 2013
3.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Dark Brown Copper Color, Small Head, Nice Strings Of Lacing. Not Much Of Aroma. Taste of Sweet Slightly Toasted Malt, Caramel. Slightly Over carbonated. Hides High ABV Well. Rather Good For What It Is. Decent. OK.
dfinney23 (2257) - Houston, Texas, USA - NOV 30, 2013
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours clear brown with a thin but creamy head. Aroma of caramel, figs and roasted malt. Taste is cinnamon toast without the cinnamon.
GarrettB (1220) - San Diego, California, USA - NOV 9, 2013
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
January 24th, 2012 - Trader Joe’s (and in reality, Gordon Biersch’s) entry into the winter warmer category is another dose of generically sweet malty brews. It is the median roast, toasty dark beer, with the only exceptional trait of being stocked at Trader Joe’s. It pours like any other dark brown bottle sized dose of sudsy anti-freeze, and the smell that leaks through the head is generically malty, with a nice touch of cracked wheat to lighten an otherwise very brunette profile. Slightly sweet and very carbonated, the Winterfest does what it was designed to do: deliver semi-sweet roasted notes and malts to the tongue, but on a palate that’s a lighter and more buoyant than an ale-based brew of the same flavor profile. The aftertaste rounds out the taste, adding more roasted notes, before fading.
DBob5150 (208) - Kansas City, Missouri, USA - FEB 1, 2013
2.8 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pours a typical bock, dark amber body with a frothy beige head that sticks around. Nice lacing. The aroma is faint, slightly coppery. Taste is light considering it’s a double bock, caramel, hops, slightly metallic, leaves a sweet, metal aftertaste. Not bad, pretty typical bock.
Scrapersnbeer (1507) - Boston, Massachusetts, USA - JAN 15, 2013
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Light toast and toffee aroma, obvious that it will be sweet beer. Clear, dark chestnut appearance. Sweet flavor, but not a sugary smack like some. Good bitter balance, although this feature fades as the beer warms. As a heretic I prefer doppels ice cold anyway. Sludgy, cloying body that kicks around on the palate. Two thirds as good as premium German bocks for hald the price.
brokensail (13226) - Orange County, California, USA - JAN 2, 2013
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Amber pour with an off-white head. Nose opens with caramel, toffee, and toasted bread. Nice dark fruit and cola notes, a hint of chocolate, and very light roast. There’s a slight bitterness to the flavor, but otherwise it’s mostly sweet malt. Caramel, toffee, toasted bread, and dark fruit. Some cola, roast, and mild chocolate flavors, too.
blutt59 (6234) - Dallas, Texas, USA - DEC 15, 2012
2.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bottle, dark cola color with creamy foam, malty dark bread aroma, flavor is spicy and hot, malt, caramel notes , cloying
tongatim (30) - Bellingham, Washington, USA - DEC 8, 2012
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Typical Gordon Biersch high-quality lager at incredible TJ value. My problem with Doppelbocks is that the sweetness and/or alcohol often overwhelms, but this rendition has a fine balance of rich maltiness, mellow warming alcohol, smooth bitterness. The malty aftertaste lingers long enough on the tongue for the alcohol to gently infiltrate the senses.
This will be my go-to winter beverage. Might be worth setting aside a case to see how it ages.