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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 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
ChainGangGuy (4280) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - JUL 17, 2011
12 ounce bottle - $1.17 at Trader Joe’s in Roswell, Georgia. Appearance: Pours a russet-ruby-hued body with a smallish, light beige head. Smell: A harmonious co-mingling of toasted bread and nuts with a fruity hint of both harvest apple slices and Sun-Maid raisins brushed with caramel and flecked with chary roastiness. Taste: Well toasted bread crusts and barley grains given a modest brushing of dark caramel sauce and brown sugar. Slight nuttiness throughout. Mingling of ripe apple and plump raisins provide a noted fruitiness. Spicy, earthy hops that, along with a hint of roasted grains, provide a reasonable amount of bitterness. Drying, slightly warming finish with a lasting, if light, apple taste. Mouthfeel: Medium-plus body. Medium carbonation. Overall: Hey! Wait a minute. Wait just one damn minute! This is curiously reminiscent of the Gordon Biersch Winter Bock... E-mails to the brewery have gone unanswered.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
patrick767 (3402) - fort wayne, Indiana, USA - JUN 6, 2011
bottle - Pours clear ruby red with a one finger light tan head. There’s a rich caramel malt aroma with dark fruit notes. The flavor is of sweet caramel malt with a medium body. This brew is quite enjoyable.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
TheEpeeist (3177) - Swarthmore, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 29, 2011
12 oz bottle, best before 4 days ago. Clear burgundy brown with a hazy coating. Nose is mild caramel and chocolate with dates. Medium body with a spoiled fruit tang. Taste is toffee, stale cocoa, bitter grape skins and banana. It’s OK.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
presario (4533) - Stampede City, Alberta, CANADA - MAR 30, 2011
Bottle. Dark copper with a thin head. Thick aroma you could eat with a spoon. Ginger, raisin and strong malt. Tastes like a "magic fruit" (I just invented that) a mix of brownie, watermelon and hops.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
murphym45 (769) - New York, New York, USA - MAR 21, 2011
Bottle from TJs. Clear brown with a bit of an off white head. Aroma is malty with caramel and dark fruit, raisins. Somewhat sweet, more fruit on the palate, medium body, malty. Not bad.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 7/20
Nik925 (742) - California, USA - FEB 18, 2011
Looks great in the glass and has some good dark malt but the alcohol is just amazingly dominate. The alcohol wallop wipes out all the good and tasty aspects of a sip. A really unbalanced beer. An interesting find from the dollar bin at Trader Joes.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
AmEricanbrew (5523) - Same Trailer, Different Park, Louisiana, USA - FEB 10, 2011
Bottle. Clear copper red color/ tan sheen. Mild berry fruit, dark bread, molasses aromas. smooth medium body with soft co2. Sweet n’ sharp dark berry fruit, dark grain bread, earthy molasses, dark raison, toffee flavors.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
zdk (1807) - New York, New York, USA - JAN 24, 2011
bottle shared by murphym - dark brown pour and hazy with light head. Arouma of caramel, toffee malts, with some toast. alcohol is well masked. candy sweetness, some grassy hop notes, pine and a touch of candy and a bounrbon-like finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
CampesinoTino (725) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JAN 19, 2011
Bottle. Pours a clear dark reddish brown color with tan head. The aroma is mostly caramel, raisins and bready malts. The taste is heavy on the caramel malt and dark sugars along with some prunes and rum toward the end. The mouthfeel is slightly creamy with moderate carbonation and a warm alcohol finish. Pretty decent Doppelbock and one of the better Trader Joe’s $6 six packs.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Pawola22 (3262) - Woodridge, Illinois, USA - JAN 16, 2011
12oz bottle from Trader Joe’s. Pours a clear, deeper amber-brown colored body with a finger-width, dense and frothy, light tan head that dissipates slowly and leaves a nice lacing throughout. Aroma is moderately sweet with darker caramels, some toasty bread, grains, a few floral fruits, and a light grass. Flavor is medium-sweet caramels, grainy and lightly toasted bread, a light grass, a few dark fruits, and some florals. A nice balancing earthy hop along with the grass dries this out and leaves a light-moderate bitterness along with a light, malty, somewhat fruity sweetness. Fairly lengthy aftertaste following a very smooth, medium body and soft, somewhat creamy, moderate carbonation. Overall, a pretty tasty doppelbock. Well balanced and tasty with a nice malty sweetness and solid hopping to balance. Nice beer.

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