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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 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Leighton (18700) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - AUG 30, 2010
Bottle. Pours garnet brown with a small, beige head. Chocolate malt aroma with some brown sugar, caramel, grape and cherry. Sweet flavor, heavy malt presence, plenty of dark, ripe fruit in line with grape. Some mild roast. Medium in body with average carbonation. Finishes sweet and fruity with some lingering maltiness. Not bad.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
brokensail (16057) - Dublin, California, USA - JAN 2, 2013
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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
bhensonb (14165) - Woodland, California, USA - DEC 8, 2007
Aroma of sweet medium roasted caramel. Something of a cherry amber or mahogany color. The beige head was reluctant to develop. More than medium bodied with coarsely creamy carbonation. The flavor is roast malt sweet, but carries a near burnt or bitter note. Something like liquid toasted dark bread. The finish is mildly sweet, and that bitter impression persists. I think 28 IBU pretty well balances the sweetness. Surprisingly good.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Tmoney99 (13600) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - NOV 9, 2005
Bottle. Pours a dark brown with a large frothy light brown that was lasting. Heavy caramel malt aroma. Medium body with a creamy texture. Moderate sweet flavor with a small bitter finish with a bite of alcohol. Very good brew. I am going to get another.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
argo0 (13314) - 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 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
BeerandBlues2 (12192) - Escondido, California, USA - MAR 25, 2012
Bottle. Pours clear dark brown with ruby highlights, a medium, fizzy light tan head, short retention with light lacing. Aroma is nutty, chocolate, and toast malt with dates, nutmeg, and leaves. Flavor is malt dominant, light hops and bitterness, dark fruity esters, spices and a sweet finish. Medium body, warmth, and carbonation.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Drake (11937) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 31, 2012
12 ounce bottle from Trader Joe’s Glen Allen, VA. Pours a clear vibrant copper-red color with a thin frothy white head. Average head retention. Aroma of toffee malts, raisin and a bit of spice. The taste is toffee, spice, raisin, caramel, chocolate and faint hops. Medium bodied.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
hopdog (11596) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 21, 2007
12oz bottles acquired in multiple trades. Poured a medium and clear mahogany color with a small sized off white head. Aromas of nuts, toffee, toasted malts, and some dark fruits. Tastes of caramel, citrus, and toasted malts.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
crossovert (11406) - Illinois, USA - DEC 6, 2014
355ml bottle. Hazed reddish burgundy brown color, quickly dissipating head. Aroma is quite floral with a hint of tangy furit and bready malt. falvor is clean, lightly peppery, toasty, not much int eh way fo caramel, slight fruity tartness, a clean and drinkable doppelbock that lacks malt depth and complexity.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
kp (10883) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - SEP 1, 2007
Name: Trader Joe’s Winterfest
Date: 03/08/2007
Mode: Bottle
Source: Blind Tasting

clear dark red, wispy white head, sweet dark caramel malt aroma with light spicy hops, a bit thin, sweet dark caramel malt flavor with a spicy quality, nice biter finish,

Aroma: 6/10; Appearance: 6/10; Flavor: 6/10; Palate: 6/10; Overall: 11/20
Rating: 2.9/5.0
Drinkability: /10
Score: *4

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