RATINGS: 39   MEAN: 3.76/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.62/5   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 204   ABV: 6.8%
Smooth, rich malt carries the flavor of this 6.8% abv Winter Warmer. Retired as of 1/04. According to the brewer, Tony, this is an ale, despite the label stating "I'll be Bock".

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   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
rich42 (128) - USA - NOV 19, 2002
lagunitas is starting to make a habit of brewing lager beers with ale yeasts. this mock bock tastes surpringly like the real thing though. dark reddish brown, lots of complex chocolatey malt flavors. hopped well enough for good balance. robust and thick all around. some alchohol on the finish - but still very easy drinking. das ist ser gut! (or something like that)

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
slowrunner77 (11274) - Reno, Nevada, USA - OCT 15, 2014
"tasted more like a double...and had the -ator suffix to boot. i heard they had to discontinue this as it used Ahhhhhhnolds likeness on the label...Terminator style. A pretty good malty beer, whatever the case may be. Dont think its been available for a while."

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
philbertk (1873) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JAN 26, 2010
Lagunitas Brewing Company--Lagunator Ale--1999 Release--22 oz. Bottle--6.50% ABV. (4.5 / 5.0) Strong Ale--Bronze dark cherry color. Rich spicy roasted front and equally rich malty roasted cherry toffee body. Similar to 1999 Anchor X-Mas. Wonderful texture with a rich crustiness. Spicy rich end. 37 IBUs. Sampled 6/9/1999. Lagunitas Brewing Company--Lagunator Solstice Ale--Green Bottle Label--2002-2nd Release--22 oz. Bottle--6.80% ABV. (4.25 / 5.0) Bock--36.4 IBUs. Light tan lacy head. Clear rich copper red bronze color. Rich malt spice mild hop front. Smooth rich toasted spicy burnt caramel cherry nut body. Sweet rich flavor. Toasted malt hop spice end. Sampled 11/24/2002. Lagunitas Brewing Company--Lagunator Solstice Ale--Red Bottle Label--2002-1st Release--22 oz. Bottle--6.80% ABV. (4.0 / 5.0) Bock--36.4 IBUs. Clear dark burnt red bronze color. Light rich lace head.Mild toasted light spice hop front. Rich roasted body. Sweet burnt cherry notes. Clean smooth Bock body. Mild malt spice hop end. Sampled 11/28/2002.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
pobenohne (504) - Northern Liberties, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 2, 2005
Found this on draft in Calistoga. Not sure if it was mislabeled or if there happend to be an old keg around. A big american pale ale, dark copper, great lacing, but a bitter and harsh finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
grat (432) - ST. Louis, Missouri, USA - JUL 3, 2004
the only ting this brew lacked was a refined mouthfeel otherwise wowo!!!!!!!. Pours a lovely dark brown color. Wtery looking with a nice head that slowly dies off. I love this brewery. Nose is of chocolate, mulled spices, cinanamon, and chocolate chocolate chocolate with a good dose of califronia style hops. Flavors are much the same only dominated by the chocolate an dthe hops. The only way I can knock this brew is to say that it is slightly watery and could have used a bit more malt to make it a bit thicker. G-rat

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Pjones6738 (500) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - OCT 29, 2003
Aged for about a year: Deep red, slightly cloudy. Head is abundant and thick as could be. It's not dissappearing at all. Any head that you can write in is impressive. Chocolate and nuts in the aroma. Dark chocolate is the first flavor I pick up. Slightly vinous as it warms, also picking up a bread/cookie flavor. Slight acidic finish. Good, good stuff.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
GreatStelle (363) - Chico, California, USA - JUN 25, 2003
To be fare I'm not a bock person. This one was to malty for my palate.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
legion242 (2344) - Richardson, Texas, USA - MAY 1, 2003
At last, a bock that does slam you upsode the head with swwetnes or alcohol. A moderate amount of malt with a good crispness.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Linc (739) - Sydney, AUSTRALIA - MAR 26, 2003
I don't know what this beer is supposed to be. Is it an ale or a bock? Seems to call itself both. Reddish brown with large bubbly head, schizophrenic flavour, I can taste sweet lemon tea, coffee and brown sugar. I get a kick out of its slight hop zing on the finish. Could do with a little more body, the flavour just doesn't seem to hang around long enough.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
GermanBrews76 (680) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - JAN 25, 2003
Well hopped and clean, floral/piney/spicy with hints of berries and rye. an oily, bitter finish but with a substantial body of rich maltiness up until that point. This is a bock for all the west coast hop heads!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
TAR (2708) - Marshall (Asheville area), North Carolina, USA - JAN 14, 2003
Rusty liquid paired with a thick foam that resembles frothed milk. Delicous, yet unorthodox to the style spicy hop dominant aroma with soft underlying notes of cardboard, leather, pineapple, pine, jelly, crystal malt, and rye. Semi sappy and very soft on the palate. Huge hop flavors abound upon first sip. Quickly masked by cardboard, pineapple, and a sloppy, yet very tasty giant malt profile. This borderlines on being an IPA with its long brash bitterness. Only the slightest Bock traits, yet it accomplishes what it set out to do, which is to satisfy both the Bock appetite and hop craving. Slightly lacking in complexity, but the flavors are still highly satisfying. A huge beer that defies classification without a doubt, and I love it.

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