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RATINGS: 85   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.5/5   SEASONAL: Winter   IBU: 49   EST. CALORIES: 192   ABV: 6.4%
This strong ale is as rich and complex as it is drinkable. A blend of six malts and four hops creates an ale with deep carmel character, spicy hop flavor and a dry roasty finish. It’s spelled differently because it’s Vonderful.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
beachbum25 (1085) - Powellville, Maryland, USA - DEC 31, 2010
22 oz Bomber f/Secret Santa-Cloudy copper pour w/a slight tan head & good lacing which lasted thru the brew.Roasted malt aroma. Roasted malt flavor w/traces of caramel & nuts, but also has a nice floral hop bite on the finish. Smooth easy drinking Winter Warmer w/a long malty finish. Nice brew, not overly complex, but enjoyable.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Reid (2133) - Salem, Oregon, USA - DEC 1, 2010
22oz from "Lamb’s Thriftway" Wilsonville, OR. $5.49 Pours a handsome chesnut brown with some dark red hints and a gorgeous thick tan head. Very malty aroma to this one, caramel,cereal and bread dominate Taste is also malt driven..semi-bitter malts..dark chocolate, french Roast Coffee and some hazelnut.Some candysugar sweetness then finished off by a deep hop bitterness..thats lasts. Nice mouthfeel, not to shabby. Overall a nice malty winter beer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
mattdev (74) - Oregon, USA - NOV 29, 2010
Tap @ the airport Laurelwood. Pours a brownish clear red with a pillowy head that is quite thin. A bit lighter and thinner than other typical winter ales. Smell is biscuity and roasty with some hints of spice; specifically cinnamon and nutmeg. Slight malt coming through on the nostrils. Taste is big on burnt toast, caramel, heavy malt and maple flooding the mid palate, all leading to a lovely toasty, malty and bitter finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
VertBaconStrips (2223) - Asshat, Alberta, CANADA - NOV 22, 2010
Medium brown, wonderful pour with light tan creamy head that never leaves. Soft sweet caramel, light milk chocolate, toffee, nice mellow citrus. Good inviting sweet bitterness paves the way for soft malts and plenty of fruits, cherry woodiness, Excellent fruit, orange, light soft yummy spice. This is really really really tasty. Mild bitterness. Soo smooth so awesome. What an excellent beer. Smooth creamy finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
troopie (2291) - Munchen an der Willamette, Oregon, USA - NOV 14, 2010
Draught. First thought, looks like a porter, tastes like a DIPA. But there’s more, Hoppy aroma, with malt overtones. Piney IPA taste, with a note of caramel. As the beer warms, the maltiness increases. Malt finish with competing hop and roast notes.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
BrianDorry55 (358) - Spring Hill, Florida, USA - JUN 6, 2010
22oz bottle. Pours a very dark brown with a good-sized off-white head. Aroma is sweet dark fruits, caramel, and toffee. Flavor is nuts, caramel, toffee, dark fruits, and hops. Medium mouthfeel with a nice warmth. This is a good beer...a little under-rated IMO. Very enjoyable.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
philbertk (1873) - Seattle, Washington, USA - APR 8, 2010
UPDATED: DEC 17, 2012 Laurelwood Public House & Brewery--Vinter Varmer--2009-10 22 oz. Bottle. 6.40%ABV--49 Ibu’s. (4.1 / 5.0) Winter Ale. Thick pour. Lacy mild tan head. Clear deep bronze red rich color. Sediment dusting. Mild hop toasted roasted aromatic spice hint front. Chewy crusty mild creamy rich mouth feel tangy mellow sweet roasted caramel,mild fruit,spicy malt body. Smooth roasted hop End. Sampled 4/8/2010. 2 @$5.25 Each. 22 oz. Bottle purchased for $5.25 + Tax at Fremont, Seattle PCC. Thin no lace off white light tan wispy head. Clear bright dark bronze color hazes ugly brown at end of bottle.Roasted cocoa mild fruit ester mild hop front. Medium textured slightly sweet cloying mild roasted malt spice cocoa Wintery malty body. Balanced mild hop spice lingering sweet malt roasted end. Mildly hoppy with hints of rich roasted malt spice flavors and maybe some nutty hints. (3.0 / 5.0). Sampled 12/17/2012. 6.4% ABV--49 IBU’s.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
killjoy966 (677) - Washington, USA - MAR 19, 2010
22 oz. bomber from ? Fairly standard strong ale. Tastes a bit thin with lots of pine flavor to it. Mostly sweet malt at the start but with big astringent "back-of-your-throat" kind of hops in the finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
beersearcher (2382) - Glendale, California, USA - FEB 21, 2010
pours dark brown. lots of chewy chocolate taste. roasted notes. a little bit of smoke to it. a cheek warmer. lives up to the name.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
robforbes (2089) - Bremerton, Washington, USA - JAN 23, 2010
pours a very deep dark copper with a large bubbly light brown head, and some lacing. smell is of toffee, spice, malt, and some pepper. taste is somewhat watery, malt, caramel, some spice, and hops in the back, end is a little dry and nicely bitter.

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