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RATINGS: 80   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.47   SEASONAL: Winter   IBU: 49   EST. CALORIES: 192   ABV: 6.4%
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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. Itís spelled differently because itís Vonderful.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
BrianDorry55 (333) - 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 Ibuís. (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 IBUís.

   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 (2084) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
5000 (6299) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - DEC 27, 2009
Bottle:   Deep amber, almost brown, moderate to thin sudsy off-white head, spotty lacing.   Malty nose, quite malty.   A little bit of cereal, but otherwise sweet malty goodness.   Moderate hop bite.   Seems fairly nutty.   Minor roastiness.   Very slight vegetable aspect, but its minor.   Body and mouthfeel are moderate.   Not a big American Strong Ale type of beer, but it certainly is warming.   Biscuity finish, minor sweetness, very malty.   Subtle roasted malt lingers.   Not bad for a Winter Wamer, a little malty, nutty, with soft roasted malt notes.   Enjoyable.   Reminds me of Snow Cap but without all the hop bitterness.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jimbowood (1036) - Freeport, Georgia, USA - DEC 25, 2009
Bottle from malt and vine. A combo bitter ipa plus brown ale. Warming, yet hoppy. These guys donít make a bad brew.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
after4ever (6314) - Brier, Washington, USA - DEC 20, 2009
22. Pours a murky dark brown with plenty of dense, somewhat creamy tan head. Falls quickly away leaving virtually no lace. Rich sweet earthy pine nose--a little bit of brown bread in there, but otherwise a lovely walk in the woods. Creamy medium body with perfectly placed refreshment-level carbonation. Toast, earth, bits of roast, and plenty of pine on the mid-palate. Like a brown ale recipe that went through some sort of alchemical fusion with a great APA, or something. Nice resiny finish. This one is very drinkable even for having a decent heft to the body--disappears in a hurry.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
scrizzz (2223) - Bothell, Washington, USA - DEC 10, 2009
Pecan and almond aroma, clean dark brown, creamy tan head. Back and forth on this one. Some sips it is creamy and nutty with a roasted finish, other sips have it sharply roasted with a strong carb bite and a grassy sharp bitter finish. Maybe I have a cold, but this became metallic in the end.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
neepsntatties (1270) - Portland, Oregon, USA - NOV 7, 2009
Fall í09 release. On tap at Laurelwoodís NE Sandy Blvd. location. Colour... dark brown and no head at all. Nose... roasty with mild hops. Palate... burst of C02, lightly sweet malt, somewhat roasty, a pinch of hops on the edges, short finish.

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