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RATINGS: 77   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.46   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. It’s spelled differently because it’s Vonderful.


3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
beersearcher (2334) - 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.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
robforbes (2072) - 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.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
5000 (6241) - 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.


3.6
   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 don’t make a bad brew.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
after4ever (6111) - 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.

3.3
   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.

3.2
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
neepsntatties (1205) - Portland, Oregon, USA - NOV 7, 2009
Fall ’09 release. On tap at Laurelwood’s 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.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
ChainGangGuy (4364) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - APR 22, 2009
Appearance: Pours a near clear, dark mahogany-hued body with a small, frothy, white head. Smell: Roasty, toasty maltiness with scents of dark caramel and just a hint of molasses. Also, a note of fresh pine as well as a vague, indistinct spiciness. Taste: Flavors of oven-toasted dark caramel and roast with a medium amount of lingering sweetness. A few globs of molasses. Sharply spicy, resinous hop flavors of pine and even spruce tips with a sturdy amount of bitterness. Tastes of fruit and pepper glide by the tongue. Finishes dry, roasty, a bit spicy, and with some noted alcohol warmth. Mouthfeel: Medium-plus body. Medium carbonation. Drinkability: Fairly good and worth a try. It sets itself apart from the typical wintertime seasonal offering.

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
carruthm (1399) - Seattle, Washington, USA - APR 18, 2009
Bottle, dark red amber color with a small head. Aroma of caramel and loads of malt. Sugared sweet.

3.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
gracefullypunk (667) - Portland, Oregon, USA - APR 18, 2009
Mahogany with a thick cream head that leaves plenty of lacing. Strong caramel malty aroma. The taste of a stout but without the thickness. Caramel taste with a strong bitter finish.


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