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RATINGS: 83   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.5   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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
after4ever (6635) - 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 (1334) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
ChainGangGuy (4505) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
carruthm (1401) - Seattle, Washington, USA - APR 18, 2009
Bottle, dark red amber color with a small head. Aroma of caramel and loads of malt. Sugared sweet.

   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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
kp (10884) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - APR 2, 2009

Date: March 29, 2009
Mode: Bottle
Source: Tasting, Cellar Party
Appearance: hazy dark red, wispy beige head, streaks of drippy lace
Aroma: sweet dark caramel aroma, lots of earthyness, sweet fruityness
Flavor: rich caramel malt flavor, light fruityness, earthyness adds good balance and a touch of spices, long bitter finish
Aroma: 6/10; Appearance: 7/10; Flavor: 6/10; Palate: 6/10; Overall: 12/20
Rating: 3.1/5.0
Drinkability: 6/10
Score: *4

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
CaptainCougar (7133) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - MAR 29, 2009
Pours a transparent dark copper amber with a thin, clingy-lacing off-white head. Aroma of sweet toasty dark caramel malt and resiny grapefruity hops. Body starts with average fullness and a sweet toasty caramel maltiness with a touch of light fruits before a drier, more bitter peppery finish. Has a decent hop profile, but could use more body.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
glkaiser (1214) - Seattle, Washington, USA - MAR 26, 2009
Mix of mild caramel malts, a little spice and solid bitterness. A little fruity. Honestly, just kind of an odd mix that doesn’t really work for me.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
HighWine (955) - Whalezbro, Illinois, USA - FEB 5, 2009
Mahogany color with a tan head. Nice lacing. Sweet, malty aroma with hints of toffee and cocoa. Easy to drink. Nice balance of malt and flavorful, but not bitter, hops. A good beer but for a winter seasonal I would have liked a richer malt backbone with a little more mouthfeel.

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