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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.


3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
kp (10886) - 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

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
CaptainCougar (7132) - 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.

3
   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.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
HighWine (954) - 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.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
19Ei8hty (1171) - Washington, USA - DEC 30, 2008
Strong malty profile that is rich and roasted. Deep nuttiness with toffee and caramel backbone. Light spice notes that seem independent of the hop presence.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
zathrus13 (1719) - Mount Laurel, New Jersey, USA - DEC 11, 2008
Bottle, thanks to DA. Pours copper/amber, with a tan head. Aroma is hops and caramel. Flavor is hops, caramel, and nuts.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Snojerk321 (2960) - San Diego, California, USA - APR 12, 2008
22oz bottle from bottle trek. A fairly weak "strong Ale". Some nice nutty aromas with a roasted toffee, dry finish.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 16/20
Tejas (872) - Dallas, Texas, USA - MAR 25, 2008
Pretty dark. Lots of aroma. Little dryish palate. Some roastiness but overall pretty hoppy. Sort of a weird but not offensivre flavor in here that I can’t put my finger on. Pretty good but probably won’t pay to be shipped in again.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jimhilt (2413) - Bow, New Hampshire, USA - FEB 22, 2008
Pours with a light tan one finger head that fades slowly, leaving some lace. Light-medium carbonation and medium bodied. Cloudy amber color. Nose is sweet spicy hops. Flavor is balanced with hints of caramel and slight bitter finish. 22oz bottle gift from Haggens Beaverton, OR.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
turbo (1271) - Arizona, USA - JAN 29, 2008
Black with a creamy brown head. Aroma and flavor is sweet malts, roast, nuts, caramel. Smooth and easy drinking with a light roasty hops finish. Good beer.


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