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RATINGS: 89   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.48/5   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. Itís spelled differently because itís Vonderful.

   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 (10883) - 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 doesnít really work for me.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
HighWine (959) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
19Ei8hty (1166) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
zathrus13 (1765) - 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.

   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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 16/20
Tejas (988) - 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 canít put my finger on. Pretty good but probably wonít pay to be shipped in again.

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