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RATINGS: 82   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. It’s spelled differently because it’s Vonderful.


3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
beerbrat99 (132) - Shanghai, CHINA - DEC 24, 2007
Bottle. Pours a rich robust brown much like a porter. Notes of spice, chocolate and caramel on the nose. Flavor is rich and wonderfully balance. Flavor highlights of berry, toffee, chocolate and grapefruit. Nice head retention. Medium body with a real pleasant finish that has me begging for more. A real winter treat!

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
bhensonb (12014) - Woodland, California, USA - DEC 18, 2007
Draft at the brewpub. Belgian spice type of aroma over roasted malt. Dark brown color with a lacing off-white head. Medium body with creamy carbonation. Flavor is mixed spice and darkly roasted malt (but not burnt). Finish is dry.

4.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
JahNoth (1039) - Rochester, New York, USA - DEC 6, 2007
Inviting aroma of christmas trees waft above this cola/crimson elixir with off white head. Rich and meaty, this bad boy gives you full throttle cherries, caramel, cocoa and IPA level hops. WOW! This is outstanding, and certainly my kind of beer. Rich and creamy mouthfeel with a new taste sensation in every swirl and swallow. Tremendous!

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
beerinmarch (2830) - Washington, USA - DEC 2, 2007
Pours a very dark red, almost black, with a tall khaki head. Very rich malts, depth of flavors changes between burnt chocolate, cherry, caramel. Finish is toasty and has a nutty presence. Citrus hops provide spicy balance to the finish wtih a light cocoa aftertaste.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
biz82 (1328) - austin, Texas, USA - DEC 1, 2007
Bottle. Deep red in color, nice sticky tan head. Nutty, earthy, light roast and toffee aroma. Earthy and slightly gritty. Seems like it may be spiced. Not too complex flavor. Too bitter.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
AlabastorJones (810) - Seattle, Washington, USA - NOV 25, 2007
dark brown, big tan head, sweet plumb nose, raisins, tart refined yeast, sweet woody flavor, citrus finish, chocolate malt, roasts, dry finish

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
greenhorn1 (850) - Mission Viejo, California, USA - NOV 22, 2007
22 oz bottle from bottletrek.com. Pours mahogany, airy head and big lacing. Aroma is mainly sweet roasted malt. Flavor is deep caramel and roasted nutty malts, with notes of pine and spice. Medium to light mouthfeel with a hoppy dry finish. Decent winter brew.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Angeloregon (2055) - Portland, Oregon, USA - NOV 21, 2007
Poured a mahogany body with a nice off-white head. Boozy nose and flavor. Bitter, warms up well. Decent winter brew.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
IndianaRed (2726) - Boise, Idaho, USA - NOV 21, 2007
On Tap at the BP. Clear deep mahogany with a nice big light tan head and thick lacing Mild malty body and flavor Balanced I suppose but not very interesting.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
BückDich (5464) - McCall, Idaho, USA - NOV 19, 2007
Tap @ Brewery: Ruby caramel color, light head and lacing. Nose of light nuts and caramel, lots of buttery chestnuts and light roast, dry woody character and a full malty body. Sweet caramel and a light bitter hoppy tail. Dry, sticky and nutty. Lingers.


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