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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. It’s spelled differently because it’s Vonderful.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jimhilt (2554) - 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.

   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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Bockyhorsey (2628) - Mesa, Arizona, USA - JAN 29, 2008
Bottle, Some spice for aroma along with some sweet malt. Dark body with tan head. Marlted caramel wit some candy sweetness. Smooth on the palate, decent brew.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
JB175 (1665) - Bucks County, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 24, 2008
Dark brown pour with an off-white head. Aroma is spicy and sweet with a dessert-like appeal. Flavor is nice and floral hoppy/sweet/spicy but a tad boring. OK, but I’m seriously burned out on holiday/winter warmer beers with heavy spices.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
hopdog (11560) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 19, 2008
22oz bottle. Poured a medium to deeper and hazy brown color with an averaged sized off white head. Aromas of caramel, roasted nuts, light chocolate and light spices. Tastes of caramel, chocolate, roast, nutty, earthy, light spices, and light coffee.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
ABUSEDGOAT (2588) - California, USA - JAN 14, 2008
Darker amber. Aroma is rich caramel malts with some citric hops balancing. Much more malty and sweet, medium body.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
cathcacr (646) - Oregon, USA - JAN 2, 2008
One of many similar winter ales, much like a brown ale with a touch of spice.

Listening: Howard’s first broadcast of ’08!!!!!!!!

   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!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
bhensonb (14092) - 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.

   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!

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