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RATINGS: 83   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.5   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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
BŁckDich (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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
slugstout (18) - Zig Zag, Oregon, USA - NOV 13, 2007
22 oz. Limited Release bottling. Hoppy nose, with a nicely balanced taste. Malty yet crisp. Dry hop? Festive and warming without the spice. Dangerously smoooooth. Donít Drink and Bike!!!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
boFNjackson (4191) - Portland, Oregon, USA - NOV 6, 2007
Tap... Poured a hazy, deep ruby with an off-white head. Roasted, dry-malt on the nose. Really chewy palate, you can feel a lot of fizz on the back of your tongue. Chalky hops with a caramel-malt balance. Has a silky element which is really contrasty that I like. Nice sweet, tart-hop finish. Their seasonals have been really good lately.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Dubbercody (213) - Vancouver, Washington, USA - DEC 31, 2006
2006 Edition... Dark Amber/mahogany brew with a nice small white head from an on tap pour. Malty nose with a creamy flavor that makes me wonder how it would be on Nitro. This yearís edition is a bit hoppier than years past (in my memory banks). Iím always pleased to find this one on tap as people drink it up as fast as it goes on. It is so good itís worth picking out a growler or even getting them to fill up a keg when you can find it.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
raphael (1015) - Portland, Oregon, USA - DEC 2, 2006
dark glistening mahogany with aroma of black cherry, leomn an dstraw. tiny carbonation (draft) on the tongue, which soon gets feeliing dry at the bck. slightly sour flavor,working that thin border withn bitter thanks to jagged hops, cardamon i think. combining in a slightly alkiline, high-pitched finish. well-craftred in its balance, just not my preference.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
3fourths (8598) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - NOV 14, 2006
Draft at the Laurelwood NW Public House. Has a dark purple, brown and red colored body with a tan, thin head. Rich and creamy up front, very hoppy over the middle and on the back of the tongue, reminds me of the hop level seen in Bigfoot. Hoppy, spicy, peppery on the tongue. Doesnít blow me away, but itís a nice winter beer no doubt.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
bu11zeye (12268) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - JAN 8, 2006
(Draught, Horse Brass Pub) Pours a deep mahogany body with a small off-white head. Aroma of breadiness, roastiness, and some notes of fruit. Flavor of malt, mild hops, and spices

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
harlequinn (2744) - Tacoma, Washington, USA - JAN 3, 2006
Nice and smooth, with some greatly subdued spiciness I wish would have been a little more present. Slightly couldy deep amber appearance with a little frothy head. Aroma is pleasing with a little bit of hoppiness and somewhat fruity. The flavor as some nice chocolate tones and a rich malt character. Enjoyable, I would order this again.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
11026 (1772) - Alabama, USA - JAN 2, 2006
Tap at Horsebrass. Cleaer deep mahogany colored. Impressive dense off-white head fades slowly to a ring and leaves moderate lacing behind. Strange aroma which has me thinking of V-8 or tomato juice, very vegetal. Medium bodied with ample carbonation that doesnít overwhelm. Flavor also reminds me of tomato. Perhaps a touch thin on the palate. Decent, perhaps a poorly washed glass?

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
beerguy101 (5338) - Newark, California, USA - FEB 20, 2005
2004/5 version. Dark amber color. Small sized white foamy head. Aroma is bread, malt and sweet. A medium to full bodied strong ale. Malts are fruity and sweet. Lots of bready malts. Hops are slightly spicy and citrusy. Nice balance. Chocolate and roasty from the middle to the finish. Smooth taste. Nice malty finish. Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is clean and smooth. Aftertaste is slightly sweet.

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