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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 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
bu11zeye (11925) - 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

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 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
bhensonb (10688) - 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.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
hopdog (8769) - 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.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
JoeMcPhee (8302) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 6, 2004
Dark brown, thin brown head. Caramel and molasses aroma. Rich dark malt and some plumminess. PNW hoppiness in the finish. Spicy and herbal character with loads of bitterness. Great balance of flavours.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
3fourths (7855) - 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. Doesn’t blow me away, but it’s a nice winter beer no doubt.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
CaptainCougar (7129) - 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.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
bb (6715) - Alamo, California, USA - DEC 27, 2011
Bottle. Ruby-brown beer with a dark cream colored head. Malt and sweet caramel aroma with light pine. Pine and malt flavor with toffee and light darker malts. Medium bodied. Pine and darker malts linger with light toffee.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
5000 (6178) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - DEC 27, 2009
Bottle:   Deep amber, almost brown, moderate to thin sudsy off-white head, spotty lacing.   Malty nose, quite malty.   A little bit of cereal, but otherwise sweet malty goodness.   Moderate hop bite.   Seems fairly nutty.   Minor roastiness.   Very slight vegetable aspect, but its minor.   Body and mouthfeel are moderate.   Not a big American Strong Ale type of beer, but it certainly is warming.   Biscuity finish, minor sweetness, very malty.   Subtle roasted malt lingers.   Not bad for a Winter Wamer, a little malty, nutty, with soft roasted malt notes.   Enjoyable.   Reminds me of Snow Cap but without all the hop bitterness.


3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
after4ever (6055) - Brier, Washington, USA - DEC 20, 2009
22. Pours a murky dark brown with plenty of dense, somewhat creamy tan head. Falls quickly away leaving virtually no lace. Rich sweet earthy pine nose--a little bit of brown bread in there, but otherwise a lovely walk in the woods. Creamy medium body with perfectly placed refreshment-level carbonation. Toast, earth, bits of roast, and plenty of pine on the mid-palate. Like a brown ale recipe that went through some sort of alchemical fusion with a great APA, or something. Nice resiny finish. This one is very drinkable even for having a decent heft to the body--disappears in a hurry.


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