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RATINGS: 89   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.48/5   SEASONAL: Winter   IBU: 49   EST. CALORIES: 192   ABV: 6.4%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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.

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3.5
raphael (1311) - 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.

3.7
3fourths (9381) - 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.

3.1
bu11zeye (13288) - 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
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.

3
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 doesn’t overwhelm. Flavor also reminds me of tomato. Perhaps a touch thin on the palate. Decent, perhaps a poorly washed glass?

3.7
beerguy101 (5364) - 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.

3.7
JoeMcPhee (10189) - 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.

4.1
WABeerChick (25) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JAN 26, 2004
This is a great beer from a great brewer. Well balanced, nice hop and malt combination. The color is nice. Good for cozying up with the one you love.

3.3
Murphy (1759) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - NOV 7, 2002
Alright, but not anything special. Not my favorite winter warmer, but decent. Distinctive house taste with this beer. A solid brewery, by the way. Stumbled upon this place while waiting for a concert to start.


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