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.

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   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
kereltis (33) - Oregon, USA - DEC 27, 2012
Lovely hoppy aroma, rich flavor and wonderful warm winter palette . Now this is a true winter ale, pours a lovely dark red and has the most wonderful rich hoppy flavor, perfect for those winter evening in front of the fire. Highly recommended ale and really is a Vinter Varmer.

andrewje41 (4083) - Kenmore, Washington, USA - JAN 19, 2016
12 oz bottle poured. Pours a dark reddish snow globe with a swirl fizz head. Spiced heavy malt aroma with a sweet caramel front flavor. Nice roasted finish. Solid winter beer here.

Alphadelic (2249) - Portland, Oregon, USA - DEC 17, 2015
The nose is pretty bland, light Malts and esters. It has a sweet and fruity flavor like a golden raisin. A hint of smoke and bitterness in the finish. It’s not my favorite and seems a little shallow.

JohnGalt1 (1721) - Boise, Idaho, USA - DEC 9, 2015
Bottle picked up at Brewer’s Haven Boise a week or so ago.. Finally getting around to enjoying it tonight out of my little CC snifter.. Clear light tea colored amber... Okay foamy white head, little retention or lacing.. Dry toasty maltiness.. Earthy... Lightly hoppy.. Not overly done in any respect, very well integrated and drinkable.. Malty, but not as much as most Winter brews and the hops are very balanced... Almost like a "standard PNW brew in reverse". Nice and never heavy.

stevoj (5358) - Boise, Idaho, USA - DEC 4, 2015
Bottle from Brewers Haven. Not getting much out of this, other than a brown ale with a bit too much hoppiness. Super dry, chalky finish. Nice pour with small fluffy head and rings of lacing, but that’s its lone redeeming quality. At 6.4%, its not even that much of a warmer.

Superbeero (10) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - NOV 16, 2015
UPDATED: NOV 18, 2015 Look : Beautiful chestnut/mahogany colored body with cherry hints. 70% opaque. 2 finger head, leaves lace in creamy webs. Smell : Nut, bark, chestnut. Faint aroma. Taste : Pine with nutty flavors. Brown malts. Pine. Nut. Brown Malts. Pine. Nut. Nut. Pine. Feel : Creamy and medium bodied, high carbonation, semi dry finish. Overall : I figured this would be a decent choice to come back from Portland with. Turns out I was wrong. This was too piney and too one-noted.

jsnicholas (650) - Woodinville, Washington, USA - OCT 22, 2015
Bottle (12oz $2): redish brown with white head. Starts out malty then the hops kick in with some bitterness.

biirusaikou (2705) - - JUN 2, 2015
Draught at SL Beer Hall. Toffee, raisin, all spice, quite varming indeed. Not bad for a xmas brew but unfortunately imported off-season...

shoulderbroken (4255) - Tokyo, JAPAN - APR 13, 2015
Tap at BCS. Dark fruit and spice, Gingerbread, biscuits, nice. Good stuff.

vyvvy (6563) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - FEB 8, 2015
On tap at the brewpub - Pours clear dark bronze with an off-white head. The aroma has horehound candy, caramel, toast and an English yeastiness. It has a medium smooth body with lots of soft carbonation. The flavor starts off with caramel, thick toast, overdone bread and earthy hops. The finish is earthy, woody and rustic with just a touch of the horehound candy. Pretty nice.

nimbleprop (8591) - SouthWest, Washington, Washington DC, USA - JAN 13, 2015
22oz bottle pours a translucent, garnet amber with some spitty, off white head. Nose has mild spice, malt, a little bread, mild raisin. Flavor has orange, raisin, mild soap, malt, mild spice. Finishes a bit oily.

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