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RATINGS: 1137   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.46/5   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 207   ABV: 6.9%
Each year, when people are starting to unpack their winter clothes and replenish their firewood, our tiny brewery in the coastal redwoods of Northern California makes seasonal preparations of a different kind. As the cold arrives, we release a unique beverage created to add warmth to even the coldest and darkest of winter's days. Winter Solstice Seasonal Ale begins with a very high original gravity to create a hearty and spicy brew with a deep amber hue and a smooth finish. Anderson Valley Brewing Company wishes you the very best for the holiday season and the New Year.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
BucannonXC5 (1436) - San Diego, California, USA - MAR 2, 2016
Type: 12-oz. can Glass: Clear 14.75-oz. porter/stout glass From: Trader Joeís in La Mesa (San Diego), Calif. Price: $7.99 for a 6-pack Purchased: Feb. 16, 2016 Consumed: Feb. 16, 2016 Misc.: N/A OK, Iím a sucker for Winter Warmers and I feel like I havenít given Anderson Valley a fair shake. Was going to pick up just one can at Trader Joeís, but saw it was only $7.99 for a 6-pack. Wasnít feeling like getting a 6-pack of IPAs, so this was next best option. Poured an amber, auburn, semi-clear color with 1-to-2 fingers of khaki white, rocky head. Vere serene setting underneath. Minimal wet lacing on the sides of the glass. Poor retention on the top. (Sight - 3.25) Smelled more like a dark amber than a Winter Warmer. Got buttery caramel, sugary toffee, herbal hops, some menthol, dark fruits and plum juice. Very malty. (Smell - 3.50) Taste was so much better than the nose and completely changed my perception of this beer. Got toffee, sugary caramel, dark fruits, hints of herbal hops, some menthol, toasted rye, creamy vanilla, faint hints of cinnamon and nutmeg, brown sugar and light molasses. (Taste - 3.75) Medium body. Creamy-to-sticky texture. Average carbonation. Long, smooth finish. (Feel - 4.50) This was a very interesting beer. I still donít know if I consider it a Winter Warmer though. Like a mix between a Winter Warmer, Amber and an American Strong Ale. (Overall - 3.75) 3.74 84 B

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
JohnGalt1 (1672) - Boise, Idaho, USA - MAR 1, 2016
Malty aroma with vanilla and butter undertones. No real hops ... sorta overpowered by the spices. I really hate saying this, but it reminds me of a vanilla cream soda .... and not the soda-shoppe kind, more like the artificial bottled kind. This is a tough review for me to write. I love the Boont amber (almost certainly my favorite amber ale). But this one is going to take a hit. ... The diacetyl is hyper accentuated.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
patrick767 (4010) - fort wayne, Indiana, USA - FEB 19, 2016
bottle - Pours hazy amber-brown with a light tan head. It smells of caramel malt and spices. The flavor is sweet caramel/toffee malt and spices that are noticeable but not overpowering. Itís alright though overly sweet for me.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
williamherbert (1508) - Syracuse, New York, USA - FEB 18, 2016
Syrupy brown-orange complexion. Looks silky and thick; half-finger of head. This one is a tad old (discounted) but the mustiness of the nose doesnít detract. Aroma is brown sugary but with a lovely nutty second wave that blunts it and takes the saccharine right out of it. Could have been cloying but isnít. Cinnamon-like spices. Almost smells like when you walk into a brewery, and the mash tun is doing its thing. The flavors are oats, finished oak, caramel/molasses sugars, and maple syrup. The sweetness is immediately followed by a nutty sugary tste. There are cereal grains and more of that brewery malt in the flavor, almost like taking a direct sip of the post-boil malt. This is just a really good beer; itís a throwback to malt-heavy English ales, or pre-IPA boom winter ales. Deceptively good.

   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
sloshgator (714) - Orlando, Florida, USA - FEB 17, 2016
Anderson Valley Winter Solstice is middle of the pack for a winter seasonal. Pours a hazy brown with a decent head. Light malty aroma only. I didnít get any of the spices, the body was lacking and there was too much sweetness. Winter Solstice is a decent brew but doesnít live up to the Anderson Valley reputation.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
sharkydodson (1193) - St. Petersburg, RUSSIA - FEB 11, 2016
the aroma is caramel, fruity and spicy with shades of vanilla, toffee, milk chocolate and dried fruits... the taste is caramel, chocolate and fruity with notes of toffee, bisquit, candy, raisin and some spices... sweet, dry and spicy aftertaste...

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
mrjaxson (497) - .08 Junction, Wisconsin, USA - FEB 6, 2016
Very nice malty alternative to the sharply spiced and bitter ales that frequent the shelves in wintertime. Carmel nose mostly though with hints of chocolate, too, following a puffy pour. Thick and sweet. Delicious from a bottle.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
andrepintado (2762) - Lisbon, PORTUGAL - FEB 6, 2016
Bottle from cerveteca lisboa, portugal. Color is dark copper. Thin white head. Light sweetness. Medium bitterness. Aroma is herby, malty, grassy.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
MelvinKalksma (1000) - UTRECHT, NETHERLANDS - JAN 30, 2016

Malts, caramel, spices, yeast, nuts and slight vanilla.

Turbid amber/brown beer with a medium off-white head.

Moderate/heavy sweet with malts, caramel, nuts, spices and vanilla.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
tfontana (715) - Fremont, New Hampshire, USA - JAN 23, 2016
Bottle pour into nonic pint glass from One Stop Market, Haverhill, MA. Aroma is bready malt with a little bit of caramel, vanilla, cocoa and holiday spice. Appearance is attractive amber/copper with slight haze, no sparkle, 2 finger-width creamy/frothy off-white head with decent retention and lacing. Taste is caramel and vanilla sweetness with mild roastiness and cocoa. Palate is medium bodied with creamy texture, initial lively carbonation that stings the lips, and nice long finish. Overall, this is a nice sweet treat without being cloying. Smooth and creamy.

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