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RATINGS: 1133   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.46/5   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 207   ABV: 6.9%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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.


2.9
   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
sloshgator (676) - 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 didn’t get any of the spices, the body was lacking and there was too much sweetness. Winter Solstice is a decent brew but doesn’t live up to the Anderson Valley reputation.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
sharkydodson (1029) - 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...

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
mrjaxson (466) - .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.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
andrepintado (2544) - 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.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
MelvinKalksma (744) - UTRECHT, NETHERLANDS - JAN 30, 2016

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

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

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

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
tfontana (566) - 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.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
stephenco (49) - Makati, PHILIPPINES - JAN 18, 2016
330ml bottle from HK Brewcraft. Spicy winter ale. Pours golden brown with beige head.

3
   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
romulusnr (16) - Washington, USA - JAN 11, 2016
Not much aroma or head. Color is deep satisfying red brown. Initial taste is happily diverse with not too much hops nor too much sweetness. Initial aftertaste its a bit like concrete or clay, but gives way to a respectable earthiness with subtle herbal aspect. Mouthfeel is lively.

2.5
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
jsporrer (526) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 10, 2016
On tap @ Dorothy 6. Pours a clear dark brownish amber with a thin white head. Just a hint of spice in the aroma. Feels thin with fairly weak flavors. Some sweetness and light spice. After it warmed up a bit the sweet toffee flavor is more noticeable but still pretty weak. A little too smooth for me and not enough bold flavors. OK but nothing special.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
ogre71 (274) - Utah, USA - DEC 31, 2015
This is one of the best seasonal ale I’ve had this year. Has plenty of good malty flavor not overly spiced smooth easy to drink, would recommend.


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