williamherbert (1477) - Syracuse, New York, USA - FEB 18, 2016
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
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 doesn’t 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 isn’t. 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; it’s a throwback to malt-heavy English ales, or pre-IPA boom winter ales. Deceptively good.
sloshgator (685) - Orlando, Florida, USA - FEB 17, 2016
2.9 AROMA 2/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
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.
sharkydodson (1079) - St. Petersburg, RUSSIA - FEB 11, 2016
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
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...
mrjaxson (472) - .08 Junction, Wisconsin, USA - FEB 6, 2016
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
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.
andrepintado (2612) - Lisbon, PORTUGAL - FEB 6, 2016
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle from cerveteca lisboa, portugal. Color is dark copper. Thin white head. Light sweetness. Medium bitterness. Aroma is herby, malty, grassy.
MelvinKalksma (791) - UTRECHT, NETHERLANDS - JAN 30, 2016
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
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.
tfontana (597) - Fremont, New Hampshire, USA - JAN 23, 2016
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
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.
stephenco (49) - Makati, PHILIPPINES - JAN 18, 2016
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
330ml bottle from HK Brewcraft. Spicy winter ale. Pours golden brown with beige head.
romulusnr (16) - Washington, USA - JAN 11, 2016
3 AROMA 2/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
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.
jsporrer (569) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 10, 2016
2.5 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
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.