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RATINGS: 993   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.45   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 207   ABV: 6.9%
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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 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Hansen (6569) - Assentoft, DENMARK - MAR 15, 2014
Amber coloured and hazy. Has a white head, medium duration. Sweet aroma, old bread. Flavor starts heavy sweet, fruity, light bitter finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
paulvanpelt (330) - Reusel, NETHERLANDS - MAR 11, 2014
Hazelnootbruin, licht nevelig bier. Licht beige schuimkraag. Aroma van mouten, kaneel, kruidig. Zoet. Bitterheid komt in de nasmaak, samen met een licht zuurtje. Voelt wat dun in de mond, licht tot medium body.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Maakun (557) - The Hague, NETHERLANDS - MAR 9, 2014
Brown with medium off-white head. Caramel, maple syrup, Christmas cake, milk chocolate,woody, liquorice. Medium sweet with light bitter finish. Medium bodied, but with a slight thin feel. Has some strange cardboard bitterness that I don't like much, but otherwise pretty good.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
drjay44 (2608) - Salida, Colorado, USA - MAR 8, 2014
12 oz. bottle shared with multiple others at brew club. Pours a thin ivory head, with fair retention, and minimal lacing, over a slightly hazy dark amber (SRM 15) body....nose is nutmeg, hints of allspice from the adjuncts, light cereal, with slight toffee/caramel, brown sugar tones, from the malts and fermentation, minimal hops....taste is sweet dried fruits with plum raisin, fig tones hints of brown sugar, minimal hops tones, minimal bitterness.....mouth feel medium body, light carbonation, with a soft minimally acid finish. This is a light spiced ale needing an increase in the malt backbone to improve body and depth of flavors. The spice were dealt with a light hand and were perhaps a bit too subtle. BJCP 8/3/14/4/7

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Bryanvdv (521) - - MAR 6, 2014
Fles gedeeld met rikstar. Amberkleurig bier weinig schuim. Aroma is niet heel sterk aanwezig. Smaak is wat kruidig, moeilijk een plekje te geven. Afdronk is redelijk.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
rikstar (721) - NETHERLANDS - MAR 6, 2014
Flesje gedeeld met bryanvdv donkere amber kleur. Geur cacao, caramel Em bubblegum. smaak is bitterzoet niet echt uitgesproken iets alcoholisch en kaneel ik mis body

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Kavu (2189) - Helsinki, FINLAND - MAR 5, 2014
12 fl. oz. bottle @ St. Urho’s. Pours clear amber with a low head. Aroma is malts, caramel and alcohol. Flavor is sweet malts, caramel, alcohol and some hops. Soft and creamy. Exquisite.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Dfonorow (1394) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 3, 2014
Bottle. Pour is dark amber with a small beige head. Aroma and flavor are both of caramel, strawberry preserves, cinnamon, and nuts. Very fruity and sweet in the finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
PeatyPete (376) - NETHERLANDS - FEB 18, 2014
Amber coloured beer. Aroma soft sweet fruit. Taste of caramel, ripe fruit, candy and dry aftertaste.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
RW80 (582) - NETHERLANDS - FEB 16, 2014
33cl botle Appearance: Light brown with an allmost white medium sized head. Decent retention and maginal lacing. Aroma:caramel, malts and honey Taste: candy sweetness, The cinamon and fruit + the sweet caramel give this a strange candy sweetnes, which will be make or break. Average carbonation medium body and a sticky texture. Technically a more the good brew but not my brew.

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