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RATINGS: 979   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 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
henkjanwiegers (95) - NETHERLANDS - FEB 1, 2014
Bottle @ home. Pours a copper colour. Taste is syrup, medicinal, very sweet. After a few sips, it gets better and better. Nice beer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
bartlebier (1195) - Belchum im Breisgau, GERMANY - JAN 26, 2014
Draught at Café Samson, Nijmegen 12/2013. Pours an acajou, unctuous deep honey yellow. Aroma of wild honey, caramel. Taste is a dry blend of maple syrup grade B and honey, with some young wood notes. Low on pronounced hop aroma and complexity, very sweet yet not cloying, which just saves this more autumn-like (fluid Indian Summer in New England) concoction.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
SaintMatty (4755) - Uppsala, SWEDEN - JAN 25, 2014
Draught (Pipes of Scotland, Uppsala) - Copper/dark amber in colour. Malty and fruity aroma with notes of caramel and dried fruit. Nicely balanced taste with raisins, caramel, marzipan and hops.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Pyrmir (2768) - Uppsala, SWEDEN - JAN 24, 2014
On tap @pipes, Uppsala. Dark amber with beige head. Aroma of honey (heather?) , herbs, spice and sugar. Taste is surprisingly dry, spice, herby, flowers sugar residue and alcohol.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Bosbouw (833) - Gemonde, NETHERLANDS - JAN 23, 2014
Heldere honingkleur met een aardige kraag. Ruikt mout, caramel, fruit. Smaakt bitterzoet, kruiden, honing, caramel.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
kraddel (2438) - some beerplace, BELGIUM - JAN 12, 2014
Bottle from caignie Pours very dark amber , bit light coming trough , Small white head. Bit sweet, malty smell . some hops . taste is very sweet, it tastes like lemonade, wtf ? Crispy mouthfeel , reminding at sugar .. bit thin, but taste is intense enough . some spices, even a bit reminding at speculaas ( Belgian kind of coockie ) but onley in the background ... Unique for sure

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
DCLawyer (1312) - Falls Church, Virginia, USA - JAN 12, 2014
Bottle->SA. Amber with moderate offwhite head. Caramel malt dominates, with some bread and seasonal spices. Fair.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Yves (2073) - Turnhout, BELGIUM - JAN 12, 2014
Shared with Wim at his home. Hazy red amber colored beer with small white head and no carbonation. Malty fruited aroma. Full sparkling palate. Finish is sweet bitter malty with some chocolate hints.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
angelkostvo (519) - CZECH REPUBLIC - JAN 12, 2014
Amber colour, no head. Aroma of caramel, strawberry jam, cinnamon. Taste is light sweet, spicy and fruity flavour. Medium body, slick texture, soft carbonation. Quite nice

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Meilby (6455) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - JAN 11, 2014
Bottle 355ml @ Geokkjer
Pours slightly hazy amber with a off-white head. Aroma has notes of malt, caramel, nutty, vanilla and orange. Taste is medium sweet and light bitter with a long caramel, fruity and nutty finish. Body is medium, texture is oily, carbonation is soft.

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