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RATINGS: 1130   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 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
estoppel (1028) - Buffalo, New York, USA - NOV 9, 2007
Draft. Brownish body, small off-white head, spicy, malty nose. Spices, raisins, drak fruits, medium sweetness.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
houseofwares (21) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - NOV 8, 2007
UPDATED: NOV 13, 2007 Tried from bottle. Candied malt on the nose, with grapefruit hops and a small hint of mint. The palate translates the nose with a bubble gum-cotton candy malt sweetness, and vanilla. A nice creamy winter seasonal with balance.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Bradrcr (806) - Renton, Washington, USA - NOV 1, 2007
10/24/07 From the bottle. Aroma is a low cascade hop flora forward followed by sweet malt. Appearance is light copper with a good off-white head. Flavor is sweet malt forward, candilike, with a good lightly sour malt note, and light hop resin. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with a low carb feel and light creaminess. Overall, and interesting brew, but some might be bothered by the resiny flavor.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
JohnnyJ (5268) - San Diego, California, USA - OCT 29, 2007
Pours a reddish brown with off-white head. Aroma of raisin, caramel, spice, and vanilla. Flavors of dark fruit, raisin, vanilla, and winter spice. Pretty good for a spice beer. Mouthfeel is a bit thin.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
RSRIZZO (1931) - Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA - SEP 16, 2007
Had on 12/10/2004. Aroma is very faint but seems a bit sweet. Color is a hazy burnt orange with light carbonation and a thin head. Taste is light and clean. Starting with a light to medium body it goes down with a crisp fizzy feel. The finish comes on with a mild sweet taste that finishes off clean with a warm feel. Not a bad beer but not much of a Winter Ale. I do not understand how this won a gold medal.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
kp (10884) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - SEP 1, 2007
Date: 01/14/1996
Mode: Bottle
Source: Jax

dark clear amber with a touch of bubbles, sweet spicy aroma, malt flavor with just a hint of spice followed by bitterness
-------- /> Date: 12/12/2002
Source: ww
Score: iii

light, sweet, malty, spicy, touch of cinamon, nice
-------- /> Date: 12/04/2005
Mode: draft
Words: sampler
Words: pizza port

clear amber, thin beige head, sweet fruity and spicy, only a hint of the cinamon, spices are well blended and hard to pick out which makes for a really nice profile

Aroma: 6/10; Appearance: 6/10; Flavor: 7/10; Palate: 6/10; Overall: 11/20
Rating: 3/5.0
Drinkability: 7/10
Score: **+/4

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
BuckeyeBoy (5170) - Boise, Idaho, USA - AUG 17, 2007
2006 12oz bottle pours out a clear dark amber topped with a off white head. Sweet syrup aroma. tast is also sweet along with a little chocolater tast. Pretty good. Thanks for the door beer. Jordan.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
riversideAK (6034) - Shoreline, Washington, USA - JUL 28, 2007
Pours a murky reddish brown with a reddish beige head. Aroma is maple syrup, cherries, and a pancakey bready kind of thing. Flavor is very sweet. Very fruity flavors come out in this one. Lots of cherries and plums. A little maple or nutmeg? A small amout of bitterness comes through as it warms. Pretty hearty and rich brew, but a pretty tasty brew too.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
badlizard (5533) - Berkeley, California, USA - JUL 21, 2007
350 mL bottle. Auburn brown with a fizzy white head. Caramel and spice aroma and taste.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
ChainGangGuy (4705) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - JUN 4, 2007
Appearance: Pours a reddish-amber body with a tight, thin cap of small bubbles that faded fast. Smell: Fruity, spicy aroma of orange, nutmeg, almond paste, and cinnamon. Taste: A variety of flavors upfront - light caramel, juicy oranges, and a shot of amaretto make for an overall tangy taste. Finishes sweet, with the taste of toffee leading up to an enduring cinnamon, cocoa powder aftertaste. Mouthfeel: Medium-thin body, but there’s definitely a creaminess to it. Drinkability: Clearly, this is one of the lighter winter seasonals available, both in regards to body and spiciness. Very drinkable.

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