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RATINGS: 1107   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
oh6gdx (23671) - Vasa, FINLAND - MAR 20, 2007
Bottle (2004 vintage). Hazy orange colour, small white head. Aroma is very toffeeish, some berries and slightly caramel malts and hoppy. Flavour is a real fudge bomb along with orange, vanilla and some hops. A very nice beer!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Svesse (7262) - Hässelby, SWEDEN - MAR 13, 2007
(Bottle, Akkurat, Stockholm, 10 Mar 2007) Dark red/amber/brown colour, slightly hazy. Fruity nose with cherries, raspberries, wild berries, dark fruit, Seville orange, caramel, fudge and vanilla. Fruity taste with caramel, fudge, raspberries, cherries and vanilla. Very complex, but slightly unfocused and rather sweet. Hearty, tasty and warming, though.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Hawksfan17 (890) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 5, 2007
Pours a deep amber. Smells of bread, spices, mainly vanilla. I was worried about this because I don’t really like super sweet beers. It wasn’t as bad as others like this but I still couldn’t quite stomach it. The flavor starts out with vanilla and finishes with a slight warming sensation.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
rmussman (1702) - California, USA - MAR 1, 2007
A very true winter brew. Beer is very malty with some hoppy accents. Aroma is strong and lasting. Appearance is dark brown with a thick lacey head. Mouthfeel is very crisp and lasting.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
jonwayne4883 (401) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - FEB 24, 2007
came highly recommended from the guy at international beverage. completely changed my opinion of what a winter brew should taste like.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
KingpinIPA (841) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - FEB 13, 2007
Reddish copper color. Smell of hops, malt, spice, caramel, bread and vanilia. Taste of hops, malt, ginger, cinamon, fruit, zest, clove, pine and caramel. A little bit of alchol at the end with a great dry bitterness makes this a great beer!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
yemntftb (106) - USA - FEB 1, 2007
2006 bottle. This beer is great. Pours a golden chesnut color, frothy head. Really like the toffee and spice flavoring

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
shigadeyo (3388) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JAN 28, 2007
2006 bottle... Anderson Valley Winter Solstice pours a hazy golden chesnut color with a thin, frothy beige head. The aroma is quite sweet with citrus (orange), toffee, spice (coriander, clove, ?), vanilla, and some alcohol. A complex combination of fruit (weak citrus?), toffee and toasted malt, and spice (more coriander and others?) create a wonderful flavor. This is one of the few spiced beers that are well constructed such that the spice complements the overall flavor rather than dominating it. It is also pretty sweet, but there is just enough spice and bitterness in the finish to balance it out. The alcohol is truly warming which is quite welcomed on this super cold day! This beer has a medium body, mild carbonation, and is creamy and smooth on the palate. Overall, this is a pretty complex (notice all of the question marks in my deScription) brew and is definitely one of the better Winter/Christmas beers that I’ve had. This beer is another reason why Anderson Valley is toward the top of my favorite microbreweries... 12 oz bottle from Jungle Jim’s (found in the singles cart).

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
sheatripper (863) - Brooklyn, New York, USA - JAN 27, 2007
12 oz bottle. Dark copper with a frothy/creamy off white head. Aroma of chocolate and toffee (Heath Bars?), dark roasted malts and some barky spices. Malty flavor of dark brown sugar butter cookies infused with vanilla. Some maple and spice notes as well. Sweet, but just the right amount of sweetness, not cloying. Creamy mouthfeel--- almost nitro-like though it’s from a bottle. Like a Christmas cookie in the form of a beer. Some might complain of the vanilla emphasis, but I prefer the vanilla angle over the ginger/clove infusions of some other winter seasonals.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Beerdedone (3058) - Croydon, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 27, 2007
pours a ruby brown with off white head aroma of vanilla cherries & caramel flavor of fruity malt & vanilla extract good winter seasonal

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