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RATINGS: 1121   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 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
ChainGangGuy (4653) - 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 thereís 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.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
mlist55 (210) - media, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 25, 2007
Hazy orange-amber color reminds me of cider. Aroma is relatively light and sweet--a good dose of caramel in there...Decent head that dissipates fairly quickly. Nice malty-sweet wave dominates early, followed by a brighter, tangier fruitiness and a spicy and mild hop-dry finish

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
OdinUSMC (7) - Poquoson, Virginia, USA - MAY 22, 2007 does not count
At first it seems like a random pilsner deceptivly hidden in a six dollar bottle. But then the finish comes which is so clean and itís almost sanitary. Then because it was so razor clean you go back for seconds (and because you dropped 6 bucks on it) and the array of flavors floats out. Like running backward through your mothers spice rack, itís all in there. Good for everything. Good way to start the night. Good way to drink all night forget your name by sunrise. Then, even good with waffle house.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
aubreya (676) - Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA - MAY 3, 2007
The appearance was hazy, amber, and brown. The head was thin, off-white, and fizzy. The aroma was spice and aged. The flavor was alcohol, spice, and aged. The palate was smooth and the finish, clean.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Headbanger (3663) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - MAY 3, 2007
12oz bottle- A hazy amber body with a small ring for a head. Aroma of slight hops and malt with a little caramel. Taste of cream soda with some malt. A pretty decent beer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
emacgee (4486) - Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA - APR 28, 2007
Extra in trade with dirty_martini. Pours a thick amber, looks syrupy. The head is thin and offwhite. The aroma is a little weird, some spice in there and a strange sour maltiness. Yikes. Tastes bad. Did not finish this one. Alcohol, weird sour taste, spices. Do not suggest this one.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
natronbomb8 (5) - Wooster, Ohio, USA - APR 23, 2007 does not count
This seasonal winter ale rates right up there with the best of them. It has a beautiful amber color and a great caramel/raisen finish. Very sweet and malty, this beer is great in front of a fire with friends while the snow swirls outside the window. Perfect for Christmas Eve as the hustle and bustle of the holiday season winds down.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Volgon (2763) - Manchester, New Hampshire, USA - APR 23, 2007
Bottle: Cloudy dark orange with a thin off-white head, sweet malts and caramel in the aroma with some dark fruits, starts and ends slightly sweet with a light aftertaste, full bodied with ample carbonation. A nice sipping beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
LyndaNova (532) - Manchester, New Hampshire, USA - APR 23, 2007
Cold 12oz bottle: Pours a hazy dark orange color with very little off-white bubbles, mostly around the edges. Sweet malts, fruit, grassy hops and spice. Light to medium bodied and smooth with ample carbonation. Ending is of sweet malts.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
sneagrams3 (2337) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - APR 21, 2007
12oz bottle. 2006. Hazy and amber hued. Ring of off-white head. Toffee and bready aromas. Similar toffee cinnamon bready flavors. Rather full bodied with a good complexity of flavors. Zesty effervescence. Sweet sticky bready malts. Astringent spices. Good cocoa note. Short lived super bitter hops. Touch of an alcohol burn. Brownies and vanilla. Caramel. More rounded as it warms. Nice little winter brew.

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