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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 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
AllAboutStout (605) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - APR 7, 2007
Bottle from 2004. Pours a dark amber/brown. Some lacing around the perimeter of the glass. Whatever head there was quickly dissipates. Smell reminds me of an old english ale. Plenty of floating sediment suspended in the drink. Smell is quite welcoming. Still some decent carbonization given the age. Taste is close to an english ale. Very solid brew for the age and price. Glad I have more of these left. Solid offering. This brewery is starting to grow on me.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
doubelknv3 (1076) - Illinois, USA - APR 3, 2007
Fruity, sweet malt aroma with a note of alcohol. Clody, dark amber with thin head. Blackberry, vanilla, and spices. Bitter finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Saarlander (1686) - Saarlouis, GERMANY - MAR 29, 2007
Lots of sweet aroma, berries mainly. Abit sweet, even on the lips, somewhat sticky. Alot of fruits, orange, plum, spiciness, quite warming, but well hidden alcohol. A decent brew, enjoyable, just abit too sweet.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
oh6gdx (24430) - 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 (7679) - 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) - Raleigh, North Carolina, 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 (1701) - 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

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