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RATINGS: 1137   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 15/20
Headbanger (3880) - 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 (4613) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
GeneralGao (3614) - Iowa City, Iowa, USA - APR 13, 2007
12 oz bottle. 2006 vintage. Poured a clear orange-red color. Head was was thick and off white with good retention and lacing. Aroma was ever changing. At first there was only light malty molasses and spices. Later it smelled like berries and chocolate. Delicately sweet on the tongue with flavors of malted milk balls and vanilla with a hint of raspberry. Interesting beer. I liked it.

   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 (1083) - 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.

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