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RATINGS: 1135   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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
HopBackDoc (474) - Hatboro, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 1, 2007
Deep mahogany color with small off-white head. Aroma full of malts and fruits. This beer was full flavored -- malt, caramel, toffee and a berry-like fruit taste. Lots of flavors going on in this medium bodied brew. One of the best winter beers I have had.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
notalush (5728) - Denver, Colorado, USA - JAN 1, 2007
Tap - medium ruby hue, with, I swear, a hint of purple in it - semi-herbal aroma, with a thick, sweet maltiness - kind of light bodied for a winter warmer, and a little too sweet to enjoy - there is a strange taste of play dough through the middle, finishing with a somewhat medicinal taste - not very enjoyable.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
bdjames29 (273) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JAN 1, 2007
Bottle. My worst Anderson Valley experience thus far. A touch better than the Anchor offering of the same style that I tried the day before. I am having a difficult time settling in to this style. Tried a few this season and was on the verge of enjoying them. This is a difficult beer for me - the spicy, salty taste is hard to handle. Consistency and feel in the mouth is a bit heavy and fuzzy. I’ll work on it again next year.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
superfly (2) - sacramento, California, USA - DEC 29, 2006 does not count
Yummy. One of the most unique flavors around. Strong carmel flavor/color. Perfect for the winter. Don’t drink straight out of the fridge. Let it sit and warm a little. You will get the full flavor of this beer if you let it warm a little.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
clueo (173) - Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 28, 2006
Nice foggy caramel color. The beer is lightly carbonated and has a nice fruity aroma. This is a great winter beer for those cold winter nights. One of the best seasonal beers I have tried this holiday season.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
papajohn (1249) - San Diego (Mira Mesa), California, USA - DEC 27, 2006
Bottle from Winter Brews gift pack: Aroma is sweet and malty with a hint of hop spice. Mahogany color with a medium light beige head. Flavor starts caramel and butterscotch sweet (a tad too sweet) followed by a light spicy hop bite finishing with a light dry bitterness. Medium bodied and thin with moderate carbonation.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
ryan (3186) - Beltsville, Maryland, USA - DEC 17, 2006
2006. Hazy amber body with a medium sized, off-white head, fading. The aroma is apple, plums, caramel and toffee. The flavor is cinnamon, nutmeg, caramel, apple juice and slightly medicinal. Medium body with moderate carbonation and a prickly, warm finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Marsiblursi (3076) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - DEC 11, 2006
UPDATED: JAN 17, 2007 (Bottle) Pours light hazy, amber red. Fresh, light citrusy, Spicy aroma with vanilla and some fruit and candy. Toffee, fudge and malty overtones with notes of cheap milk chocolate. Well composed aroma. Flavour starts with fudge, toffee, bready malt tones with some vanilla and continues medium spicy and hoppy. Chocolate and alcoholy finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
DrBayern (1139) - Morehead City, North Carolina, USA - DEC 11, 2006
2006 bottle. Deep amber with a nice sized yellowish beighe head that collapses quickly with little lace. Huge spicy aroma, alsow with notes of citrus and caramel. There’s not much subtle about this. Smooth, thick mouthfeel with a bit of stickiness. Quite sweet with just a touch of some bitterness at the end. Spiced beers are not my favorites, but this is pretty drinkable and enjoyable in the right setting.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
stegosaurus (1882) - Levittown, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 11, 2006
Bottle sampled with Beerded_one. Pours a deep amber with a nice light tan head. Aroma of spices, fruit, and caramel. The flavor is caramel, fruit, spices, and some toasted malts. Good body, very enjoyable brew.

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