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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 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
thegreenrooster (3860) - St.louis, Missouri, USA - DEC 10, 2006
Pour is a dark red with a average white head, Aroma is malts and a spice i can’t detect. Flavor is very nice. Very creamy and some vanilla with notes of nutmeg and some hops show up. Finish is a it oily but that is not bad with this brew. A very tasty brew that is not easy to find.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
vyvvy (5378) - Florissant, Missouri, USA - DEC 9, 2006
Pours very dark bronze with a good sized tan head. The aroma has thick malt that is smooth and caramelly. Ther is a good amount of spice as well - not sure what it is, seems like it may be allspice. Medium / thick body that is smooth, lush and velvety with gentle carbonation. The taste has creamy malt that is lightly toasted and rich. The spice is pleasant and underlying. The finish brings out more of the spice. Fairly complex - nice winter ale.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
MrBendo (1064) - Swedesboro, New Jersey, USA - DEC 6, 2006
UPDATED: NOV 29, 2008 Bottle. Clear copper color with medium head. Aroma of cocoa, vanilla and caramel malt. Tastes of cocoa, vanilla, maybe a bit of ginger and cinnamon. Toasty/caramel malts. Medium to heavy bodied with a sweet finish. The texture is extremely syrupy. But it’s got a different kind of taste that most of the other Christmas/spice brews, and I like it.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
thornecb (5319) - Marblehead, Massachusetts, USA - DEC 6, 2006
Pours deep copper into a tumbler. Head quickly subsides to skim surface. Pear and cranberry aromas. Creamy, sweet caramel and full. Herbal vanilla and dry. Turns bitter long after the finish. Unique.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 8/20
cheap (5122) - Beaver Valley, Beaver County, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 2, 2006
Anderson claims to have the world’s finest breweries. Year 2006, 12 oz brown bottle and the label is entertaining, lots of detail. Pours darker than expected, like a transparent dark american lager. Sweet aroma of fruit & yeast. Some hop or malt on the initial taste, then it fades to some cherry and possibly a hint of vanilla. Next taste revealed some citrus or orangey flavors. Another smell yeilds a leathery background aroma. Its interesting that the flavor and aroma are in a state of constant flux, very dynamic. Next taste is roasty and malty. Next sniff is vegatables! This beer is very complex, I must admit. Next sniff is like whiskey. However, the finish is above average bitter and it lingers with medicine or alcohol. Quite an experience. You must try this at least once, and once is enough. This beer is much better than Sammy Adams old Fezziwig.

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