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RATINGS: 1133   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 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 (5365) - 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 (5152) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
taffurs888 (124) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 2, 2006
There is a lot going on in this beer. Its a nice compliment to their summer solstice. Had it from draft, and had a very prominent aroma of spices, cinammon, caramel, etc.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
LinusStick (3184) - Moon Twp, suburb of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 1, 2006
A nice "something different" beer. Reddish brown in color with a delicious tan head. There is more going on in this beer than a TV Drama. Hints of cherry,vanilla and carmel in the beginning with a slightly spicy finish. Interesting, but like an average movie..once was enough.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
brstp (201) - - DEC 1, 2006
Brown amber, aroma is almost port-ish. Pretty strong sweet vanilla, a little malt, "winter-ish" spices that I can’t get a handle on. Pretty odd beer, not exactly your classic comforting Christmas brew but I’ll be getting it again.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Magjayran (1378) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - NOV 28, 2006
Pours a fairly dark amber color with a thin off-white head. Interesting aroma has notes of cinnamon and a touch of vanilla. Dark fruit notes along with more vanilla and a dusting of allspice. This is about as good as these spiced winter beers get. I could easily enjoy 3-4 of these in a social setting.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
hophead75 (2012) - Largo, Florida, USA - NOV 25, 2006
bottle. Brown in color with a small off white head. Caramel, grains, and vanilla in the aroma, with about the same in the taste, lightly nutty. Didn’t get much in the way of spices.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
DrinkMoreBeer (21) - Seattle, Washington, USA - NOV 22, 2006
Ok, so my note-taking on flavor, color, etc suffered the night I tried this. I did numerically score as I went, but scoring 20 beer samples in a night clouds the old flavor memory! This finished a bit below average among the Winter beers that night. As someone in the group said - "It’s Cream Soda!" (It’s that vanilla taste that others mentioned here)

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
brianprentiss (691) - Portland, Oregon, USA - NOV 21, 2006
From bottle, 2006 brew, very vanilla/syruppy/raisinny. Didn’t love this beer but I don’t generally love veggie beers.

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