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RATINGS: 979   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.45   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 207   ABV: 6.9%
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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 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Frank (2387) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 17, 2004
Dark amber, creamy head. Mild wheat-beer nose with a bit of fruit and spice. Flavor is just loaded with vanilla--very nice and unique to boot. Creamy body and a quick finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Cornfield (5362) - Oak Forest, Illinois, USA - DEC 16, 2004
UPDATED: JUN 27, 2006 Pours a deep reddish-amber color with a short-lived fizzy white head, maybe one finger. The aroma is sweet, fruity, and spicy. Nice caramel malts with an allspice flavoring, candied fruits, and some vanilla. Medium-bodied, itís got a snappy, spicy finish.

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   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
PullMeABeer (203) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - DEC 12, 2004
UPDATED: DEC 15, 2004 Bottled. (2004) Pours a reddish/golden, with a large puffy snow-white head. Aroma is not very clean, fruity alcohol initially, with vanilla and spiced cherries showing through. Flavor is a little sour, chocolate cover cherries, more vanilla, spiced fruit cake, alcohol, and finishes with a tangy bight. Smooth and medium bodied, very festive and enjoyable.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
BuckNaked (1230) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - DEC 6, 2004
Bottle: Amber color with a small white head that diminishes to a tiny ring around the outside of the glass. Aroma has hops, nutmeg, cinnamon, pepper, ginger, hops, and a bit of malt. Taste has caramel, tea, nutmeg, ginger, bread, grains. Finishes with a small alcohol kick and bitter spices. Light to medium body, just a bit thin. Pretty nice.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Loddeer (171) - USA - DEC 4, 2004
Wow, this one was a real treat. The first sip was warm, I should have refigerated it a little longer. Nonetheless this sip was smooth and delicate. As I continued, I experienced excellent lacing with rich flavoring. The transition makes the beer. One of the best after-tastes I have ever had. It goes down smooth, and the reminants on the palate are even smoother, leaving significant sugary flavors behind like vanilla and gingerbread. Superb complexity, incredible dynamics, each sip surpasses the last. Needless to say, an excellent beer, I was incredibly pleased.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
GeniusGirl (221) - Boston, Massachusetts, USA - DEC 3, 2004
tap. amber color, small head... very mild nose... nice sweet winter spices... not overpowering, sweet finish... i like this... just taste yummy!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
crzybob77 (530) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - DEC 3, 2004
Medium to dark brown. I really enjoyed this beer! Sweet and spicey with lively carbonation. This is my second beer from anderson valley and they have done nothing but impress.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
michael-pollack (4960) - King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 2, 2004
Draught: First of all, itís not my type of beer. Aroma was of spices and sweet malts. Poured dark amber color with a nice off-white head and produced average lacing. Flavor was of sweet malts and a little spice. Lots of carbination. Not too hard to drink, but not too easy. Overall, since I do not like malty brews, I am biased. This was just ok.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
ontario102 (794) - Boise, Idaho, USA - NOV 26, 2004
2004: Mild, fruity aroma; carmelly-sweet-refined sugar flavor, maybe a hint of cherry and nutmeg, somewhat dry finish; silky palate. needs some balance, but good

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jasonp (1555) - Leesburg, Virginia, USA - NOV 25, 2004
Pours the most beautiful ruby red with a thick beige head. Aroma is spicey with vanilla. Taste is moderately sweet with notes of caramel, molasses, dark fruits, ginger, nutmeg, allspice and some cinnamon with a hint of alcohol. Medium/light body with subtle carbonation. Nothing great but an enjoyable holiday brew.

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