footbalm (1219) - Western Minneapolis Suburbs, Minnesota, USA - NOV 18, 2006
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle from odeed. Pours a clear brown with a pretty big biege head. Taste was a bit muddled here as there seemed to be some holiday spices but she kinda’ ran outta’ steam.
bhensonb (13533) - Woodland, California, USA - NOV 18, 2006
3.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Aroma of malt, hop, and arguably coriander. Nice coppery color, with a persistent light tan head. Starts with a sweet malt, but the overall effect is spice. Not spicey spice, but definitely something. Light to medium mouthfeel. AVB has a knack for this seemingly unique flavor - it is mirrored in the Summer Solstice. Smooth it is. Strange also.
molassesfan (202) - Raleigh, North Carolina, USA - NOV 17, 2006
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours amber with a nice head and lace. Aroma of coriander, malts, and a spice I can’t identify. Taste is gingery with a bit of vanilla bean. Thick mouthfeel. Not drinkable in large quantities but its not designed to be. Good stuff.
jonnabrix (137) - Newberrytown, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 17, 2006
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
This was a nice: light amber in color, with spice and sweet malts in the aroma. The flavor was full of ginger and other spices, malts, and a nice hop balance. Pretty creamy, this was enjoyable.
sistinas (108) - Mountain View, California, USA - NOV 17, 2006
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle (2006). Pours a dark amber color with a medium head that leaves a decent amount of lacing. Sweet malts and some indiscernable yet inviting spice in the aroma. Flavor this year is massively ginger-like (in the nonalcoholic ginger beer and not ginger ale sort of way), with a backbone of vanilla, orange peels, apricots, and a little caramel. Actually, it sort of reminds me of ginger snap cookies. A wee bit watery. Medium bodied with a very dry finish. Quite good though I think I liked last year’s version a wee bit better - it was a bit fruitier.
cewldre (268) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - NOV 16, 2006
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle: Pours a dark gold, almost rusty color. Head was a small white head. Smell seems to have quite a bit of spice in it. I notice a nice hint of ginger in this one. I also think I smell a bit of all spice in here as well. Taste is full of ginger, with a hint of a bit of other spice as well. The ginger flavor makes this beer a bit dry to drink, but it’s still enjoyable.
TheBeerLover (1026) - DC Metro Area, USA - NOV 13, 2006
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
12 oz bottle, 2006 version. I look forward to this beer every Christmas season. Like Anchor OSA, the recipe of this beer changes each year, and this beer is always spiced. This year’s version is another hearty, delicious, ale with lots of aroma and flavor. This beer pours to a bright, deep amber color, with a soapy, white head that fades, and a moderate to soft carbonation. The nose on this beer is very inviting, with lots of good malty aromas of toffee, light roast, nuts, and vibrant orange/citrus hop aroma. The palate is firm, and slightly slick, with good flavors of toffee, caramel, nutty malt, and light roasty notes. Flavors of orange peel, vanilla, and hints of holiday spice add a nice back drop to this beer. Winter Soltice finishes with more good toffee and nutty flavors up front, then ends with flavors of vanilla, spice, orange peel, and zesty hop bitternes that lingers. Hop aroma and hop bitterness are much more evident in this year’s version than past ones. A wonderful holiday brew. This beer makes for a great aperitif, digestif, or a wonderful beer to sip and savor over the Christmas/holiday season. Great beer!
obxdude10 (2209) - Pottstown, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 12, 2006
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Nice seasonal beer, amber color, very minimal off-white head, just a little bit of lacing around the glass, full nose of sweet maltiness with hints of toffee, caramel & earthy hops, medium-full body, didn’t get that warming effect, though, which was a bit of a disappointment, flavors were very well-balanced with a great hop profile & a deep maly character, included were hints of earthy hops, champagne, apricot & oranges, bold finish with a touch of alcohol & hop spiciness
tronraner (2459) - Walland, Tennessee, USA - NOV 10, 2006
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Pours dark orange red with khaki head. The aroma is strong rum and raisins, with some licorice notes. The flavor is a very rounded maltiness with a dose of vanilla. Raisins and clove come out quickly afterward, and fade into a piney finish with some very faint corriander. The aftertaste is strangely like that of bourbon, except less harsh. A slightly watery tone comes out once in a while, but that’s really the only defect. This is pretty good; I kinda wish I’d bought more.
HopheadHans (804) - Bay Area, California, USA - NOV 9, 2006
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
Tap. Pours quite dark with a medium head. Aromas of caramel and molasses. The flavor is more ceamy with hints of vanilla and hops and a pronounced maltiness. Very smooth and creamy on the palate, quite nice.