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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 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 - "Itís Cream Soda!" (Itís that vanilla taste that others mentioned here)

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
brianprentiss (699) - Portland, Oregon, USA - NOV 21, 2006
From bottle, 2006 brew, very vanilla/syruppy/raisinny. Didnít love this beer but I donít generally love veggie beers.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
lukin013 (215) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - NOV 20, 2006
Amber brown body with small off-white head. Texture is nice and creamy, but aroma and flavor are quite mild. Smells and tastes like vanillas and bubble gum... mainly just sweet and not very complex. Pretty average.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
jake65 (3444) - Meridian, Idaho, USA - NOV 19, 2006
Bottle: poured an amber brown with an average head. Aroma is of cloves and a vanilla like sweetness. Taste is a blend of spices, mostly clove and ginger, with hints of vanilla and some light malt. Not overpowering in flavor, but tasty and smooth.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
starfireming (309) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - NOV 18, 2006
Sweet vanilla malt aroma. Cloudy garnet body — extremely vanilla flavour.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
footbalm (1219) - Western Minneapolis Suburbs, Minnesota, USA - NOV 18, 2006
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 kindaí ran outtaí steam.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
bhensonb (14094) - Woodland, California, USA - NOV 18, 2006
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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
molassesfan (202) - Raleigh, North Carolina, USA - NOV 17, 2006
Pours amber with a nice head and lace. Aroma of coriander, malts, and a spice I canít 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
jonnabrix (137) - Newberrytown, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 17, 2006
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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
sistinas (108) - Mountain View, California, USA - NOV 17, 2006
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 yearís version a wee bit better - it was a bit fruitier.

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