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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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
maniac (3800) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - NOV 7, 2006
Hazy amber body with a small tan head. Sweet vanilla aroma. Sweet spiced flavor with a noticable vanilla cream flavor.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
after4ever (7358) - Brier, Washington, USA - NOV 5, 2006
Bomber. Pours deep brown; clear if your glass is narrow enough. Thick sudsy white head. Big spicy nose, but in a savory herbal way; nothing peppery. Jonpol nails it with the "graham cracker." This is very much like a warm gingerbread cookie, though it’s hard to say there are any significant ginger notes in here. Medium body, medium carb, mellow attack. The cookie/oat/graham/vanilla notes persist through the palate. Not much finish. Alcohol’s well-hidden. Fun to drink but not an earth shaker.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
GreatLibations (1854) - Last Supper, Arizona, USA - OCT 31, 2006
UPDATED: NOV 8, 2007 Pours dark amber w/ a full semi creamy froth reducing to fine blanket. Aroma is sweet w/ berries and red licorice. Medium nectar w/ mellow residuals. Flavors are fruity w/ fresh berries spice and a nice grahm cracker appeal w/ vanilla bean. Finish is bittered nicely. Reminds me of rootbeer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
skoisirius (1892) - Earth, Washington, USA - OCT 30, 2006
2006 Vintage at 6.9% ABV. 12 oz bottle into a Lager glass. Pours an amber copperish see through color with a foamed and slightly tanned white head. The aroma brings a malted nutmeggy vanilla essence to the nose. Hints of Earth are present as well. The flavor starts off with a hazlenutty malt taste, which moves swiftly into a very vannila, cinnamon, and spice flavor. This one definitely ends on the spice note with nutmeg and cinnamon. Very creamy and smooth on the palate. A tiny bit of alcohol is present on the roof of the mouth after a sip. A well done winter brew!!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
AlabastorJones (814) - Seattle, Washington, USA - OCT 28, 2006
2006, semi laced white head, cola coloring, vanilla, hazelnut, sweet, grassy, butterscotch, light in the mouth, lingering vanilla cream flavor

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
IrishBoy (4071) - Bakersfield, California, USA - OCT 16, 2006
2006 bottle; spicy, clovey, caramelly nose similiar to a lot of belgians; cherry-copper color with a small beige head; sweet caramel and vanilla malty flavor in a medium body, with a spicy finish mixed with a tiny bit of alcohol burn.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
cbkschubert (2901) - BFE, Arizona, USA - OCT 15, 2006
2006 bottle - Pours a beautiful clear deep red color with a nice off white head. Light lacing. Has a spicey caramel malt aroma and flavor. Very nice. Medium body. Has a slight berry after taste. Good beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
screigh (607) - Fort Wayne, Indiana, USA - OCT 1, 2006
Poured a dark copper color with a small quickly disappearing head. The color is beautiful and would get highest rating but the head was too lackluster. Malty, dark fruit and candy aroma. A very smooth beer with that touch of candy, dark fruit and a very slight hint of alcohol when you breathe after swallowing. Initial taste is almost non-existent and a majority of the flavor is the lingering flavors. I really like this but will be a seldom purchase at almost $13 a 6-pack.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Snojerk321 (2960) - San Diego, California, USA - SEP 26, 2006
12 oz bottle. I really dug on this beer. Pours a burnt orange color......nose of caramel malts, and some dark fruits. A very smooth finish. An all around great winter brew!!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
OhioDad (2492) - Hilliard, Ohio, USA - AUG 6, 2006
2004 vintage consumed in the middle of summer.. Pours copper with little offwhite head. Aromas of caramel, vanilla, and nutmeg. Flavor is caramel, a touch of toffee, nutmeg, and vanilla and maybe a little cinnamon. Smooth almost buttery palate. Medium body. Good drinkable brew even 2 years old..

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