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RATINGS: 993   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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
bb (6851) - Alamo, California, USA - NOV 4, 2004
Bottle. Ruby-Mahogony colored beer with a good creamy off-white head. Aroma of fruit - citrus, plum, cherries - sweet malt and spice. Flavor is spicey fruitiness - caramel, brown sugar, plum, raisin, nutmeg, and more and more vanilla as it warms. Good smooth and clean beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Hab40oz (242) - Grants Pass, Oregon, USA - NOV 3, 2004
Great looking beer, dark red, thin creamy head, awesome sweet malty aroma, kinda fruity, very rich and full bodied taste, hints of molasses, cream, and brown sugar, also a nice hop presence.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
turbo (1271) - Arizona, USA - NOV 1, 2004
UPDATED: FEB 20, 2005 Bottle poured a nice red with a good head. Nice sweet aroma witha sweet creamy flavor and a bit of a spicy finish. Not bad at all.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
mikey (503) - farmington, Utah, USA - OCT 13, 2004
This pours a beautiful reddish-brown color with a creamy, fluffy head. The aroma was mildly hoppy with delicate malt sweetness. Vanilla bean is dominant with orange peel for balance. There also seemed to be a hint of nutmeg (i seemed to be the only one who could smell it). The Taste was of roasted malt, vanilla and carameled apple. The bitterness was mild which allowed the vanilla to finish slightly above the hopps. Sweet and slightly spicy, The higher alcohol (6.9% ABV) added a nice warming affect. The balanced was perect from start to finish. I loved this beer so much over the hollidays I bought all that I could, as to enjoy it year round. I find it very drinkable and i’m looking forward to a fresh batch this year.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
wilkie (1208) - Raleigh, North Carolina, USA - OCT 7, 2004
Bottle. Red-Brown in hue. Quickly dissipating head with no lace. Spicy, and slightly malty. A little flat. Cinnamon and strong apple flavor prevalent.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Crosling (1863) - Loveland, Colorado, USA - OCT 3, 2004
Pours with a beautiful reddish orange hue. Nice white head that laced up pretty well. Very aromatic. Loads of caramel, apple, wild fruit, brown sugar and nice tropical scents. It almost smells like candy...Those hard bright apples candies coated with caramel. Smells very very nice! Duh! What a flop! A beer with such potential until you take a sip! There are some very nice flavors going on here but just not enough of anything. Some caramel, grapefruits, sweet malty sugars and nutmeg. Lousy finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
motelpogo (6472) - Plzen, CZECH REPUBLIC - SEP 8, 2004
bottled. quite pleasant. dark brown. some stewed fruit and custard in the aroma, quite sweet, some treacle and a moderately bitter finish

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Metalhead (628) - Lake Zurich, Illinois, USA - JUL 24, 2004
UPDATED: NOV 23, 2007 Vintage 2002 bomber bottle. Much better than the 12 oz version. Nice amber color,big dense head. Slightly sweet with subtle ginger,nutmeg and other holiday spices. A little thin but still very good. 2007 edition-Much better mouth feel. Creamy,chocolaty,vanilla, some spices. Awesome!

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
hopdog (8867) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 29, 2004
Vintage 2002. Poured a dark, hazy amber color with a large, frothy, off white head. Malty smells. Light tastes - malty and sweet. Tastes are too light for me to really pick anything specific, other than some sweetness out. Not sure if it lost some aroma and tastes in the aging process (tasted 2002 vintage on 6/29/04). Not bad but then again, nothing special stood out.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
JMerritt (1791) - Macomb, Illinois, USA - JUN 16, 2004
Winter 2003 version sampled in June 2004. Orangish-red with many very tiny suspended particles. Massive rocky, yellow-white head with fantastic staying power. Spicy aroma: cinnamon, all spice and ginger along with sugary toffees and caramels. Malty, rich flavor with juniper berries, toffee, lightly roasted malts, minty herbals, and a touch of lightly bitter hops and even dark chocolate towards the end. Sweet, crisp finish. The spices and the fruity-sweetness work wonderfully together. I was skeptical of the "Gold Metal Winner" mention on the label, but I was pleasantly surprised.

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