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RATINGS: 1122   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 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
1FastSTi (3358) - Glendale, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 27, 2006
2005 vintage. The beer pours to a dark amber body with a thin head. The aroma is vanilla, strong milky caramel, apples. The flavor is milky caramel, light spices, subtle tartness, sweetness like yellow apples. The palate is creamy milk with some good sweetness and moderate carbonation. A good drink.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
luvcasks (178) - USA - MAR 25, 2006
Aroma: Caramel, Spices, Oak and VANILLA Appearance: Amber to brown with a thin off white head Flavor: Again complex with Malty, Caramelly, Raisiny, Spicy flavors which are dominated by Vanilla Palate: For a light bodied beer, the flavors are complex enough to linger for a while with a little hoppy bitteness for some respite Overall: A very wonderful festive ale.... I am not sure if it would be a winter warmer... For me the vanilla was a little too much to be quaffable but make no mistake a very wonderful beer

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Nate (3827) - Indiana, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 22, 2006
Fruity spicy aroma. Cherry skins, peach and apricot. Sweet spicy malt notes, light caramel and tannins. Bit of vanilla and oak. Deep amber clear with thin lacing head. Medium watery body with light-medium carbonation. Starts sweet with good fruity character. Apricot and peach notes with skin tannins. Light nutmeg and ginger, too, with some caramel maltiness. Light bitter tannic finish with sweet watery fruity after. Decent ale.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Contra (30) - USA - MAR 22, 2006
Fairly nice, with an appropriate flavor with a winter beer. Almost no head, with a short, but rather spicy finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
wheninhell (488) - chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 20, 2006
pours fairly thick dark red with a tan head. interesting aroma. sweet and fruity (fake strawberries) hay cinnamon and ginger and a hint of roasted malt. quite a bit of warm alcohol in the aroma as well but it doesnt overpower anything. flavor doesnt live up to the aroma. flavor is dominated by hay with some sweet fruit and a bit of alcohol. medium body with a very dry spicy finish and mild carbonation. decent beer. i just wish the flavor would have been more balanced like the aroma.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
tennisjoel (1271) - Rochester, Minnesota, USA - MAR 17, 2006
Aroma is unique. I like...maybe peach or apricot, cinnamon definitely, ginger, vanilla, pretty cool. Large puffy head. Soapy texture. Very interesting taste. Vanilla and ginger are the main ingredients. Iím not sure if Iíve ever tasted a beer with this flavor before. Itís a bit cloying, but improves as you drink more. Unique for sure. Good, well maybe, as of now I canít quite come to that conclusion. But the interesting factor makes it score higher than your average beer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
frankenkitty (1989) - Oak Lawn, Illinois, USA - MAR 17, 2006
Pours a near-opaque mahogany with a tan, fizz-away head. Aroma finds juicy citrus before stale, caramel-candied malt. Iím surprised by the spiciness I encounter on the first sip, made even more shocking by the fizzy palate. Holiday spice evens out to a familiar flavor of <a href=http://www.groovycandies.com/V2ProdDetail1.as Vanilla Royals ( my mom used to love those). Once I taste the vanilla, I can detect it in the aroma. Alcohol appears late and has a drying effect. Interesting and festive, but vanilla isnít tops on my list of beer additives.

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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
murawski (160) - USA - MAR 4, 2006
Draft. Dark brown thick color. The aroma had a note of something very odd, like fennel or licorice or something (strange herb scent) -- got me off on the wrong foot from the start. Flavor is a fairly complex range from sweet vanilla-caramel to a slight bite, although the palate left me unimpressed (watery). Overall, not bad.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
weepingsuds (222) - Gaithersburg, Maryland, USA - MAR 2, 2006
Once again I have been smitten with t he spiced herb brew. Beautiful texture and hey how about that pour. Look how am I supposed to put this simply. This brewery makes kick ass beers and this is definitly no exception. A little vanilla a little holiday spice and hell Christmas aint so bad afterall.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
smcd (366) - USA - FEB 27, 2006
It pains me to rate anything from AVBC so low, particularly since this is my wifeís favorite beer. But, thereís no accounting for taste. Aroma of vanilla. Beautiful, bright amber. Decent head. Palate is wonderful. But it is just so full of vanilla that nothing else comes through. For some, ítwill be a great beer -- it has lots of good qualites ... but for others, the vanilla will kill it every time.

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