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RATINGS: 1100   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.46   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.


3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
HogTownHarry (6199) - Toronto (Harbourfront), Ontario, CANADA - FEB 1, 2006
Bottle (12oz). Poured dark copper with an average lasting foamy-creamy tan head. Mild medley aroma of light caramel roast malt, apple and apricot, and Christmasy spices (cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice) - pleasant, heck, even a hint of dry floral hops and the alcohol is not quite hiding in behind it all. Taste has a strong amount of vanilla extract, slightly scorched - plus the light malt and spices, very much like a fruity/spicy Christmas cake with a bitter alcoholic finish after the sweet start. Mouthfeel is fairly flat, sugary, syrupy and sticky. Very nice! Dessert beer.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
jde123 (766) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - FEB 1, 2006
Pours a somewhat hazy, but dull brown color, with a skim of a head. Bubbles cling to the sides of the glass. All in all, this beer doesn’t look very appetizing. Aroma is quite spicy, a lot of various odds and ends it seems went into this one. Mild, yet biting flavor. Distinct orange, vanilla, cinnamon, others...very nice! I really like this winter seasonal, probably one of the best all year.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
blankboy (6444) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 31, 2006
Bottle. Pours a very bubbly dark amber with an average size lasting off-white head. Mild aroma of vanilla, spices (mainly cinnamon & nutmeg), malt and maybe a touch of fruit. Flavour starts with lots of vanilla, almost too much in my opinion, along with some caramel malt, spices and alcohol and ends bitter. Medium bodied and very smooth. It’s good but I’d like it better with less vanilla, it’s a little too sweet for me..

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Beaver (1420) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - JAN 27, 2006
12 oz bottle. Pours a hazy reddish orange with a creamy off-white head that retains pretty well.

The aroma is sweet grainy malts and some spices (vanilla, gingerbread) and a little honey.

The flavor is more gingerbread and vanilla and caramel. It has a sweet alcoholic finish. The mouthfeel is is medium and a little watery.

Overall, it’s too sweet for me. I don’t really care for the blend of spices too much either (especially the vanilla - not a big fan). Very reminiscent of cream soda. Give me an Anchor OSA over this anytime!

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
fbennett (293) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JAN 23, 2006
This beer pours a cloudy orange/grey weird but that is what it looked like and leaves a very small white head. The nose of this brew is nice, sweet vanilla, citrus, herbal notes (pine as well). The taste is so smooth you could almost chug it cause of the small amount of carbonation, the malt presence is done to perfection the caramel flavor in this brew bounces around your palate for a few minutes then is subdued by just a touch of bitter and winter spices to round out the finish.

3.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
pbjclimber (150) - Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 19, 2006
Pours an amber color with a tan head. I really noticed the alcohol in this beer. The flavor is of sweet malts and spices, it is not very well balanced.

4.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
stouty1 (9) - Ypsilanti, Michigan, USA - JAN 18, 2006 does not count
Pours a red/amber with a hint of brown. Head went quickly to a thin strip around the rim. Aroma is sweet with some spices. Almost has a pine scent to it with some orange. Taste is nice. A fast swirl of fruit and spice that leaves a nice spicy feel afterwards. This is a very drinkable beer. The after-feel in my mouth is refreshing, almost like a breath savor! You know when you breath in and you can feel the cool from the mint. I have the 2005 version and cannot wait for next year’s!

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
mephisto (1275) - TAIWAN - JAN 12, 2006
a nice offering from anderson valley brewing co. opaque copper w/ a brown head, the aroma is a mix of sweet malt and fruit that is slightly hoppy. sweet vanilla flavor accentuated w/ moderate bitterness, this brew is well balanced.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
ChazMania (658) - Pasadena, California, USA - JAN 11, 2006
Bottle. Seasonal beer. I agree with another review saying ’sweet at first, then spicy warmth’. Good for one, perhaps to much cinnamon, clove type sweetness for me to have a few in a row.

3.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
paulmetzger (154) - Pocatello, Idaho, USA - JAN 10, 2006
Pours amber/light brown with medium carbonation. Very mild aroma with a hint of vanilla. Sweet for just a bit, then BAM a hit of warm spicyness and cognac feel. Flavors of vanilla and nutmeg? overshadow mellow hops. Silky mouthfeel with a bit of lingering tingle. Very good winter ale, would buy again near the holidays.


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