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RATINGS: 1055   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.


3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
brewbandit (312) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - FEB 15, 2005
Amber tan body with lightly spiced nose. Very malty palate blending with the hops. Finish is easy and lightly sweet.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
shameusburp (171) - Virginia, USA - FEB 12, 2005
Thanks to Argo I believe for this one. 2003 vintage as well. Bit on the sweet and malty side of the fence. Decent

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
ross (2100) - weddington, North Carolina, USA - FEB 10, 2005
i was glad to come across this one, as i have wanted to try it for a while. sweet malty and rich, this one is really pretty good. pours out a dark brown color that seems to be a traditional color from the beers in the spice category. something i would recommend, a pretty nice brew all in all.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
00cobraR (1103) - Greensboro, North Carolina, USA - FEB 8, 2005
Pours a dark orange with a nice white head. Aroma is sweet and the flavor is very holiday. A nice sample indeed.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Cornboy (424) - Eastampton, New Jersey, USA - FEB 5, 2005
Pours a burnt orange. A fluffy white head lingers in the glass. Reminds me of the aromas in rogue hazelnut nectar brown from many years ago. Noted nuttiness to it. Smooth as silk. Malty finish lines you up for a second one. Quite nice.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
hayduke (3471) - Eureka, California, USA - FEB 4, 2005
Dreft. Nice amber color with thin white head. Sweet and spicy with lots of fruit. Flavor galore. Feels really good on the tongue and smooth going down. Last drop as good as the first drop. Even with the other flavors, the hops show through. I really like this.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
crazyvin (1994) - New York, USA - JAN 28, 2005
certainly warms the body on cold winter days. a nice dark amber color with a thin of white head. Sweet aroma with caramel and spice notes. Taste was sweet with caramel, cinnamon nutmeg and some corrainder. Seemed to have a nice alcohol presence for 6.9%. Reall smooth.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
11026 (1772) - Alabama, USA - JAN 25, 2005
Tap. Deep copper color. Whiteish head. Decent lacing. Nice sweet and somewhat spicey aroma. Malty, spices and for some strange reason chocolate flavors mix well. Medium bodied with a smooth palate. Nice.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
frylock (1135) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - JAN 9, 2005
Orangeish mahogney color with a small light brown head. Aroma is fairly sweet with lots of fruit notes, mainly cherries and hints of nutmeg. Moderate sweetness initially that leads to an earthy bitterness. Nutmeg, clove and cinnamon are all detected in the finish. Worth a try

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
mkobes (2141) - paramus, New Jersey, USA - JAN 7, 2005
Bottle. Deep orange and clear in color with a nice tan head. Aroma is malty and hoppy. Gentle spice with some fruityness. Malty flavor is big but well balanced with spices. Not bad. Decent.


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