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RATINGS: 1135   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 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
warriorx99 (85) - USA - FEB 25, 2006
This is a dark copper beer with a malty smell. Itís medium bodied and overall pretty average in taste with a yeasty after taste.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
xproudfoot (750) - Paleolithic, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 21, 2006
I think I got the last bottle of this left at any of the stores in my expanded region. And so far my Andersons (namesake beer) have been less than worthy, but this one actually smells pretty nice, spicy, gingery, molasses, baking sugar-spice cookies, and itsís one of those nice wintery murky red brown jobbies with a sparse coating of bubbles descended from a once small head on top. Itís got a different, appropriately wintry (unlike many seasonals Iíve had this year) flavor - spice cookies, berry decorations, potpurri, maybe thereís even a hint of eggnog-vanilla hiding in there. Itís not perfect, the malt and alcohol taste a little funny mixed in there, somewhat off balance. But it certainly serves the purpose of being a little warming, plenty festive, and having a good dollop of flavor. Modestly bitter, earthy, woody finish. 2005 vintage.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
BrewKrew (29) - bellevue, Kentucky, USA - FEB 21, 2006
2004 bottle. Cloudy amber in appearance. Slight vanilla and fruit (plum) aroma. At the begining big in caramel, with fruit in the middle, & finishing off with light fruit & vanilla. being aged for two years it has lost alot of its spicyness.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
JasonG (776) - Salt Lake City, Utah, USA - FEB 16, 2006
Light ruby red color with medium sized tan head. Aroma is very malty and crisp, biscuty, touches of vanilla, cinnamon, hint of black pepper, and maybe (?) a touch of citrusy hops. Flavor is sharp, acidic, with a slight tang

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
GonZoBeeR (3061) - ste-catherine, Quebec, CANADA - FEB 15, 2006
On tap.... Aroma:Candy,spices.... Appearance:Hazy amber,light head... Flavor:Candy halloween pils,sugar and spicy......

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Walt (2449) - Austin, Texas, USA - FEB 10, 2006
2005: Pour is clear ruby amber with a thin tan head...smell is spicy with some holiday aromas that I canít quite put my finger on...taste is definately herbal with some spicy vegetable nots...I am really having a hard time describing this one...pretty good though...

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
barleyPops (1142) - Quad-Cities, Illinois, USA - FEB 10, 2006
bomber courtesy of Saarlander, thanks Aaron. a hazy brown with a nice looking tan head which faded quickly. not much of a spice beer fan, but this had a good flavor with an almost medium body. pretty good.

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