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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.


2.1
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 7/20
DarkElf (3033) - La Jolla, California, USA - FEB 22, 2004
2003 bottling. Fittingly, this is a winter beer because it's pretty abominable (okay, it's not as bad as the joke); Many may like the dominance of the vanilla, but it comes across as artificial and perfumy to me; Sweet and perfumy nose is strongly vanilla and a good lead-in for the beer; Similarly, the flavor is overwhelmingly that of sweet vanilla which dominates whatever maltiness can be discerned; Somewhat bitter, but the beer has little hops presense; Reddish brown in color; Smallish tan head recedes quickly and leaves no lacing

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
rlgk (10257) - Göteborg/Jönköping, SWEDEN - FEB 15, 2004
Golden, a little hazy, and with a nice offwhite head. Aroma brings some pear but also some hops. Flavor from sweet fruit.

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
BigBastard (668) - L.A., California, USA - FEB 13, 2004
Vanilla, vanilla, vanilla! Tastes slightly of sweet coffee, some caramel, slight hops, but a HUGE vanilla flavor stands out. Really good.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
xsketchyx (184) - Oregon, USA - FEB 8, 2004
Really malth and sticky sweet, not much in the way of hops. A very unique tasting seasonal.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
hershiser2 (1210) - Charlottesville, Virginia, USA - FEB 1, 2004
Paid $2.99 for a 1pt 6oz bottle. No freshness date. UNBELIEVABLE head... one of the biggest I have ever seen. Makes pouring and drinking a nightmare though... but this beer's gorgeous. Light amber, with almost a salmon hue. The head is frothy, soft and beigeish-salmon. It lasts, and lasts, and lasts, and laces, and lasts. Sweet fruity smell... slighty IPA scented (grapefruit), but also reminds me of peach and sweet wine. Taste is good. Bittersweet, IPA tatsing, but the strong ale aspect of this beer does come through. Not horribly strong, but not entirely weak, either. It has the grapefruit up front, followed by a warming alcohol that trickles down my throat, warming my pipes all the way down. I was VERY impressed with this beer. I'd never seen it or heard of it before.. but man oh man, am I glad I found it.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
AleDrinker (1089) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - JAN 27, 2004
This is my favorite christmas ale. Very nice balance of malt, hop, and sweetness. Very nice smooth texture going down. Great creamy head. I can't wait til next winter.

4.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
SledgeJr (3577) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - JAN 24, 2004
This year's entry (2003) seems to have the perfect balance of malt and hops. Very very smooth drinking for a christmas ale. Nice esters to the palate.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
SubstanceT (1092) - Saint Louis, Missouri, USA - JAN 23, 2004
dark with brown frothy head. malts and banana bread nose. Very sweet with tons of vanilla and banana bread in taste. Medium to heavy mouth

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Alcoholist (570) - Peoria, Illinois, USA - JAN 23, 2004
Deep Reddish brown with a nice hwad and lace. The nose has a very strong character of banana bread. The flavor is much the same, like a slice of glorious banana bread with a bit of vanilla in the finish. Yummy!

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
thehoff (596) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - JAN 21, 2004
2003 Bottle. Deep brown/amber muddy beer with foamy off-white head. Smells of grapefruit (obviously quite hoppy like an IPA), pine, coriander perhaps. Tastes of vanilla definitely. Other than that the flavor is actually quite mild. It has a smooth vanilla/apple peel aftertaste and never really leads to a hoppy bitterness that I expected from the nose. It does have a piney/woody flavor as well but quite enjoyable. Very smooth


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