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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 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
MaiBockAddict (1497) - Good Beer Bar Deprived, New Jersey, USA - JAN 7, 2005
Bottle. Deep orange, clear, tan head. Maltyaroma with gentle spices mixed in with some fruitiness. Big malty flavor with gentle spices. Reasonably dry with a chewy mouth feel.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
DocLock (8054) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 5, 2005
Copper pour with medium white head. Aroma of malt, hopcit, spice. Malty, slight hoppy, fruity, slight spicy taste. Medium palate.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
NeonLX (261) - Wisconsin, USA - JAN 3, 2005
From a bottle: pours a clear copper with reddish tinting ’round the edge. Initially small creamy head. Hint of vanilla in the aroma. Mouthfeel is on the light side with moderate carbonation. Taste is predominately nutty vanilla. Maybe my taste buds are shot because I couldn’t detect much "spice" in this brew. Decenly drinkable..

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
jefcon (1420) - Arlington, Virginia, USA - JAN 1, 2005
Golden orange, just like an english ale, but with an off-white, diminishing head. Aromas are orange, nuts, and cider. Smooth and full, quaffable, and tasty, yet substantial with its alcohol, hop, and spice flavors. Not an especially balanced winter warmer. Fresh and intriguing, however.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
SDalkoholic (2179) - Linda Vista, California, USA - DEC 31, 2004
2004 bottle: Burnt orange hue with tiny amount of red tint. A decent sized head at first, but automatically breaks up to nothing. Some lacing occurs on the glass cup. Nose is slightly spiced and of malt. I was expecting a damn good winter beer since it was from Anderson Valley, but It was pretty ordinary of a standard for the style. Has a small personality of gnger, clove and vanilla that reminded me of club soda. I was looking for this beer for over a month and finally found a place that had there last 6 pack left.

3.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
tbookman (618) - Ephrata, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 31, 2004
Medium amber color with thin head. Many spices here, cloves, orange, and others. Doesn’t seem to blend all that well to me. Finish is dry and kind of sharp.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
rudolf (2342) - Buffalo, New York, USA - DEC 29, 2004
Nutmeg, clove, orange, toffee. Caramel flavor. Spices keep it somewhat dry. Some citrus, nutty finish.

3.1
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
ChillCoat (1029) - Concord, California, USA - DEC 27, 2004
Bottleed Pours clear off amber color. Soy sauce and spice aromas. LOts of vanilla notes and very malty. Heavy mouthfeel with lower carbonation. Very faint hoppy finish with more of the spice showing up again as well.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
scraff (2121) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - DEC 27, 2004
Dark ambers and browns, creamy off white head. Rich aromas of vanilla custard, rum, spiced fruitcake, fresh dough, with a hint of chocolate. The vanilla and spice frontrunner gets a dose of soft hops to balance and round this out nicely. Medium bodied, prickly carbonation, smooth drying spicy finish. Quite tasty and a nice change of pace from hopmania.....

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Quetzalcoatl (153) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - DEC 27, 2004
Pours a slightly murky copper body, with a thin lacing head. Aroma is sweet and malty, a bit fruity and hints of spices. Flavor is well rounded; mild malt, vanilla flavors, and a hint of hops in the end. Medium bodied, light on carbonation.


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