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RATINGS: 1119   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 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
jmuhops (669) - Winchester, Virginia, USA - JAN 8, 2006
Pours deep red with a small off-white head. Aroma of strong spices--cinnamon, cloves, and some others--backed by sweet malts and light piney hops. Strange spiciness in the flavor--and not much else. Not my cup of beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Kevster (344) - Bradenton, Florida, USA - JAN 8, 2006
Pours a reddish amber color with a white short lived head. Has a nutty spicy cinnamon aroma. Flavor is tangy and spicy with a smooth finish that hides the alcohol very well. A nice winter brew.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
mjg74 (2910) - La Mesa, California, USA - JAN 7, 2006
Bomber. Pours a medium/dark amber color. Lightly spicy aroma. A little bit of hoppiness is also noticable. Very creamy mouthfeel. Spicy at fiirst. Some nutmeg, cinnamon, and maybe some clove. A tiny bitter twang is underlying. Good winter beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
mkgrenwel (602) - North Shore, Massachusetts, USA - JAN 7, 2006
This beer’s flavor is so unique that it requires you to stretch in order to describe it. Beyond the obvious vanilla, I get a flavor that isn’t exactly like any of these things, but more reminds me of them: Cloves, cinnamon, licorice, pipe tobacco. There’s a million more in there that I’m not going to make the effoprt to place. Occasionally I get a huge connection to Smarties candies. Not much in the way of hops or malt. Just a huge range of other stuff. Unbelievably smooth palate.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
shadey (2033) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - JAN 6, 2006
Dark amber color with white head. Aroma is sweet and smooth. Flavor is beautiful and rich. Sweet, slightly smokey, candy. Kinda twisted.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
pinkzambia (1802) - Boise, Idaho, USA - JAN 5, 2006
Bottle:Beautiful amber color with a small, bubbly light brown head. The aromas are hops, spices and shoe leather. The taste represented to me an almost perfect balance of the right amount of hops and malts, if you are going for a balance. I also picked up hints of cola which may have been another type of spice or root. When they say in the commercial deScription "smooth finish" they aren’t lying. Smooth all the way around, noticeably smooth. I thought this was great. A nice break from many of the stronger winter beers.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
zach8270 (4000) - Henrietta, New York, USA - JAN 3, 2006
(bottle - 12 oz) Hazy red pour with a thin and filmy white head. Aroma is fruity and spicy, yet surprisingly light. The only things I could get out of it were hints of orange, nutmeg and some cinnamon. The taste is a mix of sweet and nutty. Begins with a slightly sweet and spicy taste, possibly of cloves, cinnamon and some of the orange I thought I smelled in the aroma. It then goes to a smooth and nutty middle with a nutty and sweet finish and a slight aftertaste of cinnamon. Really smooth and creamy.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
CMUBEERMAN (426) - - DEC 31, 2005
Not the best of the winter/holiday seasonals. I’d rather have a celebration to be honest. Not enough hops or warmth to make a worthy contender.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
haddon90 (1586) - Costa Mesa, California, USA - DEC 31, 2005
On draft at RFD, Washington, D.C. Copper pour with a thin head. Spice and malty notes. Frouty aroma as well. Some nutmeg and caramel. Heavy taste. Some hops, caramel is definitely present. Some spices as well, such as nutmeg and cinnamon? Interesting beer, to say the least.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
StewardofGondor (1934) - Washington Heights - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 26, 2005
Translucent cherry copper in color with a thin, tightly packed off-white bubble wrung for the head. Amarillo aroma jingles all the way, and is eventually joined by maraschinos, strawberry cream instant oatmeal flakes flung over strawberry fields, saffron and some floral accents. Flavor proceeds somewhat as expected, with cherry almond nougats, almond butter and a tiny, but bright, amaretto flavored hop stamp. Somewhat withdrawn flavor appeal. Slight kiwi-grapefruit crème. Thin, void of even a single grain of complexity. Light entry and exit, and never staying in one place across the palate. Lacks carbonation, nearly a Snapple that’s been cracked on the shelf. Finish takes us to a cherry on top of eggnog cheesecake custard. Boring.

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