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RATINGS: 1107   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 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
TURDFERGUSON (4027) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - DEC 12, 2005
wow, this beer had a very different consitency that i expected though i am enjoying more and more with every sip. Body is surprisingly thin and hop presence is all but absent. Aroma is full of fruit-bananas and cherries, also hints of cocoa, cinnamon and vanilla. Very easy to drink with lingering aftertaste of creamy goodness. alcohol well hidden.. ..a very deceiving brew. want to taste last years now!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
jcr (2424) - Jasper, Indiana, USA - DEC 10, 2005
The aroma of this seasonal is strong and sweet. Fruits — raspberry, cherries and a hint of banana — combine with caramel and sweet malt notes. The flavor follows the aroma with the sweet malts and fruits dominating. There is a slight bitterness at the end, but not much hop presence, perhaps because this was a 2004 bottle. Thin to medium body which is slightly sticky in the mouth, but nicely carbonated. Smooth finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
oldrtybastrd (3370) - Fort Walton Beach, Florida, USA - DEC 6, 2005
Pours a nice dark amber. Aromas of sweet malt/vanilla/hint of chocolate. Sweet malty taste with hints of vanilla and chocolate with a little hop on the backend.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
roder60 (1288) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 5, 2005
Pours a cloudy deep amber red with a nice amount of foamy white head. Looks delicious! Aroma is sweet and malty, slightly citrusy, cloves and cinnamon, bananna. Flavor is incredibly smooth, but not in a weak watery sense. Very distinct vanilla cream flavor with slight hoppy undertones and some cinnamon spice thrown in for good measure. Overall, an excellent holiday ale.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
SpudClampDawg (1029) - Jasper, Indiana, USA - NOV 29, 2005
2004 Bottle: Thick, cloudy amber pour. Fruity aroma touches on pears and cherries and a bit of sweet malt. The body is sugary sweet, but not so much that it is cloying. More like it is dusted with powdered sugar. The sweetness is balanced with spicy hops and caramel malts, creating a truly unique profile. The finish is vanilla and cream, which unfortunately overpowers the hop spiciness. Although this could use a little more hop balance, this is an interesting warmer to say the least.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
FoolishMortal (990) - San Diego, California, USA - NOV 29, 2005
Red orange with a small film of light tan head. Caramel, and spicy vegetal aromatics. Vanilla yogurt and earthen spiciness. Sweet and spicy finish. Mouthfeel is medium, almost creamy.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
brainskins (14) - evansville, Indiana, USA - NOV 28, 2005
Pours a turbid orange-amber with a small quickly dissipating white head. Smells like a butterscotch and a little vanilla. Tastes of caramel, vanilla, butterscotch and maybe a little like crreme soda with some nice added spice for the finish.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
bethmatt0421 (337) - Covington, Kentucky, USA - NOV 24, 2005
Dark brown appearance. Just slightly nutty aroma. The shocker is the dominate chocolate flavor. Maybe a little bit of vanilla, but I say chocolate. smooth textured. Not bad by any means, but different surely. I liked it, but it’s just not my style. This brew could use some more hoppy characteristics to make it balance out. Certainly worth a try. THAT MEANS YOU.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
beerbastard (819) - Mesa, Arizona, USA - NOV 24, 2005
Mild nose nothing stands out. Clear chestnut brown very inviting. Smooth medium bodied. Vanilla really comes thru, Finishes smooth too.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
grant (842) - Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA - NOV 23, 2005
UPDATED: NOV 18, 2007 Nice deep brown red color. Quickly fading head. Smells like chocolate cherries with some flower and a light, pleasant nuttiness. The complex aroma finishes with light raspberry and vanilla. Flavor is tinitially a touch sweet, with oasty malts and a light hoppy acidity. Light spiciness not nearly as exuberant as in the aroma. Lingering finish that coats the mouth; the body is thick yet leaves your mouth feeling very clean. Mirthful alcohol warming.

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