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RATINGS: 1137   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 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Beaver (1668) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - JAN 27, 2006
12 oz bottle. Pours a hazy reddish orange with a creamy off-white head that retains pretty well.

The aroma is sweet grainy malts and some spices (vanilla, gingerbread) and a little honey.

The flavor is more gingerbread and vanilla and caramel. It has a sweet alcoholic finish. The mouthfeel is is medium and a little watery.

Overall, it’s too sweet for me. I don’t really care for the blend of spices too much either (especially the vanilla - not a big fan). Very reminiscent of cream soda. Give me an Anchor OSA over this anytime!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
fbennett (293) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JAN 23, 2006
This beer pours a cloudy orange/grey weird but that is what it looked like and leaves a very small white head. The nose of this brew is nice, sweet vanilla, citrus, herbal notes (pine as well). The taste is so smooth you could almost chug it cause of the small amount of carbonation, the malt presence is done to perfection the caramel flavor in this brew bounces around your palate for a few minutes then is subdued by just a touch of bitter and winter spices to round out the finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
pbjclimber (150) - Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 19, 2006
Pours an amber color with a tan head. I really noticed the alcohol in this beer. The flavor is of sweet malts and spices, it is not very well balanced.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
stouty1 (9) - Ypsilanti, Michigan, USA - JAN 18, 2006 does not count
Pours a red/amber with a hint of brown. Head went quickly to a thin strip around the rim. Aroma is sweet with some spices. Almost has a pine scent to it with some orange. Taste is nice. A fast swirl of fruit and spice that leaves a nice spicy feel afterwards. This is a very drinkable beer. The after-feel in my mouth is refreshing, almost like a breath savor! You know when you breath in and you can feel the cool from the mint. I have the 2005 version and cannot wait for next year’s!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
mephisto (1286) - TAIWAN - JAN 12, 2006
a nice offering from anderson valley brewing co. opaque copper w/ a brown head, the aroma is a mix of sweet malt and fruit that is slightly hoppy. sweet vanilla flavor accentuated w/ moderate bitterness, this brew is well balanced.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
ChazMania (668) - Oceanside, California, USA - JAN 11, 2006
Bottle. Seasonal beer. I agree with another review saying ’sweet at first, then spicy warmth’. Good for one, perhaps to much cinnamon, clove type sweetness for me to have a few in a row.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
paulmetzger (154) - Pocatello, Idaho, USA - JAN 10, 2006
Pours amber/light brown with medium carbonation. Very mild aroma with a hint of vanilla. Sweet for just a bit, then BAM a hit of warm spicyness and cognac feel. Flavors of vanilla and nutmeg? overshadow mellow hops. Silky mouthfeel with a bit of lingering tingle. Very good winter ale, would buy again near the holidays.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
mustangjoe (183) - redondo beach, California, USA - JAN 9, 2006
22 oz. bottle. Nice ruby brown colored brew. Spicy, fruity aroma. Sweet, malty flavor with the spices coming through as well. Pretty good winter seasonal, as I can see myself getting a few more bottles of this one.

   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.

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