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RATINGS: 1135   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 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 (662) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
mjg74 (2973) - 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 (605) - 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.

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