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RATINGS: 1105   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.46   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 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
DrunkAsASkunk (847) - Lynnwood, Washington, USA - NOV 19, 2005
This beer pours a murky orangey amber substance with a small white head and relatively nice levels of lacing. The aroma is pleasant..a 2004 bottle so you can smell the aging. Caramel, bread, nuts, vanilla and brown sugar in the nose. Flavor is fairly acetic with medium levels of carbonation. Incredilly barleywine-like mouthfeel. Silky and sickeningly sweet. Caramel and vanilla with a nutty-grainy finish. Dry and almost cottonmouth finish at times. Perhaps a hint of coriander or woodiness in the finish. Generally something I could only drink in very small amounts. Warming and dry.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
antzman (316) - Clarksville, Indiana, USA - NOV 16, 2005
2004. Poured a dark amber with little head. Aroma is of sweet malts with a little spice. The flavor is very subtle, with vanilla and some hard to nail down spices. Medium body does not linger too long on the palate. For a winter spiced beer, this was well above the average.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Rastacouere (6161) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - NOV 11, 2005
Murky copper, fully diminishing head. Barky and nutty malts suffer from a vanilla sweetness that takes the flavor lead. Very sweet in mouth too, faint floral aspects procure no balance, the malts come out grainier and grainier with each sip while cinnamon or another sweetish spice contributes more sweetness. Kinda one-dimensional for a spiced seasonal offering. Light-medium bodied, effetcive carbonation gives the impression of a better attenuation. I might have kept it a bit too long, itís a 2004 bottle bought fom Julioís last march. No oxidation flavors per se, but definitely some tame aspects, mostly the hops which are dull and unbalancing.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Tmoney99 (12055) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - OCT 14, 2005
Bottle. Dark brown color with an average frothy off-white head. Good complex malt and fruit aroma. Medium body with a creamy texture. Light sweet flavor with a small complex finish that was short in duration.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 4/20
fly (1438) - austin, Tejas, Texas, USA - OCT 6, 2005
Years ago a friend told me about his maid. I never had a maid. I had to clean my own room and clean the bathroom and my parents and more. His maid would raid the liquor, so his parents had to lock it up. Then she went for the vanilla extract because it had alcohol in it. I just couldnít imagine. What was I talking about? Oh yeah, drinking vanilla extract.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Sammy (9686) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - SEP 17, 2005
2004 bottle. Fruity spicey aroma, average appearance, good spice and fruity taste that finishes with orange and sediment of tastey and satisfying: Vanilla,nutmeg, cinammon, banana, other fruit melange, carmel.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Dickinsonbeer (5075) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - JUL 30, 2005
Pours hazy medium amber with a thin head. Smells very sweet almost artificial caramel candy like. Flavor is the same way- I cnat depict the sweetness that comes from this beer. Very wierd. Lots of malt sweetness followed by a bit of hops in the end. Ok I guess.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
whaleman (2178) - North Wales, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 16, 2005
2004. Deep rusty-amber body with a dense load of fine, dark particles and a frothy beige head. Aroma of vanilla, cherries, caramel, and mild warm spice. Flavor of fruity malt, vanilla extract, toasted nuts, caramel and toffee (especially in the finish). Medium sweet with mild bitterness and acidity. Besides the apparent vanilla, the spicing is very subtle and difficult to pinpoint, which is the mark of a good spice beer. Smooth, medium body. Good winter seasonal.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
mdi (573) - Nebraska, USA - MAY 9, 2005
bottle...so I donít really dig a lot of these spiced winter beers...but this one I liked quite well...Nice big malty beer with some background vanilla and spice at the end. A nice example of skillful spicing. I could drink more of this, and I WANT to...Thatís more than I could say about most winter beers Iíve had in the last year.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
heemer77 (5187) - Urbandale, Iowa, USA - APR 5, 2005
This poured a medium amber with traces of head. The aroma is malty with maraschino cherries and vanilla. The taste is strong vanilla at first with bread crust. There is also a hint of caramel and apple skins. Maybe a hint of nutmeg. This is a nice winter warmer.

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