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RATINGS: 1130   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 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 Somewhat withdrawn flavor appeal.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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
JCapriotti (1379) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 25, 2005
2005 bottle. Reddish amber body, frothy and fastly fading off-white head. Aroma has berries, amber-style malt, sweet shampoo. Hmm... taste has a strange fruity shampoo character too. Flavor is like an amber ale with some sweet spices and raw vanilla. Some spices like nutmeg last into the finish. A bit too fizzy. But not bad overall. Pretty decent beer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
TheBeerOrg (2145) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - DEC 24, 2005
UPDATED: FEB 11, 2010 Current rating is for 2009 bottle.
2009 bottle - Pours dark amber and cloudly. Notes of tart yeast, cherry, cinnamon, leather and pale malt. Medium to full bodied with soft carbonation. Ar6 Ap3 Ta6 Mf3 Ov12
2007 bottle - Pours dark ruby with a mostly receding tan head. Aroma of cinnamon, nutmeg, and fruity toffee. Taste is earthy toffee, cinnamon, and light holiday spices. Mouthfeel is full bodied and slightly sticky with moderate carbonation. Bready and sweet.
Ar7 Ap4 Ta7 Mf5 Ov15
2006 bottle - Pours reddish-amber with a mostly receding white head and an efferevescent body. Aroma of sweet caramel, nutmeg, gingerbread, and toffeed alefruits. Taste is sweet with notes of oak, vanilla, caramelized malts, clove and unique spices. Mouthfeel is medium/full and sticky with moderate carbonation. Pretty good winter beer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
timmy300 (203) - bloomington, Illinois, USA - DEC 24, 2005
lots of vanilla in the aroma and flavor.....also some spices......i think that it is a little overly spiced, but was still very enjoyable......tastes kind of like egg-nog beer....

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
SB (334) - Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 21, 2005
UPDATED: DEC 23, 2005 From Bottle

Poured ruby brown, with off white bubbly, fast disappating head. Aroma of spices, fruits, and malts. Flavor complex. Hints of spices (nutmeg, allspice, Cinnamon) and fruits such as cherries. Hints of Vanilla, caramel, and slight chocolate flavor toward the end of the brew. Nice warming alcohol flavor, but not overdone or overpowering. Rich, smooth, and creamy. Very drinkable and the 6.9% sneaks up on you. This is the best of the winter brews i’ve had so far. (2005)

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Cletus (6355) - Connecticut, USA - DEC 21, 2005
2005 bottle. Pours brown/amber with a thin white head. Smells of yogurt, cherries, apricots. Taste is of gingerbread, spice, some fruit and chocolate. Very unusual, but tasty. Thanks Andre!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
beervana (781) - Libertyville, Illinois, USA - DEC 21, 2005
Sampled at a 2005 Christmas and Winter beer tasting at Delilah’s, Chicago, IL. 2004 vintage. Hazy amber ale having a small diminishing white head. No discernable carbonation. Nice spice and candy malt aroma. Medium bodied that starts with a spicy, chocolate, toasted candy malt flavors, similar to chocolate-coated malt balls. Finishes with light malt aftertaste. A good drinkable winter brew.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
brewblackhole (1588) - Muskego, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 21, 2005
Reddish amber color with a malty aroma, taste was mostly malt with some Christmas cookie anise spice in the backgroung, not to much hop. Another one of those ok but not outstanding holiday brews

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Norton (333) - Southside, Richmond, Virginia, USA - DEC 20, 2005
Bottle. Holy caramel flavoring! Pretty murky light orange color w/ light tan head that mostly dissipates. Floral nose. Silky mouthfeel. Extremely enjoyable brew. Not too sweet - reminds me of a liquified Werther’s Original caramel candy somewhat!!! Even some faint milky vanilla taste. Well balanced mild carbonation. Great!!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Odeed (1799) - Bakersfield, California, USA - DEC 18, 2005
this winter beer was a deep ruby red in color with a nice off-white head.aroma is off earth,vegtible beets,some malts,and a tiny bit of hops.the flavor is alot like the "boont" ale from anderson.only with some brown sugar,and cinnamon as well.pretty solid stuff.

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