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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 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Sammy (10659) - 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 (5074) - 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 (5239) - 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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
robertsreality (2460) - Minnesota, USA - APR 1, 2005
Vintage 2002: Cloudy...Citrus, Hoppy Aroma. Nice Spice Aroma...Spices...Hops...Decently Average Brew.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
badgerben (4777) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - MAR 31, 2005
2002 Vintage: Very muddy looking with a thin head. Aroma of honey and clover. Heavy corriander taste with cloves and malt. Interesting to say the least.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
fordest (2362) - Santee/San Diego, California, USA - MAR 31, 2005
Draft at San Diego Brewing Co. Nice brown color with a hint of vanilla in the aroma that comes out more definite in the flavor. Great finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
ukoolaid (579) - Amherst, Massachusetts, USA - MAR 14, 2005
On tap. Nice looking deep brown with minimal head. Aroma is like a malty barley wine with vanilla. Taste is all over the place. It starts sticky malty vanilly, and ends sour fruit with some bitter hops. Crazy stuff, and not bad.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
aspidites (1272) - manteca, California, USA - MAR 11, 2005
Way to much vanilla for me, it dominates this ber. Some clotted cream and caramel notes with a bit of grassy hay.Thin uncomplex beer little depth.

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