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RATINGS: 1104   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 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Lou18 (1353) - West Paterson, New Jersey, USA - DEC 24, 2004
Bottle, Poured A nice dark amber. Spicy aroma , and if I am not mistaken, among the nutmeg and clove I sense vanilla also. The head is small and off-white. There is a nice amount of carbination, not too much or flat and too little. The first taste has caramel. The following taste brought more roasted falvors, with good lacing as it goes down. This is a nice spicy seasonal(winter), with a surprising hoopy finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Pailhead (5675) - Plymouth, Michigan, USA - DEC 22, 2004
On tap: Spicey malty vanilla aroma. Real dark amber. Semi-transparent when head to the light. Small off-white head. Not much up front but real nice chocolate finish with spices and some vanilla. A little citrus makes its way into the finish as well. As it warms it seems to become a little fruity.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
HopsOrDie (687) - New Lenox, Illinois, USA - DEC 19, 2004
Pours a nice copper color with an off-white head. The aroma is very fruitty. The flavor is like fruitcake in a glass. Some spices present but dominated by a sweet fruitty malt flavor. This would be good beverage for after X-mas dinner.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
GuilTTy (728) - Cherry Hill, New Jersey, USA - DEC 19, 2004
UPDATED: FEB 17, 2005 Rich crimson/amber pour under a whispy off-white head. Spicy, mildly hoppy and fruity aroma whith a strong nutmeg and cinnamon componant. Flavor consistent with the spiced aroma with a nice balance of hops, crisp fruit and spice. Overall a solid traditional holiday/winter beer which compares well with SN Celebration Ale (though not as an IPA).

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
davidflores99 (225) - Long Beach, California, USA - DEC 17, 2004
Had this on tap. Not much of an aroma, and poured an amberish color with a small white head. Flavor was interesting, had a spicy, malty flavor, pretty heavy, but had a smooth finish, pretty nice beer overall.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Frank (3343) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 17, 2004
Dark amber, creamy head. Mild wheat-beer nose with a bit of fruit and spice. Flavor is just loaded with vanilla--very nice and unique to boot. Creamy body and a quick finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Cornfield (5570) - Oak Forest, Illinois, USA - DEC 16, 2004
UPDATED: JUN 27, 2006 Pours a deep reddish-amber color with a short-lived fizzy white head, maybe one finger. The aroma is sweet, fruity, and spicy. Nice caramel malts with an allspice flavoring, candied fruits, and some vanilla. Medium-bodied, its got a snappy, spicy finish.

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   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
PullMeABeer (203) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - DEC 12, 2004
UPDATED: DEC 15, 2004 Bottled. (2004) Pours a reddish/golden, with a large puffy snow-white head. Aroma is not very clean, fruity alcohol initially, with vanilla and spiced cherries showing through. Flavor is a little sour, chocolate cover cherries, more vanilla, spiced fruit cake, alcohol, and finishes with a tangy bight. Smooth and medium bodied, very festive and enjoyable.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
BuckNaked (1230) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - DEC 6, 2004
Bottle: Amber color with a small white head that diminishes to a tiny ring around the outside of the glass. Aroma has hops, nutmeg, cinnamon, pepper, ginger, hops, and a bit of malt. Taste has caramel, tea, nutmeg, ginger, bread, grains. Finishes with a small alcohol kick and bitter spices. Light to medium body, just a bit thin. Pretty nice.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Loddeer (171) - USA - DEC 4, 2004
Wow, this one was a real treat. The first sip was warm, I should have refigerated it a little longer. Nonetheless this sip was smooth and delicate. As I continued, I experienced excellent lacing with rich flavoring. The transition makes the beer. One of the best after-tastes I have ever had. It goes down smooth, and the reminants on the palate are even smoother, leaving significant sugary flavors behind like vanilla and gingerbread. Superb complexity, incredible dynamics, each sip surpasses the last. Needless to say, an excellent beer, I was incredibly pleased.

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