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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 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 (4850) - 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 (2386) - 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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
MaltOne (315) - Wisconsin, USA - FEB 26, 2005
This is a really good. Nice aroma, reminescent of cream soda, but beer. Beautiful honey red/brown color; modest head. The flavor is great... tastes of honey and vanilla, and I there must be something in the Anderson Valley water or air that gives it a a hint of the forests. Beautifully smooth and balanced. It occupies the same space as a medium sherry. Supple mouth feel with lingering flavor that lasts pleasantly on the tongue. It does lend itself to the the idea of the holidays and the type of meals one serves - Great with a honey glazed ham or roasted turkey, plum pudding - or just after dinner. I don’t want to overhype this one but this is a good one.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
spkldhenlvr24 (517) - Newburgh/Buffalo, New York, USA - FEB 25, 2005
On tap. Clear, reddish color with a medium beige head. Good roasted cherry, malty aroma with some slight spicy scents. Fruity, smooth, caramel flavor. Med/thin mouthfeel. Really tasty palate. Nice malty finish. Very good winter beer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
FROTHINGSLOSH (6623) - GREENSBURG, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 25, 2005
UPDATED: AUG 4, 2011 I have been pretty pleased with what I have had from this brewer so far so I jumped at the chance to try this one. Sampled from a 12 oz brown bottle this brew pours a hazy chestnut color with a medium sized foamy tan head that lingered and left some lacing. The aroma is faint but sweet and malty with a hint of vague spice. The flavor is a complex mix of toasted caramel, nut, burnt sugar, spice and toasted malt. There is a undertone here reminiscent of toasted marshmallow. The finish is rich roasted malt and caramel. A lovely beer overall and one I will be keeping an eye out for in the future.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
atpayne (615) - Zionsville, Indiana, USA - FEB 24, 2005
Amber color with long lasting tan head. The aroma is quite sweet and full of malt presense. Smells like sweet biscits. Very inviting aroma with chocolate undertones. Full creamy sweet flavor and feel. Very much malty and full on the palate. there is a nice chocolate character that comes in fairly late and lingers nicely. The finish is a bit warming and slightly chalky.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Bockyhorsey (2628) - Mesa, Arizona, USA - FEB 20, 2005
Thanks Turbo, he gave me this one and said it would not disappoint you. He was right. The spicy and fruity aromas were there and the citrus finish was great. Dark amber body with off white head that diminished, Great beer will have to get some more.

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