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RATINGS: 994   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.45   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 207   ABV: 6.9%
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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 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 6/20
Admiral (524) - Schnecksville, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 31, 2003
Weird. Both citrusy and cola-like. Maybe I got a bad one, maybe the donut I had just now threw off my palate, but I'm not sure I like this at all. Head dissipates rapidly, and the beer is reddish-amber.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
kmeves (1098) - Mount Pleasant, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 28, 2003
A very nice beer. Good balance. Deep amber color, small brown head. Nice bitter finish.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
BigSkyman007 (202) - USA - JAN 25, 2003
UPDATED: JAN 16, 2004 2001 Vintage, bottle conditioned. A buddy of mine had this stuff in his fridge, and I tried some. By far the best of the winter seasonal beers I've ever had, it packs a good punch alcohol wise, without having the heavy taste. Nice and sweet and malty. Pleasant vanilla hints in the aroma. Noticeable vanilla flavor, with a hint of caramel. A beer to drink slowly and savor the flavor, and very strongly recommended for anyone looking for a good winter brew.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 5/20
Pjones6738 (500) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 16, 2003
What the? This doesn't smell like beer. Smells like Vanilla Coke. Reddish brown color, no head. Bleh, way too sweet and vanilla tasting for me, and I normally like sweet.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
ElGaucho (2201) - Minnetonka, Minnesota, USA - JAN 16, 2003
UPDATED: DEC 22, 2005 2005- Firstly, we really need to split each yearís vintage out into separate beers; this goes for all seasonals that change their recipes from year-to-year. This yearís version has a spicy nose, although I canít pick out the spice. Dark amber w/ steady visible carbonation and a creamy, off-white head that is mostly lasting. Creamy and very satisfying. Just stops a wee bit short of being full bodied. Somewhat sweet. I really like this brew, but a little more oomph would have been appreciated. 2002- Sweet, hoppy aroma with hints of nutmeg, vanilla and perhaps some cinammon. Reddish amber hue with a smallish, mostly eroding head. Body is somewhat cloudy from minute particles. Alcohol is fairly strong, although you have to be paying attention to notice. Butterscotch aftertaste (from the vanilla) which is unique and enjoyable on the one hand, yet somewhat strange on the other. Very good, but not a session brew and behind SNCA, Goose Island Christmas and Hales Wee Heavy in the Christmas Ale category. Ar 10, Ap 4, Fl 8, Pa 3, Ov 16.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
iwantalambic (1478) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - JAN 8, 2003
Deep red brown. . .big frothy head, quickly diminishes into nothing. . .caramel, vanilla, and banana in the nose. . .very sugary, some sweet fruit, but more like sweet candy. Nice brew, not what I was expecting at all, and it does have some of the warming qualities that the bottle claims.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
drismyhero (815) - Tacoma, Washington, USA - JAN 4, 2003
Whoah...this is seriously fruity, almost Lambic qualities going on here. Thereís some very nice spice in the flavor, but the fruit is so strong itís hard to discern. Very sweet, very nice on winter days and overall a good seasonal.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Prostman (1077) - Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 4, 2003
Nice beer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
BeerLimey (2154) - California, USA - JAN 3, 2003
Reddish amber hue, slight haze, good head formation. Light berry fruit, spice and hops in the aroma. Sweet palate, strawberry candy and vanilla cream, with a mildly citric hop finish. Nice try at something different but lacks the complexity and intensity Iím used to tasting from AV.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
beerslayer (753) - New Jersey, USA - JAN 3, 2003
Good seasonal. Caramel and nutmeg flavor with a nice spicy hoppy aftertaste.

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