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RATINGS: 979   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 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
DosWeenos99 (10) - Park Ridge, New Jersey, USA - DEC 21, 2002
One of the best Winter ales I’ve tasted. Full bodied ale with nice seasonings without a bitter aftertaste that many other seasonal ales impart.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
MaxPower (961) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - DEC 21, 2002
Re-rate 12/21/02, 22oz bottle, deep dark amber color, white foamy head, leaves a nice lace in the glass, sweet spicey aroma, almost like cream soda. Starts sweet and malty and finishes with a creamy vanilla taste, medium-full body, has a soft and creamy palate, a nice winter ale.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Rockinout (966) - Kent, Ohio, USA - DEC 18, 2002
Golden reddish color, medium bodied. I was getting a sort of cherry vanilla nose and taste out of it. Better than expected for a spiced winter ale.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
psychodrama311 (122) - petaluma, Nevada, USA - DEC 16, 2002
why is it..almost all the breweries that put out seasonal beers...only make a great beer then. why can’t they make it all year? this beer blows sierra celebration ale out of the park. full spicy taste. nice finish. great beer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Drew (2411) - Kent, Ohio, USA - DEC 15, 2002
Thick and syrupy, with a dominating berry flavor. Hops do come thru at the end, but this remains cloying from start to finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Ernest (6031) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - DEC 15, 2002
UPDATED: NOV 17, 2012 Can. Head is initially average sized, frothy/creamy, off-white, mostly lasting. Body is dark amber-brown. Aroma is moderately malty (caramel, cookie, milk chocolate), lightly hoppy (flowers), lightly yeasty (dough). Flavor is moderately sweet, lightly acidic, lightly bitter. Finish is lightly sweet, lightly acidic, lightly to moderately bitter. Light to medium body, watery/creamy texture, soft carbonation, lightly alcoholic. Not much character. Very mild and simple nose, rather bland and thin in the mouth. This brewery continues to just phone it in.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
goz (359) - Chelmsford, Massachusetts, USA - DEC 15, 2002
UPDATED: FEB 19, 2003 Pours reddish brown, nice tan head with good lacing. Aroma is quite nice - vanilla, butterscotch, and caramel in there. Flavor is heavy on the vanilla and butterscotch, and cloyingly sweet. Probably not something I would try again.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Merc (313) - Pullman, Washington, USA - DEC 14, 2002
I was very dissapointed with this beer. Promising aroma, fruit, some spice. Flavour is flat out bland and boring. Kudos on the name though.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
baobubba (455) - Starkville, Mississippi, USA - DEC 14, 2002
Nice red color with a light head. A roasty caramel, vanilla, yeast, and butterscotch(?) aroma. Caramel nad alcohol come out in the taste as do some dried peach flavors. An interesting beer (for a seasonal). Will try again.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Suttree (4902) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - DEC 14, 2002
2002 vintage. Its like a dream in a pint glass. Reddish amber color, nice head. gingerbread and citrusy flavors throughout, and an assertive but not overbearing hop presence.

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