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RATINGS: 1080   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.

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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
sfontain (822) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - JAN 13, 2013
12 oz bottle Whole Foods. Between ruby and garnet; head dissipates into a nearly nonexistent ring. Aroma extremely sweet, syrupy, dark sugar, candy, and a fruit I can’t quite identify. Flavor is overwhelmingly toffee, which is pretty neat and uncommon; nearly no bitterness at all. Medium-thick body, granular lively carbonation, light sticky. I can’t really pick up the spiciness of this one--it’s pretty one-dimensionally toffee sweet--but this is a decent, unique winter beer, and I could see having this drink as a dessert.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Rossta (9) - Washington, USA - JAN 25, 2015 does not count
It was good. caramel, toffee dominant. Nice smooth flavors. Flavor falls a little flat towards the end. It’s a good beer. Better than expected.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
GarageBrewer80 (70) - SWEDEN - JAN 25, 2015
Flaska från SB. Klar ljusbrun färg med smutsvit skumkrona. Doft av söt pepparmint. Söt medelfyllig kropp. Smak av mjuk pepparkaka, julkryddor, pumpa och brun malt. På tok för sliskig för min smak.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
WABeerFiend (271) - - JAN 20, 2015
10.09.14 store label. Poured from a 12 oz can into a tumbler on 11.20.14. A: Caramel, molasses, brown sugar, cinnamon, and nuts. A: 1 1/2 finger off-white head. See through red body. T: Caramel, molasses, and cherry dominate. Cinnamon and sticky bun are subtle. P: Smooth at first, then crisp and bubbly. O: This winter warmer outperforms others, for sure. It’s complex, a little on the sweet side, but it’s balanced by the cinnamon.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jesperhammer (3128) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - JAN 20, 2015
17-JAN-2015, bottle @Erik, thx. Erik:-) Amber with low tan head. Sweet with spice and malt. Caramel, cinnamon, orange peel. Overall sweet and malty with just a Little touch of citrus malt. Medium body and carbonation. Nice.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
angel77 (1149) - oviedo, SPAIN - JAN 17, 2015
Caña en cimmeria el 17-01-2015. color bronce translúcido con espuma beige. Aromas y sabores maltosos y cereales algo dulces y caramelizados ligeramente tostados. ligeras especias. Cuerpo medio con 6.9 vol algo pastoso. Buena.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
rosenbergh (7511) - Tampere, FINLAND - JAN 17, 2015
12 oz bottle. From saveur-biere.com. Slightly cloudy dark amber colour with a small off-white head. Sweetish malt, mild bitterness and caramel in the aroma. Sweet malt, caramel, mild hops and mild bitterness in the flavour. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
fombe89 (138) - Asturias, SPAIN - JAN 15, 2015
On tap. @Cimmeria ................................................. Oviedo 14/01/2014.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Maarten1993 (400) - - JAN 15, 2015
Drank at home with Marijn and Kaspar 14-1. Soft beer. Like cake, or creme brulee, or a cookie. Liked the taste. Pleasant beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
luttonm (2567) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JAN 14, 2015
Can in Seattle. Rosy red brown, good foam. Gusher of a can (over filled?) Banana caramel, sweet, bready malt. Mild body, good flavor. tasty warmer

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Lowenbrau (2339) - Asturias, Oviedo, SPAIN - JAN 13, 2015
Keg @Cimmeria, Oviedo. 13-01-2015.
In short: malty spicy sweet ale.
Pours hazy dark amber with frothy off white head. Moderate head retention, good lacing. Biscuit, honey, malty and toffee aromas. Medium body, average carbonation, oily texture. Taste is quite smooth, malty, sweet, some roasty noes, toffee, caramel. Very well balanced, quite enjoyable.

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