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RATINGS: 1135   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.46/5   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 207   ABV: 6.9%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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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3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Scipio (831) - Palatine, Illinois, USA - NOV 23, 2012
Pours an amber with a slightly off white head. Aroma isn’t anything special, consisting of caramel, nuts, and bread. The taste kind of surprised me in the fact that it was quite different than the aroma. I get a lot of brown sugar, maple, and vanilla, along with some caramel and cinnamon undertones. Quite tasty. Medium bodied with a syrupy texture. My first impressions were that I wasn’t going to enjoy this a whole lot. Happily, I was proven wrong and its actually pretty good.


3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Senap (614) - Uppsala, SWEDEN - AUG 12, 2016
En faktiskt tämligen söt öl. Rätt mycket drag av kola och annat sött. Julöl helt enkelt.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
alex_leit (2348) - Minsk, BELARUS - JUL 4, 2016
Bottle. Bronze color. Aroma: malt, dried fruit, raisins, spicy. Taste: caramel, cream and jam, nectar, spices, sweet, not bad.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Stuu666 (10594) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - JUN 2, 2016
Can at craig’s. Pours deep orange, nose is caramel, sweet toffee, spiced, taste is similar, dry.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
allmyvinyl (9448) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - JUN 2, 2016
Can at Craigs. Pours clear amber with a thin white head. Aromas of toffee, caramel, light spice. Taste is sweet, toffee. Thin finish.

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
cgarvieuk (21585) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - JUN 2, 2016
Can at home.. Dark amber.. M thin tan lacing... Soft sweet caramel toffee fruit Light spice nose... Soft sweet toffee.. Caramel fruit.. Soft toffee malts.. Soft caramel

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Pershing (524) - Garland, Texas, USA - APR 22, 2016
Pours hazy brown with a decent head. Aroma of spice and malts. Medium body with a spicy taste that is a little fruity. Nice balance of hops and the heavy malts. Filling finish.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
McTapps (6482) - Reutlingen, GERMANY - APR 18, 2016
The beer has got a deep dark brown colour with a steady head and medium body. Aroma of malt, spices and woods. Taste of malt, pine, herbs, woods, spiced and cloves. Spicy finish. Good one.

2.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 7/20
MMR (682) - NETHERLANDS - MAR 30, 2016
Normally I’m a rather big fan of the Anderson Valley beers but I simply couldn’t be really bothered by this one. I guess I lick thicker textures and darker tastes for winter beers.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
BucannonXC5 (1423) - San Diego, California, USA - MAR 2, 2016
Type: 12-oz. can Glass: Clear 14.75-oz. porter/stout glass From: Trader Joe’s in La Mesa (San Diego), Calif. Price: $7.99 for a 6-pack Purchased: Feb. 16, 2016 Consumed: Feb. 16, 2016 Misc.: N/A OK, I’m a sucker for Winter Warmers and I feel like I haven’t given Anderson Valley a fair shake. Was going to pick up just one can at Trader Joe’s, but saw it was only $7.99 for a 6-pack. Wasn’t feeling like getting a 6-pack of IPAs, so this was next best option. Poured an amber, auburn, semi-clear color with 1-to-2 fingers of khaki white, rocky head. Vere serene setting underneath. Minimal wet lacing on the sides of the glass. Poor retention on the top. (Sight - 3.25) Smelled more like a dark amber than a Winter Warmer. Got buttery caramel, sugary toffee, herbal hops, some menthol, dark fruits and plum juice. Very malty. (Smell - 3.50) Taste was so much better than the nose and completely changed my perception of this beer. Got toffee, sugary caramel, dark fruits, hints of herbal hops, some menthol, toasted rye, creamy vanilla, faint hints of cinnamon and nutmeg, brown sugar and light molasses. (Taste - 3.75) Medium body. Creamy-to-sticky texture. Average carbonation. Long, smooth finish. (Feel - 4.50) This was a very interesting beer. I still don’t know if I consider it a Winter Warmer though. Like a mix between a Winter Warmer, Amber and an American Strong Ale. (Overall - 3.75) 3.74 84 B

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
JohnGalt1 (1663) - Boise, Idaho, USA - MAR 1, 2016
Malty aroma with vanilla and butter undertones. No real hops ... sorta overpowered by the spices. I really hate saying this, but it reminds me of a vanilla cream soda .... and not the soda-shoppe kind, more like the artificial bottled kind. This is a tough review for me to write. I love the Boont amber (almost certainly my favorite amber ale). But this one is going to take a hit. ... The diacetyl is hyper accentuated.


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