mwbrady12 (469) - Winston Salem, North Carolina, USA - OCT 21, 2012
2.4 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Decent aroma and taste with a basic blond appearance but exciting creamy aftertaste.
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kapusil (442) - HUNGARY - DEC 17, 2013
3.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
0.355l bottle. Deep ruby red body, white head. Aroma of honey gingerbread, toast and a hint of roastyness. Taste of honey gingerbread, caramel, toast and cinnamon. It has a bit of a floral hoppyness in the finish. Nice one.
jaghana (3295) - Strasbourg (France), FRANCE - DEC 16, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle 355ml, a nice amber red beer with good head. Nose is on caramel and light grassy hops. Aroma is amazing on caramel profile : smooth caramel, brown caramel and butter caramel, very nice malty body, pure and clean with a nice grassy bitterness.
Unde (209) - Helsinki, FINLAND - DEC 16, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Reddish brown beer with small head on top. Aroma has winter seasoned bread, lots of caramel and nuts. Taste is nutty with lots of winter spices. Some berries are there as well. Quite full body and medium-to-high carbonation. A true winter warmer.
ogreface (1216) - Budapest, HUNGARY - DEC 16, 2013
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
Kisse kodos, sapadt voros szin, szinte semmi hab. Illata kandirozott zoldalmas, malatas, vegyesgyumolcsos lekvaros. Ize zsidoszallonas / mielott valaki lenacizna, ez volt az altalanos neve a régi, sutesallo vegyesiznek, amit fadobozokbol arultak kimerve /, gumicukros, edes. Legvege keseredes, kicsit ures. Nem az en sorom.
dEnk (3133) - Den Haag, NETHERLANDS - DEC 13, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle @ Wildeman. Aroma is caramel, bread, molasses. Flavour is the same with added liquorice, some fruit and a light roasty note.
mjs (4014) - Helsinki, FINLAND - DEC 13, 2013
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
(Keg at Black Door, 20131213) The beer poured ruby red and clear. Its head was small and white. Aroma had malts, caramel and sweetness. Palate was medium bodied with medium carbonation. Flavours were malts, oxidised malts, berries and bitterness. Aftertaste had oxidised malts and low bitterness. A beer that had gone beyond its prime a long ago.
Chad9976 (1024) - Albany, New York, USA - DEC 10, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
I poured a 12oz can into a snifter. There was no apparent freshness date. It cost $2.99 ($0.25 per ounce).
Appearance: Beautiful mahogany hue; dark but clear with some carbonation visible. Pours to a fairly large, off-white, foamy head which retains and laces rather well.
Smell: Akin to a Christmas cookie with a mélange of light spices and even some shortbread aroma.
Taste: The thing about winter warmers is they tend to be cliché. Take a fairly strong dark beer base, throw in a bunch of spices and you’ve got a beer suited for the Christmas season and colder months of the year. Of course, cliché doesn’t necessarily mean bad, in fact, in the case of Anderson Valley Winter Solstice Seasonal Ale the result is a pretty darn good beer.
I’ll bet the base recipe for this beer is a Scotch Ale as it has a lot of same malty characteristics. Strong notes of toffee, shortbread and a hint of smoky astringency on the backend. Though the added spices and flavors are the stars of the show. It’s difficult to identify any individually, but there are notes of ginger, nutmeg, cardamom and other lightly dry spices. There’s a subtle alcohol component to the palette as well, imparting some sweet vanilla or even rum-like flavor. Little bitterness per se (it is only 6 IBUs after all), but that’s because the seasonings outshine the hops. Definitely an interesting and tasty combination of flavors and exactly what you’d expect out of a beer of the style.
Drinkability: Maybe it’s because I poured it into a snifter, but Anderson Valley Winter Solstice Seasonal Ale seems like a bigger, heavier beer than it actually is. Though 6.9% ABV is not exactly light, it has the full body and robustness of an even stronger beer, actually. The taste saturates the palate, making it difficult to drink in more than a sip at a time. Ironically, the mouthfeel itself is on the calmer side, with a fairly smooth texture. There is some minor alcohol warmth on the finish, but it doesn’t seem out of place here.
brewbattles (30) - - DEC 9, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
We did a blind taste test between this and 4 other Winter Seasonals to objectively determine which one was best. They beers were: Deschutes Jubelale, Anderson Valley Boont Winter Solstice, Big Sky Powder Hound, Alaskan Winter Ale, and Redhook Winterhook. Check it out:
Lore (644) - Budapest, HUNGARY - DEC 8, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
dark mahogany colour, one inch creamy yellowish off-white head; aroma of roasted sugar, malts, dried fruits and some spices; taste is dominated by malty sweetness, caramel, hints cinnamon and slight bitterness
TBone (11359) - Pori, FINLAND - DEC 7, 2013
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Tap @Black Door
Deep ruby color, small off-white head. Caramel-ryiesh aroma. Medium-bodied. Rye, caramel and grainy-cardboardish notes. Not giving very fresh feeling.