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RATINGS: 1104   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.46   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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3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
sitzds (318) - - NOV 27, 2013
UPDATED: FEB 15, 2015 Bottle poured into pint glass. Golden-red clear liquid with tall, fluffy tan head that leaves sticky sheets on the glass. Aroma is caramel malt, vanilla, winter spice, citrus, and fruity esters. Flavors begin with malt-forward sweetness, esters, toffee and caramel, are supported by a mild hop bitterness, and finishes with spice and lingering sweetness. Full bodied, creamy, thick texture, soft carbonation, and a little booziness on the finish.


3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
osu97gp (677) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JUN 13, 2015
Pours a brown-red with a minimal white head. Aroma of chocolate, nuts and spice. Flavor of malt, nut and light fruitiness.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
jamaty (1242) - Madrid, SPAIN - JUN 7, 2015
Marrón rojiza con un dedo de espuma blanca, que permanece bastante bien. Malta y caramelo en el aroma, pan. Maltas, caramelo, y toques frutales. Final bastante seco y amargo. Buena winter warmer.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
leghorn99 (115) - Livorno, ITALY - MAY 30, 2015
Versa di colore ambrato, con buona limpidezza; la schiuma è leggera, candida. L’aroma è di dolce malto caramellato, vaniglia, spezie, frutta matura. Al palato è molto dolce, caramello mou, frutta matura, presenza di spezie, prugna, frutti di bosco (lampone, ribes). Finale maltato e lieve carbonazione.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Lightrider (317) - Bristol, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 30, 2015
Pour is a dark copper with an off white head. Aroma is a light malt and spice. Taste is very crisp and clean with a wash of spice. Finish is warm and dry. Very good ale.

2.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 7/20
larsga (6684) - Oslo, NORWAY - MAY 19, 2015
Big offwhite head. Clear amber body with almost boiling carbonation. Nutty raisiny aroma with buttery toffee notes. Sweet syrupy raisiny taste with earthy cardboardy notes. Mid-bodied. Mild, soft mouthfeel. Dryish cardboardy raisiny buttery aftertaste with perfumy vanilla notes. Gah. The vanilla is just awful. (0.355l bottle, I have no idea where from.)

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
MikeTheRocker (18) - Gävle, SWEDEN - MAY 3, 2015
Bought at Systembolaget, Orminge jan-15 and consumed at a party in Gävle last night. This is truly one of the best beers I have tasted. Sooo smooth, perfect bitterness (that’s medium for me), light spicy and sweet. A close to pefect one this!

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Grima (2189) - Saarburg, Rhineland-Palatinate, GERMANY - APR 27, 2015
Bottle from Bierzwerg!
Nice amber color. Aroma has toffee, nuts, vanilla and caramel. Taste has lots of sweet caramel, vanilla pudding and some hazelnut. Finish has also delicious vanilla and caramel notes. Nice one!

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
markoijelena (1136) - Belgrade, SERBIA - APR 24, 2015
Draft 0.5l from Ljuba thank you so much man for this opportunity to try in Belgrade Serbia.17.04.2015.Pour it little bit hazy amber color with big white head.On the nose caramel, rusty spices.Taste and aroma of vanilla pudding wau, spices, clove, some caramel, Awesome.Very good balanced suprised.Very good

4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
puboflyons (2540) - Allenstown, New Hampshire, USA - APR 22, 2015
From the 12 fl. oz. bottle. Reddish brown pour with lingering cream colored head. Lovely aroma of sweet malts, allspice, nutmeg. a touch of licorice, and a clean hop balance. The body is better than medium. The taste is bold with caramelized sweetness and a spicy, mildly to moderately bitter finish. It had a lot of the characteristics of an Abbey Dubbel.

3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
davidezdonz (59) - , HONG KONG - MAR 27, 2015
A 12oz bottle which has a best before 10 June 2016 sticker on it (seems a bit long too me…). It poured into a pint glass a slightly hazy deep amber colour with a one finger tan head which disappears slowly. Strong smell of vanilla, caramel and malt in that order followed by some light toffee. Taste was very much like the nose. Prominent vanilla and toffee followed by caramel. Not too sweet which I like. It was full bodied, creamy with some light carbonation. This one surprised me in a good way. Although the aroma was a bit weak, the taste was nice as the vanilla, toffee and caramel tastes mixed well together. I would buy this again, but definitely for the winter while its cold and not during the warm spring as it is now.


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