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RATINGS: 1001   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 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
TheDean (786) - MIlwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 17, 2008
While I was excited about this beer and it was a beautiful color, I am really underimpressed with this beer. Can’t wait for this glass to be gone.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
EyeAmBaldman (269) - Illinois, USA - OCT 19, 2014
Pours a dark amber with a thin off white head. Aroma is full of caramel and malt. Taste is a little slick in the mouth with a ton of caramel and malt. What a nice sweet beer for the winter.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
slowrunner77 (5804) - Reno, Nevada, USA - OCT 18, 2014
"this is a pretty basic ale, which keeps me from rating it higher, but it is thoroughly enjoyable. it’s got a decent look (medium-amber in color, an inviting slightly spicy aroma...a little thin on the body, highly carbonated tickly mouthfeel (good in a light beer...so-so in a winter ale). what saves it is the smooth finish and strong malty vanilla follow through."

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
blackisle (749) - IJburg, NETHERLANDS - OCT 14, 2014
Bottle 35.5cl. Clear amber brown, small frothy tan head, recedes quickly to a thin layer, light lacing; aroma sweet malts, caramel, brown sugar, speculaas spices, cinnamon, dark fruits, brandy, alcohol; taste moderate sweet, slightly bitter, alcohol, spicy; medium body, oily texture, bit watery mouthfeel, soft carbonation; overall malty sweet finish has more bitterness, alcohol notes.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
outlawskies (961) - - OCT 12, 2014
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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
adster (424) - HUNGARY - SEP 16, 2014
Az Anderson Valley borostyán színű szezonális főzete a téli italokra jellemző fűszerességet, bogyós gyümölcsök hadát ígéri, ekképpen tervez ünnepi hangulatot kölcsönözni az italnak. Összességében beváltja az előzőekben felsorolt kritériumokat, ugyanis a süteménytésztás, nyers mézeskalácsos, szerecsendiós zamatai és a beígért áfonyás színezet rendre megjelennek, továbbá feltűnik egy vélhetően az édesgyökérnek tulajdonított, kissé medvecukros karakter is, a korábban ezzel az összetevővel rendelkező főzetek képe legalábbis ugyancsak visszaköszön az ízében. Tulajdonképpen egy belga élesztős és angolszász malátás jellemvonásokkal egyaránt rendelkező, tartalmas sörről van szó, amely nyomokban valóban képes megütni az ünnep hangjait, kedvcsinálóként mindenesetre tökéletes választás.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Tulle (363) - DENMARK - SEP 6, 2014
brown, clear, minimal head, medium sweetness, medium bitterness, lightly sour, medium body,

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
TorbenH (854) - Frederikshavn, DENMARK - SEP 6, 2014
amber, hazy, white foam, roasty, bread, hay, roasty, cereal, medium body, sticky, average carbonation, bitter, medium sweetness, medium bitterness,

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
PawelD (207) - Gdańsk, POLAND - AUG 28, 2014
Piwo butelkowe. Kolor ciemny bursztyn, klarowny. Wysycenie średnie do niskiego, piana biała drobna, nieźle się trzyma. W aromacie krówki i miód. W smaku jak w aromacie specyficzny mleczno/karmelowy smak krówek przeplatany słodkim miodem. Piwo gęste i słodkie bez jako takiej goryczkowej kontry ale za to bardzo gładkie w odbiorze i pozostawiające świetnie zbalansowany słodki posmak w ustach.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 4/20
lb4lb (2548) - Austin, Texas, USA - AUG 18, 2014
smells like old stale bandaid malt. taste is This is gross and I hate it. I’m never getting it again.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Darkmagus82 (1728) - - AUG 17, 2014
Transfer from BA review on 12-1-12- Served on tap in a pint glass Appearance – Served a reddish brown color with a thick tan head. The head has a moderate level of retention, fading to give a decent level of lacing on the sides of the glass. Smell – The aroma was heaviest of sweet and spiced aromas. A malty backbone of a biscuit nature supports sweet tastes of chocolate, caramel and some lighter dark fruit aromas. Mixed with these are aromas of cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice and a little coriander. A rather nice festive aroma overall. Taste – The taste begins a little on the sweeter side with a roasted malt flavor mixed with a large dose of caramel sweetness. Up front there are also some lighter notes of the spices detected in the nose. As the taste advances the spice grows stronger as the caramel sweetness fades to some degree. While the caramel fades a sweeter taste remains as the caramel is replaced by some of the darker fruits and a light chocolate taste that were detected in the nose. In the end a rather nicely spiced and sweet flavor is left to linger on the tongue. Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is on the just above average side in terms of it creaminess and chewiness with a carbonation level that is just below average. The combination of the thickness and the carbonation are quite appropriate for the style and compliment the spice, fruit, and roast flavors of the brew nicely. Overall – A smooth and tasty winter style brew; balancing nicely the roasted, spice and sweet flavors.

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