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RATINGS: 1098   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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0.5
   AROMA 1/10   APPEARANCE 1/5   TASTE 1/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 1/20
ectotherm (13) - farmington, Minnesota, USA - SEP 4, 2013
I loved the spice overtones. Opening the bottle however was a mess. Either a bottle that was way past the winter season or the chemistry missed. After everything settled down it was a pleasing glass if beer, I did like the dark fruit notes. I did try summer solstice at the sametime and from the same vendor, they both tasted roughly that same and opened with a towel doing most of the consuming. I would definitely like to get closer to the source to make my final decision. The other beverages in the portfolio besides summer and winter, are grab a six pack, a lawn chair and watch the cars go by.


3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Grima (2168) - 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 (983) - 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 (2372) - 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 (22) - , 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.

3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 1/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
miyauchi38 (545) - chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 22, 2015
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4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Turtles (167) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - MAR 13, 2015
330ml bottle, 2014. Brown clear in the glass with a medium thick white head. Nice aroma of sweet candy, sugar, pine needles and tree. The taste is perfectly balanced, toffee, holiday spirit, nutmeg, pine needles, long lasting sweet after taste. The perfect winter warmer, all year around almost !!

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Cuso (5576) - Bratislava, SLOVAK REPUBLIC - MAR 13, 2015
Bottle from Seoul Plaza. dark amber red color with huge off-white head. Biscuity caramel in aroma together with fruity notes, some spices. caramel. Taste, caramel malt, "Werther’s original" sweets, nuts, bready notes, some spices in finish. very nice winter beer.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Gurthnar (2619) - Bratislava, SLOVAK REPUBLIC - MAR 11, 2015
Bottle from Seoul Plaza. Aroma biscuity toffeish caramel malts. Lightly hazy brownish colour. Taste has lots of malty complexity going on, toffee, biscuity, nutty, caramel, really really good. Sweet up front, but slowly shifts towards a balanced finish, though hops never show in flavour, only bitterness. Very good malt-forward beer. I like it.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
bubbleflubber (1918) - Asheville, North Carolina, USA - MAR 11, 2015
Pours walnut into the glass, with a 2-finger eggshell head that reduces to a thick ring of lace down the pour. The nose is of caramel and spiced banana bread. Flavors are nicely pie-spiced caramel, comforting subtle yeasty esters, finishing with lightly spiced bitters, just enough to put a nice close to the pull. The complexity is great for a sweetly-spiced winter brew. Substantial palate, but smooth and almost liqueur-ish woody mouthfeel. This is a wonderfully comforting, and I do mean wonderfully comforting cold winter offering. I love the sweet and spiced bready contingencies at work here. A lovely seasonal brew!

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
willisread (500) - Tokyo, JAPAN - MAR 10, 2015
Old rating. Bottles upon bottles from old town. A winter tradition for me at one time. Nice brown soda color with a tan head. Solid lacing. Aromas of bread, clove, Werther’s original, cinnamon and caramel. Tastes more of the same. Slightly sweet with a bready texture. Nice spice on the finish. Good winter seasonal.


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