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RATINGS: 1023   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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
brewbattles (40) - - DEC 9, 2013
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: http://youtu.be/TJowachG1no

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
jayzz (376) - Illinois, USA - NOV 26, 2014
Love this beer. Not too sweet, and no bitter. Reddish caramel color and slightly burnt spicy caramel aroma. Smooth slightly sweet malty flavor with a hint of spice. A must try.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
jflopsu (604) - New Jersey, USA - NOV 26, 2014
Pours a dark amber. Has a faint aroma of malts and spices. A strong malt, caranel, spices, and vanilla. A lingering taste from the winter spices.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
HULK777 (406) - - NOV 25, 2014
Nice toffee aroma; cream, syrup, butter, and almonds. Very similar taste, extremely sweet with a vanilla and toffee aftertaste.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Jorn69 (1098) - Ängelholm, SWEDEN - NOV 24, 2014
@ Havregatan 141124. Bottle (355 ml) from Systembolaget (25:-). Fruity and malty, caramely and spicy, sweet with vanilla, medium body with an oily texture. The finish is bitter, malty and spicy.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Fatehunter (1336) - Corbett, Oregon, USA - NOV 23, 2014
Pours a finger of head on a hazy dark straw body. The aroma is caramel and The taste has a malty sweet start, mild lemon bitter, spices in the middle and finishes with a short sweet note. The texture is smooth. It has a great balance and warmth.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
bphicks123 (3) - - NOV 23, 2014 does not count
Pour is a copper amber with very minimal head. Aroma is mostly floral with small hints of spice. Taste is very good overall but less flavorful/ rich than others.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
MSBrindbergs (410) - Solna, SWEDEN - NOV 23, 2014
Flaska från SB. Mörk rödbrun vätska med smutsvitt skum. Doftar torkad frukt och kola. Smakar detsamma men med en lite spritig efterton. Eftersmaken är inte den bästa, men överlag en fin vinteröl. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
BOSSbrewer (1937) - Arkansas, USA - NOV 22, 2014
On tap at Stone Escondido. Pours Amber with no head. Aroma is spicy and floral. Aroma is malty sweet also. Flavor follows. Decent. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
larsniclas (5699) - Billdal, SWEDEN - NOV 21, 2014
Bottled from Systembolaget Hazy, dark Amber with a small amber. Sweet and vinous aroma with dried fruits; figs and raisins. Sweet and creamy with kquorice, brown sugar and raisins.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Linnet (1140) - Karlstad, SWEDEN - NOV 21, 2014
Malty, warming, spicy, amber copper colour, medium beige head, lacing. Noticable sweetness, soft bite, warming. Medium body, soft carbonation, warming finish. Ok.

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