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RATINGS: 1135   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.46/5   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 207   ABV: 6.9%
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.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
jimmbo123 (44) - Washington, USA - JUL 21, 2009
Much like their Boont Amber Ale only even more complex and just as smooth. I donít consider it a sweet beer some other reviews mentioned, but thatís all relative. I wish they made it year round! Itís so good I may have to lower my ratings on some of the other beers just to indicate itís superiority!

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
superfly (2) - sacramento, California, USA - DEC 29, 2006 does not count
Yummy. One of the most unique flavors around. Strong carmel flavor/color. Perfect for the winter. Donít drink straight out of the fridge. Let it sit and warm a little. You will get the full flavor of this beer if you let it warm a little.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
drinkbeer (283) - Redondo Beach, California, USA - JAN 26, 2007
Such a great beer. Just phenomenal. Please, if you live in the Southern California area, visit Fatherís Office in Santa Monica. They have this on tap during the winter months. The beer is poured at the perfect temperature and is one of the most enjoyable things you can imagine. I love the hint of vanilla in this brew.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
RWH79 (9) - Illinois, USA - DEC 11, 2010 does not count
It was everything I expected from a fine light Spicy and Hops crazy Beer, Not as strong as the tasty Lagunitas Hop Stuupid, or As amazing as Stone Brewing Co.ís Arrogant Bastard, but will definitely please your pallet with its medium Hops taste and smooth overall tones. A seasonal beer, It has an aroma full of hops, vanilla and caramel. Winter Solstice comes in at a middle-high of 6.9% Alc/Vol but will not get you so terribly drunk that you are too wasted to enjoy anything else. This is always on my list each winter definitely!

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Shadallion (534) - Sacramento, California, USA - FEB 25, 2001
A strictly top-shelf winter ale. Malt profile is strongly redolent of pie-crust, as well as caramel and apples. At 6.7%, it goes down oh-so smooth. This one is unique, and a true must-try for serious beer fans.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
jayzz (481) - 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 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Hotspur2001 (44) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 28, 2002
Full flavor that doesnít fade away too quickly. A wave of chocolate flavor (never a bad thing) as it washed down. Wonderful stuff. Bought two bottles of it to enjoy today for Thanksgiving.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
BigSkyman007 (202) - USA - JAN 25, 2003
UPDATED: JAN 16, 2004 2001 Vintage, bottle conditioned. A buddy of mine had this stuff in his fridge, and I tried some. By far the best of the winter seasonal beers I've ever had, it packs a good punch alcohol wise, without having the heavy taste. Nice and sweet and malty. Pleasant vanilla hints in the aroma. Noticeable vanilla flavor, with a hint of caramel. A beer to drink slowly and savor the flavor, and very strongly recommended for anyone looking for a good winter brew.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
Smacky (71) - San Clemente, California, USA - JUN 24, 2003
My goodness. Anderson Valley never fails to impress. A top 5 brewery for me, and probably one of their best beers...especially when it's cold out. Sehr dunkel. Sweet and spicy mouth follows the bready, spicy bouquet. A great winter time ale, possibly the best ever.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
mikey (503) - farmington, Utah, USA - OCT 13, 2004
This pours a beautiful reddish-brown color with a creamy, fluffy head. The aroma was mildly hoppy with delicate malt sweetness. Vanilla bean is dominant with orange peel for balance. There also seemed to be a hint of nutmeg (i seemed to be the only one who could smell it). The Taste was of roasted malt, vanilla and carameled apple. The bitterness was mild which allowed the vanilla to finish slightly above the hopps. Sweet and slightly spicy, The higher alcohol (6.9% ABV) added a nice warming affect. The balanced was perect from start to finish. I loved this beer so much over the hollidays I bought all that I could, as to enjoy it year round. I find it very drinkable and iím looking forward to a fresh batch this year.

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