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RATINGS: 1055   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.


4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
DosWeenos99 (10) - Park Ridge, New Jersey, USA - DEC 21, 2002
One of the best Winter ales Iíve tasted. Full bodied ale with nice seasonings without a bitter aftertaste that many other seasonal ales impart.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Hab40oz (242) - Grants Pass, Oregon, USA - NOV 3, 2004
Great looking beer, dark red, thin creamy head, awesome sweet malty aroma, kinda fruity, very rich and full bodied taste, hints of molasses, cream, and brown sugar, also a nice hop presence.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
clueo (157) - Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 28, 2006
Nice foggy caramel color. The beer is lightly carbonated and has a nice fruity aroma. This is a great winter beer for those cold winter nights. One of the best seasonal beers I have tried this holiday season.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
natronbomb8 (5) - Wooster, Ohio, USA - APR 23, 2007 does not count
This seasonal winter ale rates right up there with the best of them. It has a beautiful amber color and a great caramel/raisen finish. Very sweet and malty, this beer is great in front of a fire with friends while the snow swirls outside the window. Perfect for Christmas Eve as the hustle and bustle of the holiday season winds down.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
SSSteve (3831) - - NOV 2, 2012
can. clear amber with a large, fluffy, cream colored head. long, sticky head with great lacing. nose is like the inside of a bag of prunes with floral hops. flavor has bread and burnt caramel with juicy, non-acidic, ripe fruits and a squirt of vanilla. velvety, silky, full mouthfeel. anderson valley owns the palate bro.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
jebert (500) - Watertown, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 11, 2014
Pours a cloudy reddish amber with a thin tan head. Nose is fragrant with sweet malt. Very creamy on the palate. First taste is dominated by the sweetness- followed by a rich blend of caramel and malt with a hint of maple syrup. Finishes sweet but not cloying. Very robust, creamy and sweet ale, a perfect companion to mixed nuts in front of the fireplace on a winterís eve. Well done, Anderson Valley Brewing!

4.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
HammerHead99 (12) - California, USA - DEC 19, 2001
I wait for this beer every year. This winter beer has a nice spicy taste and goes down well like all the Anderson Valley line of beers. You gotta watch out for the alc content though. I got some chilling in the fridge as we speak. I think Iíll go get it now.

4.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
NeroFiddled (105) - Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 3, 2002
Nice, sweetish aroma with some vanilla and caramel. The soft caramel malt flavor is just unstoppable. Seems like there might be some Munich malt in here as well. Some orange, or citrus, flavors. Light spice / hop. Wow! Complexity. Drinkability. Awesome!

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Suttree (5266) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - DEC 14, 2002
2002 vintage. Its like a dream in a pint glass. Reddish amber color, nice head. gingerbread and citrusy flavors throughout, and an assertive but not overbearing hop presence.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
BBB63 (6155) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - JUN 29, 2003
UPDATED: FEB 20, 2005 22oz bottle at Clark St. Ale House in Chicago. Dark amber with little head and no lacing. Medium to full-bodied. Aroma hints of raisin and plum, grapefruit, roasted malt, and spices. It has enough hops to balance the initial sweetness of the malt. Fruity element to the taste also. Sharp and tangy finish, spice show now. Dry and creamy mouthfeel. Great beer and highly recommended.


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