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RATINGS: 993   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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3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
petexner (895) - - SEP 30, 2012
Bottle. Nice strong beer with cooper color,small head ,nice palate and dry hoopy taste. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone


1.4
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 4/20
lb4lb (2530) - 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.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Darkmagus82 (948) - - 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.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
MonsterMagnet (182) - NETHERLANDS - AUG 13, 2014
Bottle. Pours dark amber with an off white head. Aroma: caramel, spices, dark fruit, bread. Taste: caramel, bread, berries, black currants, cinnamon, spices. Body on the thin side of medium, Medium sweet, medium bitterness, especially towards the finish.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
AVLarsen (57) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - AUG 8, 2014
Silkeblød ale. Måtte gerne have mere humle og er lidt lagret. Men ok det er en vinterøl og lige nu er det 25 grader og jeg steder pølser. Men sådan en fredag eftermiddag er den aldeles glimrende

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Iznogud (637) - CROATIA - JUL 20, 2014
Bottle, 355 ml from Za Popen’t, Ljubljana. Pours amber with off-white head. Malty, caramel, some fruit, and hops. Bit spicy. Medium bodied.

4
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
hansvf (144) - - JUL 5, 2014
Sterke karamel geur. Smaakt naar toffee in een bierglas . lekker, apart en speciaal, goed Ok rustig te drinken.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
BobEvers (276) - NETHERLANDS - JUN 12, 2014
Fles33cl. Kleur. Rood bruin. Kleine schuimkraag redelijk stabiel. Geur. Kruidig. Kaneel. Smaak. Fris kruidig. Ergens beetje zoet. Maar voornamelijk bitter en kruidig.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Niko100 (1977) - Illinois, USA - MAY 29, 2014
Rich amber/cider color; Medium slightly creamy body; Aroma of sweet malt, berries, & some juniper; Flavor of sweet malt, caramel, dark fruit (notably berries), and spice; Pretty decent.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
skortila (4482) - Baarn, NETHERLANDS - MAY 26, 2014
Bottled. 15cl sample. The aroma has caramel, toast, some raisin, cinnamon. Clear, amber coloured beer with a medium head. The taste is sweet, has some light bitterness and evolves around a caramel malty backbone with quite some spice, hints of liquorice.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Bullit (4008) - Burgos, SPAIN - MAY 25, 2014
Bottle from Mitra Druten. Amber colour, off-white head. Nose is caramel malts, dark fruits, sugary, a bit spicy. Flavour is caramel, fruits, slightly spicy, sugary, subdued bitterness. Fairly sweet finish.


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