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RATINGS: 989   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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3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
KajII (780) - Macon, North Carolina, USA - APR 28, 2012
Bottle. The pour was a murky reddish amber with an average sized (1-2 finger) light beige creamy head that was mostly diminishing, reducing down to a thin film with a small collar and a little spotty lacing. The aroma was of a toasted dark bread malt and a sweet doughy yeast with notes of toffee, caramel, dark fruit (figs and dates) vanilla and a hint of nutmeg. The taste was malty sweet with notes of vanilla and toffee right off with the finish being about the same except for hints of dark fruit and nutmeg towards the end. The flavor stuck around for an average time after the swallow, allowing the sweet fruity spice taste to linger for a little while. Mouthfeel was almost medium in body with a nice smooth creamy texture and a mild soft carbonation. Overall a brew that smells as good as it tastes. It has the right blending of ingredients and flavors, making it quite an enjoyable drinking experience...


3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Iznogud (618) - 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 (140) - - 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 (270) - 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 (1939) - 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 (4433) - 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 (3970) - 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.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
TXBadger (1250) - Dallas, Texas, USA - MAY 15, 2014
Reviewed from notes: pours a darker amber color with off-white head. Spice, dark fruit, and some bready notes come through on the nose; follows onto the palate. Finishes with a nice spice note for the time of year.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Zita (4538) - Assentoft, DENMARK - MAY 11, 2014
sweet malty aroma,amber, hazy, off white foam, light sweetness, lightly bitter, light body, creamy, soft carbonation, caramel and spicy finish.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Beerhunter111 (6879) - Hasborn, GERMANY - MAY 4, 2014
Ins Glas ergießt sich ein dunkel bernsteinfarbenes Bier mit ordentlicher Schaumkrone. Geruch leicht röstmalzig, Karamell, Gewürze. Geschmack ebenfalls leicht röstmalzig, Karamell, fruchtig, Gewürze.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
skylab (3) - Michigan, USA - APR 25, 2014 does not count
The nice copper color with a tan head. A sweet caramel flavor with hints of cinnamon, allspice and black licorice with a malt finish.


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