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RATINGS: 994   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 (782) - 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...


4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
PawelD (163) - Gdańsk, POLAND - AUG 28, 2014
Piwo butelkowe. Kolor ciemny bursztyn, klarowny. Wysycenie średnie do niskiego, piana biała drobna, nieźle się trzyma. W aromacie krówki i miód. W smaku jak w aromacie specyficzny mleczno/karmelowy smak krówek przeplatany słodkim miodem. Piwo gęste i słodkie bez jako takiej goryczkowej kontry ale za to bardzo gładkie w odbiorze i pozostawiające świetnie zbalansowany słodki posmak w ustach.

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 (978) - - 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 (1978) - 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 (4483) - 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.


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