KajII (800) - Macon, North Carolina, USA - APR 28, 2012
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
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...
bramvb (3) - NETHERLANDS - OCT 18, 2016 does not count
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Beautiful red/amber, caramel, thin body ,with a cream finish, peppery spicy aftertaste
mejiajav (7) - Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - OCT 4, 2016 does not count
2.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
I’ve never been the biggest fan of Anderson Valley. I am unsure if they use some sort of proprietary malt but most of their offerings taste annoyingly similar. Most of the ones I’ve had, with the exception of the gose, have an overly malty, caramely and sweet feel to them, regardless of the style.
Unfortunately, Winter Solstice is not the exception. It pours a hazy, burnt orange with about a finger of head which dissipates fairly quickly. The thin lacing left behind also disappears quickly leaving nearly nothing but a small ring around the edge of the glass. I am pretty sure I’m supposed to get spices on the nose, but I only get vanilla. And lots of it! There is also some sweet caramely maltness and toffee notes. But mostly vanilla.
This beer is very sweet. It’s all vanilla in the middle front and back. Towards the end I was able to detect some serious brown sugary sweetness to boot, but that’s about it. Reminds me of sweet bread and caramel. The mouthfeel is decent with enough carbonation to make it feel like beer and not a sticky cocktail.
Sadly, as most Anderson Valley beers, this seems muddled and without any real depth. There are so many better examples of this style out there that this seems a bit pointless.
Senap (619) - Uppsala, SWEDEN - AUG 12, 2016
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
En faktiskt tämligen söt öl. Rätt mycket drag av kola och annat sött. Julöl helt enkelt.
alex_leit (2571) - Minsk, BELARUS - JUL 4, 2016
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. Bronze color. Aroma: malt, dried fruit, raisins, spicy. Taste: caramel, cream and jam, nectar, spices, sweet, not bad.
Stuu666 (10879) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - JUN 2, 2016
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Can at craig’s. Pours deep orange, nose is caramel, sweet toffee, spiced, taste is similar, dry.
allmyvinyl (9562) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - JUN 2, 2016
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Can at Craigs. Pours clear amber with a thin white head. Aromas of toffee, caramel, light spice. Taste is sweet, toffee. Thin finish.
cgarvieuk (21899) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - JUN 2, 2016
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Can at home.. Dark amber.. M thin tan lacing... Soft sweet caramel toffee fruit Light spice nose... Soft sweet toffee.. Caramel fruit.. Soft toffee malts.. Soft caramel
Pershing (525) - Garland, Texas, USA - APR 22, 2016
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours hazy brown with a decent head. Aroma of spice and malts. Medium body with a spicy taste that is a little fruity. Nice balance of hops and the heavy malts. Filling finish.
McTapps (6502) - Reutlingen, GERMANY - APR 18, 2016
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
The beer has got a deep dark brown colour with a steady head and medium body. Aroma of malt, spices and woods. Taste of malt, pine, herbs, woods, spiced and cloves. Spicy finish. Good one.
MMR (682) - NETHERLANDS - MAR 30, 2016
2.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 7/20
Normally I’m a rather big fan of the Anderson Valley beers but I simply couldn’t be really bothered by this one. I guess I lick thicker textures and darker tastes for winter beers.