RATINGS: 1153   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.46/5   SEASONAL: Winter   IBU: 6   EST. CALORIES: 207   ABV: 6.9%
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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JohnGalt1 (1721) - Boise, Idaho, USA - MAR 1, 2016
Malty aroma with vanilla and butter undertones. No real hops ... sorta overpowered by the spices. I really hate saying this, but it reminds me of a vanilla cream soda .... and not the soda-shoppe kind, more like the artificial bottled kind. This is a tough review for me to write. I love the Boont amber (almost certainly my favorite amber ale). But this one is going to take a hit. ... The diacetyl is hyper accentuated.

patrick767 (4063) - fort wayne, Indiana, USA - FEB 19, 2016
bottle - Pours hazy amber-brown with a light tan head. It smells of caramel malt and spices. The flavor is sweet caramel/toffee malt and spices that are noticeable but not overpowering. It’s alright though overly sweet for me.

williamherbert (1544) - Syracuse, New York, USA - FEB 18, 2016
Syrupy brown-orange complexion. Looks silky and thick; half-finger of head. This one is a tad old (discounted) but the mustiness of the nose doesn’t detract. Aroma is brown sugary but with a lovely nutty second wave that blunts it and takes the saccharine right out of it. Could have been cloying but isn’t. Cinnamon-like spices. Almost smells like when you walk into a brewery, and the mash tun is doing its thing. The flavors are oats, finished oak, caramel/molasses sugars, and maple syrup. The sweetness is immediately followed by a nutty sugary tste. There are cereal grains and more of that brewery malt in the flavor, almost like taking a direct sip of the post-boil malt. This is just a really good beer; it’s a throwback to malt-heavy English ales, or pre-IPA boom winter ales. Deceptively good.

sloshgator (741) - Orlando, Florida, USA - FEB 17, 2016
Anderson Valley Winter Solstice is middle of the pack for a winter seasonal. Pours a hazy brown with a decent head. Light malty aroma only. I didn’t get any of the spices, the body was lacking and there was too much sweetness. Winter Solstice is a decent brew but doesn’t live up to the Anderson Valley reputation.

sharkydodson (1611) - St. Petersburg, RUSSIA - FEB 11, 2016
the aroma is caramel, fruity and spicy with shades of vanilla, toffee, milk chocolate and dried fruits... the taste is caramel, chocolate and fruity with notes of toffee, bisquit, candy, raisin and some spices... sweet, dry and spicy aftertaste...

mrjaxson (586) - .08 Junction, Wisconsin, USA - FEB 6, 2016
Very nice malty alternative to the sharply spiced and bitter ales that frequent the shelves in wintertime. Carmel nose mostly though with hints of chocolate, too, following a puffy pour. Thick and sweet. Delicious from a bottle.

andrepintado (3398) - Lisbon, PORTUGAL - FEB 6, 2016
Bottle from cerveteca lisboa, portugal. Color is dark copper. Thin white head. Light sweetness. Medium bitterness. Aroma is herby, malty, grassy.

MelvinKalksma (1536) - NETHERLANDS - JAN 30, 2016

Malts, caramel, spices, yeast, nuts and slight vanilla.

Turbid amber/brown beer with a medium off-white head.

Moderate/heavy sweet with malts, caramel, nuts, spices and vanilla.

tfontana (974) - Fremont, New Hampshire, USA - JAN 23, 2016
Bottle pour into nonic pint glass from One Stop Market, Haverhill, MA. Aroma is bready malt with a little bit of caramel, vanilla, cocoa and holiday spice. Appearance is attractive amber/copper with slight haze, no sparkle, 2 finger-width creamy/frothy off-white head with decent retention and lacing. Taste is caramel and vanilla sweetness with mild roastiness and cocoa. Palate is medium bodied with creamy texture, initial lively carbonation that stings the lips, and nice long finish. Overall, this is a nice sweet treat without being cloying. Smooth and creamy.

stephenco (49) - Makati, PHILIPPINES - JAN 18, 2016
330ml bottle from HK Brewcraft. Spicy winter ale. Pours golden brown with beige head.

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