RATINGS: 1154   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.46/5   SEASONAL: Winter   IBU: 6   EST. CALORIES: 207   ABV: 6.9%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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 winters 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.

MALTS:
Pale Two-Row, Crystal (40L and 80L), Munich (20L)

HOPS:
Northern Brewer, Liberty

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3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
elelwarren (140) - SF Bay area, California, USA - DEC 12, 2007
Lunchbox apple nose. Pours like a Southern English ale, w/ slight head that dissipates moderately quickly & some residual lacing. Deep amber. Immediate vanilla bean flavor, with malty, pastry sweetness becoming deeper nutmeg, some soft fennel, warm alcohols, and then a slight earthiness. Vanilla a bit much: sort of a mix between a strong English ale & eggnog. I enjoyed it, but cant say that I will crave this brew in the future.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
MrBunn (2773) - The Wet Side of a Dry Town, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 11, 2007
Bottle. Wow! roma is odd, innovative and hits me in the face as Im pouring. Im grinding gears to describe it well, but I would say it is vinous and has notes of anise, chalk, alcohol, white raisins and bourbon. Body is a cloudy brown hue that is pretty fizzy at first and it is one of those odd beers that release a lot of carbonation as you sip. This is a bit distracting and detracts from my enjoyment. Flavor is fairly sweet and those vinous and bourbon notes have me wondering if it is barrel aged... (if you made me guess, I would have said so.) Brown sugar and a touch of dark fruit in the palate. Hmmm... I hoped for better.

3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
SirSlarty (68) - Reading, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 11, 2007
Bottled 2007. Deep reddish amber color. Thin head. Smells like cherries and licorice. Highly malty. Have no idea what spice or traditional Christmas ale flavors are put in here though its a very good mixture and not too spicy.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
MadMan (495) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - DEC 10, 2007
Bottle, 2007. Pours a medium dark brown with small tan head. Aroma is malty sweet and caramel. Flavor is darn close to a malted milk shake at the start then fades into some spices, a blend I cant exactly identify but Id guess nutmeg and cinnamon to start. Vanilla is evident throughout with some caramel and quite a bit of malt. Finish has a short sweetness fading to a lingering spiciness and hoppiness. No evident alcohol though strong enough to be a warmer. A kind of odd mixture here but still quite pleasant overall.

2.8
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Funknmilla (742) - Wayne, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 5, 2007
Dark amber..small beige head....smells of sweet malts, candy-like...real malty...cinnamon and some nutmeg...simple but good...ok ok and ok

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
elmatador00 (519) - Raleigh, North Carolina, USA - DEC 4, 2007
Pours a dark reddish brown with a froathy off white head. Has hints of caramel, hops, winter spices. Finishes hoppy with a slight sweet taste.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
tsarman (794) - Northern, New Jersey, USA - NOV 30, 2007
Hard to describe. I dont know what the real spices added here are. Not the best holiday beer Ive had. Dark amber color. Had a decent amount of hops and then some random spice.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
asedzie (813) - San Francisco, California, USA - NOV 29, 2007
Bottle. Pours a deep copper with beige head. Some lacing. Vague aroma of citrus-like hops, pears, toffee and vanilla. Definite vanilla in the flavor right upfront, along with a bit of nutmeg and toasted malt. Bit of bitterness in the finish. Mouthfeel is a little thin, but this does make it more drinkable.

3.2
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
rob897 (62) - Buffalo, New York, USA - NOV 28, 2007
amber pour with white head, chocolate, brown sugar undertones. Not a bad seasonal, very drinkable

2.6
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
KawaBomber (218) - New Jersey, USA - NOV 27, 2007
12oz. Bottle: Clear dark amber body, very minimal beige head. Clean, piney hop aroma. Malty flavor up front followed by a light hop finish. A little on the thin side. Okay...wouldnt go round on this merry-go-round again though...


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