RATINGS: 1137   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 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.

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

HOPS:
Northern Brewer, Liberty

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3.8
nearbeer (5523) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - NOV 21, 2007
2007 vintage. Clear, dark copper-brown with ruby highlights. Small but lasting, creamy cap leaves nice lacing. Subtle spicy-sweet aroma. Flavor is spicy (in the vein of clove-nutmeg-mace) fruit, toasted-nut, raisin, cedar and oak, maybe a dash of cocoa, and an herby-peppery finish. Palate is medium-bodied and smooth, but has a lot of prickly spice tongue-tingle. Spices are used nicely to complement what seems like British-style malt, yeast and hops.

4
redlight (2318) - Orlando, Florida, USA - NOV 20, 2007
Sweet caramel malt aromas, hints of pears and apple skins, fruity malts. Pours amber with a thin white head. Very different flavor. Smooth vanilla and caramel malts, with hints of chai, allspice, cinnamon hidden in there, with enough hops to balance it out and make sure its not too sweet. I’m not sure what its spiced with but there’s just enough to leave you wondering whats in it, and not overpowering! Great beer!

3.5
f351c4v (411) - Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 16, 2007
Pours a reddish amber color with a small white head. Aroma of caramel, spices, perm solution, and bananas. Malty, not overly sweet, nice vanilla-creaminess, some cinnamon spices. A staple winter brew.

3.7
troopie (2387) - Munchen an der Willamette, Oregon, USA - NOV 16, 2007
Draught. poured off amber with thin white head. Citrusy and spicy aroma. Mucl lacing. Flavours of vanilla, cherry and malt. Lasting vanilla flavour, much like very good vanilla ice cream. Some chocolate in the mouth.

2.6
19Ei8hty (1166) - Washington, USA - NOV 14, 2007
UPDATED: JAN 12, 2008 Re-evaluation: Cleared my head and my palate - Observation confirmed; this is one wierd fuching drink. Two words; bread dough..... enjoy. Heavily malted with a solid, grainy barley backbone and a sugar cookie sweetness and some molasassy finish. Rich and full bodied with a silky smooth texture. Slightly spiced with a slight acid hop citrusness to pull it all together. Funny smell - but a great drink regardless - Very original, really defies classification - do not let the classification deter you, this is a great, unique, full flavored, creamy smooth Mega-Malt drink.

3.4
Wegro (332) - Fresno, California, USA - NOV 11, 2007
UPDATED: NOV 20, 2008 clear copper color, smells earthy with some cinnamon and spicy stuff. nice malt, not too sweet. a tiny bit better than alaskan winter ale because it’s not as sweet, but very similar. unique flavor profiles in both but i can’t see myself drinking a 6 pack of either.

2.8
Bier brauen (246) - Bremerton, Washington, USA - NOV 11, 2007
Pours a nice dark amber. Sweet, malty, and a raisiny nose. Zero lacing. Spice notes, medium body and slight bitter finish.

3.4
estoppel (1028) - Buffalo, New York, USA - NOV 9, 2007
Draft. Brownish body, small off-white head, spicy, malty nose. Spices, raisins, drak fruits, medium sweetness.

3.4
houseofwares (21) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - NOV 8, 2007
UPDATED: NOV 13, 2007 Tried from bottle. Candied malt on the nose, with grapefruit hops and a small hint of mint. The palate translates the nose with a bubble gum-cotton candy malt sweetness, and vanilla. A nice creamy winter seasonal with balance.

3.5
Bradrcr (806) - Renton, Washington, USA - NOV 1, 2007
10/24/07 From the bottle. Aroma is a low cascade hop flora forward followed by sweet malt. Appearance is light copper with a good off-white head. Flavor is sweet malt forward, candilike, with a good lightly sour malt note, and light hop resin. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with a low carb feel and light creaminess. Overall, and interesting brew, but some might be bothered by the resiny flavor.


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