RATINGS: 1155   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 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.

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   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
drinkbeer (283) - Redondo Beach, California, USA - JAN 26, 2007
Such a great beer. Just phenomenal. Please, if you live in the Southern California area, visit Fathers Office in Santa Monica. They have this on tap during the winter months. The beer is poured at the perfect temperature and is one of the most enjoyable things you can imagine. I love the hint of vanilla in this brew.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
k4df4l (154) - DTown, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 12, 2007
Pours clear dark amber. Spicy aroma with a hint of vanilla. Initial flavors of spice (cinnamon/nutmeg) that quickly give way to the malt then light hop finish. Decent beer but definitely not the best offering from Anderson Valley I have had to date.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
kenb (1102) - Oregon, USA - JAN 6, 2007
12 oz bottle via liquid Solutions. Pours a dark clear amber with an average size head. Nose is spicey, perhaps a bit of ginger, some toffee and honey. Taste is sweet, starts with some honey, vanilla then the malts take over. Sweet but not cloying and the spices are not overwhelming. I think there is a touch of cinnamon, some ginger, and something else. Whatever it all is, this is a wonderful Winter beer, the best i have had thus far. Moderate carbonation. Medium body. Yummy yummy stuff. World class.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
MattShizzle (608) - Bernville, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 5, 2007
Bottle. Brown color. Strong and rich. Very little hoppiness. Slightly tart flavor.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
porkpatty (1) - Massachusetts, USA - JAN 5, 2007 does not count
Pours a nice amber color. Aroma is of vanilla and caramel. Taste is dominated by vanilla along with caramel and toffee. Oily mouthfeel with just enough hops in the background to avoid being overly sweet.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 15/20
luiss (89) - Elmsford, New York, USA - JAN 4, 2007
Bottle- Ive had this on tap and remember it being more flavorfull and deep with rich flavors of the holiday season. Great brewery and great beers. This batch might not have come out the way it should have. Pours a nice carbonated amber brown, with a nice bubbly head. Malt is chewy with hints of caramel, and pepermint. Alcohol is well hidden as this beer starts off and finishes very watery and yeasty.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
bfeldmann (1050) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - JAN 4, 2007
Poured a dark dark orange color with small head. Aroma was hot of alcohol hops and something sweet. Flavor was bready with cinnamon nutmeg and some other spices in there as well. Good beer

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
illinismitty (2271) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - JAN 3, 2007
UPDATED: JAN 4, 2007 Bottle from Ocean Wine and Spirits in Ocean, NJ. Pours a murky orange amber with an off white head. Medium body. Aroma of caramel, cookie dough, and fruit. Initial flavor of caramel and butterscotch candy that transitions to a vanilla and cherry like fruitiness. Spicy hop finish with a wisp of alcohol. Nice beer.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
dwyerpg (6027) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - JAN 3, 2007
This is a really nice beer; it both smells great and looks nice. The taste is sweet and caramely, though I didnt place it as a tradtional spice beer. Quite nice.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 9/20
Jwasciuk (198) - Lowell, Michigan, USA - JAN 2, 2007
Pours hazy dark red/brown with a creamy off-white head. Aroma is lightly malty; cookies, and heavily hoppy; grapefruit. Flavor is has excelent ballance with a nice hop flavor, finish is smooth with some obvious vinilla flavor and softly carbonated.

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