RATINGS: 1147   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.47/5   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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3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Magjayran (1378) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - NOV 28, 2006
Pours a fairly dark amber color with a thin off-white head. Interesting aroma has notes of cinnamon and a touch of vanilla. Dark fruit notes along with more vanilla and a dusting of allspice. This is about as good as these spiced winter beers get. I could easily enjoy 3-4 of these in a social setting.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
hophead75 (2012) - Largo, Florida, USA - NOV 25, 2006
bottle. Brown in color with a small off white head. Caramel, grains, and vanilla in the aroma, with about the same in the taste, lightly nutty. Didnt get much in the way of spices.

2.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
DrinkMoreBeer (21) - Seattle, Washington, USA - NOV 22, 2006
Ok, so my note-taking on flavor, color, etc suffered the night I tried this. I did numerically score as I went, but scoring 20 beer samples in a night clouds the old flavor memory! This finished a bit below average among the Winter beers that night. As someone in the group said - "Its Cream Soda!" (Its that vanilla taste that others mentioned here)

2.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
brianprentiss (700) - Portland, Oregon, USA - NOV 21, 2006
From bottle, 2006 brew, very vanilla/syruppy/raisinny. Didnt love this beer but I dont generally love veggie beers.

2.9
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
lukin013 (215) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - NOV 20, 2006
Amber brown body with small off-white head. Texture is nice and creamy, but aroma and flavor are quite mild. Smells and tastes like vanillas and bubble gum... mainly just sweet and not very complex. Pretty average.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
jake65 (3447) - Meridian, Idaho, USA - NOV 19, 2006
Bottle: poured an amber brown with an average head. Aroma is of cloves and a vanilla like sweetness. Taste is a blend of spices, mostly clove and ginger, with hints of vanilla and some light malt. Not overpowering in flavor, but tasty and smooth.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
starfireming (309) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - NOV 18, 2006
Sweet vanilla malt aroma. Cloudy garnet body — extremely vanilla flavour.

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
footbalm (1219) - Western Minneapolis Suburbs, Minnesota, USA - NOV 18, 2006
Bottle from odeed. Pours a clear brown with a pretty big biege head. Taste was a bit muddled here as there seemed to be some holiday spices but she kinda ran outta steam.

3.2
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
bhensonb (14482) - Woodland, California, USA - NOV 18, 2006
Aroma of malt, hop, and arguably coriander. Nice coppery color, with a persistent light tan head. Starts with a sweet malt, but the overall effect is spice. Not spicey spice, but definitely something. Light to medium mouthfeel. AVB has a knack for this seemingly unique flavor - it is mirrored in the Summer Solstice. Smooth it is. Strange also.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
molassesfan (202) - Raleigh, North Carolina, USA - NOV 17, 2006
Pours amber with a nice head and lace. Aroma of coriander, malts, and a spice I cant identify. Taste is gingery with a bit of vanilla bean. Thick mouthfeel. Not drinkable in large quantities but its not designed to be. Good stuff.


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