RATINGS: 1139   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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3.4
after4ever (8025) - Mukilteo, Washington, USA - NOV 5, 2006
Bomber. Pours deep brown; clear if your glass is narrow enough. Thick sudsy white head. Big spicy nose, but in a savory herbal way; nothing peppery. Jonpol nails it with the "graham cracker." This is very much like a warm gingerbread cookie, though it’s hard to say there are any significant ginger notes in here. Medium body, medium carb, mellow attack. The cookie/oat/graham/vanilla notes persist through the palate. Not much finish. Alcohol’s well-hidden. Fun to drink but not an earth shaker.

3.4
GreatLibations (1854) - Last Supper, Arizona, USA - OCT 31, 2006
UPDATED: NOV 8, 2007 Pours dark amber w/ a full semi creamy froth reducing to fine blanket. Aroma is sweet w/ berries and red licorice. Medium nectar w/ mellow residuals. Flavors are fruity w/ fresh berries spice and a nice grahm cracker appeal w/ vanilla bean. Finish is bittered nicely. Reminds me of rootbeer.

3.4
skoisirius (1908) - Earth, Washington, USA - OCT 30, 2006
2006 Vintage at 6.9% ABV. 12 oz bottle into a Lager glass. Pours an amber copperish see through color with a foamed and slightly tanned white head. The aroma brings a malted nutmeggy vanilla essence to the nose. Hints of Earth are present as well. The flavor starts off with a hazlenutty malt taste, which moves swiftly into a very vannila, cinnamon, and spice flavor. This one definitely ends on the spice note with nutmeg and cinnamon. Very creamy and smooth on the palate. A tiny bit of alcohol is present on the roof of the mouth after a sip. A well done winter brew!!

3.5
AlabastorJones (815) - Seattle, Washington, USA - OCT 28, 2006
2006, semi laced white head, cola coloring, vanilla, hazelnut, sweet, grassy, butterscotch, light in the mouth, lingering vanilla cream flavor

3.7
IrishBoy (4233) - Bakersfield, California, USA - OCT 16, 2006
2006 bottle; spicy, clovey, caramelly nose similiar to a lot of belgians; cherry-copper color with a small beige head; sweet caramel and vanilla malty flavor in a medium body, with a spicy finish mixed with a tiny bit of alcohol burn.

3.6
cbkschubert (2901) - BFE, Arizona, USA - OCT 15, 2006
2006 bottle - Pours a beautiful clear deep red color with a nice off white head. Light lacing. Has a spicey caramel malt aroma and flavor. Very nice. Medium body. Has a slight berry after taste. Good beer.

3.9
screigh (765) - Fort Wayne, Indiana, USA - OCT 1, 2006
Poured a dark copper color with a small quickly disappearing head. The color is beautiful and would get highest rating but the head was too lackluster. Malty, dark fruit and candy aroma. A very smooth beer with that touch of candy, dark fruit and a very slight hint of alcohol when you breathe after swallowing. Initial taste is almost non-existent and a majority of the flavor is the lingering flavors. I really like this but will be a seldom purchase at almost $13 a 6-pack.

3.6
Snojerk321 (2984) - San Diego, California, USA - SEP 26, 2006
12 oz bottle. I really dug on this beer. Pours a burnt orange color......nose of caramel malts, and some dark fruits. A very smooth finish. An all around great winter brew!!

3.5
OhioDad (2492) - Hilliard, Ohio, USA - AUG 6, 2006
2004 vintage consumed in the middle of summer.. Pours copper with little offwhite head. Aromas of caramel, vanilla, and nutmeg. Flavor is caramel, a touch of toffee, nutmeg, and vanilla and maybe a little cinnamon. Smooth almost buttery palate. Medium body. Good drinkable brew even 2 years old..

3.5
AdamGott (387) - Idaho Falls, Idaho, USA - JUL 25, 2006
2005 version. Pours copper/amber with little head. Not much aroma, certainly little to no hop aroma, sweet with a bit of butterscotch/caramel flavor. I have a few of these that I am going to cellar for a couple of years and see how the taste changes. This was an extremely popular beer in our area last winter but I just couldn’t quite hop on the bandwagon. It does tend to grow on you though.


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