RATINGS: 1153   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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4.2
SB (334) - Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 21, 2005
UPDATED: DEC 23, 2005 From Bottle

Poured ruby brown, with off white bubbly, fast disappating head. Aroma of spices, fruits, and malts. Flavor complex. Hints of spices (nutmeg, allspice, Cinnamon) and fruits such as cherries. Hints of Vanilla, caramel, and slight chocolate flavor toward the end of the brew. Nice warming alcohol flavor, but not overdone or overpowering. Rich, smooth, and creamy. Very drinkable and the 6.9% sneaks up on you. This is the best of the winter brews i’ve had so far. (2005)

3.6
Cletus (6355) - Connecticut, USA - DEC 21, 2005
2005 bottle. Pours brown/amber with a thin white head. Smells of yogurt, cherries, apricots. Taste is of gingerbread, spice, some fruit and chocolate. Very unusual, but tasty. Thanks Andre!

3.5
beervana (781) - Libertyville, Illinois, USA - DEC 21, 2005
Sampled at a 2005 Christmas and Winter beer tasting at Delilah’s, Chicago, IL. 2004 vintage. Hazy amber ale having a small diminishing white head. No discernable carbonation. Nice spice and candy malt aroma. Medium bodied that starts with a spicy, chocolate, toasted candy malt flavors, similar to chocolate-coated malt balls. Finishes with light malt aftertaste. A good drinkable winter brew.

3.3
brewblackhole (1588) - Muskego, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 21, 2005
Reddish amber color with a malty aroma, taste was mostly malt with some Christmas cookie anise spice in the backgroung, not to much hop. Another one of those ok but not outstanding holiday brews

4.1
Norton (333) - Southside, Richmond, Virginia, USA - DEC 20, 2005
Bottle. Holy caramel flavoring! Pretty murky light orange color w/ light tan head that mostly dissipates. Floral nose. Silky mouthfeel. Extremely enjoyable brew. Not too sweet - reminds me of a liquified Werther’s Original caramel candy somewhat!!! Even some faint milky vanilla taste. Well balanced mild carbonation. Great!!

3.5
Odeed (1803) - Bakersfield, California, USA - DEC 18, 2005
this winter beer was a deep ruby red in color with a nice off-white head.aroma is off earth,vegtible beets,some malts,and a tiny bit of hops.the flavor is alot like the "boont" ale from anderson.only with some brown sugar,and cinnamon as well.pretty solid stuff.

3.6
swatskee (17) - Ohio, Ohio, USA - DEC 18, 2005
amber color, beige head. malty fruity nose.. very light hop underlayer in the nose. nice body with a great malty sweetness on the palate, hint of chocolate with a nice smooth spicy finish..

2.9
AlchemistZ (493) - Kalamazoo, Michigan, USA - DEC 14, 2005
A nice amber color, somewhat hazy, with a tan head that darkens at the edges. Aroma is definitely vanilla and toasted caramel. Flavor is pretty nice. The caramel and strong vanilla blend with milk and a nice sweetness but the overall beer does not work just yet, it seems green and needs time to meld and will do so with age.

3.2
RAYBOY01 (2011) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 14, 2005
Apples, tart cherries, and orange. Some hop bitterness helps to cut through the fruit and caramel sweetness. Malt and vanilla and some hazelnut, too maybe.

3.5
TURDFERGUSON (4058) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - DEC 12, 2005
wow, this beer had a very different consitency that i expected though i am enjoying more and more with every sip. Body is surprisingly thin and hop presence is all but absent. Aroma is full of fruit-bananas and cherries, also hints of cocoa, cinnamon and vanilla. Very easy to drink with lingering aftertaste of creamy goodness. alcohol well hidden.. ..a very deceiving brew. want to taste last years now!


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