RATINGS: 1155   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 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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4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Loddeer (171) - USA - DEC 4, 2004
Wow, this one was a real treat. The first sip was warm, I should have refigerated it a little longer. Nonetheless this sip was smooth and delicate. As I continued, I experienced excellent lacing with rich flavoring. The transition makes the beer. One of the best after-tastes I have ever had. It goes down smooth, and the reminants on the palate are even smoother, leaving significant sugary flavors behind like vanilla and gingerbread. Superb complexity, incredible dynamics, each sip surpasses the last. Needless to say, an excellent beer, I was incredibly pleased.

3.6
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
GeniusGirl (221) - Boston, Massachusetts, USA - DEC 3, 2004
tap. amber color, small head... very mild nose... nice sweet winter spices... not overpowering, sweet finish... i like this... just taste yummy!

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
crzybob77 (530) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - DEC 3, 2004
Medium to dark brown. I really enjoyed this beer! Sweet and spicey with lively carbonation. This is my second beer from anderson valley and they have done nothing but impress.

2.9
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
michael-pollack (4959) - King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 2, 2004
Draught: First of all, its not my type of beer. Aroma was of spices and sweet malts. Poured dark amber color with a nice off-white head and produced average lacing. Flavor was of sweet malts and a little spice. Lots of carbination. Not too hard to drink, but not too easy. Overall, since I do not like malty brews, I am biased. This was just ok.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
ontario102 (794) - Boise, Idaho, USA - NOV 26, 2004
2004: Mild, fruity aroma; carmelly-sweet-refined sugar flavor, maybe a hint of cherry and nutmeg, somewhat dry finish; silky palate. needs some balance, but good

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jasonp (1581) - Ashburn, Virginia, USA - NOV 25, 2004
Pours the most beautiful ruby red with a thick beige head. Aroma is spicey with vanilla. Taste is moderately sweet with notes of caramel, molasses, dark fruits, ginger, nutmeg, allspice and some cinnamon with a hint of alcohol. Medium/light body with subtle carbonation. Nothing great but an enjoyable holiday brew.

3.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
bu11zeye (13015) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - NOV 22, 2004
(Bottle) Pours a dark brown body with mahogany highlights and an average-sized off-white head. Aroma of fruit cake and winter spices. Flavor of sweet malt, nutmeg, raisins, maple syrup, and a hint of cinnamon and other spices. Moderately sticky mouthfeel.

2.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
beermaniac (86) - Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 18, 2004
2002 Version. Aroma: Candy-sweet malt with some spices in the nose. No hop. Bready, cinnmanony, and estery. Appearance: Very cloudy, murky brownish tea-color. Short lived head. Flavor: Sherryish oxidative and malt notes, no hop. Decent complexity. Mouthfeel: Unpleasant astringency in the mouth and back of throat. Carbonation is too low, a little more would enhance the flavor. Overall: OK Winter Ale.

3.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
IPFreely (1470) - Sanborn, New York, USA - NOV 16, 2004
Deep amber, beige head. Vanilla aroma with some nutmeg and fruit. Starts out fruity, followed by some dryness from hops. Medium bodied, no sign of the alcohol. Pretty nice. A bit more body, a little less hop prescence in the flavor(and the dryness) and this could be something top notch.

2.6
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Cobra (1100) - - NOV 13, 2004
12 oz. brown, longneck bottle. No freshness date seen anywhere. Poured out a deep amber color, with a decent tan colored head. Aromas are of fresh malts, spices, and fruits. Tastes are of too much cinnamon for my liking, too much nutmeg also. Tastes more like a pumpkin pie than anything else. Thin mouthfeel, and body. Nothing to write home about, IMHO.


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