RATINGS: 1139   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.46/5   SEASONAL: Winter   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.

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2.6
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
BeerNutBob (10) - - DEC 7, 2012
Hint of licorice is a bit of a negative for me but not a deal killer. Overall nice flavor. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone


3.6
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
BeerBaby (84) - , Florida, USA - DEC 3, 2016
Opened a cold bottle into a chilled glass. Purchased at Total Wine in Altamonte Springs, Fl. Nice red/amber color. Citrus and clove, a bit more bitter from the hops than my liking on the front end, but Im a stout girl. Little bit of clove in the aroma. Nice creamy very light tan head. More traditional holiday spices on the back end like Alspice, clove, etc. Not bad. I drank the whole 6 pack. Not a heavy beer, so you can drink a few of these.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
DwarfeD (2885) - Amersfoort, NETHERLANDS - DEC 2, 2016
355ml bottle at home. Somewhat pale amber brown with a small slightyly off-white head. Medium body with low to moderate carbonation. Herbal sweet and bitter tones. Clove, other herbs & spices, brown sugar, ripe dark fruits, caramel and malts. OK brew.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
bramvb (5) - NETHERLANDS - OCT 18, 2016 does not count
Beautiful red/amber, caramel, thin body ,with a cream finish, peppery spicy aftertaste

2.5
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
mejiajav (7) - Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - OCT 4, 2016 does not count
Ive never been the biggest fan of Anderson Valley. I am unsure if they use some sort of proprietary malt but most of their offerings taste annoyingly similar. Most of the ones Ive had, with the exception of the gose, have an overly malty, caramely and sweet feel to them, regardless of the style. Unfortunately, Winter Solstice is not the exception. It pours a hazy, burnt orange with about a finger of head which dissipates fairly quickly. The thin lacing left behind also disappears quickly leaving nearly nothing but a small ring around the edge of the glass. I am pretty sure Im supposed to get spices on the nose, but I only get vanilla. And lots of it! There is also some sweet caramely maltness and toffee notes. But mostly vanilla. This beer is very sweet. Its all vanilla in the middle front and back. Towards the end I was able to detect some serious brown sugary sweetness to boot, but thats about it. Reminds me of sweet bread and caramel. The mouthfeel is decent with enough carbonation to make it feel like beer and not a sticky cocktail. Sadly, as most Anderson Valley beers, this seems muddled and without any real depth. There are so many better examples of this style out there that this seems a bit pointless. https://agrainoftruthblog.wordpress.com

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Senap (637) - Uppsala, SWEDEN - AUG 12, 2016
En faktiskt tmligen st l. Rtt mycket drag av kola och annat stt. Jull helt enkelt.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
alex_leit (2829) - Minsk, BELARUS - JUL 4, 2016
Bottle. Bronze color. Aroma: malt, dried fruit, raisins, spicy. Taste: caramel, cream and jam, nectar, spices, sweet, not bad.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Stuu666 (11278) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - JUN 2, 2016
Can at craigs. Pours deep orange, nose is caramel, sweet toffee, spiced, taste is similar, dry.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
allmyvinyl (9674) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - JUN 2, 2016
Can at Craigs. Pours clear amber with a thin white head. Aromas of toffee, caramel, light spice. Taste is sweet, toffee. Thin finish.

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
cgarvieuk (22145) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - JUN 2, 2016
Can at home.. Dark amber.. M thin tan lacing... Soft sweet caramel toffee fruit Light spice nose... Soft sweet toffee.. Caramel fruit.. Soft toffee malts.. Soft caramel

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Pershing (529) - Garland, Texas, USA - APR 22, 2016
Pours hazy brown with a decent head. Aroma of spice and malts. Medium body with a spicy taste that is a little fruity. Nice balance of hops and the heavy malts. Filling finish.


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