Winter Solstice Seasonal Ale - Anderson Valley Brewing Company
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Reviews by BrewMaster:
4.22/5 rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
2005, 12 oz bottle.
Appearance: Light tan and red color with a creamy tan head. Wide open and sticky lacing rings the top of the glass as the beer is consumed.
Smell: Sweet malty nose with a spicy and earthy hop scent. Some pine in the hop aroma and a bit of caramel rounding out the smell.
Taste: Bold sweetness opens up with lots of delectable candied fruit flavor. There's caramel, toffee, and brown sugar feeding the sweet flavors. Strawberry, cherry, fig, plum, and date. Syrupy and sweet and moderately spiced with holiday spices. Cinnamon, orange peel, clove, candy sugar, and ginger. Very sweet from beginning to end but there is no cloying. The hop flavor is not readily apparent but after a few sips I notice the hop bitterness is actually a quick burst right up front that is then overcome by the fruit-spice-sweet combo. The pine character of the hops also shows up slightly in the aftertaste. As the beer warms the hop flavor shows up much more than when chilled. It is earthy and balances well with the sweet maltiness.
Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, rich, and syrupy. A bit sticky but right for the style.
Drinkability: Rich in fruit and spice, this is what I love about winter warmers. It is almost like a liquid fruit cake (in the best possible sense). Complex and sweet and truly warming. All around very pleasant and one that I will enjoy this winter.
Serving type: bottle
11-02-2005 05:44:54 | More by BrewMaster
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3.5/5 rDev -10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5
Poured into a Samuel Adams glass it's head disappeared quickly. Color was deep amber with a faint chocolate and raisin odor. Taste was pretty much the same with a slightly bitter taste of unsweetened chocolate. Mouth feel was thick like porter or stout and low carbonation. I didn't like the spices so I won't try this again.
Serving type: can
02-27-2014 03:27:07 | More by hopmashian
Winter Solstice Seasonal Ale from Anderson Valley Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 1,298 ratings.