Winter Solstice Seasonal Ale - Anderson Valley Brewing Company
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Reviews by BrewMaster:
4.22/5 rDev +8.8%
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
More User Reviews:
3.94/5 rDev +1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4
A- Copper colored with frothy tan head.
S- Carmel malt & Vanilla creme. Pretty decent nose but nothing overwhelming.
T- Creamy carmel & vanilla similar to the nose. Toasted bread, cinnamon and some mild hops that add to the balance. Looking forward what this will do as it warms up a bit.
M- This is where the beer really shines. Creamy & smooth beer that is a good one to swish around.
O- Very tasty beer at a very reasonable price. Anderson Valley continues to produce solid products. Highly recommend giving it a try.
Serving type: bottle
06-05-2014 22:38:41 | More by craft4mike
Winter Solstice Seasonal Ale from Anderson Valley Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 1,366 ratings.