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Winter Solstice Seasonal Ale - Anderson Valley Brewing Company

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Winter Solstice Seasonal AleWinter Solstice Seasonal Ale

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BA SCORE
87
very good

1,390 Ratings
THE BROS
94
outstanding

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Ratings: 1,390
Reviews: 674
rAvg: 3.88
pDev: 14.18%
Wants: 39
Gots: 64 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Anderson Valley Brewing Company visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
Winter Warmer |  6.90% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: maxpower on 11-18-2001)
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Reviews by Pegasus:
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Pegasus

Texas

3.68/5  rDev -5.2%

Appearance: Copper-colored, with with only a touch of haze, a large white head, and lots of scattered, broken lacing.

Aroma: Slight cherry and vegetable notes, and subdued malts, in all, a bit understated.

Taste: Opens with cherry and vanilla malts, with lesser caramel, and a mild herbal hop presence at the close. The malt presence seems understated for the style.

Mouth feel: Smooth, rich, quite full.

Drinkability/notes: Very pleasant and drinkable, an atypical Winter Warmer.

07-21-2007 16:24:40 | More by Pegasus
More User Reviews:
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oberon

North Carolina

3.15/5  rDev -18.8%

I have waited quite awhile to try this beer but I was pretty let down flavor-wise anyways.Poured a deep rich aber with a tight well formed almond one finger head that settled nicely into a creamy mass.Xmas aromas going on I picked up some vanilla and caramel with lighter notes of cinnamon and brown sugar,I honestly thought I was drinking a sharp cream soda just way to much vanilla-like flavors it overpowered any other flavor really from coming thru.It got to be cloying half way thru and my wife finished it.wow this beer has everything going for it except flavor in my opinion and is way to pricey,I will not seek this out again.

11-19-2006 15:58:17 | More by oberon
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RoyalT

Ohio

3.6/5  rDev -7.2%

Appearance – This beer is just gorgeous. It is bright, ruby brown in color with a full, thick, retentive head.

Smell – The dark, Winter Warmer malts give this one a nice aroma. I can also pick up some good, fruity sugars and a light hop compliment.

Taste – The malt and light hop mix turn nutty at the taste. The fruits are there, albeit very light, but it’s this nutty flavor that seemed to come out of nowhere that is dominating the flavor profile.

Mouthfeel – This light to medium-bodied ale was a bit thin for the flavors.

Drinkability – This wasn’t a bad offering by Anderson Valley, it was just a little off and a bit light in the ass.

11-23-2004 15:42:09 | More by RoyalT
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aszatk01

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev +9.5%

12-06-2012 23:21:56 | More by aszatk01
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DaPeculierDane

Wisconsin

3.53/5  rDev -9%

Does anyone remember cattail candy? When I was a kid I used to get this stuff from old people and I always hated it. Cattails consisted of caramel on a stick, which made them look a lot like nature’s cattails and they were slightly vanilla flavored. Well, Anderson Valley’s Winter Solstice tastes remarkably similar to cattail candy.

I have to give this brewery props for uniqueness. I have never quite tasted a beer like this. It is supremely rich and tastes strongly of sticky candied caramel and the syrup they add to vanilla flavored vodka. Unfortunately, I don’t care for the flavor much but I could definitely see others relishing in this beer.

The appearance and mouthfeel are both tremendous. The beer is immensely smooth and creamy despite violent swirls of carbonation that give the otherwise transparent dark brown body a hazy look to it. Lacing is decent and lasting. The nose has nice light hop feel to it, which helps to dry the finish of this otherwise sweet beer. Although this beer is not for me, I can’t help but respect it. If the vanilla was toned down a little I might enjoy it a whole lot more.

03-24-2006 20:42:54 | More by DaPeculierDane
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DanGeo

Michigan

3.25/5  rDev -16.2%

04-26-2014 11:11:05 | More by DanGeo
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DavyJones

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev +9.5%

04-11-2012 13:17:03 | More by DavyJones
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MadScientist

New York

2.58/5  rDev -33.5%

A: Light copper, good clarity and a very thin, off-white head

S: Moderately-strong caramel malt with moderate light-fruit aromas of peaches and apples. There is a pipe tobacco like aroma, with a bit of vanilla. I don't smell any spice although that be in line with a winter warmer as apposed to a Christmas Ale. There isn't any hops though maybe a light earthiness that is caught up with the tobacco.

T: It tastes only slightly better than the smell with the pipe tobacco up from mixed with a moderate sweetness. There is a light raisin and apricot type of fruitiness. The hops bitterness is pretty mild leaving the balance is slightly sweet. The finish is of a slight citrus peel flavor.

M: Medium-full bodied with moderate carbonation.

O: An uninspiring beer that I would not recommend. It kind of comes off like a homebrew made from old extract having that extract twang mixed with poor fermentation temperature control fruitiness.

12-29-2012 02:11:24 | More by MadScientist
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BenTherHppedThat

North Carolina

4/5  rDev +3.1%

12-09-2011 05:20:41 | More by BenTherHppedThat
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Dmann

California

3.95/5  rDev +1.8%

This was a good seasonal beer but by far the best. It poured a nice ruby reddish color with a very small head that left slight lace down the glass. The smell was faint, but was I could detect was a very pronounced spice scent with hints of malt as well. If you are a malt lover you will love this beer for sure, as that is the dominant flavor. There is also a light spice to it and some kind of slight citrus flavor as well, perhaps grapefruit. Also, despite being 6.9% they are very easy to drink. So grab a six'er and enjoy!

12-23-2003 08:56:25 | More by Dmann
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drewkennedy

California

4.5/5  rDev +16%

11-25-2012 04:07:25 | More by drewkennedy
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Narnad

Illinois

3.95/5  rDev +1.8%

2007 Edition. Pours from the bottle a muddy copper/orange color with almost no head. Very heavy aroma of fruit (apple/cherry) and spice(cinnamon) with lesser hints of molasses and some light malt. Strong alcohol flavor hits first followed by a very nice fruitiness with lots of cinnamon and some lesser vanilla and a slight bourbon flavor. Slight sediment in the bottom and the beer has very large, medium speed carbonation. Good beer but it definitely feels like more alcohol is present than the 6.9% listed on the bottle.

08-02-2009 01:31:07 | More by Narnad
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danthehopslamman

Illinois

4/5  rDev +3.1%

08-15-2012 19:02:52 | More by danthehopslamman
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gregmoscetti

California

4.5/5  rDev +16%

12-18-2011 18:31:45 | More by gregmoscetti
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Ferks012

Pennsylvania

3.98/5  rDev +2.6%

This beer was a pleasant surprise. I had never had it before and was unsure what to expect.

12oz pours and orange-ish amber red, 1 finger of cream colored head. Leaves light lacing on glass.

S- Smells delicious, vanilla, toffee and light spices.

T- has upfront taste of vanilla, toffee, also has light spices with a hint of brown sugar and Graham cracker

M- Medium to full body, very low carbonation.

Overall I really enjoyed this. It was nice to have a winter warmer that was not loaded up with a ton of spices. I will buy more soon as this was a single purchase.

12-02-2011 01:24:25 | More by Ferks012
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csmartin6

New York

3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

12-26-2012 20:55:55 | More by csmartin6
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warnerry

Michigan

4/5  rDev +3.1%

A - Pours a beautiful clear amber with slow rising carbonation and one finger of light tan head. Head dissipated pretty quickly; not much lacing.

S - Caramel malt and a sweet spiciness. Has aromas of grain and a a faint cream soda aroma as well.

T - Sweet and bread malt up front, again with a slight cream soda taste. Spices (slight pepper and some cinnamon) are present but pretty subdued, becoming a bit more pronounced on the finish. Enjoyable.

M - Medium mouthfeel has a slight stickiness to it.

O - This is an enjoyable and easy drinking winter warmer. Doesn't over do it with the spices, though there is a spice presence. I would get this again.

12-14-2011 23:19:55 | More by warnerry
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DWolf

Pennsylvania

3.25/5  rDev -16.2%

12-24-2012 18:57:12 | More by DWolf
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Beaver13

Colorado

3.15/5  rDev -18.8%

12 oz bottle. Pours a hazy reddish orange with a creamy off-white head that retains pretty well.

The aroma is sweet grainy malts and some spices (vanilla, gingerbread) and a little honey.

The flavor is more gingerbread and vanilla and caramel. It has a sweet alcoholic finish. The mouthfeel is is medium and a little watery.

Overall, it's too sweet for me. I don't really care for the blend of spices too much either (especially the vanilla - not a big fan). Very reminiscent of cream soda. Give me an Anchor OSA over this anytime!

01-27-2006 06:46:13 | More by Beaver13
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cschepers

Missouri

3.9/5  rDev +0.5%

Bomber bottle --> big wine glass.

A - pours a nice mahogany brown, very clear. Very little head that dissipates quickly. No lacing to speak of.

S - Sweet molasses, hazelnuts, some faint orange juice.

T - Great big wave of sweetness.. more molasses, carmel. Hazelnuts and spices (not-hot cinnamon, nutmeg) ride over top of this and hit in the middle. Finishes out with a bit of bitterness. Aftertaste is of more nuts and some kind of sweetness... almost tastes like circus peanuts.

M - Not very carbonated, I guess that's okay. Pretty thick otherwise, the sweetness hangs around for awhile.

D - One bomber is plenty enough for a beer as sweet as this. Good beer and well-made, but not overwhelming. Looking forward to trying some other AV beers..

01-09-2009 03:07:31 | More by cschepers
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Doomcifer

Rhode Island

3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

07-30-2014 21:16:29 | More by Doomcifer
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Guden

Maryland

4.18/5  rDev +7.7%

A- Deep amber with amazing clarity and a few carbonation bubbles. Pours with a large off-white head that fades to one finger that sticks around and leaves lots of thick lace.

S- Gentle spice, vanilla and cinnamon, mix with a lightly fruity and malty backbone.

T- Again I get a grape fruitiness mixing with sweet and biscuity malt, and vanilla.

M- Medium bodied with low carbonation. Could use a touch more body to let it fill the mouth more.

O- An interesting and refreshing brew. I usually refuse to buy a winter seasonal in October, but I'll make an exception for this one.

10-27-2012 21:37:28 | More by Guden
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iemailjack

Florida

3/5  rDev -22.7%

01-07-2013 22:36:27 | More by iemailjack
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Bill2809

Maryland

3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

02-27-2014 17:27:29 | More by Bill2809
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Beerswag

California

3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

12-10-2013 16:12:04 | More by Beerswag
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Winter Solstice Seasonal Ale from Anderson Valley Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 1,390 ratings.