Winter Solstice Seasonal Ale - Anderson Valley Brewing Company
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Reviews by RickS95:
4.56/5 rDev +17.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75
It's a nice looking pour. Dirty brown with an offtan head up top. The beer is dark enough (mahogany) that you can't see through it, but you can still see what I can only describe as a richness. The head cascades to a couple fingers thick before giving way to half a finger where it stays for the duration. It's got a soapy look and has nice lacing.
Smell is muted a bit, possibly because my fridge is too cold. Even after warming, the nose struggles to find anything. What's there is all malt, mostly caramel it seems.
The taste, OMG. It's got some spices and some fruits, and again, a malty base. Not much hoppiness, but that taste is pretty outstanding. Cinnamon, caramel, dark, rich, ripe fruits.
Mouthfeel is about as good as it gets. I really don't know how you'd improve. It's spicy and sweet, earthy and full-bodied. Alcohol is only noticeable enough to let you know it's a beer. There's almost no bitterness, just the faintest bit in the finish, but everything else works so well together it's not really needed.
Overall, it's a hell of a good beer. Best beer I've ever had out of a can. Goes down extremely easily...making you beg for another sip. Possibly my new favorite Christmas beer.
Serving type: bottle
01-14-2013 03:56:09 | More by RickS95
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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.