Winter Solstice Seasonal Ale - Anderson Valley Brewing Company
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Reviews by SpdKilz:
3.38/5 rDev -12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5
Appearance - Pours with a dark brown/slightly reddish hue into my SA Perfect Pint. About a finger of head is achieved with a moderate pour that dissipates quickly leaving little lacing on the sides of the glass.
Smell - Honestly...I am not getting much of anything. Just a hint of caramel malts and spices. But as stated...not much.
Taste - Well that's an odd flavor. The initial sip is an immediate throwback to when I was a child and would steal butterscotch candies from my grandmothers pantry. An interesting flavor to say the least. There are definite spices such as nutmeg and cinnamon...but there is mostly just an overpowering butterscotch flavor that lingers well after I have taken a sip.
Mouthfeel - Medium bodied, relatively creamy, moderate carbonation.
Drinkability - For almost 7%, yes it is. For the taste, not so much. This really struck out as a winter warmer for me. I really don't get a lot of the spices, and I know I keep going back to it, but there is just an overwhelming butterscotch flavor that is really off putting after drinking half of this. I do not think I will pick this up in the future unless someone talks me into giving it another try.
Serving type: bottle
10-21-2010 01:43:02 | More by SpdKilz
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4.4/5 rDev +13.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75
Serving type: can poured into glass
Appearance: Beautiful, medium chestnut colour. Upon pouring, forms an incredibly rich, foamy head, albeit one that dissipates quickly.
Smell: Not much of a smell, surprisingly, considering what came next
Taste: Oh, WOW. Nicely malty, with little hops bite, but a lovely overall taste that almost disguises the fairly high ABV.. Just a little bit of the taste remains on the back of the tongue after a sip.
Overall: I'm *really* enjoying this six pack!
Serving type: can
04-04-2014 00:45:52 | More by ZorroZ
3.83/5 rDev -1.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
Poured from the bottle into a cheater pint.
A: Beautiful deep ruddy copper and very clear. Thick two finger head subsides quickly into a very delicate ring. no chill haze, moderate carbonation with wispy lacing, looks like caul fat clinging to the glass.
S: nice malty presence. Some cinnamon notes and raisin and figs, like a cinnamon raisin bagel.
T: follows nose plus some caramel or toffee like notes. Smoooth on initial uptake. More malt notes come out on swallow.
M: Velvety smooth on finish with that characteristic bagel notes peeking up. spicy on side of tongue with the perfect carbonation. Very pleasant.
O: this is probably the best of the winter warmers, imo. The spices do not overtly dominate and punch you in the craw. It really is very well balanced and quite malty without being obnoxiously spiced. A go to in winter for sure.
Serving type: bottle
03-28-2014 03:13:12 | More by Scrapss
Winter Solstice Seasonal Ale from Anderson Valley Brewing Company
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