Winter Solstice Seasonal Ale - Anderson Valley Brewing Company
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Reviews by mobyfann:
4.1/5 rDev +5.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4
Paid around $1.99 for a single...
The beer pours a clear amber colored head, minimum head retention and no lacing on the glass. Aroma: Smells like Gingerbread cookies!!! Therefore, aromatic tones of ginger, caramel, hops, and toasted malts make for a wonderful aroma.
The taste is less balanced than what the aroma gives off. It is "chewing gum" heavy in the mouth with strong flavors of caramel flavored wheat bread, slight hop and moderate alcohol notes say that this beer isn't messing around. Very smooth in the mouth and drinkable at 6.9%abv, I will have another, but I only bought one?!? :(
Final Thought: It's definitely a fun beer that has many of the Christmas flavors one would expect.
Serving type: bottle
12-12-2008 00:38:20 | More by mobyfann
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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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