Winter Solstice Seasonal Ale - Anderson Valley Brewing Company
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Reviews by nhindian:
4.2/5 rDev +8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
12oz bottle poured into a New Belgium globe.
$1.89 at Vintage Estate.
A - Pours a ruby brown color, similar to the red bordering the label, but a bit ruddier. There's a good 2-fingered, cream-colored head with moderately long retention, finally diminishing into a thick cap. While hard to see in the darkness of the beer, a steady stream of carbonation gushes from the bottom of the glass. There's some mild lacing, but not much.
S - The smell of this beer is really interesting. It's hard to pinpoint specific aromas, but I'm getting some sweet cherries, apples, mild spices (perhaps cinnamon). There's a strong malt presence here as well. It's nice to see a winter warmer that is more well-rounded rather than relying on spices to get the point across.
T - I was surprised after my first sip as I was not expecting something so flavorful and complex out of this beer. The malts come through at first and leave a nice sweetness, and there's a quick rush of the cherries, apples, plums as well. But what really threw me for a loop was a noticeable chocolate taste as well. This just added a whole new level to the beer for me. Again, the spices are more for supporting tastes rather than being the focus which helps the rest of the beer shine. Relatively long finish completely devoid of alcohol.
M - Mouthfeel is moderately light with decent carbonation. It's a good transition between the sweetness and the spice in this beer.
D - Drinkability is high. This was a real dark horse for me; I bought it a few months ago after a good recommendation, but wasn't in a rush to try it, but it blew me away. The nose is unique and the taste is refreshingly appetizing. This offering is proof that great beer doesn't have to be brewery-only and $15 a bottle.
Serving type: bottle
03-19-2011 02:06:59 | More by nhindian
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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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