Winter Solstice Seasonal Ale - Anderson Valley Brewing Company
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Reviews by scar:
3.99/5 rDev +2.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
I have been drinking this beer for a few years now, however this is the first year I have had the offering in a can. As a result, this beer vs. the bottle offerings from years past are different but not better or worse.
appearance- beautiful deep amber, but hazy even when warm, yet I never really care about this unless the style demands clarity. Winter Warmers can be hazy as far as I'm concerned. More carbonated than years past, not a shocker, cans do that.
smell- I have always thought this beer was spiced, however it is done sooo well I can't tell. Maybe cinnamon or anise or maybe nothing IDK. Smell supports the taste but in a more subtle way. Malt, dark fruit, bock-like malt flavors from the grain bill, like a little malt hammer.
taste- I usually reviews beers because their taste demands me to. This beer is malty like a bock or double bock which is evident from the grain bill reflected in the taste. Make no mistake this is an ale with sweet malt and firm dark crystal malt sugar flavors. Low bitterness very appropriate. Low Chocolate but no choc malt used.
Mouth- medium full
more people should drink and write and talk about this malty treat, more beers should be made like this.
Serving type: can
07-09-2013 00:08:08 | More by scar
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3.5/5 rDev -10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5
Poured into a Samuel Adams glass it's head disappeared quickly. Color was deep amber with a faint chocolate and raisin odor. Taste was pretty much the same with a slightly bitter taste of unsweetened chocolate. Mouth feel was thick like porter or stout and low carbonation. I didn't like the spices so I won't try this again.
Serving type: can
02-27-2014 03:27:07 | More by hopmashian
Winter Solstice Seasonal Ale from Anderson Valley Brewing Company
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