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Winter Solstice Seasonal Ale - Anderson Valley Brewing Company

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Winter Solstice Seasonal AleWinter Solstice Seasonal Ale

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very good

1,404 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,404
Reviews: 675
rAvg: 3.88
pDev: 14.18%
Wants: 40
Gots: 66 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Anderson Valley Brewing Company visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
Winter Warmer |  6.90% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: maxpower on 11-18-2001)
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Photo of TheSixthRing
3.88/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - Pours a nice reddish amber with an off-white 2 finger head. Good retention; the resulting lace thick and sticky.

Smell - Aromas are subtle. Whiffs of sweet malt, and faint vanilla.

Taste - Creamy. Caramel, with notes raspberry and chocolate coming in mid-taste and into the finish. Aftertaste fades with a cream vanilla quality.

Mouthfeel - Medium body. Smooth and creamy. Goes down nice and easy. Carbonation lends to a slight tickle on the back of the tongue.

Overall - Delicious, though a bit light for a Winter Warmer.

TheSixthRing, Jun 25, 2012
Photo of crob3888
4.25/5  rDev +9.5%

crob3888, Jun 23, 2012
Photo of diehl07
4.25/5  rDev +9.5%

diehl07, Jun 23, 2012
Photo of DerwinWentworth
4/5  rDev +3.1%

DerwinWentworth, Jun 17, 2012
Photo of mkdeezy
4.5/5  rDev +16%

mkdeezy, Jun 10, 2012
Photo of wakajawaka76
4/5  rDev +3.1%

wakajawaka76, May 30, 2012
Photo of Blargimus
3.63/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle poured into pint glass. For the life of me, I cannot find a bottling date on this bottle, but it's a winter seasonal so it's either 6 months or 18 months old.

Pours a very hazy brown, maybe a finger of white head that fades very quickly.

Very sweet smell, maple syrup and graham cracker. A hint of nuttiness. No hop smell, but that might be due to age.

Taste is also quite sweet. Heavier on the nuttiness, lighter on the graham cracker. More bitterness than I expected, but not real hoppiness.

Pretty thick for a brown ale, and creamy level of carbonation.

At 6 months old, this is solid. I'd like to try it a little fresher.

Blargimus, May 30, 2012
Photo of JJOVa
4.25/5  rDev +9.5%

JJOVa, May 28, 2012
Photo of djrn2
3/5  rDev -22.7%

djrn2, May 22, 2012
Photo of Nage37
4/5  rDev +3.1%

Nage37, May 20, 2012
Photo of Piason
3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

Piason, May 11, 2012
Photo of KajII
3.53/5  rDev -9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

[Best served in a Lager glass]

The pour was a murky reddish amber with an average sized (1-2 finger) light beige creamy head that was mostly diminishing, reducing down to a thin film with a small collar and a little spotty lacing.

The aroma was of a toasted dark bread malt and a sweet doughy yeast with notes of toffee, caramel, dark fruit (figs and dates) vanilla and a hint of nutmeg.

The taste was malty sweet with notes of vanilla and toffee right off with the finish being about the same except for hints of dark fruit and nutmeg towards the end. The flavor stuck around for an average time after the swallow, allowing the sweet fruity spice taste to linger for a little while.

Mouthfeel was almost medium in body with a nice smooth creamy texture and a mild soft carbonation.

Overall a brew that smells as good as it tastes. It has the right blending of ingredients and flavors, making it quite an enjoyable drinking experience...

KajII, Apr 28, 2012
Photo of Happy_Camper
1/5  rDev -74.2%

Happy_Camper, Apr 26, 2012
Photo of Kegatron
3.25/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

12 oz can into a pint glass.

Pours a clear copper ruby, with a couple fingers of rich and foamy off-white head. This retains with a big frothy finger, which just drenches the sides of the glass with thick sticky lacing. The aroma smells lightly grassy with some festive feeling spices. Bready sweetness and a touch of dark fruitiness, like cherry, mix in as well. This has a bit of a gingerbread feel to it in the nose.

The taste is dark fruit, sweet doughy sugars, and spices, with a bit of green citrus working itself into here as well. Flavors are here but this lacks some pop. The mouthfeel is medium bodied, with soft and creamy carbonation and just a light crispness on the tongue. This is really easy feeling in the mouth overall.

Eh. I liked the flavors that were present in this but I just wish that there was more to them. They just lacked robustness and a reason to go back after each sip of this. The easy feeling body kept this in the game some but otherwise, this was fairly forgettable.

Kegatron, Apr 25, 2012
Photo of rarbring
3.03/5  rDev -21.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

The beer is clouded brown, a warm off-white head with little lacing but good curtains.

A smell of roasted nuts, bread, buns and spices. "Assorted small candy".

Very sweet, intensely vanilla, muffin batter, caramel and toffee, ginger bread sponge.

Little carbonation, soft and sticky, rather light body, no dryness.

Very christmassy, but owz too sweet.

rarbring, Apr 22, 2012
Photo of tina
4/5  rDev +3.1%

tina, Apr 21, 2012
Photo of Zachtheporter
3.25/5  rDev -16.2%

Zachtheporter, Apr 19, 2012
Photo of johunnic
4.5/5  rDev +16%

johunnic, Apr 15, 2012
Photo of Riverared
4/5  rDev +3.1%

Riverared, Apr 14, 2012
Photo of DavyJones
4.25/5  rDev +9.5%

DavyJones, Apr 11, 2012
Photo of tswarner
4.5/5  rDev +16%

tswarner, Apr 11, 2012
Photo of metter98
3.85/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer is clear reddish amber in color and has a moderate amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a quarter finger high beige head that died down but never completely faded away and left a thick ring of bubbles around the edge of the glass.
S: There are moderately strong and interesting aromas of brown sugar, caramel, nutmeg, toffee and vanilla in the nose.
T: The taste is similar to the smell and has a bit of malty sweetness.
M: It feels medium-bodied, smooth and a bit creamy on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation. There is a bit of warming from the alcohol.
O: This beer is definitely very drinkable compared to others in the style and has some interesting aromas and flavors.

metter98, Apr 11, 2012
Photo of RudeElf
4.73/5  rDev +21.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Maybe a hard day at work made this all the more enjoyable for me, but I thoroughly enjoyed it.

Poured a hazy dark amber. With a 2 finger tan head.

Smells of vanilla.

Very creamy mouthfeel, mellow sweetness, but not too sweet with lots of caramel. Vanilla.

Overall, very enjoyable.

RudeElf, Apr 06, 2012
Photo of mikepcarney
4.25/5  rDev +9.5%

mikepcarney, Apr 03, 2012
Photo of Mudawg
3.25/5  rDev -16.2%

Mudawg, Apr 03, 2012
Winter Solstice Seasonal Ale from Anderson Valley Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 1,404 ratings.