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Winter Solstice Seasonal Ale | Anderson Valley Brewing Company

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Winter Solstice Seasonal AleWinter Solstice Seasonal Ale

Brewed by:
Anderson Valley Brewing Company
California, United States

Style: Winter Warmer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.90%

Availability: Winter

Notes / Commercial Description:
Winter Solstice® is our take on the classic style of “winter warmer.” Boasting a deep amber hue and rich mouthfeel, its creamy finish will lift your spirits. Hints of toffee, spice, and caramel tease the senses making this the perfect ale to share with friends and family during the cold days and long nights of winter.

Added by maxpower on 11-18-2001

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I enjoyed this more than I thought I would.

Dark and malty.with a nose that evokes holiday fruit cake and sweet breads. Flavors ate surprisingly deep, with dark fruits and a hint of pumpernickel and caramel. Spices frame the more prominent flavors, staying in the background and not getting in the way (as it should be!). Bread pudding made with dark rum and dark bread comes to mind.

Test is a big player. Lots of bread dough in this one.

Full body with a gooth tooth to it.

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look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

appearance: The pour into my pint creates a .75" khaki head. The beer is a clear, dark copper in color. Average retention.

smell: Smells malty and sweet, with just a light citric hop aroma. Hints of vanilla, sweet potato casserole, and caramel. Very pleasant and reminiscent of holiday baking.

mouthfeel: The carbonation is medium, as is the body.

taste: Malt balanced, with moderate sweetness, but with a definite hop presence also. Hints of chocolate, winter spices, caramelized sugar, toasted marshmallows, toffee, vanilla and a light hop flavor and slightly higher bitterness. Pretty good.

drinkability: easy

Received from Zorro in BCG BIF, 2005 Edition

slight updates 2009, no scores changed

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look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Copper coloured pour with about a finger and a half of head. Aaaa nice webbing of lace on the way down.

S: Nice, well toasted malts with a sweet spiciness to it. Almost syrupy in some ways, with a bit of a warm caramel. Appears to be some scents of nutmeg and clove or something similar.

T + M: Taste is where it's at. Quite a full flavour, and a rather full body to go with it. Again, some syrupy notes with a toasted maltiness... nice and sweet with some well balanced spicing make for a wonderful flavour.

D: This is a nice one to sip at, but certainly some bigger gulps going down from time to time. A nice, solid brew, and a pleasing offering from Anderson Valley.

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look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a near clear reddish brown brew.

Smell is mostly malt and spices. Very sweet smelling, the fruit is there but not real strong.

Taste is shockingly sweet! This is a MALT BOMB, not the bit you get in most brews, almost like a Sammiclaus. A bit of hop bitterness is there but this just screams MALT!

Fairly thick.

Drinkable? Good question, it is a unique brew. Not something I would drink often but a good beer to show the flavor of malt.

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look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Actual (and funny) quote from the GF...
"It tastes like a candle. A Yankee candle"

This one pours a slightly hazy copper with red highlights.

Hard to pick out the aroma, even warming up it's rather mild.
A bit of sour apple, caramel apple. Then as it warms up, a wave of vanilla hits and doesn't relent. Vanilla galore! (maybe thats the candle the misses tasted?)

Sweet bread, cinnamon, allspice. Fruity esters. Very very smooth. Great mouthfeel. Not overly malty or anything, a real good drinker.

Aftertaste is great, makes me want another.

In all a very good winter warmer. Not killer alcohol, but it warms me up anyway. Smooth and just the right sweetness.

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Winter Solstice Seasonal Ale from Anderson Valley Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.87 out of 5 with 1,813 ratings
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