Winter Solstice Seasonal Ale | Anderson Valley Brewing Company

BA SCORE
87
very good
1,809 Ratings
Winter Solstice Seasonal AleWinter Solstice Seasonal Ale
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Anderson Valley Brewing Company
California, United States
avbc.com

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

BEER STATS
Ratings:
1,809
Reviews:
732
Avg:
3.86
pDev:
13.99%
 
 
Wants:
71
Gots:
255
For Trade:
0
User Ratings & Reviews
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Photo of maxpower
4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle, deep dark amber color, white foamy head, leaves a nice lace in the glass, sweet spicey aroma, almost like cream soda. Starts sweet and malty and finishes with a creamy vanilla taste, medium-full body, has a soft and creamy palate, a nice winter ale.

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Photo of KajII
3.54/5  rDev -8.3%
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...

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Photo of Segelstrom
2.5/5  rDev -35.2%

Photo of pokesbeerdude
4.18/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Special thanks to Wasatch for this one in a trade.

A: Dark red/brown, dark amber. Cream colored head about half an inch thick that reduced to a film. Somewhat cloudy. Attractive beer.

S: Bready and malty, huge on the fresh bread smell, big earthy smell too, but the breads absolutely dominate this one. Somewhat of a faint hint of something...ginger-y? Not too bad smelling though.

T: Not at all what I expected, this is malty with a huge honey comb presence, some hints at nutmeg, cinnamon, bready malts, excellent tasting winter beer. Very tasty.

M: Not too thick or thin, great carbonation, slight alcohol/spice heat. Very good.

D: This is great, a great winter beer. I could easily drink three or four of these as a change up to porters and stouts in the winter. Excellent beer.

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Photo of BamfBacon
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

Photo of jcb7472
3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

Photo of PGVG
3.8/5  rDev -1.6%

Photo of beernut7
4.42/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is one of the more enjoyable winter ales on the market. Pours a deep brown with a light lace rimming the glass. The aroma is very much of tootsie roll chocolate. The flavor is lightly roasted with a distinct caramel and bold flavor very much that of a snicker’s bar. An obvious bitterness, very distinguishable from the other flavors, balances out the sweet candy-like malt characters. Very large on flavor and uniqueness.

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Photo of Dewey0603
4.44/5  rDev +15%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This pours a dark mahogony with a medium tan head. A nice looking beer with the look of a hardy thick warmer. The smell is very strong with sweet malt.carmel, and a chewy nuttiness. The taste is really great with vanilla,carmel, sweet malt, and hops. A really nice mixture that makes the m/f medium,not "sticky', and very well balanced. The flavors of this beer are incredible, good luck finding a winter warmer that tastes as good as this and hides the alcohol. Here's wishing for a long winter.

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Photo of fitzy84
3.98/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bought a six pack from a local store here in Springfield. Beer poured with a very dark brown-amber and cloudy appearance with a thick head that dissipated quickly with thin lacing on the sides. Powerful noise of vanilla, cinnamon, and a buttery caramel flavor. The taste had more of a bitter citrus flavor than I could smell mixed with some bready malts. The mouthfeel was creamy, which definitely made this a very relaxing, almost dessert-like drink for the evening. Definitely a great winter warmer.

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Photo of Brushkanna
4.5/5  rDev +16.6%

Photo of alienlifeforcecube
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

Photo of mmilyko
3.25/5  rDev -15.8%

Photo of ackeeper
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

Photo of tillmac62
3.39/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours medium amber with a frothy head that laces and lingers well. Light nose of spice and caramel malt. Light body with medium carbonation. The taste is not complex, mostly a bit of cinnamon and nutmeg. Balancing the spice with a bit of caramel sweetness would improve this one. Crisp finish with a lingering spice bitterness aftertaste.

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Photo of Timtac
3.32/5  rDev -14%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of touchmeimsac
4/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of MaltyGoodness
3.82/5  rDev -1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz. bottle. 2004 edition.

Pours a hazy copper borwn with a light brown head that disappears. No lacing to mention.

Aroma of piney hops, period. Smells like a DIPA.

Nice sweet piney hop flavor upfront followed by a taste of caramel malt. Washes away slightly sweet and quite clean.

Nice creamy texture, it just slides down with ease.

Nice drinkable beer. Winter warmer is a pretty generic label nowadays, so I guess that this fits within the style....

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Photo of MattGrimley
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

Photo of KG710
3.9/5  rDev +1%

Photo of Beerswag
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

Photo of jtk21351
3.99/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of jvgoor3786
4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Boilermaker88
3.88/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a deep amber color and sported a sturdy off-white head. No lace left behind. The aroma was heavily in favor of sweet, malty goodness - lots of caramel malt and molasses with a definite spiciness in the nose.
The taste bore the flavors of caramel, some fruit, and toasty malt. Definitely one for those fans of a solidly malt-laden brew. Winter Solstice also had some citrus flavor and finished with a tasty vanilla-laced spicy bite. The feel was medium-bodied, smooth and clean.
This was a pretty good brew, one of the better offerings from Anderson Valley. Even at nearly 7% ABV, it's very easy to drink and made for a fine after dinner relaxer.

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Photo of ViveLaChouffe
3.98/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Redish-amber color to the body, thin but persistent tan head. No lacing. Smells of nutty brown malt. Hints of cirtusy aroma.

Taste is nutty malt underpinned by dark fruit and vanilla. Hints of sweet spice. Ever had Whoppers? The malted chocolates? There are flavors reminiscent of those in here too. A fantastic creamy mouth. Lightly sticky aftertaste. Very tasty winter brew.

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Winter Solstice Seasonal Ale from Anderson Valley Brewing Company
3.86 out of 5 based on 1,809 ratings.
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