Description:"From the first sip of Winter Solstice Seasonal Ale, your senses will be aroused with the vision of a glowing fire, warming the hearth and home, as gently drifting snow flakes silently blanket the trees outside. Each lingering sip will gently warm your soul with thoughts of family and friends, gathering around the table for the feast. Luscious, creamy, smooth, and warming, this medium bodied ale is brewed with Caramel and crystal malts to give it just a hint of sweetness, then paired with our private blend of holiday spice. Winter Solstice Ale is great alone or as an accompaniment to any meal, and it has been known to liven and spice up nearly any social event. This coveted and much sought-after brew is released in November, just in time for the holidays, and by the first of the New Year will be only a fond memory." — Anderson Valley Brewing Co.
Random thoughts: Wow, that's quite a description! Must have been written by Normal Rockwell or Currier & Ives. This is the thirteenth of my winter seasonal reviews.
The tasting: It's a gorgeous reddish orange color with an off-white head that dissipated fairly quickly. No lacing. Not very strong in the aroma department, I did pick up some malts, but no hops or spices. Flavor of alcohol, caramel malts, and some faint notes of brown sugar and vanilla. Light to medium bodied. The taste of alcohol is very strong in the finish and it lingers along with some sweetness.
Rating: 2 star. Drinkable, but not sure I want to.I didn't like this beer because of the alcohol. It was the primary flavor I tasted, was present in the finish—and it lingered. I do need to point out that this is a VERY well-reviewed beer. So I recommend that you read some other reviews of Winter Solstice. I'm in the minority on this one. But it is what it is.
Have you tried Winter Solstice? How did you like it? Am I being too harsh? I'd really appreciate some other opinions on this one.