Appearance: Poured clear, a bronzed-copper/amber-brown color. Two fingers of creamy beige head dissipated slowly. Nice lacing on the sides of the glass.
Smell: Floral, raisin, fruity. Plum pudding comes to mind.
Taste: Reminds me of an old ale. It’s plummy, raisiny; there’s the telltale alcohol strength in the background. Rich, dark fruit, spicy—I can’t identify the spices, but the impression I want to convey is rich, moist, dark fruitcake.
Mouthfeel: Perfect. Smooth, medium-thick. Not chewy like a stout, but just right—a perfect balance for a strong winter warmer.
I really need to pay more attention to Anderson Valley’s beers; I’ve only tried a couple but like this one, they’ve been very good. I’ll drink Winter Solstice again, definitely.