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RATINGS: 521   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.61   EST. CALORIES: 225   ABV: 7.5%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
This smooth, creamy stout and a crackling fireplace are the perfect answer to a wintry evening in Wisconsin. The rich coffee flavor compliments the "warm, fuzzy feeling" you get from the abundant alcohol. Formerly a winter seasonal, named Satin Solstice.


3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
SubstanceT (1092) - Saint Louis, Missouri, USA - NOV 29, 2005
Thanks be to Edward (Brooklynboy) for sharing this brew with me. Black and black can be with big bubbles head is about 1/2 inch and browon. Toasted roasted malts with just a hint of coffee in the nose and taste. Chewy really. There is just a dab of cherry and tofee. Interesting stuff.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
weeare138 (936) - Collegeville, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 23, 2005
Thanks to hopdog for this... Appears a dark brown with a red hue and tan head. Spotty lacing is left behind. Smell is of creamy butter, coffee, and chocolate malts. Taste is a watered down version of the aromas with bitterness from coffee grinds coming through. Mouthfeel is smooth, bitter, medium bodied. This one seemed more like a porter to me than an Imperial Stout.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
hopdog (9940) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 22, 2005
12oz bottles acquired in trades with iwantalambic, Jcapriotti, and TannerTavernboys (thanks!). Poured a dark brown color with an averaged sized off white head. I initially got a stronger aroma of smoke and a dirty ashtray, but this subsided somewhat into aromas of light dark fruits, coffee, roasted malts and a little buttery. Tastes of smoke, coffee, roasted malts and light chocolate. Very light coffee bitter finish. Struck me as thin for an imperial stout and reminded me somewhat of an Imperial Porter.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
NYHarvey (2153) - New York, New York, USA - OCT 20, 2005
Courtesy of Bockyhorsey. <P> Aroma is brewed coffee grounds with lesser chocolate notes. Deep black with a thin head. Heavy bitter coffee in the fore. Little of the soy sauce and gamy bouillion flavors I get in many Imperials. I like this take on it better personally. Coffee and a tingling spritziness in the middle with very dark baker’s chocolate staying till the finish.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
turbo (1271) - Arizona, USA - OCT 12, 2005
Bottle poured black with a big thick chocolate head that lasted the length of the beer. Aroma is creamy, sweet and malty. Flavor is a little watery, roasty maly, coffee with a sweet roasty finish. Not bad.

3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
FoolishMortal (990) - San Diego, California, USA - OCT 9, 2005
12oz. bottle. Opaque black with a small light brown head. Chocolate, coffee, and lactose in the aroma. Roast malt, dark chocolate, some phenols in the flavor. Mouthfeel is medium heavy and warming.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
TheEnemy (562) - Chicago, USA - OCT 9, 2005
12oz bottle.
Coffee, vanilla and cream aroma -- rather faint. Dark, opaque ruby brown with thin off-white head. Initial slight sour-milk flavor quickly gives way to bitter coffee-like roasted malt. Slightly thin palate. Not much going on, but drinkable.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Ughsmash (7387) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - OCT 1, 2005
Bottle. Deep brown/almost black pour with just a light layer of off-white head. Bitter roasted coffee and dark chocolate on the nose, but not nearly as big as most impies. Bitterness was pervasive across the palate, and almost overshadowed the other flavors. Flavor picked up the deep roasted coffee, some smoke, and seared marshmallow. Finish carried the coffee through, and there was some light alcohol warmth. Not exceptional for the style, but definitely palatable.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Terminus (3371) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - SEP 9, 2005
bottle-ya know, i was somewhat dissapointed with this one. first off, this is not an imp stout. this is a strong chocolate based porter. pours deep brown with a very minimal tan head with light carbonation. chocolate, faint smoke, char, cigar, woody, and a faint touch of yeast. flavors dominated by baking chocolate and toasted/smoke malts. thin body and lack of carbonation suffers. this beer has a funky yeast note that didnt work well for me. this beer is unique but not all that good. I have 5 more to sample (well i may trade some off), so i will probably revisit this rating.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
DocLock (8593) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 6, 2005
Thanks to JPDIPSO for this one. Pours very dark brown with a 2-finger tan head. Aroma of roast malt, big chocoff, figs, brown sugar, hazelnuts. The taste is roasty malty, with a big chocoff mid-palate and a finish that is chocolate syrupy, hazelnutty, and fresh roast coffee. Quite a delectable combination. The palate is medium, a bit on the light side for an Impy stout, but with amazing quaffability and complexity. Nicely done, as has been the case with every Central Waters beer I’ve ever drank.


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