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RATINGS: 483   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.6   EST. CALORIES: 225   ABV: 7.5%
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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.


3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
5000 (6184) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - JAN 29, 2005
Bottle pours pitch black, large tannish colored foamy head, with sticky lacing.   Soft hop bitterness on the nose, roasted malts and even a slight toasted marshmallow aroma.   Smooth roasty malt flavor, with an underlying hop bitterness that resides on a thin bed of semi-sweet chocolate.   Enjoyable body, medium to full mouthfeel.   Finishes with a lingering hop bitterness, albeit soft, with roasted malts and minor semi-sweet chocolate.   Nothing out of the ordinary, but solid.   Thanks goes out to MrFacto for the trade!


3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Silphium (3160) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - JAN 17, 2005
Deep, opaque brown-black, medium tan head dissipating to a small coating of bubbles. Big roasty nose with dark chocolate and coffee notes. Strong roasted malt body with coffee and a strange tangy acidity around the edges. Strains to reveal a touch of dark fruit and a hint of sweetness, but remains mostly roasted malts and coffee, perhaps with a dissolved cough lozenge thrown in for good measure. I wouldn’t classify this as an Imperial Stout, but it is still a tasty beer. Thanks Tom (CaptainCougar) for the bottles!

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Odeed (1775) - Bakersfield, California, USA - JAN 16, 2005
yet another thanks to loweredsixth for this brew.i was greated with a black body and a nice brown head that simmered down to almost nothing.my eyes lit up when my nose recireved chocolate,cocoa,mocha,and what flutetokill pointed out as salty pretzels.i got much of the same in the flavor,very smooth and a nice chocolate overtone.it has been a very nice day of stouts indeed!

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
loweredsixth (946) - Clovis, California, USA - JAN 16, 2005
Deep dark brown with a light brown head. The aroma was chocolatey, roasty, woody, with a touch of alcohol. The flavor was full, well rounded...with roasty chocolate. Crisp feel, not too thick...semi-dry feel. Thanks BBB63!

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
flutetokill (523) - Fresno, California, USA - JAN 16, 2005
Opaque black color with a light brown head. Chocolate, coffee and pretzel aroma. Nice rich chocolate, coffee and pretzel flavors. Very crisp feel with a dry hops finish.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
zathrus13 (1703) - Mount Laurel, New Jersey, USA - DEC 19, 2004
A black pour, with a tan head. Aromas of chocolate, malt, and coffee. Flavors are coffee, bitter chocolate, and some roastiness too. Pretty good, but not top notch.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
SpringsLicker (3116) - Tennessee, USA - DEC 14, 2004
Thanks to MrFacto for this one! A vigorous pour right into the middle of the snifter raised a small head that quickly became a tan ring around the edge of the glass. Opaque black in color. This has a powerful entoxicating aroma! I love it, and this hasn’t even warmed up yet! Chocolate, coffee, rich roast malt, alcohol, very complex and inviting. Just the right thing for a night approaching single digit temperatures here in the Tennessee Mountains. The flavor is mildly bitter delivered on a smooth medium palate. There was no date on this bottle to indicate it’s age, but I think this one would have improved with a bit more time. Still a decent Imperial Stout.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
Enniskillen (2029) - Salinas, California, USA - DEC 11, 2004
Thanks to Santa for this brew! Coffee, unsweetened chocolate, and alcohol fill the aroma. Body is black with a thin mocha head. Very light Imperial Stout, taste is dominated by coffee which is real plesant. A tad thin, but it’s a nice brew.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Styles (2014) - Lincoln Park, Michigan, USA - DEC 5, 2004
Pours dark brown with decent head. No overwhelming aroma’s just a little coffee and chocolate. Sweet stout flavor to start fades to a bitter finish. Thin body. Just lacks in almost every category.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
11026 (1772) - Alabama, USA - NOV 12, 2004
Bottle. Deep brown, near black in color. Decent light brown head leaves good lacing behind. Coffee and chocolate are the big aroma’s that I notice. A little thin, perhaps my expectations are a bit much with this style. Very big flavors of deeply roasted grain, chocolate and coffee. Hops increase in bitterness towards the finish. Decent beer.


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