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RATINGS: 505   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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
LtJudge (468) - Muskego, Wisconsin, USA - JUN 4, 2005
Poured a nice dark color,with a small tan head.Very nice chocolate and coffee aroma.Nice creamy malt taste,but was a little thin.Nice bitter aftertaste.Good Brew!

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
beerguy101 (5287) - Newark, California, USA - MAY 29, 2005
Dark black color. Small sized beige head. Aroma is chocolate and coffee. A medium to light bodied Imperial Stout. Malts are roasty malts, touch of vanilla and chocolate. Slightly spicy hops. Kind of bland for an imperial stout, seems a little muted and off somehow. Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is crisp. Aftertaste is slightly bitter and a touch of cardboard.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
DrunkAsASkunk (847) - Lynnwood, Washington, USA - MAY 26, 2005
This beer comes courtesy of beerguy101. This beer pours a murky brown to slightly black color with a miniscule tannish brown head and a thin degree of lacing on the sides of the glass. The aroma is vanilla, alcohol, raisins, brown sugar and toffee..sweet and oakey. The mouthfeel however was very tame and practically in some instances non-existant. No alcohol presence. Some basic appearances of coffee beans, chocolate and cocoa..but it tasted like cheap cocoa and coffee. Acidic bitter finish with mildly active carbonation. Perhaps this beer has been infected....I would sure hope so, because there was a dramatic decline from aroma to mouthfeel. This was a solid stout, but a poor imperial stout.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
civforprez (229) - Galesburg, Illinois, USA - MAY 24, 2005
My 200th rating! Had fresh at the brewery. Brewmaster Clint was a wonderful host, and many thanks to my future father-in-law for arranging the trip at his former studentís brewery. Dark, with a thick creamy head and a wonderful hop nose. Aroma of oats, chocolate, and raosted malts. Taste is rich, complex, and inviting. A little roasted flavor but coffee is the predominant flavor. Aftertaste has hints of chocolate, licorice, and a terrific balance of hops and malt. Mouthfeel is excellent.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
DarkElf (3035) - La Jolla, California, USA - MAY 21, 2005
(12 oz bottle: Obtained in trade with CaptainCougar, thanks Tom!) Hmm, whatís going on with these really earthy Imperial Stouts from the Great Lakes region? This has aged about 8 months in my cellar, but thatís not really long enough for a radical transformation in my opinion. This one smells very earthy, like pungent Shitake mushrooms, strong enough that I really canít detect much else in the nose. The earthy, mushroomy nose carries over into the flavor. In addition, itís mildly roasty and sweet, with a moderate bitterness for decent balance, but that earthiness is domanting the flavor. Medium to full bodied, with a sweet but not sticky mouthfeel, but the finish is somewhat bitter and alcoholic. Dark brown color is naturally ligher at the edges. Tan head pours to a decent size, and fades down to a sheen of swirly patterns. I like this beer, but itís pretty earthy for the style, so maybe I can get another bottle of this for a retry in the future.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
GrainBeltGuzzler (249) - Goodhue, Minnesota, USA - MAY 12, 2005
I found this beer to be phenominal, nice black brown color, aroma of a mocha capicino. Full flavored yet smooth full bodied yet I feel like I could drink these all day. I was very pleasently suprised by this one

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
StewardofGondor (1934) - Washington Heights - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 9, 2005
Pours a medium thickness but is black as night by the time itís all in the snifter. Fizzy tan head fizzles down via popping bubbles rather quickly. Aroma is milk chocolate, roasted malts, mocha cappuccino, dates and prunes. Flavor is similar to the suggestive smells, with oats and chocolate being the most pronounced. Some hop bitterness, but predominantly smooth. Body has a slight acidic touch on part of the tongue, but otherwise, it exercises standard form for a stout. Finish is dry with a símore aftertaste. More or less, this is a slightly energetic version of an oatmeal stout.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
richlikebeer (838) - Easton, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 3, 2005
thanks to captaincougar for the bottle, pours an opaque black with a fizzy tan head, aroma is of coffee and a brandylike alcohol scent. coffee and licorice dominate the flavor, with the coffee flavors lingering in my mouth after a creamy body. the alcohol that was in the aroma wasnt really in the taste or aftertaste at all, which is very nice, imo. a very enjoyable sit back and relax impy, thanks tom.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Hairofthedog (419) - San Diego, California, USA - APR 25, 2005
The aroma had roast, coffee, malts, and alcohol esters. The flavor was roasty, coffee, licorice, and maltyness. The beer poured an opaque color w/ brown hues; very slight head and slight lacing. The mouthfeel was full bodied and creamy.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
brewblackhole (1588) - Muskego, Wisconsin, USA - APR 20, 2005
Very alcohol aroma,frankly overpowered everything, intial tatste roasted malt,thin,and with an odd aftertaste,but as it warmed that disappeared,palate smoothed out nicely,a pleasant chocolate malt taste became evident and this became a nice Imperial Stout. Must be given a chance to warm

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