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RATINGS: 499   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.


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4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
keoki182 (305) - West Bend, Wisconsin, USA - SEP 27, 2008
Poured deep black with a thin medium brown lacing of head. Aroma was soft chocolate with a hint of smokiness. The mouthfeel was fairly prickly in carbonation, but this isn’t a complaint seeing as how some find most imp stouts to be too "flat". There was a silkiness in the sip that made me think of many oatmeal stouts. It was silky smooth, but not creamy, if that makes sense. The flavor was roasted cocoa and dark fruits, with a hint of Irish Car Bomb flavor (sweet coffee cream like in Bailey’s, a woodsy bite reminiscent of a nice whiskey). Not nearly as intense as a Bell’s Expedition, but definitely an imperial stout that I’d recommend to anyone.


4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
slowrunner77 (5804) - Reno, Nevada, USA - OCT 1, 2014
i’m goin a little against the grain here - i was prepared for a light sissy version of an irs, though all the CW darkees i’ve had so far have been great. i was surprised that the beer looked brown as it poured (but closer to black in the glass) and the feel was a little thin for the style, but just a little. the flavor and aroma were huge, and fitting of an irs. lots going on...licorice, bitter coffee, malted milk chocolate, heavily roasted malts and dark fruit. warming despite the lower abv for the style. not elite like some of their others, but quite good. thanks yet again John. underrated on this site."

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
mansquito (3444) - Nueva York, New York, USA - SEP 28, 2014
The Sampler, Brooklyn tap: Pours black with a tan head. Aroma is chocolate, soy sauce, hints of anise, and some roasted malts. The beer is not too heavy or too extreme, and it is not likely an imperial stout either, seeing as the alcohol is a mere 7.5%. That said, it is a nice bittersweet beer with a pleasant body and excellent balance.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jmohno (1102) - Iowa, USA - SEP 26, 2014
Burnt brown with a reddish tint. ONe finger off white/kaki head. Light lace. Sweet aromas of chocolate, sweet breadyness,dark fruit, molasses,vanilla, cookie, some herbal/earthy. Smooth, chocolate, med roast, more roast in end, herbal/ pine bitter, dark chocolate, pine. Malty caramel. Semi sweet. More roasty than rich/smooth but pretty good.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
bigda83 (215) - Jamestown, New York, USA - SEP 19, 2014
Pours dark brown with a beige head. Aroma is some coffee, licorice, dark fruits, and dark chocolate. Taste is coffee, mild chocolate, and sweet and roasted malts. Not bad.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
KyotoLefty (6559) - Kyoto, JAPAN - SEP 14, 2014
Tap at Proletariat. Nose of cocoa, oysters. Black with a high, fine head. Flavor is cocoa, umami, soy, oysters, dry but rich. Smooth and light.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Theydon_Bois (9084) - The ’Sham, Surrey, ENGLAND - SEP 4, 2014
Bottle shared at Chriso’s post GBBF minidig, 16/08/14 as Satin Solstice from an IP trade. Opaque dark mahogany brown with moderate tan edgeing. Nose is cocoa nibs, bourbon barrel notes, dark toffee. Taste comprises dark toffee fudge, spice, earthy roast, chocoalte. Medium + body, fine carbonation, semi drying close with lightly roasted vibes. Ok a bit past its former glory perhaps.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
orangesol (875) - Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 1, 2014
Bottle poured into a globe.

A - Pours deep, dark, brown; bordering on black; with a nice one finger tall khaki colored head leaving light lacing down the glass.

S - Smells of rich coffee, sweet chocolate, dark roasted caramel malt, light smoke, and some dark fruit. A very faint hoppyness creeps in as it warms but it is gone before you know it.

T - Starts off with a nice chocolaty sweetness quickly giving way to a mix of dark roasted caramel malt, coffee grounds, and some dark fruits. A bit of smoke and a very dull hop bite come through as it warms up. The finish is a mix of sweetness and dark roast, lingering for a short period of time.

M - Heavy body and flavor with moderate carbonation. Smooth feel with a good amount of lingering roast.

O - I enjoyed this one. It had just enough going on to keep me interested in it. Glad I got to try it.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Prufrockstar (1017) - Seattle, Washington, USA - AUG 26, 2014
Bottle. Solid, pleasant, middle of the road imperial stout. More chocolate and sweet than coffee and bitter. Creamy, full body, nice.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
jb (2225) - Rochester, New York, USA - AUG 24, 2014
Cherry coffee and licorice in the nose. A bit of bubbly retention, not much head. Dark, a bit clear, not much off color. Very rich gritty palate, chocolate and coffee, and roasted malt. Not super complex but tasty. Bought at American Burger Bar and Beer Bistro. W00t!

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Ericular (627) - Minnesota, USA - AUG 17, 2014
Pours a dark brown with beige head fading to a ring with not much lacing. Aroma is medium roasted honey sweetness with licorice and only slight coffee. Taste is sweet mild roasted malts, some chocolate, some coffee, mild earthy hops in the end. Not bad, not great. Maybe better in winter?


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