Steve's Liquor, Madison
A two finger creamy ecru head formed over the darkest brown body you could find, bordering on black. Garnet highlights barely show through when backlit. The head slowly recedes to a thick cap and leaves webbed lacing on its way down. Good looking stout.
Aroma gets started with a big clean hit of roasted malts that fade slightly but stays put in the backgound. Hints of dark berries show up as the roastiness fades but are quickly taken over by a lactic (heavy cream) quality. Mild coffee grounds, hazelnut, and bakers chocolate round things out at the finish. Satin Solstice has all the great stout aromas jammed into one excellent smelling beer.
Satin Solstice tastes like what I expected Bell's Double Cream Stout to taste like. Clean roasted malts with hints of hazelnut kick things off. Big wave of heavily creamed coffee comes through mid-palate Bakers chocolate comes in over the top of the roastiness and the finish brings a mild berry sweetness that balance out the acidity of the malts. The great thing about this beer is there is wave after wave of flavor and as the next wave comes in the other wave stays put, just falling to the background. On the swallow all the flavors combine effortlessly.
Velvety smooth and creamy mouthfeel. The body is medium-heavy but doesn't have a lot of weight on the tongue with the incredible airyness. This beer makes your tongue feel like it's wrapped in velvet.
Good drinkability on this stout. The flavors will wear out the palate though so I would only want to have a couple at a time. Easy going down and no a trace of alcohol which is a good accoplishment for a weighty beer such as this.
I bought a 6-pack of Satin Solstice just short of a year ago and drank them at various times throughout this year. This was the last and by far the best. Things seemed to really smooth out after such a short time. Flavors meld perfctly.
Price: $7.99 Served In: Pint Glass
Blackened brown tone with a smallish cap of dark tanned froth. Keeps a lighter shade of brown once fading to a light skim and collar. Very small, dotty lacing sticks as most of it runs back in.
Aroma is of soft bakers chocolate and oatmeal cookies with a slight burnt edge to it.
Taste is good with a nice flow of chocolate and oatmeal sweetness. Well rounded and fairly bold and lengthy. Finish is complex with burnt notes, piney hops, mango, yes, mango, slight peppery spices, and a roasted dryness emerging late with that of which is coffee-like. Slight chocolate dryness is evident as well along parts of the finish. Great finish to this one.
Feel is bold and quite full with a nice mild, dark sweetness of oats and chocolate as it has a unique warming texture thats a bit fluffy yet slick and creamy.
Whoa, this is some quickly drinkin' dark stuff. Gone in no time flat. And at only 7.5% for an Impy stout, you'll be reaching for more, bottle after bottle. A solid treat out of Wisconsin.
Served In: Goblet
Enjoyed at cellar temp.
A - Pours a dark brown body that is not quite black. Completely opaque, letting no light though. Head is made up of tight, uniform sized bubbles that are dark oatmeal in color. Great retention.
S - Big dark malty roastiness. Strong caramel and chocolate. Anise along with a dark fruitiness. Different than what I remember, but this has some time on it. Some spiciness that reminds me of spice cake.
T - Starts off with some sweet caramel and spice cake. Anise abounds. Roastiness is here, but not nearly as big as it was fresh. Light milk chocolate. Flavor has lost it's edge here.
M - Medium to full bodied. Smooth.
D - This beer has peaked and it's time to drink up. Loses roastiness and any coffee flavor that is there to start. It hasn't gone bad by any means, but it's just not the same.
Served In: Pint Glass
A - Pours a very dark brown, completely opaque body. No rays of light coming through this glass. Starts with a small, slightly fizzy oatmeal colored head. Now it's a ring around the glass with some bubbles floating around in a mass in the middle.
S - Big tones of coffee and expresso up front. Roasty malts dominate. There is some dark chocolate lurking around, but overshadowed by the coffee. Slight anise in here too.
T - Big, rich and malty. Lots of roasty flavors floating around here, with malt showing it's strength. Day old coffee is front and center here, with expresso highlights. Some light chocolate tones and anise mix in as well. Finsihes with some baker's chocolate and a light roastiness.
M - Full bodied and slightly dry at the finish.
D - Good Impy Stout, but lacks some of the complexity that you see in some of the great ones.
Served In: Pint Glass
thanks to beagle for this brew> Pours damn near blackness. Forms a nice dark tan head. Heads fades pretty quickly, but leave a ring on the glass all th way down. really dig the smell. Big burnt malt, and some alcohol.Taste is good, some bitterness up front, not exactly sure what it is though. Coffee bitterness? Not sure, but the finish is nice. Roasted malts and alcohol. Thanks again, beags>
Served In: Tulip
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