- Style: Imperial Stout
- ABV: 7.50%
- Season:Year round
- Ease to locate: The brewery is located in Central Wisconsin. I bought mine in Chicago. Other than that, I have no clue. Their website details exactly how they make their bottles but not one bit on where to buy their beers.
- Color: Dark, dark brown with red hints
- Head: Generous three finger beige foam with lots of sticky lacing
- Aroma: Roasted, dark coffee, good chocolate and dates
- Mouthfeel: Just this side of lush, but still a bit chewy
- Finish: Medium
- Food friendly: Smoked meats, roasted meats and thick stews. Serve it with buttery cheeses such as Brie and Havarti to match the thick mouthfeel
We've reached the point of the year where I begin to hate snow. I don't particularly hate winter. Winter means comfy sweaters, hearty foods and the return of favorite cable shows. But that stupid white stuff? I hate it with a red hot fiery passion (if only passion was enough to melt the damn thing.) I hate the way it piles up on my car making me late to work each morning (because that's the only reason I'm late, I swear
What I do like about snow is that it that means there still time to try new porters and stouts before the Spring thaw makes me crave lighter fare. I recently picked up a bottle from a brewery located in Central Wisconsin that has been gathering a bit of good press lately. Central Waters Brewery is located in Amherst, WI (about three and a half hours north of Chicago) and claims to have 200 retail outlets in Wisconsin. Of course, as anyone who has ever driven through Wisconsin knows, you can buy great craft beer at just about any reliable gas station, So maybe this isn't that amazing of a claim to fame. However, they celebrated their 15th anniversary with a party that got a lot of Chicago beer geeks talking and traveling north, so I thought I'd grab a bottle or two and give them a shot. I'm sort of glad that I did.
|Excuse me, Mr. Imperial Stout. Your bubbles seem to be showing|
|Like frosted window panes. Only lickable.|
|You can almost see the creaminess|
Central Waters has apparently jumped on the bottling date label bandwagon. I was a little surprised to see that they bothered to mark the beer's birthday on the side of their label. I can understand why a freshness date is important when I'm drinking an IPA or another hopped up beer, but for a regular old imperial stout? In any case, mine was bottled in December and I bought it in February. Now, if they marked the year on the imperial stout's label, I'd be a bit more impressed. I could see cellaring this beer for a year to discover if the boozy note changed enough to enhance the beer complexity in any way.
|DOB December. Could be 2012, could be 1996|
Like most heavier beers, I'd pair Central Water's Satin Solstice Imperial Stout with food that matched it's weight, such as a hearty stew or thick pot roast. The level of carbonation and relatively low ABV (for an imperial stout) in this brew actually makes it a little easier to serve with food than other beers in the same category. If you wanted to try it with something a bit out of the ordinary, pair the Satin Solstice with balsamic strawberries and ricotta cream for a desert. And then invite me over. I'll start shoveling a path to your door right now without one complaint, I swear to "Carl."