Satin Solitude Imperial Stout | Central Waters Brewing Co.

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Satin Solitude Imperial StoutSatin Solitude Imperial Stout

Brewed by:
Central Waters Brewing Co.
Wisconsin, United States

Style: American Double / Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.50%

Availability: Year-round

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Photo of deadbody
4.94/5  rDev +28%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours a dark black, very little carbonation, no real head, and a minimal amount of lacing.

Taste is OMGmazing. Coffee and chocolate deep with a bit of a alcohol bite. Smooth thick mouthfeel, almost like you are taking a bite of a great cake. Smell is strong with a bit of alcohol warmth. Would drink again in a heartbeat. Bought as a single, and next trip to the liquor store I will likely be picking up a 6 pack.

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Photo of kickapoodude
4.77/5  rDev +23.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Satin is a perfect description of the way this beer feels on the pallet...not light, but satin. It pours deep black with a waining head. Coffee and vanilla are the most distinguished flavors. Great ice cold of room temp. This is one of my favorite beers.

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Photo of BeerFMAndy
4.67/5  rDev +21%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle poured into a nonic.
7.5% ABV, bottled on Aug. notched on label.

A - Satin Solstice is a pretty dark stout but seeing a light hazy through the blushing mahogany highlights is manageable. Short-lived cascading results from a tall pour but the dense tan head has moderate retention and retreats to a plump skim of foam leaving patches of lacing stuck to the glass Legs on the glass.

S - Satin Solstice's rich milk chocolate and cream-filled coffee aroma is quite breathtaking as it leads into gritty, dark roasted malts that compliment a smooth touch of sweet caramel, much like barrista-made French vanilla. The masterful balance created here is without compare.

T - Super-rich dark roasted malts chock-full of chocolate-covered coffee bean, vanilla, caramel, and creamy, smooth melted dark chocolate. A subtle blend of dark fruits emerges prior to the mildly warm, spicy alcohol flavor finishes this rich brew off. By no means does the alcohol deter from the beer like so many other imperial stouts. In fact, with how much maltiness there is in this beer, it almost boggles the mind the Satin Solstice isn't higher in alcohol.

M - Satin Solstice's body is perfectly created, gently suggesting a thicker syrup-like feel from it's full, voluptuous, and smooth body but balances that fullness with dry, gritty, and somewhat bitter roasted malts for a feel that avoids being cloying. Mellow warming alcohol that creeps in giving it that oh-so spectacular finish for a well-rounded stout.

O - It snowed today, finally. I wasn't sure what I was going to have when I got home, but I knew it was going to be some sort of winter beer. That's when the label's simplistic depiction of a dark winter snow scene called to me. This beer nails what a winter seasonal stout should be with poetic ease, taking the chocolate and coffee notes of dark malt and marrying them with a heavier, bitter roast for a balanced flavor and feel that glides over the tongue and satisfies with every sip. It may not be "rare". It may not be all "high in alcohol". But Satin Solstice is one exceptional beer, there's no denying that.

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Photo of MuenchenerKindl
4.54/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle to a pint glass. The liquid is Black with ok carbonation. The head is 3 fingers, tan and leaves good lace.

The smell is of dark roasted toasty Malt. Outstanding Aroma on this one!

The taste follows Coffee, Brown Sugar and Molasses, Very nice, soft and mellow.

The mouthfeel is smooth and creamy very good in a full body brew. Carbonation drops off a bit.

The drinkability is good, I'll try to get a few more. Thank you to BA's best trader NFLMVP, Prosit, MK

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Photo of LuckySevens82
4.52/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle courtesy of garymuchow.
Pours pitch black with a very nice, thick, tan head. Collar is also nice and the carbonation seems adequate.
Smell is sweet, fruity and roasty like an Imperial stout should be. Massive hints of caramel, biscuits and chocolate as well.
Taste is very much like the smell, sweet, malty, and just a little bit of hop bitterness to balance it all out. While this might not be the biggest IS I've had, the alcohol kick is still there, but does nothing but add to this beer.
Overall, I would say that this is a fine example of the style. The mouthfeel is good, the taste is great, and I could have this one again were I able to find it

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Photo of Czequershuus
4.51/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours clear, reddish black with an average head. the aroma offers lots of chocolate, as well as prune, fruity coffee - overall the aroma is very fruity and soft. The flavor is oozing with semi-sweet chocolate, fig, prune, walnut, and some vague roastiness and the end. There are also floral notes at the finish. The mouthfeel is fairly full bodied, and creamy, with semi sharp carbonation. Overall this is a fantastic stout - complex and never harsh, and at an unbeatable price. This is a classic.

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Photo of Wasatch
4.5/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks goes to Faro for this awesome brew.

Poured into a chalice a deep/clean/clear black color, nice carbonation, a very nice one-finger plus cream tan head, tons of creamy sticky lacing and some nice islands, throughout the drink. The nose is kinda sweet, malty, nice touch of coffee/caramel, prunes, plums, and figs. The taste is a totally different RIS, kinda reminds me of a Barleywine. It's malty, bitter, tangy, nice touch of dark fruits, and some coffee/caramel. Medium body. A pretty complex brew for a RIS. Very drinkable, a totally awesome brew, my first Central Waters, and for sure not my last. Highly recommended.

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Photo of stimulus
4.5/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a snifter glass. (6 pack)

A: Pours a jet black with a one finger beige head.
S: Bitter roasted coffee and dark chocolate.
T: Initial blast of roasted coffee, though bitterness is minimal; this is followed up by rich dark chocolate, vanilla, and finally a bit of hops.
M: Full bodied, great carbonation, velvety smooth finish.
O: I'm not sure why this isn't getting a higher score, but I think is the most drinkable imperial stout I've had since FBS back in the fall, and the chocolate/vanilla flavors make this seem like a less viscous, lower ABV Big John. Not perfect, but very good and drinkable for the style.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.47/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I was quite amazed at reading the label on Central Waters Satin Solstice. It reads "The Rich coffee flavor compliments the "warm, fuzzy feeling" you get from the abundant alcohol". Wow! I can't believe that slipped through label approval - but it's true. And there is a strong coffee character to it as well. I thought at first I might have opened the wrong bottle, but no, it's just loaded with rich notes of coffee.

It's black, and completely opaque, with a creamy head of dark orange--ish accented tan that holds well and leaves some initial splashes and arcs of lace at the outset of the glass. (I know other reviews state that it's lighter in color, but I'm holding it to the outside light of day in a standard pilsner glass and only getting a thin cusp of dark mahogany at the base of the glass...?).

The nose is distinctly cocoa-ish and chocolatey, with a dark caramel accent and some almost-smokey roastiness. There's a subtle touch of fruit, and some dull, leafy hops in the background.

In the mouth it's quite full, and creamy smooth with a very-fine bubbled, natural, median carbonation from bottle conditioning.

The flavor is rich and expressive with notes of cocoa, caramel, dark chocolate, coffee, delicate apples and berries, coconut, alcohol, and trampled-over leafy hops. It's well-rounded with just enough bitterness to balance its malty avalanche and then with a firm but not brash lingering bitterness in the finish.

Really, really nice! Most likely the best beer I've had from Central Waters. Worth seeking out!!!

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Photo of GbVDave
4.47/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a 20oz imperial pint. Thanks to neubernie for the hook-up!

Bottled on: May 09, 2008

A: Pours a cola-lke color; dark, dark brown almost black with some faint ruby highlights. Capping this is a a very creamy light khaki colored head, with chunks of bubbles, that leaves a fair amount of lace in the glass.

S: Delicious aromas of caramel, chocolate, raisin, Heath bar, fig, malted milk balls, and molassas.

T: See above. Wonderful! Roasted malt, black cherry and pepper in the middle, bitter coffee and hops in the finish.

M: Seemingly pours thin but thickens considerably as it hits the glass. Very silky and oily. Finish sticks around and takes its' time developing.

D: Disappeared from my glass so quickly. Damn that was really good!

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Photo of deereless
4.47/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Nice finger of thick foam off a vigorous pour, lacing along the edges, dark black to brown with only a hint of light passing through at the edge - 4.00, S: Strong aromas of chocolate malt, extremely grainy, espresso and baker's chocolate - 4.50, T: Like the nose the palate is heavy on the grains - especially the chocolate, strong bitter hops that balance almost perfectly - 4.75, M: Very creamy and slightly heavy with the slightest touch of graininess, a sip seems to coat the mouth - 4.75, D: This is my first beer from the brewer and I am truly impressed, an exceptionally good sipping stout, I would seek out this beer - 4.50

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Photo of abents
4.45/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Appearance: Pours a deep dark brown color with a good sized tan head. Leaves a little bit of lace on the glass

Smell: Wiffs of roasted malts and coffee.

Taste: Roasted malt flavor bursts into your mouth followed by a coffee bitterness at the end. A very nice tasting stout.

Mouthfeel: It's lighter than you would expect when you initially look at it and for the ammount of alcohol in here I would expect a thicker beer.

Drinkability: It goes down very easily and leaves you wanting more with every sip a great brew!

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Photo of HopHeadKen
4.45/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I picked up a sixer of this at the brewery, where I had the opportunity to talk briefly with one of the two owner / brewers.

This beer is aged in bourbon barels, something that I did not know before. Bourbon barrel flavor is something that I have a hard time picking out from the rich carmel coffee background, but it is there. Nice.

Color is deep dark amber, perhaps a bit light for an Imperial Stout, but I happen to think this color is very nice, and you would only notice that it isn't black in very bright light.

As a stout, I drink these at cool room or cellar temp.
Smell is rich, malty carmel;
Head is thick tan/brown.
Taste is carmel, chocolate, coffee and now I notice the hints of bourbon barrel.

I really like this beer and am glad for the opportunity of a brief visit with one of the brewers.

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Photo of tavernjef
4.45/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

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.

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Photo of granger10
4.42/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours a black, but not opaque, color. When held to light it looks more of a dark brown than black. Large thick milk chocolate head sits atop the liquid and has excellent retention. Aroma reminds me exactly of a cafe mocha with a shot of vanilla in there. Right on the first sip I can tell how creamy and smooth this beer is. Almost goes down too easily. A sweet dark chocolate flavor begins the adventure. Soon goes to a semi roasted coffee bean flavor, but the chocolate holds. A really strong creamy precense comes forth. Marshmallow creme comes out. Underlying hop bitterness really holds all this together. Finish is dark chocolates that are bittersweet. This was a really enjoyable beer. I don't think its an RIS and that would be my only knock on it but it was too enjoyable not to give it high ratings. Seek it out.

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Photo of BeerShirts
4.42/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- A dark brown almost black pour with no head just a couple bubbles around the edge

S- Molasses, dark fruit, roasted coffee

T- very much like the smell molasses, roasted malt/coffee, dark chocolate. Lighter then expected but still a GREAT beer

M- Very smooth, low carbonation, slightly oily after

D- Highly enjoy this beer, great full taste and the perfect amount of ABV to get you buzzing but still be able to have several of them in one night.

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Photo of whartontallboy
4.42/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle picked up at Three Cellars outside of Milwaukee

Pours jet black with a generous head of tightly packed tan bubbles. Lots of lacing left in the glass as I drink.

Aroma is wonderful, just about everything I'd want in a big stout. Lots of chocolate, but there's also a backing of vanilla and a bit of coffee. Bit of toffee, too. No alcohol at all on the nose.

Taste follows the nose pretty well. I get more of the toffee flavors than the cocoa/coffee ones, but the coffee comes through a bit more in the finish, as does the roastiness.

Mouthfeel is solidly middle of the road, not too chewy, but by no means watery.

Drinkability is great for a bigger stout. Not too boozy, and there aren't any giant, off-putting flavors that would keep me from having more than one.

Overall: Really tasty! Wish I'd bought a sixer instead of a single.

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Photo of marcobrau
4.4/5  rDev +14%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A foray not-so-deep into the heart of Wisconsin (in fact just across the Illinois stateline) netted a couple six packs of Central Waters brews. First up is the Central Waters Satin Solstice.

This stout is impressive from the start, displaying a tan and cream head that slowly falls leaving some sticky sugary lacework. The aroma is wonderful. The essence of espresso with a touch of cream (perhaps vanilla?) fills the nostrils. This is a smooth, sweetish stout with coffee and cream flavors that delight the tastebuds at first, then with more burnt coffee flavors towards the finish, a hint of smoke and a nice roasted malt and bitter hop finish. A stronger stout, but not too strong.

This is an excellent stout that I will seek out again the next time I cross the Cheddar Curtain.

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Photo of mandoskippy
4.4/5  rDev +14%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

What can I say, I love this beer. A solid offering from Central Waters.

A: Wonderful dark hue with about 2cm of head. Think lacing made this very at attractive.

S: Wonderful sweetness in the smell. Almost chocolaty. Very pleasant smell.

T: The taste was awesome. Chocolate, a hint of coffee, rich stoutness. A real winner.

M: Mouthfeel is thick like an imperial stout should be. I love this beer and am looking forward to the bourbon barrel version of this as well.

D: This beer drinks well for a stout, I could have multiple of these, although I'd regret it after a while with a 7.5% ABV :)

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Photo of Grundle20
4.4/5  rDev +14%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A rough pour yields a substantial creamy brown head although it displays poor lacing and retention. The beer is black with rich brown tones when held up to light.

The scent is pretty standard but well done, apparent notes of Ovaltine, baker's chocolate, and roasted malts. One thing interesting is a slight underlying sausage note, maybe it's just me but I've been smelling meats in a lot of stouts lately.

Taste and Mouthfeel:
The beer drinks smooth and a little flat and powdery. Up front there's an astringent peak coupled with a refreshing touch of bittersweet grapefruit, kind of like grapefruit smothered in baker's chocolate. These flavors pan out to more of an outright malt bitterness about mid drink and then lead in to a mild cocoa powder finish. Malt bitterness and minor chocolate flavors linger in to the aftertaste.

It's a good stout, but unfortunately it's a little too coating and rich for me to really get in to a few of them. More of a one at a time and dinner beer for me.

Bottom Line:
Another fine beer compliments of WankerWeasel. My first Central Waters beer and I must say I'm impressed, a damn good stout by any measure.

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Photo of lackenhauser
4.39/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Not quite a black color to it. Deep muddy sort of brown tinge. Great coffee/caramel like aroma. I had to figure this was another coffee beer. Really nice. Great roasted and espresso like flavors. Somewhat nutty-not overly harsh roasted tinge. Decent level of bitterness for sure. Good mouthfeel-nice cocoa tinge in the finish. Damn drinkable and enjoyable-almost downright poundable. Ummm this is a good one.

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Photo of longarm
4.39/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

What a nice find. Appearance is fine, but nothing amazing. Possibly a little less dense than I would like in an imperial stout, but nothing else worth griping-over.

The aroma on this beer is perfect. Absolutely no off smells and wonderfully balanced. As one would expect in an imperial, it has the requisite dark and roasted malt smells, but delightful hints of chocolate and raisins add to the aromatic complexity. I could sit and smell this for hours.

Taste surprisingly does not hold-up as well as the aroma, which is its only flaw. I would love to taste exactly what I smell in this beer, but alas it does not happen. The flavors that appear are terrifically balanced, if not slightly hot from the high alcohol content. A slight hit of bitterness on the finish rounds everything off. Raisin and dark pitted fruit flavors seem to appear a little more in the flavor than the aroma, which is also welcome.

Mouthfeel is nice too. It coats the palate well and has no major flaws.

Excellent and extremely drinkable beer for those who enjoy stouts.

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4.37/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This ale pours nearly black with a subtle garnet hue when held to a light with a moderate tan head that diminished to a skim but left nice lacing. The aroma is highly malty--mainly roasty with a bit of chocolate, bittersweet with a hint of alcohol. The flavor is big and bold--roasted malts, bittersweet chocolate, that finishes just a bit dry and slightly acidic with lingering roast flavors. The beer is rather smooth and has a a robust, full body with moderate carbonation. Overall this is a well made, not for the faint of heart IS...and worth picking up a full 6 pack!

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4.37/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz Bottle
$7.99 6-Pack
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.

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4.36/5  rDev +13%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured the bottle into a pint glass. This beer has a redish brown color, with very little head that has almost a fresh brewed espresso look to it, disappearing in about a minute. Leaving a smooth carbonized free falling look when rolling the glass.

The initial taste presented with a delicious chocolate flavor, followed by the warmth from this beers alcohol. Pleasantly balanced almost instantly by a wonderful balance of hops, and a fresh coffee finish.

Being a "stout snob" as I call myself, this is a warming delicious stout that goes great with cold weather comfort food. I had mine with a nice bowl of chili while watching a movie with my wife on the first of many below freezing nights of the year.

If you like Stout Beers I highly suggest this flavor rich, but yet very balanced Imperial Stout by Central Waters. I live in Wisconsin and can't wait to go to their brewery and try it on tap.

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Satin Solitude Imperial Stout from Central Waters Brewing Co.
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