Central Waters Satin Solitude Imperial Stout

Sunday mornings, my time to do chores and update the blog. It’s Fall too, which is my favorite season. What better beer to go into the season with than a stout?


ABV: 7.5%

Style: American Double/Imperial Stout

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “A liplickingly creamy stout prized for its drinkability, Satin Solitude is crafted with a mix of specialty malts, from caramel and chocolate to roasted barley, to achieve its deep dark appearance and satin-smooth finish. Best enjoyed by a crackling fire on a long winter’s night.”

Random: One of my cats found a fly and spent 45 minutes trying to catch it.

The beer poured with a half finger of white head that dissipated quickly. There was no lacing left on the glass. The body was a lighter brown color than expected for the style, but it was still a dark brown. There was some carbonation apparent despite the color. The nose had roasted malts and coffee. There was a dash of brewer’s anise as well. The taste was filled with milk chocolate, roasted malts and smoke. The chocolate was really thick, almost like hot chocolate. There was no anise on the taste, which would have given this beer a bit more depth. It had a very light body for the style, with moderate carbonation. The finish was almost instant with chocolate shavings and smoke. The booze didn’t come through on this beer at all, which didn’t surprise me, given the low ABV for the style. I picked this up for $2.20 ($.18 per ounce). Despite the low price for this imperial stout, I wouldn’t have it again. It was lacking a lot of depth and complexity.

Untappd Rating: 3.5/5.0

Central Waters Brewer’s Reserve Bourbon Scotch Ale

Man, I haven’t had a Scotch Ale since October of 2015. I tend to pass by the style, although I really like the flavors that I get from it. One of my goals is going to be finding a list of outstanding Scotch Ales and hunting them down. Until then, I’ll have this one from Central Waters to tide me over.


ABV: 9.5%

Style: Scotch Ale/Wee Heavy

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “This rich, malty ale has been aged to perfection in our barrel house. Subtle and smooth, this is a decadent display of patience and process. Join us in a toast to good health. Slainte!”

Random: I wish I had a neck support pillow at work. Sitting at a computer all day has been killing my neck and back lately.

This beer poured with half a finger of tan head. It dissipated slowly, but left no lacing on the glass. The body looked almost like a stout. It was dark brown with no visible carbonation. The nose had a lot of bourbon barrel characteristics. It had vanilla, bourbon and wood. It had a bit of rye spice as well. The taste was softer than I expected, given the nose. It had vanilla and bourbon, but quickly went into smooth malt. It had some spice at the end, along with booze warming. It almost had a cognac quality to it. The mouthfeel was smooth and full and had very light carbonation. It had light carbonation as well. The finish was shockingly quick with vanilla and bourbon. A single of this was expensive at $4.87 ($.41 per ounce). I enjoyed this beer a lot and it had some really nice flavor. I just wish that the scotch ale characteristics were a bit stronger.

Untappd Rating: 4.0/5.0

Central Waters Illumination

I am ready for a vacation. As seems to be normal, work has been crazy this week and I’ve been pulling a lot of long hours. I’m looking forward to getting some sleep on Sunday. Monday, I’m working from home, but at least I get one day. Anyways, let’s see how this beer was. Since it’s not distributed in Jersey, this was another pick up from Half Time.


ABV: 9%

Style: American Double/Imperial IPA

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “Can you say palate wrecker? This Double India Pale Ale is our version of a mouthful of hops. Full of Centennial, Chinook and Simcoe hops, it is as hoppy as a beer gets.”

Random: This picture was taken on my downstairs bar. The beer calendar in the background was a Christmas gift from Val.

This beer poured with a three finger, pure white head that dissipated slowly. It left a lot of lacing on the glass. The body was a very cloudy, deep orange color with no visible carbonation. The nose had notes of grapefruit and then a grape must note that is unexpected and not pleasant. It also had some toast there was well. The taste started a bit malty with the white toast that was in the nose, and then pine needles came through. It was definitely a dank pine noted and did not have a lot of citrus, which would have benefited this beer. It had a thick body with moderate carbonation and booze warming that could have been more hidden. The finish was long with pine needles. This was $3.49 for the bottle, which broke down to $.29 per ounce. This is pretty expensive for a beer that I found only to be alright and needing more balance.

Untappd Rating: 3.5/5.0

Central Waters Glacial Trail IPA

So, we’re back from Philly. We got cheesesteaks for dinner and ate them at home while watching “Game of Thrones.” I wish we lived closer to Philly and could hit up more Philly Beer Week events. We managed to hit up two bars and the Italian festival on Passyunk. It was a really nice time. Anyways, this is a brew that Val picked up for me in New York. I had another brew from them last time we were in New York City. Let’s see how this one went.


ABV: 5.5%

Style: American IPA

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “Named for the historic trail that runs through our neck of the woods and heavily hopped for a full-on taste bud adventure, Glacial Trail is an exceptionally well-balanced American IPA. Delightfully piney with a sturdy backbone of malt and a deep golden hue.”

Random: The glass I used happened to be a new one from Firestone Walker. We also got a lion one and the Teku glass that I’ve already used.

This brew poured with a one and a half finger white head that dissipated at a moderate pace. It left lots of spider-web lacing on the glass. The body was a clear amber with very light carbonation visible. The nose had some grassy and floral hops coupled with bready and biscuity malt. It wasn’t as hoppy as I would have expected for an IPA. The taste had the same floral hops that were in the nose along with grass and some mint. Malt came through at the end with a little bit of biscuit and caramel sweetness, but it was definitely more towards the floral and hoppy side, as it should be. The beer was medium thickness and really clean with light carbonation. The finish was long with floral hops and mint. This beer was pretty good and really hit the spot tonight. I would definitely have it again.

Untappd Rating: 3.5/5.0

Central Waters Bourbon Barrel Barleywine Ale

Happy Tuesday everyone! Tuesdays are my first day of the work week, so usually they’re a little rough. Today wasn’t as bad as normal since I got out at a reasonable time, but as soon as I left, I got a million emails that I had to answer from home. The lawyer is still at work, so at least it’s not taking time away from her. Anyways, this was the other brew that I had at Blind Tiger. Let’s see how it went.


ABV: 11.5%

Style: American Barleywine

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “A barleywine ale aged for a full year on used bourbon barrels, this beer has flavors of dark fruit and wood, winner of the Gold Medal at the 2008 Great American Beer Festival.”

Random: As I started typing the intro, I managed to get another work call. Today is just not my day.

This brew poured with a half a finger of tan head that dissipated slowly and left a little bit of lacing on the glass. The body was a cloudy, dark mahogany color with light carbonation visible. On first sniff, the nose was really big. I got all bourbon initially and then some big time molasses and brown sugar sweetness. There was some vanilla presence as well. The taste was insanely smooth, holy crap. I got lots of vanilla, brown sugar, oak, and a touch of smoke at the end. There was warm booze as well, but nothing abrasive. There was some toffee and molasses sweetness too. It had a thick, chewy body with moderate carbonation. There was a long, vanilla finish. This beer was really, really good. Although I’m not a huge fan of drinking barleywines when the weather warms up, this one was amazing. It’s not distributed in Jersey, so if you’re in New York and see it, definitely give it a try.

Untappd Rating: 4.5/5.0