Sunday 12 December 2021

Hawkers - Solarism - Imperial Pastry Stout - Beer Review

Review Date: 11/12/2021
Brewery Name: Hawkers Beer (Reservoir, Victoria, Australia)
Beer Name: Solarism - Imperial Pastry Stout

Beer number 11 of our Beer Cartel Advent Calendar for 2021

Check out our full run down and review of the 2021 Beer Cartel Christmas Beer Advent Calendar

"Solarism is an Imperial Pastry Stout brewed exclusively for Beer Cartel’s 2021 Advent Calendar, clocking a brawny, yet refined 8% ABV. We took some direction from a pastry called a morning bun, which is something of a croissant-muffin-scroll hybrid that has a sweet, flaky chewy inside with a crispy exterior and sugary, orange spiced deliciousness throughout.

Chocolate malts take the lead in the base profile, delivering on all the rich dark chocolatey characters that provide a nice foundation for the orange notes. The addition of golden naked oats to the malt bill provides a silky, rounding mouthfeel parallel to the sensation of eating a delightfully chewy pastry.

We’ve also added cinnamon to the whirlpool, lending a warming sensation on the finish of the beer and a delicate dryness to the mouthfeel with subtle flavour.

Best consumed at 12°, the beer will open up and deliver the fullest spectrum of flavour at that temperature, delivering a rich mouthfeel and massive aromatics, while the bitterness in the beer balances out the sweetness of the malt.

Hawkers - Solarism - Imperial Pastry Stout


Alcohol By Volume (ABV): 8% (High)

Label/Design: 8/10

Serving Style: Can

Region of Origin: Pacific (Australia, New Zealand)

Style Family: Stout

Malts/Adjuncts: Pale, Maris Otter, Chocolate, Amber, Dark Crystal, Midnight Wheat, Caramel Steam, Light Munich, Golden Naked Oats, Triticale Oats

Orange, Orange Blossom, Lactose, Cinnamon

Hops: Cascade

IBU's: 60

Hawkers Solarism Can Notes


Colour: Black


Brilliant Clear Slight Haze Hazy

Collar of Foam & Head Retention


(Up to 15 secs)

(15 - 60 secs) 

(more than 60 secs)

Foam Texture

N/A Thin Fluffy Mousse-Like

Carbonation (Visible)

None Slow Medium Fast-Rising Bubbles

Alcohol Aroma

Not Detectable Mild Noticeable Strong Harsh

Aroma & Flavour

Esters Aroma: None
Phenols: None

Alcohol Taste:

Not Detectable Mild Noticeable Strong Harsh

Hop Pungency:

Mild Moderate Strong Extreme

Hop Bitterness:

Restrained Moderate Aggressive Harsh

Malt Sweetness:

Low Medium High Cloying


Low Medium High


Light Bodied
Medium Bodied
(Light + Full)
Full Bodied
(Round, Rich & Creamy)

Palate Carbonation: 

Low Medium High


(Up to 15 seconds)
(15 to 60 seconds)
(More than 60 seconds)

Oxidative/Aged Qualities: None

Hawkers - Solarism in the Craftd Alpha glass

Drinkability: 9/10

Overall Impression: 9/10


We have one word to describe this beer - "yum". It smells amazing and tastes just as good. First thought they came to mind was the distinct orange notes of the red candies, Jaffa's. Cinnamon and orange flavours are perfectly balanced making an excellent combination. A very cool interpretation of the classic stout style. Impressive.

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