Satin Solitude Imperial Stout - Central Waters Brewing Co.

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Satin Solitude Imperial StoutSatin Solitude Imperial Stout

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Reviews: 393
Hads: 916
Avg: 3.85
pDev: 16.62%
Wants: 65
Gots: 94 | FT: 6
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Central Waters Brewing Co. visit their website
Wisconsin, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial Stout |  7.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: Bierman9 on 02-19-2002

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Photo of CHickman
4/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours pitch black color with a huge foamy 3 finger khaki colored head that was full of bubbles and faded very slowly, bubbled popping constantly at the top of the head; the lacing was minimal, but the head lasted a really long time and left a pretty thick layer on top.

Smells of charred wood, molasses, burnt grains, cocoa powder, fresh ground coffee, milk chocolate bar, light vanilla, herbs, burnt nuts and some more roasted grains. The cocoa and burnt grains almost seem sweet but then trail back to rich, roasted malts. Sort of basic and one dimensional, but very strong and impressive smelling aroma at the same time.

Tastes like it smells but with caramel, piney hops, tea leaf and light black licorice to go along with the cocoa powder, fresh ground coffee, charred wood, burnt grains, chocolate malts or Whoppers candy. There is a second wave with brown sugar, dark fruits like plum, light vanilla, herbs, light ash, molasses, more very roasted grains and nuts. Almost seems like a s’mores with smoked flavors and chocolate mixing together and then a bitter hop nip. Above average flavor that goes down real easy.

Mouthfeel is slick and on the thin side across the tongue, with a medium to chewy body, light carbonation and a slightly bitter finish that is sweet with a lot of coffee, toasted grains and cocoa in the mix.

Overall a nice stout which is a little thin feeling, but what it lacks there the aroma and flavor more than compensate for it.

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Photo of matjack85
3.52/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I picked this up at the Jewel-Osco store in Glendale Heights, IL as part of a build-your-own six pack for $9.99, making this single 12oz brown bottle $1.67. No freshness date.

The beer poured an opaque dark brown color with a huge 4-finger light brown head. While the head was impressive, it completely dissipated in under 2 minutes and left zero lacing.

The smell had a high amount of roasted malt to it along with some caramel and chocolate.

Mostly has a deep roasted malt flavor with a touch of caramel sweetness ,some slightly bitter coffee, and mild chocolate.

Medium bodied with moderate to medium carbonation.

It's not my favorite porter, but it is easy to drink and a decent beer..

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Photo of maedhros09
4.13/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Look:Deep brown with huge tan head that settles very slowly, leaving some lacing Smell: Slightly muted, dark fruit, roasted malt
Taste: Chocolate, dark fruit, moderate sweetness, moderate bitter finish
Feel: Medium thick mouthfeel, Fairly carbonated for an imperial stout

Overall: A lighter than typical imperial stout. Although nicely balanced without excessive sweetness or bitterness, it doesn't match the depth of flavor and complexity of my favorite imperials (SN Narwhal, Old Rasputin, or even Sam Smith's at a similar ABV). Still, a very enjoyable stout and a great value!

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Photo of pat61
4.25/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Pours a nearly opaque but brilliant black under a 1” lacy tan head. Smell: Coffee and chocolate aromas with some dark sugars. Taste: Starts very creamy with some dark dried fruit, coffee and chocolate with some light caramel notes and grain and finishes with a roasty dark chocolate bitterness. Mouthfeel: Creamy, satiating full bodied with very fine soft carbonation. Overall: a very drinkable Imperial Stout with a nice balance between roast and sweet malt flavors.

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Photo of Tsar_Riga
4.08/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Solid black, opaque, with a tan head that fades a bit then sits tight. Definite lacing.

S - Chocolate, roasty malts. Dark fruits, raisins. A touch of minerality.

T - Starts with dark chocolate, with a middle of plums and red grape skin, and a close of plum flesh and steeped tea.

M - Coats the tongue, but with a touch of drying in the close that keeps things from getting too cloying.

O - This is a delicious stout. Lovely pour, great nose, solid chocolate flavor, and a balanced attack that keeps things from getting too sweet or too bitter. Good stuff.

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Photo of SD-Alefan
4.04/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a very dark brown with ruby highlights and a dark tan head.
Great aroma with lots of dark chocolate, licorice and coffee. Maybe just a hint of fruit?
Big roast coffee and dark chocolate taste and a lingering and drying bitter finish. A bit of char in the background as well.
Mouth is a bit thin for an imperial stout.
Overall, very tasty.

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Photo of Ri0
3.94/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

poured 12oz bottle into chalice.

A - Dark coffee, almost black with a 1 finger tan head. Thin cap and spatters of lacing.

S - Rich roasted malts, espresso, bitter chocolate, and caramel. Some earthy hops round out the pleasant aroma.

T - A good amount of milk and bitter chocolate to go along with a rich espresso. Roasted malts with sweet caramel and some earthy hop flavors.

M - On the thinner side of medium bodied with good carbonation.

O - Revisited this and my palate changed to where I enjoy it. I think the bitter stout fooled me many years ago.

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Photo of Garvey
3.92/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

L: Black, nearly opaque with some ruby light penetrating at the base. Huge, fluffy tan head from an aggressive pour. Quickly dissipated to about a finger's width.
S: Sweet chocolate, tobacco, caramel. A little coffee. Nothing too overwhelming. Slight licorice.
T: Bitter, roasted malt. Almost sour/salty up front. Sharp smoke, like the smell of fresh wood shavings. Tastes like drinking coffee in a woodshop. Lingering smokey aftertaste.
F: Surprisingly thin. Very slight oily feel with a clean dry finish and little coating.
O: The last imperial stout I had was Ten FIDY, so this seemed very simple and straightforward. The mouthfeel was underwhelming, but everything else is quite nice. Very smooth going down. Not nearly as good as Ten FIDY or Expedition, but much more affordable.

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Photo of Andrew041180
4.24/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a deep dark brown and looks black in the glass. I initially thought it might be a touch thin upon pouring. This fear was completely without merit. Nice little ring of bubbles leaves just a bit of lace here and there. Flavor is very dark roast. Touch of sweetness, almost getting to milk stout territory, but it works great. Brings out the chocolate elements. Full side of medium bodied. It works very well for this beer. Long, lingering aftertaste that is oddly clean. Excellent beer, and a bonus with the relatively low ABV for an imperial.

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Photo of Taybeh
3.77/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

From a single into a Bad Weather snifter
A: dark cola brown/black, with a thin layer of khaki head that subsides after a minute
S: licorice, roasty and faintly smoky malts, faint chocolate (and raisins?).
T: roasted coffee and toast at the beginning, then just a touch of hoppy bite and chicory char, and then the licorice kicks in at the finish and lingers nicely. improves as it warms
M: smooth and a bit thin for the style...I like something a bit more chewy; alcohol is well hidden
Overall: I'm not complaining, considering the single was only $2. Pretty good, would drink again but I won't go out of my way to find it.

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Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
4.24/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Appearance : almost totally opaque root beer colored body when held up to the light, the logo on the other side of the glass can barely be seen. Head is large and in charge. Leaves foamy lace around the cup as it recedes.

Aroma : typical stout aromas with black licorice, dark chocolate, faint cocoa powder, coffee bean. Very strong bouquet, very nice.

Flavor : a roast hop flavor hits first following with a wave of one of the most beautiful coffee bean and bitter dark chocolate flavor I've laid lips to. That rush really helps the score. It leaves a smokey, charred finish. Even at the end there is an encore of spicy licorice bite that balances the char with a SNAP. Just overall fantastic.

Mouthfeel : medium to full bodied, you can't exactly chew it - as it's a little smoother than that, but it easily falls within imperial stout territory. The finish is charred and just the perfect amount of dryness. Some creamy fluff is left on the finish too.

Overall : I have stouts once in awhile. Not just because I'm not a fan - I'm totally crazy about them - but because I like to relish the experience of a stout by abstaining and then basking. This experience was beyond pleasurable. I highly recommend.

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Photo of andrewjraab
3.67/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - pours pitch black and thick as hell - caramel head that quickly disappears. Some spotty lace after each drink.

S - Chocolate, figs, cherries, smokey.

T - Full bodied big bold and rich mouthfeel - chocolate, malty, some smoke, fruity, raisins, coffee. Acidic after taste.

O - Really a solid imperial stout that is worth a try.

NOtes - thanks to Joey for bringing me some of this back from Wisconsin.

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Photo of keithmurray
4/5  rDev +3.9%

Appearance - dark mahogany body with tan head

Smell - fudge, cocoa, chocolate, roasted malts

Taste - chocolate, fudge, roasted malts, cocoa, mocha

Mouthfeel - medium bodied, lower level of carbonation, fudge richness upfront, flavors linger at the back end

Overall - good stout, although it does come in light for an 'imperial' stout. Worth a shot

Price Point - $3/12 oz bottle

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Photo of JamesMN
3.08/5  rDev -20%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

No bottling date or really any info besides the style.

Appearance: Black but lets light through near the bottom of the glass. Looks a bit tepid with a thin tan sudsy head.

Aroma: Coffee, cream, bittersweet chocolate.

Taste: Basically everything described in the aroma combined with a moderate hop bite and grassy hop character. At first it was a bit sweet but the hops and charred malt win over in time giving the bitterness an edge on the sweetness. The finish is a hop kick and the aftertaste is of coffee grounds and light hop bitterness. If this was a regular stout it would be quite robust but for an imperial stout it is lacking some depth of flavor. The 7.5% ABV may be the culprit in that department.

Mouthfeel: Medium in body at best with zealous carbonation. Decent drinkability but was expecting a smoother feel given the style.

Final Thoughts: I have a hard time rating this below average in any category. This is because Satin Solitude is an average imperial stout. While it delivers all the expected flavors of the style, it doesn't do it with the sort of pomp and circumstance that deserves a rating above "okay." Would I drink it again? If I was in the mood for a stout and nothing better was available.

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Photo of ksimons
3.87/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A-dark mahogany with a fingers worth of khaki head that leaves a creamy lace layer

S-rich malt, a bit of roasted coffee, and chocolate

T-taste is similar to the smell, dark malt backbone with chocolate, a touch of dark fruits, and a light roasted finish

M-not the biggest body from a stout, light to medium carbonation

Overall not as big as Central Water's barrel series, but a decent imperial stout that is pretty affordable

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Photo of metter98
3.7/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer is close to being black in color—traces of brown are visible near the sides of the glass when it is held up to the light. It poured with with a short tan head that died down, leaving lacing on the surface and a thin collar around the edge of the glass.
S: Moderate aromas of dark malts are present in the nose along with notes of lactose.
T: Similar to the smell, the taste has flavors of dark malts along with notes of lactose and hints of chocolate.
M: It feels medium-bodied and a little smooth on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer seems light for the style and drinks more like a stout compared to an imperial stout. For a big beer, the finish is lacking.

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Photo of gatornation
3.92/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A- pours a thinner black brown color with a great 1 finger tan head nice lacing thru-out
S-roasted malts coffee, chocolate and cocoa
T-smooth velvet roasted malts chocolate with coffee and some vanilla
M-smooth and velvet a tad thin for a stout lower ABV
O- tasty drinkable stout that could have used a little more texture to push it to the next level

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Photo of BeerWithMike
4.24/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Sampled last night on 7/27/14. Label is different that picture showed. Bottle chilled down to 36 degrees F in my beer cooler and poured in to a brandy snifter glass.

Pours a very deep brown, black actually in color with a small beige head. Some spotty lacing is seen. Perfect carbonation. The aroma is very nice and consists of roasted coffee, hint of licorice and dark chocolate. More going on with the taste actually with lots of flavor from the above flavors with a hint of light spice even. This is a sipper type of brew and not a chugging type. Goes down easy and seem to get better with more sips. Well balanced overall.

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Photo of majorbase2
3.77/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours a dark brown color with a good size brown head that dissipates quickly. A little bit of lacing.

Smells of roasted coffee and dark chocolate. Lightly toasted malts. Just a slight hint of booze. Not the most complex of aromas. Could benefit from a few more scents.

Taste goes right along with the aroma. Boy, is this one smooth, too. Roasted coffee and chocolate lead the way. The coffee really sticks on the tongue. More roasted malts on the back end. Pretty well balanced. The taste does a lot more for this beer than the aroma. It's not the strongest tasting Stout out there, but it is well balanced.

Mouthfeel is not too heavy. One of the lighter stouts I've ever had. Surprisingly watery (not criticism, just observation).

Overall this a good stout, but it is a bit on the mild side. Still solid.

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Photo of mnredsoxfan69
4.2/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: This dark brown brew pours out a thick, creamy, oatmeal colored head three fingers high and slowly dissipating to a thick ring with lots of sticky lacing on the glass as I drink it down.

Smell: A heavenly aroma of roasty mocha fills the nose with notes of toffee and molasses behind it.

Taste: Rich mocha flavored roasted malt with very little hop bitterness overwhelms the tongue, followed by hints of sweet molasses balanced by the bitterness of the dark malts. The sweetness is there but isn't overwhelming, not so forward as, say, Samuel Smiths, but well balanced by the mocha and roasted malt.

Mouth feel: This is a big, full bodied imperial stout with soft, creamy carbonation filling the mouth spreading the flavor all around. The gentle bitterness hangs around for a long finish.

Overall: This is now one of my favorite imperial stouts, supplanting Samuel Smith's and Lagunitas and combining the best characteristics of both. I need to get more of this.

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Photo of Vixie
3.52/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a very deep ruby red, can just see the color when held up to the light. Forms a thin tan hand that quickly dissipates to some lacing across the top.

Smell is chocolate, roasted malt, toffee, and coffee.

Coffee notes are dominant at first, there's some chocolate, cherry, and dried fruit, mainly raisin. Finishes a little sweet mixed in with some bitterness.

Fairly smooth going down, but feels a bit thin, I feel it should have a bit more body to it.

A fairly average take on the style. I expect this type of beer to be big and complex, and this one falls just short. It is almost a coffee stout, as I am picking up a lot of coffee flavors in it, I would have liked to see more of the chocolate and fruit come out. Not a bad beer by any stretch, just one that doesn't stand out with so many great beers out there.

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Photo of iabeerbaron
3.28/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25


STYLE: Imperial Stout

ABV: 7.5%

PURCHASED AT: Johncy’s, North Liberty, IA

POUR: Deep black pour with a medium tan head.

AROMA: Coffee sticks out in this Imperial stout.

TASTE: Coffee, chocolate, and hint of caramel sweetness. rating: 96

Beeradvocate rating: 86

Overall: B

My recommendation: A nice imperial stout to have as an option.

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Photo of larryarms847
4.04/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Appearance is dark as night, with an off white almost beige frothy head.

Smells of licorice, malts, and booze.

Taste is a little bland, overly boozy for the ABV and not enough sweet to match.

Mouthfeel is thick and syrupy, very boozy.

Overall this is a mediocre showing from CW, rather spend my money on their BA stout.

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Photo of BeerDazed
3.77/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from 12 oz. bottle into Snifter.

Outstanding dark, rich, black in appearance with two finger, mocha colored, head. Retained!

Smells of dark roasted malts and to the point of almost burnt - but in a good way. Hints of cocoa and caramel/molasses and earthy hops.

Roasted maltiness most pronounced, and the hint of chocolate cocoa. Mouthfeel a little on the thin side, but still very good. I've had thicker, creamier, sweeter stouts, but I really liked the bold roastiness of the darkened malts here. Kind of like a dark, bold, coffee without the sweetness of added cream, sugar and other flavors.

I would definitively buy this again and am looking forward to finding on tap.

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Photo of Stevedore
3.77/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle, Julian dated 03514. Poured into an O'so snifter today, 4/6/2014.

App- dark black (illuminates very dark brown) body, one finger offwhite head with fair retention, lots of sticky rings of lacing. Looks very much the part of the stout.

Smell- Rich cocoa, milk chocolate, some roast malt, black coffee, a bit of earth. Very balanced nose. Smells great.

Flavour- Milk chocolate, roast malt, black coffee bitterness. A bit of dark chocolate bitterness, quite a bit of earthiness and a slight bit of umami on the back-end. A bit disjointed compared to the nose but still very smooth and fairly well integrated. A fine flavour profile.

Mouthfeel- This has historically been considered a thin bodied beer, and it is fairly thin bodied but not watery at all. The flavour profile packs enough of a punch to fill in the palate. Feel is somewhat creamy and feels fairly decently carbonated. Earthy bitter finish.

Overall- Solid imperial stout that's a steal at the $7.99/6-pack that I've seen it go for on local shelves. Sure, it's not overwhelmingly roasty or complex or even viscous, but this is still a good beer that's worth buying on its own merits. It's clearly an imperial stout to my palate, although the mouthfeel does suffer from it being a bit thin.

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Satin Solitude Imperial Stout from Central Waters Brewing Co.
87 out of 100 based on 393 ratings.