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Satin Solitude Imperial Stout - Central Waters Brewing Co.

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Satin Solitude Imperial StoutSatin Solitude Imperial Stout

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Ratings: 821
Reviews: 383
rAvg: 3.82
pDev: 11.26%
Wants: 55
Gots: 76 | FT: 6
Brewed by:
Central Waters Brewing Co. visit their website
Wisconsin, United States

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

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Bierman9 on 02-19-2002)
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Reviews by TheSSG:
Photo of TheSSG
4.25/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a huge, dense, tan head that is really persistent (like, becoming annoyingly persistent, haha) and has a surprising amount of resin and lacing. Bright, coffee notes with a similar acidity are in the nose, and hop floral aroma. Black. Starts off with a deep roasted malt, a flash of booze, and then floral hops blend to make a perfect coffee flavor into the finish, with a lingering acidity and floral hop. This is thick and viscous, to boot!

Wow. This is stunning. It is roasty, boozey, and hoppy in such a great balance. Everything you'd want in an imperial stout. The acidity is well controlled here, but I'd like to see just a tad less.
Central waters makes some of my favorite specialty stouts.

TheSSG, Jan 09, 2013
More User Reviews:
Photo of Stevedore
3.76/5  rDev -1.6%
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.

Stevedore, Apr 07, 2014
Photo of RoyalT
2.63/5  rDev -31.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Appearance – This poured a nice dark brown in color with a frothing brown head that showed good retention.

Smell – This is nasty rotten butterscotch. That’s the only way I can describe this odor.

Taste – The grain flavor here is rotten as well and the butterscotch is back.

Mouthfeel – This is a bit bigger than light-bodied and fizzy in the mouth.

Sinkability – This is just plain nasty.

RoyalT, Jun 10, 2006
Photo of DaPeculierDane
3.63/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Clear dark brown, almost black with a ruby tinge. Thick, luscious tan-brown head with an excellent cellular structure, fine lacing, and an encouraging assertiveness. Nose is a little light but offers some nice caramel, prunes, and coffee. Taste is sweet caramel, plums, and cherries. Other dark fruits, touches of anise, and a slightly pork roast meatiness enter into play. Mouthfeel is light to medium, chewy, and wonderfully bitter. Outstanding finish. This one is close o being exceptional. If the body were a bit bigger, the color a touch darker, and the fruit/caramel a little drier and less sweet this one would be killer.

DaPeculierDane, Mar 18, 2006
Photo of hopsleeroy
3.3/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A-Black with a little bit of whitish lacing, no ruby edges-very black
S-Boozy smeels upfront, with coffe caramel and fruits underneath. Some cocoa flavors as warms.
T-Deep chocolate with fruit flavors underneath, boozy overtones, some metallic tang as warms up, the fruity teast flavors become more dominanat as warms and not entirely pleasant
M-Thinner than I would have thought and slightly watery
D-I liked this at first but as it warms I did not really enjoy the flavors

hopsleeroy, Oct 01, 2008
Photo of sgoodship
4.1/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My friend Brian gave me this bottle. A big thank you for that.

A: Big, light coffee stained 3 finger head. A little spotty lacing. Head dissipates to a thin, yellow coffee color to the end. There was a milk chocolate streak through the head. Very dark brown liquid with some ruby highlights visible against the light.

S: Beautiful caramel, molasses and bold roasted malt with a nice tangy coffee.

T: Smooth burnt malt that moves really swiftly into a bitter coffee. Leaves you with an aggressive tannin and very bitter chocolate aftertaste.

M: Medium carbonation adds some interest. Medium body that is smooth with a sharpness at the finish. The tanginess adds a chewiness to the brew.

D: If the malt taste of this had stuck around a bit longer, this would have been amazing brew. As it stands, it is a great RIS. I'd recommend giving it a try. I didn't know much about Central Waters but now I am on the lookout.

sgoodship, Nov 06, 2008
Photo of blackearth
2.8/5  rDev -26.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Purchased from Ray's Liquors in Wauwatosa, WI. Poured into a DT snifter to reveal a black body with a thin tan head that quickly fades. Aroma is faint roasted malts. Full bodied with low carbonation to make for a smooth mouthfeel. Flavor is nice roasted malt from start to finish, but that's really it. Very one-dimensional, so pretty much a let down as far as I'm concerned.

blackearth, Nov 27, 2009
Photo of blitz134
3.38/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Received from Jay23 in Secret Bunny '07...much appreciated...

Very near pitch black, some faint amounts of light gets through when held up. Small tan, light mocha head that left only a ring around the glass and a very thin bubble layer. More head retention would be nice here.

Smell is dark toasted malts, as expected, but not really any charred characters. Some hazlenut coffee and expresso hints along with some chocolate round it out. Overall this smells good, but could be a bit more upfront.

Flavor is alright, but doesn't offer too much up front. Only after the swallow do the toasted flavors start to show. A bit of expresso and coffee again, but this time without the hazlenut hints. Finish is fairly nondescript. No hints of alcohol. Not overly wowed by the flavor.

Mouthfeel is pretty good, but a touch thin. Coats the mouthwell with its slick, somewhat oily body. Low carbonation fine too.

Overall drinkability is just alright in my opinion. Lacks a lot of character for me. It is easy to drink and a somewhat low abv offering of the style. Just doesn't stand out really.

blitz134, Apr 07, 2007
Photo of danthehopslamman
3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

danthehopslamman, Aug 11, 2013
Photo of warnerry
4.05/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottled March 2011

A - Pours black with one finger of creamy tan head. Head has pretty good retention and leaves some nice lacing.

S - Deep roasted malts, chocolate and coffee with cream.

T - Chocolate is predominant in the taste than the smell, followed by coffee and cream, with roasted malts taking a back seat. Very silky taste.

M - Mouthfeel is on the full side of medium and is very creamy.

O - Very nice. Feels full and creamy without being heavy. Pretty easy drinking. I would get this again.

warnerry, Jan 10, 2012
Photo of Swane
4/5  rDev +4.7%

Swane, Oct 17, 2014
Photo of Mora2000
4.22/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Exiled for sharing this bottle.

The beer pours a dark brown color with a tan head. The aroma is a pretty straightforward mix of chocolate and coffee. The flavor is coffee and roasted malt with some chocolate notes as well. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

Mora2000, Jun 05, 2010
Photo of fenlop54
3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

fenlop54, May 06, 2014
Photo of SkinnyElvis
4.1/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I need to track my trades better but this beer came from either autumnaldave or jay23 as an extra. Gracias.

12 ounce bottle. My first beer from Central Waters. Pours with a thin head. Black throughout as per the style. Smell of coffee and malt. Tastes like it smells. Not much alcohol in taste which makes it very drinkable but at 7.5% that is a little low for a RIS. Not really a RIS IMO a good stout none the less.


SkinnyElvis, Feb 22, 2007
Photo of bsp77
4/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Serving glass: Poured from bottle into Nonic Imperial Pint.

Appearance: Very dark brown with decent sized tan head.

Smell: Chocolate, molasses and some booze. Straightforward but nice.

Taste: Creamy chocolate with some light roasted notes of coffee and burnt molasses. However, these harsher and more challenging flavors are secondary to the velvety chocolate.

Feel: Very smooth body that is slightly marred by not being quite full bodied enough. Moderate carbonation.

Overall: This is an easy drinking Imperial Stout. Sounds like an oxymoron, but certainly true in this case.

bsp77, Dec 29, 2011
Photo of Happy_Camper
1/5  rDev -73.8%

Happy_Camper, Apr 25, 2012
Photo of bpfrush
4/5  rDev +4.7%

bpfrush, Nov 14, 2011
Photo of MattyG85
4.28/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 12 oz. bottle into a Surly Darkness chalice. Bottled in August 2012.

Appearance: Pours an oily black with a moderate amount of bubbles. About two fingers of light tan head which recede into a thin creamy layer. Leaves a lot of creamy lacing around the glass.

Smell: A rich, sweet, and roasty aroma. Dark roasted malts with good hints of dark chocolate, coffee, burnt toast, caramel, toffee, cream, smoke, and a little vanilla. A good amount of molasses and some anise spicing. Light hints of dark cherry, fig, and raisin. Fairly earthy with some herbal hops in the background. A pretty solid aroma. Its what you expect a good imperial stout to smell like.

Taste: Like the aroma hints, a good mix of rich and dark roasty flavors. Dark roasted malts with a taste of dark chocolate, coffee, burnt caramel, toast, toffee, smoke, nuts, vanilla, and a little creamy milk. Sweet molasses and a little anise spice. Subtle undertones of dark fruit including cherry, raisin, and fig. Some earthy and herbal hops give a little drying bitterness towards the finish. A very solid stout taste that is fairly complex.

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body with a moderate amount of carbonation. Creamy, somewhat slick, and pretty smooth although its thinner than expected for the style. Alcohol is hidden fairly well.

Overall: A very good take on a imperial stout. Solid creamy dark roast flavors with a moderate sweetness.

MattyG85, Dec 27, 2012
Photo of tyleeis
4.5/5  rDev +17.8%

tyleeis, Jan 12, 2013
Photo of BurgeoningBrewhead
4.2/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Poured into snifter; jet black with a medium-thin brown head from a vigorous pour that sits as a thin disc of foam. Very fine lacing. Smell is burnt sugar, coffee and chocolate, booze and dark fruit. Taste isn't huge, but there's coffee and chocolate and very slight warming alcohol, with a smooth full mouthfeel. Probably the easiest-drinking imperial stout I've had in recent memory. Overall I was hoping for a bigger flavor from this after smelling it; but at 7.5% this rides the line between a stronger stout and a weaker imperial stout.

BurgeoningBrewhead, Aug 08, 2013
Photo of Soonami
3.65/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Satin Solstice Imperial Stout recently became available in the Philadelphia market and although it's taken awhile, this is my first taste from the brewery. This beer smelled pretty good when I opened it, like burnt sugar, dark roasted coffee, and bitter chocolate. However, the pour told me this was a beer that I wasn't going to love. The beer was practically transparent and very brown. When I get an American Imperial Stout, I was beer that could be mistaken for motor oil, this looked more like an imperial porter. The beer tasted like it too. Although there were good caramel, toasted pumpernickel bread, and coffee flavors it doesn't have the deep roast and charred flavors the best stouts have. The sweetness is just perfect for me and really complements The mouthfeel and carbonation were nice and not-surprisingly the alcohol was not evident (it's only 7.5% abv). Overall, this is a beer I had no problem finishing, but it definitely falls short of the best in the style.

Soonami, Aug 03, 2011
Photo of HoppySeb
3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

HoppySeb, Jun 07, 2014
Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.9/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Good standard black pour, tan head 1.5" deep on this one. Aroma was velvety chocolate. Coffee in a small way.

Taste is solid, mouthfeel is medium for an imperial stout. Dark chocolate is the forward identifiable flavor, but the dry coffee is pretty uncomplicated. Mouthfeel delivers a smooth experience, chocolate over coffee, from which the name is no doubt derived, it does have a satin like smoothness to it, forsaking a higher degree of bitterness and coffee for a mouthfeel more akin to an oatmeal stout or a milk stout, despite not seeming sweet at all.

Thanks to curtisloew for throwing this in as part of our trade, and future thanks to jegross2 for sending out more of this in our trade to come.

Beerandraiderfan, Dec 25, 2011
Photo of SPRichard
3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

SPRichard, Apr 09, 2012
Photo of stereosforgeeks
3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

stereosforgeeks, May 05, 2013
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Satin Solitude Imperial Stout from Central Waters Brewing Co.
86 out of 100 based on 821 ratings.