Satin Solitude Imperial Stout - Central Waters Brewing Co.
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4.95/5 rDev +29.6%
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.
10-17-2010 03:02:48 | More by deadbody
4.75/5 rDev +24.3%
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.
12-02-2008 15:33:14 | More by kickapoodude
4.65/5 rDev +21.7%
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.
12-19-2012 01:25:27 | More by BeerFMAndy
4.53/5 rDev +18.6%
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
12-08-2006 05:27:39 | More by MuenchenerKindl
4.5/5 rDev +17.8%
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.
06-16-2007 22:16:11 | More by Wasatch
4.5/5 rDev +17.8%
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.
04-29-2011 02:19:37 | More by stimulus
4.5/5 rDev +17.8%
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
12-18-2004 02:05:15 | More by LuckySevens82
4.47/5 rDev +17%
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!!!
06-03-2007 14:21:14 | More by NeroFiddled
Satin Solitude Imperial Stout from Central Waters Brewing Co.
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