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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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Central Waters Brewing Co.
Wisconsin, United States | website

Style: American Double / Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.50%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by Bierman9 on 02-19-2002

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Reviews: 401 | Ratings: 956
Photo of bbtkd
4.1/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Central Waters Satin Solitude Imperial Stout, 7.5% ABV, unknown IBU. Pours medium thickness, dark brown and opaque, two fingers of tan head. Nose is slight chocolate, taste is chocolate, light coffee, slightly bitter close. Malty smoothness, hence the name. With more coffee, this could be the base beer of their BBS, which is one of my favorites. This will go on my favorites list, and I'll have to make a point to seek out more of their beers.

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Photo of Beginner2
4.2/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

There is a lot to like about this brewery.
I've had six of their 37 brews listed. Three were above average and three quite good (Satin Solitude, their Bourbon barrel stout, and Slainte'). Five of the six were dark winter-like ales; which seems to be in the character of the brewery... kind of lonesome, far away from hordes of customers who can appreciate them.
This stout hits the spot for me. Malty. Not too bitter from either the hops or the roasted malts. And it reminds me that I should not pass by their offerings when I seem them on the shelf.

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Photo of tigg924
3.89/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours clear, dark brown in color with 1/4 inch head. Taste is chocolate, caramel, roasted malt, and light smoke. Very light body for the style. Tasty, solid double stout that I would get again.

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Photo of rodbeermunch
3.76/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Awesome dark black pour, over an inch of tan head that has great retention. Aroma was soft, chocolate, not overly roasty, minimal coffee notes.

Taste is dark chocolate, mild coffee bitterness, mouthfeel of smoothness, I get why satin is part of the name they have really smoothed this beer out somehow. Isn't sweet, but has enough of that to provide greater balance. Hides alcohol pretty well. Good stuff.

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Photo of Barnoloid
4.15/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A well put together Imperial Stout. Unique in some ways in that nothing I overly amped up here. The roastiness gives way to some bakers Chocolate and toasted oats feel. Light smattering of hops but nothing overwhelming. It's an easy sipping big Stout without the feel of being a big stout. Sort of a middle ground between the slick 10%+ options out there and a sessionable choice. Liked the bitterness that came in here with a dry finish - had an Irish dry feel to it.

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Photo of gregy55902
3.65/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A decent beer that does some things well. Kind of watery though, looks and feels very thin for an imperial stout. Taste is just roasty malts and a bit of chocolate. Unfortunately, a bit boring for me.

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Photo of Tone
4.16/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Pours a dark brown color. One inch head of an off-tan color. Great retention and good lacing. Smells of strong sweet malt, chocolate, slight roasted malt, slight oatmeal, hops, and alcohol. Fits the style of an American Double / Imperial Stout. Mouth feel is smooth and crisp, with an average carbonation level. Tastes of roasted malt, alcohol, hops, sweet malt, slight chocolate, hint of yeast, and a hint of oatmeal. Overall, good appearance, aroma, body, and blend, but lacking in complexity to be a great beer.

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Photo of cbutova
3.95/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

A- 12oz bottle poured into a small tulip with a midnight black body and a light mocha tinged head. The silky, foamy cap displays good retention despite only rising to half a finger high. Encircling sheet of lace at the top with rings left after each sip.

S- While describing the appearance I can smell milk chocolate and toasty, nutty malts from about three feet away, strong aromatically. Roast but not quite burnt grains, deeply caramelized sugars, Dutch baking cocoa, coffee and toffee. Smooth and malty.

T- Carries on strongly with milk chocolate, medium toasted nuttiness, toffee, blackened barley and caramelized grains in the forefront. A hint of cherry or currant but only an afterthought. Ends with a bit more sweetness than I imagined from the aroma, not cloying but definitely not dry. Earthy hops blend into the cocoa.

MF- Carbonation is on the high side for the style with the bubbles feeling just a bit sharp at times. It also throws off the body brining it down to medium where it needs some thickness for the bold flavors. Tiniest warming in the finish along with lingering burnt bitterness. Just feels somewhat thin.

Chocolate forward Imperial Stout that brings the malts in force and a relatively high sweetness. The grains are the strength here while the carbonation oversteps its bounds and brings down the mouthfeel undermining support for the decadent flavors.

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Photo of CHickman
4/5  rDev +3.6%
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 -8.8%
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%
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 +10.1%
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 +5.7%
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 +4.7%
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 +2.1%
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 +1.6%
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 +9.8%
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 -2.3%
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 +9.8%
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 -4.9%
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 +3.6%

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 -20.2%
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 +0.3%
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 -4.1%
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 +1.6%
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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Satin Solitude Imperial Stout from Central Waters Brewing Co.
87 out of 100 based on 401 ratings.