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Satin Solitude Imperial Stout - Central Waters Brewing Co.

Satin Solitude Imperial StoutSatin Solitude Imperial Stout

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Ratings: 673
Reviews: 369
rAvg: 3.82
pDev: 11.78%

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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Photo of Damayor


3.93/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pretty decent effort from Central Coast. Had it on tap at Rockwood Tap House and was pleasantly surprised. For an imperial stout it was very smooth and very drinkable. I got a little bit of a dark chocolate on the nose. Nice mix of chocolate, molasses, and coffee. Mouthfeel was a little thin and the finish was short and dry. Worth a try if you're a stout fan.

Serving type: on-tap

10-20-2012 03:24:20 | More by Damayor
Photo of JamesShoemaker


3.88/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

On tap at the brewery.

A - very standard, lots of head that receded quickly. Dark brown, penetrable by light.

S - probably the highlight. Barley, oats, nothing very sweet about it.

T - tastes just like it smells. Not a sweet stout.

M - not great. I didn't care for the way it dried out the sides of my mouth.

O - not my favorite stout. It was on special at the brewery ($3 / pint) and I had never had it before. Not a great offering from an otherwise solid brewery.

Serving type: on-tap

09-23-2012 16:58:23 | More by JamesShoemaker
Photo of rfgetz

New Jersey

4.3/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a dark black with a fantastic cap of dense khaki foam, would trick anyone into thinking this was a nitro pour. Scent is firm yet mild, notes of roasted grain with solid amounts of bitter cocoa and roasted coffee, as the nose adjusts to strong roast notes, a nice berry fruitiness and creamy sweetness present themselves. Taste is bolder then scent dictates and strikes a perfect balance amongst many of my favorite flavor notes from stouts... bitter cocoa, roasted coffee beans, cherry and berry, vanilla, sweet cream, roasted grain are all present in one way or another. Perfectly creamy, smooth and silky on the palate with carbonation at moderate levels, a kiss of dryness and not sweet. Was blown away by this beer... in an age where everyone feels bigger is better, Central Waters takes a good old school stout and makes it great without making it too big. Nothing overpowers.

Serving type: on-tap

08-08-2011 16:29:42 | More by rfgetz
Photo of TheSevenDuffs

Ontario (Canada)

4.05/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Notes from 7/27/11. Enjoyed on tap at the Wisconsin Cheese Mart in Milwaukee.

A - Dark brown/black with a small amount of very ligt brown head

S - Sweet dark chocolate, roasted malts, some hop bitterness

T - Dark chocolate, coffee, toasted hazelnut, some bitterness. A bitter finish

M - Medium body, light carbonation.

Serving type: on-tap

08-02-2011 14:01:09 | More by TheSevenDuffs
Photo of oglmcdgl


4/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A pint on tap at station taproom.

A- comes to me with a small cap of tan head that settles very quickly to leave only the thinnest of rings. Super dark brown almost black in color.

S- lots of roasted malts and dark fruits with a surprisingly bold herbal earthy hopping. Black bread and some anise.

T- opens up with a big sweet roasted malt hit that brings some chocolate and dark fruits into the mix. Nice chicory coffee thing going on that I dig.

M- on the fuller side of body but not heavy or chewy in any way. Carb is steady middle of the pack and does what ya need. No frills.

D- this a big ris that you can drink. Now I'm not saying its a session brew but at this abv and body it is one that you can enjoy a whole pint of.

Serving type: on-tap

02-01-2011 01:14:41 | More by oglmcdgl
Photo of corby112


4.15/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours pitch black and comletely opaque without even the slightest hint if lighter color when heldto a light source and a two finger frothy mocha head. Excellent retention, only slowly fading into a lasting cap that coats the glass with chunks of lacing.

Deep roasted malt aroma with lots of silky chocolate malt, espresso/coffee bean, oatmeal, toffee and hazelnut. Nthere's also a slight burnt toast character as well as a slight lactic creaminess.

On the lighter end of medium bodied with a dep roasted malt and sweet, silky chocolate notes. Slightly acrid coffee/espresso bean along with hints of chocolate, caramel, oatmeal, burnt toast and hazelnut. Again, there is some slight lactic cream notes that add to the comlexity and balance. This is kind of acrid and bitter but the creaminess, balance and all masked ABV make this pretty quaffable.

Serving type: on-tap

01-07-2011 04:21:30 | More by corby112
Photo of Bmoyer0301


2.85/5  rDev -25.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3


Pours a very dark brown but not quite black with very little to no head retention. As I hold it up to the light there is a lingering murkiness and no carbonation bubbles to be seen anywhere. As I give the glass a swirl the lacing is on the thinner side which isn't typical for a imperial stout.


Black licorice, and loads of sweet brown sugar with some mild roast and ash aromas. There is a faint amount of coffee and molasses with no real hop presence and some heat alcohol.


Very sweet, and reminiscent of the black licorice in the aroma almost like jagermeister. Surprisingly there is a fair amount of bitterness from ashy flavors and hops. The hops are more earthy and mossy with some herbal notes that compliment the heat alcohol very well.


For an imperial stout this was a little thin, I prefer my stouts a little thicker and have more mouthfeel and viscosity to them when they get above the 7% ABV mark. Not the overall best beer from these guys but you can't win them all.

Serving type: on-tap

12-19-2010 17:42:37 | More by Bmoyer0301
Photo of thain709


3.65/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - The body was a darker brown in color with some ruby highlights...the head was small and off white...it fell into a thin, wispy covering and left a little lacing

S - Pleasant notes of chocolate especially after the beer warmed up...other roasted aromas as well...malts and coffee

T - The chocolate flavor is nice in this beer...it gets you right up front and stays until the middle of the beer...then it kind of went downhill...sweet caramel malt and dark fruit flavors sweep in but they don't combine well...it leaves a funny taste...the bitter coffee and slight hops come in at the end and save it

M - Medium bodied...smooth and silky...nice bitterness...a touch of alcohol

D - This was an okay stout...I didn't find it to be imperial-like though...I'll be trying more from these guys since they are now in PA

Serving type: on-tap

12-18-2010 14:28:00 | More by thain709
Photo of kickapoodude


4.75/5  rDev +24.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

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.

Serving type: on-tap

12-02-2008 15:33:14 | More by kickapoodude
Photo of brdc


4.1/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at their location, it interestingly comes served in a pilsner glass.

It is really good looking, despite the glass, pitch black with a thick creamy, dark tan head that shows some good retention eventually dropping to a collar.

Aroma is not as rich as expected, but is nonetheless quite pleasant, chocolate, caramel and coffee.

Creamy, medium to full bodied, yet quite drinkable. Flavor is not as rich as others described, but still quite nice. Chocolate, a bit sweeter than most imperial stouts, but not in an unpleasant way, coffee, chocolate and caramel again, with some dark fruits and a mildly bitter hoppy end.

Quite nice.

Serving type: on-tap

12-27-2007 22:24:39 | More by brdc
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-07-2014 02:08:07 | More by Stevedore
Photo of Qbdoo


3.83/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Pours a creamy, dark black. Mouthfeel is the thick and creamy too - probably the standout quality of this beer. Can't say the smell is terribly powerful - I'm straining to pick up much. Taste is chocolate, coffee, and (can I say it) a little bit root-beery. Not such a bad thing because none of the flavors are super bold. This is a solid, enjoyable but not standout imperial stout. Not a beer I'll pursue but one I'll be happy to fall back on from time to time.

Serving type: bottle

03-07-2014 22:15:34 | More by Qbdoo
Photo of arthuro11


4.23/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours black as can be. Relatively thin light tan head, but left nice lacing on the way down. Not a huge smell, but very malty. Love how it hits the mouth. Many people complain about CW stouts not being thick/heavy, but I don't have that complaint, I think the mouthfeel is very good. And the taste is really great, leaves something to chew on. Overall definitely like this stuff. Easy to forget about the decent ABV on this one, very drinkable. Would like to try on tap sometime.

Serving type: bottle

02-27-2014 05:47:31 | More by arthuro11
Photo of scaliasux


3.95/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance - Very dark brown. Hard to tell, but appears mainly clear. Medium tall, light brown head. Short-lived.

Smell - Rich dark and medium malts. Dark chocolate, coffee, molasses, raisin - more of the former. Not getting any hops or alcohol.

Taste - Dark malt. Bitter dark chocolate, coffee, burnt toast dominate. Undertone of molasses and raisin. A little alcohol. Rich and tasty.

Mouthfeel - Full and smooth.

Overall - Now this is a winter beer. Rich and slow sippin'.

Serving type: bottle

02-26-2014 04:26:50 | More by scaliasux
Photo of mfnmbvp


3.9/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle, with coded bottled on date on the side 36513, so this was bottled on the last day of last year, 12/31/2013. A new beer to me from Central Waters, acquired as part of a mixed six pack at the local beer store. No abv listed on the bottle.

Poured into a clear balloon snifter.

A - Pours a dark cola brown color; nearly opaque in the glass with some dark ruby / mahogany hues showing through when held to the light. One finger of creamy mocha tan head that falls to a fat ring quickly.

S - The smell is fairly faint, but very pleasant. Cream, chocolate, vanilla, honeyed graham cracker malt presence, a hint of cookie dough, cold coffee, & lots of dark burnt / roasted malt.

T - Taste follows the nose - dark and roasty malts, chocolate, vanilla, honeyed graham cracker, coffee bean bitterness, and some char.

M - Feel is smooth and creamy with a sticky finish. Medium-full body, but light for an imperial stout. Nice chocolate / coffee bean bitterness lingering on the palate.

Overall, I would call this a very nice easy drinking imperial stout. It's no surprise to me that I enjoyed this beer, considering how well Central Waters creates stouts aged in bourbon barrels. I would have it again.

Central Waters Satin Solitude Imperial Stout ---4/5.

Serving type: bottle

02-20-2014 02:49:03 | More by mfnmbvp
Photo of falloutsnow


2.45/5  rDev -35.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.5

From: Woodman's, Kenosha, WI
Date: None, assuming 2013 release
Glass: Tulip

Central Waters' Satin Solitude has an intriguing name that conjures various images, but the beer itself does not live up to this. The flavors point to a usage of too much roasted malt, which floods the palate with somewhat harsh and ultimately tedious charred toast and cacao nib characters. Mislabeled for the style, this is more in the lines of a fairly innocuous borderline high ABV stout that I wouldn't pick up again. I just can't seem to connect with Central Waters: haven't had a beer of theirs yet that I enjoyed.

Pours a 1.5cm tall head of dark tan foam, made up of small-sized bubbles, creating a frothy appearance. Retention is below average, the foam lasting around thirty seconds, fading to a thin ring around the perimeter of the glass. Lacing is moderate, with a scattered, thin collection of dots clinging to the sides of the glass. Beer's body is dark brown to black, with light bringing out orange highlights around the edges of the beer. Carbonation visible at the top of the beer, not through the opaque body, being somewhat moderate in number, but high in activity.

Aroma is quite a bit more subdued than other imperial stouts, a bit of faint coffee, cocoa, and chocolate cake. Not bad, but definitely mild and potentially benefiting from more aromatic choices.

Overall flavor is of a harshly bitter and astringent roasted malt (charred toast, cacao nib, acrid coffee grounds) character with little sweetness to counterbalance this. Front of palate tastes roasted malt that contributes strong charred toast and bitterness, a bit of strong coffee, but limited sweetness, making this come across as somewhat harsh and astringent. Mid-palate of roasted malt bringing charred toast and cacao nib flavor, a bit of coffee grounds, but with little to no sweetness to act as a foil, resulting in harshly roasted, otherwise bland taste. Back of palate features faint caramel-like sweetness joined to substantial cacao nib flavors and associated bitterness, featuring what may be the best flavor the beer has to offer, yet it too is a bit harsh. Aftertaste is of fairly bland roasted malt, giving characters of blackened toast, acrid char, and cacao nibs.

Beer is medium to medium-heavy in body, with carbonation of medium intensity, resulting in a foamy (4/5) and smooth (1/5) mouthfeel that's a bit too foamy for the style, which should be a bit smoother and more sip-inducing. Ethanol is felt lightly in the nostrils and as a subtle burning on the palate, acceptable for the style and ethanol content of the beer. Closes dry, with heavy lingering stickiness on the palate and lips.

Serving type: bottle

01-19-2014 07:46:46 | More by falloutsnow
Photo of JerUrbans


4.23/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from bottle into pint glass

Very dark, nearly black color with dark cream colored head making wonderful appearance in the glass.

Smells of bitter chocolate and an earthy freshness.

The taste is everything I want in a Russian Imperial, slight bitterness, little chocolaty, nicely carbonated, warm after taste that hangs on.

Nice thick silkiness that makes my mouth so very happy.

Central Waters does such a awesome job brewing stouts, and this one is what got me into drinking great beer. Recently the name changed form solstice to solitude, but either way it's the same beer, and if you come over to my house and can't find one in the refrigerator, then I'm probably at the store picking up some more.

Serving type: bottle

12-26-2013 20:55:19 | More by JerUrbans
Photo of Benish


4.11/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Poured into snifter glass. Very thick foam, more white than dark brown. It took over half of the glass and as it slowly dissipated there were layers and layers of lacings around the glass. The beer is black, maybe just a tiny shade lighter than other imperial stouts.

Smell: notes of chocolate, vanilla, and toffee

Taste: starts sweet with chocolate and carmel notes from the malt and ends with a slightly hoppy burnt finish. No alcohol or warmth noted; very smooth. Almost sessionable. The sweetness makes me think of a milk stout.

Mouthfeel: full-bodied, smooth and very creamy. Fantastic!

Overall: not a complex imperial stout but still lots of flavor with a fantastic mouthfeel. It comes in 6 packs and less than 10 bucks as opposed to other imperial stouts. Its great to have an imperial stout not overwhelming so that you can have another.

Serving type: bottle

12-04-2013 17:07:18 | More by Benish
Photo of Ryan_Graham


4.31/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Pours opaque black with a small head with good lacing. The smell is strange. It smells like wheat mixed with coffee. The coffee notes come through heavily in the taste. Very malty. Goes down smooth. Not too boozy. I like it. It's certainly a winter time brew. It's full bodied but not too heavy. It doesn't kill you with its aftertaste. Overall, I'd recommend this to a friend.

Serving type: bottle

11-05-2013 04:40:44 | More by Ryan_Graham
Photo of BMMillsy


3.91/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Bottle with yellow label as Satin Solstice. Not sure when this name got changed. Pours black with very small cream colored head. Smells of black currant, anise/licorice, and very rich sweet molasses along with a hint of chocolate. Sweet molasses and licorice up front finishing into chocolate that lingers a bit, with a nice sweetness and body. Thick and chewey with low carbonation. Pretty sweet, but a nice beer.

Serving type: bottle

10-15-2013 23:48:32 | More by BMMillsy
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-07-2013 23:33:50 | More by BurgeoningBrewhead
Photo of Dope


3.95/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled in October.

A: Pours a rich dark brown with a good sized and thick light brown head. Head fades at a moderate pace. Decent thin streaks of lacing. Good retention too.

S: An interesting earthy sort of coffee aroma. Mild smoke too with some chocolate. Hint of umami.

T: More coffee, not sharp like a lot are. More of a mellow, integrated flavor. Quite a bit of decent chocolate up front and throughout. Mild, mild, mild smoke and umami in the finish with more chocolate backing it up.

M: Medium bodied, smooth and creamy.

O: Interesting beer. Decent coffee but pretty mellow. So mellow that I feel the chocolate is stronger. More of a chocolate stout than a coffee stout. Nice balance of flavors and good dark chocolate character. I enjoyed it quite a bit.

Serving type: bottle

06-26-2013 02:08:45 | More by Dope
Photo of davey101


3.84/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

April 2012. 12 oz bottle into a teku glass. Pours a near black body, some light gets through the edges showing a dark brown body. One finger of khaki foam. Decent lacing. Loads of chocolate and some subtle vanilla on the nose. Light char and some alcohol. Pretty basic but it does smell quite hefty. Taste is of rich chocolate, chalky cocoa powder and some bitter roasted malts. Mouth feel is a bit thin but creamy enough. A pretty average but tasty stout that has held up quite well with some age on it.

Serving type: bottle

05-23-2013 04:14:07 | More by davey101
Photo of MaximalC


4.1/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours seal brown with a moderate mocha head. Broad sheets of lacing cling to the glass as the beer recedes. Roasted malt aroma favors dark chocolate with a touch of coffee. The flavor is a suitable match to the aroma, with dark chocolate, burnt toast, and some coffee. The bitterness of the roasted malt is augmented by a modest dose of resinous hops--just enough to add some contrast. A touch of alcoholic warmth is discernible as well, even though 7.5% ABV isn't terribly significant for the style. The mouthfeel is creamy and of appropriate thickness for a stout, though not exceptional.

The complexity of the roasted malt is quite enjoyable, with a dark chocolate backbone that I always savor in a stout. With heavier body and a little more sweetness, this stout could be close to ideal. As is, it remains a very good stout with great drinkability for the style.

Serving type: bottle

04-16-2013 01:33:52 | More by MaximalC
Photo of Brewasaurus


3.99/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

August 2012 bottle, tasted April 2013

A: Very dark brown, almost black, with a two fingered tan head that quickly recedes.

S: Roasted malts, chocolate with hints of vanilla. There's also some hints of alcohol.

T: Initially it's strong with chocolate and caramel, but that ends pretty quickly and you get very strong roasted malt flavors with just a hint of the prior sweetness remaining.

M: Nice carbonation, it feels very light for being a stout.

O: Overall I like it quite a bit. If the finish wasn't quite so roasty, I'd like it even more, but it's a very good beer that I'll certainly look for when the winter comes around.

Serving type: bottle

04-10-2013 22:16:04 | More by Brewasaurus
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Satin Solitude Imperial Stout from Central Waters Brewing Co.
86 out of 100 based on 673 ratings.