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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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BA SCORE
87
very good

393 Reviews
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Reviews: 393
Hads: 908
rAvg: 3.87
pDev: 10.59%
Wants: 63
Gots: 93 | FT: 8
Brewed by:
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 Sammy
4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle from O'Reilly's in Madison. Pours thick black body, little retained head after beige foam dissapears. Thick creamy buffeted mouthfeel, with chocolate and coffee. Dryish. Aroma of roasted malt and chocolate.Good drinkability. Seems higher than the abv stated. (265 characters)

Photo of t0rin0
3.93/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This comes to me from Himerman (I think).

It pours a very dark red, pretty clear when held to a light but otherwise it looks black. Light brown head, good retention, good lacing.

Aroma is roasty (strongest aroma), nutty, and a little boozy.

Flavor is heavy on the roast and has a bit of bitter dark chocolate. Theres a little alcohol in the aftertaste but none in the initial taste. A bit heavy on the bitterness and the roast for an RIS but I guess if you lay it down for a while it might mellow.

Body is heavy and oily. Medium CO2 level. Tasty and drinkable but a beer this heavy isn't meant to be consumed in large quantities. (635 characters)

Photo of metter98
3.7/5  rDev -4.4%
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. (709 characters)

Photo of brentk56
3.53/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a fudge brown color with a tan cap that fades somewhat quicker than expected thought it leaves more than a few squiggles of lace

Smell: Currants, black raspberries and black bread

Taste: Very fruity, up front, with black raspberry tartness covering up an undertone of sweeter chocolate elements; after the swallow, the fruity sweet and tart flavors combine with a bit of coffee in the finish

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: Not what I was expecting at all, this - not sure how old this is, but perhaps the lactose starts to impact this beer to make it age in an odd way; I'll have to get a fresh sample the next time I am in Wisconsin (687 characters)

Photo of Phyl21ca
3.48/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottle: Poured a deep black color stout with a large light brown color head with good retention and some very good lacing. Aroma of dry coffee and black chocolate with a dry malt base. Taste is a mix between some nondescript roasted malt notes with bland dry coffee notes and some black chocolate. Body is too light for style with great carbonation and no apparent alcohol. A bit of a disappointment with a body that is too thin and no complexity. (447 characters)

Photo of emerge077
4.18/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured with a billowing mass of tan foam, cascading down the sides of the glass. Craters formed in the surface, as the larger bubbles evaporated. Sticky lace rings the glass as well.

Smells a little chocolaty and malty, slightly roasty. Good, but nothing out of the ordinary.

Taste is lightly sweet, chocolate up front, with roasted malt closing it out. Mouthfeel is lush, almost like chocolate milk. Smooth and satiny. Slight perception of alcohol at warmer temps, but well integrated. Would easily have 2-3, too bad this was my only bottle!

A good dessert beer, it would pair nicely with something sweet to balance it. (631 characters)

Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.27/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Burnt sienna with dusky ruby highlights. Bright sunlight is easily visible on the opposite side of the glass, although it's no longer bright. I'm always a little leery of stouts that aren't opaque, especially Russian Imperial ones. The mochachinno colored cap is frothysticky and leaves a nice display of lace as it melts. I like it just fine... even though it looks like a porter.

The nose is impressive and makes me feel a little better about things since it's definitely not short on power and presence. Well-roasted malt is first on the list and provides aromas of bittersweet chocolate, ground coffee beans and (best of all) vanilla beans. I like it more and more the more I sniff. Outstanding.

Central Waters admits that Satin Solstice is on the lighter end of the RIS spectrum... which it is. If so, why even call it an Imperial stout?... which it isn't. It is damn fine beer though and will be judged on its deliciousness, not its style adherence. I prefer to think of it as a big milk stout since it's a wonderful example of that particular style.

There's quite a bit of lactic sweetness on hand with a little lactic sourness as well. Milk stout all the way. A roasted barley char comes through loud and clear, adding a bitterness (along with the bitterness from a fairly generous citric hop load) that counters sweet and sour in compelling fashion. There's a lot going on here. Sugared hazelnut is at least as prominent as any of the flavors already listed.

The body/mouthfeel isn't up to snuff for an RIS, but is plenty big enough for any other stout sub-style. It's incredibly silky smooth--satiny one might say--and is clearly the product of a quality brewery. Never mind that it isn't supremely viscous and chewy, it's pure pleasure in the mouth and easily deserves the score that I've just granted.

With the possible exception of Lac Du Bay IPA, I love Central Waters beer. Satin Solstice is a delicious stout that is as drinkable as they come. I continue to hope that this brewery (or Lake Louie or Tyranena or New Glarus, I'm not picky) will decide to distribute to their thirsty, craft beer lovin' neighbors to the South. While it isn't quite as good as Brewer's Reserve Bourbon Barrel Stout, this one is not to be missed. (2,256 characters)

Photo of zeff80
3.97/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured out an opaque, jet-black color. It was thick with a viscous appearance. A one-finger, light brown head of foam quickly receded to left very little lacing.

S - It smelled boozy and sweet with a strong malt presence. A kiss of chocolate in the nose.

T - Nice roasted malt taste with some sweet toffee, burnt molasses and dark chocolate. A touch of bitter hop bite.

M - It was crisp, sharp and smooth. A medium bodied ale with a dry finish.

O - This is a nice Imperial Stout. Another good brew from Central Waters. (526 characters)

Photo of mikesgroove
3.83/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

thick black, opague oil like liquid. A nice small tan colored head was present at the start, which hung around for a decent amount of time.

Lots of coffee and chocolate tones set the stage here. Hints of french vanilla and sugar swirled around Great consistency. Big flavors of roasted dark chocolate and coffee. Big suprise was the huge hop presence here. Very dry finish, but also in the taste. Hints of pine and rich molasses and bakers chocolate in the finish, very complex.

overall a great beer to end the night with (525 characters)

Photo of womencantsail
3.87/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Deuane for sending me this in my Secret Bunny box.

A: The pour is a slightly muddy dark mahogany color with almost no head.

S: The nose is sweet and almost sugary with a lot of caramel and notes of dark fruits. Not much in the way of roasted malt or coffee, but maybe a bit of sweet chocolate.

T: As the nose would indicate, this is not very "stouty" in the traditional sense. The roast is very mild, but there is some chocolate flavor and a lot of sweet caramel. The dark fruits are almost a bit tart, which is a nice change from the sweetness.

M: The body is a solid medium with a fairly low and smooth carbonation.

D: A little sweet and under-attenuated for my liking. Still, it has some nice flavors and I liked the fruitiness of it. (752 characters)

Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.5/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a dark brown, near black body with a small, exceedingly short-lived, tan head.

Smell: Scent of carbonized, burnt malts with secondary notes of chocolate, toast, and black coffee.

Taste: Charred, roasty malts diminishes to tastes of heavily roasted coffee beans and unsweetened chocolate. Lightly sweet. Taste of seared plums. Earthy, roasty bitterness. Pinch of hearth ash prior to the dry, roasty finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-plus body. Low carbonation.

Drinkability: The roastiness is certainly prominent, even becoming a bit obtrusive in regards to the other flavors, making it sort of a one-trick pony. Still though, it's a decent stout. (660 characters)

Photo of TMoney2591
3.31/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served in a Half Acre shaker pint glass.

Thanks to VDubb86 for this bottle!

And the Woodman's haul continues. This offering pours a mostly opaque deep black-brown topped by about a finger or so of light ecru foam. The nose is decidedly weak, comprising light roasted malts and chocolate. The taste is definitely more present, but not by too much: the roasted malts and chocolate still lie pretty flat on the 'buds. The body is a straight medium, with a very light moderate carbonation and a smooth feel. Overall, this stout fails to live up to imperial standards (even Francis II would be displeased by this failure...and he let the Empire illegally dissolve!), with its weak smell and thin body. Still, it is quite easy to drink. (732 characters)

Photo of Kegatron
4.15/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle into a snifter.

Pours a deep black, topped with 1 1/2 fingers of rocky mocha colored foam. Nice thick bunching around the edges, which leads to a massive cascade of of creamy lacing, hanging in heavy spotty patches down the sides of the glass. Just a rich look here. The aroma is thick up front with sticky smelling notes of chocolate, toffee, and fruity citrus sweetness, before giving way to a dense blanket of coffee and smokey roasted malt character. Quality heft and balance to this.

The taste is very toasty and bitter up front, with hops, burnt roast, and coffee. That smokey nature form the roasted malts mixes with the heft of the sweet malts in the back, to impart quite the little robust tang on the tongue. The finish is roasty, with a satisfying dry spicy bitterness to it. The mouthfeel is fuller bodied, with a big mouth filling chewy creaminess to the carbonation that sits on top, and then a more beefy and viscous layer that dwells underneath. The ABV is there, in the form of some warmth in the body, but I actually think that this feels a bit heavier than the 7.5% ABV. At any rate, it is still nicely balanced by the rich flavors that are involved.

No complaints here. A very solid all around Imperial Stout, with robust dark flavors and a silky smooth body. I'm looking forward to getting into some more bottles of this when the weather turns cooler. (1,391 characters)

Photo of NeroFiddled
4.47/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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!!! (1,550 characters)

Photo of jlindros
4.04/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Trying this one thanks to the great trader levifunk.

A: Semi fluffy head rises up to 1 finger but fades slowly leaving a slight lacing, with beer that is lighter than I thought, very dark brown to black colored, but not very black. A little light can get through.

N: Tons of coffee and roasted malts. Some black patent malt. Lots of dark malts overall, surprised for how light colored it was. Oatmeal as well, quite a bit, with a creamy aroma. A little earthy hop goodness in there too.

T: Not very thick, as expected from the color. A little creamy with some oatmeal. Lots of roast as well, and coffee that comes with it. Roasted barley! A little black patent malt too. No chocolate at all. A little bitterness from some earthy hops, but a ton of bitterness from the charred malt earthy scorched bitterness. Not really any minerality that sometimes comes from the roasted malt bitterness, but there is a ton of that roasted earthy bitterness. Slightly sweet with a little dryness. A touch of booze too.

M: Med to heavier body, but not super thick, lower but decent carbonation.

F: Still very bitter. Lots of scorched malts and roasted malt bitterness, with a little hop earthy bitterness lingering. Spicy flavors from that roasted malts, and just a hint of booze lingering. Little chocolate at this point too actually, but more black patent malt, mostly dry, and touch of oatmeal. (1,386 characters)

Photo of Slatetank
4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I purchased this bottle at Al's of Hampden as part of a mix-a-six. Poured slightly cooler than cellar temp into a willybecker.

A deep brown bordering on opaque black with thcik 1/2 inch cap of tan, lace sticks well and bead is tiny. The smell is good with very strong sweet malt nose and lots of chocolate w/ some mild vanilla and dark fruit undertones w/ slight plum tinge. The feel is a bit thin, but nice toasted and sweet elements with moderate carbonation and subtle roasted texture w/ a finish that is semi-dry.

The taste has a mild roasted flavor w/ some bitter hop tinges and light taste of dark fruit like plum and a subtle raisin note w/ burnt toast and light caramel w/ a coffee and slight nutty tinge in the finish. Overall I enjoyed this as it is a really quality stout with lower abv than most in its category but solid flavor-wise and tons of malt complexity worth trying for sure. (900 characters)

Photo of russpowell
3.91/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My first beer from this highly regarded brewery (By some) is courtesy of the generous BA Beertracker, cheers Jeff! I believe this was or 3rd in person trade..

Pours an effervescent ebony with a finger+ of tight tan head. Insane lacing & very good head retnetion

S: Coffee, baker's choclate, dark fruit, all fade a touch, as this warms, except for the figgyness

T: Dark chcolate, plums, carob, & charred grain up front. Carob & coffee dance as this warms, plus some woody & herbal hops too & just a touch of boozeyness, a chocolate milk sweetness develops as well. Finishes dry, with carob & cherry smash notes, charred grain just a touch of figgyness

MF: Chewy, slick, warming & sticky, a tad too much carbonation though. Develops a bit of grainyness once warm

Drinks fairly easy, doesn't quite pull together for greatness, but plenty of positives on display here (869 characters)

Photo of MasterSki
3.68/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Picked up a few bottles of this brew a long time ago in WI, but never got around reviewing. Figured I may as well start cleaning out the fridge a bit. Served in my Pisgah pint glass.

A - 2.5 fingers of dark tan foam with red highlights and excellent retention. It eventually settled to a half finger cap that stuck around throughout the drinking process and left some spotty lacing on the sides of the glass. The body is a dark murky raisin/chocolate brown color that gets a little lighter at the fringes. Really dig the head on this one, but wish the body was slightly more even in color.

S - The smell is unusual, but in a good way. Lots of roasted malts, dark fruits, and touch of coffee, but also a slight sour/tart raspberry note and some nuttiness.

T - The taste is less interesting, with sweet malts and semi-sweet chocolate at the beginning and a roasty & bitter finish. The acidity is a little high for my liking and the flavor profile lacks a little in the way of depth.

M - Medium body, with moderate carbonation - more porter-like in texture to me. There's a bit of dryness in the finish as well as some residual sugary stickiness. Not what I expect from an RIS.

D - The 7.5% isn't particularly perceptible, but the carbonation and acidity make this a little tougher to drink quickly. I don't think I'd want more than a 12oz bottle, and while it's decent, there are plenty of better beers that are easier and cheaper to get. (1,441 characters)

Photo of feloniousmonk
3.97/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark brown, cocoa-tinged head, cola-ish...soon dissipating...

Chocolate and coffee blend in the nose...dark spices...earthy, roasty...quite nice...

Smooth, silky, but flavorful...just not enough flavor...medium-bodied, where it should be full, if not to bursting....good, tasty, choco-licious...but rather average when it comes to Imperial Stouts.

As stouts go, very nice... bit middling compared to the best Imperials, though...not so noteworthy...but good, nonetheless...

mmm, silky-cocoaespressolicious! (518 characters)

Photo of orangesol
3.92/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle poured into a globe.

A - Pours deep, dark, brown; bordering on black; with a nice one finger tall khaki colored head leaving light lacing down the glass.

S - Smells of rich coffee, sweet chocolate, dark roasted caramel malt, light smoke, and some dark fruit. A very faint hoppyness creeps in as it warms but it is gone before you know it.

T - Starts off with a nice chocolaty sweetness quickly giving way to a mix of dark roasted caramel malt, coffee grounds, and some dark fruits. A bit of smoke and a very dull hop bite come through as it warms up. The finish is a mix of sweetness and dark roast, lingering for a short period of time.

M - Heavy body and flavor with moderate carbonation. Smooth feel with a good amount of lingering roast.

O - I enjoyed this one. It had just enough going on to keep me interested in it. Glad I got to try it. (856 characters)

Photo of jwc215
3.85/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Wasatch for this!

12 oz. bottle, poured into tulip glass:

Pours very dark brown - just about black - with a thin light brown head that becomes a swirl then a small bubbly patch and a wisp of a cover. Spotted lacing sticks.

The smell is of roasted coffee, brown sugar, licorice, bittersweet chocolate and earthy, slightly fruity, notes.

The taste is predominantly roasted coffee with hints of licorice, molasses, some chocolate in the bitterish, dry finish. Not too sweet for the style.

The feel is oily, solvent, with an alcohol bite. Just reaches full-bodied.

A nice sipper, not too sweet - roasted coffee dominant character. Alcohol shows (perhaps even a tad more than the 7.5% it is), but doesn't overly dominate. (732 characters)

Photo of mothman
3.45/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured into snifter.

Pours a little tan head. Color is near black.

Aroma: Milk chocolate and roasted malts. Some caramel and vanilla. Earthy hops with some molasses.

Taste: A nice dose of roast with coffee malts. Lots of chocolate and caramel. Molasses, raisins, and some dark fruits.

Mouthfeel: Smooth and roasty. Medium to full bodied with a low to medium amount of carbonation. Ends syrupy.

Overall, a decent imperial stout, but it lacks body and some flavor. However, for the price, it is hard to pass up. Good year round offering from CW. (549 characters)

Photo of Mora2000
4.2/5  rDev +8.5%
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. (274 characters)

Photo of woodychandler
3.63/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This poured out as a thick, dark head above a beautiful deep, ruby-red liquid. The nose is very much of chocolate malt. I experienced a very pleasant, creamy mouthfeel. The problem that I had with the mouthfeel was that it was nowhere near as hot as what I would expect from am imerial stout. It is actually mush closer to a very good stout, period. The finish is a nice combination of bittersweet chocolate and charcoal. Again, just what I am looking for in a stout, but not an imperial.
Happy New Beer Sunday x 3! (517 characters)

Photo of Gueuzedude
3.06/5  rDev -20.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This bottle is at least a year or two old, perhaps 2008 vintage; Sampled August 2010
A solid pour into my 25cl tulip glass produces a two-finger thick darkly amber stained head. The beer is a near black color that shows flashes of a brilliantly clear, concentrated ruby when held up to the light. Hmm, the aroma smells quite interesting; there is almost a cheesy, or even rotting fruit like quality to the rich concentrated dark malt aromas of dark chocolate, roasted coffee and darkly toasted whole grain bread crust. The funkiness, when it mixes with the alcohol towards the end, seems to accentuate something that reminds me of rum and spice cake. The nose of this beer is quite funny, not bad by any means, but doesn't seem like this is what the brewer intended.

Somewhat thick as it first hits my tongue, the beer is quite a bit drier than I was expecting and even tastes a bit tart somehow; though it still remains viscous. Ample roasted notes contribute flavors of espresso, bitter dark chocolate and roasted whole grain bread, the dark malt character also contributes notes of salty / smoky malt. The finish has some tartness from overly burnt malt character and also has a fair amount of bitterness from both hops and roasted grain. The tartness overall is just a bit too lactic like to be derived from the grain, and whatever has gotten hold of this beer has stripped it of much of its sweetness.

The flavor is nearly as off as the aroma is, but it is still a touch oddly tart. Not a bad beer in the end, but likely would be much better if there wasn't a bacterial problem (even if it hasn't gotten out of hand yet). It is always a bit surprising when an Imperial Stout goes this far down hill so quickly. (1,717 characters)

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