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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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769 Ratings
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Ratings: 769
Reviews: 379
rAvg: 3.82
pDev: 11.52%
Wants: 54
Gots: 63 | FT: 5
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 Sammy
4/5  rDev +4.7%

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.

Sammy, Oct 05, 2011
Photo of t0rin0
3.93/5  rDev +2.9%

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.

t0rin0, Nov 03, 2008
Photo of djrn2
3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

djrn2, Sep 13, 2013
Photo of Thorpe429
3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

Thorpe429, Jan 17, 2013
Photo of nmann08
4.5/5  rDev +17.8%

nmann08, Dec 05, 2011
Photo of zestar
4/5  rDev +4.7%

zestar, May 05, 2014
Photo of acurtis
3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

acurtis, Jan 09, 2012
Photo of metter98
3.7/5  rDev -3.1%

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.

metter98, Aug 03, 2014
Photo of brentk56
3.53/5  rDev -7.6%

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

brentk56, Oct 31, 2010
Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.25/5  rDev +11.3%

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.

BuckeyeNation, Nov 17, 2006
Photo of Phyl21ca
3.48/5  rDev -8.9%

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.

Phyl21ca, Sep 04, 2010
Photo of mikesgroove
3.85/5  rDev +0.8%

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

mikesgroove, Jul 17, 2011
Photo of womencantsail
3.88/5  rDev +1.6%

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.

womencantsail, Apr 03, 2010
Photo of spycow
3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

spycow, Mar 09, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

GRG1313, Aug 20, 2012
Photo of jaydoc
3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

jaydoc, Nov 12, 2013
Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

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.

ChainGangGuy, Feb 15, 2009
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3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

westcoastbeerlvr, Jun 28, 2013
Photo of TMoney2591
3.3/5  rDev -13.6%

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.

TMoney2591, Dec 19, 2010
Photo of emerge077
4.18/5  rDev +9.4%

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.

emerge077, Feb 06, 2007
Photo of zeff80
3.98/5  rDev +4.2%

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.

zeff80, Jan 26, 2012
Photo of NeroFiddled
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!!!

NeroFiddled, Jun 03, 2007
Photo of Kegatron
4.13/5  rDev +8.1%

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.

Kegatron, Sep 15, 2009
Photo of russpowell
3.93/5  rDev +2.9%

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

russpowell, Aug 08, 2010
Photo of MasterSki
3.65/5  rDev -4.5%

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.

MasterSki, Jul 04, 2009
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Satin Solitude Imperial Stout from Central Waters Brewing Co.
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