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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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757 Ratings
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Ratings: 757
Reviews: 379
rAvg: 3.82
pDev: 11.52%
Wants: 55
Gots: 60 | 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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3.65/5  rDev -4.5%

The pouring liquid looks red and translucent as it falls into my snifter. After the glass is filled, the body looks dark, bet still very light and transparent around the edges. Thin and watery legs leave only freckles of lacing. Slightly below average retention.

The smell and taste remind me of a caramel sundae-- the caramel and vanilla ice cream (milk?) are big parts of the profile-- along with roasted malt and a coffee bit in the finish. Moderate bitterness.

Body feels decent- medium with slightly too much carbonation. It feels oily.

Overall-- not bad. Not great, but not bad. This is better than average, but no where the top of the style.

09-01-2011 04:35:42 | More by AleWatcher
Photo of plfahey


3.63/5  rDev -5%

12 oz. bottle poured into a tulip glass.

Appearance-Deep brown-black in color, with faint, deep ruby highlights when held up to a light. Moderately tall brown head is dense and creamy, with good retention.

Aroma-Very heavy roast up front, with some acrid, burnt qualities. Underneath burnt espresso lies dark, bittersweet chocolate, and a light touch of green hops and extremely faint fruity (plum) esters.

Flavor-Dark chocolate and just a hint of sweetness up front are quickly overtaken by deep espresso, roasted malt, and burnt coffee grounds. Finishes with moderate to moderately low hop bitterness, but relatively high roast bitterness. Burnt flavors play through the finish, and linger long on the plate, with a slight impression of alcohol.

Mouthfeel-Medium to medium full body with moderate carbonation. Not astringent, but somewhat bitter on the palate from the roast malt. Moderately low alcohol warmth.

SUPER roasty RIS, with few other characters standing up to the onslaught of burnt malt flavors. Hardly any fruity esters or hop flavor to speak of. It's not bad, but not my favorite. For a beverage this roasty though, it does manage to keep from being astringent, and is not unpleasant. Could be a good counterpoint to the right dessert, but it's not my favorite.

08-25-2011 05:15:01 | More by plfahey
Photo of Tballz420


4.1/5  rDev +7.3%

Satin Solstice Imperial Stout is a black bodied brew, small tan head leaves a ring on the glass after each sip. A lot of times for Imperial Stouts you want to see a complete opaque body, but this one lets light through the edges at all times, and the entire body emits a ruby glow when held up to the light. The scent is full of big chocolate malts, some roast maybe some hints of coffee. The flavor is nice and full too, so I think my concerns about the light showing through were misplaced in this instance. Big chocolate malt start, fairly roasty, with some coffee tones, a touch of vanilla, somewhat fruity, dark fruits that is. Actually when it warms up a bit these fruit tones are coming through more, its almost got a bit of a tartness to it. Ever so slight spice from the alcohol. Medium bodied.

They did a good job with this.

08-21-2011 02:59:29 | More by Tballz420
Photo of Retail1LO


3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass.

Got this as an extra in a trade I received today. Poured into the glass with but a fleeting crown. The nose was pretty muted. It exuded very little of the taste to come. This is a decent stout. Hints of cherries, some smokiness, bitter chocolate. After an evening wrought with half-assed beers received as extras, this one's done mostly right. I don't think I'd necessarily seek this out, but I wouldn't turn my nose up if it was offered to me.

08-19-2011 04:25:59 | More by Retail1LO
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3.78/5  rDev -1%

A: This poured a nearly clear dark mahogany with a little light tan head.
S: It smelled like mocha and brown sugar, with a little cream and dark fruit.
T: It tasted like day old coffee and bitter dark chocolate, with some brown sugar and dark fruit. It had a mostly clean and bitter aftertaste.
M: It was fairly thick with some carbonation. Nice and fully body.
D: This was a decent stout, but the scent and taste weren't anything special. The body was respectable, and the alcohol wasn't noticeable, so it was easy to drink. Not bad, but really nothing special or memorable after the Brewhouse Coffee Stout.

08-13-2011 03:20:14 | More by Pencible
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New Jersey

4.3/5  rDev +12.6%

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.

08-08-2011 16:29:42 | More by rfgetz
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3.6/5  rDev -5.8%

Awesome extra from Surlytwinsfan i believe. Big thanks!

A- Dark brown/ black from the bottle and can barely see through the body when in the glass. Large 1+ finger head with really nice retention. Not really much lacing but looks good.

S- Really nice roast sweetness, like a nice sweet iced coffee with a subtle bitterness. Some alcohol on the nose and small ammount of dark fruit.

T- solid malt taste thats smoky to start off with nice coffee bean taste carried through. Very subtle chocolate hint.

M- has about a medium/light feel with a good amount of carbonation to tingle the tongue.

O- nice stout, wish it was a little thicker but nice taste.

08-07-2011 01:32:34 | More by Gushue3
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4.1/5  rDev +7.3%

A: I'll invent a newish color name and call it "Marooburgunbrown". Very little head, and what little there was seemed to be a reddish tan color. No visible sediment or haze. Slightly translucent.

S: Coffee is the dominant scent. Black currant is subtly in the background. Very coffee-forward, but it's a much more subdued coffee than their coffee stouts.

T: Sort of a vinous coffee flavor, if such a beast could exist. Roasty, but also some dark fruits. Hints of chocolate, but they're rather subdued.

M: Good overall mouthfeel for a standard stout, but seems a bit thin for an imperial stout. Moderate to high level of carbonation for the style.

O: Not a bad imperial stout if you don't think of it as an imperial stout. It's not the motor oil texture or silky smooth, rich chocolatey coffee stout that so many others are, but it does have good flavors and overall elements that are more true to the classic definition of the style.

08-05-2011 03:34:19 | More by jnn4v
Photo of Soonami


3.65/5  rDev -4.5%

Satin Solstice Imperial Stout recently became available in the Philadelphia market and although it's taken awhile, this is my first taste from the brewery. This beer smelled pretty good when I opened it, like burnt sugar, dark roasted coffee, and bitter chocolate. However, the pour told me this was a beer that I wasn't going to love. The beer was practically transparent and very brown. When I get an American Imperial Stout, I was beer that could be mistaken for motor oil, this looked more like an imperial porter. The beer tasted like it too. Although there were good caramel, toasted pumpernickel bread, and coffee flavors it doesn't have the deep roast and charred flavors the best stouts have. The sweetness is just perfect for me and really complements The mouthfeel and carbonation were nice and not-surprisingly the alcohol was not evident (it's only 7.5% abv). Overall, this is a beer I had no problem finishing, but it definitely falls short of the best in the style.

08-03-2011 04:03:14 | More by Soonami
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Ontario (Canada)

4.05/5  rDev +6%

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.

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


3.93/5  rDev +2.9%

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.

07-27-2011 23:26:34 | More by orangesol
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South Carolina

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

07-17-2011 04:52:16 | More by mikesgroove
Photo of Arenbeer


4/5  rDev +4.7%

Thanks to Beerwolf77 for this brew

12oz bottle into a Tulip Glass

Review #250

A- Pours a nice dark dark brown that appears black with a thin 1 finger khaki head. Splotchy lacing and slight alcohol legs on there but nothing crazy.

S- Dark roasted malts, coffee or espresso, dark chocolate, and a slight bit of alcohol in the finish.

T- Strong burnt coffee up font, toasted dark malts, unsweetened dark chocolate, and a slight hop presence in there. Pretty standard stout, nothing crazy.

M- Medium body with moderate carbonation and a nice bitter finish.


07-04-2011 03:27:21 | More by Arenbeer
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4.33/5  rDev +13.4%

Dark, dark ruby. Not black. Head is 2 fingers and milk chocolate brown. Head goes down quickly to leave a thick lace.

Sweet fig, a small amount of astringent roast-like aroma and earthy hops.

Taste is like drinking a dark chocolate martini; smooth dark chocolate, earthy and minty hops and a moderate bitterness gives this brew 2 legs to stand on.

Smooth, rich, creamy, and a little spritzy.

Nice and hoppy and earns the moniker of "American" imperial stout. I find the balance to be very well done and this is perhaps my favorite of the Central Waters beers I've tasted.

06-21-2011 03:16:46 | More by tapman
Photo of drewba


4.03/5  rDev +5.5%

A - deep brown, two finger fluffy mocha head with fair retention. Lacing hangs in layers as I continue to drink.

S - This absolutely stinks of fresh roasted coffee, mocha and tootsie roll. Decent roast and dark fruit in the back end. This has a serious aroma though, you can smell it as soon as the cap comes off and even if the glass is a few feet away.

T - Lots going on here; the smell is quite close to the flavor; lots of tootsie roll, creamy milk chocolate, molasses, super sweet caramel, balanced dark fruit. An overwhelming sweetness in the start quickly turns to bitter by a substantial roast, bitter coffee grounds, cocoa powder. The sweet goes straight to sharp and bitter; little balance.

M - body is nice and hefty, carbonation is low but satisfying. This does finish fairly astringent; quite mouth drying.

O - The sweet/bitter polarity rounds out as the beer warms, but still lacks a real balance. Despite the bitterness in the finish, the sweetness is king. That said, this is tasty and the flavors are huge.

06-16-2011 02:55:33 | More by drewba
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New York

2.4/5  rDev -37.2%

Got in a trade from EricCioe

A- Deep dark cocoa rich color, Two finger creamy tan head that fades away gently and leaves nice lacing dripping all over the glass. A lot of carbonation for an Imperial Stout.

S- Charred wood and black coffee, Maybe a little chocolate. Not very refined on the nose. No complexity, no dried fruits, vanilla, caramel, or depth.

T- Bitter coffee... that's about it! Burnt wood and nasty coffee.

M- Really thin for an Imperial Stout. The only thing that sticks to your mouth is the bitterness of roasted coffee.

O- Reminds me of a coffee version of Harpoon Chocolate Stout... which is absolutely horrible! Not as bad as that, but I was really expecting alot more.

06-16-2011 01:12:20 | More by Thickfreakness
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3.6/5  rDev -5.8%

A- dark brown color, quickly fading small thin tan colored head. Lots of derbies in the glass.

S- big chocolate nose, burnt malts, hint of caramel and brown sugar.

T- Right off the bat it doesn't remind me of an "imperial stout". Roasted malts, slight black coffee, brown sugar. Nothing impressive.

M- thin/medium body. Light carbonation.

O- Decent stout, however I wouldn't consider it "imperial". There isn't much of an impression made here overall. I'm not a fan of thin bodied stouts anyhow.

06-13-2011 01:20:55 | More by Yesac
Photo of EricCioe


4.05/5  rDev +6%

This pours a dark chocolate brown with a one finger tan head leaving nice lace on the way down. Sort of light in color for an imperial, but nice nevertheless. On the nose there is a mix of toasted malts and possibly some oats, or maybe it's just a profile that often accompanies most of the oatmeal stouts I've had. There is coffee, but it's restrained, freshly ground, not a harsh day-old nastiness that sometimes shows up in stouts. In the mouth, the toasted malts are at the fore, kind of enveloping the mouth. There is also the coffee from the nose rehashing here, but there is some cream here, too. The body is pretty light for an imperial, and the finish is medium with there being some bitterness from the roasted malt and a definite hop presence at the end, too.

Overall, I can't quite figure why they call this an imperial stout, but it's good anyway. My first Central Waters brew, as they are new to Chicago, but it won't be my last.

06-10-2011 03:06:44 | More by EricCioe
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3/5  rDev -21.5%

Poured out of a 12 oz bottle with a 1-2 cm head and a pitch black hue.
The nose hits me with some dark dried fruit and some bready chocolate notes.
The taste seems a bit disjointed. I get some really roasty malt with some slightly sour dried fruit covered with some bitter chocolate.
The mouthfeel is nicely carbonated with a robust body.
Overall, this beer just doesnt seem too rounded to me. Would love to see how this turns out with some age on it.

06-02-2011 03:32:23 | More by ddahlen


3.48/5  rDev -8.9%

12oz bottle into tulip. 2011 (April) release.

A: The pour from the bottle shows a bit of a thin black body. The head formation is a little low, which leads to the poor retention. The body is a bit over carbonated.

S: Aroma is smooth and has hints at coffee and toffee. very subtle chocolate notes, with a medium intensity to the overall aroma.

T/M: For style, the body is light and the overall flavors are lacking. The representation of a session stout is here. The nose suggests the flavors of the chocolate and coffee, and both are represented in the flavor of the brew. The mouthfeel is a smooth, light character and lingering taste is not as I feel that flavors could project.

O: The drinkablity is nice and this is easy going beer. The flavors are smooth and balanced, with very light hop bitterness. Overall, the 7.5ABV is well masked and does not compare with high end viscous stouts, but is decent.

05-22-2011 04:08:46 | More by GDBEERMAN
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4.03/5  rDev +5.5%

12 oz into a snifter...first time trying this beer. I'm originally from WI, so I'll pick up any beer from my home state at least once if I see it at the local store.

Appearance is very excellent. Head just keeps coming and coming, brown froth on top of a deep dark body. Major lacing. Well done.

Smell is good, but a little on the chocolatey side for me. I like my big stouts with that deep boil bitterness. This has that, with plenty of malt complexity in the score. A chocolate lover would probably bump up this score a bit more than me.

Taste is solid. Lots of big malt but well balanced and smooth. It's a winner. Plenty of chocolate, like the nose.

Mouthfeel is clean and smooth. Nothing objectionable at all.

If you like this style, try this beer. Looking forward to drinking some of their other offerings.

05-19-2011 05:07:13 | More by chicagoabbot
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3.53/5  rDev -7.6%

I like the wordage on the bottle about the fuzzy feeling I will get due to the abundant alcohol. Late to find, it is just under eight percent. Nice dark pour. Notes of chocolate, roasted malts, hops and coffee. Medium body well carbonated. Nice beer.

05-09-2011 13:20:09 | More by rye726
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4.22/5  rDev +10.5%

12 oz bottle bottled in February 2011

A - An aggressive pour yields an inch of fizzy head that dissipates to a ring fairly quickly. Very dark brown/almost black with absolutely no light getting through whatsoever.

S - Alcohol noticeable, coffee and chocolate smells come through with a little earth/dirt

T - Maybe the most chocolatey tasting Stout I've ever had. Cocoa is even more pronounced in the aftertaste. Alcohol is just barely noticeable. Flavors of earth and rye bread linger in the background.

M - Smoooth

O - A very good IMPY stout, I was very surprised to see it was only 7.5% as the flavor rivals some of the 10-11% Stouts out there. Another delicious brew from our friends in Amherst

05-06-2011 01:31:37 | More by ChimRichels
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4.08/5  rDev +6.8%

I bought a Mix & Match 6-pack of Central Waters beer at Star Liquor in Ashland Wisconsin for $8.99 in Spring 2011.

Pours a very dark brown color with an average head that leaves some lacing. Scent is that of some roasted malts and sweet carmel malts. This beer hits the taste buds very boldy with it's robust taste and thick texture. Seems to be the taste of some blackened or dark roasted nuts with a slight hint of carmel. A very interesting beer that is tasty but yet very complex. An absolute must try for dark beer lovers!

05-04-2011 23:52:00 | More by Lemke10
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New Jersey

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
Satin Solitude Imperial Stout from Central Waters Brewing Co.
86 out of 100 based on 757 ratings.