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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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Ratings: 794
Reviews: 382
rAvg: 3.82
pDev: 11.26%
Wants: 54
Gots: 68 | 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 adman08
4.13/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-Pours a very very dark brown with lots of head that is a creamy off-white, slightly brown color. Leaves lots of lacing as you drink.
S-Strong aromas of chcolate and coffee along with a fairly obvious scent of sweet caramel malt and some alcohol.
T-Strong chcolate and roasted malt flavor with a good caramel malt sweetness to balance the roasty bitterness. Fairly strong alcohol.
M-Strong alcohol, moderate carbonation, slightly sticky with a fairly dry finish.
Overall, a very good stout. Great flavor profile of roasted malt, chcolate and caramel malt sweetness. It seems more alcoholic than the 7.5% rating indicates but even so it's still just a very nicely balanced stout.

adman08, Dec 03, 2011
Photo of brandoman63
3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

brandoman63, Nov 29, 2011
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3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

deapokid, Nov 25, 2011
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4/5  rDev +4.7%

Exiled, Nov 24, 2011
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4/5  rDev +4.7%

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5/5  rDev +30.9%

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4/5  rDev +4.7%

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5/5  rDev +30.9%

Rempo, Nov 20, 2011
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3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

denimdemon, Nov 20, 2011
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3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

thewimperoo, Nov 19, 2011
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3/5  rDev -21.5%

bacher468, Nov 19, 2011
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4/5  rDev +4.7%

johnhenryconway, Nov 19, 2011
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4/5  rDev +4.7%

bigdaddypolite, Nov 19, 2011
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4/5  rDev +4.7%

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3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

Desaparecido, Nov 16, 2011
Photo of THECPJ
4/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes:

appearance: dark brown black with a 1 finger mocha head

smell: chocolate, coffee, roast, barley, malts,

taste: chocolate, coffee, sweet,

mouthfeel: mild carbonation, medium to full body,

overall: a nice imperial stout. has some similarities to a milk / oatmeal stout. easy to drink with good flavor. Glad I got to try this beer.


THECPJ, Nov 15, 2011
Photo of JohnnyChicago
4/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a stemless snifter.

A: Proper stout dark-brown colour with a mocha cap of head.

S: Rich milk chocolate and roasted malts with some bitter hops tones.

T: Chocolate, caramel, it tastes like there's a bit of lactose in their, even there isn't. Hops are only present enough to balance the sweetness.

D: Drinks like a 7.5 should. It's certainly closer to an AIS than an RIS in its sweetness.

Overall: Kind of a "session IS". Yeah, I know, 7.5% is no session beer, but it is a session imperial stout in that it has all the flavours of a big stout, but its drinkability is significantly higher.

JohnnyChicago, Nov 15, 2011
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4/5  rDev +4.7%

brian23456, Nov 15, 2011
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4/5  rDev +4.7%

bpfrush, Nov 14, 2011
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4/5  rDev +4.7%

Jspriest, Nov 14, 2011
Photo of jegross2
3.98/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Reviewing the Satin Solstice Imperial Stout from Central Waters Brewing Company.
Score: 88

2011 vintage bottle from a make your own six pack at Steve's Wine. Poured in a snifter glass.

Appearance: Pours dark as night with a thin tan head that quickly disappears. When you swirl, a thin tan head with interesting shapes and patterns reforms. Very inviting. 3.5/5

Smell: The aroma on the beer is not very pronounced until swirled, and then you're in flavor country. Prominently features roasted malts, dark chocolate, and toffee along with hints of figs/raisin and dark fruit/cherry. Post-swirl there are still faint, but inviting, alcohol notes in the nose along with some sweet milk chocolate aromas. Smells a lot like a smooth porter would. 4/5

Taste: A dark roasted burnt cocoa bean flavor leads the charge, while a delicious coffee bean flavor dominates a long-lingering finish. Very little flavor on the mid-palate, however, save for some dark fruit/raisin. The finish sticks around for quite some time. The front and finish are excellent, despite the lack of mid-palate flavor. 4/5

Mouthfeel: Smooth and bubbly. The mild carbonation complements the lighter-than-most stout body, without leaving the beer too "crisp." Warming alcohol grows as the beer gets warmer. Finish is not very sweet, slightly sticky. I was expecting something much heavier, but the mouthfeel is not bad. 3/5

Overall: Central Waters is my favorite Wisconsin Brewery, and this beer certainly impresses. The lighter body makes Satin Solstice more drinkable than most other imperial stouts (one beer will not fill you up), and the relatively moderate 7% ABV ensures that you will be able to enjoy more than just one. I would certainly try this one again, and in fact I purchased a full six pack of this stuff.

Recommendation: A great imperial stout for people who generally do not like "heavier" beers and the casual beer drinker. Beer lovers should sufficiently enjoy this one as well, though the lack of mid-palate flavor does not render the Satin Solstice a "first-choice" stout. Still, the front and finish of the beer are more than flavorful enough to make up for the lack of a brief "middle" to this beer.

Pairings: Chocolate cake.

Cost: $8.99 for a six pack.

jegross2, Nov 13, 2011
Photo of iDrinknewglarus
3.73/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours fairly black with almost no head. Not a whole lot of lacing either.

S: I get a ton of coffee and sweet roasted malt. Not too much chocolate on this one. A touch of alcohol warmth is detectable after it warms. Smells nice.

T: This stout showcases a roasted, borderline burnt malt taste and with a ton of coffee. Very dark roasted coffee, borderline burnt "italian" roast taste qualities. Finishes pretty dry and with a bakers chocolate lingering bitterness with more of those char notes. Not a whole lot of sweetness.

M: Not what I was expecting, quite thin actually. Light-medium on the palate. Mild to moderate carbonation. Among the least viscous imperial stouts out there. Detracts from the experience a bit.

This beer had decent taste and aroma components, but lacks in the "full package" of what an imperial stout is all about. Mouthfeel is bordering on unacceptably thin, but it still packs a flavor punch. It is quite drinkable, but is that what I really want in a big imperial stout?

iDrinknewglarus, Nov 13, 2011
Photo of baldiegooner
4.03/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Nicely balanced beer with coffee flavors up front, followed by a hint of smokeyness and then pleasant licorice and vanilla. The lack of a single overpowering flavor is a plus, and a lingering mouthcoating persists. Not overly carbonated. Lacks any sort of head, although a collar persists till the last sip.

baldiegooner, Nov 09, 2011
Photo of LaCoursiere
3.33/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

12 oz, bottled in February 2011. Poured into a NB globe.

A - Almost black, with reddish brown hues when the light gets through. It formed a 1/2-finger tan head when poured. The head dissipated quickly, but left a nice collar throughout. Very little lacing.

S - Very nice aroma on this one. Great roasted malt notes backed by molasses and coffee. There is a twinge of soy sauce in the aroma as well.

T - Nice flavor. Molasses and dark fruit up front with hints of cherry, raisin and dates. The flavor kind of washes out in the middle, but comes back with nice roasted malt and coffee notes.

M - To me this is the beer is lacking here. The mouthfeel is alot lighter than I like out of an imperial stout. The carbonation level was a little weak as well. Slight alcohol warmth grew as it warmed.

O/D - I had a sample of this at a liquor store a last spring and bought a six pack. I didn't drink one until now. I think that this stout is probably better off fresh.

LaCoursiere, Nov 02, 2011
Photo of JohnnyHopps
3.9/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass, the stout was a solid black color. Strong coffee notes awakened the sense of smell with promises of the caffeinated drink. A thick texture coated the tongued, making sure a thorough taste was possible. Satin Solstice was smooth with the bitterness of coffee and a mild sweetness. The bitter coffee flavor in the aftertaste is smoothed by the mouthfeel and hints of malt.

Perhaps what keeps this from being an elite imperial stout is the lack of a strong sweetness somewhere between the initial taste and the finish. All things considered, this is still a solid drink.

JohnnyHopps, Oct 30, 2011
Satin Solitude Imperial Stout from Central Waters Brewing Co.
86 out of 100 based on 794 ratings.