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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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395 Reviews
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Reviews: 395
Hads: 926
Avg: 3.85
pDev: 16.88%
Wants: 66
Gots: 101 | FT: 6
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 SerialHiker
3.18/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: Pours a deep, dark brown almost black color…some thin, mocha colored head did form, but doesn’t seem to want to stick around long…looks a little thin and watery in the corners, though there is some stickiness along the glass…(3.5/5)

Smell: Deep, dark roasted malt, chocolate, caramel, vanilla, & oatmeal…mild lactose cream smell, but certainly not a milk stout…some dark fruits (raisin and fig) and molasses notes subtly in the background…there’s an astringent, soapy smell (which actually might be the alcohol) that is kinda sharp and a bit off-putting…the more it warms, the more the alcohol heat becomes apparent and actually becomes the more dominant aroma…(3/5)

Taste: Rich roasted, chocolate malt upfront…a touch creamy, but again not milk stout like…definitely more smoky than the nose would have indicated…deep roasted coffee notes come out in the middle phase and does last a bit through the after taste…some dark fruit flavor in there as well…I’m getting the faintest earthy/piney hops hint…not overly complex flavor…(3.5/5)

Mouthfeel: Light to medium body, pretty thin for an imperial stout…very light carbonation, also thin for the class…thin and watery…(2.75/5)

Overall: It’s got alright flavor, but it’s way too thin for me to rate this higher than okay to good…there is no sign of the 7.5% ABV, which is nice…Satin Solstice would go well with a hearty meal, but I wouldn’t call this a session beer…one is good, but that’s all I’d do, not because it’s bad, but because it’s not overwhelming and I just as easily find an IPA or something that I liked just as much…anyway, it’s good enough to recommend it for experimentation if you find this on a mix-a-six rack…but don’t expect to be wowed…(3.25/5)

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Photo of MattyG85
4.27/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 12 oz. bottle into a Surly Darkness chalice. Bottled in August 2012.

Appearance: Pours an oily black with a moderate amount of bubbles. About two fingers of light tan head which recede into a thin creamy layer. Leaves a lot of creamy lacing around the glass.

Smell: A rich, sweet, and roasty aroma. Dark roasted malts with good hints of dark chocolate, coffee, burnt toast, caramel, toffee, cream, smoke, and a little vanilla. A good amount of molasses and some anise spicing. Light hints of dark cherry, fig, and raisin. Fairly earthy with some herbal hops in the background. A pretty solid aroma. Its what you expect a good imperial stout to smell like.

Taste: Like the aroma hints, a good mix of rich and dark roasty flavors. Dark roasted malts with a taste of dark chocolate, coffee, burnt caramel, toast, toffee, smoke, nuts, vanilla, and a little creamy milk. Sweet molasses and a little anise spice. Subtle undertones of dark fruit including cherry, raisin, and fig. Some earthy and herbal hops give a little drying bitterness towards the finish. A very solid stout taste that is fairly complex.

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body with a moderate amount of carbonation. Creamy, somewhat slick, and pretty smooth although its thinner than expected for the style. Alcohol is hidden fairly well.

Overall: A very good take on a imperial stout. Solid creamy dark roast flavors with a moderate sweetness.

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Photo of BeerFMAndy
4.67/5  rDev +21.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle poured into a nonic.
7.5% ABV, bottled on Aug. notched on label.

A - Satin Solstice is a pretty dark stout but seeing a light hazy through the blushing mahogany highlights is manageable. Short-lived cascading results from a tall pour but the dense tan head has moderate retention and retreats to a plump skim of foam leaving patches of lacing stuck to the glass Legs on the glass.

S - Satin Solstice's rich milk chocolate and cream-filled coffee aroma is quite breathtaking as it leads into gritty, dark roasted malts that compliment a smooth touch of sweet caramel, much like barrista-made French vanilla. The masterful balance created here is without compare.

T - Super-rich dark roasted malts chock-full of chocolate-covered coffee bean, vanilla, caramel, and creamy, smooth melted dark chocolate. A subtle blend of dark fruits emerges prior to the mildly warm, spicy alcohol flavor finishes this rich brew off. By no means does the alcohol deter from the beer like so many other imperial stouts. In fact, with how much maltiness there is in this beer, it almost boggles the mind the Satin Solstice isn't higher in alcohol.

M - Satin Solstice's body is perfectly created, gently suggesting a thicker syrup-like feel from it's full, voluptuous, and smooth body but balances that fullness with dry, gritty, and somewhat bitter roasted malts for a feel that avoids being cloying. Mellow warming alcohol that creeps in giving it that oh-so spectacular finish for a well-rounded stout.

O - It snowed today, finally. I wasn't sure what I was going to have when I got home, but I knew it was going to be some sort of winter beer. That's when the label's simplistic depiction of a dark winter snow scene called to me. This beer nails what a winter seasonal stout should be with poetic ease, taking the chocolate and coffee notes of dark malt and marrying them with a heavier, bitter roast for a balanced flavor and feel that glides over the tongue and satisfies with every sip. It may not be "rare". It may not be all "high in alcohol". But Satin Solstice is one exceptional beer, there's no denying that.

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3.59/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

Central Waters Satin Solstice

Appearance: The first brew this reviewer has experienced from Central Waters (shocking for a native Wisconsinite that has been drinking beer for going on eight years now) pours a slightly disappointing, yet mostly typical imperial stout appearance. The beer is (somewhat atypically for the style) not entirely pitch black and oily looking, but rather a very dark brown, almost soda-like pour regarding viscosity. As expected, there is almost no head whatsoever. What was there was little more than a light tan crust not unlike espresso crema, which was gone almost before the pour finished. Yeast is visible at the bottom of the glass, letting the drinker know that this is an unfiltered beer and proud of it. There are definite alcohol legs present as well, but this is really a pretty run-of-the-mill looking imperial stout.

Aroma: That is more like it. This smells quite close to Founders exemplary Breakfast Stout. There are clear chocolate malt notes, an incredible abundance of coffee aromas, and an immense creaminess. Just a little bit of the alcohol is present along with the tiniest element of bittering hops. A somewhat medicinal smell is just hinted at as well, which has never been desirable to this reviewer. This is an impressive smelling beer; if the taste lives up to the smell this beer may serve as a holdover for the depressing months without FBS.

Taste: This almost directly follows the nose. Coffee, sweet maltiness, dark chocolate, and a strange note that can only be compared and attributed to the medicinal qualities noted in the nose are the prevailing flavors. There is a “beer” (read: adjunct lager) flavor there as well that is not usually prevalent in this style (or many craft beers at all, regardless of style) that really brings down what could have been an excellent, year-round stout. Some fig and tobacco notes are present as the drinker works through the glass. The flavors do not all appear at once, but rather fade in and out, making what would be a very complex stout seem as though it is having an identity crisis. Hops are completely absent. Nothing about the taste is overly offensive, but it does not quite live up to the promise of the nose or the general quality of the style.

Mouthfeel: This is where this beer really falls short of what is expected of this legendary style. The body is medium, but it seems to border on light due to the expectancy of the palate when drinking an imperial stout. Furthermore, the carbonation is just too much for the style, which not only really harms the drinkability (which sounds like an oxymoron), but also does not allow the good flavors the beer showcases to remain. There is little stickiness, and the finish is very dry. In a different style (perhaps porter?) these characteristics would not be undesirable, but in the storied imperial stout category they are strange and off-putting.

Overall: This beer is really all over the board. It is not enough for me to swear off Central Waters completely, but I will be skeptical of the next beer I purchase from them. It is not a bad beer by any means (which my final score will not reflect), but compared to other imperial stouts it really comes up short. This could be a decent introduction to the decadence that usually comes with this style, but seasoned veterans need not apply. Unfortunately, the search goes on for a year-round version of FBS. 13.5/20

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Photo of StoneTSR
3.92/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

APPEARANCE: Pours thinner than I expected with almost no head. The color is a deep, dark brown, but some light gets through.

SMELL: Nice, strong and roasty coffee flavor with chocolate lingering beneath. A little wood and earthiness as well.

TASTE: Following the nose, the taste has a ton of roasted malt and coffee in it right off the bat. Throughout the sip it mellows though and makes way for a couple other big flavors. First, the wood along with vanilla and dark chocolate. And second, it closes with an enormous nutty flavor. It's like tossing a handful of peanuts in your mouth. I mean I have tasted nutty, but this is intense. Good though. Chocolate comes through more as it warms as well and a hint of grassiness is noticeable as well.

MOUTHFEEL: A very light carbonation tickles the tongue more playfully than most big stouts do while the lighter body makes this a pretty easy-drinking beer. There is some sweetness up front, but it dries out throughout the sip.

OVERALL: This is a very complex and intensely flavored brew, not surprised after my first CW experience (Bourbon Barrel Barleywine). The coffee may be too heavy here for me, but I have a couple bottles in the cellar and we'll see what happens. Overall though, well done beer that I imagine a coffee drinker would love.

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Photo of Damayor
3.92/5  rDev +1.8%
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.

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Photo of thagr81us
3.5/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Big thanks goes out to MSquared2 for sharing this one at a recent tasting! Served from bottle into a Sweetwater 15th Anniversary snifter. Poured a massively dark brown (almost black) with a half finger off-white head that subsided to a minimal amount quickly. Maintained decent lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, roasted malt, chocolate, dark fruit, and chalk. The flavor was of roasted malt, chocolate, dark fruit, and chalk. It had a light feel on the palate with medium-high carbonation. Overall this was a decent brew. Nothing really stood out on this one to me that made it overly memorable if I’m honest. There were quite a few flavors and aromas going on that were pretty spot on for the style, but it just lacked in complexity for me. The chalk aspect was a little off-putting as well. Worth trying if you get the chance, but I wouldn’t go out of my way to do so.

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Photo of JamesShoemaker
3.87/5  rDev +0.5%
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.

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Photo of PaulDSchneider
4.36/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured the bottle into a pint glass. This beer has a redish brown color, with very little head that has almost a fresh brewed espresso look to it, disappearing in about a minute. Leaving a smooth carbonized free falling look when rolling the glass.

The initial taste presented with a delicious chocolate flavor, followed by the warmth from this beers alcohol. Pleasantly balanced almost instantly by a wonderful balance of hops, and a fresh coffee finish.

Being a "stout snob" as I call myself, this is a warming delicious stout that goes great with cold weather comfort food. I had mine with a nice bowl of chili while watching a movie with my wife on the first of many below freezing nights of the year.

If you like Stout Beers I highly suggest this flavor rich, but yet very balanced Imperial Stout by Central Waters. I live in Wisconsin and can't wait to go to their brewery and try it on tap.

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Photo of nrbw23
3.97/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Pours a dark brownish color with a really thin light tanish colored head. Head is gone in a flash and becomes a really thin ring of bubbles on the edge of the glass. Pretty much no lacing is left behind.

S- Smells of roasted malts, dark chocolate, coffee, molasses, darker fruits, herbal and a very light booze.

T- Taste follows the nose really well. Chocolate, molasses and coffee leading the way. A good amount of bitterness comes through but nothing over powering.

M- Lighter side of medium in body and a nice amount of carbonation.

O- Very solid brew and easy to drink.

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Photo of FosterJM
4.05/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

1459th Review on BA
Bottle to Great Lakes Snifter

2012 vintage

CA Gang Bang BIF

App- Its a nice looking stout. Dark browns and almost touches black at points. A bit of amber/crimson edges. A small one finger head with a couple dots of cling.

Smell- Good aromatics on the nose with a small roasty aroma first and followed up with strong coffee, small hop bitter, thick chocolate malts.

Taste- Much like the nose with a strong coffee but a creamy chocolate malt balances it all out. No abv was detecable and had some good pockets of flavor.

Mouth- A lush medium body with a low medium carbonation. Quite smooth and rich. Residual coffee and cream flavors.

Drink- Its a nice little beer. Good flavors and rich smooth chocolate balance. Would like another bottle.

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Photo of Ryan011235
3.62/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a Parkbrau Pils glass on 8/12/12

Bottled on: The line is notched between Mar and Apr

Medium brown on the pour; what a refreshingly light change of pace for a style dominated by inky near-black beer. Sure, it's darker in the glass; what are ya gonna do? The one finger head doesn't last long, being reduced to only a skimmed layer.

Straight-forward, no nonsense aroma; it's pretty bold overall. Notes of molasses, anise, smoke, roasty dark chocolate, sweet chocolate fudge and hints of fresh coffee beans.

While full-flavored, the taste is quite as rich as the aroma; no worries, it's easier to drink this way. Dark roast is the main feature, bolstered by deep chocolate layers with coffee trailing off on the finish. Simple, but good.

The feel is medium-full, but maintains a smooth heft to it. Carbonation starts off on the higher side of average, but tapers off as the beer opens up. Some roasty residuals linger; otherwise, it's a fairly clean finish for an imperial stout.

Satin Solstice is a fine-drinking imperial stout that doesn't go overboard. Aside from a bit too much carbonation, it's well-proportioned all the way through. Not the most amazing thing, but certainly worth a shot.

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Photo of DrDemento456
3.87/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Purchasing this I had no idea it was such a low ABV imperial stout.

A - Pours a relatively dark amber brown, almost black yet not as viscous as I wanted. Head is also minimal with only a mild ring of tan lace that dispatches pretty quick.

S - Smell is fairly good roasted coffee, molasses, and licorice are the main aspects but I get some burned sugars and chocolates as well.

T - Not bad. To me the body was spot on but not as much "coffee" as I expected as the label described more roasty with mild licorice and some chocolate malts for balance.

M - Medium to thick it's as expected for the style.

Overall to me I was kind of disappointed since I expected to be blasted with flavors or at least a high octane imperial stout. Worth trying if you can pick it up on the cheap.

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Photo of brystmar
3.35/5  rDev -13%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Dark pour like it should be; decent head but it recedes quickly. Moderate lace. I drink lots of imperial stouts and tend to write the same things about them, so let's skip the typical 'omg roasty!' descriptors. I enjoy the aroma but think the taste lacks refinement. Tastes more carbonated than it actually is, strangely. Viscous body is the strongest component here.

Not a bad beer, but not worth purchasing over a dozen other shelf beers I could name. My least favorite brew from CW.

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Photo of mltobin
4.12/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I picked up a 12 ounce of this at Hawthorne`s in Philly.

Appearance is near black with small tan head atop. Satin Solstice has a smell of caramel, roasted malts, black licorice and coffee. It has a taste that comes across with plums, biscuit, more roasted malts and caramel. A very sweet beer, and a bit of alcohol, but not too much. A velvet texture to the mouthfeel, with a soft carbonation. This is an easy to drink double stout, where the ABV sits under eight percent. Would definitely recommend.

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Photo of WankelEngine
3.93/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass

A: Pours a very dark brown color bordering on black with hints of ruby around the edges when held up to light. There is a tan head that fades to a spotty cap. Lacing is moderately heavy curtains.

S: Roasted malts and coffee are prominent. Good aroma but not much complexity beyond the initial smell.

T: Continues the roasted malt flavor. Brewed coffee is even more prominent and complemented by bittersweet chocolate. There is a pleasant earthy quality throughout the sip. Finish is actually very clean for an imperial stout, with just some of the chocolate and earthy tones lingering momentarily.

M: Medium bodied for an imperial stout, but smooth and creamy. Carbonation is mild but fizzy.

O: Decent stout with an emphasis on coffee. Surprisingly drinkable.

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Photo of sleuthdog
3.42/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz with a bottled date Aug 2011 poured into tulip glass

A: I was unable to create much of any head on this beer but what little did form was of an light brown color. This beer is of a murky brown color without much carbonation.

S: Smells like brown sugar and dark fruits such as raisins and figs. It does also have some syrup or molasses on the nose. I also pick out some smokey coffee and chocolate at the end. There is a faint whiff of alcohol.

T: Upon initial taste I get bitter chocolate, sweetness from a molasses taste and a mild coffee. There is also some roasted taste and a toffee taste. On the back end there is some hop bitterness. Alcohol is very well hidden.

M: For an imperial stout this is thin on the mouth. It feels slick but not oily and viscous like I imagine a beer of this style to be. Even though I describe this as thin it does coat my mouth and lingers until the next sip.

O: Even though this doesn't hit all boxes that I expect in an imperial stout it is rather enjoyable. It isnot over powering in any one aspect and that makes it well rounded for me. A rather easy drinker for an imperial stout.

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Photo of tewaris
3.8/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz poured into a tulip.

Clear brown color, medium mocha head, average retention. An inexplicable barrel character in the aroma?! Roast, malts, vanilla and a fleeting tartness. Some citrus too. I might be wrong but the shiny coating at the rim of my glass is troubling me... I think it's giving off metallic notes.

Aroma is better than the taste, which itself is not bad. Bitter, but with hops more than the roast, fairly creamy but not sweet, and slightly charred at the end. Woody. Medium carbonation hits the bullseye.

4, 4, 3.5, 4, 4

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Photo of yamar68
2.93/5  rDev -23.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

I was told this is the base beer for their BA stout. Either that was a lie or those barrels do magical things to this beer...

Pours a very dark brown with edges of coffee/ruby red. Brief, latte head. Decent lacing. Smells of sweet malts, hard water, subtle chocolate, pretty subdued. The taste is no more powerful - big on the iron/hard water, toasty malts, no discernible hop presence. This is highly drinkable, especially for an Imperial Stout, but that’s not what I was looking for. Won’t buy again.

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Photo of Steasy66
3.58/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz into snifter.

A- Not quite black, medium color head for an IS, fades fast.
S- Roasted malt, not a whole lot else, a bit lacking in the aroma department overall.
T- Sweet, vanilla, a bit of roasted malt, slight caramel, somewhat bitter finish and a little bit sour at the back.
M- Fairly thick for the ABV, crisp carbonation.

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Photo of GoldHorde
3.91/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark chocolate appearance and aroma predicts the roasted flavor exactly. I found it a little too sweet (perhaps because the vanilla accent is a bit too strong). Aftertaste is definitely too strong with its 'vanilla edge'. A good cigar beer - the cigar chases the vanilla away. The mouhfeel is a tad lighter than expected but well within the style. This stout would not make it into my top ten stouts list but it is far better than the ones I had ten+ years ago.

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Photo of mothman
3.45/5  rDev -10.4%
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.

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Photo of Gyle41386
3.87/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a snifter.

The pour is dark brown, nearly black. Tan head reaches a finger, max, before quickly fizzing away. There are thin patches of lacing stuck to the glass.

Lots of sweetness in the nose. I'm smelling more milk chocolate than roasted malts. Also some toffee and caramel sweetness. Very, very subtle dark fruit aroma.

The roast appears in the taste. The sweetness is mostly up front with a coffee-like bitterness in the finish. Not terribly boozy, but I wasn't expecting it to be given its relatively low ABV.

Medium-full body, low carbonation. Slick feel. Some dryness in the finish. Quite the easy drinker, but I can't help but feel that it's a little weak for an imperial stout. Solid beer nonetheless.

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Photo of barnzy78
2.69/5  rDev -30.1%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12oz bottle, pours dark brown coming out of the bottle, but is black like cola in the glass with a thin light brown head that leaves some lacing on the glass. Aromas are odd - cheap chocolate, alcohol, somewhat woody, and I somehow get a urine odor that is off-putting to say the least. Tastes are a little better than the aromas - milk chocolate, molasses, boozy. Mouth is medium bodied, creamy, and smooth. Overall, I've had this one in the past and wasn't crazy about it. Now it's confirmed, still not crazy about it.

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Photo of DIM
3.68/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

a: This was a dark cola brown, kind of light for a stout. It poured with a large, but short lived foamy head.

s: Roasty cococa and coffee, not much else. Pretty mild overall.

t: Lots of roasty flavors cocoa in particular with some hints of coffee.

m: Silky smooth with creamy carbonation.

o: Kind of one dimesional, though I did like that one dimension.

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Satin Solitude Imperial Stout from Central Waters Brewing Co.
87 out of 100 based on 395 ratings.