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Satin Solitude Imperial Stout - Central Waters Brewing Co.

Satin Solitude Imperial StoutSatin Solitude Imperial Stout

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674 Ratings
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Ratings: 674
Reviews: 369
rAvg: 3.82
pDev: 11.78%

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:
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(Beer added by: Bierman9 on 02-19-2002)
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Photo of coldriver


3.8/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle pours a near-opaque black with lovely fluffy head and great lacing. Aroma is dark roasted coffee, alcohol, and Playdough. Taste is coffee, a fair amount of bitter hops, and subtle cocoa and licorice. Mouthfeel is good and chewy with nice dry finish. Overall a solid (but not outstanding) stout.

Serving type: bottle

02-18-2012 20:07:14 | More by coldriver
Photo of diabecktic


4.15/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A hard pour results in ~2 fingers of creamy, light tan head. Carbonation isn't visible through this jet black brew. Retention and lacing are both excellent.

The nose is rather "earthy" and incredibly smokey. Alcohol is also apparent, but this can be expected given the 7.5% ABV.

Notes of coffee and caramel impart a subtle sweetness to a somewhat grainy malt. The smokiness in the nose is also appreciable on the palate, but it's not overpowering; balance is excellent.

Though rather dense, this beer is incredibly easy to drink. The smokiness and sweetness are balanced fairly well and make each sip quite pleasant. The coffee notes become more apparent in the aftertaste and prompt me to keep drinking.

I think that this is a very good interpretation of the Imperial Stout. The "darkness" which is manifest in density, appearance, and flavor is balanced quite well without being offensive. I definitely enjoyed the smokiness; this is difficult to do well, but I think the folks at Central Waters got it right. I would definitely suggest trying this beer if you haven't yet had it.

Serving type: bottle

02-04-2012 03:48:10 | More by diabecktic
Photo of jsprain1


3.88/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Very dark brown. Almost black. Head is thin and cocoa and does not last long.
S- Aroma is somewhat sweet with chocolate, caramel, and dark mollasses being the main aromas.
T- At first it is fairly sweet but the roasted malts take over mid sip. Sweet caramel and molasses and first, but there is a dark roasted coffee is strong in the finish.
M- For an imperial stout is only medium body, maybe a bit lighter. Body is not quite creamy or chewy but it has a certain smoothness.
O- A decent imperial stout that is drinkable and has a great deal of flavor. One of Central Waters better beers.

Serving type: bottle

01-28-2012 03:10:48 | More by jsprain1
Photo of minterro


3.35/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Beer from a trade with jegross2

A & S: Pours about 2 fingers of fizzy (light tan) head that shifts to the foamy spectrum in a minute or so. The color of the beer is ligher black and not very syrupy looking. And min by min loses head till there is nothing left. Smell: caramel, toffee, and sweet chocolate.

T & M: quite sour. little but of herbal hops. Bit smoky and a little dry in the finish. Not very rich or robust. Kinda leaves an unpleasant sour after taste. On the higher side of medium for the body and fairly smooth. Medium to low amounts of carbonation.

O: For the style this beer not very good, but it’s a pretty average beer overall. The alcohol contain is pretty low for a double, I thought it tasted more like an American stout.

Serving type: bottle

01-27-2012 19:12:31 | More by minterro
Photo of n2185

North Carolina

3.23/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Pours black with a finger of light tan head that fades into a thin ring with no lacing.

S: Roasted malts with lots of sweet cocoa powder aromas and some graham notes as well.

T: Light roasted malt flavors at first followed by some creamy chocolate notes. The finish has some slight char flavors with a light bitterness.

M: Medium-thick body with lowish carbonation, this beer is slightly watery for the style, though the carbonation helps.

O: An alright imperial stout, though I have a tough time calling it an imperial stout. It says it on the bottle, but at 7.5% with less complexity and a lighter body, it's much closer to an American stout. Still, it's not bad.

Serving type: bottle

01-27-2012 06:27:38 | More by n2185
Photo of zeff80


3.98/5  rDev +4.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-26-2012 03:29:34 | More by zeff80
Photo of bierbrauer


3.85/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle purchased locally. Bottle dated November 2011. Poured into a tulip glass.

A: Very dark brown with 1" fairly dense, beige foam that settles gradually and leaves sparse, very thin lacing.

S: Coffee, light malt, chocolate, slight alcohol.

T: Roasting coffee, dark chocolate, with some earthy hop bitterness & alcohol.

M: Thin/medium body and medium carbonation; creamy; neutral finish; heat.

O: A light, straight-forward, good tasting stout. The alcohol seemed a bit too prominent.

Serving type: bottle

01-22-2012 21:08:12 | More by bierbrauer
Photo of cquinn17


3.93/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz poured into a snifter.

A- Not a very thick imperial stout, very dark brown with pretty much no head.

S- Dark chocolate, coffee, roasted malts and a little alcohol

T- More coffee than I anticipated with a nice rich taste. A little heat but not too much. The flavors work well together and it leaves a great aftertaste. Also as it warms more of the dark chocolate flavors start to come through.

M- Smooth mouthfeel, kinda thin though. A good amount of carbonation for an imperial stout.

O- Overall a pretty solid imperial stout. Nothing really pops out except for the coffee initially which is solid. I don't know if I'd buy it again but it was good for the price.

Serving type: bottle

01-19-2012 07:44:51 | More by cquinn17
Photo of warnerry


4.05/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottled March 2011

A - Pours black with one finger of creamy tan head. Head has pretty good retention and leaves some nice lacing.

S - Deep roasted malts, chocolate and coffee with cream.

T - Chocolate is predominant in the taste than the smell, followed by coffee and cream, with roasted malts taking a back seat. Very silky taste.

M - Mouthfeel is on the full side of medium and is very creamy.

O - Very nice. Feels full and creamy without being heavy. Pretty easy drinking. I would get this again.

Serving type: bottle

01-10-2012 03:22:12 | More by warnerry
Photo of pmarlowe

District of Columbia

4.05/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

It's Monday... a good day for a beer. 12oz bottle from 2011 bottling (notched between Sep and Oct).

Looks like medium roast coffee on the pour, and essentially black in the glass; half finger of tan head which recedes to a ring. Good retention and some lacing. Smells like chocolate and roasted malt with some coffee and vanilla. Good stuff. Taste is similar, with the roast more in the forefront, and a good degree of richness, finishing with a touch of coffee bitterness. Medium body and carbonation, with velvety (or satin-y) smoothness. Overall, a tasty everyday stout, great for those below-zero Wisconsin winters.

Serving type: bottle

01-03-2012 03:50:23 | More by pmarlowe
Photo of KajII

North Carolina

3.85/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

[Best served in a Snifter]

The pour was a rich deep dark black with an average sized (1-2 finger) light brown frothy head that lasted just a little while but left behind just enough residue to create some excellent lacing that sheeted the glass.

The aroma was of a burnt dark bread malt, a very mild herbal hop and a chewy bitter leathery yeast with notes of dark chocolate, roasted coffee, molasses and a mild scent of alcohol.

The taste was lightly sweet and malty with a nice chocolate note and a touch of molasses early on the progressed to a slightly bitter yet still sweet flavor with a nice strong coffee note and a mild alcohol finish. The flavor laid on the taste buds for a good long time letting the sweet warming coffee taste to be fully enjoyed.

Mouthfeel was full and bold in body with the texture being creamy yet a little dry and having a soft carbonation.

Overall an exceptionally balanced brew with the high alcohol content blending so well with all of the flavors, that it is barely noticeable other than a warming sensation at the end.

Serving type: bottle

01-02-2012 18:58:44 | More by KajII
Photo of bsp77


4/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Serving glass: Poured from bottle into Nonic Imperial Pint.

Appearance: Very dark brown with decent sized tan head.

Smell: Chocolate, molasses and some booze. Straightforward but nice.

Taste: Creamy chocolate with some light roasted notes of coffee and burnt molasses. However, these harsher and more challenging flavors are secondary to the velvety chocolate.

Feel: Very smooth body that is slightly marred by not being quite full bodied enough. Moderate carbonation.

Overall: This is an easy drinking Imperial Stout. Sounds like an oxymoron, but certainly true in this case.

Serving type: bottle

12-29-2011 02:21:37 | More by bsp77
Photo of Beerandraiderfan


3.9/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Good standard black pour, tan head 1.5" deep on this one. Aroma was velvety chocolate. Coffee in a small way.

Taste is solid, mouthfeel is medium for an imperial stout. Dark chocolate is the forward identifiable flavor, but the dry coffee is pretty uncomplicated. Mouthfeel delivers a smooth experience, chocolate over coffee, from which the name is no doubt derived, it does have a satin like smoothness to it, forsaking a higher degree of bitterness and coffee for a mouthfeel more akin to an oatmeal stout or a milk stout, despite not seeming sweet at all.

Thanks to curtisloew for throwing this in as part of our trade, and future thanks to jegross2 for sending out more of this in our trade to come.

Serving type: bottle

12-25-2011 17:11:01 | More by Beerandraiderfan
Photo of popery


3.93/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The beer pours dark brown with ruby highlights and a small khaki head. It looks a bit light for the style, but at 7.5% abv, it is a bit light for the style. The aroma is dominated by milk chocolate with some caramel and roasted malt fruitiness backing it up. The taste is on the sweet side, though some nice roasted malt and hop bitterness reigns things in. More sugary caramel malt shines through in the taste. It's also a bit more fruity in a berry-dark stone fruit vein. The mouthfeel is smooth. It's not quite as light as expected from the abv, but it's not a mouth-coating monster, either. I enjoyed the beer more than expected. It's sweet and chocolatey, but it never gets too sticky and the fruit and caramel flavors keep things interesting. Overall, it's a solid light imperial stout.

Serving type: bottle

12-22-2011 06:51:01 | More by popery
Photo of doughanson78


4/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a snifter. Thanks to storminspank for this one.

A: Super dark brown, not quite black. Still no light gets through. One finger tan head with good retention and lacing.

S: Very big roasted aroma. Coffee comes in secondly to the roast. Also a decent amount of chocolate. A slight milk aroma also.

T: Chocolate upfront. A touch of coffee. Then huge roasted malts dominate. A bit of milk stout flavors come through also.

M: Full body. Higher carbonation. Creamy and smooth.

O: A good Imperial Stout. More like a high alcohol milk stout in my opinion. The roastiness is good but just a tad much.

Serving type: bottle

12-10-2011 19:05:54 | More by doughanson78
Photo of NuclearDolphin


3.58/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a 16oz Tulip Glass

Appearance - Straight Black a slight brown tinge near the top. Head is about 1 finger in width which quickly vasnishes and surprisingly, the head is not as brown as most Imperial Stouts

Smell - Very Roasted Malty smell dominates upfront with some hints of Cocoa, Coffee and Toffee, but for the most part it's the roasted malt smell that dominates.

Taste - Roasted Malts are very strong (almost too strong) and there is a dark chocolate and slight coffee flavor on the back of the palette along with an almost undetectable toffee flavor. Towards the end, it takes on more of a sweet chocolate flavor. Aftertaste is roasted malts and chocolate-coffee flavored, and is pretty far from dry.

Mouthfeel - Pretty healthy thick bodied stout with some fairly strong carbonation. While it adds some flavor to the beer like it should, it comes off as being more intense than it ought to be

Overall - It's an okay Imperial Stout, but this could've been alot better, especially since the Roasted Malts gave the beer a bland flavor seeing it was the most powerful taste. It's certainly not bad, but I think this is an okay stout at best.

Serving type: bottle

12-09-2011 03:27:39 | More by NuclearDolphin
Photo of ChadQuest


3/5  rDev -21.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pour is light black with some browning around the edges. not super opaque.
The aroma is dominated by roasted malt notes throughout, light coffee with cream about pegs this one.
The flavors are indeed a very well attenuated dry roasted malt flavor, dry cacao beans ground and thrown in, some light vanilla. I was a bit surprised this was 7.5%, i would have thought closer to 9 or so.
The body is smooth and creamy but finishes dry.

A solid beer, i plan to pick up a whole pack for when i just want to go grab a good stout.

Serving type: bottle

12-05-2011 05:14:01 | More by ChadQuest
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-03-2011 22:35:58 | More by adman08
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.


Serving type: bottle

11-15-2011 21:56:12 | More by THECPJ
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-15-2011 16:15:42 | More by JohnnyChicago
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-13-2011 05:15:08 | More by jegross2
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?

Serving type: bottle

11-13-2011 02:01:17 | More by iDrinknewglarus
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-09-2011 00:43:59 | More by baldiegooner
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-02-2011 23:47:50 | More by LaCoursiere
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-30-2011 17:33:56 | More by JohnnyHopps
Satin Solitude Imperial Stout from Central Waters Brewing Co.
86 out of 100 based on 674 ratings.