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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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718 Ratings
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Ratings: 718
Reviews: 374
rAvg: 3.82
pDev: 11.52%
Wants: 53
Gots: 57 | 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 ccrida


4.33/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle poured into my Delirium snifter, Satin Solstice is dark brown with a light tan head that leaves very light, scattered, sticky foam.

Smell is heavy caramel, some waxy phenols as well.

Taste is big coffee and caramel, flashing back and forth and lingering on the slightly sweet, bitter finish. Very smooth, pretty full flavored, not much roast though.

Mouthfeel is slick, medium bodied, a nice softness to it.

Drinkability is very good, a really nice coffee stout, and though they claim it's an imperial stout, I wouldn't age it like one, and drink now (my was bottled 6 months ago). The value is an added bonus.

Serving type: bottle

12-08-2010 03:22:27 | More by ccrida
Photo of pbmcguire


4.03/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Very dark brown. Settled to one finger of nice light tan head.

S- Awesome roasty aroma with some coffee.

T- Coffee and burnt flavors, Black Patent and maybe some bitter chocolate. Very roasty flavors with a bitter aftertaste from the roasted malts.

M- Medium light body. Smooth with a slightly creamy richness.

D- Lighter than expected body makes it an easy drinker.

Serving type: bottle

12-05-2010 21:23:36 | More by pbmcguire
Photo of CaptainIPA


4.33/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presented in a brown 12 oz. bottle and poured into a Central Waters Brewing Company pint glass: "Microbrew for the Microfew." Leaves a nice pattern of patchwork lace.

Pours an opaque black with a one-finger head that quickly fades to a beaded rimming of foam. Aromas of coffee, toffee, cocoa powder and milk chocolate.

Smooth and creamy mouthfeel with a slight carbonation. Opens with full-bodied coffee and chocolate notes before moving into subtler suggestions of chocolate/malted milk, caramel and butterscotch. Bourbon tones enter the fray and bring some heat to the equation, but not as much as you'd anticipate from an Imperial. Very smooth with a delicate balance between malt and hops, and complexly rich roasted flavors. Finishes bitter.

A faithful tribute to the style and an absolute pleasure to sip. Outstanding stuff from one of my favorite local breweries.

Serving type: bottle

12-04-2010 06:42:11 | More by CaptainIPA
Photo of cdkrenz


4.28/5  rDev +12%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Bottle cellared between 50 and 55 degrees since December 2009.

A - The brew has the look of a decent stout. Black body with a head of medium tan.

S - Smell is that of a dark chocolate bar. It is the perfect aroma for a stout, and all stouts should strive for this scent.

T - The flavor is slightly disappointing as I was expecting a big chocolate bar. While it is still good with a robust coffee flavor I was just a bit taken back.

M - The feel is slightly coarse throughout. From beginning, to middle, to end, and through the finish long after each pull. For that great character I find this brew to be of exceptional texture.

~ This beer is very good after being aged for a year. One of the great things about this brew is that Central Waters brews this beer every year. I suggest you pick up a sixer or two and stash some of it away for next December. You won't be disappointed.

(Review below originally entered on 9/10/2007)

$6.50 / Six Pack
County Market
Stevens Point, Wisconsin

Appearance - Purple in the pour to a deep black body. It tops with a head medium brown in color and 3/4 of an inch tall. There is some nice lacing around the pint. (4)

Smell - Coffee and chocolate aromas make for a tempting scent. This beer actually smells smooth. (4.5)

Taste - Dark roasted malts offer a rounded, not too sweet, coffee flavor that goes down in excellent fashion. (4.5)

Mouthfeel - Satin is right! This beer is so smooth! It moves through my mouth and into my cheeks with a wonderful tickle near my ears for the finish. (5)

~ Do not pass up this stout (period) (4.5)

Serving type: bottle

12-04-2010 00:42:12 | More by cdkrenz
Photo of cobolstinks


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

A Pours a dark rich color. Lots of carbonation bubbles are visible.

S I got a strong smell of coffee and almost chocolate scents from this beer, more so than I had expected.

M Has a smooth mouth feel for the alcohol content in this beer. I almost don't notice that it is an imperial.

D I really enjoyed this beer for the style. I could see having a few of these in a session. This is probably the most drinkable beer that I've had from this style.

Overall great beer for the style, I really enjoyed it.

Serving type: bottle

11-24-2010 21:50:08 | More by cobolstinks
Photo of robwestcott


3.63/5  rDev -5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

poured rather aggressively from the bottle a coca cola brown to a dogfish head signature glass with a hint of a short lasting head and minimal retention.

big aroma of milk chocolate and toffee - maybe a bit of coffee in the wayback.

smooth creamy milk chocolate is up front and espresso closely follows along with a hint of dark fruits.

big bodied, smooth, creamy, medium carbonation.

drinkable - i suppose if i had another bottle, i'd give it a go.

Serving type: bottle

11-23-2010 01:15:34 | More by robwestcott
Photo of imprezawrxsti


4.33/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

i'll make this quick, because i'm playing the glenn beck drinking game.

found at otto's liquors on oakland in milwaukee. i'm drinking from the bottle (sorry guys), but what smell i can get is dark, nutty, and intriguing. DO WANT.

notes of nuts, chocolate...it's rich. slight caramel as well. it feels good in the mouth, not too thick, but enough for an imperial stout.

aftertaste is pleasant, again, the chocolate comes through along with...coffee? espresso maybe. not bitter at all.

drinkability? well, every time glenn says 'george soros' or 'revolutionary', there's a drink. needless to say, i'm sipping from this bottle frequently. i'm not bothered one bit. it's rather good drinking wise for a heavy style of beer.

overall, this is a gem from a small town brewery. deeelicious.

Serving type: bottle

11-19-2010 03:19:51 | More by imprezawrxsti
Photo of ktrillionaire


3.33/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - It pours a root beer brown with a short-lived russet head; it is not quite opaque, and visibly thin for the style.

S - The nose is roasty with faint Milk Stout tones. It is slightly sweet, somewhat tangy, and has a small measure of green hop in the aroma.

T - The flavor follows the nose; very nice taste, agreeable, but nothing challenging or unusual. The roastiness is mellow, the alcohol (relatively) low, and there is a slight green hoppy bitterness that cuts the sweetness at the end. Not mind-blowing. Decent, though.

M - The body is too thin, though it works okay with the slight flavors.

D - There is nothing wrong with this beer. Then again, there is not too much tremendously right about it, either. I am ambivalent.

Serving type: bottle

11-09-2010 22:37:24 | More by ktrillionaire
Photo of 3FaveryRogue


3.23/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4.5

[L] Satin Solstice pours a dark brown color into glass. Nowhere near opaque to light. The head on it is a toasty brown color, with loose, soapy looking foam atop.

[S] The aroma is dusty chocolate bar, some sourness, vanilla, lots of plum, dark fruit, and a bit of coffee.

[T] Milk chocolate is the first thought. Followed by a sour vinous fruit. With only a slight roast, vanilla cream, and coffee on finish. Seems to open up nicely as it warms.

[F] Very thin bodied, with a bit of sourness. And practically no hops.

[D] It may not be the greatest imperial stout, but its best aspect is drinkability. I could do many of these in a sitting compared to some of the big ones.

This beer was $7 or $8 a 6 pack. It's certainly no Rasputin, but I become less impressed with that beer as well, every time I have it. As an imperial stout, this is far from being a great. I personally wouldn't deem it "imperial", but it does seem a little excess for a regular, I guess. Bottom line is that its probably the best you're gonna get for the $, and it makes for a decent session.

Serving type: bottle

11-03-2010 12:10:31 | More by 3FaveryRogue
Photo of brentk56

North Carolina

3.53/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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

Serving type: bottle

10-31-2010 23:53:46 | More by brentk56
Photo of AgentZero


3.68/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Chris aka spycow for bringing this back for me.

A - Black stout with a one finger, fine tan head that had moderate retention and faded to a partial cap. Some cris-cross lacing on the sides.

S - Roast, espresso, sweet carob-like cocoa, little bit of chocolate milk. The bittering balances out the sweetness pretty well on this one.

T - Nice roasted precense, the coffee is not so coffee-like, but is nicely bittering. Milky chocolate is there, with a bit of a sour lactose taste on the end I didn't care for. Overall good, but not great.

M - Carbonation adds an approriate bite, smooth and medium bodied.

D - Not bad, lactic sourness gets me after a while, but it is a solid drinker.

Serving type: bottle

10-27-2010 22:25:51 | More by AgentZero
Photo of birchstick


3.5/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - pours an uber dark brown with a nice one-finger tan head

S - the smells is pure milk chocolate with some vanilla - smells almost like chocolate chip cookies. There are also notes of bakers chocolate and some dark fruits. I was surprised not to smell any roasted malt as it is typical in these types of beers

T - the taste isn't as sweet as the nose. The milk chocolate is there as is the vanilla. The coffee flavors / burnt malt I was expecting in the nose showed up too, but faintly. This is one of the sweetest imperial stouts I have tried to date. Based on others' reviews of loads of coffee/burnt flavors, I must be missing something here. Oh well, it is still pretty good.

M - creamy and smooth, but a little thinner than I like my stouts

D - another solid one from Central Waters. I wish I could get their stuff down here as I have yet to have a beer from them I wasn't impressed with.

Serving type: bottle

10-27-2010 02:06:32 | More by birchstick
Photo of RRC87


4.1/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a dark mahogany with sightly less than one finger of head which quickly dissipates.

S: Smells of sweet toffee and dark roasted malts. Coffee notes come through strong and a bit of vanilla is present as well.

T: Roasted malt sweetness hits you first, with a little alcohol and coffee poking through which prevents the sweetness from becoming cloying. Dark chocolate bitterness dominates the finish.

M: A little on the heavier side, and extremely smooth, and creamy Maybe a little too much in fact. It can get a bit syrupy.

D: Even with the syrupy potential on the mouth feel this is about as drinkable as an imperial stout can be.

Overall: I don't know that I would want to drink them all night every night, but I could put down a couple of them at any given time.

Serving type: bottle

10-25-2010 18:25:05 | More by RRC87
Photo of deadbody


4.95/5  rDev +29.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours a dark black, very little carbonation, no real head, and a minimal amount of lacing.

Taste is OMGmazing. Coffee and chocolate deep with a bit of a alcohol bite. Smooth thick mouthfeel, almost like you are taking a bite of a great cake. Smell is strong with a bit of alcohol warmth. Would drink again in a heartbeat. Bought as a single, and next trip to the liquor store I will likely be picking up a 6 pack.

Serving type: bottle

10-17-2010 03:02:48 | More by deadbody
Photo of boomer31


3.93/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Near black in the center but brown around the edges. Thin lacing of bubbles but almost no head. Lookins thinner than most imperial stouts

S - Roasted coffee and chocolate. Perhaps a hint of fruit.

T - The roasty bitterness hits you right away then the chocolate followed by more on the way down. There is a roasty aftertaste and perhaps a touch of dark fruit. I think the bitterness is coming from the chocolate and it is very pronounced.

M - Actually more full than I was anticipating. Rich chocolate with a very low carbonation.

D - A bit on the lighter end for an imperial stout which make it more drinkable but nothing special.

Overall a good beer. Not my favorite of Central Waters offerings but solid.

Serving type: bottle

10-15-2010 23:49:20 | More by boomer31
Photo of Gueuzedude


3.05/5  rDev -20.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This bottle is at least a year or two old, perhaps 2008 vintage; Sampled August 2010
A solid pour into my 25cl tulip glass produces a two-finger thick darkly amber stained head. The beer is a near black color that shows flashes of a brilliantly clear, concentrated ruby when held up to the light. Hmm, the aroma smells quite interesting; there is almost a cheesy, or even rotting fruit like quality to the rich concentrated dark malt aromas of dark chocolate, roasted coffee and darkly toasted whole grain bread crust. The funkiness, when it mixes with the alcohol towards the end, seems to accentuate something that reminds me of rum and spice cake. The nose of this beer is quite funny, not bad by any means, but doesn't seem like this is what the brewer intended.

Somewhat thick as it first hits my tongue, the beer is quite a bit drier than I was expecting and even tastes a bit tart somehow; though it still remains viscous. Ample roasted notes contribute flavors of espresso, bitter dark chocolate and roasted whole grain bread, the dark malt character also contributes notes of salty / smoky malt. The finish has some tartness from overly burnt malt character and also has a fair amount of bitterness from both hops and roasted grain. The tartness overall is just a bit too lactic like to be derived from the grain, and whatever has gotten hold of this beer has stripped it of much of its sweetness.

The flavor is nearly as off as the aroma is, but it is still a touch oddly tart. Not a bad beer in the end, but likely would be much better if there wasn't a bacterial problem (even if it hasn't gotten out of hand yet). It is always a bit surprising when an Imperial Stout goes this far down hill so quickly.

Serving type: bottle

10-15-2010 16:03:08 | More by Gueuzedude
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District of Columbia

3.95/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to blackhawks87 for this extra. Bottle to a snifter.

A: Very dark brown. When held to the light, a brown color appears clearly on the rims. Small head.

S: Chocolate coverd dark fruits, burned malt, dark cherry, some wood-like notes, and a little alcohol burn when you get your nose in there. I can't get rid of the thought of a kind of singed dark cherry aroma here.

T: Very roasty stout. The start is sweet with some chocolate (maybe bakers chocolate). Lots of roast, dark fruit, burnt currants, and other malty/fruity notes. Not as complex as hoped for, but solid.

M: Smooth, but maybe a little over carbonated for the style.

D: Overall, good.

Serving type: bottle

10-15-2010 01:54:32 | More by Dreadnaught33
Photo of GeezLynn


3.68/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance is black, with just a touch of brown peaking out. Dirty white head is scant and goopy, but is well retained.

Big aroma of dark roasted dark malts. Smells quite sweet but has more of a vanilla character than chocolate or coffee.

Flavor is well-represented by the smell. Lots of dark roasted malt, overlaid with lots of sugary vanilla sweetness. There's also the noticeable earthiness you get from oats, black licorice, and a touch of pine resin. Finish is lengthy, bitter and very charred.

Mouthfeel is fairly smooth, but somewhat light for the stout. Carbonation is also on the light side but wouldn't consider it under-carbonated.

As a whole, I thought this was a solid beer, but was just too one-dimensional for my tastes. Even the high level of sweetness couldn't combat what for me was an excessive and unrelenting amount of burnt flavor. I could enjoy a pint of this every now and then, but grade it well outside the upper tier of its style.

Serving type: bottle

10-04-2010 03:31:21 | More by GeezLynn
Photo of dpnelson1978


3.8/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle into glass snifter.

$1.50 / ea.

A: Bright deep brown body with a small creamy head that bubbles up in a delayed fashion leaving only the lightest lacing and a thin ring of cover.

S: Coffee dominates with hints of raisin and molasses underneath. No hop aroma.

T: Sweet roasted nuts, coffee, brandy, and raisins. No one characteristic dominates, and the overall impression is very well balanced. Aftertaste is malty, but light.

M: Light body with medium carbonation. Smooth on the tongue with crisp carbonation at the very end. Does not leave a bitter or astringent feel.

D: Very drinkable for an imperial stout, probably aided by the relatively low ABV, and balanced flavor. Not something I would drink on a hot summer afternoon, but in the fall, or with a nice meal this one does the trick nicely.

O: Solid offering from Central Waters. Something I would be proud to share with friends and family over the holidays.

Serving type: bottle

10-04-2010 00:20:05 | More by dpnelson1978
Photo of BeerShirts


4.43/5  rDev +16%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- A dark brown almost black pour with no head just a couple bubbles around the edge

S- Molasses, dark fruit, roasted coffee

T- very much like the smell molasses, roasted malt/coffee, dark chocolate. Lighter then expected but still a GREAT beer

M- Very smooth, low carbonation, slightly oily after

D- Highly enjoy this beer, great full taste and the perfect amount of ABV to get you buzzing but still be able to have several of them in one night.

Serving type: bottle

09-28-2010 17:13:59 | More by BeerShirts
Photo of ffejherb


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

12oz. bottle into tulip on 9/7/10.

A - Poured a muddy dark brown liquid with a crown of foamy froth on top that retained quite well and decorated the sides of the glass with swatches of sticky lace. Bits of chunky sediment eventually settled to the bottom of the glass.

S - Initial aroma combines the roasted character of coffee with a woody, earthy hop profile and bittersweet cocoa notes. Eventually, some warm alcohol notes emerge as the liquid reached room temperature. Not overly aromatic, though, but pleasant.

T - While coffee and chocolate are the dominant flavors, Satin Solstice also offers a hint of licorice, molasses, dried dark fruit and plenty of earthy hop bitterness, especially in the finish. Leafy, woody hops really come to the forefront in the backend, as well as bitter chocolate notes.

M - Medium bodied with an oily texture, but moderately carbonated, which provides a prickly nudge on the tastebuds. Finishes with a modest surge of alcohol warmth and hop bitterness on the palate.

D - Though not quite as awesome as their Coffee Stout, Central Waters still delivers a winner with this Imperial Stout. This one is on the hoppier end of the spectrum for the style, but still delivers plenty of chocolate and coffee characteristics to keep things interesting and multi-faceted.

Serving type: bottle

09-08-2010 00:25:41 | More by ffejherb
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Quebec (Canada)

3.48/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

09-04-2010 03:25:14 | More by Phyl21ca
Photo of Elendinn


3.95/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Thanks to chswimmer for this generous offering.  Poured from a bottle into a Sam Smith pint glass.

A - pours dark brown with a tan head that dissipates quickly.  A bit underwhelming, visually.

S - molasses, vanilla, and chocolate dominate, with some obligatory roasted malt -- smooth, sweet, and creamy.  Though appealing, the aromas are rather faint.

T - molasses, coffee, and vanilla, reminiscent of chocolate milk.  Some bourbon is evident, becoming more apparent as the glass dwindles.

M - smooth, creamy, and mildly carbonated -- like satin.  Not the body one would expect from an imperial stout; nevertheless, I found it suited the flavors very well.

D - Not too sweet and very smooth. An imperial stout?  Perhaps not; however, I still found it a pleasure to drink.

Serving type: bottle

08-30-2010 19:06:41 | More by Elendinn
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3.85/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz bottle, bottled 3/2010, into a Duvel tulip.

A: Black body with 3" of finely constructed light brown foam. Great retention and solid sheets of lacing. Gorgeous stout.

S: Super chocolately - wow. Candied fruits show up as it warms, as well as some molasses and alcohol. Lovely and complex.

T: All the layers of the nose, but with more bitterness and burn. Still great, but not quite as great as the aroma promised.

M: A little on the light side of medium bodied, and I'm afraid my somewhat rough pour put almost all of the carbonation into the fantastic head - it feels a bit flat.

D: Just a touch on the boozy side, but not really that harsh. This would be quite good for a fresh imperial stout if it were 9 or 10%, but there's no way a 7.5% stout should be this hot.

Notes: I really enjoyed this beer, but there are so many great imperial stouts out there that I won't be missing it if I never have it again. For the price, though (~$8/6-pack), it's tough to beat this rich, flavorful dark beer. If I had year-round access to it, it would probably be my go-to value beer in the winter months.


Serving type: bottle

08-30-2010 13:21:59 | More by woosterbill
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3.85/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Typically dark brown pour - good foamy brown head with some decent lacing left around the glass.

Aroma is OK - mostly malty, which is to be expected. Flavor evolves nicely as it warms up. Notes of bitter chocolate, a little bit of coffee, and more malts.

Somewhat lighter bodied than I would prefer for an imperial stout, but this lightness makes it a bit more drinkable than other imperials.

Good beer and something I'd drink again, but nothing remarkable and would probably not go out of my way for it.

Serving type: bottle

08-27-2010 01:02:09 | More by thetomG
Satin Solitude Imperial Stout from Central Waters Brewing Co.
86 out of 100 based on 718 ratings.