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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: 728
Reviews: 376
rAvg: 3.82
pDev: 11.52%
Wants: 53
Gots: 61 | 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 bigfnjoe


3.83/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

A- pours a dark brown, nearly black, with a one finger tan head. Head isn't as dark as other stouts I've seen. Carbonation looks a little steep with lots of bubbles forming on the side of the glass going up to the head. Lacing is excellent.

S- chewy smelling cocoa and slight baby hints of coffee. Mmmm...

T- this is interesting...getting mostly coffee in the taste, with a little bit of chocolate. It's not really bitter, it's not really sweet, it's just kind of...there. Not sure how I feel about this

M- medium bodied. I've had thinner stouts that I've panned, I've had thicker that I loved. It gets a medium grade then

D- for the price, it's fantastic. 12 bucks a sixer for an imperial stout? Hell yeah. It's not the best one I've had by any stretch of the imagination, but I wouldn't turn one down

Serving type: bottle

12-30-2010 00:31:04 | More by bigfnjoe
Photo of PSUDREW


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

A: The pour reminds me of a Guinness, w/o the downward bubbles. A nicely carbonated, semi translucent dark brown, with a thick, foamy tan head. finished with lacing all the way down.
S: has an oddly astringent odor. not sure why. hints of alcohol and coffee, but nothing really dominant
T: Really nice malt and coffee/toffee flavor up front, then a little bit of molasses and maybe a hint of nut. not a lot of chocolate flavor.
M: light for and impy stout. Yeah it isn't bad, but I expect more I guess
D: solid

Serving type: bottle

12-28-2010 05:13:58 | More by PSUDREW
Photo of Fish113d


4/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark brown body witha foamy latte-foam colored head of about 1 1/2 fingers. Hard to see much light through it.

"Boozy" nose with notes of chocolate and dark toffee sweetness. Slight coffee roast also there, but the sweetness definitely overwhelms this one.

Not as sweet on the sip as first thought. Actually more coffee-like than expected. A toffee and nuttiness also comes to the palate very smoothly. Some booze on the tongue as well. Less chocolate than expected as well. The nose does not match the taste for the most part, which is very interesting to me.

Full-bodied beer with a nice smooth sip with the appearance of some booze on the tongue, but overall, it is as smooth as they advertise...like satin.

Overall, this is definitely a keeper! Solid brew from a brewery I've never heard of until now. Very nice offering for a very cold East-Coast winter eve.

Serving type: bottle

12-28-2010 03:58:04 | More by Fish113d
Photo of SamuelJackson45


3.08/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Pours a dark black body with a Heavy Tan head and lace.

S- Smell of dark roast coffee notes and heavy burnt malts.

T- Taste of burnt malts and hops and dark robust coffee notes. Hints of molasses and caramel linger in the taste.

M- Syrup thick texture. Lot of burnt taste flavor and hops.

D- Not a fan. To many bad flavors are mix in this.


Serving type: bottle

12-27-2010 01:22:03 | More by SamuelJackson45
Photo of CooperEllis

New York

3.18/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12oz into dfh snifter

Pours deep brown with a thin carmel colored head, leaves minimal lacing, not very sticky.

Aroma is licorice (is that spelled correctly?) and a bit of roasted malt. There is some boozyness with a sharp inhale or a breath on the sip.

Full roasted malt taste is in and out quickly. There is a notable absence of any dark fruit as I believe a nice dark fruit flavor here would provide needed depth as well as open up the predominent roasted malt to provide better layering.

A bit thin for an imperial stout.

It isn't a terrible representation of the style, and I would be happy to drink it, but I would like a brew I choose to have, at least, one notable characteristic and I don't feel this has one.


Serving type: bottle

12-21-2010 02:40:29 | More by CooperEllis
Photo of TMoney2591


3.3/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served in a Half Acre shaker pint glass.

Thanks to VDubb86 for this bottle!

And the Woodman's haul continues. This offering pours a mostly opaque deep black-brown topped by about a finger or so of light ecru foam. The nose is decidedly weak, comprising light roasted malts and chocolate. The taste is definitely more present, but not by too much: the roasted malts and chocolate still lie pretty flat on the 'buds. The body is a straight medium, with a very light moderate carbonation and a smooth feel. Overall, this stout fails to live up to imperial standards (even Francis II would be displeased by this failure...and he let the Empire illegally dissolve!), with its weak smell and thin body. Still, it is quite easy to drink.

Serving type: bottle

12-19-2010 22:17:21 | More by TMoney2591
Photo of Bmoyer0301


2.85/5  rDev -25.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3


Pours a very dark brown but not quite black with very little to no head retention. As I hold it up to the light there is a lingering murkiness and no carbonation bubbles to be seen anywhere. As I give the glass a swirl the lacing is on the thinner side which isn't typical for a imperial stout.


Black licorice, and loads of sweet brown sugar with some mild roast and ash aromas. There is a faint amount of coffee and molasses with no real hop presence and some heat alcohol.


Very sweet, and reminiscent of the black licorice in the aroma almost like jagermeister. Surprisingly there is a fair amount of bitterness from ashy flavors and hops. The hops are more earthy and mossy with some herbal notes that compliment the heat alcohol very well.


For an imperial stout this was a little thin, I prefer my stouts a little thicker and have more mouthfeel and viscosity to them when they get above the 7% ABV mark. Not the overall best beer from these guys but you can't win them all.

Serving type: on-tap

12-19-2010 17:42:37 | More by Bmoyer0301
Photo of Vdubb86


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

Served in a pint glass

This beer pours a dark brown color with a light beige head. The smell is fairly malty slight buttery fruit note. Again the smell is really faint. The flavor is still fairly weak especially for an imperial stout. This tastes of slight chocolate, some roasted malt, some general maltiness a bit of spice to go with it. This is fairly weak for the style I must admit. I'm generally disappointed in this beer. The mouthfeel is still pretty solid but still it's not imperial in the slightest. It's got good drinkability, it's not a bad beer, but sure as hell the wrong style.

Serving type: bottle

12-19-2010 05:47:14 | More by Vdubb86
Photo of thain709


3.65/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - The body was a darker brown in color with some ruby highlights...the head was small and off white...it fell into a thin, wispy covering and left a little lacing

S - Pleasant notes of chocolate especially after the beer warmed up...other roasted aromas as well...malts and coffee

T - The chocolate flavor is nice in this beer...it gets you right up front and stays until the middle of the beer...then it kind of went downhill...sweet caramel malt and dark fruit flavors sweep in but they don't combine well...it leaves a funny taste...the bitter coffee and slight hops come in at the end and save it

M - Medium bodied...smooth and silky...nice bitterness...a touch of alcohol

D - This was an okay stout...I didn't find it to be imperial-like though...I'll be trying more from these guys since they are now in PA

Serving type: on-tap

12-18-2010 14:28:00 | More by thain709
Photo of HosP


3.75/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours almost opaque. Dark brown around the outside where light shines through. Thin tan head to it.

S - Nice sweet chocolate smell to this. Hint of a some coffee notes.

T - Pretty sweet drink. Nice chocolate flavor with some vanilla and coffee flavor in the middle. More bitter than I thought but balances it out nicely. Some burnt malts come through at the end of the drink.

M - Medium body. Very smooth and creamy.

D - Solid imperial stout. Nothing extraordinary but a very solid beer. Perfect drink on a night where your snowed in (like tonight). Would love to try some more central waters.

Serving type: bottle

12-13-2010 03:33:46 | More by HosP
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
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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
Satin Solitude Imperial Stout from Central Waters Brewing Co.
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