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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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757 Ratings
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Ratings: 757
Reviews: 379
rAvg: 3.82
pDev: 11.52%
Wants: 55
Gots: 60 | 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 portlandjeff


3.85/5  rDev +0.8%

With an appearance that is a bit light for an imperial stout, this one pours a caramel color that turns black as it pools in the glass. Satin Solstice is adequately carbonated, but head retention is low, even with a somewhat aggressive pour. As the head recedes, a sticky blanket of lacing hangs on the sides of the glass, and the remaining carbonation becomes thin and fine like a wisp of smoke across the dark surface. Held to the light, this is black in the center, but light penetrates the top half inch or so, revealing the toffee colored hues.

The nose on this imperial stout is big on dark chocolate, a bit sweet, and creamy like lactose. Swirling the glass brings up more of that dairy sweetness as well as a little smoke, and raisin.

While the appearance suggested that Satin Solstice lacked the guts of an imperial stout, the flavor suggests otherwise. Bold from start to finish, the dominant flavor notes are dark chocolate and lactose, with a semi-sweet finish that contains a touch of smoke and a mineral aftertaste that lingers on the back of the tongue. Little perceived hop bitterness, but the dark roasty malts pick up the slack. Perceivable alcohol, but more "warm" than "hot". Tasty!

This beer has a medium viscosity, and is a bit sticky and coating. Several minutes after your last sip, you can still feel this one from your lips to the back of your throat. The carbonation is a bit prickly. It's not "soda" bad, but the smoother feel that finer carbonation could impart would be a welcome improvement.

This is an imperial stout, but it clocks in on the lighter end of the spectrum for the style. A bold beer overall, it has good strong flavor without being over the top, a comfortable level of heat, and medium body which makes it a very drinkable example of style that's often best enjoyed a little at a time.

01-05-2011 16:49:13 | More by portlandjeff
Photo of dbossman


4.38/5  rDev +14.7%

A: Black with a thin head--a nice ring around the edge of the glass

S: Roasted malts; strong roasted aroma profile; subtle alcohol burn--fairly subdued overall but coffee is pleasantly persistent

T: Rich creamy maltiness with a blend of roasted coffee beans along side subtle vanilla and chocolate; malty and delicious--coffee is strange in aroma but adds a pleasant backbone as well as needed bitterness to complement the touch of sweetness from the malts

F: Quite creamy and pleasantly carbonated so that the bubbles tickle a bit on the back end of the mouth--keeping a creamy quality on the front end

D: This is a nice imperial stout that isn't too strong--it warms you up just a bit but doesn't attempt to overwhelm you with alcohol

01-02-2011 16:38:12 | More by dbossman
Photo of BeerLover99


3.9/5  rDev +2.1%

A: blackish brown, big 2 finger oatmeal up and down head, amazing lacing in my chalice.

S: roasted nuts, licorice, hint of chocolate and coffee, mild alcohol

T/M: sweet licorice, chocolate up front, med/heavy body, very smooth, velvet body, slight sticky finish. low carbonation.

D: This is excellent! Big sipping beer here, give Central Waters a try and this one is a fine place to start.

01-01-2011 20:13:11 | More by BeerLover99
Photo of GoGriz


3.88/5  rDev +1.6%

An extra from SpeedwayJim. Thanks man.

Pours a cinnamon tinted brown. head is a finger and a half. Leaves good lacing going down.

Smell is sweet toasty stout.

Taste is nice with a pronounced bready, toasty tint that is similar to the scent. Followed up with chocolatey sweetness but finishing with the aforementioned toast notes.

Mouthfeel is good. I like my tongue getting peppered with bubbles in this particular stout. Nice lively carb works with this one.

Drinkability is also good. Good flavor, good mouthfeel and not too over the top with anything.

12-30-2010 22:50:19 | More by GoGriz
Photo of bigfnjoe


3.83/5  rDev +0.3%

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

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


3.58/5  rDev -6.3%

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

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


4/5  rDev +4.7%

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.

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


3.08/5  rDev -19.4%

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.


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

New York

3.18/5  rDev -16.8%

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.


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


3.3/5  rDev -13.6%

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.

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


2.85/5  rDev -25.4%


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.

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


3.58/5  rDev -6.3%

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.

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


3.65/5  rDev -4.5%

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

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


3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

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.

12-13-2010 03:33:46 | More by HosP
Photo of ccrida


4.33/5  rDev +13.4%

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.

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


4.03/5  rDev +5.5%

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.

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


4.33/5  rDev +13.4%

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.

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


4.28/5  rDev +12%

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)

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


4.15/5  rDev +8.6%

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.

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


3.63/5  rDev -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.

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


4.33/5  rDev +13.4%

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.

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


3.33/5  rDev -12.8%

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.

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


3.23/5  rDev -15.4%

[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.

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

North Carolina

3.53/5  rDev -7.6%

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

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


3.68/5  rDev -3.7%

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.

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