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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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821 Ratings
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Ratings: 821
Reviews: 383
rAvg: 3.82
pDev: 11.26%
Wants: 55
Gots: 76 | FT: 6
Brewed by:
Central Waters Brewing Co. visit their website
Wisconsin, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial Stout |  7.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Bierman9 on 02-19-2002)
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Photo of mikesgroove
3.85/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

thick black, opague oil like liquid. A nice small tan colored head was present at the start, which hung around for a decent amount of time.

Lots of coffee and chocolate tones set the stage here. Hints of french vanilla and sugar swirled around Great consistency. Big flavors of roasted dark chocolate and coffee. Big suprise was the huge hop presence here. Very dry finish, but also in the taste. Hints of pine and rich molasses and bakers chocolate in the finish, very complex.

overall a great beer to end the night with

mikesgroove, Jul 17, 2011
Photo of Arenbeer
4/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Beerwolf77 for this brew

12oz bottle into a Tulip Glass

Review #250

A- Pours a nice dark dark brown that appears black with a thin 1 finger khaki head. Splotchy lacing and slight alcohol legs on there but nothing crazy.

S- Dark roasted malts, coffee or espresso, dark chocolate, and a slight bit of alcohol in the finish.

T- Strong burnt coffee up font, toasted dark malts, unsweetened dark chocolate, and a slight hop presence in there. Pretty standard stout, nothing crazy.

M- Medium body with moderate carbonation and a nice bitter finish.


Arenbeer, Jul 04, 2011
Photo of tapman
4.33/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Dark, dark ruby. Not black. Head is 2 fingers and milk chocolate brown. Head goes down quickly to leave a thick lace.

Sweet fig, a small amount of astringent roast-like aroma and earthy hops.

Taste is like drinking a dark chocolate martini; smooth dark chocolate, earthy and minty hops and a moderate bitterness gives this brew 2 legs to stand on.

Smooth, rich, creamy, and a little spritzy.

Nice and hoppy and earns the moniker of "American" imperial stout. I find the balance to be very well done and this is perhaps my favorite of the Central Waters beers I've tasted.

tapman, Jun 21, 2011
Photo of drewba
4.03/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A - deep brown, two finger fluffy mocha head with fair retention. Lacing hangs in layers as I continue to drink.

S - This absolutely stinks of fresh roasted coffee, mocha and tootsie roll. Decent roast and dark fruit in the back end. This has a serious aroma though, you can smell it as soon as the cap comes off and even if the glass is a few feet away.

T - Lots going on here; the smell is quite close to the flavor; lots of tootsie roll, creamy milk chocolate, molasses, super sweet caramel, balanced dark fruit. An overwhelming sweetness in the start quickly turns to bitter by a substantial roast, bitter coffee grounds, cocoa powder. The sweet goes straight to sharp and bitter; little balance.

M - body is nice and hefty, carbonation is low but satisfying. This does finish fairly astringent; quite mouth drying.

O - The sweet/bitter polarity rounds out as the beer warms, but still lacks a real balance. Despite the bitterness in the finish, the sweetness is king. That said, this is tasty and the flavors are huge.

drewba, Jun 16, 2011
Photo of Thickfreakness
2.4/5  rDev -37.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Got in a trade from EricCioe

A- Deep dark cocoa rich color, Two finger creamy tan head that fades away gently and leaves nice lacing dripping all over the glass. A lot of carbonation for an Imperial Stout.

S- Charred wood and black coffee, Maybe a little chocolate. Not very refined on the nose. No complexity, no dried fruits, vanilla, caramel, or depth.

T- Bitter coffee... that's about it! Burnt wood and nasty coffee.

M- Really thin for an Imperial Stout. The only thing that sticks to your mouth is the bitterness of roasted coffee.

O- Reminds me of a coffee version of Harpoon Chocolate Stout... which is absolutely horrible! Not as bad as that, but I was really expecting alot more.

Thickfreakness, Jun 16, 2011
Photo of Yesac
3.6/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- dark brown color, quickly fading small thin tan colored head. Lots of derbies in the glass.

S- big chocolate nose, burnt malts, hint of caramel and brown sugar.

T- Right off the bat it doesn't remind me of an "imperial stout". Roasted malts, slight black coffee, brown sugar. Nothing impressive.

M- thin/medium body. Light carbonation.

O- Decent stout, however I wouldn't consider it "imperial". There isn't much of an impression made here overall. I'm not a fan of thin bodied stouts anyhow.

Yesac, Jun 13, 2011
Photo of EricCioe
4.05/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This pours a dark chocolate brown with a one finger tan head leaving nice lace on the way down. Sort of light in color for an imperial, but nice nevertheless. On the nose there is a mix of toasted malts and possibly some oats, or maybe it's just a profile that often accompanies most of the oatmeal stouts I've had. There is coffee, but it's restrained, freshly ground, not a harsh day-old nastiness that sometimes shows up in stouts. In the mouth, the toasted malts are at the fore, kind of enveloping the mouth. There is also the coffee from the nose rehashing here, but there is some cream here, too. The body is pretty light for an imperial, and the finish is medium with there being some bitterness from the roasted malt and a definite hop presence at the end, too.

Overall, I can't quite figure why they call this an imperial stout, but it's good anyway. My first Central Waters brew, as they are new to Chicago, but it won't be my last.

EricCioe, Jun 10, 2011
Photo of ddahlen
3/5  rDev -21.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured out of a 12 oz bottle with a 1-2 cm head and a pitch black hue.
The nose hits me with some dark dried fruit and some bready chocolate notes.
The taste seems a bit disjointed. I get some really roasty malt with some slightly sour dried fruit covered with some bitter chocolate.
The mouthfeel is nicely carbonated with a robust body.
Overall, this beer just doesnt seem too rounded to me. Would love to see how this turns out with some age on it.

ddahlen, Jun 02, 2011
3.48/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle into tulip. 2011 (April) release.

A: The pour from the bottle shows a bit of a thin black body. The head formation is a little low, which leads to the poor retention. The body is a bit over carbonated.

S: Aroma is smooth and has hints at coffee and toffee. very subtle chocolate notes, with a medium intensity to the overall aroma.

T/M: For style, the body is light and the overall flavors are lacking. The representation of a session stout is here. The nose suggests the flavors of the chocolate and coffee, and both are represented in the flavor of the brew. The mouthfeel is a smooth, light character and lingering taste is not as I feel that flavors could project.

O: The drinkablity is nice and this is easy going beer. The flavors are smooth and balanced, with very light hop bitterness. Overall, the 7.5ABV is well masked and does not compare with high end viscous stouts, but is decent.

GDBEERMAN, May 22, 2011
Photo of chicagoabbot
4.03/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz into a snifter...first time trying this beer. I'm originally from WI, so I'll pick up any beer from my home state at least once if I see it at the local store.

Appearance is very excellent. Head just keeps coming and coming, brown froth on top of a deep dark body. Major lacing. Well done.

Smell is good, but a little on the chocolatey side for me. I like my big stouts with that deep boil bitterness. This has that, with plenty of malt complexity in the score. A chocolate lover would probably bump up this score a bit more than me.

Taste is solid. Lots of big malt but well balanced and smooth. It's a winner. Plenty of chocolate, like the nose.

Mouthfeel is clean and smooth. Nothing objectionable at all.

If you like this style, try this beer. Looking forward to drinking some of their other offerings.

chicagoabbot, May 19, 2011
Photo of rye726
3.53/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I like the wordage on the bottle about the fuzzy feeling I will get due to the abundant alcohol. Late to find, it is just under eight percent. Nice dark pour. Notes of chocolate, roasted malts, hops and coffee. Medium body well carbonated. Nice beer.

rye726, May 09, 2011
Photo of ChimRichels
4.22/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle bottled in February 2011

A - An aggressive pour yields an inch of fizzy head that dissipates to a ring fairly quickly. Very dark brown/almost black with absolutely no light getting through whatsoever.

S - Alcohol noticeable, coffee and chocolate smells come through with a little earth/dirt

T - Maybe the most chocolatey tasting Stout I've ever had. Cocoa is even more pronounced in the aftertaste. Alcohol is just barely noticeable. Flavors of earth and rye bread linger in the background.

M - Smoooth

O - A very good IMPY stout, I was very surprised to see it was only 7.5% as the flavor rivals some of the 10-11% Stouts out there. Another delicious brew from our friends in Amherst

ChimRichels, May 06, 2011
Photo of Lemke10
4.08/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I bought a Mix & Match 6-pack of Central Waters beer at Star Liquor in Ashland Wisconsin for $8.99 in Spring 2011.

Pours a very dark brown color with an average head that leaves some lacing. Scent is that of some roasted malts and sweet carmel malts. This beer hits the taste buds very boldy with it's robust taste and thick texture. Seems to be the taste of some blackened or dark roasted nuts with a slight hint of carmel. A very interesting beer that is tasty but yet very complex. An absolute must try for dark beer lovers!

Lemke10, May 05, 2011
Photo of stimulus
4.5/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a snifter glass. (6 pack)

A: Pours a jet black with a one finger beige head.
S: Bitter roasted coffee and dark chocolate.
T: Initial blast of roasted coffee, though bitterness is minimal; this is followed up by rich dark chocolate, vanilla, and finally a bit of hops.
M: Full bodied, great carbonation, velvety smooth finish.
O: I'm not sure why this isn't getting a higher score, but I think is the most drinkable imperial stout I've had since FBS back in the fall, and the chocolate/vanilla flavors make this seem like a less viscous, lower ABV Big John. Not perfect, but very good and drinkable for the style.

stimulus, Apr 29, 2011
Photo of jpmclaug
3.58/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Bottle poured into my Sierra Nevada 30th Anniversary snifter.

dark brown, almost black body with a big fluffy tan head on top. Some light roast, a big hint of booze, some background sweetness, maybe a little vanilla in the aroma. As for the taste, definetly getting some chocolate flavor, a bit of a metallic taste, fairly bitter, some tannins. The flavors don't really taste like they integrate. medium to heavy body with a fair amount of carbonation.

Overall a decent stout but nothing mind blowing. I wish it was a little less bitter and a little more roasty. I'd drink this again but I wouldn't seek it out.

jpmclaug, Apr 25, 2011
Photo of mjpolzin
3.85/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I am a sucker for a good imperial stout so I will probably rate this higher than a lot of other beers I drink.

I love the black, almost opaque look of this beer. I smell a little bit of fruit along with a boozy scent. The taste is very similar to the smell with a fruity, boozy taste being the most prevelant thing to me along with a bitterness from the hops. I also get a little bit of a bitter coffee flavor and the slightest little bit of chocolate as well. It was probably a little bit more bitter than most Imperials I have had. Also, call me crazy but the taste of an IS always reminds me a little bit of black liquorice. If its not that, an IS always has a very distinct taste to me and black liquorice is the closest thing that comes to mind.

I also love the nice, warm fuzzy feeling I get from taking a sip of a good Imperial Stout as the booze hits you. That said, this isn't as strong as some IS offerings so it probably makes it more drinkable as you can have a couple and not be totally wasted.

EDIT-Decided that I don't like this quite as much as I thought I did especially compared to a few other Imperial Stouts so I downgraded it just a little bit.

EDIT #2-I had a fresh bottle (bottle 3/12, drank 8/12) side by side with a bottle that had been aged a year (bottled in 2/11). The year old bottle was a little flat as it didn't have as much carbonation and was a little syrupy. The taste was much bolder though as many more flavors came out. With this being a year round Imperial Stout, it is easy to find so I am thinking about getting a six pack and letting it sit for awhile as it seems to get better with age.

mjpolzin, Apr 22, 2011
Photo of Slatetank
4/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I purchased this bottle at Al's of Hampden as part of a mix-a-six. Poured slightly cooler than cellar temp into a willybecker.

A deep brown bordering on opaque black with thcik 1/2 inch cap of tan, lace sticks well and bead is tiny. The smell is good with very strong sweet malt nose and lots of chocolate w/ some mild vanilla and dark fruit undertones w/ slight plum tinge. The feel is a bit thin, but nice toasted and sweet elements with moderate carbonation and subtle roasted texture w/ a finish that is semi-dry.

The taste has a mild roasted flavor w/ some bitter hop tinges and light taste of dark fruit like plum and a subtle raisin note w/ burnt toast and light caramel w/ a coffee and slight nutty tinge in the finish. Overall I enjoyed this as it is a really quality stout with lower abv than most in its category but solid flavor-wise and tons of malt complexity worth trying for sure.

Slatetank, Apr 21, 2011
Photo of richkrull
3.43/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a dark black color with a lot of beige head on it with good lacing as well. Smell is lots and lots of roasted coffee, not much else as far as I can tell. Taste is also quite a bit of bitter roasted coffee with some chocolate and quite a bit of alcohol coming through in the finish. A big medium or more bodied beer. Pretty decent beer overall but the more I drink it, the more the alcohol flavor comes through.

richkrull, Apr 15, 2011
Photo of Azurescens
3.2/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz bottle with bottled on punch taken out of label on November, poured into Maudite stemmed glass, reviewed on 4/8/11

A: Pours a very dark brown with very little head, not nearly as dark or thick as I would expect from an imperial stout.

S: Roasted barley, some alcohol, and hints of coffee, chocolate and apple.

T: Roasted barley, with some alcohol, chocolate, toffee and a bit of coffee.

M: Not nearly as full of a body as I would expect from an imperial stout with moderate carbonation.

O: Not really up to par with what I expect from an imperial stout. This tastes alright but is not thick enough, dark enough or enough alcohol to get a good review as an imperial stout. If I were reviewing this as a regular stout it would get a better rating.

Azurescens, Apr 09, 2011
Photo of billab914
3.9/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into my Portsmouth glass. It poured a darker, caramel brown color with a thin, bubbly, tan head clinging to the edges of the glass. It looks a little thin and light for the style though overall.

The aroma has a very rich, chocolaty, cocoa flavored aroma to it. I get some roasty, bitter flavors to it as well, but the chocolate is what really stands out to me.

The taste starts off with some of the chocolaty notes I got in the aroma, but shortly after I really start to get more bitter, roasty, coffee flavors to it. Some of that sweeter chocolate comes back to linger a bit in the finish.

The mouthfeel is about average for the style, and carbonation is moderate. Overall it was a very nice beer. It had a great mix between chocolaty and bitter roastiness. Very smooth and flavorful beer for the style and a very tasty beer overall.

billab914, Mar 31, 2011
Photo of 4DAloveofSTOUT
4.1/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I assume that this is the base beer for Peruvian Morning.

aggressive pouring into a snifter.

Appearance: Black body with a tanish white head. 1 1/2 fingers of head that dissapates down to a white ring on top the black beer. Sticky lacing coating glass.

Smell: Roasty malt, chocolate, and hint of alcohol.

Taste: Coffee bitterness & roasted malts hit heavy on the palate right away, but they do not overpower the the taste of this beer. Some dark chocolate flavors in the background. No alcohol taste in the beer.

Mouthfeel: Very light in body for an imperial stout, it is moderate in body and also moderate in the carbonation. This beer is creamy & smooth just like an irish dry stout, but much bigger.

Overall: This beer would be a great beer to introduce someone to an imperial stout, but is still complex enough to make the beer geeks happy. After trying my third beer from Central Waters I am very impressed and enjoy them as much as New Glarus beers! In a beer market full of big Imperial Stouts this beer carries the huge flavor of the big Imperial Stouts, but is not as heavy on your palate. Awesome beer!

4DAloveofSTOUT, Mar 30, 2011
Photo of BeerImmediately
4/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours with a fairly faint tan head over a dark brown body with a decent amount of lacing.

Aromas are full of salted peanuts, dark chocolate, touch of campfire smokiness.

Creamy smooth on the palate for an ADIS. Aromas transfer through, with salty, smokey quality that overshadows the dark chocolate. Some alcohol comes thru in the finish, which I didn't expect in one with just 7.5%. Overall smooth character/MF, low carbonation, and nice finish.

BeerImmediately, Mar 24, 2011
Photo of larsenju
3.68/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-Solid black body with a slightly taller than average head that drops quickly and leaves a thin tan covering.

S-Black licorice, along with rich dark chocolate, bitter roast, and just a hint of coffee. Just a little hot, really not bad at all.

T-Bitter dark chocolate dominates the palate, I also got some light toffee mixed in along with some licorice and coffee. There is also a sugary molasses along with a touch of cola.

M-Full body with medium high carbonation, a little heat.

D-Its not wonderful, but at $1.79 a bottle, you can't go wrong. I would like to see the alcohol pulled in a bit, and if the chocolate flavor could be pulled in a bit the other flavors would really balance in nicely.

larsenju, Feb 28, 2011
Photo of zeledonia
3.73/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

From notes. Pours a very deep brown with reddish edges and a thin layer (less than half-finger) of slightly brownish foam. Smell is good; roasted malts and heavy with chocolate, but with a nice hop aroma in the background. Taste is surprisingly simple, heavy on the roasted malt, with a bit of bitter hops following it, but not much else to it. I was hoping for a more rounded and balanced flavor. Mouthfeel is medium, a bit light for the style, and a bit overcarbonated (which is surprising given the lack of head). Decent, but lacking in the heaviness and complexity I look for in an imperial stout.

zeledonia, Feb 28, 2011
Photo of corcoranjc
4.2/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

appearance: black, slight tan head

smell: sweet roasted coffee

taste: nice roasted bitterness at end. chocolate and coffee - mocha. well balanced.

mouthfeel: creamy and full. smooth.

drinkability: high for an imperial stout.

overall: this is a good beer, and i would definitely drink this again. not as beefy or big as other imperial stouts...a nice intro.

corcoranjc, Feb 21, 2011
Satin Solitude Imperial Stout from Central Waters Brewing Co.
86 out of 100 based on 821 ratings.