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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 Jwale73

Rhode Island

3.15/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Extra from my 'wants' list courtesy of BrewCzar (thanks Bryan). 12oz. bottle served in my DFH Snifter. Poured one shade shy of black with a half inch, khaki-colored head embedded with bubbles. Cap loses its volume within minutes, settling into a soapy skim. Lots of spotty lacing on the tilt side of the glass. Nose reveals cocoa and tart fruit. Taste was sour dark fruit, some cocoa, a slight roastiness and a metallic character. Mouthfeel was medium-bodied, effervescent and slightly acidic. I was a bit underwhelmed with this one, which is too bad because I was blown away by the Brewer's Reserve.

Serving type: bottle

03-06-2009 01:23:54 | More by Jwale73
Photo of marcobrau


4.4/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A foray not-so-deep into the heart of Wisconsin (in fact just across the Illinois stateline) netted a couple six packs of Central Waters brews. First up is the Central Waters Satin Solstice.

This stout is impressive from the start, displaying a tan and cream head that slowly falls leaving some sticky sugary lacework. The aroma is wonderful. The essence of espresso with a touch of cream (perhaps vanilla?) fills the nostrils. This is a smooth, sweetish stout with coffee and cream flavors that delight the tastebuds at first, then with more burnt coffee flavors towards the finish, a hint of smoke and a nice roasted malt and bitter hop finish. A stronger stout, but not too strong.

This is an excellent stout that I will seek out again the next time I cross the Cheddar Curtain.

Serving type: bottle

03-05-2009 04:11:23 | More by marcobrau
Photo of ChainGangGuy


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

Appearance: Pours a dark brown, near black body with a small, exceedingly short-lived, tan head.

Smell: Scent of carbonized, burnt malts with secondary notes of chocolate, toast, and black coffee.

Taste: Charred, roasty malts diminishes to tastes of heavily roasted coffee beans and unsweetened chocolate. Lightly sweet. Taste of seared plums. Earthy, roasty bitterness. Pinch of hearth ash prior to the dry, roasty finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-plus body. Low carbonation.

Drinkability: The roastiness is certainly prominent, even becoming a bit obtrusive in regards to the other flavors, making it sort of a one-trick pony. Still though, it's a decent stout.

Serving type: bottle

02-15-2009 15:17:55 | More by ChainGangGuy
Photo of Wisconsin


4.13/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a fluffy tan two finger head. The body is a dark, almost black. The head fades very slowly.

S - Coffee, chocolate, rich cream and some roasted characteristics. The beer just smells heavy, but in a good way.

T - Rich cream flavor, chocolate, coffee and dark roasted malts bring a slight bitterness towards the end.

M - The chocolate, cream, coffee hits your mouth first and then it transitions to a nice roasted, bitter finish that also has gives you a little hint of alcohol.

D - Only the bitterness keeps this low. I could have a couple in a sitting.

Serving type: bottle

02-14-2009 18:43:27 | More by Wisconsin
Photo of lackenhauser


4.4/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Not quite a black color to it. Deep muddy sort of brown tinge. Great coffee/caramel like aroma. I had to figure this was another coffee beer. Really nice. Great roasted and espresso like flavors. Somewhat nutty-not overly harsh roasted tinge. Decent level of bitterness for sure. Good mouthfeel-nice cocoa tinge in the finish. Damn drinkable and enjoyable-almost downright poundable. Ummm this is a good one.

Serving type: bottle

02-13-2009 01:23:29 | More by lackenhauser
Photo of Soneast


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

Pours a black color with bits of brown making an appearance in the right light. Pours a good 2-finger, light brown colored head that is nice and fluffy with really good retention. Leaves large, pillowy suds on the glass as the beer recedes.

I pick up a lot of bitter chocolate character on the nose, toasted malts and mild coffee aromas as well.

Like the nose the bitter chocolate flavor makes a dominate presence in the mouth followed immediately by coffee, some sweet vanillas and roasted malt flavors, finishing with an underwhelming bitterness. The flavors do seem slightly subdued overall.

Medium to medium-heavy bodied, this seems to be lacking a bit in body compared to other RISs. Mild carbonation helps the beer feel fuller than it might otherwise. Overall the beer has a nice creamy texture, with good flavors although not overly complex. Pretty average RIS overall. While this is a good beer, there is nothing particularly outstanding about it.

Original score: (B-) 4.5/3.0/3.0/4.0/3.5
This beer really comes into it's own with just 9 months of age on it. It feels more heavy bodied and the mouthfeel is smooth and creamy now. It begins to showcase some great complexity with more vanilla sweetness coming through with the overall bitter chocolate flavor transforming into more of a sweet milk chocolate flavor. All this beer really needed was some time to mature, I would now consider this to be a very good stout.

Serving type: bottle

02-09-2009 00:11:44 | More by Soneast
Photo of SykDoc


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

Poured from a bottle into a snifter. It pours clear brown that is opaque when held to the light, but brown at the edges. A tan head forms up to 1/2 inch and reduces to a nice lacing around the edges and over the cap.

The aroma includes a fair amount of bitter chocolate and capuccino. There is an interesting combo of burnt and sweet maltiness.

The taste is heavy on the capuccino and bitter chocolate with a sturdy background of hops. A nice bitterness lingers. A minimally sticky aftertaste lingers that is bitter and sweet.

The mouthfeel is a medium body with a reasonable amount of carbonation. The lingering bitterness also comes across as dryness and is quite nice.

Overall, I think this is a very good beer. However, it is very hard to fight against the juggernauts, known as imperial stouts. I will certainly enjoy it again because I live near the brewery and find it to be a reasonable local stout that is not difficult to find.

Serving type: bottle

01-29-2009 03:17:14 | More by SykDoc
Photo of hopdog


4.05/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottles acquired in trades with iwantalambic, Jcapriotti, and TannerTavernboys (thanks!).

Poured a dark brown color with an averaged sized off white head. I initially got a stronger aroma of smoke and a dirty ashtray, but this subsided somewhat into aromas of light dark fruits, coffee, roasted malts and a little buttery. Tastes of smoke, coffee, roasted malts and light chocolate. Very light coffee bitter finish.

Notes from: 11/22/05

Serving type: bottle

01-18-2009 20:01:10 | More by hopdog
Photo of Atricapilla


4.2/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into my Star Hill Brewery pint glass. Had a very dark mahogany color with a one finger head that quickly dissipated to a good layer of lace. The aroma was predominately toffee. The taste was an initial heavy toffee, followed by ethanol and then roasted grain. I found the pattern to be interesting and complex. Slightly sweet, but not syrupy....Good on a cold winter night.

Serving type: bottle

01-11-2009 04:12:58 | More by Atricapilla
Photo of grandq

New York

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

Pours completely black with a fairly light beige two finger head with large bubbles. Scent is big on molasses, with a dash of coffee and chocolate. A relatively light brew of iced coffee hits the tongue, then flavors get a bit bolder in the dark fruit (plum, prune, raisin) department and roasty malt, the latter of which dominates the finish. Plenty of bitter chocolate as well, though not super bitter. Faint hopping plays backup. Just a touch sweet on the aftertaste. Mouthfeel strikes me as a little too bubbly, not quite cola-like, but close. A minor strike against for me. Solid imperial stout on the lighter end of the spectrum, for the style that is - still certainly substantial. Thanks Mully for the introduction to the brewery, good stuff

Serving type: bottle

01-07-2009 00:47:46 | More by grandq
Photo of msubulldog25


3.78/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A 12 oz. brown bottle, undated, poured to a snifter. The bottle's bottom has several numbers, one of which is '07'; that confirms for me that this has been lurking at the back of the fridge for 18 months, minimum. Seriously. Well-cared for, though, and a style that should age well - let's see.

A: Dark, dark chocolate brown - not the thickest pour ever, but certainly opaque enough. Gorgeous mound of dense cream, a finger-high at its peak and a light mocha color. Possibly the longest retention I can recall - took almost 30 minutes before the head had ebbed enough for the ebony liquid below to finally show through. Fine lace in draping bands.

S: Replete with chocolate, charred grain and ripe berries. It's a good aroma, not a particularly strong one, nor terribly complex.

T: Bittersweet chocolate and a tangy espresso coffee roast. Shows some signs of age with a notable lactic souring, but also some earthy fruit and a little vanilla. Whatever sourness there is really only accents a likable dark espresso bitterness - good for me.

M: Fine creaminess, a very smooth mouthfeel. Rather thin body, almost like an 'RIS-light'. Low ABV for the style, shows no signs of alcohol.

D: Tasty RIS, a nice warm-up for a Christmas Eve spent in a warm, snowbound house with the wife. Would like to have another one of these sometime.

Serving type: bottle

12-25-2008 02:04:53 | More by msubulldog25
Photo of deereless


4.47/5  rDev +17%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Nice finger of thick foam off a vigorous pour, lacing along the edges, dark black to brown with only a hint of light passing through at the edge - 4.00, S: Strong aromas of chocolate malt, extremely grainy, espresso and baker's chocolate - 4.50, T: Like the nose the palate is heavy on the grains - especially the chocolate, strong bitter hops that balance almost perfectly - 4.75, M: Very creamy and slightly heavy with the slightest touch of graininess, a sip seems to coat the mouth - 4.75, D: This is my first beer from the brewer and I am truly impressed, an exceptionally good sipping stout, I would seek out this beer - 4.50

Serving type: bottle

12-23-2008 00:04:03 | More by deereless
Photo of craytonic

District of Columbia

2.78/5  rDev -27.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: Was opaque for me, I have to disagree with some of the reviewers, might be a different batch. Perhaps just a hint of light comes through.

Smell: Not as bold as I would like, malts, coffee, bitter chocolate, etc.

Taste: Same as the taste. Bitter coffee dominates, then malts and chocolate.

Mouthfeel: Thin and watery for the style. Not silky, just watery.

Drinkability: No thanks. Left some in the bottom of the glass. Should be called a porter or stout. No complexity.

Serving type: bottle

12-13-2008 01:22:26 | More by craytonic
Photo of drseamus

New York

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

Dark black body with ruby at the edges when held to the light. Decent mocha head. The aroma is roasted malt and a touch of chocolate. Flavor has more chocolate than the aroma for sure. A slight bitterness presents up front and lasts the entire time. Pretty sweet overall, too much so really. Medium bodied and a decent, but not great, beer.

Serving type: bottle

12-08-2008 02:02:38 | More by drseamus
Photo of kickapoodude


4.75/5  rDev +24.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Satin is a perfect description of the way this beer feels on the pallet...not light, but satin. It pours deep black with a waining head. Coffee and vanilla are the most distinguished flavors. Great ice cold of room temp. This is one of my favorite beers.

Serving type: on-tap

12-02-2008 15:33:14 | More by kickapoodude
Photo of scruffwhor


4/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

The last of four twelve ounce bottles of beer my buddy Lukaski hooked me up with from his last trip to the Brat Stop.

Black colored brew with brownie highlights at the top. Tan film o' foam ater the pour leads to a ring o' foam after few sips. Cold, black coffee hits the nose first. hen maybe some marshmellows and cream in that cold coffee. Starts with some cold, black coffee with just a touch of Irish cream. No burnt flavors at all, but very roasted malts. Vanillin Zucker finish. The palate does not make me think of satin, more like grist and some cooled down coffee in texture. Good sipper though.

Serving type: bottle

11-27-2008 17:45:57 | More by scruffwhor
Photo of SaCkErZ9


2.88/5  rDev -24.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Thanks to unclejedi for this one.

Pours from a 12oz bottle into a snifter. Not quite pitch black, but very dark. Some black cherry highlights are visible at the bottom of the glass when held up to the light. A large, stiff, mocha colored head forms and leaves a generous amount of lacing.

The aroma was a bit off here. Kind of a sour, tangy aroma. It was also filled with some chocolate and a little bit of coffee, but the overwhelming aroma was a fruity sort of twang. Almost like old Halloween candy: you know, the kit kats and herseys that have been in a bag with a bunch of butterscothes and peppermint candies and red hots and bit o honeys. A melange of aromas that werent pleasing, for beer anyway.

The taste had a little bit of that twang too. There was a good dose of chocolate in there, and a hint of coffee and vanilla. I guess the twanginess wasnt as bad in the flavor as the aroma might have suggested, but there was something off with this one.

Pretty thin on the mouthfeel. A touch of bitterness, but the bitterness is more acrid and astringent than hop bitterness.

I dont know. This one kind of failed, in my book. Glad I got the chance to try this one but I cant recommend this one. Too thin, too twangy, too gone.

Serving type: bottle

11-17-2008 20:16:31 | More by SaCkErZ9
Photo of sgoodship


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

My friend Brian gave me this bottle. A big thank you for that.

A: Big, light coffee stained 3 finger head. A little spotty lacing. Head dissipates to a thin, yellow coffee color to the end. There was a milk chocolate streak through the head. Very dark brown liquid with some ruby highlights visible against the light.

S: Beautiful caramel, molasses and bold roasted malt with a nice tangy coffee.

T: Smooth burnt malt that moves really swiftly into a bitter coffee. Leaves you with an aggressive tannin and very bitter chocolate aftertaste.

M: Medium carbonation adds some interest. Medium body that is smooth with a sharpness at the finish. The tanginess adds a chewiness to the brew.

D: If the malt taste of this had stuck around a bit longer, this would have been amazing brew. As it stands, it is a great RIS. I'd recommend giving it a try. I didn't know much about Central Waters but now I am on the lookout.

Serving type: bottle

11-06-2008 05:44:03 | More by sgoodship
Photo of t0rin0


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

This comes to me from Himerman (I think).

It pours a very dark red, pretty clear when held to a light but otherwise it looks black. Light brown head, good retention, good lacing.

Aroma is roasty (strongest aroma), nutty, and a little boozy.

Flavor is heavy on the roast and has a bit of bitter dark chocolate. Theres a little alcohol in the aftertaste but none in the initial taste. A bit heavy on the bitterness and the roast for an RIS but I guess if you lay it down for a while it might mellow.

Body is heavy and oily. Medium CO2 level. Tasty and drinkable but a beer this heavy isn't meant to be consumed in large quantities.

Serving type: bottle

11-03-2008 04:05:32 | More by t0rin0
Photo of CrellMoset


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

UPDATE 01/23/09:

Sampled again courtesy of dkachur, and this bottle was definitely much better. It's still slightly tart and fruity, but all the sourness is gone. Quite the nice beer!


Bottle courtesy of objectivemonkey - thanks!! Poured into an Allagash flute.

Appearance: Pours a deep cherrywood brown, fairly thick looking, with a one-finger tan head

Aroma: Hugely sweet chocolate and coffee. Milky, creamy, sweet and sugary, thick smelling. The chocolate is powdery, like hot cocoa. Lots of layers to the malt here, with hints of smoke as well. There's also some heavier fruits, notes of currants, blackberries, raisins. Marshmallows. A few light, tart fruity notes too.

Taste: Pretty sure this is a bad bottle. It's overwhelmingly tart and sour, fairly salty, with an unpleasant slick creaminess that coves up most of the good flavors. There's milk chocolate, some sweet bready notes, hints of freshly ground coffee, a few burnt astringencies, and raisins, but they're really hard to pick out. Unfortunate, 'cause it seems like what's underneath was balanced, complex, and tasty. Shame.

Mouthfeel: Of an average thickness, medium bodied, uneven. Fortunately, there isn't a lot of carbonation to enhance the puckering sourness.

Drinkability: Shame about this one, but I'm glad I got the chance to give it a go - many thanks again to objectivemonkey! It seemed to have all the right notes, and a low, pro-drinkability abv% to boot ... but it was all hidden under that tart, puckering sourness. Alas!!

Serving type: bottle

10-29-2008 04:46:54 | More by CrellMoset
Photo of WJVII


4.05/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass this brew is a solid dark brown color with a cream head that left hefty lacing on the glass. The aroma is very strong of coffee and burnt malts. The taste follows suit with strong coffee tones and a slight hint of alcohol, but with the ABV it is not nearly as bad as it could be. I have noticed that the coffee stout, satin solstice, and mud puppy all have similar characteristics. There are subtle distinctions which shows the strengths (in my mind) of CW Brewery. Nice work!

Serving type: bottle

10-24-2008 02:39:08 | More by WJVII
Photo of charlesw

New York

2.7/5  rDev -29.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 2

Nice and dark, a largish head, I suppose, but of really pretty little dense bubbles that last and last... Followed by a completely covering lace that never goes away.

Smells like burned stuff (cig butts), dog pee in the carpet and like a really thin crappy porter would taste (big smoke and no body).

Tastes. Well. There you go. Interesting. Cig butts. Coffee. Milk chocolate (certainly not dark!). There's a huge sour note at the end of the mouth. Might be hop related, I suppose, but that would be pretty surprising in this magnitude at this age (it can't be brand new, eh?) OK, and some caramel malts and sugar in there, too. It's a good thing that it doesn't taste like it smells! I'm not a fan of the sour notes. Sour... Sour like that de struise stuff. Bleh.

The mouthfeel is right on and I'm glad that I only have one of these to try.

That said, I am THRILLED to have the opportunity to try it and I am extremely grateful to unclejedi for the beer. It doesn't really matter if it's my fave or not - what matters is sharing the love and unclejedi knows how to do that!

Edit: on reading other reviews... Huh. Right. It's not an imperial anything. It's probably a porter. But that citrus tang in the taste will never make it acceptable (in the stout/porter family) in my book. Sorry...

Serving type: bottle

10-23-2008 23:08:29 | More by charlesw


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

Almost three fingers of rocky carmel tan head comes to a crown just above the top of the glass. Plenty of lace is left as it slowly fades. Body is a thick coal black. Nose has some pillowy smooth coco with some smokey malt. I am shocked as I take first sip as I wonder if this is what they were going for. Soured shrill dark fruits initially take the tongue by surprise. Sour dark cherries do dry out as you continue to drink and mellow. Dark bitter feel in the form of burnt malt balances the end of the palate. Mouthfeel is a thickness created by the sour, rich, bitter battle. Decently drinkable consedering. A little weak for a Impy stout though.

Serving type: bottle

10-22-2008 19:26:28 | More by SPLITGRIN
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North Carolina

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

A-Black with a little bit of whitish lacing, no ruby edges-very black
S-Boozy smeels upfront, with coffe caramel and fruits underneath. Some cocoa flavors as warms.
T-Deep chocolate with fruit flavors underneath, boozy overtones, some metallic tang as warms up, the fruity teast flavors become more dominanat as warms and not entirely pleasant
M-Thinner than I would have thought and slightly watery
D-I liked this at first but as it warms I did not really enjoy the flavors

Serving type: bottle

10-01-2008 21:44:09 | More by hopsleeroy
Photo of Greggy


4/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Pours a pitch black color, with no head. A little lacing is present.

S- Bitter dry chocolate, graham crackers, cream, vanilla, coffee, and nice caramel toffee.

T- Starts out sort of acidic but then moves to some dry chocolate, light cream and coffee, and finishes rather dry with a bitter hopiness.

M- A bit to much carbonation per style, I'm thinking.

D- This is a nice big beer and won't knock you on your ass @ 7.5%. I can see myself having this again.

Serving type: bottle

09-29-2008 02:43:19 | More by Greggy
Satin Solitude Imperial Stout from Central Waters Brewing Co.
86 out of 100 based on 718 ratings.