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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: 865
Reviews: 392
rAvg: 3.82
pDev: 10.99%
Wants: 58
Gots: 81 | 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

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Beer added by: Bierman9 on 02-19-2002

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

A pint on tap at station taproom.

A- comes to me with a small cap of tan head that settles very quickly to leave only the thinnest of rings. Super dark brown almost black in color.

S- lots of roasted malts and dark fruits with a surprisingly bold herbal earthy hopping. Black bread and some anise.

T- opens up with a big sweet roasted malt hit that brings some chocolate and dark fruits into the mix. Nice chicory coffee thing going on that I dig.

M- on the fuller side of body but not heavy or chewy in any way. Carb is steady middle of the pack and does what ya need. No frills.

D- this a big ris that you can drink. Now I'm not saying its a session brew but at this abv and body it is one that you can enjoy a whole pint of.

Photo of CPeterson
3.47/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A -- A deep brown, opaque brew that lets some light through. A finger of head settles quickly into a light skim with light beads of lacing.

S -- Huge scent of dark fruits, mellow dark chocolate, hazelnuts, and cream. Deep roasted malts, coffee, and smoke linger in the background.

T -- Chocolate covered raisins, coffee, smoky roasted malts, caramel, and burnt toffee.

M -- A lactic creaminess carries through to balance the bitterness but still allows a nice dryness at the end that fits the style.

D -- A nice representation of the style, very approachable but not mindblowing. Worth trying.

Photo of DavoleBomb
3.04/5  rDev -20.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured into a snifter. Bottled November of 2010 (I think).

3.5 A: Dark brown color. One and a half fingers of frothy/creamy light brown head with below average retention and not really any lacing.

4.5 S: Though this isn't a looker, it is a smeller. Lots of sweet chocolate in this with dark caramel malts, blackstrap molasses, a moderate roastiness, and a touch of coffee with cream. Good strength and good harmony between the components.

2.5 T: Many of the things right in the nose are lost in the taste. The first few sips gave a weird sourish lactose taste. That faded after a while, but then an aggressive and harsh roastiness manifested which is reminiscent of astrigency from barrel aging a sour. Surprisingly dry with just a touch of molasses.

2.5 M: Medium body. The carbonation is a bit high, but the problem is that it's aggressively harsh. Could also be creamier.

2.5 T: I can't say I'm a fan of this. The nose is awesome, but that's the only thing that is. The taste is really unbalanced and roast heavy while the mouthfeel is harsh.

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

Bottled on date: Nov '10

Dark brown, nearly black body with some very faint ruby highlights when held to the light (nearly unnoticeable, I had to really look to find them). I got about a finger of tan head that faded quickly to a thin film, leaving a ring of mocha colored lacing on my pint glass.

Decent amount of both milk and dark chocolate aromas in the nose, as well as some roasted malts and a vanilla sweetness. More of a coffee flavor than expected given the big chocolate scents, but I do get some of the darker chocolate in the middle. A bit of burnt flavor and bitterness in the finish but it doesn't linger. Medium bodied with light carbonation - nice and creamy.

Photo of steve8robin
3.53/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got this as an extra in a trade. Thanks Jose. 12oz bottle bottled in March 2010...

A: A translucent black pour with a 1 inch tan head that fades at a decent pace. Decent.

S: I get some bready rye immediately upfront with some vanilla and cocoa quickly followed in the middle. Some super faint cherry on the very back. Ok.

T: A slight bitter chocolate rye upfront with some peanut flavors blended in. A hint of grassy bitterness in the middle with some faint grape on the back. Decent.

M: Medium body with a good carbonation feel. Kind of a dry finish. Good.

D: Goes down good once you get past the strange blend of flavors. Good.

All in all, this is an ok brew. Not great, but decent to try if you have access. Not the best representation of the style, but decent. Don't bother trading for this one.

Photo of uwmgdman
4.37/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This ale pours nearly black with a subtle garnet hue when held to a light with a moderate tan head that diminished to a skim but left nice lacing. The aroma is highly malty--mainly roasty with a bit of chocolate, bittersweet with a hint of alcohol. The flavor is big and bold--roasted malts, bittersweet chocolate, that finishes just a bit dry and slightly acidic with lingering roast flavors. The beer is rather smooth and has a a robust, full body with moderate carbonation. Overall this is a well made, not for the faint of heart IS...and worth picking up a full 6 pack!

Photo of TheDTrain
3.81/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

D Train's back home in WI to try Central Waters Satin Solstice Imperial Stout.

A milky smooth stout. Brownish-black in color with medium body. What the aroma lacks, the taste & mouthfeel make up for it. Smokey blend of roast malts, dark bittersweet chocolate, and milky creaminess.

Photo of corby112
4.18/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours pitch black and comletely opaque without even the slightest hint if lighter color when heldto a light source and a two finger frothy mocha head. Excellent retention, only slowly fading into a lasting cap that coats the glass with chunks of lacing.

Deep roasted malt aroma with lots of silky chocolate malt, espresso/coffee bean, oatmeal, toffee and hazelnut. Nthere's also a slight burnt toast character as well as a slight lactic creaminess.

On the lighter end of medium bodied with a dep roasted malt and sweet, silky chocolate notes. Slightly acrid coffee/espresso bean along with hints of chocolate, caramel, oatmeal, burnt toast and hazelnut. Again, there is some slight lactic cream notes that add to the comlexity and balance. This is kind of acrid and bitter but the creaminess, balance and all masked ABV make this pretty quaffable.

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

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.

Photo of dbossman
4.35/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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

Photo of BeerLover99
3.88/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of GoGriz
3.85/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of bigfnjoe
3.85/5  rDev +0.8%
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

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

Photo of Fish113d
4.02/5  rDev +5.2%
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.

Photo of SamuelJackson45
3.13/5  rDev -18.1%
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.


Photo of CooperEllis
3.2/5  rDev -16.2%
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.


Photo of TMoney2591
3.31/5  rDev -13.4%
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.

Photo of Bmoyer0301
2.83/5  rDev -25.9%
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.

Photo of Vdubb86
3.56/5  rDev -6.8%
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.

Photo of thain709
3.67/5  rDev -3.9%
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

Photo of HosP
3.7/5  rDev -3.1%
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.

Photo of ccrida
4.29/5  rDev +12.3%
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.

Photo of pbmcguire
4.04/5  rDev +5.8%
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.

Photo of CaptainIPA
4.32/5  rDev +13.1%
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.

Satin Solitude Imperial Stout from Central Waters Brewing Co.
86 out of 100 based on 865 ratings.