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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: 872
Reviews: 394
rAvg: 3.83
pDev: 10.97%
Wants: 59
Gots: 81 | FT: 7
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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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Ratings: 872 | Reviews: 394
Photo of corcoranjc
4.17/5  rDev +8.9%
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.

Photo of RonfromJersey
3.88/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Extremely dark brown to black body, faint red highlights at the edges, topped by three fingers of light tan micro-bubbles.

Pleasant coffee aroma, with maybe a hint ofm mik in that coffee.

Very good coffee taste up front, subtle chocolate follows.

Smooth medium plus mouthfeel, though it is a little thin compared to expectations for an Imperial Stout. Not at thelevel to be a flaw though.

Definitely drinkable, my pace with this is faster than I planned.

A tasty stout, and a RIS that you could enjoy two of in a session.

Photo of BARFLYB
3.35/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

In a bottle in a pint glass.

Satin solstice pours out a ruddy dark brown color resembling a lighter baltic porter. This does not exactly look like a stout. Smell is a bunch of grain and roasted malt. Some burnt tootsie rolls as well. Taste starts ooff well enough with a mix of roasted malt with some cream/vanilla with traces of chocolate. It then goes into a big tootsie roll finish which does not jive. Feel is a big medium with a light carb, it comes and goes but remains smooth. I liked how it started but hated how it ended. Glad I picked up a single cause I woulda gave away the other five.

Photo of beerman207
4.1/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Brought this back from PA.

A: Dark brown , nice tan head, little light coming through

S: Nose is chocolate, coffee, malt, vanilla

T: Malt, tastes like a whopper, some hops, bitter, coffee, toffee, wow.

M: A bit heavy in the carbonation dept. Should be a bit less to be easy to drink but it's not horrible

D: Love this stout overall - ate some swiss cake rolls with it - delicious!

Photo of Duff27
4.17/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Celebrating my 1 year BA Anniversary today with a nice beer. Poured into a Central Waters pint glass...perfect!

A- Pours a one-half fingered light-mocha head dissipating into a ring around the glass. Beer is colored dark, dark brown to black. Some lacing apparent.

S- Coffee, with hints of chocolate.

T- Roasty. Coffee. Roasty coffee. Slight alcohol but nothing overpowering. Let this one sit for a bit and the flavors really come out.

M- Creamy and smooth, with carbonation that comes in on the end of each sip.

D/O- Scored to style, the "drinkability" on this is great. It has that alcohol kick to it without being crazy with the ABV. I really enjoyed this one. Thanks again Central Waters.

Photo of jera1350
3.73/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thinner body, but solid brownish black with just a trace of a mocha colored head.

Not getting much from the nose. Really faint, but there is some sweet chocolate malt, but again, really light.

Nice light malty roast, chocolate with a moderate sweetness. Good flavor for a lower abv double stout.

Smooth and mildly slick feel with a dry finish. Feels bigger than what the abv suggests.

Very drinkable and well done with exception to the nose. Really a good stout choice when you want to have more than one or two beers.

Photo of rka758
3.38/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into tulip.
Trade extra.

A: Poured a deep opaque black with about a 1 finger head. Little retention.
S: Overly roasted coffee and malt.
T: Roasted coffee and dark fruit.
M: A bit more carbonated than I typically enjoy my stouts. Thick texture.
D: Funny thing is that I enjoyed this beer much more before I rated it. I think it's a solid beer, just don't think about it too much.

Photo of oglmcdgl
4/5  rDev +4.4%
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 -9.4%
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 -20.6%
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 -0.8%
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 -7.8%
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 +14.1%
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 -0.5%
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 +9.1%
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%
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 +13.6%
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 +1.3%
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 +0.5%
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 +0.5%
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 -6.5%
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%
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 -18.3%
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 -16.4%
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 -13.6%
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.

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