Satin Solitude Imperial Stout - Central Waters Brewing Co.

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Ratings: 838
Reviews: 385
rAvg: 3.82
pDev: 11.26%
Wants: 56
Gots: 75 | 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 robwestcott
3.63/5  rDev -5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of imprezawrxsti
4.33/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 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,'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 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.

Photo of ktrillionaire
3.33/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

Photo of 3FaveryRogue
3.23/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4.5

[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.

Photo of brentk56
3.53/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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

Photo of AgentZero
3.68/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of birchstick
3.5/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - pours an uber dark brown with a nice one-finger tan head

S - the smells is pure milk chocolate with some vanilla - smells almost like chocolate chip cookies. There are also notes of bakers chocolate and some dark fruits. I was surprised not to smell any roasted malt as it is typical in these types of beers

T - the taste isn't as sweet as the nose. The milk chocolate is there as is the vanilla. The coffee flavors / burnt malt I was expecting in the nose showed up too, but faintly. This is one of the sweetest imperial stouts I have tried to date. Based on others' reviews of loads of coffee/burnt flavors, I must be missing something here. Oh well, it is still pretty good.

M - creamy and smooth, but a little thinner than I like my stouts

D - another solid one from Central Waters. I wish I could get their stuff down here as I have yet to have a beer from them I wasn't impressed with.

Photo of RRC87
4.1/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a dark mahogany with sightly less than one finger of head which quickly dissipates.

S: Smells of sweet toffee and dark roasted malts. Coffee notes come through strong and a bit of vanilla is present as well.

T: Roasted malt sweetness hits you first, with a little alcohol and coffee poking through which prevents the sweetness from becoming cloying. Dark chocolate bitterness dominates the finish.

M: A little on the heavier side, and extremely smooth, and creamy Maybe a little too much in fact. It can get a bit syrupy.

D: Even with the syrupy potential on the mouth feel this is about as drinkable as an imperial stout can be.

Overall: I don't know that I would want to drink them all night every night, but I could put down a couple of them at any given time.

Photo of deadbody
4.95/5  rDev +29.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours a dark black, very little carbonation, no real head, and a minimal amount of lacing.

Taste is OMGmazing. Coffee and chocolate deep with a bit of a alcohol bite. Smooth thick mouthfeel, almost like you are taking a bite of a great cake. Smell is strong with a bit of alcohol warmth. Would drink again in a heartbeat. Bought as a single, and next trip to the liquor store I will likely be picking up a 6 pack.

Photo of boomer31
3.93/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Near black in the center but brown around the edges. Thin lacing of bubbles but almost no head. Lookins thinner than most imperial stouts

S - Roasted coffee and chocolate. Perhaps a hint of fruit.

T - The roasty bitterness hits you right away then the chocolate followed by more on the way down. There is a roasty aftertaste and perhaps a touch of dark fruit. I think the bitterness is coming from the chocolate and it is very pronounced.

M - Actually more full than I was anticipating. Rich chocolate with a very low carbonation.

D - A bit on the lighter end for an imperial stout which make it more drinkable but nothing special.

Overall a good beer. Not my favorite of Central Waters offerings but solid.

Photo of Gueuzedude
3.05/5  rDev -20.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This bottle is at least a year or two old, perhaps 2008 vintage; Sampled August 2010
A solid pour into my 25cl tulip glass produces a two-finger thick darkly amber stained head. The beer is a near black color that shows flashes of a brilliantly clear, concentrated ruby when held up to the light. Hmm, the aroma smells quite interesting; there is almost a cheesy, or even rotting fruit like quality to the rich concentrated dark malt aromas of dark chocolate, roasted coffee and darkly toasted whole grain bread crust. The funkiness, when it mixes with the alcohol towards the end, seems to accentuate something that reminds me of rum and spice cake. The nose of this beer is quite funny, not bad by any means, but doesn't seem like this is what the brewer intended.

Somewhat thick as it first hits my tongue, the beer is quite a bit drier than I was expecting and even tastes a bit tart somehow; though it still remains viscous. Ample roasted notes contribute flavors of espresso, bitter dark chocolate and roasted whole grain bread, the dark malt character also contributes notes of salty / smoky malt. The finish has some tartness from overly burnt malt character and also has a fair amount of bitterness from both hops and roasted grain. The tartness overall is just a bit too lactic like to be derived from the grain, and whatever has gotten hold of this beer has stripped it of much of its sweetness.

The flavor is nearly as off as the aroma is, but it is still a touch oddly tart. Not a bad beer in the end, but likely would be much better if there wasn't a bacterial problem (even if it hasn't gotten out of hand yet). It is always a bit surprising when an Imperial Stout goes this far down hill so quickly.

Photo of Dreadnaught33
3.95/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to blackhawks87 for this extra. Bottle to a snifter.

A: Very dark brown. When held to the light, a brown color appears clearly on the rims. Small head.

S: Chocolate coverd dark fruits, burned malt, dark cherry, some wood-like notes, and a little alcohol burn when you get your nose in there. I can't get rid of the thought of a kind of singed dark cherry aroma here.

T: Very roasty stout. The start is sweet with some chocolate (maybe bakers chocolate). Lots of roast, dark fruit, burnt currants, and other malty/fruity notes. Not as complex as hoped for, but solid.

M: Smooth, but maybe a little over carbonated for the style.

D: Overall, good.

Photo of GeezLynn
3.68/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance is black, with just a touch of brown peaking out. Dirty white head is scant and goopy, but is well retained.

Big aroma of dark roasted dark malts. Smells quite sweet but has more of a vanilla character than chocolate or coffee.

Flavor is well-represented by the smell. Lots of dark roasted malt, overlaid with lots of sugary vanilla sweetness. There's also the noticeable earthiness you get from oats, black licorice, and a touch of pine resin. Finish is lengthy, bitter and very charred.

Mouthfeel is fairly smooth, but somewhat light for the stout. Carbonation is also on the light side but wouldn't consider it under-carbonated.

As a whole, I thought this was a solid beer, but was just too one-dimensional for my tastes. Even the high level of sweetness couldn't combat what for me was an excessive and unrelenting amount of burnt flavor. I could enjoy a pint of this every now and then, but grade it well outside the upper tier of its style.

Photo of dpnelson1978
3.8/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle into glass snifter.

$1.50 / ea.

A: Bright deep brown body with a small creamy head that bubbles up in a delayed fashion leaving only the lightest lacing and a thin ring of cover.

S: Coffee dominates with hints of raisin and molasses underneath. No hop aroma.

T: Sweet roasted nuts, coffee, brandy, and raisins. No one characteristic dominates, and the overall impression is very well balanced. Aftertaste is malty, but light.

M: Light body with medium carbonation. Smooth on the tongue with crisp carbonation at the very end. Does not leave a bitter or astringent feel.

D: Very drinkable for an imperial stout, probably aided by the relatively low ABV, and balanced flavor. Not something I would drink on a hot summer afternoon, but in the fall, or with a nice meal this one does the trick nicely.

O: Solid offering from Central Waters. Something I would be proud to share with friends and family over the holidays.

Photo of BeerShirts
4.43/5  rDev +16%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- A dark brown almost black pour with no head just a couple bubbles around the edge

S- Molasses, dark fruit, roasted coffee

T- very much like the smell molasses, roasted malt/coffee, dark chocolate. Lighter then expected but still a GREAT beer

M- Very smooth, low carbonation, slightly oily after

D- Highly enjoy this beer, great full taste and the perfect amount of ABV to get you buzzing but still be able to have several of them in one night.

Photo of ffejherb
3.9/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz. bottle into tulip on 9/7/10.

A - Poured a muddy dark brown liquid with a crown of foamy froth on top that retained quite well and decorated the sides of the glass with swatches of sticky lace. Bits of chunky sediment eventually settled to the bottom of the glass.

S - Initial aroma combines the roasted character of coffee with a woody, earthy hop profile and bittersweet cocoa notes. Eventually, some warm alcohol notes emerge as the liquid reached room temperature. Not overly aromatic, though, but pleasant.

T - While coffee and chocolate are the dominant flavors, Satin Solstice also offers a hint of licorice, molasses, dried dark fruit and plenty of earthy hop bitterness, especially in the finish. Leafy, woody hops really come to the forefront in the backend, as well as bitter chocolate notes.

M - Medium bodied with an oily texture, but moderately carbonated, which provides a prickly nudge on the tastebuds. Finishes with a modest surge of alcohol warmth and hop bitterness on the palate.

D - Though not quite as awesome as their Coffee Stout, Central Waters still delivers a winner with this Imperial Stout. This one is on the hoppier end of the spectrum for the style, but still delivers plenty of chocolate and coffee characteristics to keep things interesting and multi-faceted.

Photo of Phyl21ca
3.48/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottle: Poured a deep black color stout with a large light brown color head with good retention and some very good lacing. Aroma of dry coffee and black chocolate with a dry malt base. Taste is a mix between some nondescript roasted malt notes with bland dry coffee notes and some black chocolate. Body is too light for style with great carbonation and no apparent alcohol. A bit of a disappointment with a body that is too thin and no complexity.

Photo of Elendinn
3.95/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Thanks to chswimmer for this generous offering.  Poured from a bottle into a Sam Smith pint glass.

A - pours dark brown with a tan head that dissipates quickly.  A bit underwhelming, visually.

S - molasses, vanilla, and chocolate dominate, with some obligatory roasted malt -- smooth, sweet, and creamy.  Though appealing, the aromas are rather faint.

T - molasses, coffee, and vanilla, reminiscent of chocolate milk.  Some bourbon is evident, becoming more apparent as the glass dwindles.

M - smooth, creamy, and mildly carbonated -- like satin.  Not the body one would expect from an imperial stout; nevertheless, I found it suited the flavors very well.

D - Not too sweet and very smooth. An imperial stout?  Perhaps not; however, I still found it a pleasure to drink.

Photo of woosterbill
3.85/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz bottle, bottled 3/2010, into a Duvel tulip.

A: Black body with 3" of finely constructed light brown foam. Great retention and solid sheets of lacing. Gorgeous stout.

S: Super chocolately - wow. Candied fruits show up as it warms, as well as some molasses and alcohol. Lovely and complex.

T: All the layers of the nose, but with more bitterness and burn. Still great, but not quite as great as the aroma promised.

M: A little on the light side of medium bodied, and I'm afraid my somewhat rough pour put almost all of the carbonation into the fantastic head - it feels a bit flat.

D: Just a touch on the boozy side, but not really that harsh. This would be quite good for a fresh imperial stout if it were 9 or 10%, but there's no way a 7.5% stout should be this hot.

Notes: I really enjoyed this beer, but there are so many great imperial stouts out there that I won't be missing it if I never have it again. For the price, though (~$8/6-pack), it's tough to beat this rich, flavorful dark beer. If I had year-round access to it, it would probably be my go-to value beer in the winter months.


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

Typically dark brown pour - good foamy brown head with some decent lacing left around the glass.

Aroma is OK - mostly malty, which is to be expected. Flavor evolves nicely as it warms up. Notes of bitter chocolate, a little bit of coffee, and more malts.

Somewhat lighter bodied than I would prefer for an imperial stout, but this lightness makes it a bit more drinkable than other imperials.

Good beer and something I'd drink again, but nothing remarkable and would probably not go out of my way for it.

Photo of crossovert
4.2/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

12 oz brown bottle. Bottled in April.

It pours a nice thick brown/black, there is a hint of brownish red at the edges. The head is frothy and off-white/tan. It leaves only a few speckles of lacing.

The scents of this brew are standard for the style. It smells like the average impy stout. There is some cocoa, coffee, and that "imperial stout scent" that i never could figure out what it is besides that I always smell it in imperial stouts.

The flavor is sweet but not overly so. It doesn't have a huge amount of carbonation and it helps give it a nice body. Reminiscent of a GL Blackout Stout but perhaps not as sweet and more drinkable. The alcohol is present in the taste and mouthfeel here but it adds a nice touch to the rich beer. Of course everything I mentioned in the smell translates literally into taste.

It is an easy drinker for an imperial stout, and a flavorful one at that.

Photo of brewmudgeon
3.13/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

satin solstice

a 3.5 dark rootbeer, some chunkies hanging around near the bottom. not much of a head and it's gone quick. not much of a ring left, but a little lace hangs on temporarily.

s 3 deeply roasted malt, not much else. kinda subdued.

t 3 doesn't taste all that imperial. could actually pass for one of the roasty porters clogging the shelves. fairly smooth until a touch of puckering astringency in the finish.

m 4 the best part. medium plus body, creamy carbonation.

d 3 competent, but very middle of the road, this one. but if stouts are your thing, probably worth a try.

Photo of GarrettMD
3.7/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a very deep red, almost black with half a finger off white head. Settles to a thin layer of bubbles. Minimal lacing.

S - Smells of roasted malts, chocolate, coffee, some slight vanilla and a little alcohol.

T - Light taste for a stout, let alone an imperial. Taste follows with the aroma, chocolate, roasted malts, slight coffee. Some dark fruits come out as well.

M - Medium to light bodied, for the style at least. Water-y feeling, just not enough body for the style. Finish is a nice smooth chocolate taste.

D - Alcohol isn't as noticeable in the taste as it is in the aroma, good drinkability. Lighter body allows for smooth drinking.

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

My first beer from this highly regarded brewery (By some) is courtesy of the generous BA Beertracker, cheers Jeff! I believe this was or 3rd in person trade..

Pours an effervescent ebony with a finger+ of tight tan head. Insane lacing & very good head retnetion

S: Coffee, baker's choclate, dark fruit, all fade a touch, as this warms, except for the figgyness

T: Dark chcolate, plums, carob, & charred grain up front. Carob & coffee dance as this warms, plus some woody & herbal hops too & just a touch of boozeyness, a chocolate milk sweetness develops as well. Finishes dry, with carob & cherry smash notes, charred grain just a touch of figgyness

MF: Chewy, slick, warming & sticky, a tad too much carbonation though. Develops a bit of grainyness once warm

Drinks fairly easy, doesn't quite pull together for greatness, but plenty of positives on display here

Photo of hu5om
4.05/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle into a new belgium goblet
a-black with a light hint of amber. khaki head pours a soapy inch which disipates to a ring leaving decent lacing.
s-oatmeal, chocolate, coffee, bittersweet
t-bitter chocolate that sweetens as it warms, coffee, oats, a hint of burnt taste, not huge but solid. gentle booze.
m-fairly thin as imps go. but still a light syrupy edge to it. low carbonation with a gentle tingle.
d-if i wasn't so focussed on trying new beers, this would be a staple of my fridge. a very solid affordable stout. not too huge, so i could actually drink a few of these. all winter i'll be crackin' these to survive the wisconsin winter. my fave cw offering that comes in a sixer!

Satin Solitude Imperial Stout from Central Waters Brewing Co.
86 out of 100 based on 838 ratings.