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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 russpowell
3.91/5  rDev +2.4%
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!

Photo of NealVsBeer
3.77/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - 1/2" tan head with some weird brown coloring on it. Beer itself is a dark brown/black color. No visible carbonation.

S - Smells of coffee and roasted malts.

T - Nice coffee, chocolate flavor with plenty of roasted malts.

M - Nice body. Good mouthfeel and slightly sticky and sweet.

D - Easy to drink. This is a slightly better than average Imperial Stout with good flavor.

Photo of theghost3
4.05/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to XaulZan11 for this.

Pours a deep, opaque mahogany with a 1/2-finger cafe au lait head. Minimal lacing.

Smell is coffee, toasted malts, and booze. Taste is strong coffee, charcoal malts with a little dark chocolate and slight boozy quality. Mouthfeel is more carbonated than other double stouts I've had; medium-bodied, some alcohol warmth. Dry in the end.

This is a very drinkable double stout. The ABV is not as high as others of the same style, so I could easily have a couple of these in a session. Goes well with anything chocolate.

Photo of jlindros
4.04/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Trying this one thanks to the great trader levifunk.

A: Semi fluffy head rises up to 1 finger but fades slowly leaving a slight lacing, with beer that is lighter than I thought, very dark brown to black colored, but not very black. A little light can get through.

N: Tons of coffee and roasted malts. Some black patent malt. Lots of dark malts overall, surprised for how light colored it was. Oatmeal as well, quite a bit, with a creamy aroma. A little earthy hop goodness in there too.

T: Not very thick, as expected from the color. A little creamy with some oatmeal. Lots of roast as well, and coffee that comes with it. Roasted barley! A little black patent malt too. No chocolate at all. A little bitterness from some earthy hops, but a ton of bitterness from the charred malt earthy scorched bitterness. Not really any minerality that sometimes comes from the roasted malt bitterness, but there is a ton of that roasted earthy bitterness. Slightly sweet with a little dryness. A touch of booze too.

M: Med to heavier body, but not super thick, lower but decent carbonation.

F: Still very bitter. Lots of scorched malts and roasted malt bitterness, with a little hop earthy bitterness lingering. Spicy flavors from that roasted malts, and just a hint of booze lingering. Little chocolate at this point too actually, but more black patent malt, mostly dry, and touch of oatmeal.

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

Poured a dark opaque brown with a hint of ruby red transition at the edges of the glass when held to a light. A thick-appearing half-finger of khaki head that hangs on for a stretch.

On the nose, roasted coffee, bitter chocolate, dried fruits, not overwhelming, but adequately inviting.

Palate was bitter from the start, surprisingly so, almost edging into sourness. Dark chocolate and roasted coffee engaging in a bitter struggle for dominance on a backdrop dried fruit. There was some sweetness attempting to unify the palate, and smooth the rough edges.

Again, coffee grounds or very dark chocolate, making for a bitter finish.

Throughout all of this is a truly satiny mouthfeel, not thick per se, and a boon to the somewhat clashing palate of bitterness that perhaps was unexpected in this style of beer.

I did enjoy the experience and will buy again, but all in all it's a little more than average for an imperial stout.

Photo of pmccallum86
3.65/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark brown mahogany color with a tan thick bubbly head. A little light in color for the style.

Smell is of roasted malts with a little chocolate and coffee aromas.

Taste is of rich cocoa and roasted malts. The taste is pretty nice but a little light in taste and body for the style. The finish has a lot of bitter chocolate and hops. For the price though, it is great ($7.49 a six pack).

Mouthfeel is light in carbonation but full in body. The mouthfeel is velvety smooth, which is nice.

Very drinkable for the style, a little on the lighter side of the style but quite a pleasant beer.

Photo of pdoran10
4/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

pour out a thick black, with a full finger of brownish head that quickly disappears with no lacing left behind.

smell is roasted malt and chocolate malt. subdued, but the chocolate notes are impressive.

taste is smooth and impressive. just enough roasted malt with a rich tasty chocolate flavor up front. great harmony in the malt very good flavor.

mouthfeel is a bit syrupy. detracts from the beer.

could see me drinking a lot of these even with the syrupy mouthfeel. the roasted chocolate flavor they achieved here is really impressive.

Photo of CHSLBrew
3.84/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle poured into a snifter.

A-Poured brown out of the bottle, and it looks nearly black in the glass. Big light brown head is fluffy; head receded moderately slowly to a random smattering of bubbles.

S-Molasses, roasted-sweet malt, dark fruit, chocolate.

T-Choco-roasty flavors are big, with some slight residual sweetness. Bits of estery fruitiness come through here and there, but really the big malts are on display. A thick, dark-sweet molasses flavor emerges before the finish, which has s slight alcoholic bitterness alongisde moderate roasty bitters.

M-For the immensity of the flavor, the body was surprisingly light, so pretty much an overall medium-full body with only moderate viscosity. Carbonation level was medium.

D-Drinkable in its somewhat lighter feel for an imperial stout, but this beer still packs a pleasnt portion of depth and flavor.

Photo of herman77
3.75/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Dark brown-black with a tan head that fades to a cap and collar. Not much lacing

S: Roasted malt, sweet dark chocolate, rich toffee and a slight burnt sorta smokey hue to it as well.

T: Roasted malt, and hints of coffee. Molasses. Slight hints of chocolate and earthy hops. You get that strong stout/unfermented sugars taste as well, so you know its higher in abv. Big and bold stout! Slight oxidized metal taste near the end...?

M/D: Full body. Thick. Soft carbonation. Near perfect mouthfeel for this style. Drinkability is pretty good. Alcohol shows its self a little more then it should. Big flavors.

Photo of Mora2000
4.2/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Exiled for sharing this bottle.

The beer pours a dark brown color with a tan head. The aroma is a pretty straightforward mix of chocolate and coffee. The flavor is coffee and roasted malt with some chocolate notes as well. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

Photo of Onenote81
3.95/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Awesome bottle received from BeerFMAndy. Thanks!

Poured into a pint glass. Pours a dirty brownish-black. No light shows through. A good inch-sized mocha head caps it off. Leaves some decent lace after each sip. Pretty. Scents of vanilla, sweet cream, baker's chocolate, and a light whiff of booze on the end.

The body is thin at times, but overall retains a nice creamy smoothness. Not chewy at all. Carbonation level is low-to-moderate. There's plenty of roasted goodness to go around with this offering. Some bittering chocolate on the frontend, with some light creamed-coffee in the middle, and finishes semi-sweet with light cocoa and vanilla.

I'm not sure this is exactly fitting for the style. To me this was more like a regular Am. Stout, or a heavy Porter, but either way, this was plenty delicious and plenty drinkable.

Photo of lester619
4/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a jet black motor oil looking color. Head is rather thin and dark tan. Deep dark complicated smell. The taste has some of what you would expect, bitter unsweetened chocolate roasted smokey grain and coffee. There is another layer under all this with strong vanilla, oak, caramel and booze notes like bourbon. There also seems to be a very little bit of a fruity tangerine like twang at the end that seems kind of odd for this style. Maybe I was imagining it. The mouthfeel is amazing. The silky creamy texture is about perfect. It helps to carry some of the vanilla notes. This is some serious stuff. It's not for a beginer's palate, and not something you are going to put down all night. This is a very complex and delicious stout.

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

appearance - very dark, head is a light brown.

smell - hops & malts. caramel. chocolate

taste - bitter cocoa, very mellow flavor. hint of almond. a bit hot, which is surprising considering the ABV level.

mouthfeel - very creamy.

overall - very drinkable, well balanced beer.

Photo of Buebie
2/5  rDev -47.6%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

This one beer is the make or break for me in completely writing this brewery off. I've had one beer from them that was decent and the rest were truly unsatisfactory. So I walk into this beer with open arms hoping for the best.

Poured from a brown 12oz bottle into the glass. Somwhat hard too, producing less then an inch off tan head...yes tan head and light tan at that.
Color appears black, but when held to light its more of a dark brown with plenty of light shining through in ruby red highlights.
Retention is now a thin collar, a couple straks of very thin lace.
So far not good....

Alot of coffee at the knose, very similar to the porter from them I recently had. A little bit of nutty cocoa nibs, mild malt and roasty character.
I dont get it, this is like taking wiffs from a porter, not an impy stout. Terrible following of the style for appearance and aroma.

Mouthfeel is decent with a slick creamy texture, still a bit thin but mediocre in this department for the style.

Taste is roasty with a root like flavor. If I were to add roasted chocolate grains and coffee to root beer, I imagine this is what it would taste like.

I would advise avoiding this one. Add more grains to your beers, more foam control, head retention, mouthfeel grains too. I'm not suggesting you raise the abv with this method but the flavors are not there. Add more grains these are thin. I dont understand why they are labeling this beer as an impy stout, when its clearly not. Maybe a dry irish stout/ porter. Mislabeled for the style.


Photo of sweemzander
3.23/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12oz. bottle poured into a snifter. No bottled date. Thanks to BeerFMAndy for the bottle.

(A)- Pours a dark black color that produced a low level tan colored head that quickly went to bubbles.

(S)- A dry roasted-like bread & raisins with hints of brown sugar & nutmeg.

(T)- A rather dry roasted peanut-like profile with hints of raisins.

(M)- A good carbonation level & balance. Kind of a funky dry roasted peanut nuttiness in there.

(D)- A good stout. The dry roasted peanuts kind of annoy me since it distracts you from everything else this has to offer. Not bad though.

Photo of Arbitrator
2.39/5  rDev -37.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Lightly chilled bottle into a glass. A generous extra from beerwolf77. Thanks Todd!

A: Pours a very dark brown. Ruby translucence at the edges. The head is a half finger of light tan head that retains pretty well, fading into a moderate collar with some sticky lacing down the glass.

S: Coffee -- kind of a roasted, nearly burnt, aroma. A dark fig aroma, brown sugar, and some dark chocolate.

T: Again, strongly coffee-driven. It's surprisingly bitter, unlike Founders Breakfast Stout, which does a great job of integrating coffee and chocolate flavors. This is much rougher, bringing in the coffee first and gradually progressing into chocolate, dark fruit, and some brown sugar. The coffee pulls into the aftertaste for a very bitter close.

M: Thin-bodied, and watery in flavor. I'm not a fan.

D: Definitely a weak point in the Central Waters lineup. I much prefer their Coffee Stout or Founders Breakfast Stout (a more accurate comparison) to this one. Not a strong showing.

Photo of garretthetzel
3.68/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours very, very dark with a thick head that clings. Smells sweet and malty, some sort of fruitiness I can't place.

First drink is interesting. Smooth on the palate, very dark and slightly bitter. Thin, not much for mouthfeel. Low carbonation as well.

Not bad, I don't think I'd go out of my way to buy it though.

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

Pours a very dark brown, looks like some clouds beneath the dark color, tan head with fair retention and a variety of different sized beads. The aroma is of treacle, tart figs, and sugary malts. The flavor has more figgy fruitiness, then some light roast and smooth chocolate flavors. Body is medium with low carbonation, a bit thin here, though this one only clocks in at 7.5%, maybe the word imperial before stout is hurting this one. Overall this is a decent stout, but not impressive for an "imperial" version.

Photo of cpetrone84
3.83/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A-this pours a cola brown color with hues of red and slightly hazy. The head is a light tan color, two full fingers with solid retention. It is tight and creamy, pretty thick, with a solid thick lacing left on the glass

S-the nose is different than most imperial stouts. Lightly roasted malts are faint but present in the front. A blend of dark bitter chocolate and milk chocolate meet in the middle with some dark fruits backing them up, raisins and prunes. Faint metallic notes are present towards the back as a burnt coffee and a touch of leafy hops comes in at the very back.

T-the taste is pretty solid and follows the nose. Lots of dark chocolate in the forefront with a solid malty sweetness behind, plums, prunes, and raisins. Burnt coffee comes in at the back with some light herbal leaf hops at the finish.

M-the body is a little thin, it is medium at best. It is extremely smooth and has a good level of carbonation. It is slightly dry in the back.

D-this is actually a quite drinkable imperial stout. It is much thinner than I was hoping for and drinks much like a standard stout. Big bold flavors, a little sweet but still very tasty.

Photo of WYVYRN527
3.88/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle. Thanks for the sample, Brandon!

A: Pours very dark brown, almost black with a finger-thick cream-colored head that settles to a thin film on the surface. Very little light shines through, and lacing is decent as well.

S: Almost overly sweet on the nose. Hints of chocolate, coffee and molasses are prominent. There are also notes of dried dark fruits and some vanilla.

T: More bitter than the smell. Coffee is dominant over the chocolate and dried dark fruit, which linger in the back. Nice roasty bitterness, with just a hint of hops make up the finish, which is long-lasting.

M: Medium to full-bodied, and rich in flavor. This beer has a silky mouthfeel. The only downside is that it's just a bit light for the style.

D: This brew takes on almost a more English style approach to the style. Lower ABV, lighter body, and more basic flavor. It's still very good. Definitely worth trying. I'll be buying this one from time to time once it's available.

Photo of womencantsail
3.87/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Deuane for sending me this in my Secret Bunny box.

A: The pour is a slightly muddy dark mahogany color with almost no head.

S: The nose is sweet and almost sugary with a lot of caramel and notes of dark fruits. Not much in the way of roasted malt or coffee, but maybe a bit of sweet chocolate.

T: As the nose would indicate, this is not very "stouty" in the traditional sense. The roast is very mild, but there is some chocolate flavor and a lot of sweet caramel. The dark fruits are almost a bit tart, which is a nice change from the sweetness.

M: The body is a solid medium with a fairly low and smooth carbonation.

D: A little sweet and under-attenuated for my liking. Still, it has some nice flavors and I liked the fruitiness of it.

Photo of abecall98
4.22/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Thank you SpeedayJim for this nice extra.

A - not a great looking stout. Very minimal head , slight lacing.

S - getting better. Sweet roasty malt. Smells like fresh malt, with a nice slight bitter back smell.

T - I like this. It's tasty like creamy coffee. Roast in the malt really comes in smoothly and perfect. It's damn goo, just wish the aftertaste was stronger.

M - a little weak, but ok for the style. Not as carved as I would like, yet smooth. More carbonation would not hurt though.

D - this beer is damn drinkable. It is pleasing, and makes you want more. If the abv were higher , this would be a perfect.

Overall - excellent beer. Would drink again.

Photo of THORN
4.15/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 Fl. Oz bottle poured into Westmalle Trappist chalice. Served 50-55 F.
A: Dark black. Suspended particles through beer. Retains splotches of tan white head.
S: Dark malts, chocolate, and licorice.
T: Dark malts are smokey and sweet. Chocolate and coffee fill body with a lingering hop bitterness.
M: Medium to medium light on tongue.
D: Big, but light.

Photo of emmasdad
3.58/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a deep impenetrable black, topped with maybe an inch of thick taupe foam. The nose brings loads of coffee, roast and dark chocolate. Flavors of dark chocolate, rum soaked fruit and more coffee. Alcohol is not evident, decent mouthfeel and a nice drinkability. A good to very good double stout.

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