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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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758 Ratings
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Ratings: 758
Reviews: 379
rAvg: 3.82
pDev: 11.52%
Wants: 55
Gots: 60 | 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 GbVDave


4.47/5  rDev +17%

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a 20oz imperial pint. Thanks to neubernie for the hook-up!

Bottled on: May 09, 2008

A: Pours a cola-lke color; dark, dark brown almost black with some faint ruby highlights. Capping this is a a very creamy light khaki colored head, with chunks of bubbles, that leaves a fair amount of lace in the glass.

S: Delicious aromas of caramel, chocolate, raisin, Heath bar, fig, malted milk balls, and molassas.

T: See above. Wonderful! Roasted malt, black cherry and pepper in the middle, bitter coffee and hops in the finish.

M: Seemingly pours thin but thickens considerably as it hits the glass. Very silky and oily. Finish sticks around and takes its' time developing.

D: Disappeared from my glass so quickly. Damn that was really good!

06-24-2008 00:26:19 | More by GbVDave
Photo of wheatyweiss


4.3/5  rDev +12.6%

Poured into a tulip.

Pours a cola color with minimal head.

Nose is dates and fruitcake, rum and dark chocolate. Raisins and molasses.

Flavor is fruity, though dark. Apples fried in dark brown sugar and molasses. Plums and dates. Smokey apple flavor that rides nicely on dark chocolate.

Mouthfeel is oily, creamy and slick with a prefect carbonation.

Good beer, I would drink i again.

06-21-2008 23:40:16 | More by wheatyweiss
Photo of aforbes10


4.18/5  rDev +9.4%

Bottle from kkulacki. thanks!

Pours dark brown to black with a light brown head that's more bubbly than creamy. Oh my, that smells good...toffee, nougat, chocolate, prunes, malt milkshake, coffee ice cream. Bold, roasted coffee flavor, not too overwhelming. Nice current of soft chocolate. hint of cherries or prunes. Finish is like a cool cappuchino. Creamy, velvety mouthfeel. full bodied. I generally prefer a fruitier Impy, but this is a pretty great version that trends towards the coffee-dominant side of things.

06-18-2008 19:34:56 | More by aforbes10
Photo of ejquin


4.05/5  rDev +6%

A: Jet black with decent white head that fades and leaves little lacing.

S: Chocolate milk with nice piney hop spice roasted malt and coffee. Touch of anise.

T/M: Smooth, sweet and semi-light body, especially for a stout. Nice coffee and chocolate up front fades to a sweetness and then ho pspice and bight. No alochol comes through, just sweetness, but it's a very refreshing stout.

06-15-2008 04:12:09 | More by ejquin
Photo of Med


4.15/5  rDev +8.6%

Thanks to Reed415 for this.

A - Pours a delicious black color with a modest tan head. Less lacing than I would expect from an RIS, but very nice none the less.

S - Lots of chocolate and molasses. A hint of raisin and some nice hop aroma.

T - Very nice. Lots of chocolate and a surprising amount of hop bitterness. Still some raisin and maybe a hint of gingerbread. Bitter finish lasts forever and alcohol is barely perceptible.

M - Thick and creamy with nice carbonation. Very pleasant.

D - While this doesn't quite live up to some of the greats (KBS, Abyss, Stone) it's an excellent Impy. Recommended.

06-11-2008 23:25:57 | More by Med
Photo of bassmantin


3.38/5  rDev -11.5%

Thanks to dontcallmesurly for this one.

Pours a very dark brown with a fine creamy tan head.

Smell is sweet with a unique sour/tangy taste. I'm not sure what that strange flavor is, but it's hard to pinpoint. I'm not in love with it, either.

That unique flavor is their in the taste, too. I'm not a huge fan of it. It's a funky, musty taste; kind of gross actually. It's hard to get past that taste, but there is a decent maltiness behind there.

If that gross flavor weren't there, this might be a really good beer. As is, it's a big disappointment.

06-09-2008 02:20:58 | More by bassmantin
Photo of DontCallMeSurly


4.18/5  rDev +9.4%

This is my first time drinking anything from Central Waters, I hope it lives up to the hype I've been hearing about.

I poured a 12oz bottle quite vigorously into a Duvel snifter. Even with an aggressive pour this beer offers a very thin layering of mocha colored head which collapses very quickly, say 30 seconds, into a creamy ring on the outer rim of the glass. As I poured, an aroma of bourbon, coffee, and chocolate quickly met my nostrils and as a result my mouth started salivating like Pavlov's dog. My god this is one tasty beer. I get an alcoholic, bourbony chocolatey flavor right away and pretty much stays the entire time. There are plenty of sweet and roasted malts which give it a very distinct flavor. There seems to be very little carbonation andthe body to this beer is kind of light. In comparison to other RIS's this doesn't seem to be as thick, but it's still a sipper. If I can find more Central Waters products around here I'll definitely give them my business.

05-27-2008 02:48:02 | More by DontCallMeSurly
Photo of katan


3.83/5  rDev +0.3%

On the RIS kick tonight. Undated 12 oz bottle.

A - Pours a very thick dark brown to almost black color. The head is that standard caramel colored fizz that retains fairly well. Seems like lots of sediment left over in this one. Is well suspended in the beer.

S - A mix of smoky, chocolate, and roasted malts. Very sweet to the nose.

T - At first there isn't that much of a flavor. Rolls to an interesting sugar sweet malty profile that sits nicely on the tongue. Some of a coffee tastehere, but one that probably was loaded with milk and sugar. Finishes with an interesting chocolate flavor. Very strong but very good. And yes the label is correct, there is a warm fuzzy alcohol feeling here. It bites all the way down.

M - This baby feels thick. It has a very surupy feel that really coats the inside of your mouth. Goes down after that easily.

D - A very full bodied drink that I see it slows you down over the entire drink. Its enjoyable as a slow drinker while enjoy a lazy evening. Which, in reality, is to me what a RIS is good for. So this isn't a bad thing.

An interesting beer that I wish was available in Iowa.

05-19-2008 00:26:49 | More by katan
Photo of drpimento


4.28/5  rDev +12%

Oh me lovelies. A supreme beer here. Name is a good one. Satiny. Dangerously smooth. This is a helluva beer. Poured opaque with good head and lace. Very malty roasty nose. Flavor is stout but not too much of any one thing - a hint of sweetness, a tad bitter, creamy, roasty, and very drinkable. great finsih.

04-23-2008 00:17:23 | More by drpimento
Photo of halfP1NT


3.9/5  rDev +2.1%

Thanx to EliteDigger for hooking me up w/this one with my 1st trade!

Pours opaque black with a thin, tan head. There's an ever-so-slight hint of ruby chocolate brown coming through the bottom of my glass.

Smell is malty, mostly strong bitter coffee, a hint of bittersweet chocolate.

Taste is malty roastiness, bittersweet chocolate and coffee balanced out nicely by just enough hop bitterness. A nice roasty coffee flavor lingers in my mouth.

Very creamy mouthfeel, thick and somewhat viscous without being syrupy and sweet. Low to medium carbonation.

The alcohol is pretty well hidden in the taste and aroma at first, although it starts coming through a bit in the taste as it warms. I haven't checked the abv, but the bottle says, "The rich coffee flavor compliments the 'warm, fuzzy feeling' you get from the abundant alcohol". Overall a very enjoyable sipper.

04-15-2008 14:01:11 | More by halfP1NT
Photo of ncvbc

North Carolina

4.08/5  rDev +6.8%

Pours satin black with a dookie stained edge. Small tan head rises atop and settles to a ring. Smell is pretty good to me. A subtle but seductive Stout. Scents of milk chocolate, caramel, toffee, light licorice, and coffee. Great mix of rosted and sweet scents. Taste is pretty good but doesn't have the complexity of a RIS, more that of a regular Stout to me. Again, a good roasted flavor combined with sweet malts. There is also a nice hoppy finish that sneaks up on you. Well done despite not being as big as I'm used to. Good velvety mouthfeel, silky smooth and nice but not full enough. Despite being somewhat of a lightweight I find this quite drinkable overall. I could have a few of them.

Thanks to EliteDigger for a couple bottles...I shall savor the other!

04-05-2008 05:22:31 | More by ncvbc
Photo of DarkerTheBetter


3.18/5  rDev -16.8%

Thanks to objectivemonkey for this one.

Looks a rather boring dark brown that looks like a dull and slightly cloudy root beer when held to the light. The head fell to a slight bubbly collar of tan that left little veins of lace.

Smells of dry, old coffee smoke and chicory. A very monochromatic smell to be sure.

Tastes a little more lively with the same coffee emphasis that is rounded out with a green sappy twig and some green grapes. Finishes off with an almost electric puckering sensation that I can't quite tie down. A RIS? No way.

It's quite crisp and clean that really jolts the sense. The mouth feel really holds this beer together.

If you're a fan of smoke and coffee in your beer, this is a great candidate. For the style, I'd have trouble believing this was an RIS. Most of my negativity in this review stems from comparing this to the more beefy variety of RISs. I quite enjoyed this beer, but it came across much more like a porter.

03-10-2008 04:48:13 | More by DarkerTheBetter
Photo of Atron67


4.13/5  rDev +8.1%

Presentation: yellow labled with a winter snow scene on the bottle, blurb on the side talking about this beer and a fireplace being the cure to the cold wisconsin winters.

A- poured a dark pretty much black through the glass. was pretty light on the pour actually looked almost brown, but was crystal clear. only a small amount of tan head built up, and it didnt last long, it stuck around as a thin film on top for the rest of the beer however.

S- had a strong chocolatly malty scents. some light roasted scents, kinda a little sweet scented that makes it a little different however it doesnt really hurt it, but it surprized me a little.

T- strong cholately malts like youd expect from the malts, and turns into a surprizingly strong and delicious coffee flavor goes pretty bitter as the coffee fades which work together nicely

M- thick creamy, light bubbles. sticks to the tongue, as it should

D- pretty solid stout

03-05-2008 01:32:51 | More by Atron67
Photo of Bitterbill


4.05/5  rDev +6%

I got this in a trade with Grizzly Adams. Thanks Cole!

The pour reveals a near pitch black liquid with about an inch of tannish foam with some fine lacing. The foam all but disappears after a few minutes.

The smell has notes of roasted malt, toffee, chocolate, coffee, and some dark fruit. Over all, it smells like it's going to be relly sweet.

The taste starts off with good roasted malt and coffee and then some toffee and chocolate. There's some bitterness mid palate that becomes more noticeable after a few sips and it dominates the finish. A nice medium mouthfeel helps make this a fine RIS to sip on but I think the alcohol is more apparent than the abv would indicate. That's not a slam because I do think it's a very tasty and easy drinking example of the style. I'm glad I got to try it.

03-01-2008 01:00:04 | More by Bitterbill
Photo of DrJay


4/5  rDev +4.7%

Got this one from EliteDigger in a recent trade. Thanks Scott!
This stuff is dark, almost completely opaque except for thin, dark brown edges. A thin skim and solid collar of fine, tan bubbles formed after the pour. Lots of spotty lacing. Sweet, roasty aroma, mostly coffee and caramel, chocolate too. Same in the flavour, but the roasted grains are more pronounced - much more coffee and chocolate, nuts too. Bitterness is balanced with the malt. Medium to full bodied with creamy carbonation, some dryness in the finish. Quite drinkable, alcohol isn't apparent. Pretty good stuff, lots of flavour crammed in there.

02-24-2008 23:29:33 | More by DrJay
Photo of EliteDigger


4.1/5  rDev +7.3%

A-Pours a deep dark brown almost to the point of being black, the only light coming through is a bit in the edges when held up to the light. A pale cocoa-cream head makes a brief appearance and you're left with bits of lacing clinging to the sides.
S-Smells of roasted grains, cocoa, and coffee are in abundance here.
T-The taste is more of the same... deep dark roasted grains, chocolate, coffee, and a light sweetness at first that is quickly supplanted by a toasty bitter and slightly dry finish.
M-Good carbonation and a creamy, medium body that leaves a light coating on your mouth...
D-Very high. Although I think this is on the light end for an Imperial Stout, it's drinkablility is right up there as it tastes excellent but yet you're not one and done like most RIS's.
This particular Central Waters offering is quickly becoming one of my favorites. Delicious yet highly drinkable.

02-10-2008 02:56:52 | More by EliteDigger
Photo of Homerbag


4.05/5  rDev +6%

Pours pitch black like used motor oil. Light creamy head that settles down to a ring and laces down the glass.

Smell is that of roasted malt, followed by a chocolate and coffee mix. Alcohol is evident in the aroma. Taste is roasted malt, coffee, chocolate, toffee, some dark fruit. Sweeter than most RIS. Alcohol is not as present in the taste as it was in the smell. This feels thick as previously stated motor oil. Coats the tounge perfectly.

Very good beer. One of the better RIS that I have had. I have not been let down by the guys from Amhurst yet.

02-06-2008 00:53:06 | More by Homerbag
Photo of patrick16o


4/5  rDev +4.7%

Pours a nice black color with a medium sized frothy tan crown. The crown hangs in there with time and likes to cling to the sides of the glass.

Lots of chocolate, mixed with some roasted malt in the aroma.

Chocolate, roasted malts, and a coffee bitterness. Noticeable alcohol at the end and a dry finish. Very tasty imperial stout. Good full bodied beer, wasn't too heavy on the tongue.

01-20-2008 00:52:07 | More by patrick16o
Photo of BeerTruth


4.25/5  rDev +11.3%

Big thanks to todd1 for this brewski.

12 oz. bottle poured into a nonic.

Pours a jet black with a big ol' two finger khaki colored head that sticks around for a while. A very nice lacing is left behind, thick and full on the sides of the glass. Smell is interesting, but not in a good way. Wet carboard like smell up front, not enjoyable. Some roasted malt and sweet oat tickle the nose as well. Very faint charred wood scent is detected too. Not as smokey as I would have expected for the style. Heavy french roast coffee flavor at first which is followed by a sweet caramel malt. A very nice smooth chocolate malt midway with a noticable hop bite. Aftertaste is a nice blend of molasses and roasted barley, me likey. Medium to full body with a thick and creamy carbonation. The abv is pretty low for the style, but still, the alcohol is basically non-existant. Very nice RIS, they don't try to go crazy with it, just a solid drinkable beer.

01-03-2008 02:40:24 | More by BeerTruth
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4.1/5  rDev +7.3%

On tap at their location, it interestingly comes served in a pilsner glass.

It is really good looking, despite the glass, pitch black with a thick creamy, dark tan head that shows some good retention eventually dropping to a collar.

Aroma is not as rich as expected, but is nonetheless quite pleasant, chocolate, caramel and coffee.

Creamy, medium to full bodied, yet quite drinkable. Flavor is not as rich as others described, but still quite nice. Chocolate, a bit sweeter than most imperial stouts, but not in an unpleasant way, coffee, chocolate and caramel again, with some dark fruits and a mildly bitter hoppy end.

Quite nice.

12-27-2007 22:24:39 | More by brdc
Photo of WeisGuy

New York

3.38/5  rDev -11.5%

Big thanks to mynie for this brew.

a - pour a dark brown, not quite black, a bit lighter than most impy stouts, smallish tan head, with no retention or lacing

s - roasted malt dominates with lots of alcohol as well, very little coffee detectable

t - fairly one-dimensional taste, roasted malt and coffee throughout with a moderate alcohol component on the finish

m - medium-bodied, moderate carbonation, quite dry on the finish, some alcohol warming

d - the dry finish and booziness limits the drinkability, not much complexity to keep you drinking either

I'm not overly impressed with my first beer from Central Waters. Hopefully future tastings will prove more interesting.

12-04-2007 02:07:16 | More by WeisGuy
Photo of getch


4.1/5  rDev +7.3%

a-nice dark black color, 2 fingers of head when first poured then slowly trails off

s- light coffee tones, and some chocolate, little fruit smell as well

t-very good tasting, smooth, dark chocolate with coffee, and the after taste is very good as well, a coffee taste

m-very smooth, a favorite porter of mine and a good price

d-mmm a favorite, plus with a low price, i will be buying alot of these.
Love it!

11-14-2007 04:02:37 | More by getch
Photo of shivtim


3.73/5  rDev -2.4%

Hmm, Satin Solstice. I suppose that roughly translates to "glossy/sleek culmination." Nice use of alliteration, Central Waters!
Anyway, on to the beer. It pours out pretty much an opaque black, with a big foamy dark beige head. The head settles down over time. Nose is roasty malts, campfire smoke, and sweet chocolate cookies. Mmm. Taste is strong roasted malts, hints of acidic coffee, and lingering burnt sweet malts with touches of alcohol. Mouthfeel is not bad, a little thinner than the look of the beer would suggest. Drinkability is pretty OK. Overall a decent RIS.

11-13-2007 15:39:06 | More by shivtim
Photo of iconoklaztor


4.05/5  rDev +6%

Thanks to kmpitz2 for this brew!

The head of this brew is a pretty big, 2 finger, head. It sticks around for a long time and even after 10 mins a 1 finger head remains. The smell is strange. It's almost too sweet. Even hints at an IPA nose. Strange! However, the taste if good. It's full with, cocoa, malts, and coffee. The finish is a slightly stronger coffee taste that is full and very filling! I really enjoy the finish of this brew! Its pretty drinkable but could be hard to finish if you do not like coffee.

Overall: This is a good stout to try for an experience. It's a decent rookie or slightly advanced stout. I mean that with respect. I would get this again if I had a shot at it. Enjoy this beer.


11-07-2007 03:35:04 | More by iconoklaztor
Photo of DavidEddie


3.85/5  rDev +0.8%

A big thanks to Eric my beer buddy from work for sharing a few bottles.

Pours black and more black. Dark carmel colored head dissipates quickly. Aromas of fragrant chocolate, black coffee, roasted malts, wet camp fire, a bit of maple syrup and black liquorish. Taste of slight bitter black coffee, sweet roasty malts, burnt sugar, dark chocolate, and burnt “white bread” toast. I detect no alcohol what so ever. Flavors are in check, balanced. With nothing overpowering. Mouth feel is oily, coats your mouth, slightly thick and syrupy, not overly carbonated.

Over all, I really enjoyed this RIS. If it was available in Chicagoland, it would be a regular in my beer fridge. Recommended. CHEERS!

10-29-2007 02:18:29 | More by DavidEddie
Satin Solitude Imperial Stout from Central Waters Brewing Co.
86 out of 100 based on 758 ratings.