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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: 854
Reviews: 388
rAvg: 3.82
pDev: 10.99%
Wants: 57
Gots: 80 | 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 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.

Photo of jcnd9803
3.71/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Came across as black to me. Pleasantly surprised at how thick the pour was. Fairly thick head.

S - Much sweeter than I expected. Not as roasty as a typical big stout.

T - Very much bitersweet chocolate wtih some caramel.

M - Full bodied. Again shocking, and not what I was expecting. Pleasantly surprised.

D - I don't even notice the high alcohol. A good offering that I could have a few of in a night.

Photo of beerwolf77
4.12/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

This bottle is from 08. I been sitting on it for some time now and it just kept calling my name. So here it goes.

Poured into my pint glass the beer is dark brown nearing black. About one finger of light beige head Just small amount of soapy lace remains.

The aroma is super sweet caramel and chocolate. A light coffee undertone can be picked up as well. Maybe just a touch of vanilla too. It reminds me of a Caramel Machiatto from starbucks.

The flavor is nice roast coffee with hints of chocolate and caramel. Super smooth. No bitterness at all.

Medium to light body. This is the one failure in this beer. Rather light and thin for a RIS. No carbonation at all.

Overall a super drinkable beer. I'm glad I let it age as long as I did too. I think it really took on a whole new life with two years on it.

Photo of whartontallboy
4.42/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle picked up at Three Cellars outside of Milwaukee

Pours jet black with a generous head of tightly packed tan bubbles. Lots of lacing left in the glass as I drink.

Aroma is wonderful, just about everything I'd want in a big stout. Lots of chocolate, but there's also a backing of vanilla and a bit of coffee. Bit of toffee, too. No alcohol at all on the nose.

Taste follows the nose pretty well. I get more of the toffee flavors than the cocoa/coffee ones, but the coffee comes through a bit more in the finish, as does the roastiness.

Mouthfeel is solidly middle of the road, not too chewy, but by no means watery.

Drinkability is great for a bigger stout. Not too boozy, and there aren't any giant, off-putting flavors that would keep me from having more than one.

Overall: Really tasty! Wish I'd bought a sixer instead of a single.

Photo of nickd717
4.05/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle via trade.

Pours pretty much black with a great lasting light tan head.

Aroma is very full and awesome. Chocolate, coffee, sweet malts, and roast.

Flavor is excellent and very well-balanced. Rich milk chocolate, coffee, roast, and some sweet toffee.

Very smooth mouthfeel with medium-full body and soft carbonation.

Drinkable for the style. Had this next to the barrel aged version and found the regular to be superior. It's not in your face and nothing really jumps out at you, but overall this is a very nice and subtle example of the Imperial Stout style.

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

12oz bottle in Duvel tulip
(no date but I got this before the Great Taste in Madison so at least 6 months old)

A: Dark black, with fluffy light tan head. The head drop quickly to a small ring around the edge of the glass, leaving a small amount of lace. Lots of chunks floating in it, I saw no mention of bottle conditioning so I was not careful in my pour.
S: Chocolate, a little bit of boozy alcohol, dark roasted malts.
T: Much more roasty than the smell, almost burnt, my guess is there is quite a bit of black patent malt in here (this tastes similar to a stout I made with black patent when it was young). No hint of alcohol on the tongue.
M: Medium attentuation, not light/crisp, but not big and chewy either. A low level of carbonation as expected for the style.
D: This is lacking the dark fruit complexity that I like in a RIS, the roast/burnt character is a little overwhelming. Not bad for a sippin' beer, but I am not going to reach for another one when I finish this one. I have a couple more bottles, it will be interesting to see what a little more age does. Worth trying, but not my favorite.

Photo of jjayjaye
3.72/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours dark, slightly less than cola, and apparently clear. The pour looks like it's going to be thin. An inch deep foamy light tan collar fades quickly leaving little Belgian lacing. The smell is nice yet indistinguishable. Timid until substantially warm, malted NECCO chocolate notes and coffee. Adequately carbonated, the mouth feel is light bodied yet the after texture adds nicely to the total drinkability. The flavors are mirrored nicely from the nose. A satisfying mocha-latte breakfast stout; perfect Rx after dueling endlessly with this 2010 Snowicane. Many thanks to Maximum12 for throwing me this hard to find extra!!

Photo of prototypic
3.6/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Another fine bottle courtesy of PaleAl.

Satin Solstice pours a dark, mahogany brown color. It's not quite opaque, but close. Burgundy highlights can be seen at the outer edges. A large, mocha tan head covers it. It stands about three fingers tall and is slow to recede. Lacing was very sticky and quite thick.

A very good mix of roasted and chocolate malts emanates from the glass. It has a nice dark chocolate smell. It doesn't smell very sweet at all. Coffee is smells rather strong, but is still secondary. It provides nice depth and is a perfect complement to the malts. Hints of vanilla and anise round it out. Alcohol is not noticeable at all. It's relatively straight forward and uncomplicated, but sure smells good.

The flavor is a step down from the nose. Roasted and chocolate malts taste pretty even, and a nice base flavor. It's a little sweeter than I expected, but I still wouldn't call it a very 'sweet' beer. Roasted coffee makes an appearance, but isn't too strong. It adds a little complexity. It tastes a little acrid or burnt. I'm not getting either vanilla or anise in flavor. I can smell them, but they're not here. Alcohol is blended very well. I'm not picking up any. All in all, it's pretty good. But, it doesn't quite come together like I'd hoped.

For a Russian Imperial, Satin Solstice seems way too thin and light. I question the style label a little. It's not big and badass enough to carry that title. Carbonation is moderate. It doesn't feel smooth. Needs more body for that. For the style, it's very average, and that might be a little too generous. Drinkability is above average. The flavor's okay and it goes down easy. But, if I want a real Russian Imperial Stout, I'm reaching for something else.

Satin Solstice, on its face, is a pretty good beer. If you completely ignore the style label, you'll be much happier. But, that's difficult to ignore. For a Russian Imperial Stout, it doesn't deliver. The biggest problem is that it's too thin and modest. Perhaps more body would improve it all the way around. It's alright. Definitely worth a try. But, it's far from Central Waters' best work.

Photo of ckeegan04
3.55/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Thanks to unclejedi for this one.

A - Not quite black but pretty damn close. A one finger espresso like head settles on top and slowly fades to a thin, brown, foamy head. Opaque but not impenetrable when held up to a bright light source.

S - Big roasted malt aroma with a strong vanilla presence. Hints of simi-sweet chocolate and fresh ground coffee as the beer warms.

T - Bitter chocolate and roasted grains up front. Bitterness is actually a touch overwhelming and I would go as far as calling it astringent. Light fruitiness is a bit of surprise late in the drink as I smelled no hint of it in the nose. As the beer warms a touch of coffee comes through and the astringency drops back a notch or two. Still a little harsh.

M/D - Medium bodied and a little too heavy on the carbonation. AStringency is too strong throughout to make this real drinkable. I do like the taste profile though. This is a good beer, but not a great beer. It misfires just a bit at a few imprtant junctures.

Photo of MbpBugeye
2.68/5  rDev -29.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This was in my box from FrankenBrew in the RIS BIF. Thanks a lot!

Poured into a Delirium Tremens snifter.

A- On the pour the beer looks like a muddy brown rather than a rich black. It collects into the glass and becomes a slightly clear, murky black. The head is pretty light in color, not large and doesnt stick around very long.

S- A bit on the weak side. Its very malty though. More caramel notes than most other Imp Stouts. Its more earthy, caramely and dusty. There is a bit of chocolate hiding in the aroma somewhere.

T- Malty. Not hugely roasted or charred like many of the style. Like the nose suggests its more mellow with notes of caramel malts, peat and smoke. There is some hops that come in very late on the finish.

M- Milky, smooth with light to medium sharp carbonation.

D- The relatively low ABV for the style makes it pretty drinkable but when Im in the mood for an Imperial Stout, Im in the mood to be challenged by a big ass, powerful beer. This one doesnt really do that.

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

12oz bottle served in a standard pint glass.

Dark brown brew with a tan head that thinned to a layer leaving a fine sheet of lacing.
Roasted coffee and sweet chocolate aroma.
Taste is roasted coffee beans upfront with a sweet chocolate flavor chiming in before finishing slightly bitter.
Medium bodied with a creamy feel.
This brew made for a nice nightcap.

Photo of homebrew311
3.87/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Picked this up as part of my latest WI beer haul. At 7.99 for a six pack, the price it right!

A: pours pretty light for an imperial stout, at first glance in the glass it looks like a typical black imperial stout, but when held to a light, you can see that some light passes through and it is more of a bark brownish red color, 2 finger head on pour

S:lots of sweetness from malts on the front of nose, molasses, some vanilla, smoke, and tobacco. This has a very interesting smell, it almost reminds me of a scotch ale on the nose rather than an imperial stout.

T: again a lot of sweet malts on the front, just like the nose. The vanilla and smoke character show up again, but only to give way to a bitter chocolate finish with a hint of booziness in there. Again, this is a very interesting imperial stout.

MF: carbonation seems a bit high and the body seems a bit thin for the style

D: this is a very drinkable imperial stout, especially for its affordable price. The 7.5% isn't all that hidden though.

Satin Solitude Imperial Stout from Central Waters Brewing Co.
86 out of 100 based on 854 ratings.