Satin Solitude Imperial Stout - Central Waters Brewing Co.

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Satin Solitude Imperial StoutSatin Solitude Imperial Stout

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Ratings: 839
Reviews: 386
rAvg: 3.82
pDev: 11.26%
Wants: 56
Gots: 76 | FT: 6
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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

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: Bierman9 on 02-19-2002)
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Photo of beerwolf77
4.1/5  rDev +7.3%
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
4.43/5  rDev +16%
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
3.48/5  rDev -8.9%
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
3.7/5  rDev -3.1%
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
3.58/5  rDev -6.3%
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
3.53/5  rDev -7.6%
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
3.88/5  rDev +1.6%
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.

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

A - This beer poured a dark brown color that produced a tan, fluffy head with some good retention and laced the side of the glass nicely

S - The aroma produced by this beer was bittersweet chocolate, coffee, toffee, and roasted malts

T - The taste of this beer was right in line with the nose, roasted malts, bittersweet chocolate, fresh ground coffee, and toffee

M - The mouthfeel of this beer had a medium body and a light to moderate amount of carbonation

D - This beer is billed as an Imperial Stout, but to me it falls more closely in line with a plain old Stout, which is a good thing, but tell me its a regular Stout

Photo of nsmartell
3.9/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I enjoyed this beer from the comfort of my own living room. From the 12oz bottle to a standard pint glass.

Appearance: Pours black in color but more opaque and dark brown when held up to a light. Thick tan head that disappeared quicker than I was anticipating.

Smell: Roasted malts, sweet chocolate and coffee picked up in that order.

Taste: More roasted malts, burnt coffee and chocolate. Malty start and sweet finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied and good carbonation with a nice sticky dry finish. A beer you want to chew.

Drinkability: Nice little imperial stout. Another solid effort by the Central Waters crew. Would definitely recommend and drink again.

Photo of Wisconsinality
3.3/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from 12 oz bottle into Chimay chalice

A- Off a hard pour, a deep black, with a little red around the edges where the little light that shines through, does. The head is about a fingers worth and a nice mocha colored. It recedes somewhat quick but does leave some nice lacing.

S- The smell is of dark chocolate and some roasted malts. Also there is a little bit of coffee in there and some alcohol comes through at the end.

T- Roasted malt dominates the palate at first taste. A little bit of bitter dark chocolate to go along with a faint amount of coffee. There is something that just seems a little off about this one. The flavor seems to be pushed aside quickly by something I can't put my finger on. It just doesn't finish like a good Imp. Stout. Maybe a little soapy?

M- I would say this is a tad bit on the thin side. Decent on the carbonation and a small amount of bitterness on the tip of the tongue. A good warming sensation from the amount of alcohol.

D- The strange taste really limits the amount of this beer that can be consumed. A decent offering but they have other, better stouts.

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

A - Poured an opaque dark brown topped by a tan fluffy head. Head retention is decent at first, but settles to a thin cap, leaving spotty lacing down the inside of my pint glass.

S - Roasted malt, milk chocolate and just a hint of coffee. Sweet smelling brew.

T & M - Just like the nose suggested, a roasted malt backbone plays with flavors of chocolate, with some coffee bitterness on the back end. Pretty balanced hop character. Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. The alcohol is pretty well masked in this brew, although for the style, the ABV is a little low.

D - High ABV brews generally aren't my bag, and Central Waters keeps the ABV low for this beer style...I guess that adds to its drinkability in my book. A very solid beer from a very solid brewery. I love Central Waters, and they will always be a recommended brewery in my book!

Photo of Mdog
3/5  rDev -21.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: Dark brown, small head.

Smell: Smells like coffee grounds + the filter paper.

Taste: Straight coffee, dry and bitter. Not particularly complex.

Drinkability: Seems more like a standard stout than an imperial, very light bodied for an imperial.

I'm wondering if this single bottle was old. It was very unimpressive, a thin bodied, low flavor for an imperial stout.

Photo of bonk0076
4.38/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep brown color with a moderate beige head. Aroma consists of oatmeal, roasted malt, coffee and milk chocolate notes. Taste is a dominated by the bitter coffee and sweeter oatmeal tastes. On a smaller scale, the bitter roasted malt and the sweeter chocolate balance eachother. Very drinkable, not overwhelming imperial stout.

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

12 oz bottle. Huge thanks to brdc for the hookup on some CW at DLD.

Pours a deep and opaque black, some dark brown, light don't get through, medium sized tan head forms, settles down to a medium ring around the glass and a thin layer, some lace spots stick.

Smell is nice, very intense, smell is nice, big caramel, chocolate milk, nice roast, lots of dark fruit, raisin, brown sugar, really big licorice note, for the relatively low ABV for a RIS this has a great aroma, lots of fruit, vanilla and some burnt sugar.

Taste is neat as well, dark fruit, caramel, light sourness in the middle, lacto like, chocolate milk, some roast, raisin, vanilla, oak, pretty rich and decadent, almost has a chocolate cheesecake thing going on.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with medium carbonation. A pretty neat RIS, I'm digging this one. Thanks Daniel!

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

Not quite black in color. More of a dark brown. A small tan head forms and settles to a thin cap. Heavy spotty lacing is left on the glass. Has a rich aroma of roasted malt. Hints of chocolate, coffee, and vanilla. The flavor is not bold but I really enjoyed it. A bunch of roasted goodness. Hints of mocha and cherries. Alcohol is well hidden. Bitterness is low to moderate and any burnt flavors is kept to a minimum. The body is not that big either but it is rich and has a nice texture. Overall this is not the biggest, brashist Russian Imperial Stout, but it has some really rich flavor without gimmicks.

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

I got a 12oz bottle of this a while back and I can't quite remember who sent it, but I'd bet good money it was eyncognito. Thanks, Ian!

Very deep reddish brown with a light brown head, that recedes to a disk, leaving some lace. Highlights are reddish-brown and this is quite attractive

The nose is really, really good!Dark chocolate syrup, coffee and a definite grainy, husky, cracker-like character are present. Mildly creamy, this reminds me in many ways of a wafer biscuit with chocolate cream. A mild molasses-like character is present too, along with some port. Great roasted malt character with a low bitterness, this is excellent

The palate, like too many beers I've had recently, hasn't lived up to the nose. Fruity oxidation with plums and prunes along with chocolate and coffee and a rich, caramel sweetness. Mild sourness is present, more lactic in character but this is not an infected. Hop character is pretty low, I can't really tell much, and the finish is decent, combining the mild sourness with a coffee-like acidity and mild cocoa. Licorice appears towards the finish as well, and 8oz in, it gets to be a bit of a chore. Medium-light in body with soft carbonation, this is a little light for the style, but still, a very enjoyable and drinkable beer.

Photo of MPLS
4.33/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I am patiently awaiting the Central Waters limited releases this December, so their other beers will have to tide me over.

A: Black bodied with light brown accents under heavy light. Good frothy head after being poured into a snifter and lacing is still stuck to the glass as I'm finishing it. I feel like I define a lot of stouts in this same ritualistic way.

S: Roasted Malt, coffee bitterness, sweet chocolate, and some sparse dark cherries.

T: Very roasted throughout the entire flavor profile of this beer. The beer's mild sweetness got more complex as it slowly warmed. In addition to the sweetness there was a level of coffee-like bitter.

M: Medium bodied sits on the tongue nicely, very smooth, could be a little thicker but certainly exceptable for the style.

D: Better than I expected. Will buy again on the voyage to Hudson.

Photo of blackearth
2.8/5  rDev -26.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Purchased from Ray's Liquors in Wauwatosa, WI. Poured into a DT snifter to reveal a black body with a thin tan head that quickly fades. Aroma is faint roasted malts. Full bodied with low carbonation to make for a smooth mouthfeel. Flavor is nice roasted malt from start to finish, but that's really it. Very one-dimensional, so pretty much a let down as far as I'm concerned.

Photo of SpeedwayJim
4.28/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Special thanks to alcstradamus for this one, a great extra!! Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a Brooklyn Brewery pint glass.

A: Pours a semi-vigorous 1 finger pinkish-brown fine head with great retention. Brew itself is a deep and cloudy reddish brown that is almost opaque. Lacing is patchy but with good cling.

S: sweet soy sauce, alcohol, milk chocolate, and a hint of roasted coffee beans and maybe raisins? Nose is not overpowering but very balanced overall.

T: Opens malty sweet soy sauce and milk chocolate, transitions into middle alcohol and roasted coffee plus dark fruit. Ends with light alcoholic aftertaste.

M: Medium bodied and relatively coarse though it becomes smoother as it warms in the mouth. Finish is wet and messy, leaving an oily, filmy residue.

D: Appearance and body threw me off a bit but this one is deceivingly good. Lighter bodied than most RISs but with more than comparable flavor and complexity.

Truly another winner from Central Waters. Not sure why this brewery doesn't get talked about as much as the offerings I've had from them so far have been outstanding representations of their styles.

Photo of mandoskippy
4.4/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

What can I say, I love this beer. A solid offering from Central Waters.

A: Wonderful dark hue with about 2cm of head. Think lacing made this very at attractive.

S: Wonderful sweetness in the smell. Almost chocolaty. Very pleasant smell.

T: The taste was awesome. Chocolate, a hint of coffee, rich stoutness. A real winner.

M: Mouthfeel is thick like an imperial stout should be. I love this beer and am looking forward to the bourbon barrel version of this as well.

D: This beer drinks well for a stout, I could have multiple of these, although I'd regret it after a while with a 7.5% ABV :)

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

12 oz bottle extra from HawkeyeDaz, much appreciated. The beer is dark brown, very dark and beautiful with a huge mocha-colored foam that laces in thick sheets onto the pint glass. The main aromas are roasted malt and bitter chocolate, very sweet smelling. It tastes mostly like a bittersweet chocolate malt, a little burnt malt in the aftertaste, strangely there was almost no coffee (maybe the recipe changed recently?). The body is thick and coating, making it more of a sipper. An excellent RIS that I wouldn't mind having again. Like right now.

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

12oz. brown bottle poured into a snifter. Notes.

A: Pours black, nearly opaque. Decent head on the pour with decent retention and good lacing.

S: Pretty subtle. Decent coffee notes, rich. A bit of milky chocolate and some roastiness.

T/M: Good dose of alcohol. More of teh strong coffee and great bitterness. Subtle roasty and milk chocoalte notes as well as some syrupy cherries. Body is just under full with a decent carbonation level.

D: Definitely a sipper but inviting.

Satin Solitude Imperial Stout from Central Waters Brewing Co.
86 out of 100 based on 839 ratings.