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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: 872
Reviews: 394
rAvg: 3.83
pDev: 10.97%
Wants: 59
Gots: 81 | FT: 7
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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

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Beer added by: Bierman9 on 02-19-2002

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Ratings: 872 | Reviews: 394
Photo of Phyl21ca
3.48/5  rDev -9.1%
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
3.92/5  rDev +2.3%
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
3.88/5  rDev +1.3%
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
3.83/5  rDev 0%
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 +9.7%
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 -18.3%
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
3.72/5  rDev -2.9%
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
3.91/5  rDev +2.1%
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 +5.7%
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 -1.6%
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 +5.7%
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 +5.5%
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 -9.1%
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 -4.7%
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 +4.4%
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 +0.3%
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 -2.1%
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 +9.7%
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 +3.1%
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 +4.4%
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 +4.4%
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 -47.8%
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 -15.7%
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 -37.6%
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 -3.9%
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.

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