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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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BA SCORE
86
very good

769 Ratings
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Ratings: 769
Reviews: 379
rAvg: 3.82
pDev: 11.52%
Wants: 54
Gots: 63 | 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 Greggy
4/5  rDev +4.7%

A- Pours a pitch black color, with no head. A little lacing is present.

S- Bitter dry chocolate, graham crackers, cream, vanilla, coffee, and nice caramel toffee.

T- Starts out sort of acidic but then moves to some dry chocolate, light cream and coffee, and finishes rather dry with a bitter hopiness.

M- A bit to much carbonation per style, I'm thinking.

D- This is a nice big beer and won't knock you on your ass @ 7.5%. I can see myself having this again.

Greggy, Sep 29, 2008
Photo of tpd975
3.95/5  rDev +3.4%

Another beer provided by PHawk. Thanks Parker!

A: Pours a nice brownish black hue, I would call it more brown than black. The head was a 1/2 finger high with so so retentin. Nice chucks of spotty lace were left all the way down the glass.

S: Bitter roasted coffee and dark chocolate on the nose with just a hint of cream.

T: Rather nice flavor. It is a perfect combination of bakers chocolate, light smoke, charred malt, cigar, and wood. and a faint touch of yeast.

M: On the lighter side of medium with okay carbonation.

D: Yeah it's drinkable. Another PHawk brew I would enjoy several of.

Once again Thanks Parker. We MUST trade again. I will make it worth your while.

tpd975, Sep 25, 2008
Photo of soulgrowl
4.13/5  rDev +8.1%

Appearance: Blackish coffee-brown, thick and opaque with just a glint of orange along the bottom rim of the glass. Head is walnut-beige and somewhat weak.

Smell: Coffee, burnt marshmallows, roasted almond oil, toffee, caraway seed, and dark chocolate, plus a suggestion of soy sauce or Balsamic vinegar. Good, but basic and slightly meek.

Taste: Spicy, tangy, bitter, and sweet - plenty of chocolate and coffee (of course), but there is also a pleasant hoppy bite, very citric and slightly peppery. Vanilla and brown sugar wander around in the background, along with deep, dark fruit notes like cherry and raspberry. Alcohol lends a slow burn that balances the malts and adds a pleasant piquancy, accenting the hops.

Mouthfeel: Full-bodied but slightly too airy; well attenuated with just-right dryness.

Drinkability: An interesting and balanced RIS, easily drinkable at only 7.5%. Not quite as rich in the nose as I like 'em, but still very good.

soulgrowl, Sep 06, 2008
Photo of kmeves
3.68/5  rDev -3.7%

Pours a deep amber black with a small off white head. Aroma is sweet fruit, toffee, almonds and chocolate. Flavor is more fruit and less nutty chocolate although it does remind me of some of the selections in the Russell Stover sampler. Medium bodied creamy texture. Finishes long and bitter with a slight alcohol burn.

kmeves, Aug 28, 2008
Photo of AKBelgianBeast
4.18/5  rDev +9.4%

Thanks to mikesgroove for this one.

Pours a nice deep black with some ruby highlights and a nice off white head that settles a little quickly. Nose is mostly roasted malt, but there is a bit of hop in there. Taste follows with good roasted malt, a bit of dark fruit, some light hop kick. I like the roasty profile in this one, just wish it was a bit stronger here. Mouthfeel is on the thin side, along with the flavor, but at 7.5 I would expect this. Doesn't make it ok though. Why not just amp it up CW??? Its an imperial stout!!! Drinkability is strong. A very "sessionable" imperial stout, if there is such a thing. Overall a solid imperial stout that would be a regular if it was local. Just wish they would grow a sac and make this one as big as it should be. A good one.

AKBelgianBeast, Aug 27, 2008
Photo of KarlHungus
4.33/5  rDev +13.4%

This beer pours a thick black color. The head is one inch in height, and recedes slowly into a thick cap of lacing. The aroma is of graham cracker, tons of roasted malt, and bitter dark chocolate. The taste is big and malty. Roasted malt, burnt chocolate, cream, with a lingering mild bitterness in the finish. The mouthfeel is on the lighter side of full bodied with appropriately low carbonation. Overall, this is a really good RIS. It is a nice departure from the big, overly hopped RISs a lot of American Breweries are making these days.

KarlHungus, Aug 24, 2008
Photo of dbtoe
3.88/5  rDev +1.6%

Poured into a shaker pint glass from a 12 oz bottle.

A Body looked very black, with some brownish red at the edge. Almost 2 fingers of head that was a cream color.

S Smelled very malty with molasses

T big complex flavors, roasted malts, dark chocolate, molasses, and even bitter hops show up for the party.

M Thick and bold, and even creamy. Maybe a little too sticky.

D This is a beer with a lot of flavor and perfect for one or two. A little on the sweet side for me.

C I think this is a very good one from Central Waters. I couldn't help comparing it to their Coffee Stout witch is probably my Favorite stout.

dbtoe, Aug 22, 2008
Photo of akorsak
4.15/5  rDev +8.6%

A 12 oz bottle courtesy of thefatkid13 at Dark Lord Day 2007.

A: The stout is a dark red color, bordering on midnight black. Ruby red highlights abound. A finger and a half of cream colored head resulted on the pour.

S: The aroma is thick with malts, bready with a graham, toffee and caramel aroma. No hops appear in the nose but the big, roasted black malts gladly take their place. The nose really makes me anticipate the first sip.

T: The stout is a big glass of liquid bread. Roasted grains, burnt toast and warm coffee create a full, smooth taste. The fullness of the malts is noticeable and worth mentioning. They are layered, deep and nuanced with a great finish. After the first few sips, a steady stream of hop bitterness begins to emerge. They are sharp with a grassy element. As the ale warms, the boldness of the stout body becomes more pronounced, showing off more coffee and chocolate. An excellent stout.

M: The mouthfeel is a malt-lovers dream, thick and bready with a nice hop follow-through. Central Waters has stouts nailed.

D: All this taste is packed into a 7.5% alcohol beer, making this very drinkable. The palate could get fatigued though due to the abundance of flavor.

akorsak, Aug 13, 2008
Photo of Phocion
4.1/5  rDev +7.3%

12 oz. bottle poured into a tulip. Resilient but short beige head topping a dark, thick, black body. Exactly what an Imperial Stout is supposed to look like.

Bittersweet chocolate and coffee malts take up most of the nose. A strange tiny hint of vanilla as well, and sweet caramel.

For the style, the flavor is a little light. Grainy and the aforementioned malts, as well as a bit of an oatmeal taste. In fact, this tastes much more like an oatmeal stout than an imperial.

Creamy but not too heavy mouthfeel, and a very easy-drinking beer. Not totally true to style, but still definitely a solid stout. Nothing mind-blowing, but pleasant.

Phocion, Aug 07, 2008
Photo of gford217
3.6/5  rDev -5.8%

Bottle courtesy of Homerbag poured into a snifter.

Pours a dark, dark brown with a little light passing through the edges showing mahogany hues. The head is small, off-white and short-lived, retreating to a collar quickly, leaving no lacing. The smell comes alive as it warms with big roasted malt and coffee aromas with a hint of licorice and dark fruits. For me, the taste failed to deliver of the promise of the nose. It's fairly one-dimensional with roasted malts and coffee bitterness dominating throughout and leaving a slightly acidic finish. The mouthfeel was medium bodied but seemed a little thin for the style. The acidic bitterness in the finish limits the drinkability a little bit, but this is a decent, if fairly basic, take on a stout. It's somewhere between stout and RIS for me.

gford217, Aug 07, 2008
Photo of TATTORSO
4.03/5  rDev +5.5%

A vigorous pour from a 12 oz. bottle into a Samuel Adams Uber glass produced a towering 2 finger creamy, butter colored head. The beer pours a thick Dark Amber color with Mahogany tones when held to the light.

Initial smell is well defined coffee, ripe dark fruit & a hint of smoke. As the beer warms to room temperature the nose improves with sweet malts and a little dark chocolate coming through.

The taste is inviting, albeit a little subdued.
Hints of smoke, dark roasted coffee beans & smooth malts with piney hops lurking in the finish. There's a mildly sweet, coffee aftertaste.

The mouth is a little lighter than the appearance would indicate. The carbonation blends well with the flavor & enhances the drinkability. Slick & fizzy with a nice finish & a tempered residual warming.

A nice example of a craft Imperial Stout. This is my 1st offering from this brewery. Certainly worth a revisit.

TATTORSO, Jul 25, 2008
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!

GbVDave, Jun 24, 2008
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.

wheatyweiss, Jun 21, 2008
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.

aforbes10, Jun 18, 2008
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.

ejquin, Jun 15, 2008
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.

Med, Jun 11, 2008
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.

bassmantin, Jun 09, 2008
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.

DontCallMeSurly, May 27, 2008
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.

katan, May 19, 2008
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.

drpimento, Apr 23, 2008
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.

halfP1NT, Apr 15, 2008
Photo of ncvbc
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!

ncvbc, Apr 05, 2008
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.

DarkerTheBetter, Mar 10, 2008
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

Atron67, Mar 05, 2008
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.

Bitterbill, Mar 01, 2008
Satin Solitude Imperial Stout from Central Waters Brewing Co.
86 out of 100 based on 769 ratings.