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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: 863
Reviews: 392
rAvg: 3.82
pDev: 10.99%
Wants: 58
Gots: 80 | 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

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Beer added by: Bierman9 on 02-19-2002

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Photo of pweis909
3.99/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours out a head, 1.5 inches in my glass, that has lasting power and laces the glass as a it fades. The tan foan sits atop a nearly black body.

The smell is faintly of dark chocolate, which carries through more in the taste. Yet, sweetness is not cloying and is well balanced by the bitterness of the roasted malts, the alcohol, and whatever hops were used. While tasty, this is not a complex taste.

The mouthfeel is silky smooth, nearly perfect for this type of beer.

Drinkability is higher than most RIS, having a low alcohol and not not going overboard on the roasty flavors.

Photo of ClockworkOrange
3.65/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into my Duvel tulip. Appears a translucent root beer color with about an inch of dense, creamy lingering ecru foam. The head leaves a moderate layer of lacing in its wake. Nose and flavors consist of kit kat and skor bars, nearly burnt toast, toffee galore, a touch of sourdough tartness, bakers chocolate, some coffee and caramel. A notch or so better than medium bodied with ample carbonation and a slightly sour, roasty finish.

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

12 oz bottle into a snifter.

Pours a deep black, topped with 1 1/2 fingers of rocky mocha colored foam. Nice thick bunching around the edges, which leads to a massive cascade of of creamy lacing, hanging in heavy spotty patches down the sides of the glass. Just a rich look here. The aroma is thick up front with sticky smelling notes of chocolate, toffee, and fruity citrus sweetness, before giving way to a dense blanket of coffee and smokey roasted malt character. Quality heft and balance to this.

The taste is very toasty and bitter up front, with hops, burnt roast, and coffee. That smokey nature form the roasted malts mixes with the heft of the sweet malts in the back, to impart quite the little robust tang on the tongue. The finish is roasty, with a satisfying dry spicy bitterness to it. The mouthfeel is fuller bodied, with a big mouth filling chewy creaminess to the carbonation that sits on top, and then a more beefy and viscous layer that dwells underneath. The ABV is there, in the form of some warmth in the body, but I actually think that this feels a bit heavier than the 7.5% ABV. At any rate, it is still nicely balanced by the rich flavors that are involved.

No complaints here. A very solid all around Imperial Stout, with robust dark flavors and a silky smooth body. I'm looking forward to getting into some more bottles of this when the weather turns cooler.

Photo of paco1029384756
4.05/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours near black with one finger of tan head and a thick ring of lacing.

Scent of roasted malts, chocolate, and a hint of raisins. It has a nice strength and balance.

Taste of roasted malts and coffee initially with some more coffee coming in shortly after. Dark fruit and some sugars linger in the background. Nothing amazing, but I could drink this on a regular basis.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with strong carbonation; refreshing for the style.

Photo of Casey10
4.13/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Aquired via trade from darklordlager all I can say again is wow another great Wisconsin beer I have never had and hope to try again.

A - Dark beer forming a chocolate head once poured from a 12 oz bottle into glass.

S - chocolate notes with some coffee hues.

T - good really noticing the chocolate almost hot chocolate like (obviously without the hot) yummy.

M - mouthfeel is good can really tast the dark chocolate notes in this one.

D - Great beer given the lower abv of this Stout if I was looking to drink a lot of stouts this would be on my list.

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

Bottle into snifter. Thanks, Jason (MBABJJ)!

Pours deep, dark brown, shining through with tints of ruby round the edges. Thin, whispy light-khaki head that never really goes away. Delicate but nice lacing.

Nose is roasted barley, a bit of smoke, solvent alcohol. Smoke wraps itself around a light chocolate note to create a really nice combo.

Taste is big on roasted barley, a bit smokey, some roasty acidity mixes in with a sweet malt note that lies somewhere in between caramel and milk chocolate. Some solvent alcohol burn and aroma in the back of the throat on the swallow, which is surprising considering the abv.

Mouthfeel is medium-full bodied, the with a carbonation that is softer and spritzier than expected - a surprise I'm really pleased with. Fluffy and almost sparkling.

Photo of Mistofminn
4.3/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep deep ruby brown, nearly black (however when held into the light, you can see through it). Nice light tan head produced which shrinks to a small pillow and ring around the glass. After the initial shrinkage, the retention is impressive. Does leave some nice lacing.

The nose is dark roasted malts with lots of sweetened melted chocolate and espresso coffee beans, with a vanilla or caramel sweetness. Pretty impressive and very enticing.

Nice roasted malts, and a light bitter chocolate dominate the taste department. However, coffee beans, vanilla, caramel, a smokiness and even tart unripened fruits play a small role in the background to make this a very complex taste, and a very good one at that.

Medium bodied, I would have liked to see it a little thicker. This is like a "baby" of the "big stouts" as it's not as complex or high in alcohol as some of it's brothers, however I feel there is a lot of flavor and complexity packed into this little guy. Great drinkability.

Overall, a solid offering from what is quickly becoming one of my favorite breweries. I wasn't expecting much from a $8.99 six pack, but this is definitely something I will be purchasing again in the future. This is a steal!

Photo of Florida9
4.17/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pitch black in color. Opaque, though the sides of my glass are speckled with sizable yeast chunks. A large tan head forms, but recedes quickly.

S: Strong scent of dark, baker's chocolate.

T: More baking chocolate. Dark roasted malts and the slight bitterness of burnt coffee. A light creamy accent. Long, lingering chocolaty finish.

M: Medium heavy in body with decent carbonation. However, a little thinner than to be expected, especially considering the heft that comes with the chocolate flavors.

D: This is a sipper. One will do. Flavors and weight do not lend well to having many of these, but the beer itself is very good. Really, much better than I was expecting.

Photo of MasterSki
3.68/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Picked up a few bottles of this brew a long time ago in WI, but never got around reviewing. Figured I may as well start cleaning out the fridge a bit. Served in my Pisgah pint glass.

A - 2.5 fingers of dark tan foam with red highlights and excellent retention. It eventually settled to a half finger cap that stuck around throughout the drinking process and left some spotty lacing on the sides of the glass. The body is a dark murky raisin/chocolate brown color that gets a little lighter at the fringes. Really dig the head on this one, but wish the body was slightly more even in color.

S - The smell is unusual, but in a good way. Lots of roasted malts, dark fruits, and touch of coffee, but also a slight sour/tart raspberry note and some nuttiness.

T - The taste is less interesting, with sweet malts and semi-sweet chocolate at the beginning and a roasty & bitter finish. The acidity is a little high for my liking and the flavor profile lacks a little in the way of depth.

M - Medium body, with moderate carbonation - more porter-like in texture to me. There's a bit of dryness in the finish as well as some residual sugary stickiness. Not what I expect from an RIS.

D - The 7.5% isn't particularly perceptible, but the carbonation and acidity make this a little tougher to drink quickly. I don't think I'd want more than a 12oz bottle, and while it's decent, there are plenty of better beers that are easier and cheaper to get.

Photo of botham
3.5/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle poured into a pub glass. Pours a deep chocolate brown with rich garnet highlights and two fingers of rich and dense tan head. Decent retention and healthy lacings. Looks great in the glass.

Aroma is of prevalent roasted malts and rich toffee chocolate and nuty notes, along with a mild burnt character. Like a nut brown with burnt coffee added. Not very rich for an Imperial Stout.

Taste is more of the same with a strong coffee character and a pronounced roasted finish. The burnt note gets enveloped by the roasted malts. A touch of bitter hops on the back of the palate rounds out the profile. Again, not very rich for an Imperial Stout.

Mouthfeel is very roasted with a dry texture and finish. The aftertaste leaves the palate needing more liquid from the dry roasted character.

Drinkability is decent. Coffee and heavily roasted malts aplenty. The brew is not quite thick enough or rich enough to conjure up images of other Imperial Stouts, and seems a bit overbearing of its roasted character.

Photo of Strix
4.25/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Brown-near black, good head that stays around awhile.

I get mostly dark malts and coffee in the smell, maybe a hint of vanilla sweetness.

I taste coffee, dark malts, vanilla, oak, cocoa, molassess, tootsie-roll, and a burned note. Alcohol completely hidden.

Mouthfeel quite nice, silky smooth but with some body.

This was nice. I like to see an RIS that is not hopped beyond all recognition, and a mix of flavors is present in this. My first from Central Waters, and I see potential.

Photo of jwinship83
4.22/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle brewed on march 25, 2009 (from the six pack container) poured into a snifter.

A- this one pours a black colored body with a finger of coffee colored head. the head recedes after a minute and becomes no more than a thin skin on the top of my glass. it leaves behind spotty lacing.

S- very dark and roasted is my initial reaction. lots of roasted malts. lots of coffee. some sweet milk and dark chocolate. coffee/hops at the end. very complex.

T- the taste is also very dark. roasted malts and coffee dominate. the chocolate comes through also, but it sure isnt sweet. its very dry in fact. the finish is very hoppy.

M- full bodied and kind of thick. a high level of carbonation for a stout makes it creamy. slight warming from the alcohol on its way down.

D- easy to finish a couple, but thats it before i move onto something else. the intense coffee flavor wares on me after a while. my first central waters brew, and it makes me want to hunt for more.

Photo of MadTown1000
4/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

A lot of American breweries make a really rich, dark, complex beer that aims at the Belgian superstars. Most of these, in my experience, end up landing somewhere in the vicinity of "oh my God, this beer is trying to kill me" (I'm looking at you, Avery!) Central Waters seems to have pulled off the improbable with Satin Solstice - it competes with the big boys on equal terms.

Pours languidly into a pint glass with only about an inch of foam. It's thick though, and slow to dissipate, leaving a coating of foam around the outside of the glass. Dark, dark chocolate brown with a little bit of red translucency - it's pretty close to opaque. I smell chocolate and coffee as soon as I pour it, and as I pick up the glass.

The taste delivers what the smell promises - chocolate and coffee initially, followed by malt and a little bit of hop bitterness, resolving into a long coffee aftertaste. You'll remember that you drank this one. Maybe a little more bitterness than I'd like, but altogether delicious. Really, the only thing I can take off for is drinkability - this is a big, big high-alcohol brew. You're going to drink it slowly, and you're not going to drink too many. That's hardly a knock though - you don't buy this one for beer pong.

Highly recommended.

Photo of jwc215
3.85/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Wasatch for this!

12 oz. bottle, poured into tulip glass:

Pours very dark brown - just about black - with a thin light brown head that becomes a swirl then a small bubbly patch and a wisp of a cover. Spotted lacing sticks.

The smell is of roasted coffee, brown sugar, licorice, bittersweet chocolate and earthy, slightly fruity, notes.

The taste is predominantly roasted coffee with hints of licorice, molasses, some chocolate in the bitterish, dry finish. Not too sweet for the style.

The feel is oily, solvent, with an alcohol bite. Just reaches full-bodied.

A nice sipper, not too sweet - roasted coffee dominant character. Alcohol shows (perhaps even a tad more than the 7.5% it is), but doesn't overly dominate.

Photo of PrAndo
4.35/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I've got to say that I'm a bit surprised by so many of the "ho-hum" reviews. But, that's what reviews are for!

My experience of stouts lately hasn't been overly thrilling as I feel like those that I've sampled have been awfully one-dimensional. They've been good, but for me, they'd grown repetative. This fine brew has reaffirmed my love of stouts and in the diversity of the beer style.

A - definately a really deep/reddish brown as opposed to black. It pours thick. Not KBS thick, but still, there is a pleasant viscosity to the pour. I didn't get too much of a thick head, but it was indeed a pleasant cafe au lait color.

S - interestingly understated. It is inviting but in the way that a really tasty oatmeal or milk stout is inviting. So, I guess that means that it has a bit of "sweet" smell to it rather than being overly roasty.

T - bitersweet chocolate, particularly on the back end of a pull. Up front you get roasty and carmel type flavors but also some warmth from the alcohol.

M - for me, it's killer, like a full and thick yet fluffy pillow top on a mattress. It is smooth.

D - despite the higher alcohol %, I'd love to sit in a pub for several rounds of this fine beer.

Photo of roadhouse
3.45/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

12 oz. bottle into a tulip

Pours a deep brown/mahogany hue with a half inch light tan head. Falls to a skim and leaves some decent lacing.

Aroma is exploding with caramel and vanilla, also a bit of butterscotch. It's lacking the traditional stout aromas of chocolate and coffee. Interesting, but not amazing.

Taste has some chocolate elements first with the vanilla, caramel, and butterscotch blending in with it. Also a bit of a dark fruit character in the background, kind of cherry like. Dries up a bit towards the finish with a slight coffee flavor.

Mouthfeel is medium, quite smooth and creamy.

Interesting take on an Imperial Stout, but it's not all that great to me. It's kind of hard to drink due to the butterscotch flavor.

Photo of alcstradamus
3.88/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A--Pours a near black that glows with a reddish/brown hue when held to the light. Huge two finger tan head that recedes slowly and leaves a thick layer of lacing on the pint glass

S--VERY unique imperial stout smell, the vanilla is so thick here I wonder why they didn't just call it a "vanilla imperial stout." Seriously, that's almost all I smell. I suppose there is some chocolate and caramel mixed in, but damn.

T--Taste is as unique as the smell, however I don't know whether "unique" or "odd" is the better choice of wording. I really can't even decide if I like this. Seems like a very polarizing beer. Vanilla, toasted malts, wood, all fairly well balanced.

M--Seems a "tad" watery, but it probably has something to do with the last beer I tasted being a thick bourbon aged stout. I like the soft carbonation though, it washed the beer down nicely without the sting

D--This is entirely dependent on whether or not you like the taste. Its easy to drink but doesn't have that familiar imperial stout comfort taste.

This beer is a toss up for me. One sip and I like it, the next sip and I say "mehhh." Then I like it again. I guess I'm going to settle on a middle of the road rating for taste and drinkability.

Photo of rtepiak
3.65/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

this is a year old bottle. a bit thin in tone with a bit of a lighter head. light weight. smell is chocolate wafers. taste is acidic particularly aged tobacco. carob chocolate. i not a fan of that. coffee light but astringent. heavy on the chives. not bad. not the best malt character. thiner. good take on the breweries account. waited too long but room for improvement.

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

Pours a very dark ruby color that appears black without holding it up to the light. Starts off with a nice sized head for an RIS that turns into a full crown with great lace.

Smells strongly of chocolate and toffee. Creamy scent if that is possible, like a good RIS should be.

Taste is similar to smell with a big hint of toffee up front and a bit of a bitter bite to it. I don't know how this is even possible, but it tastes like its' name. A little hop flavor on the finish, but nothing like say a yeti or Old Raspy.

Mouth is satiny, that is thick and nearly flat, like a RIS should be.

I didn't expect much from this one as an extra with their more popular Coffee Stout, but I think I actually prefer this.

Photo of ATLbeerDog
3.68/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours almost pitch black/dark brown completely opaque with almost no head whatsoever. Sells of roasted malts, raisins, and whiff of coffee comprise the nose. First sip is quite bitter with dark fruits, roasted - almost burnt malts blending with coffee and a tad of chocolate. Pretty tasting but the light body and very low carbonation hurt. I'm having a hard time calling this one "Imperial" at a low 7.5% ABV and being so light bodied. Nonetheless fairly tasty.

Photo of Jwale73
3.18/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Extra from my 'wants' list courtesy of BrewCzar (thanks Bryan). 12oz. bottle served in my DFH Snifter. Poured one shade shy of black with a half inch, khaki-colored head embedded with bubbles. Cap loses its volume within minutes, settling into a soapy skim. Lots of spotty lacing on the tilt side of the glass. Nose reveals cocoa and tart fruit. Taste was sour dark fruit, some cocoa, a slight roastiness and a metallic character. Mouthfeel was medium-bodied, effervescent and slightly acidic. I was a bit underwhelmed with this one, which is too bad because I was blown away by the Brewer's Reserve.

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

A foray not-so-deep into the heart of Wisconsin (in fact just across the Illinois stateline) netted a couple six packs of Central Waters brews. First up is the Central Waters Satin Solstice.

This stout is impressive from the start, displaying a tan and cream head that slowly falls leaving some sticky sugary lacework. The aroma is wonderful. The essence of espresso with a touch of cream (perhaps vanilla?) fills the nostrils. This is a smooth, sweetish stout with coffee and cream flavors that delight the tastebuds at first, then with more burnt coffee flavors towards the finish, a hint of smoke and a nice roasted malt and bitter hop finish. A stronger stout, but not too strong.

This is an excellent stout that I will seek out again the next time I cross the Cheddar Curtain.

Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.5/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a dark brown, near black body with a small, exceedingly short-lived, tan head.

Smell: Scent of carbonized, burnt malts with secondary notes of chocolate, toast, and black coffee.

Taste: Charred, roasty malts diminishes to tastes of heavily roasted coffee beans and unsweetened chocolate. Lightly sweet. Taste of seared plums. Earthy, roasty bitterness. Pinch of hearth ash prior to the dry, roasty finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-plus body. Low carbonation.

Drinkability: The roastiness is certainly prominent, even becoming a bit obtrusive in regards to the other flavors, making it sort of a one-trick pony. Still though, it's a decent stout.

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

A - Pours a fluffy tan two finger head. The body is a dark, almost black. The head fades very slowly.

S - Coffee, chocolate, rich cream and some roasted characteristics. The beer just smells heavy, but in a good way.

T - Rich cream flavor, chocolate, coffee and dark roasted malts bring a slight bitterness towards the end.

M - The chocolate, cream, coffee hits your mouth first and then it transitions to a nice roasted, bitter finish that also has gives you a little hint of alcohol.

D - Only the bitterness keeps this low. I could have a couple in a sitting.

Photo of lackenhauser
4.39/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Not quite a black color to it. Deep muddy sort of brown tinge. Great coffee/caramel like aroma. I had to figure this was another coffee beer. Really nice. Great roasted and espresso like flavors. Somewhat nutty-not overly harsh roasted tinge. Decent level of bitterness for sure. Good mouthfeel-nice cocoa tinge in the finish. Damn drinkable and enjoyable-almost downright poundable. Ummm this is a good one.

Satin Solitude Imperial Stout from Central Waters Brewing Co.
86 out of 100 based on 863 ratings.