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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 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.

Photo of Soneast
3.93/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a black color with bits of brown making an appearance in the right light. Pours a good 2-finger, light brown colored head that is nice and fluffy with really good retention. Leaves large, pillowy suds on the glass as the beer recedes.

I pick up a lot of bitter chocolate character on the nose, toasted malts and mild coffee aromas as well.

Like the nose the bitter chocolate flavor makes a dominate presence in the mouth followed immediately by coffee, some sweet vanillas and roasted malt flavors, finishing with an underwhelming bitterness. The flavors do seem slightly subdued overall.

Medium to medium-heavy bodied, this seems to be lacking a bit in body compared to other RISs. Mild carbonation helps the beer feel fuller than it might otherwise. Overall the beer has a nice creamy texture, with good flavors although not overly complex. Pretty average RIS overall. While this is a good beer, there is nothing particularly outstanding about it.

Original score: (B-) 4.5/3.0/3.0/4.0/3.5
This beer really comes into it's own with just 9 months of age on it. It feels more heavy bodied and the mouthfeel is smooth and creamy now. It begins to showcase some great complexity with more vanilla sweetness coming through with the overall bitter chocolate flavor transforming into more of a sweet milk chocolate flavor. All this beer really needed was some time to mature, I would now consider this to be a very good stout.

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

Poured from a bottle into a snifter. It pours clear brown that is opaque when held to the light, but brown at the edges. A tan head forms up to 1/2 inch and reduces to a nice lacing around the edges and over the cap.

The aroma includes a fair amount of bitter chocolate and capuccino. There is an interesting combo of burnt and sweet maltiness.

The taste is heavy on the capuccino and bitter chocolate with a sturdy background of hops. A nice bitterness lingers. A minimally sticky aftertaste lingers that is bitter and sweet.

The mouthfeel is a medium body with a reasonable amount of carbonation. The lingering bitterness also comes across as dryness and is quite nice.

Overall, I think this is a very good beer. However, it is very hard to fight against the juggernauts, known as imperial stouts. I will certainly enjoy it again because I live near the brewery and find it to be a reasonable local stout that is not difficult to find.

Photo of hopdog
4.07/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottles acquired in trades with iwantalambic, Jcapriotti, and TannerTavernboys (thanks!).

Poured a dark brown color with an averaged sized off white head. I initially got a stronger aroma of smoke and a dirty ashtray, but this subsided somewhat into aromas of light dark fruits, coffee, roasted malts and a little buttery. Tastes of smoke, coffee, roasted malts and light chocolate. Very light coffee bitter finish.

Notes from: 11/22/05

Photo of Atricapilla
4.16/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into my Star Hill Brewery pint glass. Had a very dark mahogany color with a one finger head that quickly dissipated to a good layer of lace. The aroma was predominately toffee. The taste was an initial heavy toffee, followed by ethanol and then roasted grain. I found the pattern to be interesting and complex. Slightly sweet, but not syrupy....Good on a cold winter night.

Photo of grandq
3.78/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours completely black with a fairly light beige two finger head with large bubbles. Scent is big on molasses, with a dash of coffee and chocolate. A relatively light brew of iced coffee hits the tongue, then flavors get a bit bolder in the dark fruit (plum, prune, raisin) department and roasty malt, the latter of which dominates the finish. Plenty of bitter chocolate as well, though not super bitter. Faint hopping plays backup. Just a touch sweet on the aftertaste. Mouthfeel strikes me as a little too bubbly, not quite cola-like, but close. A minor strike against for me. Solid imperial stout on the lighter end of the spectrum, for the style that is - still certainly substantial. Thanks Mully for the introduction to the brewery, good stuff

Photo of msubulldog25
3.76/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A 12 oz. brown bottle, undated, poured to a snifter. The bottle's bottom has several numbers, one of which is '07'; that confirms for me that this has been lurking at the back of the fridge for 18 months, minimum. Seriously. Well-cared for, though, and a style that should age well - let's see.

A: Dark, dark chocolate brown - not the thickest pour ever, but certainly opaque enough. Gorgeous mound of dense cream, a finger-high at its peak and a light mocha color. Possibly the longest retention I can recall - took almost 30 minutes before the head had ebbed enough for the ebony liquid below to finally show through. Fine lace in draping bands.

S: Replete with chocolate, charred grain and ripe berries. It's a good aroma, not a particularly strong one, nor terribly complex.

T: Bittersweet chocolate and a tangy espresso coffee roast. Shows some signs of age with a notable lactic souring, but also some earthy fruit and a little vanilla. Whatever sourness there is really only accents a likable dark espresso bitterness - good for me.

M: Fine creaminess, a very smooth mouthfeel. Rather thin body, almost like an 'RIS-light'. Low ABV for the style, shows no signs of alcohol.

D: Tasty RIS, a nice warm-up for a Christmas Eve spent in a warm, snowbound house with the wife. Would like to have another one of these sometime.

Photo of deereless
4.47/5  rDev +17%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Nice finger of thick foam off a vigorous pour, lacing along the edges, dark black to brown with only a hint of light passing through at the edge - 4.00, S: Strong aromas of chocolate malt, extremely grainy, espresso and baker's chocolate - 4.50, T: Like the nose the palate is heavy on the grains - especially the chocolate, strong bitter hops that balance almost perfectly - 4.75, M: Very creamy and slightly heavy with the slightest touch of graininess, a sip seems to coat the mouth - 4.75, D: This is my first beer from the brewer and I am truly impressed, an exceptionally good sipping stout, I would seek out this beer - 4.50

Photo of craytonic
2.8/5  rDev -26.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: Was opaque for me, I have to disagree with some of the reviewers, might be a different batch. Perhaps just a hint of light comes through.

Smell: Not as bold as I would like, malts, coffee, bitter chocolate, etc.

Taste: Same as the taste. Bitter coffee dominates, then malts and chocolate.

Mouthfeel: Thin and watery for the style. Not silky, just watery.

Drinkability: No thanks. Left some in the bottom of the glass. Should be called a porter or stout. No complexity.

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

Dark black body with ruby at the edges when held to the light. Decent mocha head. The aroma is roasted malt and a touch of chocolate. Flavor has more chocolate than the aroma for sure. A slight bitterness presents up front and lasts the entire time. Pretty sweet overall, too much so really. Medium bodied and a decent, but not great, beer.

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