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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 morimech
4.2/5  rDev +9.7%
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
3.97/5  rDev +3.7%
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
4.32/5  rDev +12.8%
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
2.77/5  rDev -27.7%
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
4.25/5  rDev +11%
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 +14.9%
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
4.18/5  rDev +9.1%
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
3.76/5  rDev -1.8%
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.

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

Pour - Dark as midnight on a cloudy evening. Lots of bubble action for a relatively strong beer, that sort of surprised me. The fluffy, tan head settles around a quarter inch.

Aroma - Burnt sugar, coffee grounds, some vanilla, some cocoa along with some deep roasted barley notes.

Taste - Very tasty combination of bitter chocolate, dark roast coffee and a bit of vanilla. The alcohol content is not through the roof with this RIS (Russian Imperial Stout) and personally I like that. Its very drinkable and very smooth (satin-esque perhaps?). There is also a nice bitter finish that really rounds out each sip nicely.

Overall - Great stuff from yet another excellent Wisconsin brewery. Very easy going above average RIS. Immense amounts of flavor are packed into this one. One heck of a night cap.

Photo of pweis909
3.99/5  rDev +4.2%
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 -4.7%
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 +8.4%
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 +5.7%
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 +7.8%
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 +5.7%
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 +12.3%
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 +8.9%
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 -3.9%
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 -8.6%
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%
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 +10.2%
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 +4.4%
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 +0.5%
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 +13.6%
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 -9.9%
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.

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Satin Solitude Imperial Stout from Central Waters Brewing Co.
86 out of 100 based on 872 ratings.