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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: 837
Reviews: 384
rAvg: 3.82
pDev: 11.26%
Wants: 56
Gots: 75 | 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

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Bierman9 on 02-19-2002)
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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
4.05/5  rDev +6%
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
4.2/5  rDev +9.9%
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
3.8/5  rDev -0.5%
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
3.78/5  rDev -1%
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
2.78/5  rDev -27.2%
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
3.63/5  rDev -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.

Photo of kickapoodude
4.75/5  rDev +24.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Satin is a perfect description of the way this beer feels on the pallet...not light, but satin. It pours deep black with a waining head. Coffee and vanilla are the most distinguished flavors. Great ice cold of room temp. This is one of my favorite beers.

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

The last of four twelve ounce bottles of beer my buddy Lukaski hooked me up with from his last trip to the Brat Stop.

Black colored brew with brownie highlights at the top. Tan film o' foam ater the pour leads to a ring o' foam after few sips. Cold, black coffee hits the nose first. hen maybe some marshmellows and cream in that cold coffee. Starts with some cold, black coffee with just a touch of Irish cream. No burnt flavors at all, but very roasted malts. Vanillin Zucker finish. The palate does not make me think of satin, more like grist and some cooled down coffee in texture. Good sipper though.

Photo of SaCkErZ9
2.88/5  rDev -24.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Thanks to unclejedi for this one.

Pours from a 12oz bottle into a snifter. Not quite pitch black, but very dark. Some black cherry highlights are visible at the bottom of the glass when held up to the light. A large, stiff, mocha colored head forms and leaves a generous amount of lacing.

The aroma was a bit off here. Kind of a sour, tangy aroma. It was also filled with some chocolate and a little bit of coffee, but the overwhelming aroma was a fruity sort of twang. Almost like old Halloween candy: you know, the kit kats and herseys that have been in a bag with a bunch of butterscothes and peppermint candies and red hots and bit o honeys. A melange of aromas that werent pleasing, for beer anyway.

The taste had a little bit of that twang too. There was a good dose of chocolate in there, and a hint of coffee and vanilla. I guess the twanginess wasnt as bad in the flavor as the aroma might have suggested, but there was something off with this one.

Pretty thin on the mouthfeel. A touch of bitterness, but the bitterness is more acrid and astringent than hop bitterness.

I dont know. This one kind of failed, in my book. Glad I got the chance to try this one but I cant recommend this one. Too thin, too twangy, too gone.

Photo of sgoodship
4.1/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My friend Brian gave me this bottle. A big thank you for that.

A: Big, light coffee stained 3 finger head. A little spotty lacing. Head dissipates to a thin, yellow coffee color to the end. There was a milk chocolate streak through the head. Very dark brown liquid with some ruby highlights visible against the light.

S: Beautiful caramel, molasses and bold roasted malt with a nice tangy coffee.

T: Smooth burnt malt that moves really swiftly into a bitter coffee. Leaves you with an aggressive tannin and very bitter chocolate aftertaste.

M: Medium carbonation adds some interest. Medium body that is smooth with a sharpness at the finish. The tanginess adds a chewiness to the brew.

D: If the malt taste of this had stuck around a bit longer, this would have been amazing brew. As it stands, it is a great RIS. I'd recommend giving it a try. I didn't know much about Central Waters but now I am on the lookout.

Photo of t0rin0
3.93/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This comes to me from Himerman (I think).

It pours a very dark red, pretty clear when held to a light but otherwise it looks black. Light brown head, good retention, good lacing.

Aroma is roasty (strongest aroma), nutty, and a little boozy.

Flavor is heavy on the roast and has a bit of bitter dark chocolate. Theres a little alcohol in the aftertaste but none in the initial taste. A bit heavy on the bitterness and the roast for an RIS but I guess if you lay it down for a while it might mellow.

Body is heavy and oily. Medium CO2 level. Tasty and drinkable but a beer this heavy isn't meant to be consumed in large quantities.

Photo of CrellMoset
4.1/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

UPDATE 01/23/09:

Sampled again courtesy of dkachur, and this bottle was definitely much better. It's still slightly tart and fruity, but all the sourness is gone. Quite the nice beer!


Bottle courtesy of objectivemonkey - thanks!! Poured into an Allagash flute.

Appearance: Pours a deep cherrywood brown, fairly thick looking, with a one-finger tan head

Aroma: Hugely sweet chocolate and coffee. Milky, creamy, sweet and sugary, thick smelling. The chocolate is powdery, like hot cocoa. Lots of layers to the malt here, with hints of smoke as well. There's also some heavier fruits, notes of currants, blackberries, raisins. Marshmallows. A few light, tart fruity notes too.

Taste: Pretty sure this is a bad bottle. It's overwhelmingly tart and sour, fairly salty, with an unpleasant slick creaminess that coves up most of the good flavors. There's milk chocolate, some sweet bready notes, hints of freshly ground coffee, a few burnt astringencies, and raisins, but they're really hard to pick out. Unfortunate, 'cause it seems like what's underneath was balanced, complex, and tasty. Shame.

Mouthfeel: Of an average thickness, medium bodied, uneven. Fortunately, there isn't a lot of carbonation to enhance the puckering sourness.

Drinkability: Shame about this one, but I'm glad I got the chance to give it a go - many thanks again to objectivemonkey! It seemed to have all the right notes, and a low, pro-drinkability abv% to boot ... but it was all hidden under that tart, puckering sourness. Alas!!

Photo of WJVII
4.05/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass this brew is a solid dark brown color with a cream head that left hefty lacing on the glass. The aroma is very strong of coffee and burnt malts. The taste follows suit with strong coffee tones and a slight hint of alcohol, but with the ABV it is not nearly as bad as it could be. I have noticed that the coffee stout, satin solstice, and mud puppy all have similar characteristics. There are subtle distinctions which shows the strengths (in my mind) of CW Brewery. Nice work!

Photo of charlesw
2.7/5  rDev -29.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 2

Nice and dark, a largish head, I suppose, but of really pretty little dense bubbles that last and last... Followed by a completely covering lace that never goes away.

Smells like burned stuff (cig butts), dog pee in the carpet and like a really thin crappy porter would taste (big smoke and no body).

Tastes. Well. There you go. Interesting. Cig butts. Coffee. Milk chocolate (certainly not dark!). There's a huge sour note at the end of the mouth. Might be hop related, I suppose, but that would be pretty surprising in this magnitude at this age (it can't be brand new, eh?) OK, and some caramel malts and sugar in there, too. It's a good thing that it doesn't taste like it smells! I'm not a fan of the sour notes. Sour... Sour like that de struise stuff. Bleh.

The mouthfeel is right on and I'm glad that I only have one of these to try.

That said, I am THRILLED to have the opportunity to try it and I am extremely grateful to unclejedi for the beer. It doesn't really matter if it's my fave or not - what matters is sharing the love and unclejedi knows how to do that!

Edit: on reading other reviews... Huh. Right. It's not an imperial anything. It's probably a porter. But that citrus tang in the taste will never make it acceptable (in the stout/porter family) in my book. Sorry...

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

Almost three fingers of rocky carmel tan head comes to a crown just above the top of the glass. Plenty of lace is left as it slowly fades. Body is a thick coal black. Nose has some pillowy smooth coco with some smokey malt. I am shocked as I take first sip as I wonder if this is what they were going for. Soured shrill dark fruits initially take the tongue by surprise. Sour dark cherries do dry out as you continue to drink and mellow. Dark bitter feel in the form of burnt malt balances the end of the palate. Mouthfeel is a thickness created by the sour, rich, bitter battle. Decently drinkable consedering. A little weak for a Impy stout though.

Photo of hopsleeroy
3.3/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A-Black with a little bit of whitish lacing, no ruby edges-very black
S-Boozy smeels upfront, with coffe caramel and fruits underneath. Some cocoa flavors as warms.
T-Deep chocolate with fruit flavors underneath, boozy overtones, some metallic tang as warms up, the fruity teast flavors become more dominanat as warms and not entirely pleasant
M-Thinner than I would have thought and slightly watery
D-I liked this at first but as it warms I did not really enjoy the flavors

Photo of Greggy
4/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of tpd975
3.95/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 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.

Photo of soulgrowl
4.13/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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

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.

Photo of AKBelgianBeast
4.18/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 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.

Photo of KarlHungus
4.33/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

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

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.

Satin Solitude Imperial Stout from Central Waters Brewing Co.
86 out of 100 based on 837 ratings.